College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Research Newsletter 12/14/09

December 14, 2009

Dear Undergraduate Researchers,

Lots and lots of deadlines are coming your way in January and February! Many of these are for the summer of 2010. And your last chance to come to a workshop to get prepared for them before break will be this coming week. A workshop can help you find out what opportunities are out there, how to find them, how to find a faculty sponsor, and how to make your application competitive.

Below, please find:

1) Workshops and information sessions next week
2) A "sneak preview" of deadlines through mid-February

A) for research at UCB and
B) for paid (well-paid!) summer apprenticeships at other major research universities.

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 before you turn it in, ideally from several different people.

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II. WORKSHOPS NEXT WEEK

INFORMATION SESSION, HAAS SCHOLARS PROGRAM (all majors, all topics)
Wednesday, December 15, 11-12 in 344 Campbell Hall
The Haas Scholars Program provides up to $12,600 in funding for students to complete a final research or creative project.
Eligibility: graduating December 10 or Spring/Summer 2011, 3.5 UCB gpa, eligible for need-based financial aid. Deadline February 16, 2010. At the information session Haas Scholar coordinator Leah Carroll will give an overview of program benefits, eligibility requirements, commitments, and application procedures, then several current Haas Scholars will speak about their experiences and offer sage advice to applicants. http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/

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 Mon Dec 14
all held in 344 Campbell Hall

For more information about the workshop series, go to http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/schedule.html.

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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.

3:30-5 Wed Dec 16

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II A. "SNEAK PREVIEW" OF DEADLINES FOR PROGRAMS AT UC BERKELEY THROUGH MID-FEBRUARY

INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SUPPORT FOR UNDERGRADUATES
01/19/2010 DEADLINE
IIS will provide funding and administrative support for a one-day conference in the spring on international studies titled, "Preparing for a Changing World". Undergraduates interested in graduate school will have the chance to interact with faculty and graduate students by giving presentations or presenting posters. Winners of prizes for best presentation receive $250.
http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/funding/#undergrad

URAP: Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
01/25/2010 DEADLINE
http://research.berkeley.edu/urap/index.php
About 900 students placed as apprentices with professors every semester!

SPUR -- Apprenticeship program for students in College of Natural Resources
01/25/2010 DEADLINE
http://nature.berkeley.edu/site/spur.php

VIGRE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM IN STATISTICS
01/28/2010 estimated deadline
http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/?id=109

QB3 UNDERGRADUATE BIOTECH INTERNSHIPS
01/29/2010 deadline
http://www.qb3.org/intern.htm

UC LEADS: Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Research Program
01/31/2010 deadline
http://research.berkeley.edu/otheropps/UCLeads/UCLeads.html
Two summer apprenticeship at UCB and another UC.

SULTAN UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR ARAB STUDIES
02/01/2010 deadline
http://cmes.berkeley.edu/Programs/grants_sultan.html

PERCY UNDERGRADUATE GRANT FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH
02/01/2010 deadline
http://igs.berkeley.edu/csr/csr_percy_grant.html

SUPERB-CSIS: Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at
Berkeley-Computer Science in the Interest of Society
02/01/2010 deadline
http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Programs/ugrad/superb/superb.html

TRUST-REU (engineering summer apprenticeship)
02/01/2010 deadline
http://www.truststc.org/reu/

COINS Undergraduate Internship Program in Nanotechnology
02/01/2010 deadline
http://mint.physics.berkeley.edu/coins/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=98&Itemid=54

NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in
Cell, Developmental, and Evolutionary Biology
02/1/2010 deadline
http://mcb.berkeley.edu/nsfreu/

SROP: Summer Research Opportunities Program
02/01/2010 deadline
Apprenticeship in social sciences, humanities, and physical sciences.
http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/diversity/srop.shtml

AMGEN SCHOLARS Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Sciences and
Biotechnology
02/02/2010 deadline
http://mcb.berkeley.edu/amgen/

PHYSICS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM
02/05/2010 estimated deadline
Apprenticeship for physics majors.
http://research.berkeley.edu/otheropps/physicsunder.html

ROSBERG-GEIST U.GRAD RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP FOR TRAVEL TO AFRICA
02/08/2010 deadline
http://africa.berkeley.edu/Fellowships/RosbergGeistFellowship.php

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
02/11/2010 deadline
Research program for sophomores in certain fields (see web site)
considering a PhD.
http://www.mellonmays.berkeley.edu/


HAAS SCHOLARS PROGRAM (for all majors)
02/16/2010 deadline
For ALL MAJORS: Up to $12,600 in funding for an independent project to be carried out in the student's final year/semester at Berkeley. See info session dates in previous section.
http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/

Synthetic Biology Research Program (iGEM)
02/18/2010 estimated deadline
http://synberc.org/iGEM/ucb/

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#

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II B. PAID SUMMER APPRENTICESHIPS AT OTHER MAJOR RESEARCH CENTERS BESIDES BERKELEY

There are also MANY opportunities away from Berkeley! Overwhelmingly, these are paid summer apprenticeships, often paying about $3,500 AND covering living expenses. Frequently GRE prep is also a program benefit. Doing a summer program elsewhere can be a great way to "get your foot in the door" for graduate admissions. See this page for a few links to start your search.

http://research.berkeley.edu/opportunities.php?option=bawayb

MOST HAVE DEADLINES ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 1!

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!

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