Founded in 1992 by Dr. Gary May, a former Dean of the Georgia Tech College of Engineering, the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Sciences (S.U.R.E.) program is committed to increasing the number of qualified students who are traditionally under-represented in STEM fields. These include but are not limited to students from racial/ethnic minority groups, women, or first generation college students.
Since that time, the SURE program has experienced some significant results.
According to the findings of the 2009-2011 post-program surveys the participants observed significant gains in:
- Understanding what everyday research is like (71%)
- Planning and preparing for graduate school (64%)
- Understanding the theory and concepts that guided their research (64%)
- Confidence in their ability to do well in future technical/scientific courses (59%)
- Identifying limitations of research methods and designs (56%)
- Using problem solving skills in the research process
Over 500 students have participated in SURE since its inception and:
- 75% of them ultimately attended graduate school, either for a master’s degree or a PhD.
- Half of those who attended graduate school did so at Georgia Tech.
A few stats about the 2019 SURE cohort:
- 40 student researchers from across the country
- 280 applications
- $11,000 cost per student (Intel Corporation is major program sponsor)
- 50% women and 70% URM
- 3.47 average cum GPA/3.52 average major GPA
- 12 graduate student social mentors
- 40 graduate student research mentors
- 3 Graduate Coordinators
- Two industry tours and four SURE sponsored social events
- One GRE Prep course
- Currently ~25 SURE alumni enrolled in graduate programs at GT