Snider Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

SURE (Snider Undergraduate Research Experience) offers undergraduate students in any field at the University of Maryland College Park with an individualized research experience.

SURE Fellows work with the program’s director to choose a research topic. Then, they are paired with a faculty member who has expertise in that subject area and acts as the fellow’s advisor. The SURE experience culminates in a public presentation to faculty and peers and a publication. During the program fellows attend workshops in research methods, writing, data visualization, and public presentation. Fellows receive a $500 stipend for participating.

The inaugural cohort included fellows from computer sciences, business, and behavioral and social sciences. They investigated topics ranging from why tax inversions and offshoring could continue to move companies out of America; to why the company culture of Nucor Steel has allowed this firm to flourish in a declining industry; to the utility of an algorithm for more effectively matching computer science students with certain courses.

To prepare their contributions fellows worked with experts in writing to create both informative and engaging papers, in graphic design and data visualization to produce high quality visual images, and in presentation to acquire skills to present research to the public and peers.

To apply, please visit:

Have questions? Attend the information session Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm in the Ed Snider Center Suite (4568 Van Munching Hall). 

Applications will close on November 4, 2016. If selected, you will be contacted for an interview after the application close. Fellows will be selected and inaugurated into the program by the close of the fall semester. During the spring semester fellows are expected to invest five to ten hours a week in the program with all deliverables completed by late April.

For more information about joining SURE please contact Lalitha Cheruvu  at


SURE, founded by Amanda Yard (Class of 2016), pairs students with faculty to create original research. Members of the 2016 SURE cohort included Sarina Haryanto, Matt Ernst, Amanda Yard (founder), Lalitha Cheruvu, Anjali Kalavar, and Vikash Sahu.