SURE Program: Summer Research for Undergraduates



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

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

December 23: SURE application open

Deadline to Apply

Feb 1, 2021: SURE application deadline

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
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

Please complete and submit the application below to be considered for SURE 2021

  • Please select the research project from the list below that would be your first preference (view full list .pdf)
  • Please select the research project from the list below that would be your second preference (view full list .pdf)
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Please upload your scanned .pdf of a registrar-generated transcript
  • Please select and upload two letters of recommendation

    Note: Letters of recommendation can also be emailed directly to Tracy Charles.
    Email subject line text MUST include:
    1) the student(applicant) name

    Applications without letters of recommendation received by the deadline will not be considered.

    Drop files here or

    2016 program photo album
    SURE 2016
    2015 program photo album
    SURE 2015
    2016 program photo album
    SURE 2014