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

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated functional screening of proton pumps during development of the Xenopus mucociliary epidermis

Dingyuan I. Sun : Molecular and Cell Biology

Inhibition or mutation of transmembrane proton pumps is associated with human airway diseases, such as pneumonia and cystic fibrosis. However, the underlying molecular mechaisms remain poorly understood. A mucociliary epithelium lines the upper repiratory tract and clears the airways from inhaled pathogens. Inhibition of the proton pump gastric H+/K+ATPAse (ATP4a) causes defects in the mucociliary development through impaired canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Furthermore, other proton pumps were implicated in Wnt signaling regulation.I propose that proton pumps in general influence Wnt pathway activation and development of mucociliary epithelia. In my project, I will conduct a functional screen by knockout of different proton pumps using CRISPR/Cas9. Effects on the mucociliary... Read More