SURI Goals, Eligibility, and Requirements

  • To create long-lasting professional relationships between cadets and faculty
  • To enable cadets to explore and further develop their academic interests outside of regular course work
  • To help cadets clarify career goals
  • To prepare cadets for graduate study and professional careers
  • To expose cadets to all parts of the research process
  • To sharpen critical thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • To expose cadets to research in a variety of disciplines

Eligibility and Requirements

Each cadet participating in the SURI program must:

  1. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good academic standing by the application deadline.
  2. Complete all required forms prior to the beginning of the SURI Program.
  3. Pay any additional summer school fees not covered by SURI (such as housing, meal plans, parking, additional classes, or late fees).
  4. Submit his or her final research paper, following the discipline-specific format template provided on the SURI website, electronically to Leslie Joyce .
  5. Receive approval from the Human Subjects and Animal Use Committee prior to the commencement of the research, if the research involves human or animal subjects.  A copy of this approval must be submitted to the V-CUR office prior to the commencement of the SURI program.
  6. Conduct his or her research primarily at VMI or an approved site off-post during the time of the 2016 summer sessions.
  7. If the research involves international travel, you must contact VMI's Office of International Programs per General Order 73, International Travel Policy.
  8. Attend all required SURI programming or develop an approved alternate plan for meeting the same instructional and professional development objectives of said programming.
  9. Present their research in a public forum approved by the faculty mentor and VCUR before the conclusion of the following academic year.

Barring any exceptional circumstances, award deliverables are due from the student and mentor within the timeline established for grade submissions in the summer sessions for which the cadet has registered. The final payout of stipends for students and mentors will be withheld until the agreed upon project deliverable has been accepted, approved, and graded by the mentor. Funding may no longer be available if the deliverable is not met within the agreed upon timeframe.

In addition to their SURI-supported research course, a cadet may enroll up to an additional 4-credit hours per summer session with the permission of the SURI faculty mentor and class instructor. Classes that include a lab are not permitted.  The cadet is responsible for the tuition of this additional summer school course(s).

Research Awards

Cadets/mentors participating in SURI during both summer sessions may receive up to a $3,000 stipend. Cadets/mentors participating in just one summer session may receive up to a $1,500 stipend. Faculty members are limited to receiving only one SURI stipend per session.

Cadets may receive up to 6 hours of free academic research credit for conducting research during both sessions and up to 3 hours of free academic research credit if they are participating in just one session. Additional information regarding the number of free academic credits received can be obtained from the faculty mentor working with the cadet on the SURI project or from the department head of the department in which the research is conducted.

Room and Board: Cadets are required to find their own housing and pay for room and board. 

Proposal Instructions

The format provided below should be used for proposals for awards from the Summer Institute. Each cadet is required to submit an original proposal (even if the individual cadet is part of a team). The proposal should be written by the cadet and then reviewed by the faculty mentor and revised accordingly.

The format for proposals is:

1. Completed on-line application form . 

2. A detailed description of proposed research project

3. A schedule for project completion (leading to completion of paper by the end of the summer school session)

4. VMI and other facilities to be used

5. Statement of support from the faculty member, discussing the cadet’s ability to conduct and complete this research, the importance and originality of the project.

6. Endorsement from the department chair


Submission Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016

Traditional SURI - DEADLINE February 15   EXTENDED TO 11:59 PM TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Online abstract submission for traditional SURI proposals opens January 2016. Please submit your proposal at

The deadline for traditional SURI proposals is 11:59 pm ET on Monday, February  15, 2016.  has been extended to 11:59 PM Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Subprograms - 2016 DEADLINE March 14
Additional opportunities for cadets to conduct research are available through a number of established SURI subprograms. To participate in one of the SURI subprograms, please contact the subprogram Point-of-Contact (POC) listed below before submitting a proposal.
A. AIM – Applied Industrial Math Program
a. POC – MAJ John David
B. VMI/VCU MOU – VMI and Virginia Commonwealth University Memorandum of Understanding
a. POC – COL Jon-Michael Hardin
C. MERC – Mathematics Education and Resource Center
a. POC – LTC Meagan Herald

Online abstract submission for subprogram SURI  proposals opens February 22, 2016.

Please submit your subprogram SURI proposal at by March 14.

Please note – The Biology Swope program and the Chemistry SURP program are independent of the VCUR SURI programs. Please contact those departments directly for information.