Summer 2018 Deadline: April 1, 2018 at 11:59pm (Central Time)

Our Annual Deadlines for SURF are:
April 1st, August 15th, and December 1st!

SURF Application (word form)

Photograph by Elora Hennesey of Juan Orjuela

Fall 2017 SURF Awards Announced!

Summer 2017 SURF Awards Announced!

Spring 2017 SURF Awards Announced!

Fall 2016 SURF Awards Announced!

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) invites applications for semester, academic year, and summer Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF). Faculty and academic staff can apply for the awards to provide an hourly wage for undergraduate students working as research assistants. Students will be paid as hourly employees in the $10-$12/hour range.

This program is designed to foster faculty-student research collaborations, and, as such, we are particularly eager to fund work through which students have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful and progressively sophisticated work central to the overall research program of the principal investigator. Because the awards are part of larger efforts to foster a culture of faculty-undergraduate research collaboration at UWM, we are eager to see proposals engaging lower-division students and students who have been underrepresented in undergraduate research, including students of color, students with disabilities and, in some disciplines, women. Faculty members may prepare multiple applications if more than one student is to be engaged in the work. Students who have received support from the OUR in the past are not excluded from this funding. Proposals will be evaluated based on the funding priorities of the SURF initiative, which include providing resources for:

  • Students
    • who have a record of commitment to research activity (typically, awardees have been involved in the research for credit or as a volunteer before seeking funding)
    • and who see research activity as key to their overall trajectory at UWM
  • Research programs
    • that provide progressively sophisticated activities for undergraduates in faculty-led research
    • that provide a pipeline for lower-division students
    • that are committed to strong outcomes for undergraduate researchers
    • and that promote inclusive excellence
  • Faculty, staff, and departments
    • with a demonstrated record of successfully promoting high quality research opportunities for undergraduates
    • and with a record of careful and efficient management of budgets

Students should not apply for SURF awards if they are already receiving financial support through other OUR-funded programs. Special students are not eligible for SURF funding. All students must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits to be eligible (not required for summer SURF). Please contact our office with any questions regarding a student’s eligibility for this award.

Preparation of the Application. The SURF application includes a coversheet of information about the principal investigator and the student, followed by a two-page form for the faculty researcher and a one-page form for the student. The form has been prepared in Microsoft Word. The completed form should be saved as Facultylastname-Studentlastname_SURF (e.g. Jones-Smith_SURF.doc) and emailed to Sarah Keepman (, the Financial Assistant at the Office of Undergraduate Research. If you have questions about the form, please feel free to contact Ms. Keepman or Kyla Esguerra (, the Deputy Director of the OUR. Paperwork for students receiving awards will be completed within the home departments of the faculty researchers; students must be eligible to work at UWM and, unless already employed by UWM, must undergo a criminal background check. In lieu of a final report, all students receiving funding through the SURF Program are required to participate in the Annual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring semester.

SURF Application (word form)