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Undergraduate Research Newsletter 2/5/10

February 5, 2010

Dear Undergraduate Researchers,

There is a lot going on in the world of undergraduate research at this time of the semester - take a look:

I. Upcoming workshops and information sessions in February, 2010
II. Second Annual Berkeley Sociology Research Symposium
III. Undergraduate Research Journals calls for staff applications and submissions
IV. Research DeCal Announcement
V. Greater Good Science Center Fellowship Program
VI. American Cultures Student Research Prize
VII. A "sneak preview" of deadlines through mid-February & early March
VIII. Paid Summer Apprenticeships at other major research centers besides Berkeley

I. Information sessions, workshops, and deadlines in 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 the LAST info session before the deadline on

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

2. 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:
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

3. 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, 30-50 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:

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
4. 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:

Last info session:
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4-5:30 P.M.

Find more details at


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

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 2-3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19th, 1-2 p.m.

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.........

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

This is the last workshop B for a while!

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

1. 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

III. Undergraduate Journals Calls for Staff Applications and Submissions:

Working as a staff member on an undergraduate research journal is a great way to learn about the academic publication process and improve your own critical skills and writing. Submitting your work to a journal is a great way to, well, get published! And along the way, to learn how to polish your writing.

Featured is a full list of our campus' undergraduate research journals.

* The Berkeley Scientific Journal
The submissions deadline for research articles will be on March 1. See web site for details.

* Berkeley Undergraduate Journal (Social Sciences, Humanities)

* California Engineer

* Clio's Scroll: The Berkeley Undergraduate History Journal

* Harvest Moon (Philosophy)

Eleven: The Undergraduate Journal of Sociology Call for Papers

Have you written an excellent, unpublished sociological paper? Would you like to be a published scholar? Eleven: The Undergraduate Journal of Sociology is now accepting papers for its inaugural 2010 issue. We will showcase five exceptional sociological papers this year from current UC Berkeley undergraduates and UC Berkeley alumni who have graduated within the last three years.

To apply, just fill out the attached form and prepare your submission packet for review. We are currently reading papers on a rolling basis-meaning that we will review and accept papers as they are submitted-with a final deadline of Monday, February 22 at 4 PM. Since submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, we strongly encourage interested students to turn in packets once they are completed. Packets should be delivered to 410 Barrows. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Siragusa (Eleven Managing Editor) at:

The Berkeley Undergraduate Journal is a publication of exceptional undergraduate academic papers from the social sciences and humanities. Run by and for students, we operate from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

The Journal offers undergraduates the chance to express their ideas to a broader, university-wide, audience. By publishing scholarly work from a variety of disciplines and by collaborating with university faculty, administration, and student authors, the Journal integrates into discussion the diverse discourses of our university's intellectual community. In doing so, we seek to demonstrate the strength of undergraduate scholarship at Berkeley. The Journal serves undergraduates in yet another dimension by enabling student editors to hone their skills
by reviewing, editing, and publishing articles under their own direction.

Submission Deadline: February 26, 2010 - 4pm in 301 Campbell Hall

Staff Application Deadline: February 19, 2010 - 4pm in 301 Campbell Hall

Please direct questions to the Editor-in-Chief:

Berkeley Scientific is the undergraduate research journal of the University of California, Berkeley. The focus of the journal is broad, spanning scientific disciplines from ecology to engineering, from astronomy to biochemistry. Our intended audience includes, but is not
limited to, UC Berkeley students, faculty, and the surrounding community. Although all of our published material is primarily related to the campus, many research papers include work done far off campus, and our faculty interviewees do work that involve collaborations and carry implications across the globe.

Reminder for undergraduate researchers:
The deadline to inform us of your intent to submit a research paper for the upcoming issue is Monday, March 1, 2010.

E-mail questions to:

IV. Want to learn more about research, and hear from professors and students involved in research? Want to learn about how YOU can get involved in doing research?

SIGN UP FOR THE RESEARCH DECAL: The Bear Necessities of Research! The goal of the decal is to introduce the students to the research that professors, graduates, and undergraduates at Cal are currently conducting, as well as provide them with tips for securing their own research position. We invite professors and researchers from a variety of fields so as to give students an idea of the broad range of research that is available. Ultimately, we hope to encourage students to pursue their own research or give them the resources to secure a research position with a faculty member. This class provides professional development in terms of research, teaching and informing students on how to get involved, starting their own projects, approaching professors, etc. The class will include lectures given by professors and students as well as a field trip to a research facility. The Bear Necessities of Research DeCal is ASUC-sponsored.

The Research DeCal will be held in Spring 2010, on Wednesdays from 4 - 5:30 pm in 160 Dwinelle. It is 1 unit, P/NP.

CCN (if freshman/sophomore): 69449
CCN (if junior/senior): 69647

Please contact us if you have any questions!
Find us on the facebook event! (search: "Bear Necessities of Research")

V. The Greater Good Science Center
offers annual fellowships to UC Berkeley Undergraduate and Graduate students whose work relates to our mission. The fellowship program aims to attract scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with a particular focus on the social-behavioral sciences.

Fellowships are awarded to research proposals that respond to one or more of the following themes:

* The biological underpinnings of prosocial emotion
* The context and cultivation of social well-being
* Compassion, health, and community

Visit the GGSC Fellows Page for more information about the program, application process, former fellows, and past projects.

Application materials for the Hornaday Graduate Student Fellowship and the Goldberg Undergraduate Student Fellowship are now available online.

All applications must be submitted by 12 PM on March 12, 2010 for consideration. Please email Anurati Mathur at with any questions.

We look forward to receiving your applications! Thank you for being a part of the Greater Good!
All the best,The Greater Good Science Center


The American Cultures Center is pleased to announce the American Cultures Student Research Prize. The American Cultures Student Research Prize is intended to recognize a standard of excellence in scholarship, which fits with the core intention of the American Cultures requirement-to create scholarship, which promotes the understanding of race, ethnicity, and culture in a comparative and integrative fashion. Two prizes will be awarded. One for the successful submission from a lower-division course, and one for the successful submission from an upper-division course. In addition to a cash award of $1,000, and with permission, recipients will have their work published on the American Cultures website.

For details please visit:


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

02/24/2010 deadline

02/25/2010 deadline
Student fellows have come from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, political science, law, environmental science, public policy, public health, and medicine.

02/26/2010 deadline

GROUP Summer Apprenticeships (Townsend Center for the Humanities)
03/01/2010 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.