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    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship:


    2016 Fellows

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    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship:


    Summer fellowships for scholarly research...

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    ... and creative projects!

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    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship:


    Enjoy your summer & thrive academically

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    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship:


    Work with a faculty mentor

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    Support from other SURF Fellows & OURCA

» Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

SURF is an opportunity for Chapman University undergraduate students to pursue research and creative activity in conjunction with full-time faculty mentors during the summer. Students from across all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship is a great opportunity for a paid, on-campus summer fellowship with a faculty member that provides monetary support for time devoted to research or creative activity.

Program Highlights:

  • Up to $3,000 in fellowship funding.
  • Possible additional grant funding of up to $1,000 to provide support for research (apply separately for an OURCA Scholarly/Creative Grant).
  • Free on-campus housing during the length of the program.
  • Faculty mentor stipend of $1,000.
  • Professional development workshops
  • Faculty seminars 
  • Social events/networking opportunities with other SURF fellows.

Explore our faculty profiles to get information about potential faculty mentors and on the variety of faculty research and creative interests.

The program lasts for 10 weeks during the summer. Fellows are expected to perform an average of 30 hours of research or creative activity per week, June through August. Fellows are required to attend faculty lectures and professional seminars twice a week throughout the program, along with a few other mandatory meetings and commencement. Awards can be rescinded if requirements are not met.

Mentors will receive a $1,000 stipend and are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting, conduct a faculty seminar, and attend commencement. Before applying, a student should make sure both students and faculty mentor can attend these required events.

OURCA will start accepting applications February 2017

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. Any applications received after will not be considered. A Letter of Support must be included with the application and will not be accepted separately.

Award notifications are expected to be announced the first week of April.

+ - Eligibility

  • Chapman University undergraduates in good standing are eligible to apply to SURF.
  • Graduating seniors can apply for the SURF program directly following their graduation.
  • SURF Alumni are not eligible.
  • Sponsoring faculty mentors must be full-time Chapman University faculty. Part-time or adjunct faculty may not mentor in this program.
  • Applicants can be from any discipline and can work on a project outside the major; no prior research experience is required, but the applicant must have a faculty mentor.

+ - Selection Criteria

  • Selection criteria are based on the following:
    • Description of Project (500 words maximum)
    • Benefit to Applicant (500 words maximum)
      • While the mentor should advise the student, the student must be the author of the project proposal itself. A student who submits a proposal written by a mentor or by any person other than the student applicant will be considered in violation of the university's policy on academic honesty.
    • Letter of Support provided by the sponsoring faculty mentor
      • The letter should provide context from the faculty member’s perspective as to the nature of the proposed research or creative activity, including the roles the fellow and mentor will play in the collaboration together and the rough plan for accomplishing the work. It is not explicitly a letter of recommendation (which is why it is called a letter of support), but the faculty member is encouraged to provide evidence of the applicant’s ability expectations for working together over the summer.
  • The letter of support must be uploaded with the online application. Letters of support will not be accepted separately.
  • Any applications received after the published deadline will not be considered.
  • Only one application is allowed per student.
  • Students participating in a group project must apply individually, with individual letters of support and an individual role in the project clearly delineated; there is no guarantee all of the students in a group will be accepted.
  • Additionally, your project may require IRB approval if it involves any human or animal subjects; students are responsible for working with the faculty mentor to ensure that the project has approvals necessary to begin research and for submitting verification of authorization to OURCA prior to the start of SURF; awards can be rescinded if IRB approval is not submitted one week prior to the start of the SURF program.

+ - Expectations of Students Accepted

  • Fellows attend and participate in all on-campus activities, including orientation and two cohort meetings weekly (during lunchtime) throughout the 10-week period.
  • Fellows must commit to work a minimum of 30 hours per week on their project. The individual SURF fellow’s research/creative activity schedule will be determined between the fellow and faculty mentor and submitted to OURCA at least one week before the start of the SURF program. ? A fellow’s research/creative activity can be performed off campus, but on-campus meetings are required.
  • A fellow should meet at least once per week with his/her faculty mentor or more often, depending on the project and the faculty mentor’s guidance.
  • Fellows are required to submit “Weekly Progress Reports” to document research/creative activity hours and summarize work conducted during those hours.
  • If the project involves any human or animal subjects and requires IRB approval, the fellow must submit approval to OURCA at least one week before the start of the SURF program. For more information got to www.chapman.edu/irb.
  • Fellows are required to present at the SURF Commencement at the end of the 10-week session.
  • Awards can be rescinded if all requirements are not met.

+ - Expectations of Faculty Mentors

  • Mentors must attend the mandatory orientation meeting.
  • Mentors must conduct a faculty seminar during the SURF program.
  • The mentor must meet (in person or via video chat) with his/her SURF fellow(s) at least once per week or more often, depending on the project, to keep current on the student’s progress and offer guidance.
  • The mentor oversees/mentors the SURF fellow during the 10-week program but is not required to be physically present for the entirety of the student’s reported hours. ? The mentor must record the fellow’s weekly hours in Blackboard on a regular basis.
  • All mentors must attend SURF Commencement.
  • Awards can be rescinded if all requirements are not met.

+ - Funding Package

  • SURF fellows are awarded a $3,000 fellowship, paid over the course of the program.
  • Free on-Campus apartment housing is available during the program.
  • Faculty mentors are awarded a stipend of $1,000, paid over the course of the program.
  • Professional development workshops.
  • Faculty seminars on research and creative activity projects.
  • Commencement ceremony and oral/poster presentations.
  • This program does not include college credit.

OURCA Deadlines & Events 2016-2017

FALL 2016

Grant Proposal Workshop
Thursday, October 27th
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
AF 209C
Faculty Research Expo
Wednesday, November 9th
4:00 - 6:00 pm
BK 404
November 11th - 4:00 pm
Monday, November 14th
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
AF 209C
Monday, December 5th

CU Student Research Day
Wednesday, December 7th
Times TBA
Sandhu Conference Center

CUSRD Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Invitation Only
Wednesday, December 7th
12:00 – 1:30 pm


SURF Application Deadline
Wednesday,March 1st
4:00 PM
March - TBA
April 3rd - 7th
Friday, April 14th
4:00 PM
April - TBA
Monday, May 8th
Wednesday, May 10th
Times TBA
Sandhu Conference Center
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 10th
12:00-1:30 pm
BK 404

SURF Program
June 6th – August 12th

OURCA Contact

Smith Hall 101B

Mailing Address:
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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