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


Jeff Vance Martin

Jeff serves as the Social Science and Humanities SURF Advisor. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, wrapping up his dissertation on wolf-livestock conflict and coexistence in the Intermountain West through the lens of political ecology. He holds an MSc in Environmental Governance from the University of Manchester, and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley. Other interests include complexity and scientific method; mythology, worldbuilding, and speculative fiction; and political theory and strategy.