ViSUR Program


The Vision Science Undergraduate Research Program (ViSUR)

What is ViSUR?

During an intensive 8-week summer program, students will hone their capacity to discover, innovate, and collaborate by immersing themselves in some of the exciting research currently happening at the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to work in a lab with a faculty advisor on a research project. In addition to working on a project, the students will attend regular seminars with other summer undergrad students across campus and with our T35 students.

Each student will receive a stipend of $5,000. In addition, housing and travel expenses will be coordinated and provided by UC Berkeley.

ViSUR 2024
The next ViSUR program will take place on the UC Berkeley campus between May 31st, 2024 and July 31st, 2024.

The 2024 application is now open and will close on February 1st, 2024 at 8:59PM PST!

What is Vision Science?

Vision science is an interdisciplinary study of visual systems and perception and incorporates many disciplines, including optometry, ophthalmology, molecular genetics, neuroscience, and physiological optics. Vision science is the source of an array of research questions relating to how we see, how and why vision fails, and what can be done about it.

Researchers in vision science conduct human and animal research and modeling, yielding cutting-edge discoveries and applications in disciplines that include clinical care, adaptive optics, neurobiology, cell biology, bioengineering, perception, and public health.

To read more about the fields of vision science, please click the button below.

Vision Research

Student Testimonials

Kaiona Martinson

“During ViSUR, I had the chance to dive into interesting research and was amazed to be surrounded by and learn from top-notch experts in the field. The program’s tight-knit community, accessibility, and openness of the faculty were some of the highlights… ViSUR not only offers a great educational experience but also a welcoming community where you can explore vision science and discover its many fascinating aspects.” – Kaiona Li'a Martinson

Read what Kaiona and fellow ViSUR participants had to say about the program by clicking the button below.


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Information Sessions

Date: December 13th, 2023
Time: 11am – 12pm PST
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Date: January 16th, 2024
Time: 2pm – 3pm PST
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How to Apply

To apply for VISUR, please submit an application through the Graduate Division's Summer of Inclusive Excellence Program. To apply through their website, please click the button below.

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ViSUR 2024 Application Timeline

Application Opens: Early November (NOW OPEN)

2024 Information Sessions:
– December 13th, 2023 11AM-2PM PST
– January 16th, 2024 2-3PM PST

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2024 at 8:59PM PST

Semifinalist Interviews and Admission Decisions: Begin February 2024 through March 2024

Program Duration: May 31st, 2024 – July 31st, 2024

ViSUR History

ViSUR began in 2022, click the button below for a recap of the inaugural program and the 2023 program.

ViSUR 2022 ViSUR 2023

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the ViSUR program, please contact Dr. Ruth Shoge, at: