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 email@example.com
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 594-4102), if you have any questions or desire additional information.