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Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (C-SURF)


  • Must be a Chemistry or Biochemistry major currently enrolled as Sophomores or Juniors.
  • Students must be either part-time or full-time and be in good academic standing.
  • Students must be conducting research in the Chemistry Department during the Summer session.


Award recipients are expected to work a minimum of 20-30 hours per week for approximately 8-10 weeks during the summer. The funds will cover up to $4000 in wages ($15 per hour) for the awardees. They are expected to present a poster or other presentation on their summer research at an appropriate venue such as ISU's Undergraduate Research Symposium or another professional meeting/conference. A Final Report must also be submitted to the Department Chair that includes:

  • Summary of your project accomplishments (research results)
  • How this project has benefited your education
  • Any other comments you may have

This final report deadline can vary, please check with the Department Chair for an exact date.

To Apply:

For Summer 2023, please submit the follow to the Chemisty Department by Feb. 13, 2023. Late applications will be considered only while the allocated budget is available.

  1. Student Statement (single-spaced and no more than one page in length) that includes:
    • History of Research by Student Applicant
      • List research advisor(s) and time(s) of research, including any poster or other presentations or papers
    • A statement from the student answering the following questions:
      • Describe why they would like to participate in this research project
      • How will it benefit their education?
      • How will it benefit future careers?
    • Budget for how many hours the student expects to work and compensation expected for it.
  2. Abstract (approximately 250 words)
    • Description of research project including significance and approach(es) to be used.
  3. Chemistry Research Advisor Letter of Support
  4. Unofficial Transcript

Application Deadline: February 13, 2023

If you have any questions, please contact us at chem@isu.edu or 208-282-4444.