Columbia University and Amazon Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program

Participate in a unique academic-industry collaboration to foster career exploration at the frontiers of engineering research. This ten-week program in New York City will allow you an opportunity to engage in cutting edge research on campus at Columbia University and be mentored by faculty and STEM professionals representing multiple career paths from academia and industry.

But that’s not all.

  • Engage in cutting-edge research confronting societal challenges with faculty and researchers,
  • Develop a better understanding of how scientific discoveries transform into solutions and products.
  • Expand your professional network to open doors to new career opportunities and innovative research ideas.
  • Sharpen your skills through fun, interactive activities all within New York City, a location with unparalleled opportunities for discovery, innovation, and growth.

Read about the 2021 SURE program

Meet the 2021 SURE Fellows here

2021 SURE Cohort (photo by Jane Nisselson)

Program Highlights

EXPLORE RESEARCH THAT IMPACTS HUMANITY

  • Explore and understand the potential for fundamental research to impact discoveries in such areas as artificial intelligence, computational science and engineering, advanced materials/devices, and robotics. See how breakthroughs in the lab can lead to solutions for humanity's grand challenges, such as the quest for sustainable energy and clean water, affordable and accessible medical innovations, climate change mitigation, ethical and trustworthy autonomous systems, and better future of work and living.

GET A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

  • Meet and be mentored by Columbia and Amazon experts and practitioners. Learn about the critical steps necessary to bring a product to market—from design and customer needs understanding to testing and product distribution—and gain a unique end-to-end learning experience covering user-inspired research, human-centered design, and systems thinking.

HONE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS & EXPAND YOUR NETWORK

  • Build close connections with your fellow participants through shared residence and social activities throughout New York City. Interact and network with students from other summer programs occurring on campus, particularly the [email protected] program. Attend workshops and seminars, build a personal professional network, and engage in discussions on ethics, scientific integrity, the importance of teamwork, and the principles of effective project management.

ACCELERATE YOUR STEM CAREER

  • Gain an advantage through continued post-program engagements, industry exposure and opportunity for applying for internships, and career support, including consultation on application for future graduate education and advice on preparing for various STEM career pathways. We will help you navigate the road ahead and get on track to career success.

 

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Resources

Research Opportunities

To learn more about Students Research Opportunities, please visit: http://bit.ly/SEASstudentresearch

Faculty Mentors

You are welcome to visit the websites of faculty members listed below to explore possible research projects in their groups. This is not an exhaustive list of faculty with whom SURE fellows will be able to work this summer.

Sunil Agrawal
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
Eric Balkanski
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 
Simon Billinge
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Athanasios Bourtsalas
Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Engineering
Chris Boyce
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Luca Carloni
Professor of Computer Science
Augustin Chaintreau
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Siu-Wai Chan
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Shih-Fu Chang
Senior Executive Vice Dean, SEAS, Richard Dicker Professor
Xi Chen
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Asaf Cidon
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Tal Danino
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Principal Investigator of The Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory
Steve Feiner
Professor of Computer Science
Marco Giometto
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Christine P. Hendon
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Henry Hess
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
James Hone
Wang Fong-Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering | MRSEC Director
Clark Hung
Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Orthopedic Sciences
Garud N. Iyengar
Tang Family Professor Of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Xiaofan (Fred) Jiang
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Hardeep Johar
Senior Lecturer Of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Dion Khodagholy
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Elisa Konofagou
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology (Physics)
Christian Kroer
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Sanat Kumar
Bykhovsky Professor of Chemical Engineering
Ioannis (John) Kymissis
Kenneth Brayer Professor of Electrical Engineering
Upmanu Lall
Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Earth & Environmental Engineering, and Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics; Director Columbia Water Center; Chair of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Helen H. Lu
Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Kyle T. Mandli
Associate Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Vijay Modi
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kristin Myers
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Itsik Pe'er
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Feniosky A. Pena-Mora
Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics | Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering | Professor of Computer Science
Matthias Preindl
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Kui Ren
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Dan Rubenstein
Professor of Computer Science
Henning Schulzrinne
Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science and Professor of Electrical Engineering
Ken Shepard
Lau Family Professor of Electrical Engineering; Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Samuel Sia
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Mijo Simunovic
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Brian Smith
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
J. Thomas "Tommy" Vaughan, Jr.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Radiology; Director, The Columbia Magnetic Resonance Research Center; Principal Investigator, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
Latha Venkataraman
Vice Provost For Faculty Affairs; Lawrence Gussman Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Chemistry
Carl Vondrick
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Renata Wentzcovitch
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Earth and Environmental Science
John Wright
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics | Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Eugene Wu
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Bolun Xu
Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Huiming Yin
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and of Engineering Mechanics
Gil Zussman
Professor of Electrical Engineering

Department Research

Each department at Columbia Engineering highlights its own ongoing research projects. To learn more, please visit: https://www.engineering.columbia.edu/research/department-research

Contact

If you have questions, send us an email at [email protected]

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IMPORTANT DATES

Information Session: January, 13, 2022

Program Dates: May 31 - August 5, 2022

Application Deadline: January 30, 2022
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Early application is encouraged. Housing will be subject to public health conditions and university/public policies at time of program.

Selection Notifications: Early April, 2022

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Room and Board
  • Basic Health Care
  • Weekly Stipend
  • Travel reimbursement (up to $500)

SURE Program FAQs

Visit our FAQs to learn more about the Columbia University and Amazon Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program or contact us at [email protected]