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USC Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) and Summer Humanities Undergraduate Research Experience (SHURE)



SURF and SHURE are opportunities for USC Dornsife students to pursue research in conjunction with Dornsife faculty members, either on or off campus, during the summer semester. The purpose of SURF/SHURE is to connect students with faculty members and their research; it allows all students to be mentored one-on-one by USC faculty, introduces students early in their academic careers to the process of serious scholarly inquiry, and fosters valuable relationships between students and faculty. Any student in good standing (with at least one USC Dornsife major) may apply for a research stipend of up to $3,000 to provide support for working with a member of the faculty on the faculty member's research. The stipend is based on the number of hours worked, but may be used to pay for travel, equipment, living expenses, fees, or other costs related to the research effort. Students participating in one of USC Dornsife's Problems Without Passports (PWP) research courses may use these funds to offset tuition. Students should apply to SURF if they are working with a faculty mentor in the Natural or Social Sciences. Students should apply to SHURE if they are working with a faculty mentor in the Humanities. Students are not limited by their declared major/minor (i.e., science students may work with humanities faculty, and vice versa).


Eligiblity Information

Academic Level:

Age minimum or maximum:*

Open to international students:

Required to demonstrate financial need:

Discipline Area(s):
Arts and Humanities, Life Sciences/ Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Other: Dornsife major

Minimum GPA:
If yes, what is the minimum? 3.0

Demographic Information (preferred or required):
USC students

Award type:
Research Grant

Amount Awarded:
$1,000 to $4,999


Application Information:

Application Deadline:

Date application is available:

USC endorsement required:

Contact Information: