Summer Undergraduate Research Program


The application for Summer 2023 is open

Apply by February 19th! (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

C-GEM is repurposing the ribosome, nature’s protein synthesizing machine, to biosynthesize genetically encoded, sequence-defined chemical polymers and natural product-like molecules with unprecedented structures, functions, and activities. C-GEM’s goal is to transform the way scientists design and produce materials and medicines.

We are excited to have you apply to carry out exciting research in a C-GEM laboratory!

As a C-GEM SURP participant, you will:

  • Carry out an individual research project under the day-to-day guidance of a graduate student or postdoc in a C-GEM faculty’s laboratory.

  • Interact with faculty and students across C-GEM institutions.Participate in an integrated mentorship and professional development program.

  • Attend research seminars, group meetings, and C-GEM team meetings.

  • Connect and network with current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and learn more about life as a graduate student.

  • Strengthen your scientific reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
Program details:
  • Participants may be placed in laboratories at Berkeley, Yale, Cornell, Georgia Tech, University of Minnesota, and Boston College, depending on location preferences and scientific preferences.

  • The program is 10 weeks, June – August (exact start and end date varies by location).

  • Stipend is competitive with other programs. Varies by location, but approximately $6000.

  • Room and board will be provided.

  • Travel costs will be covered up to $600.
  • To participate in this program, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

  • You must be a rising sophomore, junior, senior, etc. Students who have recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for SURP.

  • No previous research experience is required!

 Applications will close on February 19, 2023 at 11:59 PT. Check out our recent blog post for helpful tips about how to write your interest statement!

Please email if you have any questions!