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 all SURF fellowships are due February 18, 2016. 

The SURF L&S fellowship allows UC Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to spend the summer doing concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis. Fellows receive approximately $4000. These fellowships are generously supported by a number of private donors. 

The SURF Rose Hills Experience fellowship allows UC Berkeley sophomores and juniors in certain math, science, and engineering majors (L&S, CNR, COE, C. Chem) to immerse themselves in full-time summer research supporting a research project that is designed and directed by a faculty member. Fellows receive approximately $6000. This program is generously supported by the Rose Hills Foundation. 

The SURF Rose Hills Independent fellowship is for UC Berkeley juniors in the summer before their senior year who are intending to do research projects of their own design as part of a senior thesis for a major. Graduating seniors are also eligible. Fellows receive approximately $6000. This program is generously supported by the Rose Hills Foundation. 

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Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Development of Retinal Direction Selective Circuit

Ching-Hsiu Hsu : Physics, Molecular and Cell Biology

A basic question in neurobiology research is how neural circuits are wired up to perform computations. A classic example of neural computation is that which underlies the visual system’s ability to detect the direction of moving object. Input to the retina is encoded by photoreceptors, which are point detectors of light and by themselves cannot determine the direction an object moves. However at the output of the retina, there is a class of neurons that signal robustly when object moves in one direction over any other. These “direction-selective” cells have been the focus of extensive research and the neurons that comprise the circuit that perform the computations are well defined. The Feller lab is interested in how the connections between these neurons, i.e. the direction selective... Read More