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Information on the Application, Eligibility and Contract Screens for the L&S and Rose Hills Independent and Rose Hills Experience Fellowships are located here

Application with Human Subjects:  2/25/14
w/out Human Subjects: 3/7/14; results announced by 4/15/14

About the Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship/L&S program (SURF/L&S) allows UC Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to spend the summer doing concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis. About forty fellows will be funded in 2014, receiving $4250.  Please fill out the eligibility screen here so we can guide you.

The SURF/Rose Hills fellowship ($6K) allows UC Berkeley students in certain math, science, and engineering majors (L&S, CNR, COE, C. Chem) to immerse themselves in full-time summer research; independent research for juniors or graduating seniors ; or faculty-initiated research for sophomores or juniors. With generous support from The Rose Hills Foundation, 42 students will receive a total of $6,000 each.


The SURF conference will take place on August 25-26, 2014, in Valley Life Science Building. 


Additional benefits of both programs

In addition to receiving funding, each summer fellow will be assigned to a research cluster, which will meet weekly throughout the summer. In the cluster you will find a community of undergraduate researchers with... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Induction and confirmation of an EMT spectrum in SKOV-3 cells with TGF-β & thrombin

Christina Lin : Chemical Biology, Molecular & Cell Biology

Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult to study because of its extreme heterogeneity due to its increased likelihood of undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a progression towards malignancy. Cells undergoing EMT not only seem to evade detection, but also are resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs. I propose to evaluate the relative gene expression levels of selected epithelial and mesenchymal markers throughout phases of EMT. I will induce EMT in ovarian epithelial cells, SKOV-3, through introduction of either transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) or thrombin. The morphing phenotype can be evaluated via expression of specific markers, including E-cadherin, pan-cytokeratin, and vimentin. I will sort via expression levels of various genes, utilizing quantitative real time... Read More