About SURE

The Southern California Earthquake Center/Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SCEC/SURE) pairs a student, one-on-one, to conduct research with a pre-eminent earthquake scientist or specialist. Many SURE interns also have the opportunity to work alongside graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and thus gain the special perspective of these early career professionals.


Applications for 2014 SCEC Internships will be available in December.

Highlighted Project

Role of Geotechnical Velocities in Shake Zone Scenarios of South Lake Tahoe Basin

The three major factors that control ground motion in an earthquake include: the source, the geometry of the basin, and the properties of the materials that the waves travel through. Using the Nevada Shake Zoning (NSZ) methodology developed by Dr. John Louie, we studied the role of the geotechnical data set on the ground motion. For these models, we analyzed the South Lake Tahoe Basin; specifically examining the impact of a rupture on the south end of the West Tahoe Fault. The South Lake Tahoe basin[...]


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SURE is supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Site Program and the University of Southern California.