Spring Undergraduate Research Forum

Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) 2020 will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. 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 are the results of collaborations with mentors as part of faculty scholarship.

The SURF submission process

The SURF 2020 abstract submission deadline is March 2, 2020. Please click HERE to access the submission site. To start the submission, you need to first log into a Google account via your Elon email.

SURF abstracts must be submitted pre-reviewed by two Elon faculty members other than your mentor. So, we ask mentors and students to work together to identify two faculty members with content expertise to review your abstract prior to submission. The process should utilize the following guidelines:

  1. The student and mentor draft an abstract for submission to SURF.
  2. The student and mentor collaboratively identify two faculty with content expertise to serve as reviewers.
  3. The student forwards the abstract to the reviewers. Please be mindful of the submission date and review time.
  4. The student receives their abstract back from the reviewers with comments and makes appropriate changes in consultation with their mentor.
  5. Once the mentor approves the abstract then the student may submit it to SURF.

To be accepted to SURF, approval from the Institutional Review Board (when applicable) is required. View the IRB Web site for additional information.

It is essential that the abstract is 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.

It takes several weeks to organize the SURF programming. If you want the SURF program to come out sooner, then please make sure that the information you provide in the submission form and the abstract are accurate and consistent. It is also very helpful if you respond to our emails in a timely manner.

SURF abstract guidelines

You must submit an abstract to present at SURF. Use the abstract guidelines below to help you prepare your submission. The guidelines also include sample abstracts.

View the SURF abstract guidelines

Presenting at SURF

View the presentation guidelines and printing tips for posters

View the presentation guidelines for oral presentations

Archived SURF Programs

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