|2020 SURP Call for Proposals
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
Call for Proposals has been announced with a deadline of May
4, 2020. Non-graduating UCI Undergraduate students, from all
disciplines, who will have been involved in faculty-mentored undergraduate
projects or creative activities for at least one quarter before
the beginning of the Summer are encouraged to
apply. Each undergraduate researcher must submit his or her own
SURP Proposal, even for a group project.
Proposals are submitted online. Be prepared to provide appropriate information about the undergraduate researcher, his/her faculty mentor(s) and additional details related to the proposed project.
You must also upload, as separate files, the proposal and a personal statement.
Before you start the online submission process, please make sure you have the following information:
Your name, UCI student ID number, major(s),
title and number of units for each research-related course you
are enrolled in, expected graduation date, educational goals,
career goals, research interests, prior research experience
current mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. You
must also upload an electronic version of your personal statement
that outlines your background, future plans, and how the research
will impact your education and future career.
For each faculty member directly involved in mentoring the proposed
project, you need to provide his/her name, home department, e-mail
address, phone number, and UCI address.
the proposed project, including title of the project, IRB
or IACUC approval and protocol
numbers (if applicable), funding request total, and other funding
you might have received in support of this project. You will
also be asked to upload an electronic version of the proposal,
which includes a topic or thesis statement, the background
or introduction, the objective or significance of your project,
methods, prior work completed, expected results, specific responsibilities
of the student, and the project timeline. Since the SURP Fellowship
will be provided as a stipend in support of your time and efforts,
there is no need to include an itemized budget in the SURP
Proposal. For more details on how to prepare a proposal, please
; for examples, review the Sample
If your research involves human or live
you may require IRB or IACUC
You must apply for this approval before applying for a SURP fellowship.
may, however, submit your SURP proposal before receiving final IRB or IACUC approval.
A confirmation via e-mail will be sent to the
undergraduate researcher and faculty mentor(s) once the submission
has been received. This
confirmation will provide a secure link for the student
and faculty mentor(s) to access and update the submission. In addition,
faculty mentors will be asked to upload one letter of recommendation
per project, evaluating the student's performance to date
and capacity to complete the proposed activities.
To begin your proposal
submission process, click here for the
SURP Proposal Submission Form
Proposals are evaluated based on
the intellectual merit in the student’s research, a complete
application, level of support from faculty, student transcript,
and available funding. Successful
applicants will be notified by Spring Quarter. For more help or
examples, browse through some Sample
Proposals and our Researcher's
A final report on the project activities and findings is not required.
Instead, students can submit a paper for possible publication
in The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. Students are also required to submit an abstract and present at the following year’s UCI
Undergraduate Research Symposium.