Viterbi Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The USC Viterbi Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an 8-week summer residential research program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects with academic-industry collaboration under the mentorship of Viterbi faculty and PhD students. Positive consideration will be given to students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. The program allows participants to develop skill sets in research towards their long-term career goals. Participants also will engage in professional network opportunities and build relationships that will expand their academic and professional horizons. The overarching goal of SURE is to help students develop an understanding of research in engineering disciplines, and preparing students with skills for successful academic careers in engineering graduate programs.

SURE program students
Program Benefits
  • Learn about cutting-edge research under the guidance of world-renowned USC faculty researchers and mentorship from PhD students.
  • Participate in weekly professional development workshops to enhance your skill sets as a researcher. Topics include delivering effective presentations, designing technical posters, developing best practices in research, and applying to PhD programs. 
  • Attend professional networking events and research site visits. 
  • Explore the vibrant city of Los Angeles through weekend social activities.
  • Build lifelong connections with other SURE students who share your passion for research. 
Program Eligibility
  • Undergraduate students enrolled at a U.S. higher education institution.
  • U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or DACA recipient currently located in the U.S. 
  • Strong academic background (GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended) in the following majors: engineering, math, computer science, or hard science (biology, chemistry, physics).
  • Must be available to participate full time (40 hours/week) for the entire duration of the program.
Application Materials
  • Transcripts (official or student portal generated transcripts are acceptable)
  • Resume (1 page maximum)
  • Statement of Purpose (Provide a brief statement on your research interests, academic and professional goals, and how the SURE program will help you achieve those goals)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (academic reference preferred)

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What's Included
  • $5,200 stipend for 8-week program 
  • Campus housing
  • Travel to and from Los Angeles
  • Summer health insurance
  • Educational and social activities
  • End-of-program poster session
Important Dates

Application Launch & Info Session
Friday, December 1, 2023

Application Deadline
Friday, February 9, 2024

Selection Notifications
Mid-March - early April 

Program Dates
June 10 - August 2, 2024
Participants will arrive on Saturday, June 8 and depart on Saturday, August 3. 


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SURE Information Session

Friday, December 1, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm (PT)

The Viterbi SURE program will host a general information session for all prospective applicants. This session covers information about USC Viterbi, SURE program components, application process, and selection criteria.

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Published on October 19th, 2022

Last updated on June 24th, 2024