Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

The purpose of SPUR is to provide undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. The program provides opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of disciplines.

Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, SPUR 2020 is cancelled. Notifications have been sent to all applicants.

We hope you'll consider applying for SPUR 2021. The faculty mentor application is usually available around August 15. The student application is usually available around November 1.

Program Emphases

The program emphasizes a collaborative research experience under the supervision of a University of Utah faculty member. At the time of application, students will indicate to which available projects they are applying. Final student placement will be determined by the Selection Committee. Details regarding expectations and/or requirements of the research are negotiated between the student and the faculty mentor, following program guidelines.

The program also emphasizes a cohort experience via welcome and closing receptions, peer advising, weekly education events, bi-weekly program meetings, and optional on-campus housing. Additionally, students will have opportunities to interact with participants in other summer programs on our campus.


Program Information

Information for students interested in SPUR

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Student Application

The SPUR 2020 student application is now closed 

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Faculty Application

The SPUR 2020 mentor application is now closed



Summer Symposium

Present your summer research at our symposium

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