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.

View the 2016 program policies, click here.

As a participant in the 2016 SURF program you are required to:

  • Commit yourself to the research project and establish a weekly research schedule with your professor to conduct research approximately 40 hours a week during the 11-week program period (Students may not take classes or vacations while participating in the program.)
  • Attend the SURF orientation, required events, and at least 4 research seminars
  • Be on time to scheduled events and actively participate
  • Plan ahead and make arrangements with your professor or graduate mentor to be excused from the lab to attend SURF activities
  • Complete all SURF assignments on time
  • Complete the online research modules (5 Research Modules, RCR-CITI training modules)
  • Write a research abstract and post the final version to Purdue e-Pubs
  • Write a final research paper on your summer project by the end of the program
  • Present your research and participate in the SURF Research Symposium (in Week 11)

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 to your professor and the SURF office any changes to your participation status during the program
  • Participate in the SURF 2016 program assessment
  • Take advantage of all resources available to you in order to get the most out of your summer research experience