The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is a fully funded, eight-week summer residential program that brings approximately 20 talented, motivated, and bright undergraduate students from across the country and provides them with an immersive research experience at Stanford Engineering.
SURF provides students with housing, a meal plan, a travel stipend, and a stipend upon completion of the program. In addition, SURF students will have the opportunity to participate in a robust graduate school preparation program including a GRE study course, excursions around the Bay Area, community-building activities, participation in a research poster symposium, and a strong mentorship component.
The SURF application is processed primarily through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). However, international, DACA, and non-SR-EIP applicants may also be considered via the Stanford application.
The program aims to build community, explore identity formation, and create a cohort of future graduate student engineers who can promote diversity (especially underrepresented minorities, women, first generation, and other identities) within the engineering and science student body.
Student engagement in research increases 1) the retention of students in scientific research, 2) student interest in graduate school, and 3)student interest in STEM careers. Since its inception, SURF has been a vehicle for undergraduate students to conduct scientific research and a foundation for them to pursue graduate studies in engineering.