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:

  • Taking an active role in research
  • Build connections by working alongside extraordinary scientists and researchers
  • Experience a compelling and life-changing 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


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.

Apply today!

The following steps are required for the application:

  1. Find a faculty mentor 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, January 31, 2018, at 6:00 p.m in Kearney 112. We can help you.
  2. Discuss a summer research project with your mentor and develop a project outline.
  3. Complete the 3 essay questions on the SURE Essay Form.
  4. Ask your faculty mentor to complete the SURE Faculty Mentor Form.
  5. Complete the online application. You will upload PDF files of both the SURE Essay Form and the SURE Faculty Mentor Form. 
  6. Deadline for completed application: April 4, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.

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. 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

  • Consumable lab materials and supplies
  • Travel to conduct research, visit libraries/archives, or present their research
  • 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 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. 

Review Criteria

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:

Scholarly Merit

  • Is the proposal well written and scientifically sound?
  • 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 or professional goals?
  • Has the student demonstrated the resilience and dedication required to be successful in research?
  • Does the student have financial needs, which this award will lower barriers to engagement in research?

Other Requirements

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.