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Summer Programs and Fellowships


There are a number of great undergraduate research opportunities available at Carolina. The following is a non-exhaustive list of options for Summer 2022. Any programs wishing to add themselves to this list should email the Office for Undergraduate Research at

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE-REU) Program in Biological Mechanisms

The SURE-REU Program in Biological Mechanisms at UNC-Chapel Hill provides talented undergraduate students the opportunity to carry out independent research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors to study a variety of approaches to mechanistic studies. For 10 weeks during the summer, undergraduate students are immersed in the SURE-REU (REU program) experience; they work side-by-side with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty who serve as role models and as mentors. They discover how modern biological research is formulated, carried out, and reported in an environment that stresses collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. SURE-REU undergraduates acquire skills critical to success in research and teaching careers and to gaining entry to top graduate departments of their choice. Making informed career choices is a major theme of the Program; participants hear about careers and lifestyles in forums with scientists inside and outside of academia and with current graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at UNC-Chapel Hill. Our journal club and seminar program expose students to emerging areas of research and provide insight into the scientific method. At the end of the Program, all students present their work at a campus wide Summer Research Symposium and Poster Session. More details and application available on the program’s website: Deadline: February 18, 2022.

Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE)

The goals of the SPIRE program are to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in innovative research at UNC Chapel Hill, develop professional skills as a scientist, and contribute to a scholarly community.  Research opportunities exist in areas such as molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, cancer research, marine biology, and microbiology.  The program will run from May 22 – July 29, 2022 and includes required professional development seminars, journal clubs, and social events throughout the summer in conjunction with other summer research programs. Research mentors for the program will be current SPIRE postdoctoral scholar. More details and application available on the program’s website: Deadline: February 28, 2022.

Carolina Summer Fellowship (CSF) Program

The Carolina Summer Fellowship (CSF) Program is a summer research program for undergraduate students sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology at UNC-Chapel Hill and supported in part by a SURF award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). The CSF Program is designed to give students planning a career in the biomedical sciences an opportunity to conduct research under the direction of a research pharmacologist and to gain knowledge and skills in scientific communication and networking. More details and application available on the program’s website: Deadline: March 4, 2022.

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Chemistry (SUROC)

SUROC provides students from outside* the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill an opportunity to engage in hands-on cutting-edge research in our state of the art facilities. This is an opportunity to experience Carolina Chemistry, recognized by ACS as one of the top ten graduate programs. During our 10 week program, students will conduct independent research under the mentorship of one of our world-class research faculty. Students can choose to work in a research laboratory in any of our five divisions: Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, or Polymer/Materials. More details and application available on the program’s website: Deadline: February 20, 2022.

Summer Undergraduate Pipeline (SUP)

The Summer Undergraduate Pipeline (SUP) is the recruitment arm of The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success program with the goal of building upon the DSS mission to diversify Carolina’s graduate student population. SUP works directly with the various summer undergraduate research programs at Carolina as a way of creating connections and providing tools necessary for the transition into a graduate career. More details and application available on the program’s website: Deadline TBA.