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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 deadline: 2/25/15

About the Program

*****The SURF application is now open! *****

(Scholarship Management System  provided by WizeHive).  

 Start at least the eligibility and obligation parts of it to know you're on track and so we can communicate with you, and then start showing us your drafts!  We can also help you find a professor/lab to work with. Advisors' office hour sign ups here.  

Application Deadline:  February 25, 2015


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 2015, receiving $4250.  Please start and save the application 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 20-21, 2015, in Valley Life Science Building.  Take a peek at last year's conference program to get an idea of what the 2015 conference will be like. ... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

sRNA and mRNA Localizations in E. coli

Chris Lin : Molecular and Cell Biology, Statistics

Bacterial survival depends on the cell’s ability to adapt to diverse environmental pressures. Many of these adaptive pathways involve small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) that bind to the 5’ untranslated region of their target messenger RNAs (mRNAs). Depending on the sRNA, the interaction between sRNA and mRNA either silences or activates mRNA translation. Although sRNAs are important regulators of gene expression, their signaling properties and regulatory mechanisms remain unclear. Identifying the localization of sRNAs, their target mRNAs, and their site of interaction is key to gaining new insights into bacterial gene regulation.

Therefore, in the proposed study, I will first seek to characterize the localization of several sRNAs and their target mRNAs in the model bacterium ... Read More

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