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

Honors College

KSU Foundation

KSU Libraries


National Science Foundation - P.I. Dr. Edgar Kooijman 

Office of the President

Office of the Provost

School of Health Sciences

University College


Want to hear what students are saying about the SURE program?

Check out the SURE Student Profiles  


SURE 2021

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 7 – July 30 and will provide students with a $2,800 stipend. The SURE fellowship will also provide (at no cost to students) on-campus housing 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 engagement throughout the eight-week program. Students must be returning to any of the KSU campuses for fall 2021.

Applications will be accepted beginning Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

Deadline for submitting completed applications is Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, by midnight.

Contact Ann Gosky at if assistance is needed in finding a faculty mentor.

SURE Application


SURE 2020

The SURE 2020 class included 77 participants who represented 37 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


Student Qualifications

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.

Student Benefits

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 Benefits

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   

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.