Cal-ADAR is Berkeley's mentored research program in life course research (aka demography of aging) for underrepresented college students. ADAR stands for Advancing Diversity in Demography of Aging. Cal-ADAR provides students with a community in which to develop quantitative social science skills and use them to study socially relevant issues. Each summer, up to 12 Cal-ADAR scholars are selected for the program, which takes place over their junior and senior years and the summer in between (seniors with at least 2 semesters left are also eligible). Scholars are given generous financial support (partial tuition/fees, up to 3 semesters), a paid summer internship, travel stipend for conference travel and support and mentoring from faculty members and Cal-ADAR staff through graduation and beyond. Cal-ADAR scholars have gone on to work in local government, finance, academic research. Many are actively pursuing graduate school.
Cal-ADAR equips our scholars with concrete skills in data analysis, use of statistical software, data wrangling, data visualization, higher-order problem solving, literature review, presentations. Life course research or demography of aging is officially a STEM subject, but unlike many other STEM fields, Cal-ADAR offers a broad range of immediately relevant social problems and issues to study, so students find it personally satisfying. We call it "STEM with a story.“
Cal-ADAR is managed by the Berkeley Population Center. Its funding is provided by the National Institutes of Aging.
- Tuition/fees support, up to 3 semesters
- Travel stipend to scholarly conference/s
- Paid summer internship
- GRE prep
- Support and Mentoring from faculty members and Cal-ADAR staff through graduation and beyond
- Have at least 2 semesters left at Berkeley. As this is a 3-semester program, we target juniors, but seniors are welcome to apply.
- Plan or Interest in grad school in quantitative social sciences
- A 3.3 or B+ average overall and in prerequisites
- Fits at least one underrepresented category as defined by NIH :
- "A. Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders...[and] individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution...
- B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities...
- C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:
- Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds...
- Individuals who come from educational environments such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop and participate in a research career."
Applications are rolling, but we’ll begin review .