About SURF-IoT

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Internet of Things (SURF-IoT), provides a unique 10-week summer research opportunity for UCI undergraduates to become immersed in research and applications related to the Internet of Things (IoT). Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of challenging research projects.

Under the personal guidance of a UCI faculty mentor, students will gain first-hand experience and training in state-of-the-art facilities and techniques. A series of seminars will provide opportunities to build knowledge and enhance dialogue about telecommunications and information technology systems and applications. At the conclusion of the program, students will be prepared to share their research accomplishments by presenting their findings at the SURF-IoT Symposium. 

SURF-IoT is co-sponsored by UROP and Calit2 at the University of California, Irvine. It is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in the various multidisciplinary fields related to the IoT. The program was previously known as the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT); the new name reflects its growing focus on the vast potential of the Internet to connect people to each other and their community in ways never dreamed of before.
The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things is a new direction in the evolution of connectivity. In it, objects, devices, systems and venues are equipped with sensors and controllers that communicate wirelessly through the Internet or intranet systems. The number of new IoT products and services is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years, with up to 50 billion things connected to the Internet by 2020.

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

Calit2 is a two-campus multidisciplinary research institute. Its divisions at UCI and UC San Diego leverage academic expertise with industry experience to conduct cutting-edge research in diverse fields. The goal is to develop innovative information technology-based products and services to benefit society and ignite economic development in the region and state. Collaboration is the foundation upon which the institute and the building itself were constructed. More than 200 UCI faculty and students are actively engaged in environmental, transportation, emergency management, health care, education and entertainment-based projects.

SURF-IoT Highlights

10-week summer program

$2,000 stipend

Extensive range of research projects to choose from

Seminars on telecommunications and information technology

Personalized mentoring and training from nationally distinguished faculty

Access to state-of-the-art research facilities and techniques
2020 Application Deadline:
Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020
SURF-IoT Application Form
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Who should apply?

Eligible applicants:

Are highly motivated and high-achieving UCI undergraduates in any discipline who have a strong drive to pursue research and careers relating to the Internet of Things.
Have achieved at least junior standing, and will be continuing as undergraduate students after the program.
Will have completed at least one quarter of research under the guidance of a faculty mentor prior to the start of the program.