CNR’s personalized student services program sets us apart from other colleges and academic units on campus. Thanks to our generous and active alumni base and our student-centered credo, CNR’s undergraduates benefit from a variety of special services. In addition, the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs makes services and information available that are relevant to the interests of CNR students.
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Undergraduate Research: Students in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) have many opportunities to work with our outstanding faculty on research projects. Research enhances student scholarship and provides participants with invaluable skills and experience. CNR offers a range of opportunities suited for the novice and advanced undergraduate researcher, including financial support generously provided by CNR alumni and friends to assist with research costs and travel.
Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research Program (SPUR): SPUR provides grant money to encourage CNR faculty and undergraduate students to collaborate on research projects. The funding for this program is generously donated by CNR alumni, and is offered in the summer, fall, and spring terms. Students may participate in the SPUR program by applying to a faculty-initiated project or by creating a student-initiated project.
The Honors Program: The College of Natural Resources Honors Program is designed to support undergraduate students interested in developing, executing, and evaluating a year-long independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students who successfully complete the Honors Program will earn recognition at graduation and will also receive a notation of Honors in their major on their diploma.
Forestry Camp: The only program of its kind in the Western United States, UC Berkeley Forestry Field Camp is an eight-week, Sierra Nevada–based summer program open to all interested, qualified students. Five courses, offered by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, can qualify students for a minor in forestry.
Student Organizations at CNR: Get to know fellow students with common academic and social interests. A number of student groups exist within the College to provide social and academic support addressing a variety of topics, disciplines, and issues.
Peer Advising Leadership (PAL) Program: The PALs of CNR strive to offer personal viewpoints and experiences to current and prospective CNR students. These students are trained in understanding CNR and University requirements, policies, and procedures, and are available to answer questions in 260 Mulford Hall or via email. For more information about CNR PALs and how to contact them, visit their page.
Student Ambassador Leadership (SAL) Program: The newly established Student Ambassador Leader (SAL) program aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the programs that CNR offers in prospective and newly admitted students. These students are available to answer questions in 260 Mulford Hall or via email. For more information about CNR SALs and how to contact them, visit their page
Poster Session: The CNR Poster Session is a great opportunity to showcase your research to the Berkeley community and to learn what other research projects are being done by students in the College of Natural Resources.
Travel Grant: The CNR Travel Grant is designed to help students fund travel that is related to independent research and/or participation in conferences. To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate students in CNR, be in good academic standing, and have a faculty sponsor from within CNR. Travel must take place while individuals are registered or continuing students.
Cal Energy Corps: The Cal Energy Corps is an undergraduate internship program created to engage UC Berkeley students in the design, development and delivery of sustainable energy and climate solutions around the world. Highly popular with CNR students, the 12-week summer program selects students for research and support work with partner organizations in the United States and overseas.
Study Abroad: Studying abroad is an invaluable college experience, so we suggest you plan your academic program in order to include a semester, or even a year, in another country. Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad is the UC Berkeley resource center for the University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP).
Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC): SERC provides environmental and sustainability related jobs, internships, leadership positions and co-curricular opportunites for students to engage in the campus environmental community.
Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station: Located on Moorea Island in French Polynesia, the University of California Berkeley's Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station research station invites international scientists and students to conduct field-based scientific research and advanced training. Research spans levels of biocultural organization, from genetics and molecular biology, through organismal and population biology, to anthropology, economics, and the social sciences.
Berkeley Connect: One-credit undergraduate mentorship program places students in a small group of peers that meets once a week with a graduate-student mentor. The students also get one-on-one mentoring, fun lessons about the campus’s storied history, trips to our museums, and guidance on how to navigate through the Berkeley system. And free dinner!