Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is recruiting for Graduate Writing Mentors

SURF offers undergraduate and master’s diversity students an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects and provides an intense course of graduate preparation workshops. This year, the program will be in person and focus on graduate preparation readiness and research. The program, which is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree and enter academic careers, provides the tools needed to facilitate application, admission, and enrollment to graduate school.


Recruiting for Summer Research Program Graduate Student Leaders (GSL) and GSL Housing Assistants in STEM

The summer research program will be held in person from June 25 – August 18th, 2023. The program is intended to prepare undergraduate and master’s diversity students to gain graduate preparation readiness. 

Assistant Position: Summer Research Programs

Summer Salary Range:  

Graduate Student Leader (GSL):  50% GSR 1

Graduate Student Leader Housing Assistant (GSL HA): 50% GSR 1 including housing 

Start/end date: June 23rd – August 18th, 2023

Graduate Student Leader (GSL) Duties and Responsibilities:

1.       Assist and report to the summer program coordinator(s) 

2.       Serve as a lead graduate mentor to summer program participants.

a.   Assist mentees in the development of individualized success plans, which may include research skills development including study, writing time management, and communication skills

b.  Report concerns regarding participant progress or wellbeing to the program coordinator(s) on a regular basis

c.   Meet with students regularly throughout the summer program to address needs, concerns and provide ongoing support (e.g. weekly and/or biweekly

D. assist with student check in June 19th and student check out August 12th, 2022

3.       Administrative

a.   Attend mandatory summer training

b.   Attend weekly staff meetings with summer program staff

c.    Attend weekly individual meetings with the Recruitment Manager

d.  Document student meetings and communicate any training needs and/or student concerns to summer program staff

4.  Programming

a.  Assist in program management, planning, and development of workshops in consultation with the Summer Program staff (e.g. Communication presentations, graduate student panels, culmination activities, etc.) 

b.   Coordinate team-building components of the summer programs for participants and peer mentors including such as socials, game nights, etc. that support community building and sense of belonging

5.       Post programming

a.  Submit a written report within two weeks of the close of the summer programs summarizing the experience for this position and providing critical feedback on activities both from the perspective of students as well as from the perspective of the position of GSR.


Graduate Student Leader Duties Housing Assistant Only (GSL HA) Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Keep the housing complex Housing Program Assistant and Scheduling and Conference Services informed of all problems and concerns in the housing unit.
  • Make sure that the house is clean and orderly at all times.
  • Report any maintenance issues and damages to the housing complex.
  • Participate in a walkthrough of the house with the program sponsor and a housing staff member before the group arrives and after they leave to ensure the house is in proper condition.
  • Please keep a detailed list on any damages that occur and who is responsible and report this information to the housing complex Staff during the house walk through. Be available at all times, especially in the evenings and on weekends. Clear with the Summer Program Coordinator in advance any requests for significant time (3 days or more) away from the house.
  • Keep a detailed list on any damages that occur and who is responsible and report this information to the housing complex Staff.
  • Be mindful of being a part of the housing complex community and are respectful of others when participating in activities both inside and outside of the house.
  • Be a positive role model for residents. Uphold the respect and integrity of all races, ethnicity, religions, sexual orientation, gender, cultures, and all other differences within the community.
  •  Know, abide by, enforce all housing, and contract policies as outlined in the Undergraduate Housing Handbook and housing complex Summer Housing Contract. Make residents aware of the policies and its rationale and consistently respond to incidents of inappropriate behavior.
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with housing complex staff members. Work to resolve any and all concerns in a proactive manner. Inform supervisor when appropriate. 

Questions?? Contact Mariela Menendez at 


SURF Writing Mentor Overview

Compensation: $500 stipend 

Duration (6 Fridays) :  every Friday beginning July 7th and ending August 11th, 2023


July 7, 2023; 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

July 14, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

July 21, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

July 28, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

August 4, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

August 11, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Expected commitment for summer: 24 hrs 

The program goal for this opportunity is for the students to produce near-final versions of their writing assignments so they can use them when applying to graduate school and fellowships. 


  • Meet with students individually weekly to review writing assignment drafts 
  • Offer verbal and written constructive feedback

·         Assist in the development of personal history statements, statement of purpose, and project abstracts through critiques and participation in structured review sessions. 

·         The sessions will be held via Zoom



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