The Institute is pleased to announce a special student
research initiative Summer Undergraduate Research
Grant for Excellence (SURGE) Programme, to
encourage undergraduate research for the summer of
2008. Under this programme students can take up summer
research projects at IIT Kanpur. In addition to this
California Institute of Technology (Caltech),
Pasadena, USA, and Ecole Centrale Paris, France, and
Ecole Polytechnique, France have signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kanpur for summer
undergraduate research. As part of this understanding,
IIT Kanpur students participate in research at Caltech
or at Ecole Centrale Paris (www.ecp.fr)
or at Ecole Polytechnique, France (www.polytechnique.edu).
There is a possibility of research opportunities opening
up at other universities as part of SURGE Programme.
Information on these would be made available as and
when the MoUs are signed with the universities.
Students will be selected for participating in 2009
SURGE Programme based on their merit & inclination
for research. The Student Undergraduate Research Committee,
set up by the Dean, Research Generation and Planning,
will initially short-list the students based on their
applications and recommendation letters. The short-listed
candidates would be called by for an interview by
the above mentioned committee, for the final selection.
Please note that this programme is different from
other summer jobs/internships that IIT Kanpur usually
offers. Therefore please go through the following
features regarding the eligibility and time line of
the 2009 SURGE Programme before applying.
The salient features of the 2009 SURGE Programme
||Second year and third year undergraduate
students, fourth year dual degree B.Tech-M.Tech.
or integrated M.Sc., and first year M.Sc. students
of IIT Kanpur are eligible to participate in 2008
SURGE Programme. They can undertake short duration
but focused research projects and push their intellectual
abilities beyond those learnt in the classrooms.
Third year students who need to undergo formal
summer training during the summer may seek approval
in writing from the respective DUGC conveners
||The total number of IIT Kanpur students to undertake
research within IIT Kanpur is fixed at 20, to
undertake research at Caltech is 3 and at Ecole
Centrale Paris is 3, and at Ecole Polytechnique
is 3 this year. The recipients of the grant will
be chosen from the pool of applicants for the
SURGE 2009 Programme. There is a possibility of
increasing these numbers as and when more funds
||The duration of the 2009 SURGE Programme is
10 weeks - from 4 May, 2008 till 10 July, 2009.
Students Interested to do research at
IIT Kanpur: A student wishing to be accepted
for the SURGE 2009 programme must identify a
faculty member in the IIT Kanpur campus who
will be her/his research mentor. The student
should discuss with her/him the research work
to be undertaken by clearly outlining its scope,
and submit a Research Proposal along with the
Students Interested to do research at Foreign
Universities: Students will be short-listed
for oral presentation, will be identified and
be nominated to Caltech, Ecole Central Paris
and Ecole Polytechnique for their consideration
to participate in SURGE 2009 Programme.
The application should be submitted by
31st December 2008.
Students selected to work at IIT Kanpur:
A grant of Rs.10,000 will be to given to the
candidates selected to work at IIT Kanpur, as
stipend for the entire 10 weeks duration. Further,
those among the selected candidates who produce
exceptional quality research during the 10 weeks
will be awarded a commendation certificate and
an additional cash award of Rs.10,000. The criteria
for exceptional quality research will be determined
by the Student Undergraduate Research Committee
and will be intimated to the students at the
end of the programme.
Students selected to work at Foreign Universities:
The grant, as stipend for the entire 10
weeks duration is decided according to the MOU
between IITK and the respective universities.
||Selected candidates who will participate in
the programme at IIT Kanpur have to submit an
initial report & a mid term report (up to
a maximum of 300 words). At the end of the 10
weeks a detailed technical report summarizing
the work needs to be submitted. The progress in
the research will be also assessed by an oral
presentation and a poster presentation by the
student during the course of their 10 weeks stay.
Timeline for 2009 Summer Undergraduate Research
(IIT Kanpur students only):
Announcement of SURGE 2009 Program
25th November 2008
Submission of Application Packets
31st December 2008
Announcement of Short-listed
Students for Presentations
8th January 2009
Announcement of Selected Students
15th January 2009
A complete Application Form for
SURGE 2009 Programme of IIT Kanpur and the associated
documents should be submitted to Office of Dean, Resource
Planning and Generation by 31st
Please note that the application packet should include:
(a) An Online
Application Form filled by the student.
You can also fill an On-line application form for
SURGE 2009 Programme. It is available at following
APPLICATION FORM. The On-line form must have
a clear Statement of Proposed Research Problem
that the student wishes to undertake during the programme.
It should also contain a justification as to why the
candidate has the necessary background and skills
to attempt and complete the research problem. Attn:
A printout of the recommendation form is to be given
to the mentors and can be taken after filling the
(b) Recommendation Requirements:
(c) A photocopy of grade sheet and any other relevant
document may be attached along with the certificate
provided by the Mentor.
(d) A Statement of Purpose (Maximum
of 300 words) written by the student explaining:
- Why she/he deserves to be selected for SURGE 2009
- What broad area she/he wishes to work specifying
what interests the student to undertake research in
(e) Third year students who need to undergo formal
summer training during the summer may seek
approval in writing from the respective Conveners of
DUGC before filing their application.
Please contact Ms. Aparna Mitra
for sending the filled in Application forms and for
any enquiry at:
Ms. Aparna Mitra
Tele: 0512 259 7326
Room No.: FB 264
Office of the Dean, Resource Planning and Generation
IIT Kanpur -208016
If you have a query on SURGE 2009 Program of IIT
Kanpur, write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, welcome to the 2009 edition of SURGE programme
at IIT Kanpur!!
Dr. Yogesh M. Joshi
Faculty Member In-charge
SURGE 2009 Programme @ IIT Kanpur