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Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program

UPDATE 12/28/2020: We are monitoring the COVID situation and public-health restrictions as we make decisions about the SROP for summer 2021. Please check back later for updates.

The Duke University Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated undergraduate students hands-on experience in graduate-level biomedical research. We welcome applicants from around the United States who are seriously considering joining a Ph.D. graduate program after completing their undergraduate degree. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Duke SROP emphasizes direct laboratory experience. Students spend a majority of their time learning research techniques in the laboratory, attending lab meetings, interacting with members of other labs, and otherwise conducting themselves just as if they were in graduate school. Each student is mentored by a faculty mentor, solving real research problems in an active, modern biomedical research laboratory. (See our PBS NewsHour profile)

SROP 2018In addition to laboratory research, the program features:

  • Weekly research seminars and roundtable discussions
  • Academic and career-planning workshops
  • GRE preparation
  • Mock interviews for graduate school
  • Weekly social activities, including dinner outings, movies, games, and shopping
  • Closing symposia where the students present their research in oral presentations and a poster session

Students receive shared on-campus apartment accommodation, travel assistance, and a competitive stipend.

The 2020 SROP runs from May 26 through August 1. The application period is open until February 7, 2020.

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