The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in the Professional Studies Division provides research opportunities for students studying education, exercise and sport science, athletic training, nursing, and social work. 

Students selected for the SURE program spend 10 weeks during the summer engaged in full-time research and intensive scholarship with a faculty mentor. Students selected for the SURE program receive a stipend, as well as campus housing and a meal card.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 24, 2024


The SURE committee seeks applications from students in their first through third year of study at Carthage, and welcomes students from any of the majors offered on campus. Each division evaluates proposals and supports its own faculty and student collaborations. Please make sure you are using the application process of the division that is the primary home of the faculty mentor. If you propose working with a faculty member in allied health science, education, exercise and sport science, nursing, or social work, this is your application page. Interested students should speak with a project advisor before completing the SURE application. 


The SURE research activities are expected to contribute in a meaningful way to the education of the student and to the research agenda of the faculty mentor. For this reason, a full-time commitment is expected of the student. Each SURE student is required to write a summative project report to be submitted to the SURE Committee no later than the end of the semester following SURE.

All students and faculty participating in the program will meet periodically for lunch and presentations on research progress. At the end of the program, students and faculty present their collaborative research or creative project during the annual Celebration of Scholars poster session, and the entire Carthage community is invited to view and discuss the results of each SURE project.


The selection process is competitive. A research mentor must be chosen before the submission of the application, and the mentor must agree to supervise the research project. The selection committee will consider only complete applications. 

Award winners for SURE in the Professional Studies will be announced by April 1, 2024.