Goals and Guidelines


  • Promote and reward undergraduate Student Fellow & Faculty Scholar collaborative scholarship and creative work.
  • Support Student Fellow opportunities to experience scholarship, research or creative projects as a rigorous process of professional development modeled by a Faculty Scholar.
  • Provide career development opportunities for Student Fellows through workshops.
  • Support opportunities for Student Fellows to experience real world learning.


  • The program supports undergraduate students’ scholarly and creative projects.
  • Projects will be pursued during the summer (May/Aug)
    • Recommended ten-weeks, for approximately 20 hours a week
  • Maximum of ten Student Fellows per summer. 
  • One grant per Student Fellows per summer.
  • Maximum of two Student Fellows per Faculty Scholars each summer. 
  • Each Student Fellow will receive an award of $3,000 and free housing (room with kitchen).
  • Priority will be given to applications for projects that are result oriented (publication, presentation, or creative project).
    • Result can be significant progress on an ongoing Faculty Scholar led project or new student project (i.e. development and/or implementation of novel data collection, tests, assays, and analysis, data collection at X sites that are part of a larger research project; review and summary of X primary sources housed at X library).
  • Student Fellows are expected to present their work.
    • Presentation may focus on findings/summary of work, how work relates to larger scope of existing research, and discussion of the challenges/ issues the student dealt with in the process of generating the work.  
  • All Student Fellows will present their summer work at (a) the end of the summer program and (b) future events:
    • Fall: meeting with Trustees and donors
    • Spring: Honors Convocation and HECBC Undergraduate Research Conference
  • Separate project expenses funding will be available for the execution and presentation of the project.


S.U.R.F. Program Coordinator

Dr. Erin Way
Psychology & Counseling
Upland Center 125
Phone: 610-685-3257

SURF Student Undergraduate Research Fellows