Special Topics for the SURF

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Special funding is available for some Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs). In some cases, this is money set aside solely for projects in these fields. In other cases, projects in these areas may be eligible to receive additional funding.

Special funding is available for LGBTQ studies, women in the American South, botany studies, and studies in studio art. You do not need to be a major to be considered for funding from these special areas, and all project proposals in these areas will be considered for the funding. No additional materials or application procedures are required.

The Program in Sexuality Studies expects to make at least two Pine Tree Fund SURF awards of $4,000 each for work in LGBTQ studies. Pine Tree Fund SURF recipients will receive $4,000 at the start of the summer. Students are required to submit final materials for OUR approval and follow all other SURF processes. 

The James Boyd Gadson Fund provides funding for students whose SURF projects engage with studio art. This funding can support living and travel expenses associated with an approved project as well as necessary art supplies. Selected students will receive $2,000 at the start of the summer and the remainder of the award ($1,000) after they have submitted the required final materials and the materials are approved by OUR.

Students whose projects are related to women in the American South will be considered for the Frances Ferris Hall Fellowship. The FFHF funding will be included in the standard SURF funding. Selected students will receive $2,000 at the start of the summer and the remainder of the award ($1,000) after they have submitted the required final materials and the materials are approved by OUR.

There is also special funding available for projects in botany. Selected students will receive $2,000 at the start of the summer and the remainder of the award ($1,000) after they have submitted the required final materials and the materials are approved by OUR.

Honors Carolina expects to make at least 8 Taylor Fellowship awards of $4,000 each. Taylor Fellowship recipients will receive $3000 at the start of the summer, with the remainder awarded after the required final materials have been submitted and approved by OUR. Honors students should consult the page on applying for an Honors SURF.