DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF THE SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM IN GEOSCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (SURGE)
For eight weeks, SURGE scholars conduct independent research with the guidance of faculty, research group mentors, and program assistants. The primary objectives of the SURGE program are to 1) provide undergraduates with a research experience in SES; 2) prepare undergraduates for the process of applying to graduate school; 3) introduce undergraduates to career opportunities in the geosciences and engineering; and 4) increase diversity in SES graduate programs. Independent research, network building, and intense mentoring culminate in a final oral and poster symposium. SURGE scholars participate in enrichment activities including faculty research seminars; career, graduate school, and software training workshops; GRE preparation classes; and geoscience-oriented field trips. Interaction among our students takes place through both research and enrichment activities, creating a critical mass of diverse undergraduate scholars and promoting community development. Pre- and post-program surveys indicate that the overall program goals are being achieved.