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 fellowships for the summer 2017 are now open. Note that different programs have different applicaiton deadlines. The application deadline for SURF L&S is February 16, 2017. The deadlines for SURF Rose Hills Experience and Independent are March 1, 2017. Students that are eligible to both L&S and Rose Hills Independent can apply to both using the same proposal.  Please read the contents of this website carefully.  To best understand the program and prepare a quality application we encourage you to:

  • attend an info session before applying. See "Resources" Tab for info sessions specifics or the OURS calendar
  • attend a workshop on how to write a research proposal. See OURS calender for time and place.
  • You are also encouraged to meet with the SURF advisors to discuss your project and application. Sign up for Justin (STEM) or Melissa (Social Sciene and Humanities) via the advisor information under the "Resources" tab. 

The SURF L&S ... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Investigating the role of ANGPTL5 in the regulation of lipid metabolism

Mei Lan Li : Chemical Biology

Obesity, as a result of excess triacylglycerol accumulated in white adipose tissues, is an established risk factor for many metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Studying the lipolytic effects of proteins contributes to the development of anti-obesity and anti-diabetic agents that can potentially control adiposity and improve insulin sensitivity. Angiopoietin-like proteins (ANGPTLs) are a family of members that are highly involved in the regulation of lipid metabolism and glucose homeostasis. The exact physiological and metabolic functions of ANGPTL5 in humans remain unknown since no ANGPTL5 orthologous gene has been described in murine. Human genomic studies indicate the association of ANGPTL5 with plasma triglyceride level and BMI, suggesting a role in lipid homeostasis. This... Read More