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Center for Undergraduate Excellence

» Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

SURF is an exciting opportunity for Chapman University undergraduate students to pursue research and creative activity under the guidance of full-time faculty mentors during the summer. SURF is a paid, on-campus summer fellowship with a faculty member that includes monetary support and on-campus housing. Students from across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

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The program spans 8 weeks during the summer. Fellows are expected to perform an average of 30 hours of research or creative activity per week during the SURF program. Fellows are required to attend faculty lectures and professional seminars twice a week throughout the program, along with a few other mandatory meetings and the celebratory commencement. Awards can be rescinded if requirements are not met.

Mentors will receive a $1,000 stipend (which may be adjusted for collaborative projects individual multiple SURF fellows). Mentors are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting, conduct one faculty seminar during SURF, and attend commencement. Before applying, a student should ensure both students and faculty mentor can attend these required events.

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