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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program is facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly Pomona (OUR-CPP).

SURE is a summer research experience for undergraduates where partnering community colleges send STEM students to participate in high-level faculty-mentored research projects over an eight-week program. Students that participate in SURE have the opportunity to present their culminating research projects at our annual Cal Poly Pomona Creative Activities & Research Symposium (CPP CARS).

Program Description

Cal Poly Pomona is widely recognized for its polytechnic mission and learning-by-doing philosophy which is closely linked with the research experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly Pomona (OUR-CPP) works proactively on creating Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates by partnering with surrounding community colleges. The summer research program has been ongoing for three consecutive summers since 2014 and has provided the opportunity for 60 community college students to work with CPP faculty and students on comprehensive and high-level research projects.

In the eight-week program, participating students learn about lab safety training, work on a faculty-mentored research project, articulate what they have learned on a research poster or oral presentation at the annual summer symposium, network and engage with students from other research labs, and integrate to the four-year institution experience. We know that participating in research, a high-impact practice, helps community college students in the transferring process, retain in their major, and graduate on time.

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