Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Office of Undergraduate Education is offering a limited number of Summer Undergraduate Research projects to provide funding for Rensselaer undergraduates who will conduct research with a faculty advisor during the summer months. This program offers the opportunity for students to become immersed in a research topic full-time for a ten-week period and receive a $3,500 stipend.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014, submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education, Walker Lab, room 4010, by 4:00 p.m.

Submit the following:

  1. One copy of the SURP application
  2. Three copies of a brief proposal and abstract (no more than three pages), written by the student
  3. Three copies of a letter of recommendation from a faculty member willing to advise you on the project

The Proposals must include the following information:

  • Abstract
  • Objective and Significance
  • Project Design and Feasibility
  • Background
  • Presentation and Evaluation
  • Dissemination

It is recommended that students meet with the faculty member at least once prior to submission of a proposal to review a draft.

Smart robot? The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is open to all Rensselaer undergraduates who are planning to conduct research on campus with a faculty advisor. Students may not be on academic probation and must be planning to enroll at Rensselaer in the fall (this includes students who plan to study abroad). Graduating seniors and incoming first year students are not eligible. Students from all fields may apply. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Kim Ellenwood, Office of Undergraduate Education.

Projects are awarded competitively based on proposals submitted. The $3,500 stipend will be administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education and is intended to cover ten weeks of full-time research.

The application packet contains the following forms: