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.
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
The goal of this research project is to investigate the genetic diversity profile of dengue virus populations within each human host. Dengue, like other RNA viruses, can evolve through the accumulation of genetic mutations that arise due to the error-prone nature of the replicase. This virus also undergoes population bottlenecks and genetic recombination that affect the viral diversity profile. During my 2013 SURF-Rose Hills experience, I processed pediatric samples of infected PBMCs (peripheral blood mononuclear cells) and serum (cell-free fluid separated from blood) using high throughput sequencing technology. We are currently investigating hotspots of diversity found within specific genes and domains (namely the envelope and pre-membrane structural genes) and are performing follow-... Read More