Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

University of California, Berkeley

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.


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.

In Spring 2021, the work on projects will continue to be remote (with a small number of exceptions). You can see the Spring 2021 projects here. The spring application opens January 12th after 3 p.m.; the deadline to apply is January 25th, 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 spring semester. Registration links for this spring’s sessions are now listed below. 


  • Tuesday, January 19th, 3–4 p.m. You can register here.
  • Wednesday, January 20th, 1–2 p.m. You can register here.
  • Friday, January 22nd, 10–11 a.m. You can register here.

URAP Experience Info Sessions

  • Thursday, January 21st, 2–3 p.m. You can register here.

URAP Summer Apprentices

Merusha Mukherjee - Immunohistochemical Analysis of nNos+ Amacrine Cells in Mouse Retina

My research specifically hones in on the functionality and morphology of amacrine cells. Amacrine cells can be GABAergic, glycinergic, or neither depending on what inhibitory neurotransmitter they express (GABA, glycine, or neither). While both the GABAergic and the glycinergic amacrine cells have been fairly well studied, there is not much extensively known about the 15% of amacrine cells that fall …Read more  »

The Apprentice Experience

Anne Powers

Apprentice with the Emma Goldman Papers What motivated you to apply to URAP? In my freshman year, I started to...

Katarina Makmure

Apprentice with Professor Sarah Hake (Plant and Microbial Biology) Tell us what you are currently working on. The official description...

Aurora by computer

Aurora Gomez

Apprentice with Professor Baquedano-Lopez (Education) Comparing science education in religious vs. public school education Please tell us about the project...

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 spring calendar of when specific OURS peer advisors host their weekly drop in office hours will be posted shortly. Their majors are represented in (parenthesis) and you can read more about all of them on this page

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