Application now available! USC School of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

Greetings, All:

We are excited to offer the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program for 2017!

Please visit our website at the following to access the application:

Below is a brief overview of the program:


The USC School of Pharmacy’s SURF program is geared towards increasing learning and networking opportunities for undergraduate students committed to pursuing either a professional or academic research career in pharmaceutical and translational sciences. Students will develop confidence and independence in conducting research and communicating scientific concepts under the guidance of faculty and other mentors. In addition to daily engagement in the lab, students will attend biweekly entrepreneurship/professional development seminars and participate in a workshop on the graduate school application process so as to stimulate serious consideration of graduate study. At the end of the summer, students will give an oral presentation of their research to their peers and faculty.


  • Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty
  • Receive a $3,500 stipend for a full-time program during summer (June until mid-August)
  • Gain experience and tools to enhance your application to competitive PhD programs
  • Explore the rich and diverse culture of Southern California in Los Angeles while learning about the resources and graduate training opportunities at the USC School of Pharmacy
  • Develop lasting friendships with fellow participants
  • Housing is provided in shared housing on USC’s University Park Campus on ademonstrated financial need basis only. Evidence of financial need can be demonstrated by providing your most current need-based financial aid package.

NOTE:  housing is only available until Sunday, August 6.


  • 2017 SURF Application Deadline is March 15, 2017
  • Awardees will be notified by early April, 2017
  • Earliest start date: June 1, 2017

USC School of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

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Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Job Opening

Undergraduate Research Assistant/Intern (Chemistry)

We are currently looking for a highly motivated undergraduate student to join the Crinetics team. You will help support our team in our efforts to discover new drugs. This is a part-time position (15-20 hrs/week @ $12/h) that will compliment your formal education. We are flexible in scheduling around academic calendars. This is a great growth and learning opportunity in a small company environment where you will be surrounded by experienced and committed mentors.

• Undergraduate student studying in Chemistry or related field
• Completed coursework in general chemistry and at least one general or organic
chemistry laboratory course.
• An individual who is committed to a career in research, flexible, hard working and
eager to learn
• Students in their sophomore or junior year are preferred. Students in their final year
will not be considered as we consider a successful internship a multi-year

Initially the successful candidate will focus on one or more of the following:
• General Lab: ordering, stocking, maintaining accurate notebook and other records
• Chemical Inventory: maintaining and updating chemical and MSDS inventories
• Chemistry Support: glassware cleaning, registration of new proprietary compounds;
sample preparation
• Synthetic Lab: aid in the synthesis and purification of internal compounds
• Online Research: Literature searches, reprint retrieval and analysis of patents

Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc. ( is a startup company located in the
heart of the San Diego biotechnology community that discovers and develops novel
therapeutics targeting peptide hormone receptors for the treatment of endocrine-related
diseases and cancers. Crinetics was founded and is operated by a team of scientists with a
proven track record of drug discovery and development for endocrine diseases and
women’s health. Crinetics is a pet friendly workplace.

To apply, please email CV to San Diego area residents only, please.

2016 SCI Internship Applications due December 15, 2015

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Undergraduate Students!  We have a terrífic internship opportunity for you.  This is open to chemistry and chemical engineering majors who are US citizens or permanent residents with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. If you’re interested please visit for more information.

Applications for the SCI Scholars 2016 summer internship program are due December 15, 2015.

In this prestigious program, about 30 chemistry and chemical engineering majors will be selected for 10-week Summer 2016 internships. Winners will receive

  • $6,000-$10,000+ stipend, depending on the internship
  • Additional benefits for some internships
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Additional $1,000, which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an ACS or AIChE meeting
  • Opportunity to nominate an inspiring high school chemistry teacher for recognition with a certificate and $1,000


SCI Scholars is a summer internship program supported by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Please contact the SCI Scholars program (; 202-872-6108) with any questions or comments.

: 2015 Free Summer Research Seminars and Networking Opportunities!

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Qualcomm Institute 2015 Summer Research Seminars and Networking Opportunity

Calling all UCSD Chemistry Majors!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to apply for free Summer Research Seminars and Networking Workshops!

The Qualcomm Institute is offering a 2015 Summer Research Seminars and Networking program where students can focus on value-added, hands-on training sessions on research communications (including how to make professional presentations, public speaking, and use social media to publicize research findings) while also offering networking opportunities with other students and faculty. The summer program will consist of various workshops and seminars for all UCSD students who can benefit from the institute’s summer training events. The schedule is available on the following Program Flyer.

For more information or if you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please email, call (858) 822-1499, or visit

Pfizer Student Laboratory Assistant Position Open

pfizerCalling all Chemistry & Biochemistry Majors who are Sophomore level or higher! Are you interested in being a Student Laboratory Assistant? Pfizer has a position open in La Jolla within their Oncology Structural Biology department!

Pfizer is looking are looking for a reliable part-time person (10-15 hr/week) with lab experience who can commit to a minimum of 12 months. The appropriate candidate will have hands-on experience with lab equipment, will know how to calculate molar solutions, titrate pH, and would be willing to assist with experiments in a structural biology lab.

If you are interested, please contact RoseAnn Ferre at