How to Apply
All students and advisors connected to a SURF must REGISTER. When registering, please update any incorrect or missing information in your profile. In addition, you are required to submit a paper copy of your proposal and any supporting materials you may have (minus the letter of collaboration) to our office by the posted deadline. When registering, please also update any incorrect or missing information in your profile.
Please note: All faculty advisors and students on group projects must be added by the student initiating the project registration. You MUST use their ANDREW ID to enter those individuals. ID exchanges will not enable you to apply (i.e. cmu.edu; cmu.cs.edu; cmu.sei.cmu; cmu.ece.edu, etc.) Use of the online application required WebISO authentication for each applicant.
Your application is your chance to tell us about your proposed research, why it's significant, and how well you are prepared to undertake such a project. All parts of your application must be submitted online. Once you have submitted online, your advisor will receive an email prompt to submit the letter of collaboration.
Components of Application
- Proposal - 3 pages maximum. (NO BUDGET IS REQUIRED FOR SURF.)
Please follow the guidelines on the URO website for Type I and Type II proposals. You may submit either type, but you must follow the structure laid out by the URO.
- Biography - 1 page maximum.
Please use this biography to tell us about yourself. Feel free to be creative - introduce us to your background and your interests - even those that may take you beyond your formal education and your research interests. These can include hobbies, travels, family background, what it was like to grow up in your hometown, athletics, and/or service interests. Or, if there is a compelling story that can explain why you chose to go in a particular direction, this can also be the basis of the biography. It should NOT be an opportunity to tell us what courses you have taken, why you deserve this opportunity, or why you chose Carnegie Mellon. This is a chance to reveal other sides of yourself and help the committee get to know you better.
- Applicant’s college transcript
Please include an official or unofficial transcript. The preceeding fall GPA is one of the factors, although not the most important, that we will consider. We will also look at overall trends. If there was a difficult semester or two, we will focus on a pattern over time.
If you do not have an updated resume, please see the Career Center for advice on resume writing.
- Letter of Collaboration written by mentor
A SURF requires full-time research on campus for 8-10 weeks under the direct and regular supervision of a Carnegie Mellon faculty member/researcher. The Letter of Collaboration comments not only on the student’s abilities but also on how the mentoring relationship will work. The Letter of Collaboration tells the Committee about the research expectations for the student and how the relationship between mentor and student will be structured and defined, for instance: how often mentor and student will meet; if there are graduate student mentors involved; who will take over if the mentor is out of town for a short time; the timetable for the project; and the nature of the student’s contribution.
- URO History
Please let us know if you participated in past SURG projects or received a SURF.
Name(s) of Projects
SURG and/or SURF
A BUDGET IS NOT REQUIRED FOR SURF
There are two types of proposals. Which of the two types - I or II - should I submit?
For students who are in the Arts and Creative Humanities, Type I research-based "making" proposals are most appropriate. If you are submitting a proposal in any of these areas, you should see the "Guidelines for Students Writing Art and Creative Humanities Grant Proposals" below.
All other students should submit Type II proposals and follow the standard guidelines below.
Both proposals follow the same Proposal Format in terms of length, font, and printing, and ALL students must submit a one-page biography, resume, and transcript. All students are encouraged strongly to work with their advisors and also to seek help from the Undergraduate Research Office in assembling these documents. Proposal Writing Workshops are available (dates on the our main page) and students should take advantage of them.
If you are uncertain about whether Proposal Type I or Type II is most appropriate for you, please contact Stephanie Wallach, Director of the URO, at email@example.com, or Jennifer Keating-Miller, Associate Director of the URO, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 8-5702.
For Fellowship Proposals, please disregard the section on Budget
Type I: Guidelines for Students Writing Art and Creative Humanities Grant Proposals
Type II: Guidelines for All Other Proposals
You will post this information online using the registration link. You are also required to submit one full copy of your proposal (EXCLUDING the letter of collaboration) by the published deadline to our office at 531 Warner Hall.
Fellowship recipients must:
Before the deadline, you should do the following things:
- Ask your project advisor for a letter of collaboration.
- Draft your proposal based on the guidelines in Writing Your Proposal.
- Attend a URO Proposal Writing Workshop (dates listed on our main page.)
- Meet with our Director or Associate Director (this is strongly suggested.)
If you will work with Human Subjects:
- Read A Note on Human Subjects for instructions.