Summer Research Fellowships

The University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy’s SURF program is geared towards increasing learning and networking opportunities for undergraduate students committed to pursuing either professional or academic research careers across the entire pharmaceutical continuum including drug discovery, delivery, mechanism of disease and drug action, clinical and translational studies, data science/bioinformatics, regulatory science, health outcome and economic analysis and policy development. Students will develop confidence and independence in conducting research and communicating scientific concepts under the guidance of faculty and other mentors. In addition to daily engagement in the research setting, students will attend biweekly entrepreneurship/professional development seminars and participate in a workshop on the graduate school application process so as to aid in the pursuit of graduate study. At the end of the summer, students will give an oral presentation of their research to their peers and faculty.

Please see menu for fellowship offerings and applications.

The students should have:

  • Strong desire to pursue a PhD in one of the disciplines offered by the USC School of Pharmacy graduate programs ( after completion of their undergraduate studies.
    • Pharmaceutical and Translational Sciences PhD Tracks:
      • Pharmaceutical Sciences
      • Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
      • Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics
    • Health Economics PhD Tracks:
      • Microeconomics
      • Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy
    • Strong academic background (GPA of 3.5 or higher)
    • Working knowledge of research skills and concepts learned through college courses.
    • Full-time availability for work over the summer

For more information, please contact the USC School of Pharmacy Graduate Affairs Office at 323-442-1474 or via email at