Summer Undergraduate Research Program


The application for summer 2022 is now closed.
Check back in October for the 2023 application!

The Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM) offers a summer undergraduate research program (SURP) every summer. Read below to find out more, and check out our recent blog post for helpful tips about how to write your interest statement!

C-GEM is transforming the way scientists design and produce materials and medicines. C-GEM is establishing a new way to program chemical matter by repurposing the ribosome—nature’s protein synthesizing machine. In doing so, we biosynthesize genetically encoded chemical polymers and natural product-like molecules with unprecedented structures, functions, and activities.

We’re looking for undergraduates to join us for a 10 week summer program, to carry out exciting research at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials, alongside a C-GEM faculty member.

Program details:
• Participants may be placed in laboratories at UC Berkeley or Yale, depending on location and research preferences.
• 10 weeks, from June–August (exact start 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 reimbursed up to $500
We are monitoring public health guidance from universities and local officials with regards to COVID-19. We hope to be able to safely host participants in-person. However, if that is not feasible, we will transition to an online program.

As a C-GEM SURP participant, you will:
• carry out an individual research project in participating faculty laboratories at one of the participating institutions.
• interact with faculty and students at your host institution in-person and at other C-GEM institutions online.
• participate in an integrated mentorship and professional development program.
• have the opportunity to attend research seminars, group meetings, and C-GEM team meetings.
• connect and network with current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and learn more about the graduate school application process, as well as life as a graduate student.
• strengthen your oral and written communication skills.

To apply, fill out this application form. You will need:
1) an unofficial transcript from your current institution
2) one letter of recommendation from a faculty member, other instructor, or other person who knows your intellectual capabilities and personal strengths well (a second letter is optional)
3) an interest statement (check out our blog for more info!)
4) research preferences. Check out the research our team does by clicking on the faculty website links in our team page!

Please email if you have any questions!