Summer Research Institute

 Applications are no longer being accepted for the summer of 2024. Please check back in August of 2024 to apply for our year-round and summer programs. 

SRI Group 2023


Tianna Urrea MacMeans
Program Coordinator, UROC
Phone: (520) 621-1207

The University of Arizona
Graduate College
Summer Research Institute
PO Box 210066
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

The Summer Research Institute (SRI) offers you an outstanding opportunity to learn how to conduct research, enjoy your summer, and prepare for graduate studies at The University of Arizona (UA), a highly-ranked Research Extensive (Research I) Land Grant institution with a large multicultural student body and over 200 graduate programs in a myriad of fields. The program, fully sponsored by the University of Arizona, has been in existence for 20 years. Over 75% of participants have gone on to graduate, medical, law and other post-baccalaureate programs, both at The University of Arizona and at other prestigious universities.  Many have already obtained a graduate or professional degree. The purpose of SRI is:

  • To provide you with the opportunity to work with faculty on a research project.
  • To give you an understanding of the approaches, issues, and research methodologies in your chosen field.
  • To encourage you to consider advanced study in the discipline of your choice at the University of Arizona.
  • To prepare you to be competitive in the graduate application process and beyond.
  • To enhance leadership skills through personal development workshops and interaction with peers.

This program runs June through August (10 weeks) over the summer. Non-UArizona students are encouraged to apply!

2024 Dates: June 2 - August 7

Program Attributes include:

  • A stipend of $5,000
  • Six units of upper-division undergraduate course credit (tuition and fees paid by the Graduate College)
  • A writing course designed to help with the basics of writing a research paper and creating graduate application materials 
  • A UA Faculty mentor in your chosen field of study (may or may not be available for in person meetings)
    NOTE: we have a team of staff members to support scholars to achieve the objectives of the summer program
  • Coursework and workshops on organizing research, research ethics, public speaking/communication skills training, creating and presenting an outstanding research poster, and crafting a successful graduate school application
  • The opportunity to join with like-minded scholars in preparation for graduate school

All students that meet the following criteria may apply.  Students who have faced challenges in gaining access to higher education, e.g. pell eligible, first-generation college students are highly encouraged to apply. SRI is open to UArizona and non-UArizona students.

To qualify for this program, students must have:

  • Academic status of and undergraduate rising junior or senior
  • Enrollment during the previous year in an accredited four year university or community college
  • U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residence or Refugee status
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Time to commit to a full-time schedule of 40 hours a week

The Summer Research Institute seeks to provide you an opportunity to engage in research with a professor in your field at the University of Arizona. SRI students will most likely be invited to participate in your mentor's ongoing research project or a focused project will be discussed.  

The research objectives of the program are substantial and will require your full-time commitment. You will be expected to work on your research project and writing class for a total of 40 hours a week and attend required workshops and seminars.

"I am glad I was given the chance to participate; it truly changed my life and opened doors for me."

-SRI Alumni

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