Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

Resources to Support Applying to SURF

Info Sessions 

Fall & Spring info sessions will be held online via Zoom. 

The dates for 2022-2023 information sessions are as follows: 


You may access the slides from the information session here.

Research Proposal Workshops

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a research proposal workshop in the spring semester. This presentation helps orient students to the SURF application, reviewing the different sections of the SURF research proposal, the strategies that make for an effective proposal, and describes how the research proposal is assessed.

Writing a SURF Research Proposal

Your research proposal is the heart of your application. Start early so that you have time to incorporate feedback from faculty, fellow students, and others. Here are slides from the 2022 research proposal workshops.

Draft Workshops

The SURF Draft Workshops offer valuable opportunities for students to get advise and feedback about their SURF research proposals. To get the most out of these sessions it is important to come prepared, not only with specific ideas about the research project you are proposing, but also some rough (or not-so-rough) drafts of the key sections of the research proposal. SURF Graduate Student Mentors lead each session, so students may attend multiple sessions and receive different feedback.

Research Consultations

After attending a research proposal workshop, you may request a research consultation with SURF staff or an OURS Peer Advisor. You may schedule an appointment during their regularly scheduled office hours once you have a full draft of your application and need input about how to revise your essays and application materials.

If you have not yet made substantial progress on your application materials, you should first consult with either an OURS Peer Advisor or a UROC Peer Mentor.

Previously Successful SURF Proposals

Note: The following proposals will be listed by Major, Fellow, and Title of Project. To access the files, you must be logged into a valid UC Berkeley email address.