/ January 10, 2024

Graduate Leader Application

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is seeking summer graduate fellows. 


Graduate student leaders mentor undergraduates while advancing their research. SURP provides an opportunity for graduate students to cultivate leadership and cultural competency skills.  See program details in the undergraduate section


  • U.S. Citizen and Washington State resident.
  • Currently enrolled in a STEM graduate program at UW-Seattle.
  • Available for the entire 10-week program, June 10 - Aug 16, 2024.

Key Dates

  • Deadline: March 4, 2024 @12pm
  • Application accepted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2024 @12pm
  • Selection notification will begin in late April.
  • Must be available for the Student Research Poster Session on Aug 16, 2024 @ 10a-12p

Program Schedule & Expectations

  • Grad leader starts June 10, 2024, 1 week prior to the undergraduate cohort start date.
  • Grad leader will deliver Space Grant’s professional development workshop series.
  • Lead at least 2 weekly meetings for the undergraduate cohort. 
  • Support and attend occasional field trips and tours with the undergraduate cohort.
  • Provide mentoring and support student experience.


$9000. Awards amount will be distributed over 10 weeks.


To submit an application, have your four short essays prepared to copy and paste into our online application form. We are including our evaluation rubrics below. The review committee may reach out to your advisor for additional information.

Criteria Excellent (3) Satisfactory (2) Needs Improvement (1)
Commitment to DEIA Displays a strong commitment, understanding, and meaningful involvement in DEIA initiatives, contributing positively to the community Shows a reasonable level of commitment, understanding, and involvement in DEIA initiatives, with a notable impact on the community Demonstrates a limited or unclear commitment, understanding, or involvement in DEIA initiatives, with minimal impact on the community
Mentoring Provides personalized guidance and support, effectively address mentees’ needs and foster their personal and professional development Offers adequate guidance and support Provides limited guidance and support, potentially hindering mentees’ development

Essay Questions: 

What programs or initiatives have you been part of that worked with students historically underrepresented in STEM including BIPOC, women, low-income students, and students with disabilities? (200-300 words)

This role requires you to work collaboratively with many undergraduates. If a student missed a meeting and did not respond to communication for 2 business days, how would you handle this situation? (150-200 words)Grad leaders will present short workshops for a cohort of 25 undergraduate STEM students on topics such as: How to Write an Abstract, What is a Literature Review, and Applying to Grad School. Present another professional development workshop idea. What would the session look like? The answer can be a combination of essay and bullet points (150-200 words)

For more information and/or to apply:
Deadline: 03/04/2024 12:00 Pacific Time