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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

This eight-week residential-cohort experience exposes undergraduates to graduate research by working closely with doctoral students and faculty on a summer research project.


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. As part of the school’s recruitment and outreach efforts, the Office of Student Affairs has hosted SURF for the past 16 years.

SURF provides students with a stipend, 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 program runs from June 22 to Aug. 16, 2019. 

Application Process

breakdown of the application process is available (PDF). 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.

Complete application packages are due Feb. 1, 2019, at 11:59PM PST.

SR-EIP/SURF applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made during the week of March 11, 2019.


Learn more about the application process.


The objective of SURF is to provide undergraduate students from a diverse background with an eight-week summer research experience under the mentorship of a Stanford faculty member. In addition, 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.

Finding Faculty

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