Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Science (SURE Science) is a competitive program that supports undergraduate science students who wish to pursue research during the summer. The College of Science welcomes undergraduate students to pursue scientific inquiry and engage in research firsthand. Students learn by doing, making it easier to understand the underlying rationale behind the research.

Students can take advantage of hundreds of opportunities with the following benefits:

  • Taking an active role in research
  • Build connections by working alongside extraordinary scientists and researchers
  • Experience a compelling and life-changng learning experience
  • Gain critical insight into the creation of knowledge that is often not part of classroom learning
  • Apply classroom learning in a hands-on, practical way
  • Develop a mentoring relationship with faculty to help define and support your future career

Apply today!

Follow this simple process to apply:

  1. Find a mentor faculty member who you are interested in working with you this summer on a project related to their research.  If you need help identifying a mentor, please attend the SURE Science Information Session on Wednesday, February 10, 5-6pm, Kidder 128.
  2. Discuss and outline a summer research project with your mentor.
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Upload your application form along with the supporting documents.
  5. Ask your faculty mentor to upload a letter of support directly. Be sure to give them plenty of advance notice.
  6. Deadline for completed application: March 21, 2016 by 5pm.


We welcome full-time undergraduate students, who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the College of Science and in good academic standing, are eligible to apply. Unfortunately, students graduating in June are not eligible to participate in SURE Science after they graduate.  

You can work with any faculty of professorial rank as Faculty Project Advisor.

Award information

You will receive the award in the form of student employment that is paid directly to you. The maximum award is $5,000 for 11 weeks of full-time research with a sponsoring faculty member and participation in an end-of-the-summer poster session. The award funds can be used to support scholarly research activities. You should negotiate your work schedule with your Faculty Project Advisor.

Research Expense Funds 

You will receive an additional $500 for lab supplies or other research expenses that support your summer research. 

Items eligible for research expense funds:

  • Consumable lab materials and supplies
  • Travel to conduct research or visit libraries/archives
  • Library costs (e.g. duplication costs)
  • Equipment rental, software

Review procedure

The College of Science SURE Science Advisory Committee will carefully review all proposals for eligibility and forrward qualified requests to members for additional evaluation. The SURE Science Advisory Committee recommends a prioritized list of applicants to fund based on the quality of proposals as reflected in the review criteria below. Award decisions are based on available funds.  Preferences may be given to undergraduate students who are having their first research experience. Applicants will be notified of award decisions via email. 

Review criteria

The SURE Science Advisory Committee comprises faculty members appointed by the Dean who represent the diversity of the College's research enterprise. Proposals that describe the research project to this general audience, provide clear explanations of the approach and significance of the proposed work, and avoid using jargon or unexplained acronyms will fare better than those written from a highly focused, scientific discipline perspective.

The SURE Science Advisory Committee evaluates proposals using the following criteria:

Scholarly merit
  • Is the proposal well written?
  • Does the proposal include an overall project hypothesis statement or objective?
  • Is the significance and approach adequately described?
  • Does the proposal clearly state the student's role?
Student impact
  • Will this research experience help the student accomplish his/her educational goals?
  • Will this experience help the student accomplish his/her professional goals?
Other considerations
  • Well prepared, well written resume
  • Transcript and GPA
  • Faculty mentor letter of support

Other requirements

If any SURE Science research appears in any publication, students are required to cite SURE Science support.

Final reports

Award recipients/students are required to present a poster at the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Students will also be required to provide a PDF of their poster and an impact statement describing their experience to the College of Science by September 30, 2015. Students who fail to submit the required final report will be ineligible to receive future funding from the College of Science.

Updated and current student information 

Award recipients must to notify the College of Science of any changes in their contact information, including mailing address, email address and phone number.