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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Misericordia University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. SURF projects bring together a faculty-student team to work in a close collaboration to conduct and share research. Across all disciplines, SURF projects share a focus on intellectual engagement through rigorous, thesis-driven research, akin to the work performed by advanced undergraduates and early-career graduate students. These projects generally fall into one of several types:

  • Preparatory research, such as rigorous background research and reading, designing experiments, research & preparing a detailed IRB application, and / or writing a substantial grant application
  • Original research for a complete project, where students / faculty establish research questions, select methodologies, collect data / evidence, analyze findings, and draft conclusions
  • Succinct segments in a longer, ongoing research project
  • Faculty-Driven or Student-Driven: projects could be proposed by a faculty member, driven by the faculty member’s research; or students might propose a project and seek out a faculty mentor

Faculty members and students from diverse disciplines across the institution are invited to apply. For examples of recent projects, see those listed below. SURF Steering Committee Members are also happy to discuss potential projects with interested faculty.

The 2024 SURF program will run from May 28, 2024 - August 9, 2024.

Program Benefits:

SURF offers undergraduate students the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with a faculty member, enhance their problem-solving abilities, and engage in advanced research within their disciplines. Students will also be able to demonstrate professional work habits, perseverance, and examples of creativity and ingenuity for graduate school applications and resumes for the work force.

Students receive a stipend of $4,000 for the 10-week fellowship period, generally paid in two installments. Free campus housing will be offered to all SURF fellows who submit a request by April 14, 2024. Please note that there is no meal plan for SURF; students are responsible for all their own meals during the program.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will also receive a Digital Certification of Completion, which may be added to a digital portfolio or other professional resume.

We are also very excited to announce that all faculty mentors will receive a $1000 stipend for their successful mentorship of SURF fellows this summer. 

Questions about the SURF Program for 2024 may be directed to Dr. Jennifer Black, Director for SURF, at

The Faculty Steering Committee for 2023-2024 includes:

  • Dr. Jennifer Black, History & Government
  • Dr. Cari Tellis, Speech Language Pathology
  • Dr. Cosima Wiese, Biology
  • Dr. David Gargone, Business

Program Information

SURF Photogallery

SURF 2022 Student Presentations
SURF 2022 Student Presentations
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF 2022
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF 2022 Dr. Auker and student
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF 2022 Caitlyn Henry
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF 2022
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF 2022
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF 2022 Dr. Wiese and student
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF 2022 Peyton Kimmel
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF Poster Presentations 2022
SURF 2022 Dr, Auker and students doing field research

SURF Links

Student research project on shoreline

Learn about SURF

from Dr. Jennifer Black, Associate Professor of History

Meet Sarah Sporko '20

and learn about her internships and valuable hands-on experiences through the SURF Program

Meet Alyssa Raczkowski '23

and hear why she decided to sign up for Misericordia's SURF Program

SURF Research Projects