Late fall ugrad research deadlines + resources to prepare for many spring ones!!!

I. Visit OURS Peer Advisors at drop in office hours!
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships is thrilled to announce that it has a newPeer Advisor program.
Each week, the OURS Peer Advisors hold drop-in office hours in Dwinelle 2422 (OURS headquarters). Wondering how to get started in undergraduate research or seeking scholarships? Stop by during office hours to talk with OURS Peer Advisors.

Fall Semester Peer Advising Drop-In Hours:
Location: Dwinelle 2422
  • Monday: 11am - 1pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 1pm
  • Friday: 12pm - 3pm

You can look up specific biographical information about OURS Peers advisors at

II.  Workshops, Info sessions, and Events (Links on titles click to descriptions of workshops)
***You do not have to register for any workshops in advance***

To get to room 1229 Dwinelle, where many of these workshops are held, enter through the door on the northwest corner of Dwinelle.  The door faces the parking lot downhill of Dwinelle, but is near the wall of Dwinelle that faces VLSB.  

Workshop | November 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Haas Scholars Program Info Session--a senior capstone experience for all majors ($13K+)

Information Session | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Workshop | November 10 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall
Information Session | November 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 14 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Workshop | November 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

Information Session | November 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

III.  Upcoming Deadlines for UC Berkeley undergraduate research programs

IV.  "Research Justice" - Wednesday, November 16 - 12:001:30pm
"Research Justice" - Wednesday, November 16 - 12:001:30pm
Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way:

This talk examines how we can approach research from new ways that center collective responsibility and shared ownership over the research process. In particular Jolivette will review the thinking behind the development of his edited volume, Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change and the influential work of Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Dr. Michelle Fine who are contributors to this project. Central to the presentation and discussion will be the work of the DataCenter, a grassroots community-based organization in Oakland where the term Research Justice was coined. Hosted by the Center for Research on Social Change

V. Institute of International Studies Undergraduate Merit Scholarship
Description:   The Institute of International Studies (IIS) Undergraduate Merit Scholarship supports undergraduate research in any area of international studies.  Research may be conducted independently, in congruence with an honors thesis, or while studying abroad.
Application Details: 
Applicants must submit a one-page research proposal and unofficial transcript.  A letter of recommendation from a GSI or faculty member must be emailed directly  Further application details can be found on the IIS website:
Eligibility: Open to any UC Berkeley junior or senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA who has completed at least one semester of study in residence at Berkeley. All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. (Note: concurrent enrollment students are not eligible to apply.)
Award Amount: Merit scholarships will be up to $2000 each.
Application Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2016.

Please email with any questions.

VI. Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars Program--NEW, for undocumented and formerly incarcerated students - please pass the word
The Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars is a program housed at the University of California, Berkeley Division of Equity and Inclusion. Through the collaboration of established academic programs at UC Berkeley including the Academic Achievement Programs, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, the Undocumented Student Program, the Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education Student Group, Chicanx Latinx Student Development office and the Center for Educational Equity and Excellence, and the Underground Scholars Initiative, we announce the establishment of the Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars Program that provides research opportunities to undocumented students, AB540 students and Underground Scholars who come from first-generation college and low-income families, underrepresented backgrounds in higher education or formerly incarcerated scholars.

In addition to providing the opportunity to obtain research experience, we will help Firebaugh Scholars complete a competitive graduate school or post-baccalaureate program application packet. The program will select ten undocumented or AB540 Students and five Underground Scholars who will design and carry out an independent faculty-sponsored research. Scholars will take a Research Seminar course during the spring semester. During this time, students develop their research proposal, generate a research question, select a method of inquiry, and design a plan for conducting and completing their research during the summer of 2017. In the summer, students also work on researching different graduate school or post-baccalaureateate programs, secure strong letters of recommendation, write their statement of purpose and personal statement, get GRE training, and put together a strong application packet. Our goal is for these ten students to continue on to a post baccalaureate program or graduate school and help diversify the faculty at colleges and universities in the United States.

Application Deadline: Thursday, November 18, 2016, 5 pm.
Questions?  Email Juan Francisco Esteva Martinez at

VII. Links for undergraduate research opportunities at other institutions -- note that most of these have early spring deadlines

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates -- searchable online database of hundreds of programs nationwide for STEM disciplines as well as social and behavioral science
Listing of opportunities specifically for humanities and social science students
Pathways to Science database of summer opportunities
Search for more on and off campus undergraduate research opportunities here:
From there, you can search by whether it's on or off campus, eligibility criteria, deadlines, and more!

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program:

Prestigious Scholarships & Scholarship Connection: