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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

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. 

As of right now, we’re still planning to host SURF 2020. We also recognize that there is a possibility that, depending on how the COVID-19 situation unfolds, we may need to make adjustments to the program. Please visit for more information on the developing COVID-19 situation.

Application Process

The SURF application is closed for this summer. Please check back in November 2020 for opportunities for summer 2021.

Application Flowchart



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.


Research Projects

Students working on project

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

School of Engineering Faculty