2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

CVS-ACS announces its seventh annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CVS-SURF) competition. Fellowships will be awarded to fund a student for a full-time 10-week summer research experience in a college or university laboratory within the ACS-CT Valley Section area. The fellowship consists of a $6,000 stipend awarded directly to the fellow. Fellow may not hold a CVS-SURF concomitantly with a similar fellowship from any other source.

The applicant:

  • must be a chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or related major
  • should have completed a minimum of two years at a college or university before beginning the fellowship
  • must be graduating by Spring 2021 or later
  • will be required, along with their research advisor, to attend the 2021 CVS Undergraduate Research Symposium and present their research.

Preference will be given to students who would be unable to participate in summer research projects without this fellowship. One award may be reserved for a student who shows financial need as defined by the ACS SEED program (see below). 

Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, follow the instructions below and send the completed application by email to Alexander Steele (alexandertransteeleacs@gmail.com) by February 28th, 2020. Fellows will be notified by email on or before March 31, 2020.

The applicant must provide the following information as one .pdf document with a filename in the following format: LastName_HostInstitution_CVS-SURF.pdf :

1. a resume/CV

2. an unofficial transcript, including a list of spring 2020 courses,

3. a brief personal statement describing the importance of a SURF to their career plans (≤250 words)

3a. If the applicant meets the Project SEED definition, this should be mentioned explicitly in the personal statement.

4. a description of the proposed research project authored by the applicant in collaboration with the research advisor (12-point Times font, 1” margins, ≤2 pages)

5. a letter of support from the hosting institution’s Department Chair/Head indicating that the department will provide the necessary equipment, space and administrative support to the project

6. The research advisor must send a separate email recommending the applicant. The message should address the qualifications of the student to carry out the project successfully.

Family Income Requirements for Project SEED

You must be recognized as economically disadvantaged to be considered for Project SEED. Preference is given to students whose maximum family income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines) based on family size.

For further information please contact: Alexander Steele ( alexandertransteeleacs@gmail.com )

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