Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

What is Lyle SURF?

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 3rd and concluding on July 26th. 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 during Family Weekend – Date TBD.   

Who can apply?

Lyle Engineering and Computer Science students, and members of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

How do I apply?

Secure a faulty advisor to support your research, complete all application paperwork, and submit your application by the program deadline. 
Applications open on Friday February 16th, applications will not be accepted after April 5th, 2024. 

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 Col. Junior Ortiz. 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 to Junior Ortiz at, with the subject line “Student Name - SURF Application 2024".

SURF Application Form 2024