November 16, 2022 Update:

SURP continues for Summer 2023. The application process is currently under routine annual review.

The below information from the Summer 2022 cycle remains here as a placeholder for reference.

2023 SURP information will be posted here as soon as it is available in the coming weeks.

The Application Timeline is currently anticipated to be similar to last year.

Thank you for your interest and your patience.

Andy Schuster, Grants Administrator (grants@pomona.edu)

SURP FAQs

When does the SURP application open?

The SURP application will go live in early December 2021.

What is the SURP deadline?

Friday, February 11, 2022.

Who is eligible?

Current Pomona students who are returning in the fall.

Is my proposal a Research Assistantship or a Summer Project?

If your project is designed by and under the direction of a Pomona College faculty member, it is a Research Assistantship. All other projects are considered Summer Projects.

Can I apply for a Research Assistantship and a Summer Project?

No, only one application per student is allowed.

How do I apply for a SURP?

Applicants must complete on an online application through SM Apply. There are 2 separate applications, one for Research Assistants and one for Summer Projects. If you are unsure which category your project falls, please contact grants@pomona.edu.

How do I connect with a Pomona faculty member's research program for a Research Assistantship?

Students should identify faculty in their area of interest and contact them directly, well before the February deadline, to discuss Research Assistantship options.

If I am doing research with a faculty member at another institution, is that considered a Research Assistantship or Summer Project?

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. For projects that cannot be funded by the host institution and are not available at Pomona, a Summer Project application should be completed.

Can my project involve international travel?

Pomona is currently not funding international travel for students, unless they are international students and it is to their home country.

Can I participate in SURP and another funded summer opportunity?

Students are not allowed to hold more than one Pomona-funded summer opportunity. Those who have additional non-Pomona opportunities are discouraged from pursuing both simultaneously. SURP projects are expected to be 40 hours a week for the duration of the project.  

What should my Research Assistant proposal look like?

Research Assistant proposals will be completed by the Pomona Faculty member. Students included on the faculty application will need to provide their faculty member a Statement of Interest outlining how the proposed experience would enhance their Pomona College education.

What should my Summer Project proposal look like?

The maximum length of the narrative is 600 words, not including spaces or citations. The narrative should provide an outline of the project’s goals and specific aims, what resources contributed to the project, research design and methods, and projected outcomes. The reviewers will typically not be familiar with the subject matter, so we encourage students to use lay terms.

If I am working as a member of a research team, can we submit one group proposal?

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. Students working as a team should each explain their role in the project, and how the project might work if all members of the team were not funded.

If I am doing research with a faculty mentor at another institution, do I still need a Pomona faculty mentor?

All SURP students need a Pomona faculty mentor, even if you have a mentor at another institution. The student is expected to be in frequent contact with their Pomona faculty mentor to keep them apprised of the project status.

If I have a Summer Project, how often do I need to check in with my Pomona faculty mentor?

Pomona faculty mentors and their students can determine how much contact time is needed for their project.

Can a visiting professor be a faculty mentor?

Yes.

Who reviews the SURP applications?

The Research Committee, including representatives from each division, reviews the applications.

What happens if I am awarded a SURP?

The student and their mentor will be notified if they have been awarded a SURP. Students have 1 week from award notification to accept or decline their SURP award. Award that are declined will be offered to students on the waitlist.

What happens if I am placed on the waitlist?

The Research Committee will contact you to determine if you would like to remain on the waitlist or decline. Additional SURP funds can become available when awarded students decline their SURP. When this happens, the Research Committee will realign those funds with the next eligible candidate on the waitlist. Many of our donor funds have restrictions that limit what they can be used for, so the Committee must review waitlisted candidates not only on merit, but also that they meet the requirements of the available funds. Students should anticipate remaining on the waitlist for approximately 2 weeks. After this period, you will be notified if an award has become available or if your project has been declined for this award cycle.

Are seniors eligible to receive SURP funding for the summer after graduation?

Students are not eligible for funding the summer after graduation. However, funds may be available in departments or with a specific faculty member (for example, if they have a student wage line on an external grant.)

What is the duration of the SURP?

SURPs can be anywhere between 4-8 weeks in length. Projects can start as early as a week after commencement and end no later than the second week of August. Dates outside of this timeframe require prior approval.

I was awarded a 6 week SURP but was unable to finish my research, can I extend my SURP an additional 2 weeks?

No, SURP funding does not allow for projects to go beyond their proposed timeline.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Communicate with your prospective faculty mentor early to let them know your intentions.
  • If you have multiple options you are considering for summer, make sure your mentor is aware so they can make contingency plans should you choose not to work with them.

Who should I contact for additional SURP questions?

Andy Schuster, Grants Administrator. grants@pomona.edu.