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Summer Undergraduate Research Education Program (SUREP)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Education Program (SUREP) is a free virtual summer education and mentorship program designed to provide undergraduate students (and recent graduates) with information about what graduate study in psychology involves, what it takes to get there, and what career options are open with a Ph.D. in psychology. One of the primary goals of this program is to broaden participation in psychology, making graduate study in psychology more accessible to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in psychology (and academia more broadly). Participating students will have the opportunity to:

· Learn from experts in the field about their current research and how they got there

· Work with current UGA graduate students and faculty to compose graduate application materials

· Learn about how to create research questions and design a research project to test those questions


The SUREP 2024 program will be held between May 21, 2024 and June 25, 2024 (meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5-7 pm Eastern US time, no meeting on June 19th). All workshops and seminars will be held in the evenings to accommodate students that have jobs and other obligations during the day. Research internships will vary in their time commitments and duration, with the specifics of these positions being determined in collaboration with research mentors. If you would like to be considered for participation in the program APPLY HERE. Scholarships to help offset the costs of time away from paid employment may be available, preference will be given to those who apply by the priority deadline. Priority deadline for applications is April 1st, the regular deadline for applications is April 15th. 


Since its launch in 2021, SUREP has served over 400 students from more than 50 different universities. Although the majority of participants attend US universities, each year we have a number of students joining us from universities abroad.  We have been able to offer a select group of students with remote internships in a psychology research lab at the University of Georgia each year. Labs that have previously offered SUREP research internships include: Close Relationships LaboratoryGeorgia Attitude, Bias, and Behavior Acquisition Lab, Georgia Emotion NeuroImaging Lab, and Motivation and Behavior Lab

SUREP is led by Dr. Allison Skinner-Dorkenoo and a team of dedicated University of Georgia graduate students. Previous SUREP graduate student instructors include:

Chloe André

Christopher Bell

Daisi Brand

Kayla Brown

Taylor Brumbaugh

Andrew Farkas

Becky Harmata

Dominique La Barrie

Christina Leckfor

Kayley Morrow

Skylar Oney

Bhumi Patel

Violeta Rodriguez

Apoorva Sarmal

The 30-hour program includes a variety of presentations and practical skill development sessions. A general outline of the schedule of events from the 2023 SUREP program is provided below.  

Days/Times 5:00 pm 6:00 pm
5/11 Welcome session (grad students welcome to attend but not required) 8-10 min flash talks (w/ ~5 mins for questions per talk) from UGA grad students 
5/16 Presentation/Panel: Life of a Grad Student Session  Grad Student mentorship meeting 
5/18 Research Career Session (Faculty-led) Presentation/Panel: Life of a Grad Student Session
5/23 Conducting literature reviews & developing research questions  Literature review/research question development co-work session
5/25 Look behind the curtain Faculty Panel  Breakout Rooms w/ Graduate Students 
5/30 What is Open Science?  Faculty in different areas visit with students in breakout rooms: Neuro, Social, I/O, Clinical
6/1 The CV, is it just a resume? CV Co-Work Session
6/6 What are Personal Statements?  Personal Statement Co-Work Session  
6/8 Clinical Practice Career Session  Letters of recommendation, research statements, diversity statements 
6/13 Applied Industry Jobs Session  Underrepresented in Academia Q&A 
6/15 How to make a poster  Poster Co-Work Session 
6/20 How to visualize results with graphs  Paths to PhD and Upping Your Experience 
6/22 Teaching Career Session  Breakout Rooms w/ Graduate Students
6/27 Graduate Fellowships: What are they and which ones are you eligible for?  Breakout Rooms w/ Graduate Students 
6/29 SUREP Participant Presentations  SUREP Participant Presentations 

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