Summer Undergraduate Research Program


Congratulations to SURP 2008 Poster & Oral Presentation winner,
Sherri Hammond, FVSU '09!




*** SURP will not be offered for Summer 2013 ***

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers outstanding undergraduates the opportunity to work closely with faculty in an intensive summer research experience. SURP gives undergraduate students first hand exposure to the experiences of graduate school and faculty life by placing them with faculty whose work is closely related to their academic interests and professional goals. Students work under faculty mentorship on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Research teams may also include graduate students, research scientists and other SURP students.

Research projects are under individual faculty supervision. Students are encouraged to indicate the specific area of research in which they are interested. However, the program cannot guarantee that the students will work in a preferred area of research. Faculty mentors reserve the right to make final research placements.

During the eight-week program, participants master important research skills and contribute to work that is a vital part of the academic research world. In combination with this intensive research, SURP seminars and workshops provide preparation for entering into masters and doctoral programs within all disciplines at the University of Georgia. Additionally, the seminars and workshops provide information on how to access financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

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Eligibility Requirements

Students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) areas are preferred; however students may conduct research in all disciplines offered at UGA. Primary preference is given to African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics/Latinos/Latinas, Asian Americans, first generation, low-income and women and men of any racial/ethnic background in fields where their gender group is historically underrepresented. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher is preferred. Students must have completed their sophomore year by June (unless otherwise selected), have a genuine interest in graduate level research and must not be graduating before December of the program year.

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Participant Responsibilities

SURP participants are expected to pursue substantive research projects over the course of the program and are required to make a full-time commitment (40 hours per week) to their research as guided by their faculty research mentor. In addition to research, required duties of the program include attending mandatory seminars, workshops and weekly meetings; writing a research paper summarizing the research project and presenting the results of the research in an oral and separate poster session.

SURP participants are encouraged to build both social and academic networks with one another and with members of the university community. Participants are encouraged to organize and coordinate activities with their peers during off-hours. The Graduate School will provide planned activities and events for all SURP participants. In addition, SURP participants will have opportunities to explore the UGA campus, Athens and the greater Atlanta area.

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Financial Support

SURP 2008 participants received a stipend of $5,000, which was divided into bi-weekly payments.

On-campus housing is mandatory. Meal plans are optional and the decision to have this plan should be made by the first week of the program. When a formal contract is signed, a participant may choose to opt out, but must be willing to incur any penalty that may result from this decision. All program participant expenses will be deducted from the stipend.

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Program Dates & Location

SURP takes place on the campus of the University of Georgia. SURP participants should be available full time from early June through early August. These program dates are tentative and are based on the UGA Summer Semester "Thru-Session". Participants may not enroll for classes or hold other employment during the period of the program. However, participants may register for independent study credit hours for their research experience.

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Application Process

Prospective participants should send a completed application to the Outreach & Diversity Office. Application materials to be submitted include:

  1. Application form
  2. Personal/academic statement (specific instructions for statement provided on application form confirmation page)
  3. An official transcript of all college work
  4. Two academic letters of recommendation

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Outreach and Diversity
(706) 425-3205/3206 [office]
(706) 425-3093 [fax]
grecruit@uga.edu