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.

The SPUR 2020 mentor application is now open! The form will close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 29, 2019. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at

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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.


Program Information

Information for students interested in applying for SPUR

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Student Application

The SPUR 2020 student application will be available on November 1

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Faculty Application

The SPUR 2020 mentor application is open and will close on September 29

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Summer Symposium

Learn more about how to present your summer research at our symposium

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