SURF Eligibility


  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is a multidisciplinary opportunity. Projects represent different research arenas at the college.
  • SURF allows students to engage with real-world research and creative projects, giving faculty the opportunity to make additional progress on their research agendas. As junior research partners, student fellows work directly on the research activities of faculty members.
  • The program will support several fellows over the 12-week summer.
  • Faculty propose research projects and students apply to specific projects in a  two-step process.
  • Selected students receive up to $3,000 stipends for their summer participation.
  • Faculty receive $500 for project expenses for each fellow placed with them.

Student eligibility, requirements, and application

  • Admitted Evergreen undergraduates who will not have completed their current bachelor's degree program (i.e., graduated) before the summer of the fellowship are eligible to apply.

     A student who already has a bachelor's degree is eligible if:

    • The student is currently admitted to earn another bachelor’s degree at Evergreen; and
    • The student has not completed that degree before the summer of the fellowship.
  • Registration holds may impact a student's eligibility.  Applicants should quickly address any holds on their accounts to remain eligible for SURF during the review and selection process.
  • Fellows are not required to work a specific number of hours, but should plan on engaging with the project at least 20 hours a week, and sometimes more depending on the nature of the work.
  • The length of the placement is 12 weeks, though fellows may negotiate with their faculty mentors for flexibility in their schedules.
  • Each fellow will receive a stipend of $3,000 for participation, paid in segments and contingent on continued faculty satisfaction with their participation. Students must be eligible for student employment at Evergreen to be able to receive the stipend.
  • Fellows are asked to attend the SURF opening reception with their faculty in June. In October, fellows will present their summer work at a college symposium.  Fellows may also be invited to participate in other events throughout the year, including informal summer gatherings to share their progress.

Student Application Page (available by February 2019)

Faculty eligibility, requirements, and application

  • Pre-retirement permanent and adjunct faculty are eligible to submit proposals to support Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship students.
  • Adjunct faculty, at the time of project selection, must have a contract to teach at Evergreen after the summer of the proposed project. 
  • At the time of selection, faculty participants must meet the requirements listed under “Eligibility for Professional Development Opportunities” in the current Evergreen/UFE Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful faculty proposals will demonstrate significant research questions and methods, the progress expected with the placement of one or more fellows, and meaningful experiences for undergraduate researchers.  Fellows are intended to serve as junior partners, not mere assistants, in the enterprise. 
  • Faculty may submit more than one proposal for a SURF project, but no more than one will be chosen for placement of a student fellow unless there is a shortage of other viable projects.
  • Faculty may be asked to provide guidance and occasional facilitation for a weekly gathering of SURF fellows.
  • Faculty are asked to attend both an opening reception in June and a closing celebration with student presentations in the October.
  • Faculty will mentor students on projects without financial compensation. The primary incentive for faculty is to accomplish the research proposed with support from undergraduate research fellows.
  • Faculty will have a $500-per-fellow budget for project expenses.

Faculty Application Page