CLA Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Request for Proposals, Summer 2021


Phase I: CLA Faculty Proposals due Monday, April 26, 2021
Phase II: CLA Student Applications due Friday, May 14, 2021
Phase III: Final Awardees announced Friday, May 21, 2021


Organizer: CLA
Award cycle: 2020-2021
Award amounts: $3500/student, $1500/faculty
Anticipated awards: 9
Duration of SURP: 8 weeks of summer 2021
Donors: Circle of Giving, Office of Student Research (Cal Poly), Provost (Cal Poly)

Brief Description

This Request for Proposals is issued to solicit research topics in support of the 2021 CLA SURP. This is a multi-phased solicitation to support faculty research and creative activities while engaging undergraduate students in faculty-led scholarship. Please note that the CLA SURP has four primary goals:

  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

When applying, students must specify to which position(s) they are applying. Students can apply for up to three positions. Please discuss your application with the relevant faculty contact and be specific as to which position you are applying. Each application must contain the following sections. Please adhere to the word limit of 500 words per section. Please be sure to include your name and department.

  1. Personal narrative
  2. Description of interest in the project: Why is doing a SURP on this project of interest?
  3. Description of how the research experience will impact academic success (broadly defined as scholarly performance, professional development, future job attainment, etc.)
  4. Description of preparation to be a student researcher on the project (this can include coursework, prior experiences-formal and informal experience)

Click here to download the SURP RFP

Click here to download the SURP RFP Evaluation Rubric

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