SURVE Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Vocation Experience (SURVE) program at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, provides paid ($10/hour), basic science research internship experiences to undergraduates while promoting an understanding of “science as vocation.” Throughout the program, students conduct hands-on, faculty-mentored basic science research, design and perform experiments, analyze and interpret data, as well as draw conclusions and communicate their results. Students also engage in various activities meant to promote an understanding of “science as vocation” in light of the Benedictine wisdom tradition. Through daily prayer, community meals, reading & discussion, lectures, and the opportunity to attend daily Mass, young men and women can grow in their faith, learn about the nature of science and the vocation of the scientist, and gain research experience that will prepare them for graduate, medical, or professional school.


The research reported in this program was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103442.


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