College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Research Newsletter 1/25/10

January 28, 2010

Dear Undergraduate Researchers,
Now is the time to get serious if you plan to apply this spring. Many deadlines are in late January and early February. Take a look at upcoming workshops, info sessions, undergraduate research events, and deadlines:

In this newsletter...
I. Workshops and information sessions in January and February, 2010
II. Info on a course to guide students through "capstone" research requirements and a sociology research forum
III. A "sneak preview" of deadlines through mid-February
IV. Paid Summer Apprenticeships at other major research centers besides Berkeley

I. Information sessions and workshops in January/early February, 2010:

1. Haas Scholars Program (deadline February 16, 2010)

The Haas Scholars Program offers up to $12,600 to students IN ANY MAJOR who plan to carry out a thesis or major project in their final semester/year and the summer preceding it. Up to $5,000 of these funds can be used for travel for data collection or conferences, supplies, and in some cases equipment, among other uses.

-3.5+ gpa
-Eligible for need-based financial aid
-graduating Fall 2010 or Spring/Summer 2011
-sponsorship by a tenure-track faculty member (in some exceptional cases, non tenure-track faculty members are allowed)

Those interested should read the web site IMMEDIATELY and follow the instructions there for determining their eligibility and meeting with the program coordinator. For more information, come to an info session on

Friday, January 29th, 2-3 p.m., 344 Campbell Hall
Thursday, February 4th, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 344 Campbell Hall

At the information session, Program Coordinator Leah Carroll will clarify benefits, eligibility criteria, and commitments, and then current Haas Scholars will talk about their experiences.

More details, and instructions on how to get started with your application process, are at

3. Judith Lee STRONACH BACCALAUREATE PRIZE is an award of up to $25,000 to do a research/public service project post-graduation. 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 projects involving the arts, humanities and social or natural sciences are welcome.

The application deadline is March 1st, 2010.

For more information, come to one of the Stronach Prize info sessions:

Thursday, January 28th, 3-4 p.m., 344 Campbell Hall
Friday, February 5th, 2-3 p.m., 344 Campbell Hall
Tuesday, February 9th, 11-noon, 344 Campbell Hall
Thursday, February 18th, 4-5 p.m., 344 Campbell Hall

Find more details at

4. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Info Sessions

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program (SURF) is designed to allow Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to spend the summer doing concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis or another major capstone research project. In Summer 2010 fellows will receive a $3,250 summer stipend, which is intended to cover basic living expenses for two months. Students with need-based financial aid may be eligible for additional funds.

The application deadline is March 15th, 2010.

For more information, come to the SURF info session:

Friday, January 29th, 1-2 p.m.
Thursday, February 4th, 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9th, 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17th, 11-12 p.m.
Thursday, February 25th, 3-4 p.m.
Friday, March 5th, 11-12 p.m.

All info sessions held in 344 Campbell Hall

Find more details at

5. UCDC Info Sessions (All held in 291 Barrows Hall):

The University of California Berkeley Washington Program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates from all majors to spend a semester (Fall or Spring) in Washington, D.C. pursuing full-time course work and an internship in their selected field. Applicants must be in good standing within their Colleges, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have achieved junior status (60 units) by the time their semester in Washington commences. Preference is given to students who have completed at least 30 credits on the Berkeley campus. All program participants must reside at the UC Washington Center for the duration of the semester.

The application deadline is February 24, 2010, and the application is now on-line.

For more details and tips for a successful application, come to one of the info sessions:

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 12-1:30 P.M.
Thursday, Feb. 4, 4-5:30 P.M.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4-5:30 P.M.

Find more details at


UC Berkeley iGEM Synthetic Biology Summer Research Program Info Session

* Replacing nonrenewable energy sources with solar-powered bacteria
* Curing diseases with engineered microbes
* Producing new biochemicals and materials in cells

These are some of the goals of synthetic biology, a new field that seeks to design and build novel biological systems to accomplish specific tasks. The International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition is an undergraduate bio-technology "Olympics" which challenges teams of students from universities around the world to design and implement a synthetic biology project, then present their results in a juried competition at MIT in November of each year. Berkeley has sponsored an iGEM team since the competition began in 2005. Our team has consistently been recognized as being one of the top iGEM teams in the world, receiving major awards at the Jamboree each year.

