Summer Undergraduate Research Program

What is SURP?


Please note that this program is opened to UC Berkeley students only!

mcbUSA started a program called "Summer Undergraduate Research Program" (SURP) in 2003. The program was incredibly successful as we had over 100 student applicants and the participation of over 30 faculty researchers from research institutions throughout the Bay Area. The program's objective is to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to begin work in a research laboratory in the summer with the possibility of continuing through the following academic year. To achieve this, we have once again solicited the participation of faculty and other life science researchers in the Bay Area.

mcbUSA SURP 2015 Projects

Projects are posted HERE. The application period is now open and closes March 15th.

mcbUSA SURP 2015 Directions

Application period opens February 15th, 2015 and closes March 15th, 2015.

The deadline to submit applications is March 15th in the MCB UAO (3060 VLSB). Applications will be delivered to faculty by March 22nd, and faculty will arrange interviews and start dates with the students they select; selected students should be notified by April 18th. Please read the cover page of your application very closely as it contains all necessary directions. If you are applying for projects under the same project investigator, please write separate personal statements and turn in separate applications for each. Remember to submit an electronic copy of your application(s) via email to MCBUSA.SURP@GMAIL.COM and a hard copy to Room 3060 VLSB (MCB UAO); ask the front desk to have it put in the mailbox. Please direct all questions and concerns to mcbUSA, not the MCB UAO. Thank you for your interest. We will let you know if anything changes.

The application is available here.


  1. Faculty mentors/Researchers submit to us descriptions of available summer research opportunities in their lab.
  2. We distribute the descriptions and applications to the student population.
  3. We collect these applications and return them to the appropriate faculty.
  4. Decisions and interviews will be at the faculty's discretion.

This program is very similar to the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). It differs in that students begin their work in the summer, giving them more time to dedicate to their lab experience. The program will not provide academic credit or stipends. Any academic credit or stipends will be solely up to the faculty or PI in charge of the lab.



"What I like most about the program is that the student quality is generally excellent. The most interesting fact is that some of the students come from fields that's very remotely related to our projects and they bring fresh ideas to the projects. Most of the students are very diligent, curious, and intelligent."

- Frank Chen (LBNL)

"We were very happy with the students who joined us for the research program. The students were very enthusiastic and eager to learn. Many of the students have decided to continue research in our lab for their undergraduate research course credit. This is my first time with the program; I find it to be an excellent vehicle for connecting the students with the research labs. Initially, I was apprehensive about taking on the students because of the major time requirements. Looking back, both the students and research labs ultimately gained."

- Bing Jap (LBNL)