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/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 5, 2018, 9am PST
  • Participants will be notified in early March 2018

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

For questions regarding the SURE program, please contact SURE@gapp.usc.edu


Research Projects:

View the list of research projects (including professor, department, project title & description) for the SURE 2018 program


Other research opportunities...
In addition to the SURE program on our main campus, additional USC Viterbi summer research internship opportunities exist at our Institute for Creative Technologies and Information Sciences Institute!

SURE 2018 Application

Please complete all fields & submit the form below to be considered for the summer research program hosted by the USC Viterbi Graduate & Professional Programs.
Deadline to apply is February 5, 2018, 9am PST


  • Please upload your scanned .pdf of a registrar generated transcript
  • Please select and upload two letters of recommendation
    Drop files here or
    • Please select the research project that would be your first preference
    • Please select the research project that would be your second preference

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