Summer Undergraduate Research Experience | Kent State University

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

What is SURE?

The Office of Student Research will accept applications for the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) from January 22, 2018 to February 19, 2018

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. SURE is sponsored by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of the President.

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   

During Summer 2018, 61 students will participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.The class represents students from 28 majors representing 10 colleges and 7 schools.   

      2018 sure participants       

2017 SURE Participants

2016 sure participants