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10-Week Summer Research Fellowships
The Directors of Undergraduate Research, Institutional Advancement Office, and Deans have collaborated to offer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) for students committed to working on a scholarly project over the summer, overseen by a faculty mentor. An overarching goal of this program is to alleviate the economic pressures that can prohibit strong students from actively engaging in academic research opportunities. The range of supported activities is broad – as long as it is primary research. The research could be faculty driven, student driven, or even driven by a liaison from business, industry, government, etc, so long as there is a faculty member who sponsors the work. However, the research activities associated with the SURF experience cannot be related to any of the student’s SJNY coursework or degree responsibilities; the research undertaken for the SURF experience must be extracurricular. And, unfortunately, seniors are not eligible for SURF; applicants must be freshman, sophomores, or juniors.
Compensation: The 2023 SURF initiative will provide stipends of $4,000 for each student recipient to work on their SURF research projects for 10 weeks during summer, which is the equivalent of 20 hours per week at $20 per hour. Faculty mentors will be compensated the equivalent to teaching a 1 credit course.
This is likely to be a highly competitive application process. Public presentation will be one of the criteria used to award fellowships. The Student Summer Research Committee will also take into account the following when selecting fellowship recipients:
"I really enjoyed the experience and opportunities the SURF program provided me with. It allowed me to conduct research in an area I was interested in — and to share the results I obtained with others. I enjoyed how it gave me the freedom to create my own schedule for the summer. It is also something that will help me with my career goals; it is definitely a great addition to have on my resume when looking for a job."
"SURF has taught me more about the research field, the creation of your own methodology and creating your own literature review. It was eye-opening to feel and push myself to be more independent with my research and setting my own tasks. My favorite part of the SURF experience was bringing my vision to life and conducting my own research, while being guided with the expertise of someone who has been in the field of psychology and as a researcher."