Help students build research skills
Research opportunities help students discover which subjects interest them as scholars, allow students to gain the critical skills necessary to enter graduate school, and help underscore the real-life applications of classroom teachings.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program supports SDSU student participation in undergraduate research, scholarship, creative, and performance activities. Students work alongside SDSU faculty throughout an eight- to 10-week period and are supported financially by SDSU.
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.
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.
How to apply
- Mentors should be SDSU faculty members, with junior, tenure-track faculty getting top priority
- SDSU research professors with experience mentoring students may also apply
- Students must be undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program at SDSU (with a graduation date after May 2019)
Proposal Evaluation Criteria
The 2-3 page proposal, written by the faculty mentor, will be graded on the following (here is the full evaluation rubric):
- 20 points – Description and timeline of research/creative activity project
- 35 points – Role of the undergraduate student
- What specific skills will be gained by participating in this project?
- How are those skills connected to the student’s professional/developmental trajectory?
- Note: it is preferable that students be identified in the proposal
- 35 points – Student mentoring/training plan
- 10 points – Detailed and reasonable budget
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, equipment, software, or materials related to the research/creative project
- Student travel to conduct survey research or related activities – not travel for conferences
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.
- The student needs to fill out a final report online, due September 20, 2019
- The faculty member needs to submit a final expense report, due October 18, 2019
- Unless it is not appropriate for some reason, the student should present the summer work at the Student Research Symposium in Spring 2020
- April 8, 2019 – Faculty proposals due online by 5pm (Pacific Standard Time)
- April 22, 2019 – Award notifications sent to faculty via email
It is expected that approximately 50 awards (assuming a maximum budget of $3,000 for each award) will be made. We will accept only one proposal from a faculty mentor. Only rarely will awards be made for two students with the same mentor, and the rationale for needing two students should be made clear in the proposal.
Online Submission Portal
Please submit your proposal by April 8, 2019, 5pm (Pacific Standard Time), through this online submission portal.
If you'd like a preview of the information requested in the online submission process, please feel free to view this PDF of the Google Form.
Please contact Dr. Lisa Kath, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities ([email protected]), if you have any questions or would like additional information.