A program of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

About the Program

The SURF Program is made up of three different fellowships:

Each fellowship has particular eligibility requirements, and each fellowship has certain obligations that fellows agree to if they receive the award. 

Applications for SURF fellowships for the summer 2017 are now open. Note that different programs have different applicaiton deadlines. The application deadline for SURF L&S is February 16, 2017. The deadlines for SURF Rose Hills Experience and Independent are March 1, 2017. Students that are eligible to both L&S and Rose Hills Independent can apply to both using the same proposal.  Please read the contents of this website carefully.  To best understand the program and prepare a quality application we encourage you to:

  • attend an info session before applying. See "Resources" Tab for info sessions specifics or the OURS calendar
  • attend a workshop on how to write a research proposal. See OURS calender for time and place.
  • You are also encouraged to meet with the SURF advisors to discuss your project and application. Sign up for Justin (STEM) or Melissa (Social Sciene and Humanities) via the advisor information under the "Resources" tab. 

The SURF L&S ... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Coloring Around Race: Bay Area Figurative Art and Racial Depiction

Ryan Serpa : History of Art

My research attempts to examine the roles of race, suburbanization, and region in the context of San Francisco Bay Area art production. Specifically, I will look to the artwork of David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, two members of the prominent Bay Area Figurative School. Bay Area Figurative art developed during the 1950’s and 60’s, a period of intense development in the Bay Area that coincided with increased migration of Black residents after World War II. However, these developments did not occur on equal footing. Home loan discrimination on the basis of race drastically affected the social and physical landscape of the Bay Area during an influx of Black migrants. Both Park, in his human figural paintings, and Diebenkorn, in his landscapes, utilize color as a way to simultaneously... Read More