Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Summer 2020 Program Description

What is the Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research?

Wharton SPUR is a unique program that provides a select group of up to 10 highly motivated students an opportunity to design and perform in-depth research over a 10-week period in the summer under the guidance of some of Wharton’s preeminent faculty members.  Additionally, the program forms a community of scholars in which students can hear research presentations by faculty members and doctoral students, learn about resources for research, and learn vicariously about other areas of inquiry through the sharing of research experiences. Students’ projects culminate in oral presentations and written research papers that will be submitted and reviewed for publication on ScholarlyCommons@Penn.

SPUR will run June 2 – August 9, 2020. Participants will live in University summer housing (paid for by the program for the duration of the program), attend a 4-day orientation, meet bi-weekly with their faculty advisors (or as mutually convenient, consistent with making appropriate progress on their projects), meet weekly with other SPUR scholars to hear research presentations and present their own progress, and submit a final research paper (approved by the faculty advisor).  In addition to receiving housing during the program, students will receive a taxable award of $3,000 (paid in three installments). During the period of residence in SPUR, participants agree to work no more than 20 hours per week nor take more than one course per summer session.

How do students apply?

All Wharton undergraduates in good standing are eligible.

There is no preference for the focus of the research or the kind of research project as long as the proposed project falls within program guidelines.  Projects may be theoretical or applied and may utilize quantitative or qualitative research methods.  Applicants must have a faculty member signed on to provide advice on their project. Priority will be given to those working with a Wharton faculty member. For information to assist with identifying a faculty advisor with expertise in your area of interest, please visit the Wharton faculty bio pages >>

A successful proposal should generally include a compelling, well-designed research project, including methodology for the 10-week program, strong academic achievement by the applicant, and an outstanding essay regarding program participation.

The application deadline has passed.

Applications may continue to be accepted after the initial deadline on a space-available basis. Email your interest to Dr. Utsav Schurmans at schurman@wharton.upenn.edu.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the program, first, review the SPUR FAQ. If you have additional questions, you may contact Dr. Utsav Schurmans, Director of Research and Scholars Programs (schurman@wharton.upenn.edu, 215.898.0285).

rob“I’ve learned not only about my own interest, but also the interests of my nine fellow SPUR scholars. The ten of us created a community of undergraduate student researchers with disparate interests but the same goal: to discover something meaningful.” Read more

Rob Warshaw, SPUR 2015

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