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2024 CLA SURP: Summer Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Program


  1. Promote diverse and equitable engagement for CLA students in faculty-led research and creative activities.
  2. Enhance faculty participation in scholarship.
  3. Build lasting student-faculty mentoring relationships.
  4. Enrich a culture of scholarship in the CLA.


Phase I: CLA Mentor Proposals due Monday March 11, 2024
Phase II: CLA Student Applications due Thursday, April 18, 2024
Phase III: Final Student Awardees announced Friday May 10, 2024 (or before)

For Mentors 

  • The application to serve as a SURP Faculty Mentor in Summer 2024 is due Monday March 11, 2024.
  • Faculty in all disciplines are encouraged to apply to serve as a research mentor in the CLA Summer Undergraduate Research/Creative Activities Program. 
  • This program is open to all lecturer and tenure-line faculty in the CLA. Professional staff may serve as a co-mentor.
  • Individuals who have previously served as SURP mentors, including in Summer 2023, are encouraged to apply to serve as mentors in Summer 2024. 

Download the SURP 2024 Request for Mentor Proposals

Information Session for Potential Mentors

An information session for potential mentors will be held on Th 2/29 from 12:10-1pm via Zoom, Meeting ID 770 101 3932. 

Submit via Submittable.


Student Applications 

The student application for the 2024 College of Liberal Arts Student Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Program (CLA SURP) will open on Monday April 1, 2024.

The application is due on Monday, April 22, 2024

Information Session for Students:

  • To be announced

Available CLA SURP Projects for Summer 2024

  • You will have the opportunity to explore the available projects to which students can apply.
  • Remember that you can apply to projects in departments across the college, as long as you meet the required qualifications listed. 
  • When applying, students must specify to which position(s) they are applying.
  • Students can apply for up to three positions at the same time.

More about Applying!

Many of the mentors listed may have time to email/meet with you prior to M 4/22 to further discuss their projects. You are encouraged to ask if the mentors listed have this capacity and to meet with them, if so! This might be in office hours or by appointment.

Each application will contain the following sections (each with a maximum of 500 words). 

Directions about these different sections are provided as part of the application - click on the "Click here to Submit" button below to review! 

  1. Personal Statement (general; applies to all projects to which you are applying)
  2. Benefits Statement (general; applies to all projects to which you are applying)
  3. Project-specific Interest Statement (submit one for each project to which you are applying)
  4. Project-specific Preparation Statement (submit one for each project to which you are applying)

(You are encouraged to develop and your answers in a word processing software and then paste them into the application just in case your browser crashes while you are working on your application.)



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