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UROC Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI)

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The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) is a vital component of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center and is designed to introduce scholars to academic research alongside a faculty mentor in their discipline. SURI promotes research enrichment activities that are instrumental in preparing undergraduate students for successful entry into graduate programs. In addition, undergraduate scholars attend weekly graduate preparation and leadership development workshops and participate in academic related field trips. At the end of the 9-week summer program, students present their oral and poster presentations at UC Merced’s Annual Summer Research Symposium. 

For Summer 2017, SURI participating programs include:  





Orientation Week

team building; lab & safety fundamentals; responsible research; library literacy; welcome BBQ


You Belong in Research

getting the most of your research experience; student researcher expectations; communicating with your mentor and team


Research Ethics

ethics in academia and publishing; responsible research conduct; institutional review board process; organizing and managing data


Demystifying Graduate Education

identifying and applying to graduate programs; personal statement; LOR’s


Becoming a Professional

developing a CV & professional etiquette; professional conference networking


Communicating Your Research

how to create an effective poster presentation; addressing public speaking fears


Funding your PhD

identifying and applying to pre-doctoral fellowships; proposal writing resources 


Career Planning

career options for PhD’s in academia, industry and public service


UROC Summer Research Symposium

10-minute oral presentations & research poster exhibit


SURI Goals and Outcomes

The goal of SURI is to provide UROC Scholars with experience in all aspects of the research process including the following:

  • conceptualizing a problem
  • conducting a literature review
  • designing a research project
  • gathering and analyzing data
  • drawing conclusions based on empirical evidence
  • reporting results
  • improving oral and written communication skills

UROC Scholars will not only develop critical research skills, but will also improve their communication skills through the presentation of their research results in both written and oral forms.

The training students receive through SURI will prepare them to succeed in graduate school and jumpstart their careers in research, leadership, and public service.


Past SURI programs included: