What is SURF Rose Hills Experience?

The SURF Rose Hills Experience program is for eligible UC Berkeley sophomores or juniors seeking to do research for a faculty member during the summer. Thanks to the generous support of The Rose Hills Foundation, we are able to offer SURF Rose Hills Experience fellows an award of $6,000 ($5,000 directed to student stipend, $1,000 directed toward research lab supplies.) 

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 similar interests and problems, as well as a SURF Program Advisor - an experienced researcher to help guide your efforts. Primary guidance in research will come from individual faculty mentors, but most students have found it useful to meet with other students who are grappling with related research issues. The SURF program culminates with a research presentation at the SURF Conference - August 17th and 18th, 2017. The format of your presentation depends on your discipline and will be discussed with your SURF Program Advisor. 

 

Eligibility: 

You may apply for SURF Rose Hills Experience if you meet all of the following: 

  • Currently enrolled UC Berkeley student with a minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Sophomore or Junior  status: "Junior" for the purposes of SURF Rose Hills Experience eligibility means being in at least your fifth semester of college, and planning to graduate Fall 2017 or later. "Sophomore" means you are in your third or fourth semester at Berkeley at the time of application (or your second or third semester at UCB if in your first college semester you carried a full course load at UCB Extension). For transfers, you must be in at least your second semester at UC Berkeley. 
  • U.S. citizen (Note: Although SURF Rose Hills only accepts U.S Citizens, AB540 and International students are eligible and encouraged to apply for SURF L&S
  • Your permanent residence is in one of the following counties in Southern California: 
    San Diego County 
    Imperial County
    Orange County 
    Riverside County
    Santa Barbara County
    Ventura County
    Los Angeles County 
    San Bernardino County
  • Sponsorship by a UC Berkeley, UCSF, CHORI, or LBNL faculty member or lab scientist / principal investigator.  
  • Students must be declared in one of the eligible majors (see next section.) 
  • SURF Rose Hills fellows from previous summers are eligible to apply for summer 2017.

List of eligible majors:

There are majors in every UC Berkeley college - except the College of Environmental Design - that are elibigible for SURF Rose Hills Experience. Read the below eligible major list closely:

Life Sciences Majors: Integrative Biology*, Microbial biology, Molecular and Cell Biology*, Genetics and Plant Biology, Molecular and Environmental Biology, Earth and Planetary Science, Nutritional Science (including: Toxicology, Dietetics, and Physiology and Metabolism)

Math/Physical Sciences Majors: Astrophysics*, Chemical Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics*, Applied Mathematics*, Physics*, Statistics*

Engineering Majors: Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, EECS (or the Computer Science major within L&S*), Energy Engineering, Engineering Math and Statistics, Engineering Physics, IEOR (or the Operations Research and Management), Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Engineering

*Students in these majors may also apply for SURF L&S if they are juniors who will be carrying out a graded senior thesis or capstone project during the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

Questions about eligibility?

Want to know for sure if you are eligible for SURF Rose Hills Experience?  When the application opens up, the first section confirms your eligiblity. If you have any questions?  Please email: surf@berkeley.edu to reach staff at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships. Do not contact the Rose Hills Foundation; they are not involved in administration of the scholarship.

 

Selection Criteria:  

SURF Rose Hills Experience will go to sophomores or juniors with solid faculty / scientist supervision in laboratory research and who demonstrate in the application that they are motivated and well-qualified to take on the proposed research based on a track-record of resourcefulness and responsibility. 

Please note: The SURF Rose Hills Experience fellowship is NOT for student-intiated research; it is for students who are supporting the research of faculty members and lab scientists. For a research fellowship supporting your own, student-initiated research, apply for the Rose Hills Independent Fellowship. Additionally note: Students who win other substantial summer awards will be expected to decline the SURF award so that additional students may benefit from summer research.

In addition to funding, each SURF fellow is assigned to a small research cluster which meets regularly throughout the summer. In the cluster you will find a community of undergraduate researchers with similar interests, as well as a SURF Program Advisor - an experienced researcher to help guide your efforts. Primary guidance in research will come from individual faculty mentors, but most students have found it very valuable to meet with other students who are grappling with related research issues. The SURF program culminates with a research presentation at the SURF Conference - August 17th and 18th, 2017. The format of your presentation depends on your discipline and will be discussed with your SURF Program Advisor.   

 

Commitments and Responsibilities: 

Fellows are expected to work full-time on a research project for two months during the summer (specifically 8 weeks out of the 14 week full timeline of SURF). We require that you forego employment and summer session enrollment for that period. Eight weeks is the minimum requirement. We have found that most summer fellows get the most out of the experience by going beyond this minimum requirement. 

All research fellows are required to: attend one orientation in the first week of May RRR week options include (May 2 from 3-5pm; May 4 from 4-6pm; May 5 from 10am-12noon), two cluster meetings in mid-summer, and one meeting to prepare for the conference presentation. This preparation meeting usually happens in the week before or the week of the Conference. Fellows are urged to attend as many cluster meetings as possible. Students whose research takes them away from Berkeley may seek to be excused from attending some of these meetings in person, but will be required to attend virtually and/or regularly discuss progress with their SURF Program Advisor and to present results at the end of the summer.

On or before June 1, all research fellows must submit a photo, a project description, and a brief statement on the personal meaning of this opportunity, to be posted on the SURF website.

All fellows will be required to make a "work-inprogress presentation" at the SURF conference on August 17th and 18th, 2017.

After the Conference, there are also a few requirements including: an online evaluation, a thank you statement to the fellow's donor, and a one page summary of progress to date signed by the faculty mentor. SURF Rose Hills Experience fellows are not required to enroll in an independent-study course following the summer. An online exit survey is the final step in the SURF program.