Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Who is eligible to submit a proposal?
  2. What types of projects can a proposal be submitted for?
  3. How technical should a proposal be?
  4. How long should my proposal be?
  5. If I do not get funding, can I still do research?
  6. I am graduating by the end of the summer. Can I submit a SURP proposal?
  7. Can I enroll in summer classes if I have received a SURP Fellowship?
  8. I am a Regents’ Scholar. Do I receive the SURP Fellowship automatically?
  9. Can I reapply if I was previously awarded or not awarded?
  10. What is an Honorary Fellow?
  11. Can I submit a UROP and SURP proposal for the same project?
  12. I am an international student at UCI. Can I submit a proposal for funding?
  13. Can I submit a proposal while I am studying abroad?
  14. Can I transfer my award to another student?
  15. Can I have more than one mentor?
  16. What happens if I’m awarded funds, but I can’t attend the Symposium?
  17. What if I want to discontinue my project?

 

Who is eligible to submit a proposal?
SURP is open to all non-graduating (must be a returning student) UCI undergraduates who are in good academic standing and who have been involved in a faculty-mentored research project or creative activity for at least one quarter before the beginning of the Summer.


What if I start my research in the Spring Quarter? Can I apply for SURP funding even if I have only worked on the project for a couple of weeks?
Yes. You are eligible to submit a proposal, but you need to elaborate on what you have done prior to submitting your proposal and describe what you intend to do for the remainder of Spring Quarter in preparation for your extensive summer work. The more work you have done, the stronger your proposal will be.


What types of projects can a proposal be submitted for?
A proposal can be submitted for any faculty-mentored research project or creative activity performed by a UCI student or a group of students. We welcome proposals from all disciplines and schools.


How technical should a proposal be?
The proposal should include some background on the topic, what exactly is being researched or creatively developed or produced, the role of the student, a projected timeline, a letter of support from the faculty mentor, and the student’s personal statement. For more help, consult the Proposal Guidelines and browse through some Sample Proposals.


How long should my proposal be?
Proposals are typically five double-spaced, typed pages, but yours can be as long as it takes to justify your request in a convincing manner. For some examples, browse through our Sample Proposals to give yourself an idea.


If I do not get funding, can I still do research?
Of course! UROP only facilitates and provides funding, if needed. UROP also provides you the opportunity to present and publish your research through the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium and The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. If you don’t get funding, the continuation of your project depends upon the approval of your faculty mentor.


I am graduating by the end of the summer. Can I submit a SURP proposal?
No. You must be returning for the following academic year.


Can I enroll in summer classes if I have received a SURP Fellowship?
Students who receive the SURP Fellowship can enroll in summer courses, upon receiving approval from their faculty mentors, as long as they meet the 400-hour minimum requirement of the fellowship. For students who wish to enroll in an independent research course during the summer (i.e. 199 or equivalent), a special reduced rate will be charged by Summer Sessions. Hours for the fellowship should be counted separately from hours for academic credit. You cannot get academic credit and receive payment for the same hours. This means that if you sign up for 199 or equivalent, you must complete more than 400 hours of research time.


How is SURP monitored? That is, how do I prove that I have completed the 400 hours of full-time research?
It is through the honor system. The second half of your stipend is contingent upon receiving an evaluation from your faculty mentor on your performance and their recommendation to award or not award you the remaining stipend. This will be prompted by an e-mail your faculty mentor receives from UROP Director Said Shokair.


I am a Regents’ Scholar. Do I receive the SURP Fellowship automatically?
As a Regents’ Scholar you may have been provided a scholarship for the summer. This scholarship may be used either to take summer courses through UCI Summer Session, or to participate in an approved research project through SURP. To use your scholarship for an approved research program, you must submit a proposal in response to the annual SURP Call for Proposals and have your research project recommended for funding by the UROP/SURP Faculty Advisory Board. The maximum amount of the SURP Fellowship is $3,000; therefore, depending on the recommendation from the Faculty Board, you might receive an award from SURP that, with your Regents’ Scholarship, will bring your total award up to $3,000.


Can I reapply if I was previously awarded or not awarded?
If you have not been previously awarded a SURP grant, you may reapply for one, but you are allowed a SURP grant only once during your undergraduate studies.


What is an Honorary Fellow?
An Honorary Fellow has enough funding for his/her project, but would like the recognition and benefits that go with being a SURP Fellow.


Can I submit a UROP and SURP proposal for the same project?
Yes. UROP funding is for research-related supplies and expenses, and SURP’s stipend is in support of your time and efforts.


I am an international student at UCI. Can I submit a proposal for funding?
Yes. As long as you are a UCI undergraduate in good academic standing and have been involved in a faculty-mentored research project or creative activity, you can apply.


Can I submit a proposal while I am studying abroad?
Yes, as long as your project is mentored and supervised by a UCI faculty mentor.


Can I transfer my award to another student?
No. If another student needs funding, s/he must apply for his or her own project.


Can I have more than one mentor?
Yes. Make sure that you have discussed and received approval regarding this arrangement with all faculty mentors.


What happens if I’m awarded funds, but I can’t attend the Symposium?
You must speak with UROP Director Said Shokair to make other arrangements.


My presentation at the Symposium will be different from what was proposed. Is this acceptable?
Yes, but any dramatic changes need to be discussed with and approved by your faculty mentor. Notify UROP of any pertinent changes.


What if I want to discontinue my project?
Meet and discuss this with your faculty mentor. If you have come to the decision to terminate your involvement with a project, write an e-mail to UROP Director Said Shokair explaining your situation in detail. If you decide to end your project after you have received a stipend, return the check to the UROP Office or, if you have already deposited it, write a check for the amount of the award to “UC Regents” and bring it to the UROP Office.


 



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