Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

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Link to SURF application


Link to the SURF application supporting documents details



The School of Engineering along with the Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Education (VPUE) aims to increase opportunities for undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Students participating in the SURF program receive a stipend for 10 weeks during the summer to work with a faculty mentor and other students to produce an identifiable research result.

The synthesis of teaching and research is fundamental to Stanford University, the School of Engineering, and our Engineering Diversity Programs. All engineering faculty engage in scholarly research, most often in association with graduate students or advanced undergraduates. Much of this research takes place at the department level, but there are many interdisciplinary programs as well.


Resources for Finding Faculty that Match your Research Interests

It is often up to the undergraduate student to identify and initiate contact with faculty with similar research interests for research opportunities. A helpful guide for starting research can be found here.


School of Engineering
Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Contacts by Department




Students may present their work at the Symposia for Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS) held twice during the academic year. Departments may also have symposiums with poster sessions.


Additional Opportunities

Two other notable research programs are the Leadership Alliance (open to students from other campuses) and the NASA-sponsored Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) program.