Summer Undergraduate Program for Engaging with Research (SUPER)

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Program Purpose

The SUPER Fellowship program is designed to provide underrepresented (broadly defined) undergraduate students with exposure to research and careers related to the social sciences. We want to inspire students' engagement and future involvement in social science research.

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  • Participate in a research project alongside Sanford School faculty and postdoctoral research fellows.
  • Get support to develop your career goals.
  • Find out about careers in social science where you can apply research skills.
  • Engage in a series of workshops, seminars, professional development trainings, and learn about diversity-related issues in research.
  • Receive a $2,400 stipend.
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Program Length

6-week research experience; Summer 2019, Session A (May 20-June 27, 2019).

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Program Structure

Students will engage in a research project under the direction and support of SSFD faculty and graduate students.
The fellowship experience will culminate with fellows presenting their completed research.


The deadline for application is Friday, November 30, 2018, and the deadline for the recommendation form is Friday, December 14, 2018.

Who is Eligible?

  • Students who will be a junior or senior in Fall of 2019, who are majoring or minoring in Family and Human Development or Sociology
  • Applicants who demonstrate that they are from underrepresented backgrounds as defined by DISI
  • You do not need to have previous research experience to apply
  • Must be able to commit to full participation in a 6-week program (20 hours per week)

Program Duration:

The program will take place during Session A of the Summer of 2019. Fellows will spend 6 weeks in the program from May 20, 2019 to June 27, 2019

Program Components:

  • Research - expose underrepresented students to research in the social sciences, and provide students with meaningful, hands-on experience with research
  • Professional Development - explore careers in social sciences, develop students' career goals, and learn about the application process for graduate programs
  • Diversity in Research - discuss the challenges and opportunities for underrepresented groups in academia, and understand the importance and impact of considering diversity in social science research


  • Full participation (about 20-hours per week) in 6-week program
  • Complete an online survey when the program concludes

How to Apply:

To apply for the SUPER Fellowship, please complete the online application.The online application form will ask you the following information:

  • Your career goals
  • Your interest in the program
  • How you will bring diversity to the program

A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or other academic professional is also required. When you apply, you will asked to submit your recommender's contact information. Once the application is submitted, your recommender will receive an email with a link to complete their recommendation.

We are no longer accepting applications at this time. Please check back at a later date.

Admissions Notifications:

Admission to the program will be announced on January 21, 2019.

If you have any questions or you require additional information, please contact Manuela Jimenez Herrera, Program Chair, at

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2018 SUPER Fellows

Hannah Berendzen Hannah Berendzen

Major: Sociology

Minor: Family and Human Development

Year: Junior

Project: Impact of Parental Warmth on the Tendency to Withdraw: The Role of Gender

Hannah Pyatetskiy Hannah Pyatetskiy

Major: Family and Human Development Studies

Minor: Kinesiology

Year: Junior

Project: Effects of IEP's and Parental Involvement on School Readiness in Preschool Children with Disabilities

Cami Mcintire Cami Mcintire

Major: Family and Human Development

Minor: Women and Gender Studies

Year: Senior

Project: The Impacts of Home Learning Environments on Children Approaches to Learning

Robert Michael Tovar Robert Michael Tovar

Major(s): Communication and Family and Human Development

Year in school: Senior

Project: Head Start's Impact on Latinx/Hispanic and African-American Parental Depression Levels

Kira Olsen Medina Kira Olsen-Medina

Major: Sociology

Year: Senior

Project: Head Start Characteristics Impacting Teacher Perception of Center Climate

Paul Espinoza

Major: Sociology

Minors: Family and Human Development, Chinese

Project: Impacts of Parent Participation During Head Start on Social Skills & Problem Behavior in Kindergarten

If you have any questions or if you require additional information, please contact Manuela Jimenez Herrera, Program Chair, at