WPI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) 2018

Fellowship stipends are available for the summer of 2018 to support WPI undergraduate students interested in research. The selection process makes use of materials submitted by the student and the supervising faculty member.


  • All materials must be submitted through the online application by - Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Application Process

  • Applicants should start by discussing their interests with potential faculty research supervisors. 
  • The student submits the following materials (PDF only please!):    
    • A brief description of the research project (in your own words) and how this work fits into your academic plan or career goals; 
    • A brief description of your relevant experience (including course work, independent study, or projects that show your ability to work through open-ended questions);
    • A resume; 
    • Other supporting materials (optional, PDF only).
  • After the student submits his or her materials, the faculty supervisor will receive an email which provides a web link to the application submitted by the student. The application will request the following additional materials from the faculty supervisor: 
    • A brief description of the project this student will work on over the summer; 
    • A letter of support indicating why this student is right for this project; and 
    • Additional supporting materials (optional, PDF only).
  •  The student's unofficial transcript from Banner will be automatically included with his/her application.


  • Initial notification of awards will be begin Thursday, March 22, 2018. 


  • This is a full-time appointment for two months.
  • Students who will complete their undergraduate degree before January 1, 2019 are not eligible for this program.
  • All freshman, sophomores, and juniors are eligible for this program.

Stipend: $5000 total: $2500 paid the end of June; $2500 paid the end of July.