Computer Science Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP)


The Computer Science Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP) is a program for undergraduate students to get involved in research in Computer Science. Have you ever wondered what computer science research is like, or have you pondered doing a Ph.D. in CS after you graduate? If so, then CSURP may be for you!

CSURP works like an alternative to a summer internship. You apply for the program giving some idea of what areas in CS you are interested in and prepared to work in. You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do or which lab you want to work in—but you do need to have taken a CS course and provide the name of your instructor to vouch for your performance. The selection committee considers your background and interests and, if you are accepted, matches you with a research lab and project.

The CSURP program runs for up to 10 weeks over the summer. Here’s what you can expect from the program:

  • Guidance from faculty and Ph.D. students to pursue the matched research project

  • Funding awarded up to $5,000

  • A series of enrichment talks on technical and career topics throughout the summer

  • Social events with other CSURP scholars and mentors

To be eligible, you must be a Cornell undergraduate who is returning for the Fall '23 semester. Ideal candidates should be interested in the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. in CS after graduation—this includes CS majors, early-stage students who plan to major in CS, or majors in adjacent areas with a demonstrated interest in a CS topic.

Application Deadlines

There will be two rounds of applications for the '23 Summer Program.

Fall '22 Application Process
Fall applications have closed.
Application Deadline: Monday November 14, 2022
Committee Decision Deadline: All applications will be reviewed by a committee of CS faculty and Fall '22 applicants will be notified of the comittee's decision the week of December 20, 2022 - prior to the winter break.
Student Decision Deadline: January 13, 2023

Spring '23 Application Process
Applications will open mid-February 2023
Application Deadline: March 27, 2023
Committee Decision Deadline: All applications will be reviewed by a committee of CS faculty and Spring '23 applicants will be notified of the comittee's decision the week of April 25, 2023.
Student Decision Deadline: May 12, 2023

*Please note, all accepted students from both Fall applications and Spring applications will be combined for Summer '23 CSURP.

Application Requirements

Please login with your Cornell NetID. The name and (NetID) email address associated with your Cornell Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form.

The application form consists of:

  • A one-page statement describing your research interests and any relevant experience.
  • An unofficial transcript.
  • The name and email address of the instructor of a Cornell CS course you have taken, whom the committee will ask to provide a reference. (You do not necessarily need to have contacted the instructor ahead of time. The instructor also does not need to know you personally; they just need to vouch for your performance in a Cornell CS course.)
  • Optionally, the name and email address of a prospective research mentor you have already been in touch with about a potential summer project.

For questions about the CSURP program, please contact

Additional Opportunities for CSURP Students

A portion of CSURP positions will be allocated for researchers from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. There are two kinds of positions: for students from disadvantaged backgrounds (as defined below), and for women (sponsored by the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM).

The application has checkboxes that ask whether you want to be considered for these two categories. If you check these boxes, the form will ask you for a brief (300 words maximum) statement describing your fit for either or both categories. If you identify as a woman or fit any of the below categories, we encourage you to check these boxes, but doing so is not required.

The positions for researchers from disadvantaged backgrounds will be open to people meeting one of these criteria:

  1. Being a member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in higher education (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, or other Hispanic American; permanent residents whose ethnicity corresponds to these groups also meet this criterion)
  2. Being a participant in one of the following programs: McNair Scholar, Mellon Mays Scholar, Posse Program, LSAMP Scholars, Ryan Scholars, NACME Scholars, Pre-Professional Programs (P3), HEOP/EOP, Gates Millennium Scholars
  3. Having experiences overcoming any significant challenges in your path toward college (examples include, but are not limited to, being a first generation college student, being a Veteran, being a single parent, holding DACA status, and/or managing a disability)