The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program for undergraduate research in biotechnology and bioengineering at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA provides undergraduate students the opportunity for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in the areas of applied molecular and cellular biology, bioengineering, computational biology, drug discovery and development, as well as exposure to related ethics and business topics.

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2022 Dates (online and in-person)

  • June 27-July 29, 2022

2022 Tracks

Health Economics and Outcomes Research

  • This track will focus on how healthcare decision-makers use health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) to help make decisions

Public Health and Virology

  • This track will focus on an intro to viruses, pandemics/outbreaks, an overview of viruses (flu, HIV, herpes, poxvirus, coronavirus, filoviruses, e.g., Ebola and Marburg), and vaccines

Population Health

  • This track will focus on analytics and statistical programs

Precision Health: Implications for the Care of Individuals, Families, and Communities

  • This track will focus on precision and predictive health


  • This track will focus on basic immunological concepts, genes characterization, and RNAseq data analysis

Drug Discovery

  • This track will focus on principles of drug discovery, development, and management of the pipeline (from a business perspective) will be introduced through a series of seminars and team-based research project assignments

Individual Projects


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Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Application Deadline

    • March 31

    Application Requirements 

    An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements (below) can be submitted along with your online application or separately:

    • Personal Statement
      • Please provide a brief statement of why you are interested in conducting summer research at KGI. Please also describe what you would like to do once you complete your undergraduate degree.
    • Supplemental Essay
      • Please briefly describe which scientific areas you are most interested in and why. Please refer to the list of available summer research projects here.
    • Resume
    • Letter of Recommendation (optional)
      • Contact information for one recommender is optional during the application process. This person should be able to evaluate your qualification and potential for success in our program (such as an instructor, advisor, mentor, etc). More than one recommender can be submitted but is not required. 
      • Recommenders will be contacted via email to submit their recommendation online. If they prefer otherwise they can email or mail a copy to the Admissions Office along with this recommendation form
    • Transcripts
      • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for evaluation purposes. Official transcripts are not required for admission but may be substituted for unofficial transcripts for admission review.

    Application Review

    All completed applications will be reviewed after the March 1 deadline. We take a holistic look at each applicant, and place great importance on letters of recommendation and your personal statement. We will strive to notify you about the status of your application as soon as possible.

  • The SURE program is appropriate for motivated undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry, engineering, or related disciplines. One of the program goals is to promote the success of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering

  • There is a $20 application fee.

    If you are in need of an application fee waiver, please contact