Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Students earn fellowship awards through a competitive application process. Once accepted, SURF fellows engage in full-time, independent research projects in the laboratory of a faculty mentor. Since 2007, Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR has supported 175 SURF fellows under the mentorship of 76 different faculty members at 8 of the 9 partner institutions (there are no summer research programs at CCRI).
The SURF program also provides workshops on leadership and communication to help students build the communication skills needed for successful careers. Students wrap up their work with a poster conference that showcases their accomplishments. All students complete the Responsible Conduct of Research module through the CITI program and deliver a certificate of completion to the EPSCoR office.
The intensified summer research program breeds a deeper involvement in the science, and advances technical and cognitive skills. The program helps students define a clearer picture of their career path. To learn more about the opportunity, contact Jim Lemire, Coordinator for Undergraduate Research.