Carnegie Mellon University

SURG/CW: Small Undergraduate Research Grants/Crosswalk

Summer/Fall 2021 Proposal Deadines:

Student Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (11:59 pm)
Faculty Letter of Recommendation Upload Deadline: Sunday, March 28, 2021 (11:59 pm)

The Small Undergraduate Research Grant/Crosswalk (SURG/CW) program offers grants for materials and supplies to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon in all fields of study who are pursuing interdisciplinary work. SURG/CW provides supplementary funds above what is allowed for SURG (one-person projects qualify for grants up to $500; group projects can receive up to $1000).

What can I do?

Students interested in any form of interdisciplinary research may apply. This  means that the project must synthesize knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines and not simply include students and faculty from different departments.  For more information on how interdisciplinary research is defined for SURG/CW, see here.  You can work alone or in a large group, in a professor's lab or in a studio - it's up to you. The URO adheres to a broad definition of research: "Research, scholarly, or artistic activities that lead to the production of new knowledge; to increased problem solving capabilities, including design and analysis; to original, critical or historical theory and interpretation; or to the production of art or artistic performance."

How much funding can I get from SURG/CW?

SURG/CW offers ADDITIONAL funding beyond traditional SURG (one-person projects may qualify for up to $500 additional; group projects may receive up to $1000 additional). It is especially important for SURG/CW that applicants include a detailed budget of all expenses.  The grants are given as cash awards for materials and supplies related to your project only, and will not affect your financial aid.

Individuals Up to $500 Additional up to $500 (Up to $1000 total)
Teams Up to $1000 Additional up to $1000 (up to $2000 total)

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are:
1. A CMU undergraduate student - including freshmen - in a degree-granting program;
2. Going to be enrolled during the semester of your grant for Fall or Spring awards, or the semester following your grant for Summer awards;
3. In good standing at the university (not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension).

When should I apply?

If you are interested in a SURG/CW grant for the Summer or Fall 2021 semesters, the student submission deadline is Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Virtual appointments with the Director, Assistant or Associate Directors of the URO to review proposals should take place no later than Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  Faculty mentors must submit their letter of recommendation by Sunday, March 28, 2021.  Proposal-writing workshops are available every semester.

What are the Grant Requirements?

By accepting your grant, you are agreeing to:

  • participate in all required URO events
  • write thank you notes to donors
  • complete all assessments connected to your SURG and SURG/CW
  • present your work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium (Meeting of the Minds)
  • follow human subjects protocol where appropriate.

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

Ready to start the process? Use the links to the right.