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 conference will take place on August 25-26, 2014, in Valley Life Science Building. Stay tuned -- the conference schedule will be posted the week of August 4, 2014.
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
Limited water availability in areas of drought can have implications on disease spread in crops. The goal of my research is to study water stress dynamics in grape plants and mealybugs, one of the major vineyard pests. Mealybug vectors transmit a family of viruses leading to Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLD), causing uneconomical losses in vine health, grape quality, and yield. It is especially important to understand the effects of water stress on mealybug movement, as it may subsequently affect pathogen spread. I will be examining 1) mealybug settling preference between low stress and variable (low, medium, high) stress grapes, and 2) mealybug survivorship on low, medium, and high stress grapes. My results will inform irrigation management practices in response to disease, and may... Read More