Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program

SURE/Experience Plus Undergraduate Research 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 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.

For the 2022 SURE program, there was a faculty informational session on February 24 via Zoom where the SURE team shared 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 over June, July, and August). 

Faculty applications for SURE 2022 closed on March 11, 2022 - see the Program Guidelines page for more information.

If you are a student interested in participating, you must be a current undergraduate UM-Dearborn student who will not graduate before December 2022. We suggest talking with faculty about their research and encouraging them to apply for the SURE program. Once faculty projects are selected, we will provide information about any projects that need a student researcher.

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

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The SURE 2021 Showcase was held September 10, 202 via Zoom. Learn more about the projects and student presenters in this booklet and watch their presentations on YouTube.

"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

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

SURE 2021 Projects and Participants

Congratulations to all of our researchers and student researchers! We hope this experience was an interesting, engaging and a good learning experience for all! View the Showcase presentations for SURE 2021 on YouTube.

SURE 2021 Showcase Promo Videos