Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

Get paid to do research throughout the summer!

The SURF Program application has extended its deadline to Friday, March 18.

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.

The program will take place over 8 weeks in the summer starting on June 6th and concluding on July 29th. Students will work for 20 hours a week with a faculty member to help conduct current and ongoing Lyle research, will receive a weekly stipend for their work, have access to an incidental fund for research related expense reimbursements, and participate in professional development and career workshops. 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. Engineering and computer science students who wish to take part in the program should apply by February 14, applicant selection will be announced by Friday, March 18.   

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. 

Completed applications and supporting documents should be emailed directly to Dr. Bruce Gnade, using the application form below.

SURF Application Form 2022

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