The summer of 2018 will be the 51st year that Smith has had a formal student summer research program!  Hands-on research collaboration between faculty and students is a cornerstone of the science education at Smith, so the summer program has always been very important to us. We invite you to join the students who will receive stipends to support their independent research during the summer of 2018.horiz_ss11

SURF is the centerpiece of our undergraduate research program. Smith and some of its liberal arts peer institutions have collaborated to describe key elements of successful undergraduate research opportunities (“Grow an Undergraduate Research Program“).

SURF Timeline

Friday, January 26, 2018 12:15-1:00 pm McConnell 103
SURF Info Session, Program timeline, application process, funding, and student responsibilities will all be discussed. 
Monday, February 5, 2018
11:59 am EST
Chemistry SURF Pre Application Due
Friday, February 16, 2018
11:59pm EST
Full SURF Application Due
Friday, February 23, 2018 4:30pm EST
SURF Faculty Endorsements due
(Happily accepted before the due date.)
Friday, March 9, 2018
The majority of SURF awards announced to students
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
SURF award official acceptance deadline for students
(Happily accepted before the due date.)
Monday, May 14-
Friday, August 17, 2018


Official SURF 2018 program dates
Thursday, September 6, 2018
SURF Abstracts, due from students
SURF post program survey and SURE national survey due from students.

Questions? Contact Heather McQueen