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Grant Programs

​Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (SURG)

SURG  is a program sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to encourage mentored student research. The SURG program awards financial support to undergraduate students in support of their research, scholarly, or creative projects to be completed over the summer. While all student proposals require a faculty sponsor, this award is for student-centered projects.  It is thus fundamentally different from the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP), a program which supports faculty research in the college.

The program offers students the opportunities to design a project and develop a proposal for competitive review. Applications are judged on the quality of the proposed project and the educational benefit to the student. The process is competitive. Since funding is limited, awards are granted to the strongest proposals.

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SURG grants provide students a taxable stipend according to the following schedule:

For projects proposed by a single student:                  $1500.00
For projects proposed by two students:                        $1250.00 per student
For projects proposed by three or more students:    $1000.00 per student

The stipend will be paid in regular payments between late June and September. Each proposal application may also request an expense allowance of up to $250 per project (not student)  to cover such expenses for supplies or other costs necessary for the project.


Eligible students are those full-time undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences who

  • have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, and

  • or at least 12 credit hours the spring preceding and the autumn following the summer in which the grant was awarded. 

  • Past award recipients may reapply, but priority will be given to first-time applicants.  Past award recipients must have completed a final report for all previous projects to be eligible to be considered for a subsequent award.

Application Timetable
The annual application cycle opens on April 1st and closes on April 15th.  Applications must be submitted using this Online System.

Award notification is usually made by May 1st.​