Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The purpose of the program is to support student participation in undergraduate research, scholarship, creative, and /or performance activities.  Faculty participation is key to the success of the program.

Priority will be given to projects that describe a rich research/creative experience for the participating student.  In particular, an undergraduate student (or, in rare cases, two students) should be recruited to participate in the faculty’s research/creative efforts.  The program is scheduled to run from May to August within a calendar year, with the undergraduate projects themselves running for 8 to 10 weeks.

Students shall be required to submit an end-of-project report, approved by the faculty mentor, which summarizes the research/creative project and student activities.  The expectation is that the student will present a paper/poster or a performance activity at the Student Research Symposium in the spring of the following calendar year, if deemed ready by the faculty member.


The 2-to-3 page proposal should include the following:

  • A discussion of the faculty member’s research/creative effort
  • A description of the role of the undergraduate student - how will he/she contribute to/participate in the research/creative project.  It is preferable that a specific student be identified in the proposal.
  • An outline of student training or mentoring plan
  • Budget, not to exceed $3,000, of which at least $2,000 will be for student salary (see below)


  • Tenure/Tenure Track faculty
  • All undergraduate students.  Student must be eligible to participate in SRS in Spring 2019 (undergraduates through Spring 2019).


Support will be provided for the following expenses not to exceed $3,000:

  • Student salary of at least $2,000 for the summer (students are expected to work 20 hrs./week)
  • Supplies and equipment related to the research/creative project
  • Student travel to conduct survey research or related activities – not travel for conferences
  • Specialized data analysis software, digital recorders and exhibition materials

This program is supported by SDSU operation funds, rather than a Research Foundation program.  All expenses will need to follow guidelines for expenditure of university operating funds.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

  • 20 points – Description of research/creative activities that student will participate in
  • 35 points – Role of the undergraduate student – how he/she will contribute and a brief description of the student’s background
  • 35 points – Student mentoring/training plan
  • 10 points – Use of funds

Most Recent Deadlines

  • March 23, 2017 – Faculty proposals due to Linda Arellano at
  • April 7, 2017 – Award notifications sent to faculty via email

It is expected that between 40-50 awards, with a maximum budget of $3,000, will be made.  All purchases must be made in accordance with SDSU and CSU policies and in accordance with the approved budget.  A detailed expense template for the final report and additional guidelines will be provided to awardees.


Please contact Tim Hushen ( or 594-4102), if you have any questions or desire additional information.