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 to assist with their faculty mentor's research. Proposals will be submitted to the Scholarly and Creative Activities Council for review during spring semester.
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.
1. Complete an abstract outlining your project,
including your research and methodology.
Please be sure to include your name, UVID,
e-mail address, and the name of your faculty mentor.
2. Prepare an itemized budget for your project.
List expenses seperately and provide rationale for each.
2. Fill out the Application Form, located on the
Undergraduate Research homepage.
Be sure to get all necessary signatures.
3. Obtain a letter of recommendation from your
Your application will not be reviewed without this letter.
4. Submit your abstract, budget, signed application form,
and recommendation letter to:
Jessica.Awtrey@uvu.edu or BA 211 by
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This is a firm deadline.
Notification of awards will be sent via email
Tips on preparing your abstract:
- Include your name, UVID number, email address, and your faculty mentor's information
- State, in clear terms, the central question and the purpose of the research. Provide a brief discussion of the research methodology
- State conclusions, either final or anticipated.
- Be well organized
- Length should fall beween 250-400 words
- All abstracts 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. The project has clearly stated objectives and outcomes that can be readily evaluated at completion.
2. The project includes a product that significantly contributes to scholarship or creative work within its discipline. Higher priority will be given to products subject to some aspect of professional peer review extending beyond the confines of the UVU campus.
3. The 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. The project requires rigorous effort at the advanced undergraduate level, and is reasonable in scope and time requirements given the funding requested and the projected time period.
5. The project has the approval and full support of a faculty advisor, with the endorsement of the department and college