SURF Application:

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

Please read all of the following guidelines before beginning your application.

SURF Application


To create an application, enter a unique password under 'Student Information'. Be sure to choose a password that you will remember. Once you begin the application process, you will be able to save your application and complete it later. Your application number will be generated when you save the application for the first time. Your password along with your application number will allow you to access your application from this site at a later date.

When you submit your application, you will be presented with a printable preview. At this point, you can edit your information, print it, or continue by submitting the final version to the SURF office. Once submitted, you will no longer be able to make changes to your application, but you will be able to view and print it.

When the final submission is complete, the following emails will be sent:

  • A message to you with the URL for your application
  • A message to your Purdue faculty member (if you specified one) asking them to complete the Project Information & Recommendation Form for you
  • A message to the Engineering Undergraduate Research Office indicating your submission

To complete the application process, you'll need to submit a resume, letter of interest, and your unofficial university transcript. Your unofficial transcript should include all grades and coursework through the current session. Purdue students can order a transcript online through MyPurdue.

Non-Purdue students should contact their student services office to obtain an official transcript. If an online order system is not available, request the transcript be emailed directly to the Engineering Undergraduate Research Office ( before the application deadline.

Non-Purdue students will also need a letter of recommendation from a professor or professional with whom they have worked. When you submit your application you will receive an email containing a link to an upload form. Give that link to the recommender; they should upload their letter using that form.

The SURF program is very competitive. Qualified applicants should take the application process seriously by fully answering all questions and providing all required documents by the deadline.