SURF - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) programme is led by Dr Tuck Seng Wong, Lecturer in Biological Engineering. The aim is to support current students through enhancing their employability and research skills upon graduation. The fellowship is an eight week, paid initiative which takes place over the summer months. Students are required to submit an application which comprises a research proposal and interview. Students are supervised by an academic member of staff and a current post – doctoral researcher from the department. Students engage in laboratory work, oral presentations as well as a poster presentation.
This culminates in a symposium where they present their work. Prizes are awarded for the best overall presentation, with sponsorship from Priorclave and Thermo Fisher Scientific. This year the event was held on 11 September and was attended by parents, students and staff.
Aman is quoted discussing his SURF experience:
"For my SURF project, I worked alongside Dr Maria Val Martin to investigate the air quality impacts from the hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking' industry. It was an exciting and unique project with a very steep learning curve that introduced me to topics beyond my degree in Chemical Engineering, such as atmospheric science, satellite observations and computer programming. My work on the project led me to receive the 'Best Student Researcher' award, which was
sponsored by Priorclave.
Additionally, the research also gained the interest of the aerosols’ group at NASA. As a result, I was invited to present my project and results at the AeroCenter Seminar Series during my visit to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the U.S, sponsored by the Harley Scholarship. Delivering a seminar at NASA and collaborating with some of the leading engineers and scientists in the world was a truly incredible opportunity, and I was also able to spend some time travelling the U.S, which was also fantastic.
The SURF programme has been the highlight of my academic and professional career so far as not only have I developed greatly through it, but it has also helped me firm my postgraduate career decisions. I would highly recommend the programme to all students."