Is Our SURE Program Right for You?

Thinking a career in research may be right for you? The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience is focused on providing summer research experiences to prospective doctoral students who wish to explore full-time research over the summer during their undergraduate education. Our program offers a competitive stipend and will provide research training, career and professional development, and we help prepare students for graduate applications and interviews.

Preparing Your SURE Application


Your CV is a quick way for programs to get to know you, so make sure that your resume tells a clean, clear story in a professional format. Have several people look this over, including mentors and your career services office.

Personal statement

You should include:

  • why you’re a good fit for the program, and why you want to attend
  • your academic and research experiences and strengths
  • significant accomplishments
  • what sets you apart from other applicants

Have several people look this over, including mentors and your school’s writing center.

Letters of recommendation

You will need two letters for our SURE program. Letter writers should be able to speak to your ability to succeed in a research program. Make sure you give them plenty of notice and follow up as necessary.


You will need to submit transcripts from all schools you have attended since high school.