SURE: Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Program continues the tradition of the SIRE Summer Research Partner Program. Now part of  SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience), Emory College students apply to work full-time (40 hrs/week) on an independent, faculty-mentored project or work half-time as a research assistant for a faculty project and half-time on a related independent research project. Student researchers benefit from hands-on research, mentorship and networking opportunities, and graduate school preparation. The capstone of the summer experience for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences researchers is a formal symposium presentation of their summer research.


SURE: Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences is only open to current Emory College students.

All applicants to SURE: Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences must:

  • Have a mentor and project identified for the summer
  • Be enrolled at Emory the Fall semester following their SURE summer
  • NOT graduate the May prior to the summer program (or during the summer program)

Program Requirements

All applicants must complete an application by 11:59pm on January 29, 2017.

This intensive research program combines full-time research with activities that prepare participants for a successful graduate or professional career. In accepting our offer, awardees commit to:

  • Complete all pre-arrival steps in order to be admitted to the program.
  • Attend and participate fully during entire program May 29 - August 3, 2018.

Student responsibilities include:  

  • Dedicate 40 hours/week for 10 weeks to your research project for the full duration of the program (May 29 - August 3). 
  • Participate in all weekly seminars, workshops, discussion groups, and activities as scheduled.
  • Present a poster during the Fall poster symposium.
  • Routinely consult the updated program schedule. 

Summer research fellows are expected to attend all program activities. If you accept a summer fellowship, you agree to work full-time with a research-related program. Summer research participants cannot enroll for summer school. At the current time, it is not possible for us to award research credit hours for participation.

Application Instructions

Before Applying:

  1. Review the program requirements.  
  2. You must be fully available during the dates of the entire program (May 29 - August 3, 2018). 
  3. Please review these guidelines before you begin your application.    

All applicants must submit the following by 11:59 pm on  January 29, 2018

  1. Online Application Form
    You will be asked to enter personal information, academic information, and mentor contact information. There is a drop down box where you indicate the program to which you wish to apply. Make sure you choose the "With Proposal" option, then choose the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences application.
  2. Project Proposal and Timeline
    All applicants will write a research proposal. There are two ways that you can complete your research this summer.
      •  Option 1: Full Time Independent Research (Student Project)
      •  Option 2: Half Time Independent Research/Half Time Research Assistant (Faculty Project)
    Those students who wish to work full-time on their independent project should expect to write a longer proposal describing their independent research project. Applicants who choose to work part-time with a faculty on their primary project will need to provide a description of the faculty project on which they will work. 

    Both proposals should include similar elements. However, the description of the student project should be more detailed, convincing the committee that the student has given the project sufficient thought and preparation to undertake it with minimal supervision. All proposals should be written by the student applicant, though it is expected that the faculty mentor will advise, read and guide the student in creating the proposal. Be sure that the proposal can be understood by people who are not in your immediate field of study.

    You need to include a timeline at the end of your proposal. Please include a week-by-week timeline of what you intend to accomplish throughout the 10-week program.

    For more information on the different proposal types and specific proposal guidelines see: RESEARCH PROPOSAL GUIDELINES_Humanities.pdf
  3. One-page Personal Statement 
    This one-page statement should demonstrate that you have the qualities of a successful researcher. Explain how participation in SURE: Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences will advance your academic and career goals. Specifically address how research fits into your goals. Highlight both your intellectual merit and the broader impact of your work. You can demonstrate intellectual merit by describing your academic performance and/or honors, how you’ve analyzed and resolved a problem, previous work on a research team, or how you have overcome obstacles and learned from your mistakes, for example. Broader impact can be demonstrated by highlighting the larger impact outcomes of previous or proposed research, educational outreach with lay audiences, engagement with diverse audiences, other research experiences, and activities that are complementary to the research project you are proposing. Examples could include your advocacy for research, how you have engaged with diverse audiences about your work, history of service learning or study abroad, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, and efforts you have made to teach or mentor someone, etc.  
  4. Unofficial Transcript 
    This can be saved as a .pdf from your OPUS account. Be sure that the transcript is up to date and all semesters are accounted for. 
  5. Letter of Support from Your Faculty Advisor 
    Your faculty mentor is the faculty member for whom you will be working this summer. He/she should indicate his/her willingness to work with you and plans to oversee the work you do. This letter of support should discuss your academic background, your work ethic, and your overall potential as an independent researcher and scholar. Your mentor should comment on your proposal and indicate your preparation to undertake the proposed work. Your mentor is more likely to write a strong, supportive letter if he/she is familiar with your performance in the classroom or research group, work ethic, academic background, etc. If there are things you wish to address that don’t “fit” anywhere else in the application, let your letter writer know.
    It is essential that your faculty mentor have a copy of your research proposal in order to comment about your specific research plans. 

**Non-Emory students may receive an error in the email field. Please ignore the error and proceed through the applicaiton. Your submission should go through without a problem.

**If you attempt to edit your recommender after you have already input a recommender, you will not be able to see the changes until after you submit your application.


All nominations and applications, including supporting materials should be uploaded using ADMIT.

Go to to login using your net ID and password –or—set up an account with ADMIT first and then log in.

Select the application from the drop-down box and follow the upload fields.  The application will not let you proceed until you upload all the necessary materials.  You will need to upload the nomination or application items as pdf files. 

There is a drop down box where you indicate the program to which you wish to apply. Make sure you choose the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences application. 

**Non-Emory students may receive an error in the email field. Please ignore the error and proceed through the applicaiton. Your submission should go through without a problem.

**If you attempt to edit your recommender after you have already input a recommender, you will not be able to see the changes until after you submit your application. 

Research Proposal Guidelines

Please review and follow these guidelines to begin your application. 



Successful applicants are offered campus housing (usually 4BR suites in Clairmont Campus housing). If you reside in the Atlanta area, you are still eligible for campus housing. Participants may choose to live off-campus.  However, housing award funds are not transferable. If you are selected to participate and accept to attend the summer research program, you agree to abide by the same Emory College student conduct guidelines that are applicable during the academic year. Violation of these guidelines will result in termination, and referral to other College units for follow-up as warranted.


Please address any specific questions about housing to: Summer Intern Housing Program (


Move-in 2018: May 29

Move-out 2018: August 3


A selection panel will identify finalists.

  • Notifications will be sent via email in early March.
  • Accepted students must confirm participation within a week of receiving the offer.

Financial Documents