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.

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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.

Interested participants

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


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):


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

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.

Project Requirements


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.