SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships-Undergraduate Research Office - Carnegie Mellon University

SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Summer 2016 SURF Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2016


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program awards $3500 to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon for 8-10 FULL-TIME weeks of summer research in any field of study.

What can I do?

Students interested in any form of research may apply. All you need is an idea and a faculty advisor willing to supervise your research on campus for 8-10 weeks. You can work alone or in a group, but you must apply as an individual - no group awards are available.

How much SURF funding can I get?

Each Fellowship is given as a $3500 stipend. You will work full-time at a pre-determined hourly rate over 8-10 weeks and complete a bi-weekly timecard through your department. The award is subject to all applicable taxes.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you:
-Are a CMU undergraduate student - including freshmen - in a degree-granting program;
-Are going to be enrolled during the Fall semester after your fellowship;
-Are in good academic standing (not on probation, leave of absence or suspension);
-Have not received SURF in the past. 

When should I apply?

If you are interested in SURF for Summer 2016, the deadline is Monday, March 21, 2016. Appointments to meet with the Director or Assistant Director of the URO to review proposals should be made no later than March 18, 2016.

What are the Fellowship Requirements?

By accepting your SURF, you are agreeing to:
-participate in all required URO events and dinners
-write a thank you note to your funder
-plan to meet with the URO Director, Associate Director, and your mentor during the summer to talk about your project
-complete all assessments connected to your SURF
-present your work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium (Meeting of the Minds)
-follow human subjects guidelines

Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in ineligibility for future awards.

Ready to start the process? Use the links to your left.