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If you are an undergraduate student who plans to graduate with distinction in Computer Science, you are entitled to apply for Computer Science Undergraduate Research Fellow (C-SURF) status. We encourage you to apply for this status even before you formally apply for graduation with distinction, and as soon as a member of our faculty agrees to work with you on a research project. The designation as a C-SURFer reflects your connection to the process of inquiry and discovery in Computer Science at Duke.
C-SURF Fellows typically do research for course credit, and sometimes participate in a paid summer research experience. Those C-SURFers who end up fulfilling the appropriate requirements will graduate with distinction.
By recognizing and encouraging undergraduates to pursue research in computer science, we intend to
Aspiring Computer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows should contact a member of the Computer Science faculty and express interest in research. The Computer Science Department also holds periodic information sessions to showcase research projects and opportunities. The exact format and extent of student involvement in research varies across research groups and also depends on student interest and availability. Typically, students will be mentored on research projects as part of a team of faculty, graduate students, and other C-SURFers. Computer Science faculty also collaborate extensively on interdisciplinary projects with research groups throughout Duke, and you may be part of these interactions.
Students in the C-SURF program have both a faculty and a graduate student mentor as part of their research team. Depending on the scope of the research project, advising may include opportunities for collaborative research with faculty in other disciplines. We intend to leverage existing interdisciplinary collaborations with research groups throughout the University.
Once you have contacted a faculty member and he or she has agreed to involve you in research, please fill out this form.
Questions about the program may be directed to: