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The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program is one of the “crown jewels” of Caltech. Since 1979, SURF students have had the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of experienced mentors working at the frontier of their fields. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity from beginning (defining and developing a project) to end (presenting their results at SURF Seminar Day).

Students - be sure to check out the links above for an in-depth program description; eligibility requirements; and application information.

Alumni - we invite you to re-connect and learn more about upcoming events and SURF alumni in the news.

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