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SDSU's Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) supports student participation in undergraduate research, scholarship, creative, and performance activities through high impact practices. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Updates

The application period for the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is now open! The Summer Undergraduate Research Program promotes, broadens, and supports the participation of undergraduate students in research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA) at SDSU. 

Faculty mentors interested in supporting undergraduate participation in RSCA projects are encouraged to submit an application in support of an undergraduate student. It is expected that approximately 50 awards will be made.

Important Dates

  • April 12: Applications open via 2021 SURP Google Form
  • May 4: Applications due by 9am
  • Week of May 10: Notice of awards are shared
  • May 24-August 19: Program period


  • SDSU faculty and SDSU research professors/lecturers with student mentoring experience who are engaged in RSCA.
  • Only one proposal per a faculty mentor. However, faculty can request a second student if they are willing to participate in the new SURP-match program. Faculty pursuing this option will have the opportunity to choose from a pool of students who do not have a faculty mentor.
  • Faculty must propose RSCA experience for undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program at SDSU (with a graduation date after May 2021)
  • Student employment for this opportunity must not conflict with any other appointments (TA, GA, SDSURF, etc.). For example, a student cannot work more than a maximum of 40 hours/week during the summer from combined funding sources per university policy. 
  • If student projects include in-person activities, funded faculty should adhere to the current COVID-19 policies and updates for in-person activities.  


The maximum request is $3,000 per student. Support will be provided for the following expenses:

  • Student salary of at least $2,500 (students are expected to be appointed for least 20 hrs/week and compensated at a rate of $15 per hour)
  • Maximum of $500 for supplies, equipment, software, or materials related to the research/creative project. Items such as computers, major equipment, or furniture will not be supported.
  • Student travel to conduct survey research or related activities (no travel for conferences will be supported)

The 2021 SURP is supported by state funds. Please (1) do not include fringe in your student salary calculations and (2) check with your department or college resource manager if you need clarification when developing your student budget. 

Application and Evaluation Criteria

The following elements are required for the application:

  • Project title
  • Student selection: We are offering two options for this summer, please select one.
    • Option I: Apply under this option if you already have a student who you wish to collaborate with over the summer or will have a student identified upon the award notification. The faculty mentor will be required to provide the student information when confirming the award, if the application is recommended for funding.
    • Option II: Apply under this option if you want to mentor two students (one student of your choice and one student without a mentor). Under this option, faculty will participate in the new SURP-match program (matching students with research-active faculty to broaden participation in scholarly and creative activities on campus). The faculty mentor will be provided access to a pool of students and their interests, who independently expressed interest in gaining RSCA opportunities and experience. The faculty mentor will confirm selection of their second student through SURP-match upon accepting the award, if the application is recommended for funding.
  • For either option, please describe your selection and student(s) role, training, and mentorship plan in your project description.
  • Project description should be 2-3 pages in length and include:
    • Description and timeline of RSCA project
    • The role of the undergraduate student on the project (What specific skills will be gained by participating in this project? How are those skills connected to the student’s professional/developmental trajectory?)
    • Student training/mentoring plan
    • Detailed budget, justification, and timeline for expenditures 

The 2-3 page proposal, written and submitted by the faculty mentor, will be rated using the following evaluation rubric (20 points total). 

Program Requirements

  • Mid-experience review (DUE JULY 9, 2021): students will complete a set of brief questions about their experience, progress, challenges, and plans for the remainder of the program. They will also provide a 1-page figure, photo, graphic, etc. and caption of their ongoing work
  • Final material (DUE SEPTEMBER 2, 2021): students complete a brief questionnaire about their experience, progress, challenges, and products. They will also provide an abstract (in preparation for SRS), figure and caption that highlights the work completed
  • If for some reason it is not appropriate or feasible, the student is expected to present the work at the Student Research Symposium in Spring 2022

Interested Students and SURP-match

Why research? Getting additional experience might be necessary to help you be competitive for the best jobs or graduate school programs. Learning by doing is a great way to get more out of your degree. Being mentored by professors or graduate students is valuable and can provide hand-on applications outside of the classroom. You might learn something that will change your perspective and ignite a passion for discovery and your future career choices. Your work can contribute to discoveries, interventions and creative works that make a positive impact on the world.

Eligibility and applications
Open to undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program at SDSU (with a graduation date after May 2021). If you already have a mentor, please reach out to them about potential projects and opportunities for 2021 SURP. 

Now accepting student applications for the 2021 SURP-match program!

Open to undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program at SDSU (with a graduation date after May 2021). If you already have a mentor, please reach out to them to inquire about potential projects for 2021 SURP through the regular application process outlined above.  If you do not have a mentor, apply to our 2021 SURP-match program. You will be asked to provide the following information: Name, Red ID, Department and College, Academic Standing, Research Interests (optional), a brief description of your interests related to RSCA and what you want to gain from the 2021 SURP (2000 character limit), and a PDF of your 1-2 page resume. 

Your application will be reviewed and shared with available faculty mentors, who are eager to work with the next generation of professionals. If selected, you will be provided compensation according to the faculty mentor’s project proposal (at least $2,500 during the program period of May 24-August 19). Throughout the 2021 SURP, you will interact with your mentor and provide updates on your project; you will also have the opportunity to present at the SDSU 2022 Student Research Symposium.

For full consideration, please apply by May 4, 2021 9am through the 2021 SURP-match Google Form.


Please contact Dr. Alicia Kinoshita, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities ([email protected]), if you have any questions or would like additional information.