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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:  





Make the Most of SURI

Team Building; Lab & Safety Fundamentals; Responsible Research; Library Literacy; Intro to Grad School; Conflicting Resolution 


Becoming a Researcher 

Grad Admissions; Components of an Abstract; Welcome BBQ


Translating your Research 

Developing a CV; Elevator Pitch Presentations


Refining your Message

Identifying and Applying to Graduate Programs; Personal Statement; Application Statements; How to Communicate your research; Addressing Public Speaking Fears


Raising Self Awareness

GRE & Me; Visualization of Data


Looking Beyond this Summer

How to Effectively Search for Grad Schools; Professional Networking


Moving from Goals to Reality

How to Get Funding for Grad School; Conferences 101


Bringing it all Together

UC Merced Faculty Panel; Letters of Recommendation; The Importance of Research


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: