About the Program
Boston University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program takes place over 10 weeks each summer. It consists of the following:
- Full-time research with a BU faculty member (approximately 40 hours per week)
- Weekly seminars on topics related to career preparation and current research
- Weekly informal meetings
- Final presentation on your summer research
- Participation in BU’s fall Undergraduate Research Symposium
All participants receive the following:
- A $4500 stipend
- A $600 supplies allowance
- Up to $550 in travel expenses
- Housing in a BU apartment-style dorm
- Travel & lodging during the weekend of the October Undergraduate Research Symposium
Each summer, 10-20 outstanding students conduct full-time research in a BU lab. Normally, 2-3 positions are reserved for Boston University students, who act as peer mentors to the other participants. All remaining positions are offered to students from other colleges and universities, particularly those without plentiful research opportunities. SURF is designed to encourage graduate education in the sciences for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences: African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian/Polynesian, Asian (excluding Asian Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Thai).
The SURF program is open to students who are conducting research in the following areas:
- Computer science
Unfortunately, humanities and the social sciences are not supported by the SURF program. For information on other intensive summer research experiences, please visit our summer opportunities page.
SURF is sponsored by the Boston University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the National Science Foundation NSF-REU Program, the Department of Defense ASSURE program, and the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Collectively, institutions in the Northeast Alliance are working to increase access to their graduate programs for underrepresented minority students.
Requirements for application are as follows:
- Rising Junior or Rising Senior ONLY
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
- Online application, two letters of recommendation, and official transcript
For more information on the program and the application process, please see the FAQ.
The application deadline for Summer 2013 will be February 13th, 2013.
Program Dates for Summer 2013 are June 3rd to August 9th.