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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. We welcome undergraduate students to pursue scientific inquiry and engage in research firsthand during the summer months. Students learn by doing, making it easier to understand the underlying rationale behind the research.
You can take advantage of hundreds of opportunities that offer numerous benefits:
We welcome full-time undergraduate students, who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the College of Science and who are in good academic standing, to apply. Unfortunately, students graduating in June are not eligible to participate in SURE Science after they graduate. Additionally, students who have received SURE funding in previous years, are not eligible to receive it again.
You may work with any professor at OSU as your Faculty Project Mentor. They do not need to be in the College of Science.
The following steps are required for the application:
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. You will receive an additional $500 for lab supplies or other research expenses that support your summer research.
You will negotiate your work schedule with your Faculty Project Advisor.
You can use the award funds to support your scholarly research activities including
The College of Science SURE Science Advisory Committee will carefully review all proposals for eligibility and merit. The 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.
The SURE Science Advisory Committee comprises faculty members 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:
If any SURE Science research appears in any publication, students are required to cite that the work was supported with SURE Science funds.
Students will also be required to write a thank you letter to the donors who provide funding for the College of Science’s SURE Science program. Details on this process and deadlines will be communicated to successful applicants.
Award recipients/students are required to present a poster at a poster event near the beginning of the Fall 2018 term.