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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 2023 program will be held between May 11, 2023 and June 29, 2023 (meetings on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7 pm Eastern US time). All workshops and seminars will be held in the evenings to accommodate students that have jobs and other obligations during the day. Research internships (5-10 hours per week) will vary in their time commitments and may or may not last the entire 8 week period, 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 5th, the regular deadline for applications is April 19th. 


Since its launch in 2021, SUREP has served 54 students from 24 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. The 2022 SUREP graduate student instructors consisted of:

Chloe André

Daisi Brand

Kayla Brown

Taylor Brumbaugh

Andrew Farkas

Becky Harmata

Dominique La Barrie

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 2022 SUREP program is provided below.  


5:00 pm

6:00 pm


Welcome session

8-10 min flash talks (w/ ~5 mins for questions per talk) from UGA grad students


Presentation/Panel: Life of a Grad Student Session

Grad Student mentorship meeting


How to conduct literature reviews

Panel: Paths to Grad School


Research Career Session


The CV, is it just a resume?


Upping your experience: Paid research positions vs. Master’s programs

CV Hackathon


Applied I/O Career Session

Grad Student mentorship meeting


Applying to Grad School

Personal Statements, what are they?


Personal Statements for Grad Apps vs. Research Fellowships

Personal Statements Hackathon


Teaching Career Session

Clinical Practice Career Session (Faculty-led)


Applying to Grad School **Clinical Specific Aspects**

Grad Student mentorship meeting


How to make a poster

Underrepresented in Academia Q&A


Look behind the curtain talk (Faculty panel

Poster Hackathon


Graduate Fellowships: What are they and which ones are you eligible for?

Research Plan Hackathon


Fellowship Panel from the perspective of the applicant and the reviewer

Grad Student mentorship meeting


SUREP Student Presentations

SUREP Student Presentations

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