June 15 - July 15, 2015

Participants in the SURF program work in an active research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty member with the goal of exposing students to the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of research.

Selection is based on academic records and the appropriateness of the applicant’s scientific interests. Students about to begin their senior year of college studies are preferred, but promising juniors and recent graduates will be considered.

Participants are provided with room, board and a $600 stipend. Six undergraduate credit hours in biology are also available tuition-free to all program participants. In addition, those program participants who meet minimum requirements for admission to OU-HCOM, including having taken the MCAT, will be offered an opportunity to interview during the summer.

SURF Application (pdf)
Deadline: February 1, 2015

This application must be sent via regular mail, or scanned and e-mailed to SURF Application. There is no application fee for this program.

Submission of official transcripts from all colleges attended is also required. Please have your college registrar send them to:

OU-HCOM Admissions Office
SURF Program
102 Grosvenor Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Recommender Evaluation Forms (pdf)
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Use of these forms is optional, however, we do require recommendations from two faculty familiar with your academic work. A premedical advisory committee letter may also be used.

Participating faculty and their research areas (pdf):

Bonita Biegalke, Ph.D.
Molecular studies of regulatory mechanisms critical for replication of the herpes virus, cytomegalovirus.

Leslie Consitt, Ph.D.
My research interest involves studying the metabolic properties of skeletal muscle in conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and aging. I am particularly interested in elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms contributing to skeletal muscle insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism and the impact that exercise and diet modification may have on these mechanisms

Karen Coschigano, Ph.D.
The main research focus of my laboratory is the identification of genes, proteins and regulatory pathways involved in the development of diabetic nephropathy, or kidney damage, with an emphasis on the roles of growth hormone, STAT5 and inflammation.  My group uses mouse models, cell culture and gene expression assays including real-time RT/PCR, western blot and immunohistochemical analyses.  We are also using bioinformatics to evaluate gene expression. 

Peter Coschigano, Ph.D.
Genetic and molecular studies of natural biodegradation processes, such as microorganisms that can degrade toxic compounds, and development of techniques that can exploit them for environmental clean-up purposes.

Mario Grijalva, Ph.D.
Tropical Disease Research in Ecuador: Epidemiological, entomological and clinical studies in rural communities. Activities will focus on collection and analysis of biological material in the field (mobile laboratory) and further analysis of samples and data at the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory in Quito, Ecuador as well as back in Athens. For more information, visit http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/tdi/ or contact grijalva@ohio.edu.

Donald Holzschu, Ph.D.
Role of retroviruses in tumor induction and regression.

John Kopchick, Ph.D.
Molecular basis for obesity and diabetes.

Donald Miles, Ph.D.
Adaptive significance of variation in morphology and locomotion; comparative methods in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Allan Showalter, Ph.D.
Molecular and cellular biology approaches to the structure and function of plant cell surface proteins, including the use of genetic mutants and RNA interference in Arabidopsis.


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