College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Research 2/4/11

February 4, 2011

I. Research Workshops
II. Haas Scholars Program (deadline February 22, 2011)
III. UCDC
IV. Environmental Health Research Experience Program

I. Research Workshops
Workshop A: Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
All workshops held in 9 Durant Hall unless noted otherwise
Friday, February 11, 1:00-2:00

These times don't work for you but you want tips for finding a mentor or getting into a lab? See these links: http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/documents/findmentor.html
http://mcb.berkeley.edu/undergrad/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=86
http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/documents/physcimentor.html

Workshop B- "How to Write a Research Proposal". Please come to this workshop with a topic in mind and ready to outline.
Friday, February 11, 4-5:30 pm, 9 Durant Hall


II. Haas Scholars Program (deadline February 22, 2011)
http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/
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.

Eligibility:

-3.450+ gpa
-Eligible for need-based financial aid (international and AB540 OK if need can be documented)
-graduating Fall 2011 or Spring/Summer 2012
-sponsorship by a tenure-track faculty member (in some exceptional cases, non tenure-track faculty members are allowed)

For more information, come to the info session on Friday, February 11, 12-1 in 9 Durant Hall and read the website IMMEDIATELY to know how to get started, especially http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/documents/howtoproceed.html.


III. UCDC
http://ucdc.berkeley.edu/appl.htm
Each Fall and Spring, the UCB Washington Program sends undergraduates to Washington, D.C., to complete academic research projects of their own design, and to participate in internships related to their research. The Program is open to juniors and seniors in any major, and graduating seniors may participate during their final semester at UCB (but not after they actually graduate).

To apply, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have junior or senior standing in the semester you plan to attend. You must also have taken at least two upper-division courses on the UC Berkeley campus, which provide background for the topic you intend to research. Internships are available in a wide variety of DC-based government agencies, nonprofit organizations, policy think-tanks, media outlets, and businesses. Students live in the brand new UC Washington Center at Scott Circle and UCB financial aid is transferrable to DC. Students earn a full semester of UCB academic credit.

Applications for the Fall 2011 UCDC Program are due Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 4 p.m. Candidate interviews will be conducted in mid-March 2011 for the Fall 2011 UCDC Program. Accepted students will be notified in the 12th week of class in the semester they apply.

I will conduct several information sessions during the early weeks of Spring Semester. An alum of the UCDC Program will speak about his or her experiences and answer your questions. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to schedule an appointment with me.

All UCDC info sessions will be held in 291 Barrows Hall:
Thurs., Feb. 10 4-5:30 P.M. 291 Barrows
Weds., Feb. 16 4-5:30 P.M. 202 Barrows

Information about how to locate internships in DC is available on a bulletin board outside the UCB Washington Program Office and at the Information Sessions. The Program Office is at M24 Wheeler Hall, and generally will be open 9-12 and 1-4 on Mondays through Thursdays.

More details about the program can be obtained by e-mailing ucdc@berkeley.edu, by visiting M24 Wheeler Hall, or by calling 510/642-9102.


IV. Environmental Health Research Experience Program
Environmental and occupational health is an interdisciplinary field that uses the tools of science to solve human health problems related to the environment. If you want to use your science background to help people live healthier lives, this research program is for you. The Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EH REP) is a funded nine week, summer experience for talented undergraduates who express strong interest in environmental health science research. Each year, the department will select students from a national pool of applicants and pair each with a faculty mentor. Students from populations traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply. The program is made possible by a five-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and generous, ongoing support from department faculty.

The experience will:
* Provide first-hand experiences in laboratories of leading environmental and occupational health researchers
* Introduce students to key environmental and occupational health concepts and concerns
* Offer academic research exposure that will help students be more competitive for graduate school.

Beyond the Lab
In addition to their work with a faculty mentor in a laboratory setting, participants have many opportunities to learn about the field of Environmental Health, get to know fellow participants, and explore Seattle! Along with the incredible opportunities surrounding research experience, the program offers a weekly seminar that covers some of the field's most current and relevant topics, as well as environmental health field trips. The program also sponsors some great social outings for participants to get to know each other—and Seattle—better! 2010 activities included the Seattle Underground Tour and a canoe trip from the Waterfront Activities Center.

Dates - The program follows the University of Washington summer quarter schedue. The dates for 2011 are June 20 to August 19.

Eligibility - This program is for science students who may be interested in pursuing graduate work and who have maintained a 3.0 minimum grade point average. Funding requires that participants be US Citizens or US Permanent Residents. Students who are underrepresented in the sciences are strong encouraged to apply.

Food - EH REP students are responsible for their own meals. Funding - The stipend for 9 weeks is approximately $5,200. Housing - EH REP students are responsible for providing their own housing including on-campus options at the University of Washington. Students who choose to live on campus should expect to pay approximately $23.00 per night for housing in one of our dormitory apartments. At this nightly rate, total cost for housing will be approximately $1400 for the duration of the program. Students planning to live on campus will be expected to pay a $250 housing deposit (to be returned) and a $50 non-refundable linen fee. Each apartment accommodates two students and includes two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a shared living space.

International Students - The program cannot provide funding for students who do not have US citizenship or permanent resident status ("green card" holders). If space is available, we may consider international students who can fund themselves completely for the summer.