The application deadline is February 19, 2010

For more information, come to an information session on
Thursday, February 4, 5-6 pm in 177 Stanley Hall



All workshops held in 344 Campbell Hall

Workshop A: Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

*Why do research
*What makes for a good topic
*How to get academic credit for your research
*How to find a mentor or a lab
*How to find funding

2-3 Tues Feb 2

This is the last workshop A for a while!

These times don't work for you but you want tips for finding a mentor or getting into a lab? See these links:

Workshop B, "How to Write a Research Proposal". Please come to this
workshop with a topic in mind and ready to outline.

*What makes for a good "research question"
*How to narrow your topic
*How to write the "background" section
*Tips for a great "methods" section
*How to formulate a budget
And more.........

Thursday, January 28th, 4-5:30 p.m.
Friday, February 5th, 3-4:30 p.m.

These are the last workshop Bs for a while!

Times don't work for you but you want some help on a proposal? See



1. Class for students planning a "capstone" research or creative project

The Study Strategies & Resources Program, located at The Student Learning Center (SLC), is proud to once again offer a section of Education 98/198: "To the Capstone & Beyond", a 2 unit P/NP course to support undergraduates who are preparing to, or are currently composing a culminating senior thesis, research project, and/or other creative endeavor. Our course supplements existing departmental and campus resources that are available to students at various stages of their research processes.

Through individual written assignments and collaborative discussions, students will:
* Define their research objectives and project scope
* Practice written and oral presentation skills in framing their work
* Participate in discipline-specific and interdisciplinary conversations
* Strategize approaches to faculty/mentor feedback
* Learn to actively apply relevant study strategies (i.e., time management, goal-setting, reading & writing strategies, motivational techniques, etc.)
* Consult with the instructor to help monitor individual goals

Day & Time: Thursdays 2-4pm (beginning the first week of instruction), 151 Chavez
CCN: 23689 Section #: 15
CCN: 23932 Section #: 15

For more info, contact:
Gonzalo Arrizon
Study Strategies & Resources Program Coordinator
Student Learning Center
144 Chavez Student Center
Phone: 510-642-1330

2. Sociological Research Forum April 23, 2010. Submissions deadline: March 1, 2010

The Berkeley Undergraduate Sociology Association (BUSA) is hosting the second annual UC Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium, and would like to encourage all students to participate and attend.

The UC Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium is now accepting "sociological" papers that deal with society, social issues, social policy, etc. Submissions from any and all disciplines are encouraged. The Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to share your research with the greater UC Berkeley community, including undergraduates and graduate students. If you are interested in attending but not presenting, the Symposium will be a wonderful chance to check out the exceptional level of research that defines academic excellence in the social sciences and humanities at UC Berkeley!

Registration Form:
Date: Friday, April 23, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Arlie Russell Hochschild:
Time: Registration 9-10 a.m. // Sessions 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2010 in 410 Barrows
Selection of Papers: May be competitive depending on student interest/response.
Registration Cost: Free. Lunch and light breakfast provided. Students interested in attending (but not presenting) should register ASAP as registration will be conducted on a first come, first service basis.
Registration Form:
Sponsored By: The Berkeley Undergraduate Sociology Association



URAP: Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
01/25/2010 DEADLINE
The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with UC Berkeley professors on faculty research projects. No recommendation needed: just a 400 wd statement, a quick application, and a BearFacts transcript and course schedule. About 900 students placed as apprentices with professors every semester!

SPUR -- Apprenticeship program for students in College of Natural Resources
01/25/2010 DEADLINE

01/28/2010 estimated deadline

01/29/2010 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.

01/29/2010 deadline

UC LEADS: Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Research Program
01/31/2010 deadline
Two summer apprenticeship at UCB and another UC.

02/01/2010 deadline

02/01/2010 deadline

SUPERB-CSIS: Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley-Computer Science in the Interest of Society
02/01/2010 deadline

TRUST-REU (engineering summer apprenticeship)
02/01/2010 deadline

COINS Undergraduate Internship Program in Nanotechnology
02/01/2010 deadline

NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Cell, Developmental, and Evolutionary Biology
02/1/2010 deadline

SROP: Summer Research Opportunities Program
02/01/2010 deadline
Apprenticeship in social sciences, humanities, and physical sciences.

AMGEN SCHOLARS Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Sciences and Biotechnology
02/02/2010 deadline

02/05/2010 deadline
Apprenticeship for physics majors.

02/08/2010 deadline

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

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.

Synthetic Biology Research Program (iGEM)
02/19/2010 deadline


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.


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 the deadline for 2010 - usually it's a year after whatever is listed for 2009. Good luck!

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