What is the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships was established in 1997/98 and charged with integrating undergraduates more fully into the research life of the university. This office works to highlight existing research activities and programs on campus, to promote greater participation by faculty and students, to collect data on undergraduate and faculty collaboration in research, and to develop resources and funding necessary to expand undergraduate research opportunities, and thus enhance student learning and satisfaction.

OURS directly administers the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, the Haas Scholars Program, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF L&S and SURF Rose Hills), and the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. This office also houses the two major campus journals for the publication of the undergraduate research: Berkeley Undergraduate Journal, for research in the humanities and social sciences, and Berkeley Scientific, for research in the sciences.

The central campus website for undergraduate research, Undergraduate Research @ Berkeley, http://research.berkeley.edu, is a project of this office.

Several annual events focusing on research issues and opportunities for undergraduates are initiated, co-sponsored, and/or funded by this office. In recent years, OURS organized the Research and Scholarships Fair (in fall), in addition to the SURF Conference (late summer) and the Haas Scholars Conference (early spring).