The University of Wisconsin-Superior has received a $1.5 million gift from the Swenson Family Foundation for an endowment fund for the school’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.

The program provides money for students and mentors “to support student-driven research, scholarly and creative activities in all disciplines,” according to a news release Wednesday.

Participation has more than doubled since 2012, with seven students receiving summer research fellowships that year compared with 19 students in 2019.

“In 2012, Jim and Sue Swenson brought the concept of a SURF program to the university for consideration,” UW-Superior Foundation’s Executive Director Jeanne Thompson said in the release. “Since then, Swenson Family Foundation has been gracious in providing funding each year to the UW-Superior Foundation in support of our SURF teams.”