- The Office of Undergraduate Research offers SURAs to Washington University undergraduates from all academic backgrounds.
- Students whose research qualifies for BioSURF (research in the Life Sciences) please visit the BioSURF page for summer funding information. Do not complete the nomination packet below, you are NOT eligible for this award.
- STUDENTS MUST SEEK NOMINATION FROM A WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FACULTY MENTOR who agrees to actively engage in conducting the research project! If you need help finding a mentor, please contact the OUR.
- SURAs are $4,000 for a ten-week or more research project. For research that is expected to last for less than ten weeks, the maximum award is $2,500.
- ONLY students whose research necessitates travel and/or fieldwork are expected to prepare and submit a budget.
The deadline for summer research award nominations for non-life science fields is March 1 (or the Monday following if March 1 falls on a weekend).
Award Recipient Expectations
- Awardees must present their work at the undergraduate research symposium in the semester following receipt of the award. Details of this event will be covered in an Award Agreement.
- Awardees must submit a 10-page paper following completion of their research experience which may be considered for publication in the Washington University Undergraduate Research Digest (WUURD).
- Students receiving awards for a summer research project may not be enrolled in summer school during the period in which the award has been made.
- For research activities involving human subjects, nominees must seek and receive approval from the University's Human Research Protection Office.
- All awards are considered taxable income by federal, state, and local government.
- Award recipients may not ENROLL or TA in any class during the time of their research and may not engage in any outside employment during that period.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS
SURA awardees must be nominated by a Washington University faculty mentor. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the mentor with all necessary forms and required documents to complete her/his nomination. A complete Nomination Packet (all components due by March 1) includes the following:
- Mentor Nomination (Please provide a copy of the Mentor Nomination Form to your mentor.)
- Student Information Form
- An uploaded Research Proposal (2-3 pages, to be developed in collaboration with the mentor). The Research Proposal should include the following components:
- Implications and Importance to the Field of Study
- For research projects that require travel and/or field work, an uploaded Itemized Budget and Budget Narrative. (Travel between St. Louis and home is not included here. A budget is only required for research projects that take place somewhere else.) Justify expenses, including efforts to save costs. A SURA will cover costs up to a maximum of $4,000. See Creating a Budget for more information and use the contact information below if you have questions.
SURA 2017 Nominations are now closed.
Please direct all questions regarding the award process to firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 935-7494.