Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

2023 Hastings retreat IBSURE interns and graduate student and postdoctoral program mentors.


The Integrative Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is intended to support scholars who demonstrate passion to engage in original, hands-on research and explore graduate school opportunities with IB faculty. The IB SURE is built around three pillars: (1) a sense of community among scholars; (2) engagement with original research; and (3) mentorship.

SURE participants have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an 10-week mentored summer research experience
  • A four day field experience at the Hastings Reserve
  • Attend a series of co-curricular research and professional development workshops and seminars
  • Receive guidance about graduate school opportunities, including application support
  • Expand one’s personal and professional community network
  • Present at the end of summer research symposium

We are planning an in-person program in summer 2024. Given the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will follow all university and local public health guidelines and will adjust program activities accordingly.

IB SURE program intern cohorts 2022 (left) and 2023 (right) at UC Hastings Natural History Reserve.


Through generous funding from the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, the SURE will support participants with a research stipend, housing and meals for the program duration

Stipend Amount: $5000

Housing and a meal plan will be provided.

SURE Program Dates

Summer 2024 - The application deadline is April 1, 2024

Summer program runs May 31, 2024-August 9, 2024.

Applicants need to be available for that full time and the program is located in Berkeley.

Eligible Scholars

  • Advanced undergraduate students
  • Masters students
  • Recent graduates
  • current college seniors are eligible to apply.

Scholars from the following groups are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Black
  • Latine
  • Indigenous
  • Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)
  • Gender minorities
  • Disabled students
  • First generation college students
  • California residents that are US citizens and/or students who attended high school in California

*Freshmen and Sophomores are ineligible to apply. Undergraduate students must have completed 4 semesters or 6 quarters of study to be eligible.

*This program is not suitable for scholars who are interested in medical, dental or veterinary programs.

2023 IB SURE interns Katherine Palomino (left), Justice Williams (center), and Stephen Eun Song (right).

Potential Research Areas

Students will work with labs in the UC Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology.

Biological Data Science

Botany (Plant Biology)



Evolutionary Biology

Endocrinology (Hormones)


Human Biology/Disease




Zoology (Animal Biology)

IB graduate student Kwasi Wrensford demonstrates field work techniques to some of the 2022 IB SURE interns.

Application Process

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Application components

  • Personal Information
  • Areas of Research Interest
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Letters of Recommendation Instructions

Letters of Recommendation are due April 1, 2024

One, 1–2-page letter of recommendation is required to apply to IB SURE. Letters can be provided by a past research mentor (including letters co-signed by a faculty member and a graduate student), a teacher or professor, or an academic advisor/mentor.

Recommenders can email letters as PDF attachments directly from the letter writer's email to . The email subject line should read: Student First Name, Student Last Name_ SURE LOR (e.g., Jane Doe_SURE LOR).


For further information, contact Lourenço Martins:

Application for Summer 2024.

2022 IB SURE interns and graduate student program coordinator Lourenco Martins at the end of summer celebration.