Math Team Fellowship

What is SURF Math Team?

SURF Math Team supports a team of four UC Berkeley undergraduates from any year, who jointly propose a summer research project under the mentorship of one or two UC Berkeley math professors. The four-member student team must have at least two declared math majors, but other team members can come from other disciplines. Each student will receive a $5,000 fellowship to support participation in the program; the faculty mentor will receive $2,500 in research funds. Should there be two mentors, they will split the award and receive $1,250 each. 


Eligibility for Math Team is contingent on the following criteria. You must:

  • be a matriculating student at UC Berkeley. Visiting and Extensions students are ineligible to apply.
  • are able to devote yourself to research full-time for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer
  • have the full support and guidance of a regular UC Berkeley faculty member (professor or lecturer appointed through Fall 2023) who is committed to guiding the team for the duration of the project
  • International and AB540 students are eligible and encouraged to apply to SURF Math Team. 


The SURF Math Team award will go to a team of students who collaboratively propose a single, well-conceived project, including a compelling research question, a clear research plan, evidence of faculty support, and a rationale for how each team member’s skills relates to the objectives and inquiry of the team. Successful applicants will show promise of a quick start and the potential to complete their project within the proposed timeline. 


Although fellows are expected to work full-time on their research projects for two months during the summer, SURF will not restrict summer session enrollment or student employment. 

All research fellows are required to:

  • submit a pre-SURF program survey, articulating particular skills that you would like to develop to support your research and future scholarship
  • submit a headshot and project description at the beginning of the summer to be posted on the SURF website.
  • attend orientation, four summer workshops, and three small group meetings
  • submit a mid-summer progress report
  • submit a final report
  • submit a post-SURF program evaluation, including a thank you statement to the fellow’s donor