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COTS Summer Undergraduate Research Experience


Click here for instructions on the application process and click here to apply for 2023!

 The new COTS Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) will fund student researchers and their faculty mentors for up to six weeks (240 hours) of research during summer. Effort may be full-time or part-time in working the funded hours, but must be completed between July 1 and September 15. Applications may be made for fewer than the maximum possible 240 hours, depending on the requirements of the research or participants. Students will receive payment of $15.74 an hour, and faculty mentors will receive $400 per week equivalent (40 hours) of student effort. Up to $100 per week equivalent may be requested for supplies, travel, or other expenses related to completing the research.

Maximum funding levels for the full 240 hours of student effort would total:
     Student                 $3777.60
     Faculty mentor    $2400.00
     Expenses             $  600.00

Funding is prorated if the student works less than the maximum 240 hours.

For example, total compensation for 100 hours of student effort would be:
     Student                 $1574.00
     Faculty mentor     $ 1005.00
     Expenses             $  250.00

All students, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, currently enrolled at CWU and planning to enroll in the following fall quarter, doing research with any COTS faculty member, are eligible to apply. Exceptions to the grade-point minimum may be considered with additional justification.

Students will be student employees and restricted by the normal rules for such appointments (e.g., if you take summer classes, you will be limited in terms of how many hours per week that you can claim during the weeks that the class meets, etc.).

No restrictions will be placed on additional assignments by faculty members beyond those in the CBA.

Funding decisions will be made by the end of Winter Quarter.

Deadline for all application materials: Friday, March 3, 2023 by noon.


For detailed instructions on how to apply to COTS-SURE, click here.

For an easy, editable Budget Itemization and Justification pdf form, click here!

Click here to apply online!


Contact Elvin Delgado (COTS Associate Dean)for more information.


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