View the tentative SURE 2019 Schedule

Program Start

Please arrange to be at KGI at 9:00 a.m. We will start the program with an informal welcoming reception, followed by a tour of the campus. The afternoon of the first day is devoted to meetings with advisors to discuss your summer research project. During the first two days you will also participate in a safety training session and computer orientation.

The first three weeks

You will start to do research right away, to quickly learn the necessary lab techniques and become familiar with your project. In order to place your project into a larger context, you will spend time reviewing the relevant scientific literature. Since eight weeks is a very short time, it is crucial for the success of your project that you and your advisor(s) will discuss and agree upon realistic goals, milestones, and a rough timeline for your project.


The majority of your summer will be spent doing original research under the guidance of your faculty advisor(s), alongside with other researchers at KGI. The goal of this research experience is to help you develop new skills and knowledge, and to provide you with a realistic understanding of what graduate-level research is like, with all its ups and downs. (Note: although graduate students often put in long hours, SURE participants are expected to work for 40 hours per week, no more, no less). Proper time management and frequent discussions/interactions with your advisor(s) will greatly enhance your overall research experience. However, do not drive yourself crazy if you cannot meet every single goal by the end of the summer, research is very unpredictable. The key to a productive and enjoyable summer is to be curious, attentive to detail, open-minded, and to approach every new challenge with a positive attitude.

Beyond Research

You will also have an opportunity to work in teams on bioentrepreneurship projects to learn about needs assessment, market research, competitive analysis, technical development of drugs, risk assessment, cost of clinical trials and drug reimbursement. Additionally, you will have an opportunity take part in a drug discovery course.

The Last Week

The last week of the program is dedicated to wrapping up your experiments and consolidating your data into a presentable format. Each participant prepares a 10 minute final oral presentation. A final written report in the form of a technical paper is sometimes required by the student’s home institution if students continue the project as senior thesis, or use this experience to receive independent research credit. We encourage participants to start working on this report by the end of the program, and provide assistance in the process.

Final Presentations

You will be able to present your research findings to your peers, advisors, and other researchers during the final oral presentation session.

Program ends, wrap up, and check out

At the last day of the program, you need to take care of a few final housekeeping items. You will consolidate/hand in your lab notebook and other materials, clean up your workspace (unless you plan to continue the project during the semester), and submit your final abstract. We will have a check out session early Friday afternoon.