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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The School of Engineering along with the Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Education (VPUE) aims to increase opportunities for undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Students participating in the SURF program receive a stipend for the duration of the program to work with a faculty mentor and other students to produce an identifiable research result.

The SURF program provides undergraduate students with a 8 to 12-week summer research experience under the sponsorship of a Stanford faculty member.
The SURF participants are twofold: (1) they are Stanford diversity students who received a Stanford incentive diversity grant or (2) they are diversity students from other campuses, who are part of the EDP Ph.D. recruitment efforts or part of the Leadership Alliance Consortium housed on the Brown University campus. 
The SURF research experience is an excellent way to introduce outstanding students to the direct applications of science and engineering. SURF enables students to experience the joys and challenges of research; to broaden their academic performance in engineering, and to make a well-informed career decision about whether to pursue graduate studies or to undertake a career in engineering.
The SURF program also coordinates a bimonthly speaker series on graduate education topics and arranges for visits to research and development sites in industry, government, and university settings. SURF faculty sponsors train students to deliver a professional presentation about their research work to student participants and their faculty labs, and the program faculty sponsors teach students how to write a research paper that emulates work found in engineering journals.   
The synthesis of teaching and research is fundamental to Stanford University, the School of Engineering, and our Engineering Diversity Programs. All engineering faculty engage in scholarly research, most often in association with graduate students or advanced undergraduates. Much of this research takes place at the department level, but there are many interdisciplinary programs as well.

If you are a student at another institution who is interested in participating in this program at Stanford, please use the link below to apply. 

Complete Application Packages were due on February 1, 2018.  

Register to begin your Application Package. If you have already registered, login to complete and submit your Application Package. The SURF application is processed through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). 


The program at Stanford for 2018 will run from June 22 - August, 2018 (exact dates are TBD).

SR-EIP/SURF Applications are under review; decisions will be made during the week of March 19, 2018. 

Link to Application


Please note that Stanford students interested in applying to this program should speak to their departments about REUs.

Resources for Finding Faculty that Match your Research Interests

It is often up to the undergraduate student to identify and initiate contact with faculty with similar research interests for research opportunities. A helpful guide for starting research can be found here.

For any questions related to SURF, please email Gaby Velazquez, Office and Diversity Programs Administrator at

School of Engineering
Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Contacts by Department



Students may present their work at the Symposia for Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS) held twice during the academic year. Departments may also have symposiums with poster sessions.

Additional Opportunities

Two other notable research programs are the Leadership Alliance (open to students from other campuses) and the NASA-sponsored Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) program.