Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

OURI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, is a program for undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds (including first-generation and low-income) who are interested in pursuing supervised research with a Rice faculty member over the summer. No prior research experience is required, and preference will be given to first- and second-year students without previous experience. Students from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive $3000 and are expected to work approximately 150 hours on their research project.


  • do not have prior undergraduate research experience (or limited to a semester or less);
  • hold an identity that is underrepresented in your field of interest (including first-generation and low-income)
  • are a returning Rice undergraduate student, enrolled full-time during the fall 2022 semester in a degree-granting program;
  • are in good academic standing;
  • can engage in research for a specified duration between May 15 and August 15, 2022, with a start no later than July 1, 2022;
  • will not receive additional monetary compensation for your summer research project

Fellowship program requirements:

  • complete all surveys connected to your experience;
  • present your work at RURS or another conference;
  • follow guidelines for responsible conduct of research relevant to your discipline;
  • participate in required research support meetings and activities run by OURI.

SURF 2022 applications are now closed.

Deadline for applications was March 27, 2022.

Application Requirements:

  • Personal Interest Essay (250-words) - Share your motivation for applying to SURF, what you hope to gain and contribute through the program, and how your identities, interests, and goals intersect with your research pursuits.
  • Mentor Preferences (see below for list of potential mentors and projects)
  • Resume

Potential Mentor List: Summer 2022

Mentors on this list have indicated willingness to host a SURF Fellow for Summer 2022. Click on their name to read more about their research areas and potential projects. Applicants will be asked to indicate their preferred mentors in their applications, and include motivation for their selection.

Note: Potential mentors are not limited to this list. Applicants can apply with any Rice mentor who will provide support in a summer research project. Applicants applying with a mentor not on this list will be asked to provide a brief project description (approximately 200 words) in their application materials.




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