St. Mary's College of Maryland

Seahawk Undergraduate Research Fellowship 

May 13th - July 5th, 2024

 * Applications due  by 5:00 pm,  Friday, February 23, 2024 * 

Live and do research on campus with a faculty mentor

Communicate your research to a cross-disciplinary audience

Participate in professional development activities

Information session for Summer 2024 applicants: 

Tuesday, November 28th, 11:40 am

Goodpaster 195

Have other questions? 

 Email the 2024 program co-directors, 

Dr. Sarah Latchney ( and Dr. Pam Mertz  (

2021 SURF Information Session Recording.mp4

Video Recording of 2021 Information Session


St. Mary's College of Maryland is pleased to offer the Seahawk Undergraduate Research Fellowship program this summer (2024).  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 a project proposal, a letter of recommendation from your mentor that includes a clear commitment to work with you over the eight-week period, and your SMCM transcript. 

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 $4,000 stipend, on-campus housing, and a meal plan.  

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

Brayan Ruiz Lopez, Summer 2022

Erin Hurley, Summer 2022

Dr. Troy Townsend, Summer 2022

Erin Hurley, Summer 2022

Mel Byrne, Summer 2022

Gaby Miranda, Summer 2023

Brayan Ruiz Lopez, Summer 2022

Sophia Koontz, Summer 2023

Sophia Koontz, Summer 2023

Anna Estremsky, Summer 2023