The principal goals of CPIMA’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program are to provide the best possible research experience for SURE students and to provide guidance for these students as they make future career decisions. Students participate in a ten-week summer research program, working with faculty, industrial scientists, post-doctorals, and graduate students on projects relating to polymer interfaces and macromolecular assemblies. Depending on the location, students get major exposure to either an industrial or academic research setting. In addition, they are exposed to new ideas in materials science and engineering and polymer science, which go beyond their traditional undergraduate curricula. All students present their results in a poster session of the CPIMA Summer Forum, which is a technical conference on polymers, held at one of the CPIMA sites. Over the summer, seminars, social outings, and the Summer Forum offer opportunities for students to network and get to know other scientists besides their mentors. All of these activities are important to the development of the students, and an accurate assessment of the impact of each of these activities on the students is a long-term goal of the CPIMA SURE program.