UC Irvine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate and master’s diversity students an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects and provides an intense course of graduate preparation workshops. The program, which is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree and enter academic careers, provides the tools needed to facilitate application, admission, and enrollment to graduate school. The SURF program is open to virtually all academic fields at UC Irvine. Qualified students with interest in pursuing their graduate program at UC Irvine are especially encouraged to apply.
Click to see photos from the 2012 Faculty Mentor BBQ.
Research Mentorship Experience
Scholars are matched with UC Irvine faculty members whose special expertise and interests matches those of the student’s research interest and career goals. Faculty members serve as advisors and mentors and assist the scholars in developing and completing a research action plan.
Graduate School Preparation
Scholars participate in a graduate preparation component to provide special training in areas critical to academic success. This includes workshops and sessions on the following:
- Successfully applying to graduate school
- Successfully applying for fellowships
- GRE preparation courses
- Academic writing
- Preparing academic presentations
- Academic career planning
Summer Research Program Symposium
SURF culminates with the Summer Research Program Symposium. All summer participants will present either an oral or poster presentation on their summer research. Preparation for participation in the symposium focuses on building effective oral communication to a range of audiences and helps participants hone their public speaking skills.
Check out photos from the 2012 Summer Research Program Symposium.
Throughout the Summer Research Program, SURF participants will have the opportunity to share information and experiences with participants of other diversity programs including UC LEADS California Pre-Doctoral Program and the DECADE Competitive Edge Program. Participants will also be assigned to a Graduate Student Mentor who will help facilitate their participation in the program, and will serve as a peer mentor and point of reference for the student. This is a great opportunity for participants to gain insight into the life of a UC Irvine graduate student.
Expectations of Student Participants
- Scholars reside in assigned University housing
- Scholars attend and participate in all activities
- Scholars must commit to working full-time in their assigned labs (35-40 hours per week) for the full 8 weeks of the program
- Scholars will have individual academic and research obligations with their faculty mentor/advisor
- Scholars should expect to meet at least once a week with their research mentor/advisor, or more often, depending on the project and the mentor's arrangement
- Scholars will be expected to meet with the program coordinator during regularly scheduled meetings to discuss the progress of their research project
- Scholars will be required to submit a research outline, abstract and final paper
- Scholars will be required to present their research at the University of California, Irvine Summer Research Program Symposium
- Scholars will be required during the program to take the GRE course, as well as the actual GRE exam, and submit scores
- Participants will be awarded a $3,000 research stipend. (*Note: Stipend is subject to income tax.)
- On-campus assigned housing for the summer
- Roundtrip travel costs to UCI will be covered within program limitations (up to $400.)
Interested in Applying?
Application Deadline: February 5, 2014
Note: the SURF program is only open to non UCI students.
For questions please contact:
Coordinator, Graduate Recruitment and Student Affairs
Telephone: (949) 824-8730