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A&S Undergraduate Research

The 2023 A&S Summer Undergraduate Research Award application has closed.

Summer 2024 Application information

Opens: December 4, 2023

Deadline: February 2, 2024

See below for 2024 award process information.

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Application preview:

Please upload a PDF of your research proposal. The research proposal should be 250-500 words and include:

  • A title;
  • Background information about your project;
  • A question/hypothesis or main goal that your summer project will address;
  • A description of your proposed study that includes specific goals, methods, and expected outcomes.

Application Questions:

  • In one paragraph, explain how you have prepared for this research project.
  • In one paragraph, how will participation in this SURA program help you achieve your career goals?
  • Is there any additional information you would like to provide?


Award Information:

Individual student awards of $5,000 will be granted for students to participate in faculty-sponsored research this summer. Research programs are determined in consultation with a faculty mentor, but typically involve 20 hours per week for 10 weeks, or something similar.


Students should consult with a faculty member to write a 1-2 page research proposal (250 -500 words); please bear in mind that the review committee consists of faculty members from a range of disciplines, so proposals should be written for a general audience.


Once the application is submitted, the mentor will receive an email request for a letter of recommendation. Students will be notified early-March about their applications. 


Eligibility guidelines: The Office of Undergraduate Research requests that, during their time at UK, individual undergraduate researchers receive no more than one academic-year research award, one travel award, and one summer research award. Previous winners of SURA (SURF) and CURE are not eligible.

Please contact Dr. Mark Meier for further information.



Independent Study / Independent Research

Talk to a faculty member, or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in your department to enroll in a credit-bearing 395 course in your discipline during the Fall or Spring semesters.


Other Opportunities