University of Washington faculty conducting research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics are invited to participate in Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium’s 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).

SURP identifies capable students and matches them with professors conducting research related to the student’s field of interest. Each faculty-student team will agree on a summer project that presents a meaningful learning experience for the student and contributes to the faculty member’s research efforts.

Faculty may request part-time or full-time student researchers. Part-time positions carry a time commitment of approximately 20 hours per week; full-time positions require a commitment of approximately 40 hours per week.

Participating faculty are responsible for providing funding for half of their SURP student’s award.

Part-time researchers will receive a total of $2,750 for the nine-week program; full-time researchers will receive a total of $5,500. Awards will be disbursed throughout the summer.

The faculty contribution to the payment may be from a research grant to an individual faculty member, a department, or other sources. The other half will be paid by the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). Space Grant staff will work with each faculty mentor’s department to complete the paperwork for SURP student awards.

Program Dates: June 21 – August 20, 2021

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 a payment of $2,750 for the nine-week program; full-time researchers will receive a payment of $5,500. Awards will be disbursed throughout the nine-week period.

 Faculty will contribute $1,375 per part-time student researcher and $2,750 per full-time student researcher.

Program Requirements for Students:

  • Attendance at the SURP orientation meeting in June 18, 2021 (time TBA).
  • 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
  • Respond to requests for research project updates
  • Attendance and participation in a weekly two-hour seminar meeting
  • A 10-minute presentation to seminar participants on the student’s research
  • An action photo of the student participating in his or her research project
  • 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 poster session and reception held during Fall Quarter and will apply for acceptance to the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium the following spring.

Application Process:

Each year we receive applications from students studying in all areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Students are selected for the program through a competitive application process.

Faculty wishing to participate are asked to submit the online Faculty Request Form. You may also send the information via e-mail to with the subject line SURP Faculty.

Student applications will be sent to you for consideration after the student application deadline (April 23, 2021).

Faculty members currently working with a student may request that particular student on the Faculty Request Form. Student participants must be U.S. citizens (but do not need to be Washington state residents).

The requested student must also complete a student application. It will be up to the faculty members to interview and select students.

As part of NASA’s requirements for training awards, SURP students will be enrolled in a longitudinal tracking program, used by NASA in the evaluation of SURP and Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium. Student participants and their mentors may also be contacted in the future for information regarding any publications or proposals that result from the students’ research experiences.

If you have any questions, please contact our undergraduate services coordinator by email at or by phone at (206) 543-1984.