Sean Burns

Dr. Sean Burns, UC Berkeley

Sean Burns is Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. Sean earned his PhD at UC Santa Cruz's History of Consciousness Department. His scholarship and teaching focus on U.S. social movement history and the dynamic intersections of community activism, political education, and the remaking of the social imagination.  In terms of contacting Sean about SURF, all program questions should be directed to him by sending an email to, with "program question" in the subject heading. 

Brittany Daws

Brittany Daws serves as the SURF STEM Advisor. She is a PhD candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology and is also a member of the graduate chemical biology program. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in chemistry. During her time at Long Beach Brittany focused on environmental chemistry, investigating the use of advanced oxidative processes (AOPs) to degrade harmful substances found in waste waters, while also teaching several undergraduate general and organic chemistry courses. Now Brittany works in Dr. Evan Miller’s lab at UC Berkeley synthesizing fluorescent probes to study how voltage functions in molecular signaling pathways. You can sign up for office hours with Brittany at this link


Emily Remirez

Photograph of Emily Remirez

Emily (she/her/hers) is thrilled to serve as the social science and humanities advisor within the SURF program and is a doctoral student in the Linguistics Department. She graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a BA in Linguistics in 2015. While at Rice, she cultivated an interest in mixed methods and interdisciplinary approaches to language use, and in the relationships between language, identity construction, and cognition. Since arriving at Berkeley, she has been a member of the UC PhonLab, focusing primarily on the effects of social expectations on speech perception. Outside of her research, she gets excited about her dog, science fiction, coffee, and working to make her communities more inclusive and equitable.  You can schedule an appointment with Emily via this online sign up sheet. Appointments can be in person (Dwinelle 2422) or via Zoom.