Students Encouraged to Apply for SURF Research Fellowships

Student measures liquid in a chemistry labThe UCA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) invites undergraduate students to attend a webinar to apply for the Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). 

The SURF program, sponsored by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education, is designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors. The webinar will take place virtually on Wednesday, Sept. 21, beginning at 3 p.m. 

The webinar is designed to teach students about the application process and how to best use the support from UCA staff. Additionally, participants will meet a SURF proposal reviewer and receive tips on a successful application. 

Collaboration with a faculty mentor is the core of this fellowship. Students have a unique opportunity to engage in up to three semesters of funded research, scholarship or arts projects. 

The awarded student and faculty member will receive a discretionary stipend based on the number of semesters included on the fellowship. This includes funds to travel to a conference and present the work.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements: 

  •     30 or more credit hours completed toward their degree by Jan. 1, 2023;
  •     A minimum GPA of 3.25;
  •     Be a U.S. citizen or a green-card holder;
  •     Have the commitment of a mentor with tenure/tenure-track or full-time faculty status;
  •     Be an undergradutate student working toward a degree. 

Registration of the webinar can be completed online

Completed SURF applications are due to Sponsored Programs in Torreyson West, Suite 328 by 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. 

For more information about student research opportunities or questions about the SURF program, contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (501) 450-3451 or email