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Program Dates

June 14, 2015 - August 8, 2015
Application Deadline: March 31, 2015


Although all students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields are eligible for this program, we are particularly interested in applications from students of those population groups currently underrepresented in STEM fields (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders). Students who are undergraduates or who have graduated within the last two years are encouraged to apply.

Please note: due to funding restrictions we are currently only accepting recent graduate students who wish to continue into the PREP program during the '15-'16 academic year. We cannot accommodate undergraduate applicants at this time.

Goals of the Program

Many students are unaware of opportunities for careers in STEM fields. A principal goal of the Northeast Alliance Summer Program for Undergraduate Research is to introduce undergraduate students to STEM research and prepare them for graduate school and academic careers in STEM disciplines. The program provides hands-on positive research experiences and mentoring in a supportive setting.

Student Activities

Participants will be assigned both a faculty mentor and a near-peer mentor in a laboratory of interest to that student and will spend approximately five days a week working with their mentors to complete a research project in the 8-week session. Other activities include field trips and group activities in which participants will hear from faculty and graduate student role models about STEM research and career paths. Participants will meet frequently with their peers and mentors to discuss the progress of their projects. They will also learn about preparing for, and applying to, graduate school. At the end, of the program students will prepare and present a poster describing their project at a formal, public poster session.

Health Insurance

Participants must have a current medical insurance plan in place to cover any health needs that arise during the period of the SPUR program. Participants must submit evidence of such insurance before starting the program.

Travel Support

Up to $600 is reimbursable for the cost of round-trip travel.


Participants will receive a total stipend of $2,800. Room and board will be paid by the program.


You can download a paper application. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this PDF file. Deadline for applications is March 31.

Download the Application

How to apply:

Interested parties should download and fully complete the application. Along with the completed application other required items are:

  • Two page personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendations
  • Official transcripts
  • Copy of a birth certificate, passport or proof of permanent residency
  • List of current courses
  • Proof of health insurance must be provided before participating in the program

Note: All materials must be received by March 31

Photos from the 2010 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research

SPUR Picnic Pictures

To view full-size pictures and their captions, please click on the thumbnails.

SPUR Undergraduate Student Research Pictures