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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Student applications are now OPEN. Application deadline is Jan. 31.


  • The program is open to those who will be students during the summer of 2020.
  • Internal candidates must have completed their first year at the University of Dayton or the Sinclair Academy.
  • External candidates must be rising seniors in their respective programs.

Applicants Must Agree to the Following

  • Participate in all 2020 SURE events and programming with fellow SURE participants for the duration of the program.
  • Engage in research, professional development and outreach activities on a full-time (approximately 35 hours/week) basis for ten weeks at a schedule mutually agreed upon by student and faculty research mentor. Research will be approximately 28 hours per week.
  • Generate a research poster and present this research poster at the conclusion of the program.
  • Understand that NO outside employment or summer courses or Study Abroad programs should preclude you from participating in the program; typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For University of Dayton students only: Present research poster at the annual Stander Symposium held in April.

Application Deadline

  • Student applications are due Jan. 31.
  • Announcements will be made by the end of February.

Before Application

Applicants will need to answer the following questions and provide the necessary information on the application, so please prepare the following before you begin your online application:

  • General demographic information
  • Overall GPA
  • Describe your professional or vocational goals (up to 250 words)
  • How do you hope the SURE program will help you achieve your goals (up to 250 words)
  • Describe any relevant research (up to 250 words)


The online application process runs annually from Dec. through Jan. The application process should take about 7-10 minutes.

  1. Review the SURE "Projects for 2020" links for available research and choose your top three projects.
  2. Click here for the online SURE application:
  3. Email your resume to

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.)

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254