Application Information

The Summer 2018 application deadline has been extended to February 16th

Admissions Requirements

Students eligible for the program in the Curry School of Education must meet the following criteria:

  • be enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university
  • attend a school other than UVA (We encourage UVA students interested in EP-ADS and Ed Policy to contact us about other opportunities to get involved in education research.)
  • be in their junior year at the time of application (with 2 semesters or less to complete after Summer internship)
  • have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average
  • show interest and promise in graduate study in education research
  • have background and qualifications consistent with that aspiration (coursework in quantitative areas such as math, statistics, and science courses will be helpful, as well as coursework and experience with topics related to your research interests)
  • be willing to make a full-time commitment to the program during the entire 10-week summer session (arrive in Charlottesville early June and depart early August, approximately).
  • have strong quantitative and/or qualitative skills as evidenced by coursework and grades in math, statistics and science courses
  • Due to the nature of our funding applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States

The Curry School of Education encourages SURP applications from students from underrepresented groups, including racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, economically disadvantaged students, veterans, and students with disabilities.

Application Instructions

The following application instructions were updated on 2/2/18

To apply to SURP, please complete your application before 5 PM EST on Friday February 16th (late submissions will not be accepted). Please make sure to complete the following steps:

  1. Prepare your application materials, including:
    • Current school information (major, GPA, graduation date, etc.)
    • Personal information (address, date of birth, race/ethnicity, etc.)
    • Your scholar experiences (software experience, relevant courses, etc.)
    • Your ACT (Math, Science, English, Reading, Writing, Composite) or SAT (Critical Reading, Math, Writing) scores
    • Which SURP summer research projects you are interested in. Review our website and rank your top choices.
    • Transcripts from school(s) you have attended.
    • Current résumé/CV (upload as a PDF and make sure your name is in the file)
    • Personal statement (upload as a PDF and make sure your name is in the file; see below for content specifics)***
  2. Submit your application materials via our online portal.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation from professors or instructors who know your work and are able to comment specifically on your performance. Please note that the professors (not the applicant) should email their letter directly to


***SURP Personal Statement

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is intended to help students learn about and prepare for graduate study in educational science. Your SURP personal statement is your opportunity to explain why you want to participate in this specific summer program. Please write a brief personal statement of 3 pages or less (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins). Please make sure to save as a PDF and confirm that you name is included at the top). Please consider the following questions in preparing your personal statement:

  • What are your current research interests? How do the SURP project(s) you ranked fit with your interests?
  • How have previous research projects, coursework or other experiences influenced your interests?
  • Would you prefer to continue on a similar path of inquiry as previous research, or to engage in a different approach, technique or field of study?
  • What are your future educational and career goals, and how does training as a researcher fit with your goals?
  • How the SURP program specifically, with our additional professional development and research experience, will help you meet your goals?
  • Briefly describe academic, volunteer or work experiences that have best prepared you to engage in research.


You should be notified of admissions decisions by April 1st.

Questions? Please contact