Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique and opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working on a research or scholarly project or creative activity with the support of a faculty or staff mentor. Students submit proposals and successful applicants receive a stipend to support them while they complete their project during a 10 week period In the summer. Awards range from $1,750 to $3,500, depending on the size of the project. Mentors also receive a stipend to provide guidance and support to the student over the summer. The SURF program is supported by the UW-Superior Foundation.

Typically, the schedule is as follows:

  • Call for proposals: December
  • Information and help sessions: January and February
  • Application deadline: early March
  • Awards announced:  April
  • Students complete their projects: June - August
  • Campus SURF Symposium: September

2018 Opportunities

Previously Funded Projects

What is involved in student research?

Research is for students who want to experience growth and learning by doing a project. Consequently, you should be prepared to make some serious commitments.

No two projects are alike, however, some activities/attributes are common to most or all projects. You need to:

  • Be self-motivated and work on the project consistently
  • Meet deadlines
  • Budget sufficient time to work on the project
  • Communicate often with your advisor/collaborator and any other project participants and be clear on your role in the project
  • Read the literature of the discipline related to your project. Visit the Jim Dan Hill Library
  • Think deeply and creatively about your project
  • Produce a presentation on the results of your project, typically a poster but perhaps also an oral presentation
  • Enjoy the project for the intellectual stimulation and sense of accomplishment it provides
UW-Superior student Jami Konkler and faculty member Jamie White-Farnham reviewing research for a SURF project