The St. Mary's Undergraduate Research Fellowship

SURF 2019

MON. MAY 13 - WED. JUL 3

* APPLICATIONS DUE by 5:00 pm, FRI, MARCH 1, 2019 *

Do research on campus with a faculty mentor

Communicate your research to a cross-disciplinary audience

Participate in professional development activities

Explore our website for details on the application process, upcoming information sessions, some history on past SURF projects, and some impressive scholarly work as a direct result of participation.

Information session for Summer 2019 applicants:

Wednesday February 6th, 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall

Have other questions? Email the 2019 program co-directors (Drs. Mark Rhoda and Troy Townsend) at


Thanks to support from the Office of the Provost and the St. Mary’s Foundation, SMCM is offering the St. Mary’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship program this summer (2019). SURF is an eight-week program in which an interdisciplinary cohort of students, each mentored by a faculty member, engage in scholarly or creative work. Participation in SURF is competitive, based upon committee review of project proposal, letters of recommendation, SMCM grades, and clear commitment of a faculty mentor to work consistently with the student over the eight-week period.

SURF is open to students in any year and in any discipline who will have completed coursework necessary to prepare them for their project. Students in the program must work full-time on their project and attend two weekly group meetings, during which they will report on their progress, discuss the scholarship of their discipline, learn about their peers’ work, and participate in professional development workshops. Students present their work at the SURF Symposium at the conclusion of the program, and potentially to the wider community during the following academic year.

SURF fellows receive a stipend, on-campus housing, and a meal plan.

Upon approval, students may also be awarded funds for necessary project materials.