Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability

Case Western Reserve University is a multi-disciplinary research intensive university with administration, faculty, staff, and students actively involved in issues of energy and sustainability. In 2008, President Barbara Snyder signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, which was followed-up in 2011 with the university submitting its Climate Action Plan with the goal of reducing the university’s carbon footprint to net zero within 40 years.

CWRU has many faculty involved in research concerning energy and sustainability across a breadth of disciplines. In its strategic plan and beyond, the university has committed financial resources to energy and the environment through The Great Lakes Energy Institute, Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, the Institute for Advanced Materials, and The Sustainability Alliance. The SURES program provides support for undergraduates to participate with faculty in research and engages students, staff, faculty, and community members in discussion and debate of energy issues. Students who participate in the program are better prepared to enter industry and business and make an impact early in their careers.

The SOURCE office recognizes and is grateful to the CWRU Alumni Association (CAA) and the Dominion Foundation for their support of the SURES program.

All undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University who are continuing as undergraduates at CWRU in Fall 2017 are eligible to apply to the SURES program. Award recipients must be registered for fall classes prior to beginning the summer project. Projects must be completed at Case, and/or be under the supervision of a CWRU faculty member. Eligible faculty mentors include our affiliates at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the VA Hospital, University Circle museums and other affiliated institutions. Students who are awarded full-time research scholarships ($3,500) cannot enroll in more than one summer class per session for a maximum of 8 hours (4 credits per session) and cannot take any physics course. If students wish to take a physics course or enroll for more than 8 credit hours over the summer they must apply as a part time applicant. A work schedule must also be submitted with your application if applying as a part time applicant. Any summer courses taken cannot interfere with your attendance at the seminar series held on Thursdays from 12:05-1pm and other summer activities. Students must be present in their research during the entire 10 week program. Students unable to meet this requirement need to apply for SOURCE Funding. While students may apply for funding for different projects, students may not accept funding for 2 different projects (that is, students may not be part of both the CREATE and SURES programs). If you are accepted into more than one program, you must choose in which project you want to participate. However, faculty members are encouraged to supplement SURES funding with additional funding for supplies and stipend.

The SURES Program
The 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability (SURES) program is a ten week program. The program will run from May 30, 2017 to August 4, 2017. The proposal submission and registration deadline is March 10, 2017 at 11:59PM. For students who must turn in a hard copy, the deadline is 5PM, Friday, March 10, 2017. Each SURES participant will be paid a $3,500 stipend for full-time commitment. During the ten week program, students will work closely with their research mentors on their proposed projects. In addition, participants are required to participate in the weekly seminar series.

Application Procedure
Students must identify a mentor prior to completing the SURES summer application. The SOURCE office is available for assistance in identifying a faculty mentor. SOURCE recommends that students attend one of the many “how to find a research position on or off campus” workshops during the fall semester.

A completed application packet consists of the following:

1) The online SURES application (below). If you cannot see the form please log into your CWRU account (email). If you still cannot see the form please use another browser and log into your CWRU account (email).

2) A brief proposal (approximately 3-4 pages) to include:

- Title Page - Your name, major, project title, mentor's name, and department only on this first page
- Following Pages - Goals and objectives, project description, project connection to energy and/or sustainability, methodology, time commitment required for the project, connection with your educational and career goals, and budget summary. Please include a section describing how your project is connected to energy and/or sustainability. Also include information about how you are or have been involved in non-research related activities in energy and/or sustainability.
- If your project involves human subjects or others that require IRB approval, you must include a section in your proposal about where you are in the IRB approval process.
- Sample Proposals

3) Resume (this should be the last page of item #2)

4) Academic Transcript (unofficial printed or downloaded from SIS is acceptable)

- Please email the transcript as a separate attachment from your proposal and resume.

5) (Faculty Sponsor Form. Editable pdf - please save as a blank copy, fill it out, save again to your computer and email the completed form to The data may not save otherwise.

- Please fill out this form, save it to your computer and email it to Thank you!

Submission Procedure
- Application Components 2 - 4 may be emailed to (.doc, .docx, or .pdf only)
- Please email the proposal with resume and transcript as 2 attachments (Proposal & Resume = 1st Attachment; Transcript = 2nd Attachment).
- Please note "SURES SUMMER FUNDING APPLICATION" on the subject line
- Applicants also may bring the above information to the SOURCE Office, Sears Library 451, by 5pm on March 10, 2017
- Your Project Mentor may email the Faculty Support Form to or bring the form to the Source Office, Sears Library 451, by the corresponding deadline below.

The deadline for submitting a completed Application Packet, which includes application form, proposal, transcript, resume, and faculty support form is March 10, 2017 at 11:59PM. Students who must turn in a hard copy, the deadline is 5PM, Friday, March 10, 2017.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be reviewed to confirm that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria. The selection committee will evaluate application files and identify recipients based on the strength and educational value of the proposal, the do-ability of the project, and the overall support of the faculty sponsor.

Funding Announcement
SOURCE will inform students about funding status on or by April 8th.

The deadline for Summer 2017 Applications has passed.

Faculty Sponsor Form