College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Research 12/3/10

December 2, 2010

I. National Energy and Environmental Research
II. December Research Deadlines
III. Research Info Sessions
IV. Research Workshops
V. Caltech Research Opportunities

I. National Energy and Environmental Research
Amidst devastating oil shocks, President Carter first warned the nation of the impending energy catastrophe facing the United States. More than three decades later, relative inaction by policy-makers has only exacerbated this insecurity. The inability by America's leaders to induce innovation as well as to break America's dependence on fossil fuels now endangers global economic and political stability.

Embracing the urgency of the issue, the Defense and Diplomacy Center of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network has initiated "The Moral Equivalent of War" project. The intent of the program is to break the stalemate in Washington and deliver a series of short-term, politically moderate policies. The recommendations will be designed to immediately attenuate the energy and environmental threats facing the United States, and to promote future political action.

The project is now accepting resumes from current undergraduates interested in contributing to the publication. In small groups, students will be able to engage critical environmental/energy policy analysis and be published on a national level.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward a cover letter and resume to Chris Scanzoni ( by no later than December 15.

II. December Research Deadlines
Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars (for AB540 students)
Deadline: 12/10/10

Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR - CNR)--student initiated
Deadline: 12/10/10

III. Research Info Sessions
SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) Deadline 3/15/11
Infor Sessions: December 9, 3-4 pm, 9 Durant Hall
Speaker: Terry Strathman, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
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 2011 fellows will receive a $3,250 summer stipend, which is intended to cover basic living expenses for two months. SURF Fellows receive an additional $250 when they complete projects and graduate as scheduled. Students with need-based financial aid may be eligible for additional funds. L&S students at any class level are invited to attend and learn how to plan for funded research in the summer before graduation. Event Contact: 510-642-3795

Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for your post graduation project - Deadline 3/1/11
Info Sessions: Thursday, December 9, 4-5 pm, 9 Durant Hall
Speaker: Mary Crabb, Coordinator, Stronach Baccalaureate Prize,
The Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and the public good. The award gives bright, ambitious students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a special project after their graduation. Several prizes may be awarded, each in an amount up to $25,000, designed to cover project costs and living expenses for a period of up to one year. Proposals for humanistic projects involving the arts, humanities, social, or natural sciences are welcome. The 2011 Prize is open to Berkeley graduates in all areas of study who receive their degree in Fall 2010, Spring 2011, or Summer 2011. Event Contact: 510-643-5376

Haas Scholars Program - Deadline 2/22/2011
Up to $12,600 to fund a final year project IN ANY MAJOR
Eligibility: 3.5 gpa, financial need, graduating Fall 2011, Spring 2012, or Summer 2012. In the meantime, you are encouraged to attend a workshop A and a Workshop B as soon as possible, to read the "applying" page of the web site carefully, and, IF you are eligible and able to fulfill all the commitments, meet with the program coordinator, Leah Carroll
(5 Durant Hall, 643-5374

IV. Research Workshops
Workshop A - How to Get Started in Undergraduate Research
This workshop covers how to find a mentor, how to choose your courses to get prepared for research, programs to apply for which can provide funding, guidance, and support, and other mysterious yet important elements of academic etiquette and strategy.
All workshops held in 9 Durant Hall (use West entrance)
Mon, Dec 6, 4-5
Wed, Dec 16, 11:30-12:30

Workshop B: How to write a research proposal
This workshop walks proposal-writers through the various requirements of proposal writing. It may be especially useful for those about to apply for Firebaugh, SPUR, another program with a spring deadline to fund student-initiated research, or those who are about to start a senior thesis. Please come with a topic in mind. These workshops are given from September through mid-February, every year, so if you don't have a topic yet, it would be best to wait.
Tues, Dec 7, 3:30-5
Th, Dec 16, 3-4:30

For more information about the workshop series, go to

V. Caltech Research Opportunities
Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.

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

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

Online applications are due January 12, 2011. For more information, please visit

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

Online applications are due February 15, 2011. For more information, please visit