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 research 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 and duration, 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 experience 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.
  • Details about 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 review the Proposal Guidelines; for examples, review the Sample Proposals.
  • If your research involves human or live animal subjects you may require IRB or IACUC approval. You must apply for this approval before applying for a SURP fellowship. You 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



The Process

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 Handbook.

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.


2020 SURP Proposal Submission Form

Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020

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Proposal Guidelines - (PDF)

Proposal Writing Workshop: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 (3-5 p.m., Calit2 Auditorium)

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