Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)



Application Deadline: January 15th

(For 2022: deadline is January 18th)


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program accepts applications from faculty for faculty/undergraduate student teams for summer research projects to be supported under the SURF program. To submit your project for consideration, faculty must complete an Online Application form providing details about the project and the faculty/student team by January 15th.  Should this date fall on a weekend day or holiday, the deadline will become the next business day.  The application opens December 1st each year.


Summer 2021 SURF Awardees


SURF's Up Student Showcase



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Previously Awarded Projects/Teams:

Summer 2021

Summer 2020

Summer 2019

Summer 2018

Summer 2017

Summer 2016

Summer 2015

Program Details:

SURF projects are ten-week, intensive summer immersion research experiences for FAU undergraduate students.  Each SURF award allocates $4,000 in support of each chosen project. These funds will primarily be used to support to the student researcher during the summer ($3,100), with $900 for materials and supplies for the project, and for the faculty to use at their discretion (i.e., as a supplemental faculty stipend, for faculty professional development, for travel support for the SURF fellow, an additional stipend to the SURF fellow). 

Faculty/student teams from all FAU colleges are encouraged to apply.  It is anticipated that there will be at least one SURF award per college.  Either the faculty or student can initiate the team partnership, but the application must be submitted by the faculty member.  Faculty interested in applying should have a potential student fellow identified, though changes may be submitted to the SURF Committee.  Please find student eligibility information here (Appendix F). In addition to the requirements and activities listed in Appendix F, OURI will offer professional development workshops and guidance on joining professional organizations. Past SURF fellows will be available to consult with and mentor new SURF fellows through the workshops and through social events.


Application Process:

Faculty, please complete the online application which includes the following sections:

  • Faculty information
  • Description of the project, timeline, and mentorship
  • Research compliance information (APPENDIX B)
  • Information about the potential SURF student fellow

The online application is managed through Survey Monkey Apply, an applications-based system.  The link to Survey Monkey Apply is  Please read through all of the instructions (which can be found here) on how to navigate the system before clicking on the link.

NOTE: Survey Monkey Apply functions best when using Mozilla Firefox as your web browser.

Survey Monkey Apply General Instructions

Survey Monkey Apply Online Application Link

Review Process:

Faculty/student team proposals will be peer-reviewed and evaluated by the SURF Committee. Decisions will be based on the quality of the project, feasibility of the timeline, strength of the faculty/student team, and potential student benefits. Once SURF projects have been selected, faculty/student teams will be notified.  Funds will be transferred to the faculty member’s department once all research compliance issues have been resolved (if applicable).


  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Notification of awardees: end of February/beginning of March
  • Student employment requirements completed: end of April
  • SURF project commences: mid-May
  • Student presents at OURI Annual Summer Retreat: early to mid-August
  • Student presents findings at FAU and externally: Prior to graduation
  • Student submits FAURJ manuscript: following Spring semester Please see FAURJ website for application deadlines

*Should any of these dates fall on a weekend day or holiday, the deadline will become the next business day.

Appendices needed to complete the Online Application:

Questions related to the SURF program should be directed to

 Last Modified 5/3/22