Apply for SURF

How to Apply: Submit a Proposal for SURF 2017

The Office of Undergraduate Research may provide logistic support for the application process. For example, we will arrange a group workshop and face-to-face meetings for SURF applicants. We will also help applicants identify a possible mentor(s).

Submit all five items (cover sheet, narrative, resume, budget and timeline and supporting letter) for the proposal electronically as a single PDF file to with the subject line “SURF Proposal 2017."

All the submissions should be in one PDF file which should be named “student_name-SURF-2017."



Proposal Format


Cover Sheet (1 page max)

Title of the Proposal:

Discipline of Research:
(Choose one of the following: Humanities, Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education and Business (HASBSEB), or Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Consult with your mentor regarding your choice. You may also look at the attached rubric to learn more about these disciplines.) 

Abstract (maximum 100 words):


Email Address:



Faculty Mentor(s):

Faculty Mentor (s) Department(s):

Faculty Mentor Email:

Narrative (4 page max)

A brief narrative describing the rationale for the project (maximum 4 pages with font size not less than 11, Times New Roman, double spacing, margin 1-inch all sides). This may include the significance of the proposed work, goals and expected products. The reference page is not included in the 4-page limit.

Resume (4 page max)

Your professional resume or vita, not to exceed four pages.

Budget and Timeline (1 page max)

Budget: Detailed, including all categories of anticipated expenditures must accompany the proposal. Moreover, all additional funding sources previously involved in the proposed project, if any, must be disclosed.

Timeline: Proposals must also include a brief timeline for accomplishing the project goals and development of any potential/expected products.

Supporting Letter (1 page max)

At least one faculty mentor must write a supporting letter on your behalf. This letter should include a statement about your ability to carry out the proposed work and the mentor’s implication in the project, including his/her support offered with lab space, computer access, and/or direct supervision. We do not review an application when a mentor support letter has not been submitted for the application.