Eastern Michigan University

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Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellow Program

SURF provides an opportunity for outstanding students who are new to the University to extend their educational experience and academic passion beyond the classroom.

Selected student fellows are:

  • immediately matched with a distinguished faculty mentor in the chosen field of study.
  • engaged in a research project that is of mutual interest between the student and faculty.
  • provided with a $1,000 stipend, in addition to their accepted scholarship amount ($500 in fall and $500 in winter term of the award year).
  • awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal.
  • featured in EMU’s distinguished Undergraduate Symposium as a culminating experience.
The Undergraduate Symposium at EMU

EMU celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of students at its annual Undergraduate Symposium. This one-day program held in early spring provides a venue for participating students to share the results of their academic achievements in a professional conference format. The event typically involves 400 students, supported by more than 180 faculty mentors, representing all disciplines of the University.

Meet four of our very first Fellows

Jason Grigsby

Electronic Media and Film Studies

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Katherine Murcko


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Matthew Gudenau

Construction Management

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Nicole Brown

Social Work

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