The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Simmons (SURPASs)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Simmons (SURPASs) is a paid, mentored summer research and creative scholarship experience for undergraduate students across all academic disciplines.

Photo of SURPASs Summer 2023 Cohort.
Photo of SURPASs Summer 2023 Cohort. Faculty Mentors: Elizabeth Donovan (Psychology), Heather Hole (Art), Valerie Leiter (Public Health), Nanette Veilleux (Computer Science & Informatics), Arpita Saha (Chemistry & Physics). Scholars: Ari Metcalf '26, Kaz Gebhardt '25, Caitlin Curry '24, Aiman Mehboob Mandli '25, Abigail Rothstein '25, Leila Aydibi '24, Reagan Cleversey '26, Cassidy Beyer '25, Bella Santos '25.

The SURPASs intensive takes place for six weeks from the end of May to June. Students receive a $3,000 stipend, a budget of up to $1,000, supplies, and room and board on campus. In addition, faculty mentors receive a stipend of $2,000.

SURPASs is made possible by generous gifts from many alumni, including Trustee Regina Pisa and Trustee Pamela Toulopoulos '73, as well as support from the Office of the Provost.

Additional Benefits:

  • One-on-one faculty to student mentorship
  • Hands-on research experience, such as: acquiring/interpreting data, interviewing subjects, learning new technology, exploring archives, or writing a report
  • Strengthen your resume and grad school application
  • Develop the skills and confidence to present your work to an audience


Open to full-time, on-the-ground, first year undergraduates, sophomores, and juniors in good academic standing, as well as seniors in a 3+1 or 4+1 program.

Info Sessions

Info sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 8 from 5 - 6 PM | A-070 (Special Functions Room, MCB)
  • Wednesday, January 24 from 5 - 6 PM | Zoom

Zoom links are available for virtual attendees. Please RSVP to reserve a spot or receive the virtual link.

How to Apply

Prior to applying, students proactively identify and work with a faculty mentor to design a project proposal for the summer intensive. Interested students are encouraged to approach prospective faculty mentors early in the process (between November/December) to begin planning and preparing their proposal.

A complete submission includes:

  • Proposal Narrative
  • Budget
  • Resume
  • Faculty/Scholar Mentoring Plan

Read the attached guidelines for a detailed description of the SURPASs application elements.

Applications for the 2024 SURPASs Program will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Monday, February 26.

Apply Now

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

2023 SURPASs Scholars

  • Leila Aydibi '24 (Biology – Pre-PA Track), Muslims' Experience with the Healthcare System in Massachusetts, Research Study. Faculty Mentor: Valerie Leiter
  • Cassidy Beyer '25 (International Relations), Analyzing Barriers to Incorporation of Haitian Migrants in Boston. Faculty Mentor: Abel Djassi Amado
  • Reagan Cleversey '26 (Biochemistry), Investigating novel systems suitable for chelation therapy for neurodegenerative diseases. Faculty Mentor: Arpita Saha
  • Caitlin Curry '24 (Psychology), An Assessment of the Feasibility and Acceptability of Photography as a Gratitude Practice. Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Donovan
  • Raneem Emad Mousa '26 (Computer Science, Mathematics), Assessing the influence of chatgpt on student performance in stem fields. Faculty Mentor: Nanette Veilleux
  • Kaz Gebhardt '25 (History), Disgusting Objects and the Will of God: John Quincy Adams and Early American Masculinity. Faculty Mentor: Laura Prieto
  • Aiman Mehboob Mandli '25 (Biology), How do the Different Ratios of VBT, C-10 QUAT, and TMQ Affect the Antibacterial Properties of Terpolymers. Faculty Mentor: Rich Gurney
  • Ari Metcalf '26 (Biology), Genetic Engineering of Mycobacteriophage Giles Against Tuberculosis. Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield
  • Justine Paragas '26 (Public Health), Studying De Novo Variant Autism Genes using Drosophila. Faculty Mentor: Seth Johnson
  • Abigail Rothstein '25 (Biochemistry, Physics), Study of potential targets along an ex vivo human skull for future neuromodulation treatment sites. Faculty Mentor: Phillip Jason White
  • Bella Santos '25 (Arts Administration, Political Science), Photography, Paintings, and Populism: An Integrative Study on the Regimes of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and Peru's Alberto Fujimori. Faculty Mentors: Benjamin Cole, Heather Hole