Events & Programs

Symposia of Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS)

The Symposia of Undergraduate Research and Public Service are opportunities for Stanford undergraduates to present the results (including results in progress) of their faculty-mentored scholarly projects across all disciplines. 

Two poster sessions are held each year: SURPS (in conjunction with Reunion Homecoming Weekend in October) and ASURPS (in conjunction with Admit Weekend in April). 

The events offer the chance for students to share their projects with varied audiences, including fellow students, Stanford faculty, alumni, and prospective students.

Space is limited, and not all students can be accommodated. 

Learn more at the SURPS website.

The Deans' Awards

The Deans' Awards for Academic Achievement, inaugurated in Spring 1988, are given each year to between five and ten extraordinary undergraduate students. These students are chosen by the deans of the undergraduate schools, and receive campus recognition for academic endeavors that might not otherwise be celebrated.

The Deans' Award honors students for exceptional, tangible accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Independent research
  • National academic competitions
  • A presentation or publication for a regional or national audience
  • Superior performance in the creative arts

Faculty nominate students for the Deans' Award. The award recipients are honored at a ceremony and receive a gift card.  A call for nominations is distributed each winter.  For more information contact or visit the Deans' Award website

Thesis Medals

Each year Undergraduate Research recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate honors theses in each discipline.  These theses are selected by a combination of departmental faculty and the deans of the undergraduate schools.  Students are awarded a medal and cash prize at a ceremony taking place Commencement Weekend.  For more information contact or visit the Thesis Medals website