Summer Undergraduate Research Program

SURP enhances undergraduate education by providing administrative and financial support, academic workshops, and on-campus housing opportunities for students wishing to engage in faculty-guided research and creative project opportunities during the summer. 

SURP is a six-week program designed to provide students with insight into the research process. Further, it provides students with an academic alternative to nonacademic summer employment. SURP participants are involved in an intellectual community of learners in which leadership, critical inquiry, and communication (written and oral) skills are emphasized.

Throughout the summer, SURP sponsors a number of co-curricular events and outings. Past events have included a welcome barbeque, a guided tour of the Getty Museum, yoga, and a movie night. Faculty mentors hold workshops and seminars throughout the summer to help SURP students build their research and presentation skills.  

SURP 2024

SURP is a 6-week program running from May 13, 2024 - June 21, 2024. Click here for more information on SURP 2024 and to find the application.


Students will hold the title of Rains Undergraduate Research Fellows and will be awarded up to a $1,800 research stipend. Students will complete paperwork after being selected for a research project. 


SURP provides a stipend towards on-campus housing on a limited basis. Please note that students who are first-timers to SURP will have priority to on-campus housing. Students who have already participated in SURP may live on campus if space is available. 

This stipend towards housing will be covered in your SURP award and will be credited to your account in addition to your research award.  The SURP stipend towards housing is a set amount determined by the cost of traditional housing during the six weeks of SURP.  Any additional time (such as before or after the program) or additional costs are the responsibility of the student. 

Upon acceptance into the SURP program, students who wish to live in on-campus housing must apply for summer housing through the Student Housing Office by their priority deadline. Processing fees will be waived.  

SURP students are housed together in the SURP living-learning community.

For more information on Summer Student Housing, please visit the Student Affairs Division website.‌

SURP provides funding for the student’s research hours and the majority of housing costs. The program does not cover research expenses (supplies, travel, etc.)