College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Research

Campus Opportunities


There are many opportunities to do research on campus and off campus. The Research@Berkeley site is a repository of information about research opportunities, resources, publications. Sign up for their list serve, attend their workshops, be aware of early deadlines.

URAP: Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program is a university-sponsored program that gives you the chance to work one-on-one with faculty from any department on campus. Each semester, faculty post their research projects on the URAP website, and students apply to participate.

To qualify for URAP, you should have a GPA of at least 2.0. Any student meeting this requirement is eligible to apply for up to 3 different projects. If selected to work on a research project, you will meet regularly with the professor for research mentoring and have the option of earning 1 unit of academic credit for every 3 hours of research work (limited to 4 units per term). Application deadlines occur very early in the fall and spring semesters each year.

Katarina Makmuri is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Sciences and an undergraduate research apprentice in the Hake Lab in Plant & Microbial Biology. Read on to find out what it's like to do an undergraduate research in a PMB lab that investigates developmental processes in maize.