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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.

Students selected to participate in SURP will spend 20-25 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 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 (150 maximum total hours at $10 per hour) or $2,500 (250 maximum total hours at $10 per hour)

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

Covid Planning for SURP 2022: The SURP program will follow all University guidelines that are current during Summer 2022.  Students may be requested to modify their plan for research activities based on University updates to these guidelines. 

SURP Program Detailed Description (pdf)

  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 acknowledgement of program requirements. Once the student has completed their part of the application, the application will be electronically routed to their Faculty Mentor.

Application Deadline: March 11th, 2022

Notifications Sent to Students:  March 25th, 2022

*Accepted students will be required to formally "accept" their award by April 8th, 2022.

 **Participants of the SURP program will be required to submit all hiring paperwork & documents by April 29th for local students (or post marked date of April 22nd for non-local students).

 ***All dates are tentative.

Term 1

  • 5/16-8/12 - 12 Weeks
  • 250 Hours
  • $10 Hour
  • $2500 Total Stipened

Term 2

  • 5/16-6/28 - 6 Weeks
  • 150 Hours
  • $10 Hour
  • $1500 Total Stipened

Term 3

  • 6/30-8/12 - 6 Weeks
  • 150 Hours
  • $10 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.


If you missed the 2020 SURP Celebration week, you can view the images and videos of posted presentations collected from social media posts. Please go directly to the virtual SURP Symposium exhibit by viewing the OUR SURP page or by searching for ‘UWF’ at There are a lot of large files, so it does take a few minutes to download all the files - you can start going on the virtual tour while the files are still downloading. Please note that some of the presentation descriptions include links to recorded audio or videos; please copy and paste these into another browser to view/listen to them.

UWF 2020 SURP Celebration Week Exhibit