Summer Undergraduate Research Program to be Held Remotely
In light of Los Angeles’s “Safer at Home” order and LMU’s move to online instruction for summer classes, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) will be held remotely this summer with modifications. The details of the program and modifications are below. Students who have already applied for SURP and faculty mentors of student applicants will be receiving an email shortly with additional information about pending applications.
While SURP will still run for six weeks during Summer Session I, from May 18 – June 26, there will be modifications to the program. All workshops will be held virtually, and all research will be conducted remotely. Students will be expected to commit 10 hours of research a week, instead of the usual 20 hours, and will receive an $800 research stipend for this summer’s program. All applicants will be asked to include a description of how their research can be conducted remotely. A faculty mentor is still required for participation, and requests for faculty mentor endorsements will be sent directly to each faculty member after the student application is closed.
Please note that off-campus research with students is not permitted at this time. If city and state orders are lifted during the SURP program, faculty may submit a request to conduct off-campus research as needed to Associate Provost Kat Weaver and their Dean.
Each student applying for SURP must have a Faculty Mentor endorsement. Faculty mentors can sponsor up to SIX students. The Faculty Mentor will sign off on a final abstract written by their SURP students at the end of the 6-week program. The student's Faculty Mentor must complete a Faculty Endorsement Form. This form will be automatically sent to your mentor upon submission of your application.
The applications will ask for a research proposal describing the research/creative project. The following sections are required for your application to be complete. Completion of the application may take an hour or more. All materials listed below should be prepared before beginning the online application process.
- Applicant Information
- Faculty Mentor Information
- Project Title
- Project Description and Research Goals. Applicants must provide a description of her/his research proposal. The research project’s overall objectives and specific goals must be included.
- Methodology of Research. Applicants must clearly state how she/he plans to accomplish the goals listed in the project description; identifying the specific steps necessary to perform the research.
- Timeline of Research. Applicants must provide a detailed timeline for completion of her/his research project goals. The goals listed in the project description should be included.
- Background Experience. Applications must list any previous research experience she/he may have. This may include applicable course work, other relevant research or past projects within the Office of Undergraduate Research.
- Benefits to your Field of Study and Career Plans. Applicants must explain why the information gained from this research project will be beneficial to her/his academic goals.
- Requested IRB Approval (if applicable)
- Faculty Endorsement Form. Faculty mentors will automatically be sent this form upon completion of the application.
Students must prepare a proposal to submit under the "Project Description and Research Goals" section of the application. Here, students must describe her or his research project and include an introduction providing information about what she or he hopes to accomplish during the project period. Proposals should include a description of the project, how the research will be conducted and a statement about the background preparation for this project. Are there specific courses a student has taken which serve as preparation for his or her project? Are there other experiences in the student's background, which support her or his research? Lastly, include a description of how the student and faculty mentor will be collaborating. This section should include how often the student and faculty will meet. It should be no more than one single-spaced page.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the academic or creative merit of the student’s research or the level of research involvement in the faculty mentor’s project. Acceptance to the program is also dependent upon the level of support from the faculty mentor, the student’s overall progress, and available funding.