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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 with Human Subjects:  2/25/14
w/out Human Subjects: 3/7/14; results announced by 4/15/14

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 will be funded in 2014, receiving $4250.  Please fill out the eligibility screen here 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 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

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Military Detention in the West Bank: An Examination of Israeli Democracy

Omar El-Qoulaq : Political Economy

Since 1967, when Israeli Occupational Forces took control of all legal authority over the occupied Palestinian Territories, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested and detained in the "interests of security and public order." Israeli military authorities have issued over 3,000 military orders since that time, creating a complex military regime dedicated to preventing resistance and criminalizing civic activity. My research question asks: Does the Israeli administered military court system in the West Bank, in its arrest, detainment, and prosecution of Palestinians, extend beyond the limits of international humanitarian law, both in policy and in practice? Methodologically, I will conduct archival research on case studies, as well as participant observation in court... Read More