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The Niagara University Science Undergraduate Research Fellow program will foster and reward self-motivated, goal-oriented and academically exceptional students. The successful candidate(s) will have demonstrated achievements beyond outstanding academic preparation for undergraduate studies. Students with prior research experiences, emerging leadership skills and a strong collaborative learning spirit are preferred. Women and minority students who value a research-based education are especially encouraged to apply.

The NUSURF program admits students majoring in any of the natural science disciplines at Niagara and provides the following benefits:

  • A stipend of $7,500 per year
  • Participation in a faculty led seminar, exclusive to NU SURF, that focuses on student knowledge of the research process as well as an exploration of new discoveries and recent research and innovations.
  • An early and guided introduction to undergraduate research with a faculty member.
  • Funding for travel to conferences to present research and other academic enhancements.
  • Successful progression in the program requires a minimum GPA of 3.5; 10 hours a week conducting research; and attendance and participation in NU SURF related projects.


Research is an exceptional way for undergraduate science students to gain practical, high-level and hands-on experience, thereby setting them apart from their peers as they prepare to enter medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and graduate school and careers.

Niagara’s longstanding tradition of pairing undergraduate students with Ph.D.-prepared faculty members to collaborate on scientific research papers and presentations has led to the Niagara University Science Undergraduate Research Fellows (NU SURF) program.

This exclusive opportunity for freshmen majoring in the sciences provides an invaluable research experience, including:

  • Early contact with faculty members, staff and upper class science majors, presenting first-year students with personal and academic support systems as they transition to Niagara University.
  • Engagement in cutting-edge, faculty-mentored research early in their academic careers.
  • Involvement in a research-oriented seminar environment that focuses on the development of advanced concepts, research techniques and the ethical practice of science.
  • Efficient and effective workshops that increase students’ knowledge of research, fosters effective communication skills and facilitates experience in making scientific presentations.
  • Appropriate compensation for their contributions.

Admission Criteria

  • SAT of 1310 or higher (combined EBRW and Math) or ACT of 28 or higher.
  • High school average of 92 or better.
  • High school biology and/or chemistry and pre-calculus successfully completed with a B or better.
  • Recommended courses include physics; elective science courses; AP science and math courses; IB in science or math; calculus.
  • A completed application detailing your research interests, and academic and career goals.
  • A phone interview, virtual interview, and/or an in-person interview will be conducted in January or February.
  • Students with enthusiasm for a hands-on science education, or prior experience in a research laboratory, are especially encouraged to apply.
  • The priority deadline for NUSURF applications is Jan. 1. Decisions will be provided to applicants meeting the priority deadline no later than March 30, if possible. A second review of applications received after Jan. 1, but prior to Feb. 28, will take place for prospective students who are unable to meet the priority deadline. Applications from qualified candidates received after Feb. 28, will be considered for rolling program admission on a case by case basis. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the faculty coordinator, Dr. Christopher S. Stoj (, with any questions about the application process.