SURE: Research in 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 in their professional development series. The capstone of the summer experience for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences researchers is the formal symposium presentation.


All applicants to the Summer Research in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Program need to have a mentor and project identified for the summer. All applicants must be Emory College students who will not graduate in May prior to the summer program or during the summer program. All participants must be enrolled at Emory the following fall semester.  


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.

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. 

Application and Instructions

1. Online Application Form

You will be asked to enter personal information, academic information, and mentor contact information.

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

Log into your ADMIT 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. 

2. Project Proposal and Timeline
Approximately 2-5 pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font. The research proposal may be your original idea, a project proposed by your mentor, or a combination of both. Those who wish to undertake their own independent research project will need to describe their project. Those choosing option 1 should expect to write a longer proposal describing their independent research project. Applicants who choose option 2 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.

  1. Option 1: Full Time Independent Research (Student Project) The description should be as complete and detailed as possible. It will serve as a blueprint for your project. This explains your project objective, the methods you plan to use and the significance of the project. In general, you should include the following elements: Option 2: Half Time Independent Research/Half Time Research Assistant (Faculty Project)
    This proposal should give a brief summary of the faculty project and should include the following: 
    1. What focused question or problem is your research/creative project designed to address? What hypothesis will your research test? What premise underlies your creative project? You should be able to state this basic goal succinctly and clearly.
    2. What scholarly contribution will your research make? Make reference to the scholarly literature or tradition that your project addresses. Please appropriately cite your references, using a form appropriate to your discipline. 
    3. What research methods will you use to collect, analyze, and interpret your data or materials? Or, what media and creative process will you employ in your creative arts project? In describing your research methods, be sure that you are as detailed as possible, and that you indicate your preparation and training for undertaking this research. 

      Indicate if your research involves work with human subjects in interviews, surveys, experiments or other research activities. If so, you will need to follow university guidelines for research with human subjects, as specified by the Institutional Research Board (IRB). Please review the guidelines, and indicate whether you have begun the process of seeking IRB approval. Such approval is necessary before we release funds for research with human subjects, but not before you apply for Undergraduate Research Programs support. 

      What resources—people, archives, research centers, labs, and so on—will you draw upon to conduct your project? 
  2. Option 2: Half Time Independent Research/Half Time Research Assistant (Faculty Project) This proposal should give a brief summary of the faculty project and should incluse the following:
    1. What focused question or problem is the research/creative project designed to address? What hypothesis will the research test? What premise underlies the creative project? You should be able to state this basic goal succinctly and clearly. 
    2. Make reference to the scholarly literature or tradition that this project addresses. Please cite your references, using a form appropriate to your discipline. 
    3. What role will you play in the research over the summer? What research methods will be used to collect, analyze, and interpret data or materials? What aspect of the research will you be involved in for the project, and is additional training necessary? 
    4. The timeline should be located at the end of your proposal. Please include a week-by-week timeline of what you intend to accomplish throughout the 10-week program.

3. One-page Personal Statement 
This one-page statement should demonstrate that you have the qualities of a successful researcher. Explain how participation in Summer RPP 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. 

Research Proposal Guidelines

Please review and follow these guidelines to begin your application. 



A selection panel will identify finalists.

  • Notifications will be sent via email by March 5
  • Accepted students must confirm participation no later than March 12, 2018