Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards

Thanks to a generous endowment from GW professors Carol and Lee Sigelman, George Washington University is pleased to offer research enhancement grants of up to $500 available to GW undergraduate students to promote and provide support for their research experiences.

The GW SURE Awards are available to support the scientific, scholarly, and artistic activities of students in all undergraduate programs at GWU (including the humanities, the arts, science and engineering, business, and public health). They include (but are not limited to) the purchase of equipment or supplies necessary for a research project; support of conference presentation through coverage of registration or associated travel costs; support of travel to libraries or archives; and videography costs associated with the documentation of performances.


Students can be enrolled in any school of the university and must be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Research activities must be completed prior to graduation. Students must also secure the support of a GW faculty member.


Fall Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2016 for projects undertaken during the fall, winter and spring of the 2016-17 academic year.

Winter Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2017 for projects undertaken during the spring and summer of 2017.


Application includes:

  1. Student Application Form,
  2. Faculty Support Form, and
  3. Unofficial GW Transcript (no transcripts from GWeb please!).

Please submit application forms to

Selection Process

A committee of faculty from diverse fields will evaluate the applications.


Consisting of up to $500, the awards may be used for a variety of purposes, and it is obligation of the student to explain in the application the relation of the proposed purpose of the award to his or her previous scientific, scholarly, and artistic endeavors.


Each recipient must submit a report explaining how the funds were used as well describing any outcomes this award made possible.


Download fillable PDF forms for the 2016-17 GW SURE Awards:

  1. GW SURE Student Application Form
  2. GW SURE Faculty Mentor Form

Please note: Students should download and email the Faculty Support Form to their mentors for completion and submission.

A University Honors Program Student?

Apply for the UHP SURE Award by contacting Catherine Chandler.  Deadlines for the UHP SURE Award are Friday, October 7, 2016 and Friday, February 10, 2017.