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 L&S fellowships are now closed. Applications for summer 2017 will become avaiable in late in the fall 2016 semester. 

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... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Aspects of Historical Consciousness through the fabric of Akhavan Sales's Literature

Saman Arfaie : Molecular and Cell Biology, Persian Literature ; Minor in Chemistry, Minor in Music

Mehdi Akhavan Sales is regarded as one of the most celebrated contemporary poets in modern Persian Literature. My research aims to shed light on Akhavan’s viewpoint on history and historical consciousness along with its trajectory of development. Namely, I am curious to understand what form historical consciousness is manifested in and whether its development can be described as a linear progression, evolutionary or one marked by abrupt changes. This analysis will examine historical events as early as Iran’s 1953 coup d'etat (28 Mordad) to post 1979 Iranian Revolution while paying close attention to a selection of his works as sources of collective awareness: Arghanun (1951), Zemestan (1965) and Akhar-e Shahnamah (1959).

Akhavan’s poetry is eclectic with its epic themes... Read More