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Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Applications for Summer 2024 are closed. Decisions will be sent by mid-March.

Please check back in August for the 2025 application, sign up for our mailing list to be notified when the application is live!

What does C-GEM study? C-GEM is learning how to repurpose nature’s protein synthesizing machine – the ribosome and all its associated factors – to biosynthesize genetically encoded, sequence-defined bio-polymers and natural product-like molecules – with unprecedented structures, functions, and activities. C-GEM’s goal is to develop the science that transforms how scientists design and produce both bio-materials and medicines.

C-GEM invites applications from undergraduates who are interested in exploring the intersection of chemistry and biology. 

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

Check out our recent blog post for helpful tips about how to write your interest statement!