Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

What is SURE?

June 12, 2017 - August 4, 2017
Submit Applications from January 23 – March 1, 2017.
Sponsored by: Research and Sponsored Programs and Office of the President

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 are provided with a $400 stipend to offset the cost of supplies/materials necessary for research. 

Student Qualifications

Students applying for a SURE internship must:

  • Be a current Kent State University student with a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 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 and 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 research their efforts
  • Potential for increased productivity, grant applications and presentations
  • Enhanced teaching skills
  • Fresh insight and inquiry to your area of study.
  • For more information and to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, contact

2016 SURE Participants





Priti Bhavsar  Fashion Design Jordyn Lally Psychological Sciences
Brittany Blier Psychological Sciences Travis Mollick Chemistry
Jonathan Boyd Physics Thimberley Morgan Speech Pathology & Audiology
Brandon Braccini Technical and Applied Studies Padraigin O’Flynn Economics and Political Science
Beatrice Cahill-Camden International Relations Carolyn Powell Accounting
Kimberly Cramer  Psychological Sciences Kahzar Powell Integrative Studies
Angela Deibel Marketing Kurtis Reid Computer Science
Angela Ehrich Psychological Sciences Kristen Reiter Biological Sciences
Ashley Ferguson Speech Pathology and Audiology Haleigh Rush Public Health
Hannah Frederick Biochemistry Nicole Smith Psychological Sciences
Melissa Gearhart Biological Sciences Matthew Stiller Geography
Nirmala Ghimirey  Biological Sciences Wenjun Sun Chemistry
Brandon Gibbons Biological Sciences Shaun Sutton Chemistry
Aubrey Gissinger  Nursing Jacob Taylor Psychological Sciences
Alaina Glasgow Exercise Science Courtney Wolfe Chemistry
Michael Gray Psychological Sciences Robert Woodruff Biological Sciences
Payton Hagerdorn Psychological Sciences Zijing Zhang Computer Science
Megan Kasperczyk Psychological Sciences and Sociology