SURP is the Vanguard University’s implementation of formal summer undergraduate research. Last year, there were 11 applications for SURP. Based on the following criteria: application quality, GPA, lab experience, and recommendations from lab professors – 9 students were selected to receive a SURP Fellowship ($1510). Two more students were selected as SURP participants. All students registered for either 2 or 3 units of CHEM 485 or BIOL 485.

Application for the 2013 SURP program are now being accepted! Applications are due April 15th, 2013 by 8:00am. Drs. Lorance, Terhorst and Sirvent are the Chemistry faculty sponsors for the UGR opportunities this summer, while Dr. Fung is participating from Biology. For more information on the projects available, please see the project descriptions or contact the SURP Coordinator, Dr. Sirvent.

Acceptance into SURP is a privilege and, as such, students will be awarded a stipend/scholarship and be called SURP Fellows. The Ancillary Program for SURP is robust and provides several benefits for the Fellows. Students will attend relevant safety and training sessions (4 hr) in early May. The Fellows will participate in a library training session to learn how to research and obtain scientific information. This will include a field trip to the UCI library to become familiar with the resources that are available to the public through the UCI library.

The Department of Chemistry will sponsor a series of collaborative summer research group meetings. The lab group meetings occur every week and are to be attended by our Fellows. Each project takes a turn presenting either current results that their project has generated or a current paper from the literature.

An initial breakfast mixer is planned for Fellows to become acquainted with each other and with the faculty. At the end of the summer a BBQ is held to celebrate the research that was conducted. Finally, there will be a seminar describing the availability of careers in the scientific disciplines. Hopefully, we will be able to have a few guest speakers from industry and academia to provide some insights in the form of a guest discussion panel.

The culmination of SURP is a Fall Symposium where students will present their research results in the form of a Poster Session (Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Technology and Science: SURTS). The exact date is TBD, most likely in late September 2014. It is expected that SURP Fellows will present at the SURTS Symposium.