Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Statistics Department - Now Accepting Applications

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 will be available in late December.


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