Summer Undergraduate Program for Engaging with Research (SUPER)

The Summer Undergraduate Program for Engaging with Research (SUPER) focuses on inspiring students from historically underrepresenteed or excluded groups to explore and enter careers in social science research by:

  • allowing fellows to learn about what these careers look like,
  • providing them with opportunities to complete their own research projects and to learn about diversity-related issues in research careers,
  • supporting them to develop their career goals.


  • 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 $1,700 stipend.


  • Students majoring or minoring in Family and Human Development or Sociology within the School of Social and Family Dynamics
  • Students enrolled in the Tempe campus
  • Applicants who demonstrate that they belong to historically underrepresented or excluded groups as defined by DISI. Examples of these groups include, but are not limited to, students from minoritized racial and ethnic groups, first-generation college students, immigrants and children of immigrants, LGBTQ+ students, non-traditional students (such as older students, single parents or those with caregiving responsibilities), transfer students, and students with disabilities or who are differently abled, as well as students at the intersection of these characteristics (e.g., belonging to multiple or overlapping social categories) (if you have any questions on this regard, please email
  • 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) in Summer session A

Program Expectations and Workload

  • Full participation (about 20-hours per week) in 6-week program; Summer 2021, Session A (May 17-June 25, 2021).
  • Complete an online survey when the program concludes.
  • Provide an annual update every year after SUPER completion.

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.

Program Components:

  • Research - expose 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 students from historically underrepresented or excluded groups in academia, and understand the importance and impact of considering diversity in social science research.