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URECA Summer Program

Application Deadline:
March 15, 2021    

June 1 - August 6, 2021

The URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) Program supports SB students doing full-time faculty-mentored research or creative activity for ten weeks (i.e. 9-5 Monday-Fridays) on campus. At the end of the ten-week period, the URECA participants will prepare abstracts of their work and commit to presenting their work at the University's annual poster symposium in the following spring. 

URECA Summer Research Program participants receive a  $4,000 stipend.

For 2021: Our program will support both remotely conducted/remotely supervised and/or in-person research projects . Please consult with your faculty mentor as to what format is preferred and can be conducted in compliance with University guidelines. 

Campus housing? . URECA students who opt to live on-campus while participating in the URECA summer program are responsible for paying their housing bill (housing is   not  provided as part of the program).
Please consult the Campus Residences Website for online housing forms, rates, and updated information regarding available dates for check-in; interested students are encouraged to become familiar with all applicable campus regulations regarding covid testing, quarantine, and financial responsibility. Pl ease note that the priority deadline to complete the summer housing application in the housing portal is  Sunday, May 2nd, and options for double rooms may be limited in summer 2021.

The URECA summer program is open to current Stony Brook undergraduates with at least one semester of spring/fall coursework remaining (seniors graduating in May/August are not eligible to apply). Applications should be submitted with an intended faculty supervisor/mentor and project.

Please note that the URECA summer program requires a full-time commitment (40 hours/week): URECA participants who intend to take a class  or work at another job [limited hours only in an activity that does not interrupt a full time commitment to the program] must obtain written permission from their faculty mentor and notify URECA at the time of application

Applicants may not receive both a stipend and credit for doing research during the same time period; and proposals for doing research as part of a credit-bearing study abroad program will not be eligible for URECA funding. 

The application consists of the following: 

  • ONLINE APPLICATION (requires uploads of the following documents/files):

    a ) Personal statement (up to 1 page). Please indicate why participating in undergraduate research is important to your long-term career goals. What makes you particularly excited about the upcoming summer research project? You may also include any other information you would like the faculty selection committee to know about you. 

    b) Research project proposal (1 - 3 pages). Describe the research project that you plan to become involved in during the upcoming summer, if selected for the program. The project description/proposal should be written entirely by the applicant, in consultation with the faculty mentor/research supervisor. 

    Clearly state the goals of the project and describe the particular activities and area of work which will be the focus of your summer activities (for ex., provide a brief outline of a research plan or set of experiments you hope to accomplish). Include reference to work that you may have done already and to the skills you possess that qualify you to carry out the project.

    c) Transcript (unofficial)

    d) CV/resume (recommended/optional)

  • LETTER of RECOMMENDATION from the sponsoring faculty member (please direct to Karen Kernan at: ) The sponsoring faculty member's letter should comment on the student's research or creative capabilities and potential to carry out the specified project.

All application materials should be submitted by the deadline. 



**** - Opportunity for Rising juniors/seniors majoring in Mathematics. Learn more about Summer Math ScholarshipURECA is proud to be a collaborative partner of the Summer Math Enhanced REU Scholarship program and encourages eligible Mathematics majors to apply!