Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
With generous support of outside donors, alumni, and the Provost, the Office of Sponsored Projects & Research offers a limited number of summer undergraduate research fellowships on a competitive basis.
These fellowships allow talented students to spend a portion of their summer conducting research or carrying out a creative project that makes an original contribution to their chosen discipline, extending learning beyond the academic year.
Projects emanating from all disciplines are eligible, as well as interdisciplinary projects. Each fellowship offers $4,000-$5,000 (taxable income) to the successful applicant.
Summer research fellowships are intense educational experiences in that they expose the student to the entire research or creative process from start to finish, including:
Students may propose projects of their own design, or projects related to the supervising faculty member's research provided it is a clearly articulated, distinct aspect of the larger project. However, all summer research fellowships are conducted under the guidance of a Keene State College faculty member. Consultation with the faculty mentor throughout the proposal, implementation, and dissemination phases is expected. The timeline for the summer fellowship (typically 8 weeks minimum) is to be created in consultation with the faculty advisor.
Each year, one outstanding student will be selected to receive the Bruce LeVine Mellion '69 Summer Student Research Fellowship, named after the first Keene State College Alumnus to establish a summer research fellowship through annual giving. This Fellowship will award $4,000 to the student to conduct research or carry out a creative project that makes an original contribution to their chosen discipline.
Starting in the Summer of 2014, we are pleased to announce the addition of the Clarke Distributors, Inc. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The Clarke Distributors, Inc. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship will award $5,000 to an outstanding student to spend a summer term conducting in-depth research (either on campus or elsewhere) of substance abuse in the community.
Interested in donating to undergraduate summer research fellowships? Please contact our Office of Development.
For all programs, eligibility criteria include:
Availability of funds:
For Summer 2014, we anticipate awarding 4 Summer Research Fellowships, including the Bruce LeVine Mellion '69 Fellowship and the Clarke Distributor, Inc Fellowship.
Proposals must be submitted electronically, using the SURF Application Form. This form is designed to help you provide the necessary information in the required format. Please download the form to your computer before completing the application. If you have questions or difficulty accessing the form, please contact Susan Ericson-West.
A formal letter of support, speaking to the nature of the project, the qualifications of the student, appropriateness of time line, and the faculty member's role in working with the student must be submitted by the Faculty Sponsor prior to the proposal deadline. Proposals submitted without a faculty endorsement will not be reviewed for consideration. Faculty should review their responsibilities prior to writing their letter of support. Information on Student and Faculty Sponsor Responsibilities
All compliance requirements (i.e. IRB approval, IACUC approval, off-campus travel approval and compliance training) need not be complete by the submission of the proposal, but must be complete prior to the receipt of any grant award.
To assist students in their proposal preparation, a copy of the SURF review form is available for review. This document will be used by the Committee to review each proposal submitted, and applicants will receive a scored form from the Committee at the end of the review process.
Deadline: March 1, 2014. All proposals must be submitted electronically to Susan Ericson-West, in the Office of Sponsored Projects & Research by 5:00 pm on the deadline date. All applicants will be notified of their final application status by the end of March.
The $4,000-$5,000 associated with each Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is intended to help the student defray living expenses and allow them to focus on conducting research rather than holding a summer job. No detailed budget is required for the $4,000 fellowship stipend. Students are advised that this is taxable income, and therefore the standard payroll taxes will be withheld.
Depending on the nature of the proposed project, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship applicants may also wish to request funding from the KSC Undergraduate Research and Creative Grants program, which can provide funding for research materials and supplies related to the project. If you are requesting this type of funding, please follow the instructions in the fellowship application carefully, providing an itemized budget for this portion of the request only.
Please note, however, that receiving funding from one of these programs does not guarantee funding from the other.
Six faculty members (two from each academic school) will review all proposals and make award decisions. The Office of Sponsored Projects & Research will facilitate the review process; OSPR staff will not vote on proposals.
The voting members for 2014 are:
For Additional Information Contact Susan Ericson-West, Office of Sponsored Projects & Research (603-358-2046)