SURA - Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship-Undergraduate Research Office - Carnegie Mellon University

SURA - Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship

The Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (SURA) course awards up to 9 units of tuition-free elective credit to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon for up to 135 hours of student participation in existing faculty projects focused on undergraduate research or creative inquiry under the direction of a regular or adjunct Carnegie Mellon faculty member The project, the number of units, and the criteria for grading are to be determined by the student and faculty supervisor. The SURA course is listed on the Carnegie Mellon Schedule of Classes as 99-270. Students may register for a maximum of 9 units with work to be completed over an 8-week period during the summer all term.

This course is designed for undergraduate students without previous experience in research or creative inquiry at Carnegie Mellon. Students are limited to one SURA experience over the course of their undergraduate careers.

Course enrollment requires permission from Joanna Dickert, course instructor and Assistant Director in the Undergraduate Research Office (URO). Please contact Ms. Dickert to schedule an appointment to discuss enrollment.

Eligibility requirements for the SURA experience include:

  • Currently enrolled with undergraduate first-year or sophomore status
  • Baccalaureate degree in progress
  • No previous experience in research or creative inquiry at Carnegie Mellon 
  • Return to Carnegie Mellon as a full time student in the fall semester following the SURA experience

 Requirements for enrolled students:

  • Complete the required Internship Verification form in consultation with faculty mentor
  • Meet individually with career consultant in the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) to update resume
  • Meet individually with a tutor in the Global Communications Center (GCC) to  begin to develop a professional biography
  • Present your work at the Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Follow human subjects guidelines