Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP)
The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) at Kansas State University gives undergraduates from under-represented groups a first-hand experience with the research process. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other advanced study. Students spend nine weeks during the summer at K-State participating in the research programs of faculty mentors. The mentors are active researchers throughout the university and are committed to increasing participation of under-represented students in their fields. The program begins on the Tuesday after Memorial Day and concludes on the last Friday in July. To be eligible to participate, applicants must be available for the entire time period of the program.
SUROP provides an opportunity for faculty to help develop an integrated research and education program as part of their proposal that goes beyond the typical graduate student model. In addition, SUROP also addresses the diversity and recruitment aspects of broader impacts. As part of the Graduate School's recruitment efforts for this program, the annual advertising for this program is sent to over 250 universities including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Annual recruiting visits are also taken to selected colleges/universities serving underrepresented groups, including trips to several institutions in Puerto Rico. To help prepare these students for graduate school, the SUROP seminar series includes topics such as preparing for the GRE examination, the Graduate School application process, research ethics, funding graduate education, reflecting research experiences in a resume, and other professional development topics. Social networking opportunities are also provided with other summer research experience programs across campus.
To include this program as part of your proposal, you (and/or other K-State members of your proposed research team) need to agree to be a SUROP mentor and include money in your proposal budget to provide support for the number of students you want to sponsor each summer of your proposed project. Typically, costs range around $7,000 per student, including a stipend, subsistence, and travel.