Provost Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (PSURG)

Program Description

PSURG is a full-time summer program that supports CWRU students specifically in the biological, chemistry and social sciences (especially psychological sciences). 2020 PSURG dates are TBD. Students must be present and engaged in research during the entire 10-week period. Students unable to meet this requirement need to apply for SOURCE-STEM funding.   Awardees are expected to attend Lunch and Learn Seminars every Wednesday, noon-1pm, for the entire 10 week program.  Students will receive $3500 stipend and $500 housing allowance.  Students who apply to PSURG will be considered for STEM.  Please do not apply to both programs.


All undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University who are continuing as undergraduates in Fall 2020 are eligible to apply. Awardees must be registered for fall classes prior to beginning the summer project. Projects must be completed at CWRU, and/or be under the supervision of a CWRU faculty member. Most all applicants are working in labs of faculty (i.e. and not solitary, independent projects).  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 research scholarships ($3,500) cannot enroll in more than one summer class per session for a maximum for 8 hours (4 credits per session) total for the summer.  Students cannot take certain physics course that are specified in the SOURCE STEM program summary. 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. While students may apply for funding for different projects, students may not accept funding for 2 different projects (that is, for example, students may not be part of the ENGAGE program and receive SOURCE funding for a separate project). If you are accepted into more than one program, you must choose in which program you want to participate. Faculty mentors may (and are encouraged to) supplement SOURCE funding with supplies and/or stipend support.

Application Procedure

Please note: Students cannot save and return to the online application.  It is necessary that students complete all application materials and have them available prior to beginning the online application.

The online application consists of the following:

  1. Completion of all required application questions.  You will need to know your project mentor's department and email.
  2. A 3-6 page proposal (single- or double-spaced) to include:
    • Page One: Title Page - Your name, major, project title, mentor's name, and department only on this first page
    • Following Pages - Objective (big picture of project proposal), introduction (with literature citations, include project background as appropriate), project description, methodology, time commitment required for the project and connection with your educational and career goals.
    • If your project involves human subjects that require IRB approval, you must include a section in your proposal about where you are in the IRB approval process.
    • Last Page: (6 pages maximum) - References
  3. Resume 

Faculty Mentor Sponsor Form

See Below.


The deadline is February 15 at 11:59 PM.  A complete application consists of both the submitted student application and the submitted Faculty Mentor Sponsor From.

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 feasibility of the project, and the overall support of the faculty sponsor.

Funding Announcement

SOURCE will inform students about funding status on or by April 11, 2020.


Please log out of your internet applications and open the SOURCE application in incognito/private browsing mode. Log in with your CWRUnet credentials. This should eliminate many issues.

Summer Funding Application

Difficulty accessing form?  If you have problems opening the application or uploading documents please try another internet browser (specifically, Internet Explorer or Safari) or use incognito mode (private browsing) in your current browser. Plugins may interfere with parts of the form functionality. You also need to be logged into your CWRU email and log out of any other programs online.

Difficulty attaching your documents?   Please note that your browser security setting or add-ons can prevent the form from loading or submitting correctly. If you run into any issues, follow the steps below:

1.       Copy the form link

2.      Launch a new browser window with private browsing enabled:

a.      Google Chrome: Ctrl + Shift + N

b.      Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge: Ctrl + Shift + P

c.      Apple Safari: Shift + Command + N

3.      Paste the form link into the new browser window and fill out your application.



Faculty Sponsor Form

Students:  Please send the paper form to your mentor if s/he is unable to access the online form.  

An application is considered complete when both the online application and the Faculty Mentor Sponsor Form are submitted.