How do Faculty join the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

Eligibility

All regular ladder faculty are eligible to apply for apprentices and grants through this program.

Applications and deadlines

There are two apprentice/funding rounds each year:

  • Faculty can begin to apply online in early May for apprentices and funding for fall or academic year projects. Fall projects are first posted in mid-May.
  • Faculty can begin in early November to apply online for apprentices and funding for spring-only projects. Spring projects are posted in mid-December.
  • Please contact Stefanie Ebeling at urap@berkeley.edu for the link to submit a project proposal.

It is sometimes possible to add projects after the faculty deadline, especially projects for the fall semester. Call Stefanie Ebeling at 3-5376 with any questions.

One semester or two?

Applicants for the fall semester may request apprentice commitments and URAP grants for one or both semesters. Spring applicants may request funding and student commitments for spring only. No new projects are initiated for the summer months. (See Summer Stipends for Students)

Time commitment

URAP requires considerable commitment on the part of the student, but certainly no less commitment from the faculty research mentor. The most successful results–for faculty and students alike–have come from pairings that met regularly to discuss research progress. (Joint publications have resulted from many of these associations.) In our experience, most students appreciate and benefit from structure in their research assignments. Undergraduate Research Apprentices do require more guidance than GSRs. Faculty who are too pressed for time to meet with their apprentices may be disappointed in results; such arrangements may leave apprentices confused and disillusioned. Faculty who commit for two semesters are more likely to reap the rewards of their mentoring.

The project proposal

Each faculty applicant is asked to submit a brief description of the project proposed for an Undergraduate Research Apprentice. In addition to addressing the intellectual scope and tasks required, you are asked to be as specific as possible about the skills, interests, course preparation, class level and time commitment you seek in an apprentice. Be explicit about your needs; students need clues to assess their own suitability for your project.

* Projects that might be appropriate for freshmen are always welcome.

Task assignment

Most academic research encompasses a variety of tasks. Some tasks can be repetitive or tiresome, even though essential to the research. While you may certainly assign such tasks to research apprentices, remember to also include them in the conceptual work of the project. This is, after all, a program designed to spur interest in advanced research, and one for which students receive academic credit. Assignments which are wholly clerical or rote in nature, with little potential to advance the apprentices' understanding of the field, are inappropriate for this program.

The URAP project listings

The approved research project proposals are published on the URAP student webpages at the end of each term: http://urapprojects.berkeley.edu/projects/

You may want to announce the upcoming project in your courses, but please do not make commitments to individual students before all the applications are reviewed at the start of the project term.