Fall and Academic Year Deadline: August 15th, 2019 at 11:59pm (Central Time)

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

Looking for the SURF application? Please visit our website later in July for a link to our new application!

Photograph by Elora Hennesey of Juan Orjuela

List of Fall Semester 2018 / Academic Year SURF Awards

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 cover sheet 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 Adobe Reader and should be completed in Adobe Reader (if you do not have the latest version, you can download at: https://get.adobe.com/reader/. The completed form should be saved as RESEARCH MENTOR_STUDENT SURF Fall 2018 (e.g. SMITH_JONES SURF Fall 2018.pdf) and emailed to our@uwm.edu. If you have questions about the form, please feel free to contact Sarah Keepman (skeepman@uwm.edu), Financial Specialist, or Kyla Esguerra (kylam@uwm.edu), 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.201

New SURF Application will be available after July 15, 2019.

Previously Funded SURF Awards