Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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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.

Please note that this program is open to all UC Berkeley students.


Projects for the current application cycle will be posted HERE> 


Application is available starting from February 26, 2018. The application deadline is Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 12:00PM in hard copy and electronic form.

Applications will be delivered to faculty by March 27th, and faculty will arrange interviews and start dates with the students they select; selected students should be notified by April 27th. 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 a separate application packet for each.

Remember to submit an electronic copy of your application packet(s) via email to AND a hard copy to Room 3060 VLSB (MCB Undergraduate Advising Office); all application materials must be submitted to the designated locked wooden box in front of the intake desk.

Note that the MCB UAO office hours are Monday-Thursday 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm, and Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Hard copies of applications can only be turned in at these times.

Please direct all questions and concerns to mcbUSA.

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program! 


February 26: All proposals online

February 28: SURP Infosession

March 23, 2018: Applications Due at 12PM

March 27, 2018: Applications Delivered to Faculty

April 27, 2018: Applicants will be notified by Faculty


  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.


When applications open, please click below to apply:

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Please complete the form HERE> by January 27th, 2018 and send it to MCBUSA@GMAIL.COM. We will send you a confirmation email upon receiving your position listing.


Past projects are posted HERE> for your reference.


Last year we discovered the SURP program, and brought two Berkeley science students into our group for the summer. The experience was very gratifying for us, and, I believe, fulfilling for the students. They both plunged right in to projects involved in exploring an entirely new aspect of  the causation of ovarian cancer that involves human high density lipoproteins, and a project aimed at the prediction of imminent heart attack. Both projects are entirely original, and the students displayed great interest and energy, leading to progress in the research in which they each had a direct role.

For students looking to a career in medicine or biological research, I think, this provides a very immersive experience in which they can explore their future roles and have a sense of real accomplishment.

– John P Kane, M.D., Ph.D. (UCSF)

Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


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)