Requirements for SURF Participants

In order to successfully complete the SURF program AND receive the full summer stipend, each participant must fulfill the program requirements. Throughout the summer, each student's participation will be evaluated for continuation in the program.

Important: Learn about the program structure and schedule by clicking here. Read this document prior to submitting your application.

As a participant in the 2019 SURF program you are required to:

  • Commit yourself to the research project and establish a weekly research schedule with your professor to engage in research activities 40 hours per week (including SURF required seminars) during the 11-week program period (Students may not take classes or vacations while participating in the program.)
  • Gain approval from the SURF office AND your professor to be absent from the lab to attend off-campus professional activities, for example, a technical conference
  • Attend the SURF orientation and other required events, and at least 4 research seminars
  • Submit all SURF assignments on time
  • Write a research abstract and post the final version to Purdue e-Pubs
  • Write a technical paper on your summer project by Friday, August 2
  • Present your research AND participate in the SURF Research Symposium (Week 11)
  • Demonstrate professionalism by being on time to scheduled events and actively participate
  • Plan and make arrangements with your professor or graduate mentor to be excused from the lab to attend SURF activities

You are also expected to:

  • Take a proactive approach to your work and use this opportunity to develop your research skills
  • Develop good relationships with your research mentors and colleagues
  • Ask questions and seek assistance in the lab and from the SURF staff to meet your educational and professional goals
  • Communicate immediately with your professor and the SURF staff regarding any changes to your participation status during the program
  • Take advantage of all resources available to you in order to get the most out of your summer research experience