The summer of 2020 will be the 52nd 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 2020.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“).

Slides from SURF Info session, Friday, November 15, 12:10pm, McConnell 103.

SURF 2020 Timeline

Due to the College’s COVID19 response, we do not know yet whether or not Summer Programs, including SURF will be able to continue as planned. Once we have a decision, we will revise the timeline from there.

week of Monday, December 2, 2019
SURF Application Open
Friday, February 7, 2020
11:59 pm EST
SURF Application Due
Thursday, February 20
Most students notified of award status
Student award acceptance via commitment forms due
Summer Housing applications accepted by ResLife


Official SURF 2020 program dates
SURF Abstracts, due from students
SURF post program survey

Questions? Contact Heather McQueen