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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience 2024

Shippensburg University is pleased to offer the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program as a way for students to work with faculty on research over the summer. The purpose of the SURE program is to support faculty/student research groups during the summer. The goals are twofold: to nurture student researchers and to provide faculty members with paid student research assistants. Students selected for the program will receive a summer stipend for research tasks assigned by a faculty supervisor. By assisting faculty members in their research, students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting advanced research in their field.


  • SURE grants pay students $10.00/hour. If a research project has one student, then that student may access up to $1000 in stipends. If a project has 2 or more students, then $2000 in stipends will be available to students on that project, but no single student may receive more than $1000 in stipends.
  • Students log their hours online, and the faculty mentor reviews and approves the hours.  Biweekly, the student will receive payment through SU Human Resources.
  • Students selected for the SURE program may take advantage of free on-campus dormitory housing.
  • Students and faculty members are expected to present their SURE results at the Academic Day in August.

    Funding is provided by Provost’s office.  We typically make 15-20 awards.  This is a competitive award and not all applications will be funded. 


The program is open to all faculty members (both tenure-track and adjunct) and to those undergraduate students who will be enrolled as students at Ship during the fall semester following the summer program. Seniors graduating in May are not eligible for the SURE program. Research activities need not take place on campus. Only one SURE grant may be awarded to a faculty member or student per summer.  

If your summer research requires IRB approval, you must request approval by April 4, one week prior to the last meeting of the Committee on Human Subjects.  See for more information.


Applying for a SURE Grant

The faculty member should apply via  You will be asked to upload your application; use the template found on the second page of the Official SURE Call for Proposals or use this MS Word templateImportant: the section of the proposal “Potential for student growth and development” must be written by the student.


Faculty/student joint applications are due by Monday, March 25 at 11:59 PM.  Students who are part of the SURE program must submit all requests for payment by the end of August.

Additional Information

Contact the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs Old Main 207 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1251 Fax: (717) 477-4053