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 $2,500 for a five-week research project or $5,000 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 are prepared to submit their projects to scholarly journals. Please contact Daniela Brancaforte if you have questions.
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