The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (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 equivalent of 400 hours.
Students can apply for funding by submitting a
proposal during the SURP Call for Proposals in the Spring Quarter
of each academic
year. SURP is open to all non-graduating (must
be a returning student) UCI undergraduates who are in good academic
standing and who will have
been involved in a faculty-mentored research project or creative
activity for at least one quarter before the beginning
of the Summer. Proposals should be prepared by the student applicant
and jointly submitted by the student and
a faculty member.
SURP Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive
basis; the UROP Faculty Advisory Board reviews all proposals and
makes funding recommendations. SURP Fellows are awarded a maximum
$3,000 stipend in support of their time and efforts conducting a
summer research project or creative activity. Requests can be for
less than $3,000 if other funding sources are contributing to the
student’s summer stipend. These funds are NOT intended to
support such expenditures as the purchase of research-related materials
and supplies, but students could use part of their stipends for
such items. Requests for project-related supplies can be submitted
in response to UROP’s 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,
as long as they meet the 400-hour minimum requirement of the fellowship.
SURP is administered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
Students supported by UROP 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, as well as patents and copyrights.
Additional research conduct guidelines and appropriate
forms are available at the following Web site: http://www.research.uci.edu/.