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Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an opportunity for eligible undergraduate research students to get paid for doing their research over the summer semester.

Join us for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Symposium

You are invited to the 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Symposium on Friday, August 11! The SURP Symposium is an opportunity for the summer undergraduate research program students and other campus research students to present their scholarly, research, and creative work completed during the summer term.

Location: Science and Engineering Building (Pensacola Main Campus, Building 4).

Schedule of Events:

8 am to 10 am -- SURP Empowerment Program Presentations. Eight SURP students were selected to participate in the SURP Empowerment Program to build communication skills and empower students to speak more confidently in professional settings (i.e., conferences,  networking discussions, fundraising discussions, etc.) and better engage with "audiences." Those eight students are presenting their SURP projects in an oral session instead of, or in addition to, their poster presentations. This oral session is in building 4, room 406.

10 am to noon -- SURP Poster Presentations. Walk the halls of Building 4 during the poster session as eighty research groups/individuals share their summer work (check in at the first-floor lobby for a map of posters).

This is an open event, and the Argo community is invited to join us to celebrate and learn about the student's work.

Parking permits are required for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Please stop by the Visitors Center (Building 81) to obtain a visitor's parking permit and information about where to park. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. After hours, visitor parking permits may be obtained at the UWF Police Station (Building 94).

Contact OUR with any questions about the event at or call 850-474-2298.

Students selected to participate in SURP will work approximately 20 hours per week for 6 OR 12 weeks working on a research project under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. PLEASE NOTE* HMCSE Students are ONLY eligible for the 12-week participation option. This activity involves faculty and student collaboration in original research that should result in some tangible product (i.e., publication, presentation, etc.), but its most valuable contribution is the development of the student in ways not possible in traditional classroom settings.

To maximize the SURP experience, student participants are expected to work approximately 20-25 hours per week on their designated research project.  As a result, participants should not enroll in more than one summer course.  Exceptions are occasionally made to this guideline when the faculty mentor has worked with the student previously and is confident in the student's ability to manage the high demands of the SURP program with an additional course

All fellows will be required to submit a formal report, write a thank you note to the sponsor and present their results at the end-of-summer SURP Symposium.  Participation in the UWF Student Scholars Symposium poster session, held every Spring semester, is also encouraged. Additional opportunities to present the result of the research at local, regional, or national scientific meetings may also be possible.  

SURP Time Frame:  6 or 12 weeks over the summer semester

SURP Stipend:  $1500 (136 maximum total hours at $11 per hour) or $2,500 (227 maximum total hours at $11 per hour)

PLEASE NOTE* HMCSE Students working with HMCSE faculty are ONLY eligible for the 12-week participation option. 

Covid Planning for SURP 2023: The SURP program will follow all current University guidelines during Summer 2023.  Students may be requested to modify their plan for research activities based on University updates to these guidelines. 

SURP Program Detailed Description


  1. Make consistent progress toward your research project until its completion.
  2. Attend professional development workshops hosted by OUR
  3. Present results at the SURP Symposium (end of the summer term)
  4. End of program survey
  5. End of program formal report (at the discretion of faculty mentor)
  6. Write a "thank you" note to sponsor

Interested students must identify one or more potential faculty members that have agreed to serve as the mentor for this summer research project before applying. 

SURP student applicants will fill out/complete all information on the SURP application aside from the mentor endorsement and acknowledgment of program requirements. Once the student has completed their part of the application, the application will be electronically routed to their Faculty Mentor.

Application opens: January 9, 2023

Application Deadline: March 10, 2023

Notifications Sent to Students:  March 27, 2023

*Accepted students will be required to formally "accept" their award by April 7, 2023.

 **Participants of the SURP program will be required to submit all hiring paperwork & documents by May 1, 2023, for local students.

 ***All dates are tentative.

Faculty should consider their SURP students to apply for the Empowerment Program: 

This year, eight SURP students will be selected to participate in the SURP Empowerment Program to build communication skills and empower students to speak more confidently in professional settings (i.e., conferences,  networking discussions, fundraising discussions, etc.) and better engage with “audiences.” Participants will better showcase what they offer to prospective employers, colleagues, and funding agencies, increasing their future success in STEM careers.  The program prioritizes female and underrepresented students, particularly in STEM.

Contact Dr. Allison Schwartz ( to learn more.

To apply, please complete the SURP 2023 Application in myUWF by searching for the OUR Program Application Portal 

Term 1

  • 5/15-8/11 - 12 Weeks
  • ~250 Hours
  • $11 Hour
  • $2500 Total Stipened

Term 2

  • 5/15-6/27 - 6 Weeks
  • ~150 Hours
  • $11 Hour
  • $1500 Total Stipened

Term 3

  • 6/28-8/11 - 6 Weeks
  • ~150 Hours
  • $11 Hour
  • $1500 Total Stipened



SURP Application Guide

To apply to this and other OUR programs, within myUWF, simply search for "OUR" or "undergraduate research" and select "OUR Program Applications," and you will already be signed in when you access the portal.