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Summer Undergraduate Research Internships (SURI)

ATTENTION SURI APPLICANTS: It has just been brought to our attention that some electronic transcripts submitted to "" were being automatically filed into a hidden folder, and may not have been retrieved on time. If you submitted your transcript prior to January 25, 2017, and it has not yet been retrieved, please contact Erica Stewart at or 304-293-6289 to discuss whether an unofficial transcript will be accepted as part of your application. 

Additionally, due to a massive ongoing faculty search in our institute, review of SURI applications has been delayed. If you have not received a response about the status of your application, please be assured that we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! 

For nine weeks in the summer, we offer internships of research-intensive training for qualified undergraduate students. Our research opportunities incorporate molecular- to systems-level analyses of nervous system function. Projects are offered in sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience; in neural injury and neuro-degeneration; and in neuropsychiatric diseases. Interns are expected to devote their time to a well-defined research project under the supervision of one of our faculty members.

The 2017 program will run from May 30 through July 29 during the summer of 2017. Interns will receive a $4,000 salary (before taxes) as well as housing in WVU dormitories on campus. Interns will have access to many of the University's facilities, including the new Health Sciences Library, free bus transportation in and around town, and unlimited use of the the modern, 177,000 sq. ft. Student Recreation Center.

Information about the 2017 participating mentors and lab projects can be found here: 2017 Mentors. Please see our list of our summer 2016 participating mentors to read about the projects that were offered in their respective laboratories last year.

An online application will be accepted from students currently enrolled at a U.S. college or university, who have completed their second or third year (seniors graduating in 2017 should contact the SURI administrator before applying). Preference will be given to students considering research for their graduate careers, who have a strong background in biology, chemistry, engineering, neuroscience, physics, or psychology, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are required to submit their curriculum vitae (résumé), official college transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation (see the specific submission instructions of these documents).

Application Deadline for 2016 program: February 13, 2017 
Acceptance Notification via email by: As early as March 20, 2017

Note: International students interested in applying for the SURI program must have a Social Security number or other legal documentation stating eligibility to work in the United States for the entirety of the program. Graduating seniors should contact the SURI Administrator before applying.