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Jeff Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

**This internship is part of the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Please review the Metcalf Interns’ Responsibility Notice to learn more about program requirements for Metcalf interns.

Students are responsible for independently finalizing the logistics of their internship, including transportation and lodging. If you are considering an internship in Los Angeles, Miami, NYC, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or abroad, please reference these helpful city guides. **

Jeff Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), founded in 1888 on Cape Cod in the village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is a private nonprofit research institution and affiliate of the University of Chicago. An international center for innovation in scientific research and education, the MBL has drawn the world’s greatest minds in science to carry out some of their most creative and far-reaching work.

In its fourth year of development as part of the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program from the University of Chicago, eleven exceptional undergraduate fellows will be awarded a ten-week summer research experience hosted at the Marine Biological Laboratory. The Jeff Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) is an opportunity exposing University of Chicago students to the world-class science conducted at the MBL.

The Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Fellows targets first through fourth year undergraduate students. It is designed to help students explore science beyond their core courses and immerse in comprehensive discovery research over a 10-week summer experience. Augmenting student learning are career enrichment opportunities such as weekly lunch seminars with MBL faculty, evening science lectures, professional development opportunities, social and cultural engagements and a chance to go on an excursion aboard the research vessel Gemma. These experiences are tailored to foster student-faculty relationships, help to develop academic and professional credentials and aid students in refining their career goals. A link to MBL’s Education website can be found here:


To Apply: Students will apply through the UChicago Career Advancement platform Handshake. Please include:

1.       A completed Application Form:

2.       An unofficial transcript

3.       A resume

4.       Two letters of recommendation, including one from your academic adviser

o   This letter will be submitted to the MBL Metcalf SURF Internship Selection Committee. The writer should please email with the subject line: “Student Name MBL Recommendation Letter” and a PDF of the letter.

5.       A sheet listing the names of the two individuals recommending you for this position

6.       A one to two page Statement of Interest to include the following:

§ What aspect of the Jeff Metcalf SURF opportunity excites you and convinced you to apply?

§ Explain how this opportunity fits into your academic and career goals.

§ Describe any previous experiences related to this opportunity.

§ Choose three scientists from the list of names provided below. State why you want to work with these chosen scientists. Demonstrate your clear understanding of and specific interest in their research. Detail the skills and strengths that prepare you to contribute to each scientist’s research, lab, and to the MBL as a whole.

§ 2017 List of Mentors (Updated 12/6/16)

1.       Irina Arkhipova:

2.       Dr. Maureen Conte: See attachment for research statement & projects

3.       Kristin Gribble:

4.       Roger Hanlon:

5.       Marko Horb:

6.   Elizabeth Jonas: 

7.   David Mark Wech:     

8.    Jessica Mark Welch:

9.       Christopher Neil:

10.    Lydia Mathger:

11.   John Oakey: 

12.      Loretta Roberson:

13.      Joshua Rosenthal:


14.     Michael Shribak:

15.     Jianwu (Jim) Tang:

16.   Tomomi Tani:   

17.   Ivan Valiela:    

18.   Joe Vallino:

B. AWARD: Room, board and a travel stipend are provided through the partnership between Jeff Metcalf and the University of Chicago/MBL education initiative. The total award for 2017 is $6,600.

C. DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a committee. Students will be notified of their acceptance via email. Those accepted into the program will need to plan on arriving by Sunday, June 18, 2017 for orientation on Monday, June 19, 2017. The program runs ten weeks through August 25, 2017.