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Description

The Integrative Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is intended to support scholars who demonstrate passion to engage in original, hands-on research and explore graduate school opportunities with IB faculty. The IB SURE is built around three pillars: (1) a sense of community among scholars; (2) engagement with original research; and (3) mentorship.

SURE participants have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an 8-week mentored summer research experience
  • A four day field experience at the Hastings Reserve
  • Attend a series of co-curricular research and professional development workshops and seminars
  • Receive guidance about graduate school opportunities, including application support
  • Expand one’s personal and professional community network
  • Present at the end of summer research symposium

We are planning an in-person program in summer 2022. Given the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will follow all university and local public health guidelines and will adjust program activities accordingly.

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Funding

Through generous funding from the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, the SURE will support participants with a research stipend, housing and meals for the program duration

Stipend Amount: $4000

Housing and a meal plan will be provided.

SURE Program Dates

June 17, 2022 - August 12, 2022

June 17- June 20: Hastings Reservation Trip

Eligible Scholars

  • Advanced undergraduate students
  • Masters students
  • Recent graduates
  • DACA students, and current college seniors are eligible to apply.

Scholars from the following groups are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Black
  • Latine
  • Indigenous
  • Gender minorities
  • Disabled students
  • First generation college students

*Freshmen and Sophomores are ineligible to apply. Undergraduate students must have completed 4 semesters or 6 quarters of study to be eligible.

*This program is not suitable for scholars who are interested in medical, dental or veterinary programs.

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Potential Research Areas

Students will work with labs in the UC Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology.

Biological Data Science

Botany (Plant Biology)

Conservation

Ecology

Evolutionary Biology

Endocrinology (Hormones)

Genetics/Genomics

Human Biology/Disease

Neurobiology

Paleontology

Physiology

Zoology (Animal Biology)

Application Process

Application Deadline: Friday April 1st, 2022 midnight Pacific Standard Time

Application components

  • Personal Information
  • Areas of Research Interest
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Letters of Recommendation Instructions

Letters of Recommendation are due April 1st, 2022 by midnight PST (no exceptions)

One, 1–2-page letter of recommendation is required to apply to IB SURE. Letters can be provided by a past research mentor (including letters co-signed by a faculty member and a graduate student), a teacher or professor, or an academic advisor/mentor.

Recommenders can email letters as PDF attachments directly from the letter writer's email to inclusive_ib@berkeley.edu . The email subject line should read: Student First Name, Student Last Name_ SURE LOR (e.g., Jane Doe_SURE LOR).

Questions?

For further information, contact Lourenço Martins: lmartins@berkeley.edu

Application Link

https://berkeley.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_24PWI6DIMBnW1O6

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