SURF Grants / Student Opportunities

STudent OPportunitieS Database (STOPS)

Any Arkansas student from the high school to the post-doctoral level can access our STudent OPportunity database called STOPS. Your search for scholarships, internships, fellowships, grants, and travel stipends STOPS here!

If you use our database, we would appreciate your feedback. To help us make STOPS an even better experience, please fill out the STOPS survey.

Student Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

According to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the "Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors. To be eligible to apply for these funds, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25, 30 or more hours of credit toward his/her degree at the time of funding, and the support of a faculty mentor. The student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien."

UCA has had successfully awarded proposals that range in subject from "Tracking of Sodium Hydrogen Exchanger (NHE) in Breast Cancer Cells" to "Electronic Media and the New Publishing Industry: Impact of E-Books on the Commercial Market, Academic Research, and Literacy." The professionals in Sponsored Programs can help UCA students prepare the proposal narrative as well as other supplementary documents in addition to creating a budget that follows SURF guidelines. Everything you need to apply is right here.



September 10, 2013 (Tuesday)4:30 p.m. SURF Workshop: Writing the Project Description, UCA Writing Center, Thompson 109
September 17, 2013 (Tuesday)4:30 p.m. SURF Workshop: Handling the Financial Aspects, UCA Writing Center,Thompson 109
October 1, 2013 (Tuesday)4:30 p.m. Project descriptions are due to Sponsored Programs Grants Developer Jennifer Deering for comments and suggestions. Please e-mail five-page descriptions to Help with the student résumé, budget justification, and project summary are also available, but priority is given to the description.
October 1, 2013 (Tuesday)4:30 p.m. Mentors not registered in the Cayuse 424 system should call 450-3451 for registration and to make a training appointment.
October 15, 2013 (Tuesday)4:30 p.m. Mentors must upload all documents in the Cayuse 424 system so Sponsored Programs administrators can verify budgets and proofread proposal documents.
October 22, 2013 (Tuesday)8:00 a.m. Sponsored Programs Professionals will upload edited proposal documents into Cayuse 424.
October 25, 2013 (Friday)8:00 a.m. Mentors must review proposal documents and approve submission in the routing chain.


Information and Forms

Materials to Gather for the Application

  1. SURF cover page (signed by mentor and institutional official)
  2. Mentor form and mentor's vita (2 page maximum)
  3. Student form and student vita (2 page maximum)
  4. Current transcript and listing of current semester classes
  5. One-page summary of proposed research
  6. Description of proposed research (maximum of 5 pages, doubled spaced)
  7. Budget and budget justification forms from ADHE SURF application package
  8. UCA Budget Spreadsheet
  9. Letter of support from mentor
  10. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members
  11. Original application and one copy