Dear Member of the UCI Faculty:

We are pleased to announce the Fifteenth Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Call for Proposals.

SURP provides funding for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting summer research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty members. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time ten-week period or the equivalence of 400 hours. SURP Fellows will receive a maximum stipend amount of $3,000. SURP is administered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

The research proposal should include background and objective of the research project, project design and feasibility, student’s specific responsibility and level of preparation based on prior research-related efforts, and the project’s timeline. In addition, faculty mentors will be asked to upload one letter of recommendation per student, which would evaluate the student’s performance to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities.

If the research involves human subjects or the use of live vertebrate animals, the appropriate IRB or IACUC protocol number is required. Please refer to for guidelines and appropriate forms.

Complete proposals must be submitted online at the UROP Web site (, by Monday, May 4, 2015.

Proposals will be reviewed by the UROP/SURP Faculty Advisory Board. Standards for evaluation of funding requests include:

* Intellectual merit in the student’s proposed research activity

* Thoroughness and completeness of the proposal packet

* Level of commitment and support from the faculty

* Assessment of student’s UCI transcript

* Available funds

SURP Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Funds will be awarded directly to the Fellows in the form of stipends. Requests can be for less than $3,000 if other funding sources are contributing to the student’s summer stipend. These funds are not intended to support such expenditures as the purchase of research-related materials and supplies. Requests for such items can be submitted in response to UROP’s regular Spring Call for Proposals. Students receiving adequate funding from departmental or other sources can submit an application for a SURP Honorary Fellowship.

Students are encouraged to attend a SURP Proposal Writing Workshop on Tuesday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Calit2 Building, Auditorium.

For more information, faculty and students may contact the UROP Office; Student Services II, Suite 2300; by Phone: (949) 824-4189, or E-mail:


Said M. Shokair

Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program