ALL FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Re: Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Call for Proposals
We are proud to announce the launch of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at
the University of California, Irvine. SURP provides funding for UCI undergraduates from
all disciplines who are conducting summer research projects or creative activities under
the guidance of UCI faculty members. The program offers students the opportunity to become
immersed in a research topic for a full-time ten-week period or the equivalence of 400
hours. SURP Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend. SURP will be administered by the
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate
We are also pleased to announce the First Annual SURP Call for Proposals. We encourage all
non-graduating 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 to
apply. Proposals should be prepared by the student applicant and jointly submitted by the
student and a faculty member. Proposals will be reviewed by the UROP Faculty Advisory
SURP Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Funds will be awarded directly to
the Fellows in the form of stipends. Requests can be for less than $3,000 if other funding
sources are contributing to the students summer stipend. These funds are not
intended to support such expenditures as the purchase of research-related materials and
supplies. Requests for such items can be submitted in response to UROPs regular
Spring Call for Proposals. Students receiving adequate funding from departmental or other
sources can submit an application for a SURP Honorary Fellowship.
Students who receive the SURP Fellowship can enroll in summer courses, upon receiving
approval from their faculty mentors, and 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 summer 2001 (i.e. 199 or equivalent), a special negotiated rate of only $38
per unit (normally $76 per unit) will be charged by Summer Sessions.
COMPLETE PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE UROP OFFICE, STUDENT SERVICES II, SUITE 1100,
BY 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, May 7, 2001. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
The proposal packet should include:
· SURPs standardized Proposal Cover Sheet (available online at:
· The research proposal, which includes the objective of the research project, project
design and feasibility, students level of preparation, and the projects
· A letter of support from a faculty sponsor, evaluating the students performance
to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities
· The students personal statement evaluating her/his research experience and its
impact on her/his education
· If the research involves human subjects or the use of live vertebrate animals, evidence
of the appropriate IRB or IACUC submission or approval is required. Please refer to
http://www.rgs.uci.edu for guidelines and appropriate forms.
These elements of the proposal submission can be delivered to the UROP Office or sent via
e-mail to email@example.com.
Standards for evaluation of funding requests include:
· Intellectual merit in the students proposed research activity
· Thoroughness and completeness of the SURP application packet
· Level of commitment and support from the faculty
· Assessment of students UCI transcript
· Available Funds
Successful applicants will be notified by June 1, 2001. SURP Fellows are required to
present their research results and findings at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium on
May 11, 2002, and encouraged to submit a final paper for possible publication in The UCI
Undergraduate Research Journal. They will also be invited to participate in a series of
seminars on research-related topics and communication skills.
Students supported by SURP must adhere to UCI's research conduct rules dealing with health
and environmental issues, research ethics, use of humans as experimental subjects, care of
laboratory animals, and patents and copyrights.
Students are encouraged to attend a SURP Proposal Writing Workshop on Tuesday, May 1st
from 3:00-5:00 P.M. in the Student Services II, Conference Room 1010A/B. For more
information and/or a copy of the Proposal Cover Sheet, faculty and students may contact
the UROP Office; Student Services II, Suite 1100; Zotcode: 5685; Phone: 824-4189; Fax:
824-1607; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
Said M. Shokair
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program