Advisors

With the SURF application deadline fast approaching, applicants are expected to attend a draft workshop before scheduling a consultation with SURF Advisors. The consultations are scheduled for ten-minute appointments and it is important to provide a copy of your draft application before your appointment.

To sign up for an appointment with a SURF advisor, please use this link.

Claire Hilburger - Physical Science and Math Advisor

Claire graduated with a B.S. with honors in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. Her past research focused on developing vesicle-based technologies by integrating synthetic biology building blocks and artificial membranes. She is a NSF GRFP fellow and a first-year Ph.D. student in the joint Bioengineering program between UCSF and UC Berkeley where she is currently rotating through labs in the synthetic biology space. She hopes to empower undergraduates in research by providing them a platform to build their confidence, technical abilities, and critical-thinking skills. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, hiking, trying new coffee shops and puzzles.

Claire’s office hours are Mondays 5:30-7:30 PM.

Jessica Stevenson Stewart - Arts & Humanities Advisor

Jessica is Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts and PhD from UC Berkeley’s History of Art Department. A former Haas Scholar, she began her research journey as a participant in the URAP program. Her research has been sponsored by a number of major fellowships, including grants from the Kress Foundation, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the Beligan American Educational Foundation, and the Fulbright Administration. She has taught extensively from museum collections, first as a Kress Fellow for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and then as the Associate Curator for Academic Engagement at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, and is an advocate for interdisciplinary research as well as project- and object-based inquiry. She is also deeply concerned with educational equity and expanding access to higher education.

Jessica’s office hours are Tuesdays 2-3 PM and Wednesdays 3-4 PM.

Kayli Martinez - Life Science Advisor

Kayli Martinez is from Pennsylvania and graduated from Eastern University with a B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in astronomy in 2018. She is herself an alum of various summer research programs including the NSF-REU and Amgen Scholars Programs. Kayli’s current research in chemical biology focuses on the study of electrophysiology of cardiomyocytes using voltage sensitive dyes as a member of Evan Miller’s lab. She enjoys participating in campus organizations and events, going to the beach, finding new local coffee shops, and attending concerts. Kayli looks forward to working with the Summer 2022 SURF cohort throughout the next year!

Kayli’s office hours Tuesday 12 noon-2 PM.