USC Price School of Public Policy

SURE Program Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I conduct research without a faculty sponsor?
    No, all applications must include a Price faculty member’s signed agreement to sponsor the research.
  2. Can the faculty sponsor be from another USC unit but do work in areas that the Price School covers?
    No, this funding supports research by Price student majors working with Price faculty members.

  3. Can a teaching or research faculty member sponsor my research?
    Yes, any faculty member associated with the Price School can sponsor the research.
  4. Can an adjunct faculty member sponsor my research?
    Yes, any faculty member associated with the Price School can sponsor the research.
  5. How do I go about finding a faculty Sponsor?
    Most students will approach a faculty member with whom they have taken a course since they you know each other. Alternatively, students could locate a faculty member in an area they are interested in studying by exploring the faculty profiles on the Price School web page. Then, go to their office hours, tell them about your specific research interest and see if they are interested in supporting you.
  6. Can I just use the money as a stipend and not for travel or related other costs?
    No, you cannot use the money simply as a stipend.
  7. What if my research is going to cost more than $2000, can I request more?
    No, to ensure that we support as many students as possible, we are limiting any individual awards to a maximum of $2,000.
  8. Can I do research outside of Los Angeles?
    Yes. The research can be conducted anywhere in the world.
  9. Does the faculty advisor choose the research topic?
    No, the research topic should be shaped collaboratively, with the student and faculty sponsor discussing various options and opportunities. However, the student must get the faculty sponsor’s approval of the topic before submitting their application.
  10. How is the information gathered through this research used?
    We strongly encourage students to present their material in some form that the School can share in their research. The various possibilities are a two-page or four-page policy brief, a journal article in one of the several student planning, health, and policy journals nationwide, or in digital form.
  11. What if my research extends through more than one semester?
    The award is for one semester only. Students may reapply for further funding, but preference will be given to students applying for the first time.
  12. What if I change my research topic?
    If you and your faculty sponsor agree to modify your research topic that is fine. However, remember that if the faculty sponsor fails to approve of your final product, the award will be withdrawn.
  13. What should my end result look like?
    You should produce a product that the School’s constituents – faculty, students, alumni, and friends – can share. So, a journal article, a policy brief, a web page, or some sort of product is essential. Faculty approval of your research should be dependent upon you producing such a product.
  14. What is the timeline in finding out if I have been approved for funding?
    The award will be available for use starting with the onset of the new academic term after your application has been approved.