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Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

What is SURP?

What is SURP?

  • Participation in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is designed to provide students with insight into the research process.
  • Faculty mentors (and Librarians) hold workshops and seminars throughout the summer to help SURP students build their research and presentation skills.

Questions you may want to ask your faculty mentor:

The BIG Question:

How do scholars in your discipline create research questions, conduct research, summarize findings, and share research with their peers?

More questions...

  • Where do scholars in your discipline go to find information?
  • What’s your favorite database or search tool?
  • What types of sources are typically used in your discipline?
  • How do you evaluate your sources? What is considered good evidence in your discipline? 
  • How do you keep current in your discipline? What journals, blogs, websites, books, etc. do you read?

Research Tips

Example 1: Social Science

The Intensity of Violence in a Crime and Eyewitness Testimony Accuracy


Research Tip:  Use the Psychology LibGuide


Example 2: Sciences

Arachnid Cytogenetics of Lutica in Insular and Coastal Southern California

Ecological Stress Caused by Fire and its Effects on Orb Weaving Spiders

Assessing Multiple-Paternity in Broods of the Trapdoor Spider Bothriocyrtum californicum (Araneae, Ctenizidae)

Phosphoglucose Isomerase and Fitness in a California Population of the Green Lynx Spider Peucetia viridan (Araneae, Oxyopidae)


Research Tip:  Try the Biology LibGuide

Writing Assistance

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers free writing consultations for students. Their experienced tutors can advise you at any stage in your writing process:

  • Organize your notes and plan your paper
  • Revise drafts for clarity and conciseness
  • Revise drafts for grammar and mechanical errors
  • Incorporate sources more effectively into your text
  • Use the correct documentation style

Please call the ARC at 310-338-2847 to set up an appointment.