Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

Get paid to do research this summer!

The Lyle Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, or Lyle SURF, exposes students to cutting-edge scientific research conducted by Lyle and SMU faculty. This opportunity is most valuable to students who wish to participate in research with faculty with the intent to apply to graduate school or who are curious about engineering research relevant to technological advancement.

Engineering and computer science students who wish to take part in the program should apply by the deadline. You can apply below. Once students are admitted, they will work with a faculty member to help conduct current and ongoing Lyle research. The program will take place over 8 weeks in the summer starting in June. Students will work for 20 hours a week on faculty mentored research, will receive a weekly stipend for their work, and have access to an incidental fund for research related expense reimbursements. Once the 8 weeks have concluded, students will present their work and findings in a conference styled presentation with Q&A that will be open to the public.   

For students who wish to apply to the program, please note, that you must have a Lyle faculty member agree to work with you prior to applying to the program. If you need assistance in connecting with a faculty member for this program, feel free to contact Dr. Bruce Gnade (contact information below). He will be able to assist you in making introductions to faculty who are researching topics that you are interested in. 

Contact information

With any questions, comments or concerns please contact Dr. Bruce Gnade

Bruce Gnade
Executive Director of the Hart Center 
214-768-1717
bgnade@smu.edu