SURF 2012

University of Houston's SURF 2012 Program 

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is pleased to announce its cohort for 2012, a truly outstanding group of students: 2012 SURF Particpants

This is the eighth year the University of Houston has offered substantive full-time summer research opportunities to its undergraduate students. This year, the program is supporting more students than ever, with 56 undergraduate researchers spending their summers pursuing inquiry-based projects under the guidance of University faculty mentors. The University of Houston's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is proudly sponsored by the Provost's Office, the Division of Research, and The Honors College. To find out more about the research being conducted read the participants' research descriptions. 

Each Wednesday, we host a Brown Bag Lecture Series for SURF participants. This is an opportunity for OUR students to learn more about research ethics, applying to graduate and professional school, creating a research poster, and much, much more. Here is a listing of the SURF 2012 Lecture Series.

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Photos from SURF 2012

Blake Broussard in the lab      Nick Heisig researching

Blake Broussard (left) works on synthesizing gold nanoshells, while Nick Heisig (right) conducts research on the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 

Diane Stout reading      research results

Diane Stout (left) dives into her most recent batch of articles over civil conflict and democratization. Andrew Huynh took this photo (right) while conducting research on vegetation in a coastal prairie ecosystems in La Marque.  

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From OUR SURFers

"I have been really enjoying my research experience this summer. I am now certified to use two machines in the nanofabrication facility that will aid in the development of the lab-on-a-chip I am working on. At the end of last week I made a breakthrough: I programmed a proportional-integral (PI) control system to send out a constant current from a current source." 

"Currently I am organizing and creating documents that pertain to collecting my research data. This is the first time I've worked on my own research, and it's been a relatively smooth process thus far. This program has led me to really consider completing a senior honors thesis in preparation for graduate school to pursue a career in speech language pathology."

"SURF has not only given me the wonderful opportunity to research and become more well versed in my field of study, political science, but also has given me the time to research and discover my passion in democratization, civil conflict and international security."

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Save the Date

OUR SURFers will present posters on their research projects at Undergraduate Research Day, which will take place on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion.