SURF 2023 applications will open in the Spring semester

Applications will open Monday, January 30th and close Sunday, February 26th


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships OURI, is a program for undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds (including first-generation and low-income) who are interested in pursuing supervised research with a Rice faculty member over the summer. No prior research experience is required, and preference will be given to first- and second-year students without previous experience. Students from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive $3000 and are expected to work approximately 150 hours on their research project while also participating in professional development workshops and small-group advising sessions.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) is hosting a SURF mixer on February 7 from 4-5 p.m. in which students can interact with faculty and learn more about summer research. Faculty who want to be involved in mentorship and fostering inclusive academic environments are encouraged to take on an undergraduate student or students in a research project this summer. The faculty registration form is due by January 31.

Student applications to SURF will open Monday, January 30 and close Sunday, February 26.


  • do not have prior undergraduate research experience (or limited to a semester or less);
  • hold an identity that is underrepresented in your field of interest (including first-generation and low-income)
  • are a returning Rice undergraduate student, enrolled full-time during the fall 2023 semester in a degree-granting program;
  • are in good academic standing;
  • can engage in research and programming for the specified duration (May 22 to July 28, 2023)
  • will not receive additional monetary compensation for your summer research project

Fellowship program requirements:

  • complete all surveys connected to your experience;
  • present your work at RURS or another conference;
  • follow guidelines for responsible conduct of research relevant to your discipline;
  • participate in required research support meetings and activities run by OURI.

Application Requirements:

  • Personal Interest Essay (250-words) - Share your motivation for applying to SURF, what you hope to gain and contribute through the program, and how your identities, interests, and goals intersect with your research pursuits.
  • Mentor Preferences (list of mentors can be found on the OURI website)
  • Resume

Faculty and students interested in the program can find further details on the OURI website.