Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

SURE Program Description

The SURE program provides stipends for students to conduct two months of full-time (40 hours/week) summer research under the supervision of a UT Austin Department of Psychology faculty member. A $2500 stipend, including room and board, are provided for students attending universities outside of Travis county. For students currently enrolled at a university in Travis county, room and board are not provided, however the student will also receive a $2500 stipend.

The SURE program will run from approximately June 1 to July 31. This is a full-time research program which offers an intensive research experience to students with a keen interest in some field in which a member of the Department of Psychology works. All participants will be assigned a graduate student mentor. The program also includes a number of social activities, as well as special seminars and sessions related to research and graduate programs.

Students will present their work at an end-of-the-program poster session. Students will also have opportunities to make oral presentations of their work during the course of their participation and access to the department’s computer facility in order to facilitate the successful completion of their projects. For students enrolled at universities outside of Travis county, housing is provided; additionally, these students are reimbursed for travel to and from Austin (up to $100).


Applicants for both programs will be:

  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents

  • Undergraduates who are majoring in Psychology at a college or university in the state of Texas

  • All students are eligible, but preference will be given to students from groups historically underrepresented within the field of psychology (African Americans, Latinos, American Indians)

Program Requirements

  • Students will engage in projects for a minimum of 40 hours per week for two months.

  • Students will attend weekly lab meetings and SURE program seminars.

  • Participants are expected to dedicate themselves full time to the program and should not be enrolled in any classes or working (either part-time or full-time) during their time in the program.

Selection Procedures

Interested students should complete an application that includes a statement of interest, and two references (letter of recommendation not required) from faculty. Open to students in all years of college, but preference will be given to students who have completed more than one year of college by the time of the summer program.

Participant selection will be done by the Department of Psychology in consultation with prospective faculty advisors in order to assure optimal matching of student skills and interests to research projects.


Program Sample Activities

  • Welcome Reception for Participants

  • Graduate Mentor and Undergraduate Participant Lunch

  • Weekly Brown Bag Meetings. Guest presentations by University staff, graduate students and faculty covering topics such as: areas of research in psychology, library research resources, use of computers, scientific methods and experimental design, ethics in psychological research, applying to graduate school, financial resources for minority applicants to graduate programs in psychological science, and information and resources to facilitate the attendance of local and national conferences. View list of past speakers.

  • Poster Session Showcasing Participant Research Projects

  • GRE: While there is no formal GRE training, our graduate student mentors are willing to chat with our students about their experiences with the GRE and often share any study materials they have. In addition, SURE scholars often form GRE study groups over the course of the summer and prepare for the exam together.


Contact SURE Program Coordinator Dr. Marlone Henderson:

Application Form

Applications for Summer 2019 will be accepted beginning January 15, 2019.
The deadline is February 15, 2019.
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