Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship


The Misericordia University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF), 2017, will be sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and involve approximately 30 students. Fellows will participate in a 10 week faculty sponsored research project and in weekly professional development seminars designed to advance their skills in scholarly presentation and professional communication, and to develop their knowledge of graduate school application processes and funding. As in previous years, the program will culminate with a presentation of fellows’ research and findings to the entire Misericordia University Community in the fall semester. Students are expected to participate in their research activities full time for the entire 10 week program, May 29 through August 4, 2017. Stipends will be $4,000 per fellow. Begun in 2014 to encourage undergraduate students to participate in faculty mentored research, the program has emerged as a successful high impact practice advancing student comprehension of the research process and their preparation for employment and graduate school.

Faculty mentoring is critical to the continued success of the program. Faculty are encouraged to participate in the program by submitting preliminary research projects appropriate for student participation no later than the end of the fall 2016 semester, and optimally by October 24, 2016 for review by the SURF Faculty Steering Committee.A concise SURF faculty participation commitment form, comprising a brief description of the summer research project and an expected materials budget request is linked below. Forms should be sent to Brenda Nowalis in the VPAA’s office.

In addition, faculty are asked to be aware that funding for 2017 is keyed to about 30 students.If submitting a project requiring more than two students please check in with the VPAA’s office. Recruited students should hold a 3.0GPA and have completed 50-110 credits by the end of the spring 2017 semester. A short application form including faculty approval signature may be found at the second link below. Deadline for student submission of signed forms to Brenda Nowalis in the VPAA’s office will be December 12, 2016.

A steering committee comprising faculty members from each college will be convened in fall 2016. The faculty committee will advise faculty on submitted research projects and engage with program planning, the new application process, student summer professional development, and serve as panel members who judge program capstone presentations. They will also invite final formal submissions of SURF research proposals and student fellows early in the spring 2017.

Click here for the student application as a word document.
To download the application as a .pdf click here.

Click here for the faculty commitment form as an excel document.
To download the form as a .pdf click here.

Proposed Timeline for Summer Fellowship Program 2017

Proposed Fellow Professional Development Sessions:

Wednesdays each week except for Wed July 5

May 31: Library resources: Facilitators TBD

June 7: Research Integrity and Ethical decision-making: Facilitators TBD

June 14: Bar-B-Q and Ice cream social

June 21: How to discuss emergent research results: Facilitator: Student Success Center (SSC)

June 28: Fellows share research experience and findings to date, with fac mentors and each other

July 12: Professional writing: Facilitator: SSC

July 19: Introduction to the Graduate School application and funding process: Facilitator: TBD

July 26: Creating and Presenting a Poster: How to: Facilitator: TBD

Aug. 4: Closing day celebration and practice poster presentation for the fellows group

Oct x: Poster presentation for entire University Community, posters judged, awards for posters conferred


Frequently Asked Questions: Students

Frequently Asked Questions: Faculty

How are the applications submitted?

Can faculty select the student researcher?

Is there a deadline for application submission?

How are the research proposals selected?

When will the selected proposals be announced?

If my proposal was not selected, will I be notified as to why it was not selected?

Is there a schedule of events during the summer research program?

Is IRB approval required for my research project?

How many hours of research related work is required?

What is expected for the October 2017 presentation, from the researchers?

Who do the researchers present to, during the October 2017 presentation?

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