Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)


The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) provides outstanding undergraduate students with the opportunity to compete for positions in SURE that allows them to spend 8 weeks in Los Angeles working on cutting-edge research projects under the supervision of Viterbi Faculty and current PhD students. The SURE program will help participants develop research skills and build important relationships that will expand their academic horizons and further their research careers. The overarching goal of SURE is to help students develop an understanding of research in engineering disciplines, and preparing students with skills for successful academic careers in engineering graduate programs.

All SURE fellows are provided with a $5,000 stipend, campus housing, travel to and from Los Angeles, health insurance, educational and social activities during the program.

Program Dates

June 13, 2022-August 5, 2022

Arrivals for SURE will be June 11-12, and departures will be August 6-7

Orientation Day is June 13, 2022. All program participants must be able to attend Orientation Day and be available for the entire duration of the program.

Program Goals

  • Enable stellar undergraduate students with the opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research during the summer
  • Promote equity and diversity in undergraduate research programs.
  • Provide professional and academic networking opportunities that will enable participants to be more competitive when applying for graduate programs.

Program Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Sophomore or Junior-year undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or undocumented with DACA and are located in the U.S. are eligible to apply
  • Strong academic background (GPA of 3.5 or higher is recommended) in the fields of engineering, math, or hard science (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Participants will present their research at the end-of-summer Research Symposium.
  • Additional benefits include professional development seminars on topics such as conducting literature reviews, delivering effective presentations, designing technical posters, best practices in research, writing scientific abstracts, applying to PhD programs and more.
  • Application requires:
    • Transcripts (official or student portal generated transcripts are acceptable)
    • Resume/CV
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Other Summer Research Opportunities

In addition to the SURE program on our main campus, additional USC Viterbi summer research opportunities exist in our Computer Science department, Institute for Creative Technologies, and Information Science Institute!

Published on August 30th, 2021

Last updated on October 11th, 2021