Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

University of California, Berkeley

URAP Application​

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) is designed to involve Berkeley undergraduates more deeply in the research life of the University. The Program provides opportunities for you to work with faculty and staff researchers on the cutting edge research projects for which Berkeley is world-renowned. Working closely with mentors, you will deepen your knowledge and skills in areas of special interest, while experiencing what it means to be part of an intellectual community engaged in research.

New research opportunities are open at the start of each semester. Student applications are due in the the second week of classes each term. For detailed information, please see URAP Application.

Faculty and undergraduates from all of the schools and colleges at the University of California at Berkeley are welcome to participate.


URAP Projects​

As an apprentice, you can work on faculty research and learn advanced research skills, explore fields that interest you, and find out what it is like to be an academic at the world’s premier research institution. Each semester, projects from a wide range of disciplines are open to new applicants.

List of Fall 2022 Projects. More projects will be added through August 15th, please check back frequently for updates. 

The fall application opens August 17th after 3 p.m.; the deadline to apply is Monday, August 29th, at 9 AM!

Information Sessions

At a URAP info session you will obtain more general information on apprenticeships, and get tips on making clear and effective applications.

URAP Experience Info Sessions are held by experienced URAP apprentices and peer advisors.

Info sessions about applying to URAP will be held in late fall and the first week of instruction in the fall semester. Registration links for this fall’s sessions are now listed below. 

Please watch the Step by Step Guide before attending a session. This will give us more time for your questions!


URAP Info Sessions:

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2-3 p.m. (zoom, please register here)

Wednesday, August 24th, noon-1 p.m. (zoom, please register here)

Friday, August 26th, 9:30-10:15 a.m. (zoom, please register here)

URAP Experience Info Sessions to be held by Peer Advisors:

Thursday, August 25th, noon-1 p.m. (zoom, please register here)

Friday, August 26th, 4-5 p.m. (zoom, please register here)

URAP Summer Apprentices

Yu-Lin (Katherine) Ma - Identification of Molecular Factors Regulating Fat Cell Biology

Our previous studies led to identification of a set of genes that are selectively expressed in fat precursor cells. I will study whether these candidate genes regulate differentiation and metabolic function of fat cells by performing gain- and loss-of function studies. Measured outcomes include lipid accumulation, fat cell-specific gene expression, insulin-stimulated glucose uptake and insulin signaling assay. This study will …Read more  »

The Apprentice Experience

Dipankan Bhattacharya

Apprentice in the Harland Lab (Molecular & Cell Biology) When I was in high school, I had no idea of what research actually meant beyond lab coats and safety goggles;...

Anne Powers

Apprentice with the Emma Goldman Papers What motivated you to apply to URAP? In my freshman year, I started to look for opportunities to get some research experience. While reading...

Aurora Gomez

Apprentice with Professor Baquedano-Lopez (Education) Comparing science education in religious vs. public school education Please tell us about the project you are currently working on. I should give you some...

Stefanie Ebeling

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
2412 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2940

Drop-In Office Hours

Please contact Stefanie via e-mail at

Peer Advisor Drop-In Hours

The Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships has a great group of experienced undergraduate researcher peer advisors, many of them current or former URAP students, that are ready to help you out. The fall calendar of when specific OURS peer advisors host their weekly drop in office hours will be posted in mid-August. Their majors are represented in (parenthesis) and you can read more about them on this page. Some new peer advisors are joining us in August, their information will be up in mid-August. 

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