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Research experience for undergraduates

Engaging in independent research under the direction of a faculty member can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your undergraduate career.

An opportunity to do research as an undergrad

 The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program is designed to give undergraduates the chance to work with faculty and their research groups on advanced research projects. This summer program runs ten weeks, from June (beginning shortly after commencement) through August.

The program is coordinated jointly by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Engineering, and the ME department. Students who are accepted into the program will receive a summer stipend. On-campus housing and a meal plan through the Student Housing Office may be available but please note that this is a separate program and must be applied for separately. Participation in SURI is not a guarantee of room and board. Whether you are well into your major or still testing the waters, all engineering students are strongly encouraged to consider taking advantage of what the REU program can offer.

ME Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI)

The Mechanical Engineering Department will be continuing its Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) for the Summer of 2014. Once again, the program is open to Stanford Undergraduate students only.

Eligibility and priority

To be eligible, a student must not have received a BS prior to the beginning of the summer research experience. Students may be rising into their sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall quarter following the summer research experience. Students who will be in their 5th (co-terminal) year are also eligible as long as the BS has not yet been conferred, but will be given second priority. Students do not necessarily have to be declared ME majors but should be sponsored by a faculty appointed within the ME department. SURI is not a summer job, students should plan to be fully immersed in the SURI experience during the program. Students cannot be enrolled in classes over the summer quarter. SURI students are expected to devote themselves to their projects and not try to combine SURI with other programs or "second jobs".

How to apply

There is no formal application for participation in the ME SURI. Students who are interested in participating in the ME program should seek out research opportunities directly with affiliated ME faculty and secure a commitment/position for the summer by the end of May.

Sponsoring faculty should then contact the SURI Administrator, Perry Thoorsell, with a written indication of intent to sponsor the student.

Appointment dates

The date of the appointment is flexible, but as a guideline, consists of a period of 10 weeks beginning Monday, June 23. We will hold a kick-off meeting on Monday, June 23, and students will participate in our poster session, presenting results at the end of the program, on Friday, August 29. Students are required to submit a two page write-up of their research experience which will be used to evaluate the SURI program.