SSURI Application Process for Students

Are you an SSU student who would you like to...

  • work closely with an active SSU faculty scholar?
  • get a head start on experiences that will prepare you for graduate school?
  • build important research skills?
  • add something special to your resume?

**Consider participating in SSURI!**

Selected students will work closely with a faculty mentor and be paid $15.00 an hour for 50 hours of work (up to $600.00 total).

Summer 2022 Applications open: Friday, March 18, 2022

Summer 2022 Application deadline: Wednesday, March 30, 11:59 pm 

PLEASE NOTE: The application will ask you to select a first, second, and third choice research project, so please read ALL project descriptions carefully and choose projects that best suit your interests. Note that many faculty work across discipline boundaries, so do not limit yourself to projects that match your current or anticipated major. 

Application review will be completed as soon as we can (and before the end of term). The project start and end dates will be determined by the student and SSURI faculty mentor. If you are selected for a project but are unable to complete the work, it not only hurts the research project but prevents other students from benefiting from this opportunity, so let us know as soon as possible about any problems.

Application Process

Step 1: Prepare your application

Read all project proposals carefully to see if you have the required skills and qualifications. Projects for the 2021 SSURI cycle are available HERE. Please check back for an updated list of projects for Summer 2022. 

Make sure you are eligible. Students who are second-year students (e.g., "rising juniors") with a GPA of at least 3.0 are encouraged to apply. Some projects might require specific prerequisite coursework, so please read the qualifications listed in each project description carefully. First-year (e.g., "rising sophomores") and third-year (e.g., "rising seniors") students with at least a 3.0 also can apply, but priority will be given to current second-year students. Please note that we cannot hire student research assistants who do not plan to enroll at SSU for Fall 2020.

Submit your application information ONLINE. You will be asked for contact information and a statement of interest for your selected project. In your statement (no more than 250 words), make sure that you address the following two questions: What do you hope to get out of this research experience? What skills or experiences can you bring to the project? Be prepared to cut and paste your statement into the online application from a word document. You will receive an email that will confirm that we received your application.

Step 2: Submit your application online

Fill out your SSURI application!

Step 3: After application submission

If the faculty member selects you for an interview, he or she will email you to make an appointment (make sure to list an email address on your application that you check regularly!). If you are not selected for another student is selected for the project, you also should receive an email. There is no need to contact the faculty member directly.

Step 4: Requirements if you are selected

Complete a Learning Contract with your SSURI faculty mentor. Meet with your SSURI faculty mentor as soon as possible to set up a schedule, discuss the project and complete the learning contract. You and your SSURi faculty mentor both should keep a copy of the learning contract to submit with your final evaluation reports. You also will need to complete additional paperwork in order to be paid.

At the end of your project (and before your final payment will be released), complete an assessment of your experience. You should expect to spend at least 30 minutes completing this report.