SURE Program: Summer Research for Undergraduates

PROGRAM DATES: June 11 – August 3, 2018

Program Benefits:

  • Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty
  • Receive $4500 stipend, university housing, and travel to and 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


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
  • On the application, you will be asked to select up to 2 research positions for which you would like be considered

Deadline & Notification:

  • 2018 SURE Application Deadline is February 7, 2018
  • Participants will be notified in early March 2018

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


Research Projects:

View the list of research projects (including professor, department, description) from SURE 2017


SURE 2018 Interest Form

Submit the form below to receive an application invitation via email



2016 program photo album

SURE 2016

2015 program photo album

SURE 2015

2014 program photo album

SURE 2014