Semester-Long Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Semester-Long Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) are offered as funds allow during Spring semester to support students working on extracurricular scholarly projects while under the supervision of a faculty member.

PURCC supports research across the curriculum and will privilege the awarding of fellowships that create a diverse portfolio of projects. The center will designate one fellowship each in the following areas: sciences, humanities and arts, social sciences/business/education. Fellowships not awarded in a given category can be reassigned. We will add additional fellowships in an at-large category as our budget allows. The director will award any available monies based on ranking and pending available funding.

Requests for these assistantships may include a student stipend of up to $1200.00 ($10/hour, 10 hours/week, 12 weeks) and up to $500 for research supplies or related expenses. (Note: all funds shall be used prior to the funded semester’s end).

SURF Timeline

  • Submission of Proposals: 1 November through 30 November
  • Award announcements: 15 December
  • Project start date: Before the end of the second week of the following semester


Procedure for SURFs proposals:

  • Proposal must be approved by the faculty mentor before proposal submission.  Only one application per investigator per year, and one application per project, is allowed. 
  • Candidates should email their completed application packet (preferably in PDF) to before the deadline. Hard copies will be returned without review
  1. Each application must include a completed cover page.
  2. A statement that describes your proposed research/creative activity, thesis or project. Please limit this portion of the application to 2-3 pages.
  • For beginning research: purpose, hypothesis, significance, your role in a larger project (if applicable) and methodology;
  • For ongoing research: purpose, hypothesis, significance, your role in a larger project (if applicable) methodology, preliminary results;
  • For creative activity: purpose, significance, medium, anticipated venues for presentation/performance

 3.  A budget justification:

  • project costs
  • amount requested
  • other sources of funding (existing or sought)



A committee made up of PURC Councilors will review applications. All applicants will receive notification by email regarding the status of their applications as soon as possible after the review. Some applications may be awarded at a reduced level. 


Applicants must fill out a pre-research experience survey and recipients must fill out a post-research experience survey. Each awardee will be expected to participate in the annual PURC Symposium.

All funded students are required to present their work at the PURC Symposium in the Spring

Incomplete applications will be returned without review.