Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF@MINES)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at Mines seeks to provide funding for current Mines undergraduate students to participate in concentrated, full-time research under the mentorship of the Mines faculty. This fellowship is open to students of all disciplines. In addition to focusing on an in-depth research project, students will also have the opportunity to attend professional development seminars with the SURF and NSF REU cohort students.


SURF Professional Development Workshops

All upcoming SURF Professional Development Workshops will take place in Hill Hall 209 from 12pm – 1pm.

  • June 1 | Topic: Mentoring in Scientific, Engineering, and Technical Workplaces | Presenter: Dr. Terry Lowe
  • June 8 | Topic: Colorado Fuel Cell Center | Presenter: Dr. Neal Sullivan
  • June 15 | Topic: Unique Perspective of Balancing Hobbies and Work-Life Balance | Presenter: Christine Morrison
  • June 22 | Topic: Creating Effective Figures | Presenter: Dr. Prashun Gorai
  • June 29 | Topic: TBD
  • July 6 | Topic: Individual Development Plan (Smart Goals) | Presenter: Dr. Lakshmi Krishna
  • July 13 | Topic: Writing Scientific Abstracts | Presenter: Writing Center
  • July 20 | Topic: Reading Scientific Literature, Dr. Ramya Kumar
  • July 27 | Topic: Writing Your First Manuscript and the Peer-Review Process | Presenter: Dr. Geoff Breneccka
What is SURF?

The SURF program aims to promote and support undergraduates students’ scholarly and creative pursuits by providing summer research fellowships.  The SURF program champions the goals outlined in the MINES@150 campaign by engaging students in cutting-edge research and innovation at Mines aimed at solving the significant challenges facing humanity and thereby shaping the next generation of diverse STEM leaders. This program is open to all current undergraduate students at Mines.

Program Goals:

  • Provide research opportunities for Mines undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in research.
  • Increasing access to graduate programs for minoritized students by providing opportunities to experience scholarships.
  • Provide professional development opportunities through weekly workshops to help students prepare for post-graduation opportunities.
  • Prepare Mines students to be competitive for prestigious research fellowships (eg. Goldwater, NSF REUs, NSF GRPF, etc).
Program Details
  • Students funded by the SURF program are required to conduct a total of 300 hours of research during the summer semester (May-Aug). For example, students can choose to conduct 30 hours of research for 10 weeks or 40 hours of research for 7.5 weeks.
  • Each SURF student will receive an award of $4,000.
  • SURF students are expected to attend the professional development seminars that take place during their proposed research timeline. These seminars are related to career preparation, scientific ethics, abstract writing, giving a scientific talk, and select research talks.
  • All SURF students will present their work at the end of the summer program and at the Mines Undergraduate Research Conference.



Application Timeline

Applications open: April 25th, 2022

Application deadline: May 9th, 2022

Results announced: May 16th, 2022

SURF research must be conducted between May 20th, 2022 through August 19th, 2022

Please prepare all necessary application materials ahead of time.

Needed Materials for Applying

Before applying, please make sure you have thoroughly read this page and gathered all necessary documentation and information. Students must provide the following:

    • Review the list of SURF projects and identify the project that you are enthusiastic about researching.
    • Schedule a meeting with the faculty mentor proposing the project to discuss project goals, your responsibilities, and preparedness for undertaking the project. It is also essential to discuss your professional goals with the faculty mentor and how this experience can further those goals.
    • Discuss and propose a timeline for when the research will be conducted ( 300 hrs of research required).
    • Go over the application and make sure you put thought into the questions asked.
    • A recommendation letter will be requested from the faculty mentor after the student submits the application.

For More Information

If you have any questions about the application process or listed projects, please send an email to Dr. Lakshmi Krishna at

  • The application is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at Mines who are in good academic standing.
  • Be supervised by a Mines faculty member.
  • Must have availability to conduct 300 hours of research during the summer semester. 
  • Agree to disseminate your research at the undergraduate research symposium.
  • Submit a 2-3 page project summary at the end of the project (deadline: Aug 31st, 2022) 

Women, veterans, and students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering (including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders) are encouraged to apply to the SURF program.


If you have any questions about the application process or listed projects, please send an email to Dr. Lakshmi Krishna and the office of Undergraduate Research Scholars at or

We will be happy to answer your questions.