Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Honors College cultivates a community of students and faculty focused on collaborative research that goes beyond the typical undergraduate experience. To that end, the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is an opportunity for you to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and participate in professional development workshops throughout the summer, as well as engage in research projects for independent study.

Note for applicants: The 2021 Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is postponed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


The summer research program addresses a number of research concepts, including seminars and workshops that focus on

  • Research and writing skills.
  • Cultural and educational activities.
  • Strategies for increasing success when applying to graduate school.
  • Strategies for increasing success in participating in undergraduate research conferences and publishing research.

Research projects cover a broad range of disciplines and students may apply to a maximum of three projects. Please review all project titles and their descriptions before beginning the application. All participants are expected to be available for nine weeks and to attend all program-related activities, including weekly workshops, seminars and social events. On-campus housing is included. 

HSURP runs May 18-July 24, 2020. A $2,500 stipend is provided to each student in three installments over the ten-week program; a small portion of the stipend will be withheld until the presentation requirement is fulfilled. The stipend helps with the cost of meals and incidental expenses. The Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program is made possible through the generous support of the Virginia Commonwealth University Office of the Provost.

The priority application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020. Starting February 1, students may access the application via the Honors application portal.