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The Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) sponsors a summer educational research experience for outstanding college undergraduates.  The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is part of a national program to attract and train undergraduates to research careers in the environmental health sciences.  The program is funded though a grant obtained from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, R25ES016247). 


  • A ten-week summer program with a $4,000 stipend
  • Presents extraordinary opportunities to learn from experts about the philosophy and practice of conducting current biomedical research
  • Students gain extensive hands-on research experience working in the Center’s state-of-the-art laboratories
  • Guest seminar lectures and presentations by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff provide SURP students with personal experiences in biomedical research to round out the program
  • Students receive guidance for graduate and postdoctoral applications
  • Students participate in journal clubs
  • Students participate in recreational activities and a summer field trip
  • Students participate in a half-day symposium at the end of the program
  • SURP students have been highly successful with a number of manuscripts being generated
  • Students from outside the Missoula area will recieve on-campus housing at no cost 
  • Previous undergraduates have come from universities around the country- including Gonzaga, Washington State University, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Stanford University, Northern Arizona University, Notre Dame University and University of Texas – Austin

Sample SURP itinerary descriptions:
Overview, Orientation Schedule, Seminar Agenda

Past project descriptions and poster presentations: 2013, 2012, 20112010, 2009, 2008
SURP photo gallery

Download the SURP brochure

Drs. Holian and Pershouse are the advisors for the SURP program.
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SURP 2014 begins Wednesday, May 28, 2014 and ends on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Enrollment is limited to six students. Applications must be received by February 15, 2014. Applications received after February 15 will be considered only if slots are still available.