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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is our newest research program offered to all UC Merced undergraduate students in any discipline. This 9-week summer fellowship offers undergraduates the opportunity to work alongside faculty and graduate student mentors and provides graduate school preparation. Qualified scholars with interest in pursuing a research opportunity at UC Merced are encouraged to apply! 

Students Enjoying Lunch at the 11th Annual Research Symposium

Program Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for selection, each applicant must:
  • Be enrolled in or about to be enrolled in a UC Merced undergraduate degree program
  • Be on track to receive a bachelor’s degree
  • Be able to demonstrate potential for success in a graduate program
  • Priority will be given to first-generation college students and underrepresented minoritized students

The following materials are needed to complete the UC Merced SURF application:

  1. UC Merced online application form
  2. Two short personal essays as described in the online application
  3. One letter of recommendation
  4. One cumulative unofficial transcript from the portal
  5. Resume or CV

Jeffrey Aceves presenting his poster at the 11th Annual Research Symposium

This opportunity is for UC Merced students who meet minimum eligibility requirements.


Summer 2022 Application:




Undocumented students are eligible for this program.

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Contact Information

Jorge Arroyo
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center 
Student Services Building, 230
Phone: (209) 228-4245