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UNF Sponsored Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Sponsored Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is a pilot program offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). The purpose of this program is to encourage students to work on campus and gain relevant experience while getting paid hourly. Research shows that students who work on campus tend to have better grades and are more likely to graduate in 4 years than students who work off campus. 

Students participating in SURF will work up to 15 hours a week conducting research and will be paid $10.00 an hour. This is not a Federal Work Study position, so students do not have to be eligible for financial aid to participate. 


SURF 2017-18 Cohort

Alexandra Veigas - Coastal Environmental Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Quincy Gibson


John Dimuna - Physics

Mentor: Dr. Jason Haraldsen 


Julia Myron - International Relations

Mentor: Dr. David Forde


Jason Smith - Computer Science

Mentor: Dr. Sandeep Reddivari 


Elizabeth Golden-Ebanks - Coastal Environmental Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Adam Rosenblatt


Yohannes Almaw - Computer Science

Mentor: Dr. Sandeep Reddivari


Ana Elisa Lilnhares - Mechanical Engineering

Mentor: Dr. Steven Stagon


Parker Irvin - Biology

Mentor: Dr. David Waddell


Michael Richter - Chemistry

Mentor: Dr. Radha Pyati 


Robert Dawson - Physics

Mentor: Dr. Maitri Warusawithana 


Emilie Candela - Civil Engineering 

Mentor: Dr. Thobias Sando


Valerie Joly Chock - Philosophy and Graphic Design

Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Matheson


How do I apply for SURF?

Applications are open for Spring and Summer (through June 30) 2018. The SURF application can be found here



  • Freshman, sophomores, juniors, and senior students are encouraged to apply for this program
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in satisfactory academic standing
  • Students must work with a dedicated faculty mentor
  • Students will be expected to not be employed off campus while engaged in this fellowship 
  • The student and faculty mentor will submit an initial report no later than two weeks after receiving the SURF award
  • All SURF recipients must complete a pre-program survey and post-program survey
  • Students must present at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) and the Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS)
  • Students must submit a final report at the end of each semester