Summer Undergrad Programs

You don't have to be enrolled at UT Southwestern Medical Center to begin furthering a career in medicine. We offer students exciting opportunities to do research or get involved in the clinical side of medicine during summers of their undergraduate years.     

Undergrad Research Programs

Two research-related programs are offered for undergraduate students:

  • Summer Undergraduate Medical Research Fellows Program (SUMR)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

Summer Undergraduate Medical Research Fellows Program (SUMR)

The SUMR Program identifies and develops promising underrepresented minority undergraduate student researchers who intend to pursue careers in medicine and research, but who may not pursue formal graduate education (i.e., Ph.D. doctoral training). SUMR is for both undergraduates as well as current medical students.

Ten undergraduate students are placed with mentors to work on specific projects under the supervision of the mentor and fellows in the mentor's laboratory. Students are encouraged to attend a series of weekly seminars in which faculty researchers discuss the fundamentals of basic and clinical research. Application Deadline is March 1.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

The SURF Program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend 10 weeks pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members.

Undergraduate Clinical Training

UT Southwestern offers a selection of programs for undergraduate students interested in the clinical side of medicine. 

For students who want clinical experience, three programs are offered: the Collegiate Fellows Program and the Volunteer Program, both coordinated through the Volunteer Office at Parkland Memorial Hospital (214-590-8827); and the Student Volunteer Program, offered through Children's Medical Center.

  • Parkland Collegiate Fellows Program: A paid summer program for residents of Dallas County and surrounding areas. The program lasts for nine weeks starting in June.
  • Parkland Volunteer Program: Available year-round, it has no applicant restrictions. Student volunteers are scheduled at least three hours once a week on a regular schedule.
  • Children's Student Volunteer Program: Children's Student Volunteer Program is designed to encourage students to provide volunteer support to the hospital, to learn more about health-related career opportunities, and to encourage personal responsibility. The summer program is designed specifically for teens ages 14–18 and for qualifying college students.