Summer Undergraduate Research Institute

The VMI Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) enhances academic excellence on Post and elevates academic programs to national standing among our peer institutions.  The program interfaces with all research-related activities that take place at VMI during the summer, including the independent chemistry and biology research programs.  SURI provides an opportunity for cadets from all departments to participate in summer research activities.

Research pairs are each comprised of one VMI cadet and one VMI faculty mentor, with the cadet being the principal investigator. Cadets and mentors participating in the program each receive a taxable award. Faculty and cadets from all VMI academic departments are encouraged to apply.

SURI expands VMI cadet-mentor research activities during the summer, which is the most advantageous time for conducting investigative projects. In addition to the mentored research projects, SURI sponsors an orientation, guest speakers, library instruction, and a concluding symposium with presentations by the cadet researchers. 

   Eligibility and Requirements



SURI 2015

First Session May 19-June 19

Second Session June 22 - July 23


Research Proposal Application

SURI Department Chair Support Form

SURI Faculty Mentor Support Form

Sample proposals by academic division:


Mrs. Patricia Hardin, Program Coordinator

MAJ Megan Newman, Director of Undergraduate Research

SURI is organized by the VMI Center for Undergraduate Research (V-CUR) and sponsored by the Jackson-Hope Fund and the VMI Research Laboratories (VMIRL).