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Research Associate Program

About the Program

Over the past two decades, undergraduate research has continued to gain recognition as an essential pathway to academic and lifelong success. From promoting academic engagement to sense of belonging, undergraduate research provides students not only with the tools to succeed academically, but also with the connections, confidence, and skills necessary to thrive beyond their undergraduate years. More importantly, early exposure to research has been shown to increase student retention and motivation to pursue postgraduate education.

Funded by the University of California Office of the President, the SLC Research Associate Program -- Freshman and Sophomore Series seeks to demystify the research process and acclimate students to the rigor and practice of research at Cal. Over the course of two semesters, selected participants will acquire the tools to produce an original research project from start to finish. They will each receive a stipend in the amount of $2,500, along with individualized academic support to complete their research.



Candidates must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Freshman or sophomore class standing

  • Be considered low-income or attended an under-resourced high school*

  • Completion of at least one course at UC Berkeley that required a five-plus-page paper

  • Cumulative UC GPA of 2.5 or higher

*Note: If you report an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $4,500 or less, you would meet this criterion. Similarly, if you attended a high school that has a state ranking of 4 or below, or an API score of 600 or below, you would be eligible to apply. 

Program Features

Program features include:

  • GSI mentorship

  • Faculty connections

  • Peer writing support

  • Opportunity to present at the SLC Reseach Symposium in Fall 2017. 

  • A stipend in the amount of $2,500, to be disbursed in two installents, at the conclusion of each semester 

Program Timeline

Program timeline is as follows:

Spring 2017: Weekly research seminar 

Summer 2017: Independent research

Early Fall 2017: SLC Research Symposium presentation 

Program Requirements 

To ensure successful completion of the program, participants are required to:

  • Attend a 2-hour weekly seminar for the duration of Spring 2017, date and time TBA

  • Meet with faculty sponsor at least three times over the course of the program

  • Meet with seminar lead at least three times during Spring 2017

  • Meet one-on-one with an SLC writing tutor on a weekly basis for the duration of the Summer 2017 (May 22-August 11)

  • Produce 15-20 page research paper, due August 11, 2017

  • Present research findings at Fall 2017 SLC Research Symposium


Complete applications must contain the following:

  • Applicant Information Form

  • Supplemental Questionnaire Form

  • Faculty Recommendation Form

  • Copy of UC Berkeley transcript (unofficial accepted)

  • Academic writing sample (at least five pages in length)

All materials, except the Faculty Recommendation Form, must be received by 5pm Wednesday, January 4th, 2017*. Faculty Recommendation Forms must be received by 5PM Wednesday, January 18th, 2017Please email applications to Dr. Khuyen V. Nguyen at with the subject line: SLC Research Associate Program Application.


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