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The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)@JPL provides students the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of experienced mentors at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

SURF@JPL is modeled on the grant-seeking process:

  • Students collaborate with a potential mentor to define and develop a project
  • Applicants write research proposals as part of the application process
  • Faculty review the proposals and recommend awards
  • Students carry out the work over a 10-week period during the summer
  • At the conclusion of the program, students submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation

In 2021, Fellows will receive a $7,300 award for the ten-week period.

To enrich the research experience, SURF@JPL Fellows are invited to attend the following:

  • Weekly seminars by Caltech faculty & JPL scientists and engineers
  • An academic and professional development series on developing a research career, graduate school admissions, and other topics of interest to future researchers
  • Various social and cultural activities
  • Weekly small student-faculty dinners
  • Special field trips