Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
What is SURE?
The SURE program funds promising undergraduate researchers for eight weeks over the summer to engage in faculty-supervised research. The SURE program will support students with a $2,800 stipend and on-campus housing if needed. Faculty may be provided with a $400 stipend to offset the cost of supplies/materials necessary for research. SURE is sponsored by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of the President. In addition, SURE is supported by the following individuals, departments, colleges, institutes and others:
DiCorleto Family Summer Research Fund
Beverly Warren SURE Award
Brain Health Research Institute
College of Aeronautics and Engineering
College of Business Administration
College of Nursing
Division of Student Affairs
Environmental Sciences and Design Research Institute
Giving Tuesday Donors
National Science Foundation - P.I. Dr. Edgar Kooijman
Office of the President
Office of the Provost
School of Health Sciences
NOTICE: The deadline for applications for the 2020 SURE Program has been extended to February 21.
Join us this summer for SURE – Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. SURE is a great opportunity for undergraduate researchers to work directly with a faculty mentor, gain valuable experience to clarify career and educational goals, enhance research skills and gain academic insight.
The SURE program will run from June 8 – July 31 and will provide students with a $2,800 stipend. The SURE fellowship will also provide (at no cost to students) housing in Centennial Court for students selecting on-campus accommodations.
Applicants for the programs must be in good academic standing and have an identified faculty mentor who will provide full-time engagement throughout the eight-week program. Students must be returning to any of the KSU campuses for fall 2020.
Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, Jan. 3, 2020
Deadline for submitting completed applications is Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, by midnight.
Contact Ann Gosky at firstname.lastname@example.org if assistance is needed in finding a faculty mentor.
The SURE 2019 class included 60 participants who represented 34 majors.
What students are saying:
"Kent State University's SURE program has given me the confidence and skill set I need to be successful in my future. Sure has given me the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from some of KSU's most knowledgeable and experienced students and faculty. The knowledge and skills I have gained in the SURE program is invaluable. The SURE program further cultivated professionalism and presentation skills." ---Emily Murphy, Senior, Biological Sciences
"The Office of Student Research fosters an inclusive environment and stimulates additional ways for students to learn. I appreciate the hands-on experience I receive and the abundant support from mentors, faculty and peers."---Kendra Rose Hughley, Senior, Broadcast Journalism major, Pan African Studies and Political Science double minor
"The SURE program allowed me to delve deeper into the research side of my field. This opportunity has enriched my undergraduate experience and solidified my career goals to serve others as a speech-language pathologist. With the SURE program, I have built upon the knowledge learned in the undergraduate classroom. This experience has boosted my confidence as a research assistant, and it has led to great personal and academic growth." ---Ashley Ferguson, Speech Pathology and Audiology
Students applying for a SURE internship must:
- Be a current Kent State University student.
- Identify a faculty mentor.
- Be enrolled at any of the KSU campuses for the fall semester after the experience.
- Acquire and present a faculty letter of support that includes how the student will serve to increase the faculty member’s productivity, grant applications and/or presentations of research.
- Complete the SURE application.
Students who are awarded a SURE research internship will:
- Learn critical thinking skills and creative, problem-solving skills valued by employers.
- Prepare for graduate school or employment and stand out from the competition.
- Work directly with a faculty mentor on a research project to enhance your learning.
- Gain valuable experience to clarify career and educational goals.
- Enhance research skills and academic insight.
Faculty who serve as mentors for SURE interns will gain:
- Student support of their research efforts.
- Potential for increased productivity, grant applications and presentations.
- Enhanced teaching skills.
- Fresh insight and inquiry in your area of study.
- For more information and to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, contact email@example.com
During Summer 2019, 60 students participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Students will present their research on Oct 22, 2019 in the Kent Student Center.