Program Information

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 disciplines.

SPUR 2018 will begin on May 23, 2018 and end on August 3, 2018.

Program Emphases

SPUR 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.

Student Eligibility

Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a matriculated, degree-seeking undergraduate student in the Fall 2018 semester (beginning or continuing college career in Fall 2018 and not graduating before December 2018)
  • eligible to work in the United States
  • able to commit to approximately 35-40 hours per week of employment at the University of Utah during the duration of the program (May 23-August 3, 2018)
  • at least 18 years old by May 1, 2018

Please note that no previous college coursework or previous research experience is required. 

Compensation

Students participating in SPUR will receive a stipend of $4,000 (less applicable taxes), which will be paid out in four equal installments over the course of the program. Participants will be hired as short-term, temporary employees. This will allow them to receive University of Utah ID cards, providing for the ability to check out books from University Libraries, use computers on campus, receive discounts, utilize public transit for free, etc.

Travel & Housing

Student participants relocating to Salt Lake City for the duration of the program may be eligible to receive a travel reimbursement up to $500 total for roundtrip travel-related expenses to/from Salt Lake City.

All participants have the option of using on-campus housing (participants pay $250; the rest of the on-campus housing expense is covered by the program). Students may check-in beginning May 22 and must check out of on-campus housing by 10 am Friday, August 3, 2018.

Program Expectations

  • Time Commitment: This is a full-time program. Student participants are expected to spend 35-40 hours per week on research and program-related activities. 
  • Bi-weekly Update Meetings: Student participants are expected to present bi-weekly updates on their work.
  • Journal Submission: Student participants are required to submit a one-page summary of their experience to the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Journal upon completion of the program.
  • Undergraduate Research Education Series: Student participants are required to attend weekly research and professional development events.
  • Final Presentation: Student participants are required to present their work (poster format) at the Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium held on Thursday, August 2, 2018.
  • UROP Proposal (optional): If eligible, University of Utah student participants are encouraged to prepare UROP proposals to allow them to continue their research in the Fall (or other future) semester. Support for UROP proposal preparation will be provided.

Ready to Apply?

Students: The 2018 student application will be available on November 1, 2018. The application deadline is 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Visit the student application webpage for more information.

Faculty: The 2018 faculty application is now closed. Visit the faculty application webpage for more information.