SMURF Program

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The Summer Mentored Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SMURF) is a directly-mentored or supervised summer research opportunity.

Recipients work closely with a faculty member in their research or do research alongside a faculty member on a closely-related project. 


Timeline for Summer 2024

  • The application cycle for summer 2024 CRF-sponsored research fellowships is closed. Information about summer 2025 will be posted during the fall 2024 semester.

Contact a Peer Mentor

Students preparing applications for the summer 2024 research fellowships are invited to contact a senior peer mentor who has previously received one of the CRF-sponsored summer fellowships for advice on application and proposal development.

Applying for SMURF

Applications for the SMURF (full- or part-time) must be submitted in a single .pdf via a Google form application.

A SMURF application consists of the following:

  • Completed Google form application (Note: The Google form application is where applicants will upload their combined .pdf document including, in this order, the cover sheet, proposal, statement, timeline, resume, and transcript.)
  • Completed cover sheet
  • A project proposal (max. 600 words) – proposed project of study, the significance of the project in relation to the field, project methodology, relevant credentials. Use this proposal template.
  • A personal statement (max. 600 words) – detail your personal motivation for pursuing this research experience. Use this statement template.
  • A ten-week timeline. Use this timeline template.
  • Resume (no more than one page)
  • Transcript (via Parchment)
  • 1 letter of support from the faculty mentor; the recommender should directly send the letter to Subject line should read: SMURF Recommendation Student Last Name, Student First Name
  • More information for faculty recommender.

(Updated October 2023)