College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Research 9/13/11

September 13, 2011

I. Learn about research at the "How to Get Started in Undergraduate Research" workshop!
II. Check out the "Writing a Research Proposal" workshop!
III. Do research in DC!

I. Learn about research at the "How to Get Started in Undergraduate Research" workshop!
What will be covered? 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 include:
- exploring your intellectual interests;
- finding a faculty mentor or sponsor;
- eligibility, application requirements, and deadlines for
potential funding sources;
- planning ahead for a successful application.

Workshops are open to the entire campus community. See this page for more information on the workshops: Many useful documents are linked to this page: No registration required. All workshops held in 9 Durant Hall on:
Tues Sept 13, 3:30-4:30pm
Mon Sept 19, 2-3pm
Th Sept 22, 2:30-3:30pm
Wed Sept 283-4pm

II. Check out the "Writing a Research Proposal" workshop!
Writing a Research Proposal (please come with a topic and ready to outline) This workshop will cover the basics of writing a research proposal for students in all disciplines. Topics to be covered include:
- defining your research question;
- writing the background/justification or "literature review" section
- developing a project plan;
- presenting your qualifications;
- creating a budget.
No registration required. All workshops held in 9 Durant Hall on:
Th Sept 15, 4-5:30pm
Tues Sept 27, 3:30-5pm

III. Do research in DC!
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. An application for the Spring 2012 UC Berkeley Washington Program is now available online, at:

UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) Information Sessions
What will be covered? The information session will provide an overview of the UCDC Program, including:
- tips for a successful application (writing the personal statement,
resume work, obtaining letters of recommendation);
- the selection process;
- the research seminar;
- resources for your internship search;
- making the most of your semester in D.C.(housing, budgeting,travel, etc.)

An alumna or alumnus will share first-hand experiences and answer attendees' questions. This information session is open to all UC Berkeley undergraduates. An information Session will be held in 202 Barrows Hall on Thursday, Sept. 15th: 4-5:30 P.M.. If you would like to meet with Kathy Slusser, Program Coordinator, you may drop in at M24 Wheeler Hall between 9-12 and 1-4 Monday-Thursday or e-mail her to schedule an appointment: