Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program


Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP)


Program Overview

Since 1971, the Nemours Biomedical Research Department has been funding scholarships to undergraduate students for work on summer research projects through the Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP). Recipients of this award are paid a scholarship for the 10-week, full-time program.

Each year, the program is comprised of an assortment of laboratory-based and applied/clinical research projects. Scholarship recipients are matched with scientist/physician mentors according to student's expressed interest in the projects, the student's background, and selection of the student by the mentors.

Areas of study encompass a wide variety of medical specialties, including but not limited to the list below:

▪ Neurology ▪ Genetics
▪ Musculoskeletal Diseases   ▪ Orthopedics
▪ Pulmonology ▪ Speech
▪ Rheumatology ▪ Hearing
▪ Oncology ▪ Balance
▪ Cardiology ▪ Medical Imaging
▪ Immunology ▪ Reproductive Biology
▪ Metabolic Disease ▪ Tissue Engineering

Goal & Purpose

The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP) seeks to provide a well-rounded, healthcare-focused experience in biomedical research to undergraduates interested in pursuing advanced studies in the biological sciences and/or health professions.

During the 10-week program, participants will learn about human subjects protection and animal welfare concerns, research ethics, evidence-based medicine, and clinical and translational research, while performing research in the context of pediatric medicine. Nemours research faculty guide students through the process of formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data, and communicating results. Mentors regularly meet with students throughout the program and provide assistance in experimental design and interpretation of collected data.


Each NSURP scholar will receive a $4300 scholarship, dispersed in three installments during the program.

The program does not provide a housing allowance. While the program can provide information about housing options in the area, finding and securing suitable housing is the scholar's responsibility.

Travel from one's residence to the research site is the responsibility of the student. There is ample free parking available at all locations except in Philadelphia.

Program Activities

  • Research seminars
  • Journal club
  • Discussions about medical and academic careers
  • Clinical observations (in-person program only)
  • Research presentations by scholars

All students will present their research project and findings to the Nemours community via poster sessions and oral presentations. Family and friends are invited to attend these events.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrollment in a full-time undergraduate school at the time of application
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Interest in research motivated by problems in pediatric health
  • United States citizen or Permanent Resident

Application Requirements

2021 NSURP Pre-Application Worksheet

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • The people writing your letters will receive an email via the application with directions on how to submit a reference on your behalf.
    • Letters should be from college faculty members who can speak to your experiences working on research and/or your academic abilities; one must be from a science faculty member. For freshman, it is acceptable if one of these letters is from a high school science teacher.
  • Transcripts
    • The program will accept "unofficial" transcripts.
  • Short essay responses (listed within the application)
  • Optional: two additional supplementary files (video, writing sample, etc.)

We encourage diversity in our student cohort: we welcome applicants from all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities/disabilities to apply.

Direct questions to: Program Coordinator


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