College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Research Opportunities 12/11/09

December 11, 2009

Carl Rosberg and Judith Geist Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Deadline: Monday, February 8, 2010
The Center for African Studies is pleased to announce the 2010 competition of two undergraduate fellowships of up to $3,000 each to support undergraduate travel to Africa for research and study. The award is a memorial to Carl Rosberg (1923-1996), former professor of Political Science, Director of the Institute of International Studies, and founder of the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley; and to his student, Judith Geist, who followed in his footsteps with her work in East Africa.

Eligibility: Current UC Berkeley Undergraduate Students with an interest in Africa who will be registered in the 2010-11 academic year (i.e., one must return to campus as a registered student following the research trip). Students with training in African studies and foreign languages, particularly African languages, will be given priority. ONLY UC BERKELEY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE.

Funding: Fellowships of up to $3,000 are available to defray the costs of travel to Africa to conduct research focused on Africa-related topics. Generally, such travel will take place during summer 2010, but other arrangements, such as during winter break 2010-2011, may be possible. If costs are to exceed $3,000, students are expected to find additional funds to cover the balance.

Please visit their website at for application instructions and forms.

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
CNR students should check out interesting projects posted by Berkeley faculty on the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) website URAP positions are trickling in and are available for viewing. Students cannot apply until January 10th, but students can see what’s available online now at .

URAP creates opportunities for Berkeley undergraduates to work with faculty members on the ground-breaking research projects for which Berkeley is world-renowned. As an apprentice, you can work on faculty research and learn advanced research skills, explore fields that interest you, and find out what it is like to be an academic at the world's premier research institution.

MURF Undergraduate Research Fellowships at Caltech (Summer 2010)
The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, and first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. Additional housing and travel support may be provided.

For more information, please visit for the application. Online applications are due January 13, 2010.

Amgen Scholars Program
Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.

To apply, please visit . Online applications are due February 16, 2010. Questions about both of these Caltech programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.

Undergraduate Action Research Grants
Application Deadlines:
For projects taking place Spring 2010/Fall 2010: December 15th, 2009 (notification date for applicants: February 15th, 2010)
For projects taking place Fall 2010/Winter 2011: March 15th 2010 (notification date for applicants: May 15th, 2010)

These grants are aimed at supporting arts and cultural projects with the capacity to have a significant impact on campus/community life. Projects may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, concerts, guest-artist visits, site-specific art, workshops, festivals and publications that foster innovation and campus engagement through the arts.

The Undergraduate Action Research awards, which range from $500-$2000, support student-led arts initiatives. Funds are available for any currently enrolled UC student or student group on a competitive basis. Applications are due December 15th of each year for projects taking place during the following Spring or Fall quarters, and March 15th for projects taking place during the following Fall or Winter quarters.

2010 Open Classroom Challenge or What Would You Do With $5000?
Application Deadline: December 15th, 2009
Courses must be taught during the Spring or Fall of 2010.

Selection Criteria:
Selection criteria include originality, significance, innovative potential, interdisciplinary scope, and cogency of project design. Of particular interest are projects that do some of the following:
• Design, test, and implement innovative curricular initiatives.
• Recognize critical thinking as the source and opening of the art work and not merely the place of a post-mortem evaluation, appreciation, or interpretation of the completed work.
• Promote “action research” and “research-in-action” models of collaborative interdisciplinary arts practice capable of working transitively in and on real-world settings outside conventional studio, gallery, and performance contexts.

Applicants must be UC faculty, staff or students whose research and teaching interests include visual art, digital media, music, dance, drama or film and video. Projects generated by students, staff and part-time faculty must have a full-time faculty sponsor.
Three grants of $5000 each will be available for projects taking place in Spring or Fall 2010. UCIRA expects that the applicant's home department will undertake the administrative and clerical work needed to keep the projects running smoothly. UCIRA will assist with intercampus connections and publicity when applicable.

Social Ecologies, Social Technologies, and Integrative Methodologies Planning Grants
Application Deadline: December 15th, 2009
For convenings taking place the Winter or Spring of 2010
Application Deadline: February 15th, 2010
For convenings taking place the Spring or Fall of 2010.

Purpose of the Planning Grants:
To convene groups of faculty, students, and outside partners to explore the possibility for new collaborative area(s) of research and/or project development in relationship to one of our three new areas of interest: Social Ecologies: California-centric embedded arts research; Social Technologies: new models of value-exchange; and Integrative Methodologies: re-negotiating the Art/Science paradigm.

Applicants may request funds to support the costs of meeting(s) for a core group of participants including potential outside advisors to the project; travel to relevant sites/resource areas to learn from other similar projects and consult with advisors there, and/or to identify collaborating partners/organizations for subsequent stages of the potential project.
We recognize that not every planning grant will lead to a new collaboration; however, if a substantial project/area of inquiry develops from the convening, applicants should work to develop a preliminary proposal for initiative-related funding in subsequent years.

Performance Practice and Research and Literature Grants
**The application deadline is February 15, 2010 for Performance Practice and Research and Literature applications.**

Funding is offered for projects commencing July 1, 2010 or later. Proposals will be accepted for work relating to the following disciplinary categories: Performance Practice and Research and Literature. The initial award cap is $10,000 and includes a requirement that the applicant obtain partial matching campus funding; i.e. that each application show substantive and quantifiable campus support in the form of real dollars, commitments of release time, equipment, space, etc. as appropriate to the project. Several types of follow-up support are now available to funded projects – see below for details.

Performance Practice and Research projects may include, but are not limited to, new areas of exploration in:
* tactical media / dance / theater / spoken word / music / composition and performance / puppetry / other interdisciplinary performance projects that encourage critical engagement and public intervention
Literature projects may include, but are not limited to exploratory research and experimentation in:
* poetry / fiction / nonfiction / arts-criticism / playwriting / hybrid-writing forms and/or genre-defying literary work

For more information about all of our grants and application requirements, please visit our website at