The Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Fair (LSURF): FAQs
What is the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Fair (LSURF)?
The Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Fair is a poster session where Harvard-affiliated laboratories showcase their current research projects to Harvard College undergraduates. Groups come from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, Harvard Medical School, the Broad Institute, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, McLean Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Why do we organize the LSURF?
The LSURF facilitates scientific discussions between Harvard undergraduates and Harvard graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and other researchers. The fair is an effective way both for undergraduates to meet many scientists and learn about their cutting-edge life sciences research and for scientists to describe and explain their experimental approaches. The fair benefits both undergraduates and Harvard’s life science researchers. Many undergraduates report finding a host lab at the fair, and the Harvard scientists who present a poster relish the chance to speak with a large number of undergraduates, some of whom join their research groups.
When is the LSURF?
The LSURF is typically held in November of each year. This timing gives students time to find a host lab and apply for summer research fellowships, which typically have deadlines in January, February, or March.
Where is the LSURF?
In 2015, the LSURF was in the Knafel Center (formerly known as the Radcliffe Gymnasium) in the Radcliffe quadrangle at 10 Garden Street, Cambridge. The location for the 2016 event will be finalized in early fall.