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Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants Program


Amelia Vasquez (right) worked with IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol on the Chicago Universal Pre-Kindergarten Study at IPR, which aims to evaluate the effects of the citywide pre-K expansion that occurred in the 2018–19 school year.

IPR is committed to involving Northwestern undergraduates in its research enterprise. To this end, IPR has run its Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants (SURA) Program since 1998. The program gives students first-hand experience in the conceptualization and conduct of policy-relevant social science research.

The SURA program starts off with a one-day training session, and students spend the rest of the time working on real-time research projects with IPR faculty.

We hope that some RAs will continue to work for faculty during the following academic year and/or write honors theses that incorporate policy-relevant topics and research. 

2024 Program Details

Frequently asked questions

Application Process

Applications are closed for Summer 2024. 

Learn More

Find about more about the actual experiences of IPR summer undergraduate RAs, including how their experiences have shaped how they think about social science research, in addition to their education and career plans.

Information for Faculty

IPR faculty fellows and associates can email for information.