The SURE program aims to expose UM-Dearborn undergraduate students to an intense research experience under the guidance of UM-Dearborn faculty members.

The primary goal of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to participate in individual research projects; to learn about the life of an active researcher; to learn about research-oriented careers; and to develop a long-term mentor relationship.

Faculty Mentors:

The primary role of the faculty members is mentoring undergraduate students. Although the program aims to support the research agenda of the individual faculty members, the program primarily focuses on student experience and training future researchers. Faculty members are expected to design a research experience for students that address the following points.

  • Design and oversee a research project that is compatible with the student's background and interests.
  • Exposure to the general research area and methods of the discipline.
  • Introduction to various venues to present and publish.
Specific SURE participation expectations are the following:
  • Attend at least one professional development session for all SURE students.
  • Attend the SURE faculty meeting in April.
  • Attend (with the student researcher) the SURE kickoff meeting in May.
  • Provide feedback on the design and expectations of the program.
  • Attend the SURE Showcase in September.
  • Complete a reflection survey at the end of the program.
  • Work with the students to complete student expectations.

Student Participants:

  • Participate in 4 of several student professional development sessions on various topics.
  • Attend the SURE kickoff meeting in May.
  • Present at the showcase (format TBA) in September.
  • Complete two surveys (one in May and one in September).

SURE and the Talent Gateway

By participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURE), you’ve shown initiative and interest in your own academic and professional development. Take the next step and reflect on this experience in the Talent Gateway!

Gateway challenges help you develop the competencies employers are looking for such as:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Digital Technology
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency
  • Oral/Written Communication

Leverage what you already do in class, at home, and at work by responding thoughtfully to a few questions, earning points, and honing your creative thinking skills to get career ready.

Participation is web-based - complete challenges anytime, anywhere!

Earn points towards the (M)Talent distinction on your transcript with challenges such as:

  • Learning from Your Peers (250 points)
  • Participate in Faculty-Sponsored Research (1,000 points)
  • Show Off Your Skills: Present at a Public On-Campus Event (1,000 points)
  • Participate in a Co-op, Internship, or Practicum (4 challenges, 4,000 points)
  • Mindful Collaboration (750 points)
  • How Career-Ready are You? (1,000 points)

Join the Talent Gateway!

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