Summer Undergraduate Research Program (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 2014 Projects

Projects are posted HERE. The application period is now open and closes March 10th.

mcbUSA SURP 2014 Directions

The application period will open on February 15, 2014. The deadline to submit applications is March 10th in the MCB UAO (3060 VLSB). Applications will be delivered to the faculty by March 21, and faculty will arrange interviews and start dates with the students they select; selected students should be notified by April 18. Please read the cover page of your application very closely as it contains all the necessary directions. If you are applying for projects that are under the same project investigator, please write separate personal statements and turn it in as a separate application for each. Remember to submit both a copy of your application(s) by email to and also put one in 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)