A program of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

About the Program

The SURF Program is made up of five different fellowships:

Each fellowship has particular eligibility requirements, and each fellowship has certain obligations that fellows agree to if they receive the award. 

The application deadline for SURF summer 2021 is 11:59 pm, February 18 2021. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to do the following during 2020 fall semester and early 2021 spring term:

  • 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 calendar for time and place.
  • You are also encouraged to meet with the SURF staff to discuss your project and application. Starting in January, email Brittany Johnson (Program Coordinator & Humanities Advisor) to set up a time to speak via Zoom, or contact one of the other incoming advisors.

The SURF L&S fellowship allows UC Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Investigating inter-areal communication in the mouse visual cortex

Leonardo Lahijani : Molecular Cell Biology - Neurobiology

The visual cortex is composed of several brain areas that are considered to give rise to different aspects of visual perception, and it is thought that these areas work in conjunction to give rise to the experiential percept of vision. In this project, I will aid in investigating the neurological circuitry in primary and higher visual areas in the mouse visual cortex while they are presented with visual stimuli. I will be conducting research on past experiments regarding feed-forward and feedback circuits in the mouse brain, which govern the processing and flow of visual information. I will later work on training mice to perform visual perception tasks and analyzing the data generated from the imaging experiments. We believe that in doing so we will learn more about the patterns of... Read More