College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Research Opportunities 11/09/09

November 6, 2009

1) Approaching deadlines -- details on those in November-December.

2) Workshops and information sessions for November.

A little piece of advice: See a program that interests you? Read the web site carefully, attend any workshops/information sessions to find out more, and then try to contact those who run the program to find out how to make your application competitive. Start early, and get feedback on your application.

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I. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER DEADLINES

DEADLINE 11/09/2009
BIOLOGY FELLOWS PROGRAM
The purpose of these grants are to provide independent research opportunities for undergraduates in the biological sciences. The emphasis of this program has been to increase the number of students from underrepresented ethnic groups and women doing research.
However, all qualified undergraduates are encouraged to apply and have an equal chance for awards based on ability and drive.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:
*Continuing Berkeley students with an overall GPA of at least 2.7. * An interest in pursuing a career in some aspect of the biological sciences.
* Some laboratory experience (whether in university coursework or work outside the university).
* Awards in previous summers or semesters do not guarantee an award this year.
* Prior awards also do not disqualify one from receiving a subsequent award.
More information:
https://calshare.berkeley.edu/sites/bsp/bfp/Pages/BFPApplicationInfomationSheet.aspx

DEADLINE 11/10/2009, 4 PM
CENTER FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH GRANT
Funding: Grants for up to $1,200 are available to defray the cost of domestic and international travel while conducting research for undergraduate senior thesis projects that focus on Middle
East-related topics. Please note that this funding applies to airfare only, and that all grants will be paid as reimbursements upon completion of travel. Grantees will be required to provide detailed travel documentation in order to receive reimbursement. Travel is not limited to the Middle East.
Eligibility: U.C. Berkeley undergraduate students only. Priority will be given to students with declared major in Middle Eastern Studies. More info:
http://cmes.berkeley.edu/Programs/grants_cmesresearch.html

DEADLINE: 11/12/2009
PERCY UNDERGRADUATE GRANT FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH
The Center for the Study of Representation at the Institute of Governmental Studies is pleased to announce the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research. The CSR/IGS will award up to six research grants of up to $750 each to U.C. Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy. Students from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to apply. The grant may be used to cover research expenses such as traveling to Washington, DC to interview lawmakers, buying a dataset, or covering photocopying costs at an archive.
There are two application deadlines in the 2009-2010 academic year:
November 12, 2009 and February 1, 2010.
More info:
http://igs.berkeley.edu/csr/csr_percy_grant.html


DEADLINE: 11/13/2009
Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT)
The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program at the National Institutes of Health was established to increase the representation of socially or
economically disadvantaged groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral careers; and to support the research training of students who will most likely contribute to the elimination of health disparities that exist among disadvantaged
populations in the U.S.
Awards Announced: December 2009
* 8 Student Slots: 6 undergraduate, 2 graduate
* Spring 2010 Activities:
. Work in a lab at UC Berkeley
. Take the MHIRT Seminar on Research in Developing
Countries
* Summer 2010 (stipend provided):
. Travel abroad for your summer research
* Fall 2010:
. Present your research at the Berkeley Global Health
Symposium
More info and to download info session presentation:
http://globalhealth.berkeley.edu/mhirt/

DEADLINE 11/16/09 (STAFF), 12/1/09 (SUBMISSIONS)
"ELEVEN" Undergraduate Research Journal in Sociology, Call for Staff and Submissions
"Eleven", the new journal to publish undergraduate research in sociology, has just issued a call for both submissions and staff. Staff applications are due November 16; submissions are due December 1. Application forms and guidelines for both may be picked up in 410 Barrows
Hall from 10-12 and 1-4. For more information, contact eleven.ucb@gmail.com.

SPUR (SPONSORED PROJECTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH - COLLEGE OF
NATURAL RESOURCES) -- STUDENT INITIATED

DEADLINE 12-11-2009
Funding up to $2,000 for independent projects for students in the College of Natural Resources.
http://nature.berkeley.edu/site/spur_students.php

DEADLINE 12/18/09
PASTEUR FOUNDATION SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY IN PARIS UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN PARIS
These 10-week internships at the Institut Pasteur, one of the world's leading private, nonprofit centers for infectious disease research, offer hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduates contemplating a scientific career. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Living allowance is $400 per week. See our website for information and downloads. SUMMER 2010 APPLICATION IS NOW ONLINE! PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

Application and deadline information for both programs may be found at:
http://www.pasteurfoundation.org/ Email: PasteurUS@aol.com

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II. INFORMATION SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS, NOVEMBER/EARLY DECEMBER

INFORMATION SESSION--STRONACH BACCALAUREATE PRIZE
Thurs., November 19, 4-5pm, AND Thurs., Dec. 3, 3-4 pm, in 344 Campbell Hall
Information sessions for the STRONACH POST-BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM
http://research.berkeley.edu/stronach/
The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and the public good. The Prize is open to Berkeley graduates who are awarded an undergraduate degree in the Fall of the year before or the Spring or Summer of the year in which the Prize is awarded in any area of study. Proposals for humanistic research or social service projects involving the arts, humanities and social or natural sciences are welcome. The Prize cannot be used to support graduate study or any credit-granting courses. Prize recipients may be awarded as much as $25,000. The Prize is intended to cover project costs, materials, and living expenses for a period of up to one year.

RESEARCH WORKSHOPS
Workshop A: Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
This workshop will give you a broad overview of why and how to get started planning for an original research or creative project as an undergraduate. Topics to be covered

* exploring your intellectual interests;
* finding a faculty mentor or sponsor;
* searching and applying for funding sources;
* planning ahead for a successful application.

11-12 Th Nov 5
3:30-4:30 Th Nov 12
3-4 Wed Nov 18
2-3 T Nov 24

(more will be scheduled for December)

For more information about the workshop series and additional dates to be added,
go to http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/.

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Workshop B: How to write a research proposal
This workshop walks proposal-writers through the various requirements of proposal writing. Please come with a topic and ready to outline)

4:30-6 Tues Nov 10
5-6:30 Th Nov 19 (immediately follows a Stronach Baccalaureate Prize workshop)
3:30-5 T Nov 24

(more will be scheduled for December)

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LATER AND ROLLING DEADLINES APPEAR AT THIS URL
(you can sort by program name or deadline, and search by eligibility criteria--gpa, financial
need, college restrictions, deadline):
http://research.berkeley.edu/opportunities.php?option=bab#

AND: there are also many opportunities away from Berkeley! See this page for a few links to start your search. Most of them have deadlines before early February, so plan where to apply now. If you see a deadline that is listed for 2009, click on the direct link to the program and also contact those who run the program to find out this year's deadline. Usually it's a year after whatever is listed for 2009. Good luck!
http://research.berkeley.edu/opportunities.php?option=bawayb