Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.)

Thinking Research? Be S.U.R.E.


S.U.R.E. Student Application NOW OPEN

The University of Dayton's School of Engineering, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program has been designed to provide an opportunity for undergraduate engineering students who are rising sophomores through seniors to engage in meaningful, hands-on basic and applied research with a UD School of Engineering faculty member.

This program lasts ten weeks, during which time the student is engaged in approximately 28 hours per week in research and 7 hours per week in professional development, totaling 35 hours/week. Students may not be engaged in any employment or courses that preclude them from participating Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The exact start and end dates for this program can be negotiated between the faculty mentor and student but will be open from May 20 through August 2, 2019.

Students are provided a $5000 fellowship payable at the beginning of the program. On-campus housing may be available for participants — details are still being finalized.

Students are expected to participate in additional professional development opportunities offered through this program as well as to prepare and present a poster at the conclusion of their research experience. Additionally, UD students are required to present their research poster at the Stander Symposium the following spring.

Professional development activities can include: Laboratory specific safety training, library research and literature review, various workshops such as Design of Experiments, Engineering Outreach, Statistics, Technical Writing, as well as weekly team lunches and weekly service projects. 

WHO CAN APPLY: Internal candidates must have completed their first year at UD or the Sinclair Academy. External candidates must be rising seniors in their respective programs. 

DEADLINE: Student applications for summer 2019 are now open. Student application deadline is January 31, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested students must submit an online application, two letters of recommendation and their résumé: 

  1. Choose your top 3 research interests. To see what types of research areas are available please go to SURE Projects.
  2. Complete the online application (7-10 minutes):  Click here to go to online SURE application
  3. Obtain two Recommendation Forms using the Recommendation Template: Click here to download the Recommendation Template.
  4. Email your résumé to

Click here to download the SURE student flyer.

Student Program Goals

The goal of the SURE program is to invigorate undergraduate research as an integral approach to experiential learning that benefits both student and faculty scholarship. Student participants will explore and attain new scientific and professional level skills that will better prepare them for graduate school, specifically participants will gain the following:

  1. A better understanding of conducting research in a university setting, including literature reviews, laboratory safety and use of various equipment;
  2. An understanding of research integrity standards and research ethics and perform and conduct research in an ethical manner;
  3. An appreciation for lifelong learning;
  4. Additionally, students will explore the benefits of personal and professional networking activities integrated in the SURE programming;
  5. Acquire collaboration and networking contacts through interaction with faculty;
  6. Achieve long-term collaborative partnerships with other undergraduate students both within engineering and outside of engineering through the collaborative activities offered through this program.


Faculty application is closed

Tenure and non-tenure School of Engineering faculty:  Are you interested in the School's S.U.R.E. program for summer research? Our next program will run from late May through early August 2019. Applicants will be selected by committee and informed by early December 2018.


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.)

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254