SURE Program: Summer Research for Undergraduates

June 15 – August 6, 2020

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

Feb 11: SURE application CLOSED

Feb 3: SURE application deadline extended to Friday, February 7, 11:59pm PST

Jan 27: New Research Project added to summer projects list

Jan 14: New Research Project added to summer projects list

Jan 7: New Research Projects added to summer projects list


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, a resume, statement of purpose and 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


Research ProjectsView the list for SURE 2020

SURE 2020 Application Now CLOSED!

Please complete all fields & submit the form below to be considered for the summer research program hosted by the USC Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement Office.

Deadline to apply has passed. Thank you for your interest in SURE.


Research ProjectsView the list for SURE 2020


2016 program photo album

SURE 2016

2015 program photo album

SURE 2015

2014 program photo album

SURE 2014