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Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Tenure and tenure-track faculty are invited to submit proposals to conduct research with undergraduate students during the summer of 2024. The research project will run during the summer 2025 sessions I, II, and III.

All student and faculty participants are required to attend the opening reception on May .

The goals of this initiative are: to develop an active program of undergraduate research in all disciplines; to teach students the common elements of the research process by actively engaging them in a research study; to encourage students to pursue careers in research; and to provide time and incentive for faculty members to engage in research.

SURP projects should be designed to provide students with insight into how to formulate research questions, design experiments, collect and analyze data, and communicate their results to the academic community. The program will begin with an opening reception to foster a sense of community between the student and faculty research scholars. Each student will be required to present their research at Seaver College's annual Research and Scholarly Achievement Symposium in Spring 2026. 

SURP student participants will be required to register for a minimum of 4 units of 590/599 (Research/ Directed Studies) credit and may register for up to a total of 8 units over summer 2025 sessions I, II, and III. Students will receive a 4-unit tuition scholarship, if eligible for aid, to cover the cost of this Research/Directed Studies course.

Faculty will recruit and select up to two student participants and will receive a $1,000 stipend for each student who is enrolled and who completes all program requirements.


In addition, the Office of the Vice Provost will fund one faculty-student research team per summer whose research falls into the category of gender-related research. If awarded a “Gender-SURP”, the faculty-student research team will each receive a $500 stipend, in addition to the standard SURP incentives ($1,000 faculty stipend and 4-unit student scholarship), for enrolling and completing all program requirements. If you would like to be considered, please make a "Gender-SURP" note on your application. Members of the Committee on Women Faculty make funding recommendations for these awards.

SURP Application Process

The proposals should include a brief description of the research questions from which students may choose, a proposed schedule for the project, the number of students that will participate, and an assessment plan.

Proposals for this project, as well as a current C.V., should be submitted through the Internal Research Programs - Application Form by February 5, 2025. Decisions on awards will be made and notification letters will be sent by April. Upon receipt of an award, a SURP Course Contract must be completed for each student participant and submitted to Sevana Hanneyan. Funded projects will be expected to complete the Internal Research Report Form by August 15, 2025.