Why Participate in SURE?

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Research skills. Mentorship. Presentation skills. Community. As part of UM-Dearborn's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), you'll find that it's not just a job in a research lab - it's about being mentored by a faculty member one-on-one and becoming an active participant in their research project.

SURE students receive a stipend of $3200 paid in installments during the 8 weeks of the program (about 15-20 hours/week), with the final installment following successful completion of the showcase presentation.

SURE faculty researchers generally recruit an individual student directly based on their skills and interests; opportunities to apply for openings on a particular project may also be posted on the SURE homepage after the projects are selected towards the end of March. SURE sponsors research projects across all four colleges (CASL, CECS, CEHHS, and COB) covering a range of different disciplines and methodologies, and representing the diversity of research activities taking place on our campus.

While your mentoring relationship is one-to-one, SURE participants are also part of a cohort that regularly engages in both professional development workshops and fun social activities together throughout the summer. At the end of the program, SURE students present their research to the community at a research showcase held in the fall.

Student Participant Requirements:

  • Current UM-Dearborn undergraduate student who will graduate December 2023 or after.
  • Attend the SURE kickoff meeting in May.
  • Participate in 4 of several student professional development sessions on various topics offered throughout the summer
  • Present at the SURE Showcase 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!

  • Participate in Faculty-Sponsored Research (1,000 points)
  • Show Off Your Skills: Present at a Public On-Campus Event (1,000 points)
  • Mindful Collaboration (750 points)
  • How Career-Ready are You? (1,000 points)
  • Learning from Your Peers (250 points)
  • Create Your 30 Second Elevator Speech (1,000 points)
SURE Related Gateway Competencies