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Student Research

VU Scholars Day - May 7-16, 2020

A celebration of Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities

We are excited to announce our annual VU Scholars Day of student research and creative works is now available. To access our virtual symposium, sign up using your Vanguard email and select Vanguard University in the drop down menu.

VU Scholars Day is a celebration of student achievements, and we look forward to having you join us!

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Dr. Hien Park.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program
SURP is Vanguard University’s formal Summer Undergraduate Research Program. 
SURP is a 9 week summer intensive research immersion experience and provides assistance to faculty and students who are engaged in research, scholarship and creative activity at Vanguard. SURP promotes cross-disciplinary partnerships that engages students, empowers collaboration, and promotes the achievements of all such scholarship.

Based on application quality, GPA, experience, and recommendations from professors, ~16 students will be selected to receive a SURP Fellowship. 


Program Details:

Program Dates: Monday, June 1st - Friday, July 31st, 2020
Hours: approximately 30 hours/week
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 16, 2020

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Research fellows will engage in nine weeks of research under the supervision of their research mentor. 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 on their project for 30 hours a week for nine weeks.
    • Present their research at the Research Luncheon
    • Write-up their research results in a poster format and present the results at the SURP symposium, scheduled for July 16th, 2020.

2020 SURP Research Projects

Assistant Director of Research

Hien Park

Associate Professor of Sociology


SURP Coordinator

Michael Hanna

Associate Professor of Psychology

This program is supported in part by grants from: