- Who is eligible to submit a proposal?
- I am graduating by the end of the summer. Can I submit a proposal?
- How specific should a proposal be?
- How long should my proposal be?
- How do I satisfy the requirement of conducting research for one quarter
prior to summer?
- Can I have more than one mentor?
- Can I submit more than one proposal in response to the annual Call for
- Can I reapply if I was previously awarded or not awarded?
- Can I submit an ID-SURE and SURP proposal for the same project?
- What types of projects can a proposal be for?
- I am an international student at UCI. Can I submit a proposal for
- Can I enroll in summer classes if I have received an ID-SURE
- If I do not get funding, can I still do research?
- What is an Honorary Interdisciplinary Research
- How is ID-SURE monitored? That is, how do I
prove that I have completed the 320 hours of full-time research?
- Can I transfer my award to another student?
- My presentation at the Symposium will be different from what was
proposed. Is this acceptable?
- What if I want to discontinue my project?
Who is eligible to submit a
ID-SURE is open to all non-graduating (must be a returning student) UCI
undergraduates who are in good academic standing and who will be involved
in a faculty-mentored research project or creative activity for at least
one quarter prior to summer. For example, if you started your project
in the spring, you would still be eligible. For multiple students who
are working with the same faculty mentor(s), they should submit their
own individual proposals, but elaborate on how individual contributions
relate to ones by other group members.
I am graduating by the end of the summer. Can I
submit a proposal?
No. You need to be returning for the following academic year.
How specific should a proposal be?
The proposal should include some background on the topic, what exactly is being researched
or creatively developed, the role of the student, a projected timeline, a letter of
support from the faculty mentor, and the students personal statement. For more help,
consult the Proposal
Guidelines and browse through some Sample Proposals.
How long should my proposal be?
Typically proposals are 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.
How do I satisfy the requirement of conducting
research for one quarter prior to summer?
Students can become involved in faculty-mentored research activities that
include a project-related literature review, some initial hands-on training
experience, as well as refining the initial research methods outlined
in their proposal. Students are not required to enroll in a 199-like course
to satisfy this requirement, but are encouraged to do so.
Can I have more than one mentor?
Yes. Make sure that you have discussed and received approval regarding this arrangement
with all faculty mentors.
Can I submit more than one proposal in
response to the annual Call for Proposals?
No, you can only submit one ID-SURE proposal.
Can I reapply if I was previously awarded or
If you have not previously been awarded an ID-SURE grant, you may reapply for one, but you are
allowed only one ID-SURE Fellowship during your undergraduate studies.
Can I submit an ID-SURE and
SURP proposal for the same project?
Yes, but do not expect to receive full funding from both sources. We recommend
that you indicate in both applications that you have applied or intend
to apply for the other fellowship. Considering that the review cycle for
ID-SURE is concluded before the SURP decision-making process starts, it
is possible that a supplement will be awarded to you through the SURP
Program. This is of course assuming you will conduct research for more
than 320 hours, and depends on the quality of the proposed project.
What types of projects can
a proposal be for?
A proposal should focus on an interdisciplinary faculty-mentored research
project or creative activity related to health promotion and disease prevention.
The proposed project must be conducted by a UCI undergraduate student
under the guidance of a UCI faculty member. Proposals may range in scope
from developing a new project or continuing an ongoing research effort
either on campus or at an existing field placement site.
I am an international student at UCI. May I
submit a proposal for funding?
Yes! ID-SURE funding is avaialable to all non-graduating UCI undergraduate students who are in good standing.
Can I enroll in summer classes if I have
received an ID-SURE Fellowship?
Students who receive the ID-SURE Fellowship may enroll in summer courses,
upon receiving approval from their faculty mentor(s), as long as they meet
the 320-hour minimum requirement of the fellowship. For students who wish
to enroll in an independent research course during summer (i.e. 199 or
equivalent), a special negotiated 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 320 hours of research time.
If I do not get funding, can I still do
Of course! ID-SURE only facilitates and provides funding, if needed. You are also
encouraged to apply for funding through other programs, including UROP and SURP. Keep in
mind that 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 dont get funding from any of these sources, the continuation of your project is
dependent upon the approval of your faculty mentor.
What is an Honorary Interdisciplinary
An Honorary Interdisciplinary Research Fellow has enough funding for his/her
project, but would like to participate in the activities, and receive
the recognition and benefits that go with being an ID-SURE Fellow.
How is ID-SURE monitored? That is, how do I
prove that I have completed the 320 hours of full-time research?
You are expected to keep track of your time and submit a timesheet at
the end of the program signed by your mentor. The second half of your
stipend is contingent upon receiving an evaluation from your faculty mentor
of your performance and their recommendation to award or not award you the remaining
stipend. This is prompted by an e-mail your faculty mentor will receive
from UROP Director Said Shokair.
Can I transfer my award to another
No. If another student needs funding, s/he must apply for his or her own project.
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
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.
For any other questions, please contact the UROP Office.