Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience

The Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) fosters excellence in Stetson University's undergraduate programs. Each year undergraduate scholars are selected in a university-wide competition to work with a faculty mentor on a summer research project. This page describes the summer 2015 initiative and lists winners from previous years.

The program was supported as a pilot project during its first two years with Hollis Renaissance funds and is now supported directly by Stetson University, which gratefully acknowledges financial support of the program by a grant for summers from 2000 through 2016 from The Palm Beach Community Trust and by an endowment funded by the Frueauff Foundation which provides ongoing funding.

Announcement- Summer 2016

Stetson University is pleased to announce the availability of up to twelve undergraduate research internship positions for the summer of 2016.

Applicants must select a faculty member to serve as a research mentor to help supervise the proposed research project. The summer research internship positions will be selected on a competitive basis. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration and the School of Music are invited to apply. Eligible students must have at least sophomore standing as of the spring 2016 semester and attend Stetson at least through fall 2016.

The program provides a $2,000 stipend for research initiated over the eight-week summer session starting on May 12, 2016 and ending July 7, 2016. Students may also apply for up to $500 for travel to an appropriate professional meeting to present research results. Students may also apply for free, optional summer housing on campus.

Program Expectations

  1. Each student will work closely with a faculty mentor on a research project on a full-time basis. This precludes taking courses in the summer session. SURE does not carry academic credit, and as such cannot solely be used to fulfill the senior research requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences. However, additional research which builds and extends on work done during SURE is permissible as the senior research topic.
  2. Each student is required to prepare a poster or oral presentation summarizing their research for their home department(s).
  3. Each student is expected to present the results of their research locally by delivering a 50-minute lecture to an appropriate class in their discipline, such as in a research seminar course.
  4. Each student is expected to present the results of their research at Stetson Showcase following the summer of their grant. See the Stetson Showcase page for application procedures.
  5. Each student is expected to present the results of their research (either by delivering an oral presentation or participating in a poster session) at an appropriate regional or national meeting of their discipline during the academic year following the summer of their grant. The $500 travel allowance is to be used for this purpose.
  6. Each student is required to write and submit an essay to evaluate their own personal summer research experience, including suggestions on program improvement. The chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee will provide a set of guidelines for the essay to award recipients.

Application Procedure

A completed application consists of:

  1. An electronic application, including a narrative description (not to exceed 1,500 words) of the goals and methodology of the proposed research project, including appropriate references, and written in accordance with the canons of the student's academic discipline. The narrative must minimally address:
    • The purpose of the proposed research
    • The methods and procedures for achievement of the objectives
    • The form and dissemination of the research results
    • For those requesting research-related funds, an additional budget sheet should specifically outline both the amounts and purpose of those funds (e.g. travel, equipment, photocopying, etc.), up to and not to exceed $500.
  2. An abstract of the project (100-200 words), including its title, your name and your advisor's name. The abstract should summarize the project's essential content, and should be understandable to a non-specialist in your field.
  3. An official copy of the student's academic transcript (available from the Office of the Registrar).
  4. A letter of recommendation from the student's proposed faculty mentor, sent by the faculty member, using the online form.
  5. One additional letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the student's academic achievements and/or research experience and potential, using the online form.

Completed applications should be submitted online. The complete application package must be received by the chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee by Friday, March 11, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Stetson University faculty members. Successful applicants will be notified no later than Monday, April 13, 2014.