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Apply for the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

2016 SPUR Application Ends on 3/11/2016


We are delighted to announce that applications are now being considered for the 2016 SPSP Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

SPUR is a full-time, 8-week summer internship program that allows talented, graduate-school-bound undergraduates and recent graduates from under-represented ethnic groups to gain hands-on research experience working closely with a social-personality psychology faculty mentor at the mentor’s university. Applicants ideally should be intending to apply to graduate school in social or personality psychology within one or two years. 

Interested applicants should complete the application materials located on the application website.  As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to identify up to five potential faculty mentors from the list of participating faculty. The list contains a brief description of potential mentors’ research programs to facilitate applicants’ identification of potential mentors.

Applicants who are selected for the internship will receive up to $500 to support travel to and from the mentor’s location, and a summer stipend of $5,000 to support housing and living expenses.

Application materials are due by 3/11/2016.

If you have questions concerning the application process, please

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About the Program

  • To be considered for the program, you must currently be junior or senior in college, or a recent college graduate (within 12 months of graduation).
  • Applicants must be a member of an under-represented ethnic minority group (i.e., African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Latino/Hispanic/Chicano/Puerto Rican, or Middle Eastern).
  • Your complete application must be received by 3/11/2016.
  • If you are selected for the internship, you will receive a summer stipend of $5,000 to support your housing and living expenses.
    You will also receive up to $500 to support your travel to and from the mentor’s location.         

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Finding a Mentor

Prior to completing your application, please review the list of participating faculty mentors. A list of faculty members and descriptions of their research programs are listed on our website

Applicants will need to identify up to five potential mentors from the list of faculty mentors as part of the application. Feel free to reach out to potential mentors on this list to ask about their current research projects and whether they anticipate having room in their labs this coming summer.

Application Requirements

  • A completed application form
  • A statement describing your general research interests and academic career goals (1000 word maximum)
  • An uploaded copy of your resume/CV
  • A letter of recommendation from someone at your home institution who can speak to your academic acheivements, work habits, and potential for success in the internship Your letter writer will be able to upload his or her letter for you to the website once you complete the application form

Applications will be reviewed by the SPUR Committe. Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor. The accepted intern and his or her mentor will be notified of acceptance into SPUR in the spring.

Accepted interns should contact their mentors as soon as possible to discuss a plan for the internship and for information regarding local housing resources, apartment locators, and/or relevant university services pertaining to student housing. Accepted interns will be asked to provide brief research and housing plan prior to beginning their internship.

If you have questions concerning the application process, please e-mail


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