College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Research 9/23/11

September 23, 2011

- Research into the history of household appliances!
- Check out the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program at UC Berkeley!
- Participate in the "Writing a Research Proposal" workshop!
- Do research in DC!

Research into the history of household appliances!
The Energy Efficiency Standards Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is looking for an undergraduate to assist in the collection of historic data on household technologies and commercial equipment. The position will primarily involve data entry/formatting with some opportunity for analysis. The time requirement will be 10-15 hours/week for at least 2 weeks, with the possibility of a longer term, subject to funding and programmatic needs. The position itself is short term, but could serve as a good introduction to the standards group and work. An ideal candidate would be detail-oriented, responsible, and experienced with Excel and basic data fitting, with an interest in energy policy and/or the history of technologies. This is a paid position with a salary range of $13-$15/hour, depending on year in school.

Interested candidates can send a one-page resume, and a paragraph explaining both their interest in the position and their broader professional interests, to Colleen Kantner ( by 5pm Friday, September 23rd.

Check out the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program at UC Berkeley!
The Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program at UC Berkeley offers undergraduate and doctoral students from minority and health-disparity populations the opportunity to do health sciences research abroad in a developing country, and a semester doing research in a leading Berkeley lab.

The MHIRT program will be hosting an informational session for the 2012 fellowship as well as a Fall symposium where 2011 fellows will present their research to the campus community. The program schedule is as follows:
Thursday Oct 6th, 2011
Alumni House, Sibley Room
3:00 6:00 pm
Presentations from 2011 Fellows
Uganda, Brazil, India, China, South Africa, Namibia
6:00 7:00 pm
Info session on 2012 MHIRT Global Health Research Fellowships

Applications for the 2012 Fellowship open October 1, 2011.

Participate in 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:
Tues Sept 27, 3:30-5pm

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.)

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: