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Student Research

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is Vanguard University’s formal summer undergraduate research program. Last year, there were 55 applications for SURP. Based on application quality, GPA, experience, and recommendations from professors, ~18 students will be selected to receive a SURP Fellowship.

Students, faculty, and the institution benefit when a vibrant undergraduate research culture is an important part of the University’s identity. Engagement in empirical research is directly correlated to increased student participation in the learning process, increased retention, enhanced learning experiences, and exemplifies a practical approach of integrating faith and learning.


Program Dates: Tuesday, May 28th - Friday, July 26th, 2019

Hours: approximately 30 hours/week

Housing: A limited number of on-campus housing options will be available at a reduced cost. Please indicate the desire to live on-campus on your SURP application form and further instructions will be emailed to you

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019

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What is a Research Fellow?

Research fellows will engage in nine weeks of research under the supervision of their research advisers. Research fellows will participate in orientation sessions that will cover various training in lab safety, research ethics, and other areas. Fellows are expected to:

    • Work in the lab for 30 hours a week for nine weeks.
    • Submit a research proposal with help of advisory
    • Write-up a research results in a poster format and present the results at the University’s research symposium or colloquium, tentatively scheduled for July 25th, 2019.

What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer-mentors have participated in SURP. They are important facilitators of how to do research and can provide invaluable insights into research methodologies including database management, instrumentation how-to's and troubleshooting, and symposium poster preparation. Duties of a peer mentor will include, but are not limited to:

    • setting up and hosting an informative seminar for “Monday Muffins with Mentors”
    • training students in various procedures or with equipment,
    • guiding students with poster design and development,
    • setting up Wednesday and Friday Research Lunch Meetings,
    • organizing social events for the group

2019 SURP Research Projects


SURP Coordinator

Michael Hanna

Associate Professor of Psychology

SURP Administrative Assistant

Carrie Renes

Research and Grants Administrative Assistant

This program is supported in part by grants from: