The Inter-Disciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE) provides funding for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting interdisciplinary summer research projects or creative activities related to health promotion and disease prevention under the guidance of UCI faculty members. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in an interdisciplinary research topic for a full-time eight-week period, or the equivalent of 320 hours.

Students can apply for funding by submitting a proposal during the ID-SURE Call for Proposals, announced during Winter Quarter of each academic year. ID-SURE is open to all non-graduating (must be a returning student) UCI undergraduates who are in good academic standing. Proposals should be developed and submitted by the student applicant with guidance from the faculty mentor(s).

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, based on recommendations by the ID-SURE Selection Committee. Fellows are awarded a maximum $2,000 stipend in support of their time and efforts conducting an interdisciplinary summer research project or creative activity related to the topic of health promotion and disease prevention. Requests can be for less than $2,000 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. Students receiving adequate funding from departmental or other sources can submit an application for an ID-SURE Honorary Fellowship.

During the summer, ID-SURE Fellows are expected to: 1) participate in eight weekly journal club meetings to discuss interdisciplinary research articles related to health promotion and disease prevention, and 2) make a brief presentation and submit a final written report on the project activities and findings at the conclusion of the program. ID-SURE fellows can enroll in summer courses, upon receiving approval from their faculty mentors, as long as they meet the 320-hour minimum requirement of the fellowship. During the following academic year, ID-SURE Fellows are encouraged to continue with their faculty-mentored research and creative activities on a related topic and present at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium held in May.

The broad aim of the ID-SURE program is to infuse a sense of inter- and transdisciplinary thinking into all of the trainees’ research activities. Through weekly assignments, participants are expected to consider and discuss linkages between their specific work and the greater topic of health promotion and disease prevention. For example, a Fellow participating in research related to a tobacco cessation medication clinical trial might be asked to speculate about a policy change that is designed to reduce lung cancer incidence among smokers, such as increasing the smoking age to 21. In addition, Fellows are expected to learn the specific skills and methods of their host research unit. For example, a trainee working in a brain-imaging center will be expected to demonstrate project-specific knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to neural-scanning and other data gathering, data management, entry and analysis techniques.

ID-SURE is sponsored under the National Institutes of Health Roadmap Initiative, funded by the National Institute on Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK), and administered jointly by the School of Social Ecology and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Research Conduct

Students supported by the ID-SURE 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: www.research.uci.edu/.

Library Benefits

Through the collaborative efforts of UROP and the UCI Library, ID-SURE Fellows receive several library privileges to support their research or creative activity. These include:

  • Extended borrowing privileges of 90 days instead of 30 days
  • Access to the Nordstrom Honors Study Room (Main Library, Room 472) for quiet study (the key can be checked out at the loan desk)
  • Unlimited Interlibrary Loan to enhance access to other UC campus collections and to other libraries' collections worldwide

To contact a librarian for assistance on a particular research or creative project subject, visit: http://www.lib.uci.edu/about/contact/subject-librarians.html.

For more information on the UCI Libraries-UROP partnership and the other services that the UCI Library offers, visit: http://www.lib.uci.edu/about/projects/urop/undergraduate-research-opportunities-program.html.

ID-SURE Call for Proposals:
Deadline: TBD

Proposal Guidelines (PDF)

View Proposal Form Details (PDF)

Proposal Writing Workshop: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
(3-5 p.m., Calit2 Auditorium)
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