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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The SURE program is a ten-week summer program during which undergraduate research fellows conduct full-time independent research under the direction of a faculty mentor.

Our summer researchers receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and professional development. Student researchers benefit from hands-on research, mentorship, networking opportunities, and graduate school preparation.

SURE provides an opportunity for students to discuss research and start building their professional network with world-renowned researchers and the best and brightest peers from Emory and other institutions.

SURE students come from all backgrounds and disciplines, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences.


Both Emory and non-Emory students are eligible to apply for the Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program. Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences is only open to current Emory College students.

Emory College students must:

  • Have a mentor and project identified for the summer.
  • NOT be graduating the May prior to the summer or during the summer.
  • Be enrolled at Emory the semester following the summer program.
  • NOT have participated in SURE previously. This ensures equitable access and diverse participation in each iteration.

Accepted Students

SURE participants will:

  • NOT be enrolled in summer courses
  • Complete all pre-arrival admittance steps
  • Attend and participate fully during the entire program (May 29 - August 2, 2024)
  • Dedicate approximately 40 hours/week to their research projects
  • Participate in all weekly seminars, workshops, discussion groups, and activities as scheduled
  • Present a poster or oral presentation during the SURE symposium

Students accepted into the SURE Program receive a $3500 stipend. 

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 (

  • May 29, 2024: SURE move in

  • August 2, 2024: SURE move out


Why does the program target rising sophomores, juniors and seniors and not first-year students?

Many available projects require students who have completed sophomore-level coursework and beyond. 

Are graduating seniors eligible? 

The program is designed to support students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. You are not eligible for the summer research program if your bachelor's degree has been awarded before the program ends.

Is the summer research program open to students who are not American citizens?

Funding is available to US citizens, permanent residents and international students currently enrolled at Emory.

Can I participate if I have my own funding?

Some external students are eligible to participate if their home institution or special program directly pays their stipend and housing. Assuming the student is a competitive candidate and that laboratory and housing space are available, we will do our best to place the student in our program.

Note that funding availability alone does not guarantee a position All applicants must be competitive as determined by the selection committee. Please contact the program director if you have any questions.

Can I take summer classes while participating in SURE?

SURE participants cannot enroll for summer school. It is also not possible for us to award research credit hours for participation.

When will applicants receive notification of acceptance?

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

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