Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

SURP 2022 Application Opens early December, 2021

New for SURP 2022, there are 2 separate application processes: one for Summer Research Assistantships at Pomona College, to which FACULTY APPLY on behalf of students, and one for Summer Projects, to which STUDENTS APPLY directly.

SURP provides a multi-week fellowship opportunity that either connects students with Pomona College faculty research programs or facilitates student-driven projects. The goal of SURP is to support a broad range of activities that will continue to stimulate students' thinking and growth during the summer, including (but not limited to) reading, writing, collecting and analyzing data, and creative expression. We encourage all interested returning students to identify a line of inquiry or a creative project that they are eager to pursue. Projects should be manageable in scope so that they can be completed within 4 to 8 weeks. These projects may be

  • a Research Assistantship designed by and under the direction of a Pomona College faculty mentor,
  • a student-designed Summer Project, which is a creative or artistic project, research project, or academic training in language, skills, or scholarship. This may be under the direct mentorship of a Pomona College faculty mentor, or it may be under the direct mentorship of faculty or programs external to Pomona College. External projects also require the endorsement of and oversight by a Pomona College faculty member. The level of oversight needed can be determined by the Pomona faculty member and the student.

Students interested in a Research Assistantship that is outside of Pomona College should first seek funding from or through the external principal researcher whom they would be assisting. Those interested in internships in a professional work environment should consider the Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP).

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General SURP timeline:

  • December: Application opens. Specific date will be announced via email.
  • February: Online applications due in SM Apply.
  • March: Proposals reviewed by the Research Committee. 
  • April: Awards announced. Students and mentors are notified via email. Students have 1 week to accept or decline their SURP.
  • May: Projects start as early as a week after commencement.
  • August: Projects must be completed by mid-August.
  • September: Intensive Summer Experience Symposium

Please contact grants@pomona.edu with any questions.

Research Assistantship

Students interested in working as an apprentice within the research program of a Pomona College faculty member should reach out directly to their prospective faculty mentor. Faculty who wish to support a student research assistant will complete a Research Assistant application, the Research Assistant role, and a training/mentoring plan; name the student or students they would like to train; and obtain and incorporate each student’s Statement of Interest. Faculty are strongly encouraged to be mindful of diversity, equity, and inclusion when selecting student Research Assistants.

  • Each faculty-selected student will prepare a brief Statement of Interest outlining how the proposed experience would enhance their Pomona College education.
  • Research involving human subjects must be approved by the Pomona College Institutional Review Board.
  • Each student must plan to design a final report or product that best encapsulates what they learned, achieved, or created this summer, to be shared with the Pomona College community during the Summer Experience Symposium in September 2022. Some examples of final products include papers, posters, designs, models, programs, multimedia presentations, images of objects, recordings of performances, video essays, blogs, etc.
  • Research Assistantship applications will be reviewed based on the following elements:
    • Quality of the research project proposal, as determined by clarity and conceptual or imaginative ambition of project, focus of research question or creative or pedagogical goal, and potential for significant intellectual/creative growth by the student.
    • Quality of the student’s Statement of Interest
    • Feasibility of proposed project
    • Quality of mentoring plan that ensures the student Research Assistants have a valuable learning experience.

Summer Projects

Summer Projects are student-driven creative or artistic projects, research projects, or training in a language or other scholarly or creative skills. Summer Projects require consultation with and endorsement by a Pomona College faculty mentor whose expertise aligns with the proposed project, although the student may also engage external advisors or programs. Students will complete and submit the Summer Project application, which will describe the project and how it will enhance their Pomona College education.

  • Projects involving students working under the mentorship of an external person or program require both the endorsement of a Pomona College faculty member and a letter of support from the external mentor or program.
  • Research involving human subjects must be approved by the Pomona College Institutional Review Board. Students are expected to consult with their faculty mentor to determine whether their project involves human subjects and would require approval from the Institutional Review Board.
  • Each student must plan to design a final report or product that best encapsulates what they learned, achieved, or created this summer, to be shared with the Pomona College community during the Summer Experience Symposium in September 2022. Some examples of final products include papers, posters, designs, models, programs, multimedia presentations, images of objects, recordings of performances, video essays, blogs, etc.
  • Each student applicant must prepare their own unique application. Duplicate applications (where all or parts of two students' applications are identical) will not be accepted. Projects will be reviewed based on the following elements:
    • Quality of proposed project, as determined by clarity and conceptual or imaginative ambition of project, focus of research question or creative or pedagogical goal, and potential for significant intellectual/creative growth.
    • Proposals should reference the influences or resources that are driving the project and how the project outcomes will contribute to scholarly conversation or artistic productions.
    • Feasibility of proposed project
    • Endorsement of the identified faculty mentor via the recommendation form
    • It is highly recommended that each applicant use campus resources, including the Writing Center, the Quantitative Skills Center, and their faculty mentors, to edit and refine their proposals to create competitive applications.