Lewis University STEM Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
Creating experiential learning at the undergraduate level.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program is a collaborative experience for Lewis University students from multiple disciplines to engage in undergraduate research over the summer. This 10-week program brings students from various disciplines together weekly to discuss topics such as research ethics, data analysis methods, scientific writing, resume building, etc. in addition to their specific discipline-related research. Working one-on-one with a faculty mentor, the program funds these students for the summer and offers an experiential learning environment that accelerates their research careers, with many students presenting their outcomes at conferences and/or via publications. The program concludes with a research symposium, at which participants present to the community accomplishments from their summer research.
In order to participate in the program, faculty members submit a FULL application with a description of the project that is reviewed by a panel of selected Lewis Faculty. Once faculty projects are finalized, undergraduate students apply to participate in the program to research on one of the faculty projects. Undergraduates selected into the program are matched with research mentors based on their research interests.