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.  

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


Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson is proud to return to Cal as a SURF program coordinator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from our English department and went on to earn her Master of Studies in Victorian literature from the University of Oxford, Christ Church College. She is a Haas Scholars and McNair Scholars alumna. Her past research focused on femininity, idealism, the Gothic, and the Romantic legacy in Victorian poetry and novels. She is especially fond of the Brontë sisters, Tennyson, Keats, PB Shelley, and Hardy. She works to support undergraduate research and academic wellness for all and empower underrepresented students. She is a big fan of dance, live music, travel, and food. Brittany can answer all your SURF program questions. Please email her or request a meeting via



Jonathan Liu

Jonathan is excited to serve as a SURF STEM/ Physical Sciences Advisor. He is a PhD candidate in the Physics department working in developmental biophysics. Before coming to UC Berkeley, he graduated from Caltech with a B.S. in Applied Physics and then spent a year at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich doing research through the U.S. Fulbright Program. At UC Berkeley, he works in Dr. Hernan Garcia's lab studying the biophysics of eukaryotic gene regulation. Outside of science, he is an active collaborative pianist and singer and currently is the staff accompanist for the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus. To schedule office hours with Jonathan sign up here. 


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.