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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: TBA

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 were funded in 2015, receiving $4250.  The 2016 application will be released later in fall term.

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.

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 similar interests and problems, as well as a cluster mentor, an experienced researcher to help guide your efforts. Primary guidance in research will come from individual faculty mentors, but most students have found it useful to meet with other students who are grappling with related research issues. SURF fellows also have the opportunity to make a research presentation or present a poster at the SURF conference in August 2016.

Interested in applying? Here's how to proceed

Read the Fellowships link carefully to understand eligibility and obligations for the programs. Then complete the eligibility and obligation sections of the... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

What in the World is This? Discovering Meaning Through Situational Narrative

Dana Rosen : Interdisciplinary Studies

Imagine two hot air balloons that leave the ground at the same time. As they rise, one of them moves faster than the other and the distance between them grows as they get higher. Proportionality is everywhere in our world, as are many other mathematical concepts that we don’t consider day-to-day, which teachers often refer to real-world situations in the math classroom. However, educational reformers debate whether students should begin learning concepts from abstract producers or concrete situations. The embodied cognition approach reconciles these two approaches, suggesting that we should enter a new bodily scheme and then ground this in concrete situations and abstract towards symbols. This summer, I’ll work with an interactive device that facilitates visualizations of proportion... Read More