mcbUSA’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at UC Berkeley strives to connect undergraduate UC Berkeley students to biology-related labs for meaningful summer research.

[Update for Applicants for Spring 2021] Due to the high volume of applicants, labs are still processing applications. When results are finalized, you will receive an email notifying you of your status.

SURP 2021 Timeline 

Student Applications Open

Applications open through March 31st, 2021 at this link: https://forms.gle/HwJqouH2Spsy1yLn9


We will be holding an info session over Zoom on March 16th, 7-8 PM. We will also open Q&A form here to answers questions asynchronously for those who cannot attend.

Q&A form:


Infosession recording (must be logged into UC Berkeley Google Account): https://drive.google.com/file/d/13BRjCgy846I_cvpEcLUfrGnFxOUaVDSG/view?usp=sharing

Schedule for Labs:

  • Project participation form due (link via email): February 26th
  • Receive applications: April 5th
  • Notification of application status: April 24th

For Lab FAQ, please visit the For Labs section below.

Schedule for Students:

  • Infosession: March 16th, 7-8 PM
  • Application opens: March 1st
  • Application closes: March 31st
  • Notification of application status: April (not all lab acceptances not finalized yet, you will receive an email with your status as soon as possible).

For Students



*Note: The project description of Joyner Cruz’s project has changed from “Radiation Hormesis in Flies” to “Radiation sensitivity in Drosophila Melanogaster”. The description and keywords have changed as well.

Descriptions & Qualifications


Q: How do I join?

When applications open, fill out an application for each project you are interested in. You may apply to up to three projects. More details will be added here once the application opens.

Q: If I am accepted to a project, will I receive units for my participation?

Awarding units is up to the discretion of the lab. Earning units will require that you enroll in summer session units, and mcbUSA will not be responsible for the associated fees. Payment for units would be up to you as the undergraduate, or perhaps the lab (assuming very generous funding).

For Labs


Q: How do I join?

A: Fill out the SURP participation form for each project you want to have undergraduate Berkeley students for through SURP. (Note that the SURP application deadline for undergraduates is in late March, thus a lab who joins SURP on March 21 will likely not attract many applicants.)

Please email the SURP coordinators soon after you submit the participation form so that we can display your project description onto this website as soon as possible. (We will try to do so within one day.)

In order to protect the privacy of undergraduate applicants, we have withheld the participation form link. Please email mcbusasurp@gmail.com for the participation form link. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Q: Why should I join?

A: Only if you are in need of undergraduate researchers. SURP provides a communication link between you and UC Berkeley undergraduates interested in summer research.

Q: Do I need to pay the undergraduates I accept from SURP?

A: It is your choice whether or not to pay the undergraduates you accept.

Q: How are students matched to projects?

A: Students apply to up to three projects. If applicants apply to your project(s) through SURP, SURP will send you all such applications. You decide which students your lab wishes to accept.

Q: If my lab is full, should I still join SURP?

A: No. SURP’s purpose is to connect undergraduates looking for summer research to labs who want undergraduate researchers. If your lab does not need more undergraduates for summer 2020, you do not have a reason to join.

Q: When will I receive the undergraduates’ applications?

A: You will receive them by April 1. Please select the applicants you wish to accept by April 16th by contacting them directly and notifying the SURP coordinators of your decision by emailing mcbusasurp@gmail.com.

Q: What information will I get from the applications?

A: The application includes the applicant’s:

  • general information (name, year, classes taken, contact info, etc.)
  • statement of interest for your project
  • unofficial transcript
  • resume
  • any supplemental questions you wish to include*

Q: Will I be able to receive extra information from my applicants?

A: You will have the chance to interview your applicants before and/or after you select them on April 16th. *If you wish to ask extra supplemental questions to applicants applying to your project(s), please email the SURP coordinators at mcbusasurp@gmail.com.

If you have any residual questions, please email the SURP coordinators at mcbusasurp@gmail.com.