For Students

The Ssurf program will not be running for Summer 2024.

 Please check back next academic year.

2024 Student Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SSuRF)

This highly competitive award is given to students for their research or creative activity proposal.  Students, along with their WSU faculty mentors, will undertake an intensive ten-week summer research program at Westfield State University to explore their proposed projects.
In addition, students will participate in professional development workshops, group meetings, discussions, outings, assessments, presentations, and engage with the LEAD Scholars Program, formerly the Urban Education Summer Bridge Program.  

Interested in Applying for SSuRF?

Check out these links to documents to learn more and apply for a SSuRF Opportunity!

April 15, 2024 | CURCA Student Conference Fund Deadline

Need to present or attend a conference related to your research or creative activity project? Students can apply to receive funding through CURCA online!

CURCA Research Apprenticeship Program (CURCA-RAP)

Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

A collaboration between the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (CURCA), faculty mentors, and Student Financial Services to provide work-study eligible, early-career students opportunities to gain mentored research or creative project experiences at Westfield State University.  

This program allows students to make a meaningful contribution to a research or creative activity project while learning about the process of scholarship in their field of interest. Faculty will gain a full member of their research or creative team at no additional cost to the faculty mentor or their department.  

What's the goal of RAP?

The goal of the program is to help facilitate relationships between incoming and current first-generation, low income, economically disadvantaged, commuter, or adult-learners who may otherwise not participate in applied experiences at WSU.  Students are eligible for CURCA RAP at any point in their undergraduate or graduate careers, but the program is particularly intended to serve freshman and sophomore students who are just starting out in their fields of interests. 

  • Faculty mentors provide project descriptions for student research positions. CURCA will assist as needed and will facilitate posting project descriptions, vetting of students, and payroll associated with work-study.
  • WSU undergraduate and graduate students who are eligible for federal work study are eligible to apply.