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Two programs provide summer research opportunities for Amherst College students: 1) the SURF program involves an 8-10-week commitment, and focuses on research in science, computer science, and mathematics fields, while 2) the SRP program runs for 6-8 weeks and supports students in all areas of academic research, 


[Summer Science Research Opportunities at Amherst]The SURF (Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows) Program provides opportunities for Amherst College students to immerse themselves in a hands-on, collaborative science research project for 8-10 weeks during the summer. Research fellows work closely with their faculty mentors to design and execute their research project, and all Fellows take part in group educational and social activities. In early fall, Fellows present their findings at Amherst's annual poster session and are then encouraged to present their work at a regional or national conference. Fellows receive on-campus housing and a stipend of $410 per week.

Summer 2014 SURF Opportunities

Are you a first- or second-year student considering a career in science or as a medical professional? A SURF  research experience may help you determine if this career path is right for you by providing you with valuable research skills, experience using state-of the art instrumentation and research techniques, and connections to a vibrant community of research scientists. Find out more about faculty research areas, previous research projects, and Amherst's SURF program.

Summer fellows have contributed to recent breakthrough discoveries at Amherst: "[Prof.] Hall...said his team’s experimental work arose out of interest from Amherst summer student researchers at a group meeting in 2011..."

Some SURF Fellowships are discipline-specific and include unique components.Learn more about specific funded SURF opportunities, and their requirements.

How to Apply:

Interested students should complete a SURF Application by February 14, 2014.
Applications will be reviewed by a SURF committee in the spring, with awards announced around the end of March.

SRP Program

[Summer Science Research Opportunities at Amherst]The SRP (Dean of the Faculty Summer Research Program) is for Amherst College students who pursue an immersive research project in the humanities,social sciences or science, for 6-8 weeks during the summer. Scholars receive on-campus housing and a stipend of $410 per week. Up to $500 is also available for research-related summer travel (preference is given to those conducting on-campus research).

2014 SRP Opportunities

Are you a second- or third-year student interested in continuing a collaborative research project with a faculty member, or in laying the groundwork for a senior thesis? As a SRP scholar, you will join a supportive community of students and faculty engaged in on-campus research projects during the summer. Find out more about the Dean of the Faculty SRP Program.

How to apply:

Interested students should go here to learn more about the SRP application process.