Cal-ADAR Mentored Research program - now accepting Applications for Spring 2020

Cal-ADAR, Berkeley's mentored research program in demography of aging for underrepresented undergrads is now accepting applications for its Spring 2020 cohort. Demography of aging uses data to examine life course – how early life events or situations influence later life – and population studies – births, deaths, migrations. For the spring 2020 semester, the priority deadline is December 7, 2019, although we will accept applications through January 15, 2020. Through financial support, mentoring, internships and other opportunities, Cal-ADAR will provide you a frame of reference on graduate school in some area of population research: sociology, public health, geography, economics, public policy or another field. You will also gain marketable skills and experience for after graduation. To start, you need to meet eligibility requirements, be interested in graduate school as a possible goal, and want to learn how to work with data.
Cal-ADAR provides students with a community in which to develop quantitative social science skills and use them to study socially relevant issues. Each year, up to 8 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 or attending 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 scholars’ research interests are diverse. Cal-ADAR scholars have presented their own original research at conferences of the Pacific Sociological Association, American Sociological Association and the American Association of Public Opinion Research. Their research topics include:
·       “They Have Your Back”: Latinx Students’ Experiences with Caring Teachers
·       It Take a Village: Support Network Satisfaction among Late Middle-Aged Adults and Young Adults
·       Health Disparities Among Agricultural Workers in the U.S.
·       Race, Gender and Class in Migration to the U.S. South
·       Eustress and Distress of the Caregiver throughout the Elderly Caregiving Experience

Cal-ADAR is managed by the Berkeley Population Center and funded by the National Institute on Aging.
 Benefits include:
  • 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  
  • Expenses-Paid Trip to Professional Academic Conference (annual meetings of the Population Association of America)

Requirements include: 
  • Successful completion of courses in demography (Demog/Soc 126 Sex, Death and Data; Demog 160 Migration & How to Write a Quantitative Research Paper; and a Demog 198, a 1-unit workshop on Applying to Grad School and Professionalization)
  • Courses in related substantive courses (e.g., Soc111AC Sociology of the Family; other demography courses such as Demog/Econ 175 Economic Demography). The minor in Demography is optional.
  • Courses in analysis, e.g., Econ 140 Statistics.  
  • Participation in Cal-ADAR meetings

  • Have at least 2 semesters left at Berkeley. As this is a 3-semester program, we usually 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 (stats, research design, soc sci theory)
  • Fits at least one underrepresented category:
    • Historically underrepresented minority (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders) 
    • Individuals with disabilities

We will begin review of applications for the Spring 2020 cohort on December 7, 2019 and continue until January 15, 2020. For full consideration, submit all application materials (including recommendation letters) beforehand. Contact Dr. Mao-Mei Liu ( for more information.