There are many ways to receive funding to support your research.
OUR sponsors or co-sponsors four fellowship programs which offer funding for students to do mentored research in the summer and/or academic year:
- SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
SURFs are major awards (at least $3000) to enable undergraduates to engage in research, scholarship or creative performance under the guidance of faculty advisors (and possibly also graduate student mentors) for at least 9 weeks (20 hours/week) during the summer. Applications for the SURFs are considered once a year in the early spring.
- SMART: Science and Math Achievement and Resourcefulness Track Program
The SMART program provides an excellent, paid opportunity for rising sophomores to spend eight weeks during the summer doing 30 hours of research per week with a faculty mentor. SMART is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is a part of its nationwide Alliance for Minority Participation initiative to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who earn degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
For other sources of summer support, please visit the Carolina Internal Funding Database. Twelve of these opportunities are highlighted in the Undergraduate Research at Carolina brochure prepared by 2007-2008 Student Government.