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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
What is SURE?
SURE is a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience for students interested in graduate school and research/creative work within their discipline or a related discipline. Selected students complete research at West Virginia University (WVU) for 8 weeks during the summer under the direction of a WVU faculty research mentor and a graduate or post-doctoral mentor.
Participating students receive a stipend and are expected to research full-time (minimum
of 40 hours per week for 8 weeks). Applicants are encouraged to have already connected
with a faculty research mentor upon application to the SURE program.
SURE Program Dates: June 1-July 30, 2021.
Currently, the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at West Virginia University is being planned as an onsite program according to schedule. Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability for an onsite program may change at any time. Please note that WVU may cancel or shift (from onsite to virtual) the 2021 SURE Site if, in WVU’s sole discretion, the state of the COVID-19 pandemic has not improved sufficiently for WVU to safely hold the program.
2020 "Virtual" SURE Program Files
SURE participants must be:
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its territories;
- undergraduates enrolled at a West Virginia higher education institution or a West Virginia state resident enrolled in an out-of-state college or university; and
- college sophomores, juniors, or seniors as of the fall 2021 semester.
- In addition, NSF KY-WV LSAMP Alliance funding will provide SURE support for an additional 7+ undergraduate STEM majors who are also from underrepresented populations (e.g., Hispanic, African-American, American Indian, etc.). We especially encourage these students to apply.
In SURE 2021 research opportunities exist for students in:
- the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences (16);
- the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design (9);
- the Health Sciences Center (6);
- the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (14);
- the College of Creative Arts (1);
- the College of Business and Economics (1);
- the College of Education and Human Services (1); and
- a few opportunities within specific majors (2)
How to Apply
SURE offers are made until the program is filled. All applicants are apprised of their status (~mid April). Please be patient as we review applications!
NOTE: We are using Survey Monkey Apply for SURE student applications. Students should (i) click on the SURE application link, (ii) Register for an account (unless you already have a WVU Survey Monkey Apply account), (iii) Send verification link and Verify email account (if needed), (iv) Skip the eligibility quiz (click continue); (v) Apply by completing all 5 parts of the application (SURE Student Application, SURE: Invitation to Self-Identify (optional), Resume Upload, Transcript Upload, and Recommendation Request); and (vi) Review and Submit the application
Application Deadline: Review of completed SURE applications will begin March 3, 2021. The online application may be closed at midnight on March 3, 2021. Priority will be given to applications completed by/before the March 3, 2021 review date. A complete application includes the online application and the recommendation letter.
The 2021 SURE application deadline has been extended to 8:00 am (EST) on Monday March 29! The application will be closed at 8 am on March 29 and no new applications or rec letters will be accepted. Meanwhile, applications completed by/before March 3 will be reviewed and SURE offers will be made. If you wish to apply for the 2021 SURE program, please apply ASAP.
Advice to Student Applicants
Short Essay (250-500 words): Before beginning the SURE online application,
we suggest you take some time to fashion your essay in Word (include spell and
grammar check). In your essay, state your motivation in applying to the SURE program
(i.e., Professionally speaking, what do you hope to get out of/learn from the program?
How can you contribute to research ongoing at WVU? What do you bring to the table?
What area(s) of research are of interest to you and why are you interested in those
specific areas and, more generally, in scientific research? Why should you be awarded
a SURE appointment this summer?). A good essay is important! Use the “Personal
Statement” tips available at the WVU
Career Services Center and at
Faculty Research Mentor: You are strongly encouraged to find your own WVU faculty research mentor for the SURE program by: 1) searching WVU websites for faculty, within your major(s)/associated majors, with research aligned with your interests/career goals; 2) contacting and interacting with the faculty member prior to submitting the faculty member's name; and 3) discussing the SURE program with the faculty member. The faculty member must be agreeable and available to mentor a SURE participant and must complete the Faculty Research Mentor Application. Contact SURE@mail.wvu.edu with questions about finding a faculty research mentor.
Faculty Recommendation Letter: The recommendation letter should come from
a faculty member within your discipline (preferably from your home institution)
or from the faculty member who has agreed to mentor you in research via the SURE
program. The recommendation letter should address your potential/abilities/motivation
for engaging in research. Your recommender and your faculty research mentor can
be the same person.
Enrichment Funding for SURE Participants: How to Apply