Summer Undergraduate Research (SUR) Programme

Summer Undergraduate Research (SUR) Programme

Course dates:
6 July, 2020 to 28 August, 2020
Application deadline:
Thursday, 23 January, 2020
University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 edition of the school has been cancelled. The school will be rescheduled in 2021.

General information

Few entering university students have had significant experience with research into the unknown. Initial university courses provide descriptions of fundamental processes that are well established, indeed “in the textbooks”. The first opportunity to do research at the edge of the unknown can be a life changing experience that is remembered for the rest of one’s life. The school of Biology of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne proposes a Summer Undergraduate Research (SUR) Programme for the uninitiated to obtain that first experience.

The SUR Programme hosts about 15 Bachelor (first university degree) students with both biological and medical studies background from around the world (including 1-2 from Lausanne) for an 8-week sojourn in July and August. Each participant performs an individual research project in a different laboratory of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine. This programme aims to attract outstanding motivated students from near and far for a research experience that will remain with them for their lifetimes.

While most of the time is spent in the host lab, each week the students come together for shared academic activities, often with participants of the sister programme at the EPFL. These including introductory student research presentations, lectures from faculty members on research topics and their career paths, and career guidance workshops in academia and beyond.

At the end of the summer, students present the results of their research on a poster during a joint UNIL/EPFL Symposium and write a final report.

Students also enjoy many social activities, including a hike in the Alps, barbecues, swimming in Lac Leman, and visits to other cities in Switzerland!