McDonough Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Each summer, the McDonough Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) offers students the opportunity to apply for a grant to conduct research with a Georgetown McDonough professor. Those receiving the grant are awarded either $3,000 for a five-week research project or $6,000 for a 10-week research project to be completed during the summer. Students connect with faculty members to investigate topics as varied and complex as determining what influences one’s career choices to understanding why people fail to appropriately change their behavior after near-catastrophic events.
Participating in the SURF Program is a unique way for students to do research on a topic of interest. By working one-on-one with a faculty advisor, students learn how to use the research process to inform a real problem.
Upon completion of the research project, students present their findings at the McDonough Undergraduate Research Symposium and have their research papers and posters published to our website. Students also receive the following notation on their transcript: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow along with the year they participated in the program.
We are now accepting applications for the 2020 SURF program and will be reviewing them on a rolling basis until the February 1, 2020 deadline: Apply here.
Please contact Daniela Brancaforte, Sr. Assistant Dean, with any questions.
*Please note that the SURF program is only available to current McDonough undergraduate students.*
2018 Research Projects
Each student prepares a poster and paper of their research findings at the conclusion of the summer. Both are linked below.
- George Brennan (B’20), As Not Seen on TV: Concerns Behind Facebook Creating Original Content, advised by Thomas Cooke (paper)
- Megan Carey (B’20), The Impact of Globalization on Emerging Markets: Insights from ASEAN Economies, advised by Charles Skuba (paper)
- Simon Carroll (B’19), Determinants of Success in Music Crowdfunding, advised by Katherine Waldock (paper)
- Caprice Catalano (B’20), The Power of Neural Networks in Social Innovation: Predicting HIV Prevalence Across the Globe, advised by Bonnie Montano (paper)
- Penn Conrad (B’19), Automation and the American Economy: Tracking Labor Projections and Automatability, advised by Thomas Cooke (paper)
- Field Daniel (B’19), Saudi Aramco: The New Age, advised by David Painter (paper)
- Gianmarco Dedos (B’20), The Economic and Financial Impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, advised by Nicholas Lovegrove (paper)
- Regan Donecker (B’21), Free Preschool Education and its Effects on Underprivileged Children’s Educational Performance, advised by Michael O’Leary and Anna D. Johnson (paper)
- Kevin Durham (B’19), The Implications of Mobile Financial Application Design Features on Consumer Decision Making and Value, advised by Karthikeya Easwar (paper)
- Leonardo Gonzalez Galindo (B’20), How do Influencers Affect Brands? A Case Study on Influencer Marketing, advised by Neeru Paharia (paper)
- Madeline Lee (B’19), Exploring the Risks and Benefits of Implementing Blockchain in the Food Retail Industry, advised by Bharat Kaku (paper)
- Alejandro Lesmes (B’20), Ecotourism in Colombia, advised by Erick Langer
- Bennett Mattson (B’21) and Anjli Patel (B’21), Evaluating Market Inefficiencies: Case Study Apple, advised by Arthur Dong (paper)
- Larisa Pollock (B’19), Opportunity Zones: Can They Help the U.S. Economy?, advised by Thomas Cooke (paper)
- Mitchell Taylor (B’20), The Social Side of Sports: How Live Social Media is Redefining the Game, advised by Jimmy Lynn (paper)
- Rong (Christine) Xiao (B’19), Impact of President Trump’s Tweets about Trade Tensions on Stock Market Returns, advised by Katherine Waldock (paper)
- Shoya Yoshida (B’20), Examining the Relationship between Bitcoin Price and Google Trends Using Granger Causality and Deep Learning, advised by James Angel and Zhi Chen (paper)
2017 Research Projects
- Megan Burke (B’18), Good for People, Good for Business: A Study of Civility’s Payoffs, advised by Professor Christine Porath
- Megan Carey (B’20), The Female Pathway to CEO, advised by Professor Catherine Tinsley
- Kyle Cassara (B’19), Applied Investment Analysis – Warren Buffet’s Investment Thesis in the U.S. Airling Industry, advised by Professor Arthur Dong
- Clara Cecil (B’18), Patterns in Global Food Waste: The Role of Supply Chain and Delivery Mode, advised by Professor Vishal Agrawal
- Calvin Dass (B’20), How Investor Sentiment and Investor Interest Impact Stock Prices, advised by Professor Betsy Sigman
- Field Daniel (B’19), The Benefits of Managed Futures, advised by Professor Eduardo Deschapelles
- Scott Kelly (B’19), Data Collection Outsourcing: The Impact on Theory Development, Testing, and Conclusions, advised by Professor Brooks Holtom
- Alejandro Lesmes (B’20), Illegal Mining in Colombia, advised by Professor Erick Langer
- Chengxi Li (B’19), Underpricing of Chinese Domestic and Overseas IPOs, advised by Professor Quan Wen
- Yan-Ling Lu (B’19), The Attrition Rate of Women vs. Men Among Millennial Finance Professionals, advised by Professor Catherine Tinsley
- Steven Mucyo (B’20), The Revolution of Technology in Rwanda and Its Impact on Business and Entrepreneurship, advised by Professor Ricardo Ernst
- Larisa Pollock (B’19), The Impact of Economic Sanctions on the Russian Economy (2014-2017), advised by Professor Vladimir Mukharlyamov
- Kenneth Reyes (B’19), Globalization & Climate Change: The Battle for Long-Term Sustainability in the Phillipines, advised by Professor Charles Skuba
- Alex Ronkainen (B’18), The Storm of Brexit, advised by Professor James Moore
- Emily Young (B’19), Transfer Pricing in the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project – Latin America and the Caribbean, advised by Professor Charles J. Skuba