Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), formerly known as SCOP, is one of the most popular and successful undergraduate research programs at UVU. Each summer, upper-division students work with faculty mentors to conduct in-depth research or creative work related to their chosen field of study. The Undergraduate Research Program provides awards to support completion of these projects.

Funds are awarded in May of each year on a competitive basis. The maximum funding amount is $1500 per student. Awards may be used for travel, supplies, or student hourly wages. Proposals will be submitted to the Scholarly and Creative Activities Council for review.

Students awarded funding must send a 3-5 page summary, and a poster representing their findings prior to the beginning of the following school-year. They must also apply to present their research at a discipline specific, national, international, regional, or institutional conference.

Application Instructions

1.  Click here to apply for SURF funding. You will be transported to OrgSync, where you will create a membership login.

2.  Click on "Signup" and complete membership.

3.  Logon to OrgSync with username and password.

4.  Locate Office of Engaged Learning page and click on "Join Now."

5.  Click on "Forms."

6.  Select "Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF)" to complete application form.

Application Deadline: 

March 16, 2015 by 5:00 pm

This is a firm deadline.
Notification of awards will be sent via email

PLEASE NOTEYou will need to secure signatures in order to complete the application.  We will not accept hard copy of signatures in our office.  Please plan ahead.  Securing signatures from your faculty mentor, department chair, dean and financial manager may take several days.

Signature Page:  Requires signatures of your faculty mentor, department chair, and dean.

Budget Request form:  Requires signature of your college's financial manager.


Tips on preparing your proposal:

Proposals should:

  • Include your name, UVID number, email address, and your faculty mentor's information.
  • State, in clear terms, the central question, purpose of research, and background and context to show how project fits into overall discipline, and how it contributes to that discipline in a meaningful and novel way.
  • Be well organized.
  • Length should fall between 250-400 words.
  • All proposals will undergo a careful review by the Scholarly & Creative Activities Council.

Review and funding of undergraduate scholarly projects take into account the following criteria:

1. Project has clearly stated background, objectives, methodology, and outcomes.

2. Project significantly contributes to scholarship or creative work within its discipline. Higher priority will be given to projects that demonstrate promise of professional peer review extending beyond the confines of UVU campus.

3. Proposal is well written and organized, offering background and context to show how the project fits into the overall discipline, and how it contributes to that discipline in a meaningful and novel way.

4. Project requires rigorous effort and is reasonable in scope given the funding requested and the projected time period.

5. Level of support indicated in faculty recommendation letter.  Letter should address rubric items.

You may wish to download and view the PDF of a blank application form to familiarize yourself with the required information before you begin the application process.