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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Thinking Research? Be SURE.

Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program is a perfect opportunity to be involved in research, as well as learn what a research profession entails. The programs is for undergraduate engineering students who are rising sophomores through seniors to engage in meaningful, hands-on, basic and applied research with an engineering faculty member.

SURE lasts ten weeks from May through August, but the exact start and end dates are negotiated between the faculty mentor and the student. Students receive a $5,500 fellowship at the beginning of the program.

SURE Students are expected to

  • spend approximately 28 hours per week in research and 7 hours per week in professional development;
  • not be engaged in employment or courses that preclude them from SURE participation 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday;
  • attend weekly team lunches and service projects;
  • participate in professional development opportunities offered (e.g., laboratory specific safety training, library research, literature review, and workshops: Design of Experiments, Engineering Outreach, Statistics, Technical Writing);
  • prepare and present a poster at the conclusion of SURE. UD students are required to present their research poster at the Stander Symposium the following spring.

" . . . a unique opportunity, and I was able to build some relationships and do work that really mattered. I'm in a better position for Grad School after this experience."

S.U.R.E. Fellow


of our participants say SURE contributed to their growth as a scholar.


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254