The Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) 2014 will be held on Tuesday, April 29. An integral part of CELEBRATE!, an annual, weeklong celebration of student achievements in academics and the arts, Elon's SURF program showcases student research and provides students the opportunity to present their research to a faculty and student audience. Student projects presented at SURF collaborations with mentors as part of faculty scholarship or course-based work through which students are introduced firsthand to the scholarly enterprise as participating contributors.
SURF also showcases faculty research and includes faculty panels on various topics.
Each year, approximately 150 faculty members review abstracts submitted for SURF. Each abstract is read by at least three reviewers, who provide feedback to help the advisory committee, SURF chair and director of undergraduate research in making decisions as to which abstracts will be accepted for presentation.
To be accepted to SURF, evidence of approval from the Institutional Review Board (when applicable) must be provided. View the IRB Web site for additional information.
It is extremely important that students and mentors understand that the only evidence the reviewers, SURF chair and director have available for making such decisions is the abstract. It is essential that the abstract be well-written and in language understandable by representatives of any discipline across campus. Discipline-specific jargon should be avoided, and if necessary should be clearly defined. The abstract must provide clear evidence that the student has undertaken a project that involves research at a level beyond the normal classroom experience.
A sample reviewer response form has been provided to offer a sense of what reviewers will be considering when they read your abstract and make recommendations.
You must submit an abstract to present at SURF. Use the abstract guidelines below to help you prepare your submission.