Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Statistics Department

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Statistics Department (SURP-Stats) matches students with faculty across campus doing research that includes statistics and/or data science. This is an in-person (on campus) experience. It is 10 weeks long, starting on June 26, 2023 and ending on September 1, 2023.


  • This research opportunity is for current Stanford University undergraduate students only. To participate, students must not have conferred their undergraduate degree (even if they are a coterm student). 
  • To ensure that students are eligible, please review VPUE’s eligibility requirements
  • Stanford undergraduate students from any department who meet the prerequisites are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students in the Mathematical & Computational Science (MCS) and Data Science (B.S. and B.A.) programs. 
  • Students should have taken some coursework in math, probability, statistics, data science, and/or computer science. Some course examples include: MCS 120, DATASCI 112, 154, STATS 32, 48N, 60, 101, 116, 141, 191, 195, 200, 202, 216, 217, 229, MATH 51-53, 104, 113, 151, CS 106A/B, 103, 107, 109, MS&E 120, 125, 226.
  • More specific prerequisite classes or skills are listed for each project. 

Please review the list of faculty mentors, topic/project descriptions, and prerequisites. Faculty mentors will select which students are a good match to join their project.

Program Expectations:

Students should expect to do the following: 

  • Plan to take DATASCI 120 (Data Narratives) in the spring quarter to prepare for the summer research experience. 
  • Do research on campus (in person) for 35+ hours per week for a full 10 weeks during the summer. This should be your primary activity this quarter. 
  • Attend regular group meetings (tentatively planned as lunch meetings every other week), where students will informally share about their research experience. 
  • Attend talks, seminars, or professional development activities to learn about research.
  • Prepare a poster at a final poster session.
  • Submit a final report in which they showcase and reflect on the work they did, the skills they used, and what they learned. 


Students will receive a stipend of $7,500, with a needs-based supplement (of up to $1,500) for eligible students.

How to Apply:

Apply Here

Applications are due by February 5, 2023 at 11:59pm. 

Students who are interested in the Data Science for Social Good opportunity also need to complete a separate application, which is available here.


Students with questions about the Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Statistics Department may contact Amanda Kuhn (Student Services Officer) at aekuhn [at]