Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program is created to assist in formalizing existing opportunities and to expand participation of undergraduate students in faculty-led research projects.

The SURE 2021 Showcase was held September 10, 2021, 1-2:30 via Zoom. Learn more about the projects and student presenters in this booklet and watch their presentations on YouTube.

The pilot program during the summer of 2018 included students from all four UM-Dearborn colleges which were funded by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, with supplemental funding from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The goal of the SURE Program is to expose undergraduate students to potential educational and research-oriented career paths and provide them with guidance in the practice of research. These goals are accomplished through faculty mentorship and training while students participate in a faculty member’s research or scholarly project.

"Understanding the research process by experiencing it firsthand helps students to understand the importance of research and the work involved. For me it showed me that research is an area I would like to be doing as a career."
- Kyle Ralston, 2019 SURE participant

SURE 2022

For the 2022 virtual SURE program, there will be a faculty informational session on February 24, 3-4pm will share information about the faculty mentoring role, as well as the benefits and challenges related to working with undergraduate students, and the stipend provided to the students during this research opportunity ($3,200 for the summer). To attend the faculty information session, please register.

Applications for SURE 2022 will be accepted through March 11, 2022 - see the Program Guidelines page for more information and the link to the application form.

To get an idea of the types of student projects from SURE 2021, view the promotional videos they created below.

If you have additional questions, please email the SURE faculty committee at

SURE & Undergraduate Research News

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