Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program

SURE/Experience Plus Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program is designed to guide undergraduate students in the practice of research and expose them  to potential educational and research-oriented career paths. This is accomplished through faculty mentorship and training while students participate in a faculty member’s research or scholarly project. 

Faculty members (not students) submit a project application that identifies a student researcher. If awarded, the student researcher receives a summer stipend of $3,200 while they work on the SURE project (this work does not count for academic credit). Students generally work 15-20 hours per week over the course of 8-12 weeks in the summer. Students are also required to attend professional development sessions throughout the summer and present their work at the SURE Showcase in the fall. 

Isabella Luckey
SURE 2022 participant Isabella Luckey says "the SURE program is an amazing experience that allows students to grasp the research process through real experiences rather than theory."

Through this experience, the program aims 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.

SURE 2023

Faculty: There was a faculty information session in February 23 2023 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). The deadline for this year was March 10, but see the Program Guidelines page for more information - we hope you can join us in the future!

Students: Interested in participating? Talk to a faculty member you've had about your desire to conduct research this summer through the SURE program. The faculty member can then submit an application for SURE and identify you as the student researcher.

In some cases, faculty are unable to identify student researchers for their SURE project, so if you are interested in being matched with a faculty member, please contact

Students who are interested in participating need to be current undergraduate UM-Dearborn students who will graduate December 2023 or after.


Visit the Past Projects page for information about all previous SURE projects.

Associated Publications

Students who were credited in publications for their work on SURE projects:

SURE 2021

  • Hang, B., Jassem, E., Mohammed, H., Wan, L. Q., Herschkowitz, J. I., & Fan, J. (2022). Interacting with tumor cells weakens the intrinsic clockwise chirality of endothelial cells. APL Bioengineering, 6(4), 046107.

  • Napieralski, J., Sulich, C., Taylor, A., & Draus, P. (2022). Mapping the link between outdoor water footprint and social vulnerability in Metro Phoenix, AZ (USA). Landscape and Urban Planning, 226, 104498.

SURE 2020

  • Song, Z., Rowader, O., Li, Z., Tello, M., & Tilevich, E. (2022). Quality of Information Matters: Recommending Web Services for Performance and Utility. 2022 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom), 41–48.

SURE 2019

  • Nasser, M., Wu, Y., Danaoui, Y., & Ghosh, G. (2019). Engineering microenvironments towards harnessing pro-angiogenic potential of mesenchymal stem cells. Materials Science and Engineering: C, 102, 75–84.

SURE 2018

  • Alkhazi, B., Abid, C., Kessentini, M., & Wimmer, M. (2020). On the value of quality attributes for refactoring ATL model transformations: A multi-objective approach. Information and Software Technology, 120, 106243.
  • Bazzi, K., Meka, V. M., Rathi, A., & Jayaraman, T. V. (2019). Influence of temperature on the magnetic properties of nanostructured Fe-49 wt.% Co-2 wt.% V alloy powder synthesized by mechanically milling pre-alloyed gas-atomized powder. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 227, 36–45.

  • Doctrove, Q. A., Alsafi, Z., Smith, S. R., & Benore, M. A. (2019). Improved Purification of Apo and Holo Riboflavin Binding Protein from Chicken and Turkey Egg Yolk. The FASEB Journal, 33(S1), 472.2-472.2.

  • Rebai, S., Sghaier, O., Alizadeh, V., Kessentini, M., & Chater, M. (2019). Interactive Refactoring Documentation Bot. 2019 19th International Working Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation (SCAM), 152–162.