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Student Eligibility

Citizenship Requirements

The program is open to United States citizens only. Applicants are required to include proof of U.S. citizenship (copy of unexpired passport (book or card) or birth certificate) in their application submission. Note: Driver's license and social security cards are not proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful residency.

Note: International students are not eligible to apply to the SURF Program.

Classification Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled as  a full-time undergraduate at an accredited 2-year or 4-year U.S. college/university prior to the application deadline. Transcripts (unofficial preferred)  are required to be submitted as a component of the application package to verify enrollment.

Note: Students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled in universities outside the United States, are not eligible to apply to the SURF Program.

Academic Requirements

Students must have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.


General Information:
Dr. Brandi Toliver


Created May 26, 2010, Updated December 3, 2019