WSGC Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Student Information
Applications for 2014 are now closed
The Space Grant Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers undergraduates the opportunity to work in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics research position that will complement their studies. Student researchers work under the guidance of a faculty member, postdoctoral scholar or research scientist at the University of Washington.
Projects are available in most fields of physical and natural sciences, engineering and earth sciences (see the 2013 reception program for projects undertaken by last year's SURP students). Some projects may involve off-campus locations or fieldwork.
Students currently working on a research project or interested in working with a specific faculty member may request that project and/or faculty member on their form.
Applicants are selected by the faculty member supervising the individual projects. Once selected, the student and faculty adviser establish a schedule of work time and goals for the project. Students may apply for either part-time or full-time positions.
Eligibility: UW undergraduate students in good academic standing who are interested in research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM fields) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Washington state residents.
Students who attend schools belonging to the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium may be admitted on a space-available basis.
Program Dates: June 23 - August 22, 2014
Research Schedule: Each faculty member-student team will develop a schedule that fits their particular time constraints and project needs.
Award rates: Part-time researchers will receive $2,000 for the nine-week program; full-time researchers will receive $4,000. Awards will be disbursed through the summer.
- Attendance at the SURP orientation meeting on June 23
- Responsible adherence to the schedule of work set up between student and research adviser
- A written project abstract due at the end of the eighth week of the program
- Semimonthly project updates
- Attendance and participation in a weekly two-hour seminar meeting
- A 10-minute presentation to seminar participants on the student's research
- A research poster summarizing the student's project, due upon completion of the program
SURP students will display their posters at the annual Space Grant reception held during Fall Quarter and will apply for acceptance to the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium the following spring.
As part of NASA's requirements for training awards, student participants and their mentors may be contacted in the future for information regarding any publications or proposals that result from the students' research experiences. The student participants will also be enrolled in a longitudinal tracking program, used by NASA in the evaluation of SURP and Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium.
Application: The following materials complete the application process:
- A completed SURP application form
- A current, unofficial copy of your transcripts
- A brief resume outlining your skills and relevant activities
- A letter of recommendation addressed to the SURP selection committee from an instructor familiar with your course work or prior research experience
(Applicants already working with a faculty mentors do not need a letter of reference but the faculty member must complete a Faculty Request form.)
Please note: Any housing or tuition fees are the responsibility of the student participant and are not arranged or funded by the Space Grant Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).
Questions about the Summer Undergraduate Research Program should be directed to Associate Director Juan-Carlos Chavez by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.