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 2020 has passed. If you are interested in applying for summer 2021, 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 advisors to discuss your project and application. Starting in January, sign up for Brittany Daws (STEM- Life Sciences), Victoria Cheng (STEM-Math and Physical Sciences ), Emily Remirez (Social Sciences and Humanities), or Brittany Johnson (Humanities) via the advisor information under the "Resources" tab. 

The SURF L&S ... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Ecological niche modeling of Loranthaceae aerial haustorial morphology across Australia

Kenneth Trang : Microbial Biology

While most famously a holiday symbol of love and affection, mistletoe plants also play an indispensable role in the balance of global woodland ecosystems, providing birds with shelter and nutrition, while also replenishing soil nutrients and carbon via high leaf shedding rates. In fact, experiments have demonstrated that the removal of mistletoe populations can lead to a dramatic loss in species diversity. Therefore, though often criminalized for its parasitic nature, in reality mistletoe plants serve as an ecological Robin Hood – effectively “stealing from the rich to give to the poor”. Excited by this unique lifestyle, my research focuses on exploring the underappreciated relationship between parasitic tissue structure and the types of environments each structural type can inhabit.... Read More