About B-SURP

The B-SURP Program will not be offered this Summer. Please check back for future programs and announcements.

The Laser Microbeam and Medical Program’s (LAMMP) Biophotonics Summer Undergraduate Program (B-SURP) at the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (BLIMC) provides undergraduate and high school students with a 9-week immersion experience in Biophotonics, Biomedical Optics, and Medical Translational Technology.

Under the mentorship of an interdisciplinary group of 21 BLIMC faculty members from more than ten UCI academic departments, participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of research projects and are provided instruction and “hands on” training in biophotonics technologies, translational research, and insight into future educational and career opportunities.

The participants will be invited to attend the LAMMP Seminar Series and workshops that provide opportunities to build knowledge about biophotonics, and biomedical optics. Participants will enjoy presentations from panels of speakers representing academia, medicine, industry, and national labs, along with a tour of the BLIMC facility. Faculty mentors also host workshops focused on career development, graduate school, research ethics, and writing and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the summer program, participants will present their research accomplishments at the B-SURP Symposium, which is the capstone of the summer experience. Participants are further encouraged to pursue future research over the course of the following academic year.

B-SURP offers a limited number of fellowships that will be awarded on a competitive basis; the B-SURP Faculty Advisory Committee reviews all applications and will make final decisions on funding recommendations. Students receiving adequate funding from departmental or other sources can submit an application for a B-SURP Honorary Fellowship.

This program is designed to help students fully develop the knowledge and skills that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in the fields of biophotonics. Students will receive ongoing support after the program ends to help them further pursue their research and career goals.

The Beckman Laser Institute is located at the University of California, Irvine, in south Orange County, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. The facility is also a short drive from mountain resorts, the desert, several exciting theme parks, sports venues, and concert halls.

The B-SURP program is funded in part by the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health.

2010 B-SURP Participants

B-SURP Highlights

9-week program

Stipend of up to $3,000

Extensive list of research projects to choose from

Seminars on biophotonics, biomedical optics, and medical translational technology and applications

Personalized mentoring and training from nationally distinguished faculty, supported by graduate students 

Access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources at the Beckman Laser Institute

Participation in the B-SURP Symposium at the end of the program

Support for additional professional development

Application Deadlines:
Application Deadline:  TBD
Supplemental Document Deadline: TBD
B-SURP Application Page

Who should apply?

Eligible applicants are:

Highly motivated and high-achieving science and engineering majors with a strong drive to pursue research and careers in the fields of science, technology, biomedical engineering, and mathematics.
Non-graduating undergraduates from universities and community colleges, and high school students
United States citizens or permanent residents

Able to show proof of valid health insurance for the duration of the program

This program is committed to promoting diversity within the fields of science and engineering. Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.