Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)


The College offers a competitive research program that gives students and faculty the opportunity to collaborate on scholarly work. Summer research projects can vary from five to ten weeks in length, and can be independent student-led research, or a research assistantship under a faculty mentor. Student participants present the results of their projects at the Intensive Summer Experience Poster Conference at the beginning of the fall semester. All Pomona College students are eligible to apply. Online proposals must be submitted by the February deadline and are reviewed by the Research Committee. The Committee decisions are sent to both students and their faculty mentors by email.


SURP Orientation Materials

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General SURP timeline:

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

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Research Assistantships

This program supports Pomona College students as summer research assistants working under a Pomona faculty mentor. The Research Assistantship gives students the opportunity to experience full time academic research, prior to committing to graduate school. Students should contact the Pomona College faculty member with whom they would like to work as early as possible, prior to submitting an application.

Independent Summer Research Grants for Students

This program provides a grant to a student to pursue his/her own research agenda with frequent and substantive faculty mentoring.  Research involving human subjects must be approved by the Pomona College Institutional Review Board.  During the term of the award, students are expected to engage in full-time research. These grants are available to students in any field of study.

Students participating as Research Assistants or pursuing Independent projects in the summer research program, present their research at the annual Pomona College Intensive Summer Experience Poster Conference at the beginning of the Fall semester.