SURE Program: Summer Research for Undergraduates


>>> SURE application CLOSED<<<

Thank you for your interest  in the SURE program. We will be reviewing applications over the next couple of weeks.


Summer 2021 Program Dates: June 14-August 6, 2021

Program Benefits:

  • Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty
  • Receive $4500 stipend, university housing, and travel to/from Los Angeles
  • Gain experience and tools to enhance your application to competitive PhD programs
  • Explore the rich and diverse culture of Southern California during a two-month stay in Los Angeles while learning about the resources at USC
  • Develop lasting friendships with fellow participants
  • Receive an application fee waiver for future graduate study at USC

Important Updates

February 10: Application Closed

February 6: Application deadline FINAL EXTENSION FEBRUARY 9th

January 25: Application Deadline Extended to February 5

**January 7: New faculty projects added to Project List

December 23: SURE application open

Deadline to Apply

The application is now closed.

SURE 2017

Applicant Criteria:

  • Sophomore or Junior-year undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canadian citizens
  • Interest in conducting research and pursuing a PhD program
  • Strong academic background (GPA of 3.5 or higher is recommended) in the fields of engineering, math, or hard science (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Application requires:
    - Transcripts (official or student portal generated transcripts are acceptable) 
    - Resume
    - Statement of Purpose
    - 2 Letters of Recommendation

Questions? Contact Us

Other Summer Research Opportunities

In addition to the SURE program on our main campus, additional USC Viterbi summer research internship opportunities exist in our Computer Science department, Institute for Creative Technologies and Information Sciences Institute!

Deadline & Notification:

  • Deadline Extended to Friday, February 7, 11:59pm PST
  • 2020 SURE Application Deadline is February 2, 2020, 11:59pm PST
  • Participants will be notified in mid-March 2020

** Please do not contact faculty directly until you have been formally accepted into the program

For questions regarding the SURE program, please contact Tracy Charles

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Research ProjectsView the list for SURE 2021


SURE 2021 Application

The application is now closed. Thank you!


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