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 student participation in undergraduate research, scholarship, creative, and performance activities.  Students work alongside 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

Applications will open in March 2019 for Summer 2019. Emails will be sent to all SDSU faculty, and dates will be updated on this website when they are finalized.


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



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.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

It is expected that between 60-70 awards, with a maximum budget of $3,000, will be made.  Priority will be given to projects that support one student.  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 Lisa Kath ([email protected]) or if you have any questions or desire additional information.