Office of Undergraduate Research

CEAS Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

Deadline: August 17, 2012

Application & Instructions-doc 220KB

The College of Engineering & Applied Science, in conjunction with the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research, invites applications for Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) for the Fall 2012. CEAS faculty can apply for awards to provide an hourly wage for undergraduate students working as research assistants.  Students will be paid as hourly employees.  (Please consult the Student Employment Administrative Manual for Supervisors when fixing pay rates: http://www4.uwm.edu/financialaid/pdf/Supervisor_Handbook.pdf.)

This program is designed to foster faculty-student research collaborations, and, as such, we are particularly eager to fund work through which students have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful and progressively sophisticated work central to the overall research program of the principal investigator.  Because the awards are part of larger efforts to foster a culture of faculty-undergraduate research collaboration at UWM, we are eager to see proposals engaging lower-division students and students who have been underrepresented in undergraduate research, including students of color, students with disabilities and women. Criteria which will be considered in making awards will include: quality of the proposal, quality of the student’s overall academic record, and the proposed outcomes for the student.   Students also participating in the Integrated BS/MS program will be given preference.  Faculty members may prepare multiple applications if more than one student is to be engaged in the work, but no more than three students can be supported.

Preparation of the Application.  The CEAS SURF application includes a coversheet of information about the principal investigator and the student, followed by a one-page form for the faculty researcher and a one-page form for the student.  The form has been prepared in Microsoft Word.  The completed form should be saved as CEASSURF_yourlastname.doc (e.g. CEASSURF_Jones.doc) and emailed to Todd Johnson (johnsont@uwm.edu). If you have questions about the form, please feel free to contact Todd Johnson or David  Yu.  It is also expected that the student would be prepared to present the work at the annual CEAS Research Poster Competition and/or the UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium at the end of the spring semester.