Bergeron Scholars Program

    • Female STEM Mentorship + Scholarship program
    • Financial need (must have FAFSA or State Aid for Dreamers)
    • 2016 application will be targeting students who will graduate in May 2017
  • Application: closed on April 16, 2016

This scholarship program is designed for women in STEM and provides a high level industry female mentor, financial scholarship, advising, and additional resources. This is a five year pilot and this 2016 application will be recruiting five scholars for the fifth cohort of this program.  The funding for this program goes to program support administered through the Cal NERDS program and to our campus Scholarships and Financial Aid office.  At this time we will be targeting students who graduate in May 2017  for budgeting reasons.  It does look like this program will continue beyond this five year pilot - with a new five year cycle (more details for that new five year cycle will be shared in 2017).



BRAIN Biotechnology Undergraduate and Graduate Program

  • The UC Berkeley Biotechnology Research And Innovation Network provides valuable resources and a paid hands-on biotechnology manufacturing summer certificate program
  • Program phasing out 2016

Biotech involves using living systems and organisms to make useful products. This is a stable and growing field.  The NEW Cal NERDS’ BRAIN program is a three-year pilot program focusing on helping UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students gain hands-on scientific training through an intense biotech “boot camp” style summer program which takes place in Fairfield, CA.  Tentative 2015 program dates are Monday through Friday (9 am to 5 pm) in June and July.  Students will receive a $3,000 stipend plus a $1,500 housing/transportation stipend (participants will need to provide their own transportation to the Fairfield facility).  Each spring three participants will be selected.  “BRAINiacs” will master skills involving cell transformation and growth, protein purification, and bioreactor operation.  Expand your career prospects to include well-paid bay area biotech positions in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, agriculture, food and/or environmental sector/s.

Eligibility Snapshot:

  • LGBT, U.S. military veterans, and transfer students are encouraged to apply
  • Must be a registered UC Berkeley Undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. student at the time of the application
  • Priority will be given to students who are receiving financial aid/graduate school fellowships (U.S. citizens or permanent residents or Dreamers) or who are U.S. military veterans
  • 3.0 overall UC Berkeley Undergraduate GPA or 3.0 overall UC Berkeley Graduate Student GPA
  • Undergraduates:  Juniors and Seniors (only if you are planning to be a Super Senior for two semesters) are eligible to apply
  • Graduate Students:  All levels ok to apply
  • Applicants must be in a STEM-based major with previous STEM research experience
  • Course Prerequisites:  B or higher in courses in undergraduate-level Microbiology or Molecular and Cell Biology plus undergraduate-level General Chemistry



Hutto Patterson Program

  • STEM Social Justice
  • Community Projects
  • Leadership + Mentoring

This program was made possible by the Hutto Patterson Foundation and focuses on leadership development, mentoring, and STEM social justice community projects. This is a pilot program. HP Scholars enrolled in our Optimizing STEM Student Success DeCal course. The course served as a framework to develop their STEM Social Justice community project.  With the help of their Mentor, Dr. Frederick Moore, they will be implementing their projects in Spring 2016. The funding cycle for this pilot program is scheduled to end in 2016. It may be up for renewal.



MCAT Prep Scholars Program

  • Creating the next generation of Health Professionals
  • Core element is taking a Princeton Review MCAT prep course together over the summer

This program is a cohort of 12 Scholars who would like to become doctors. The cohort attends workshops each semester, a fall National Health Conference, and will take a Princeton Review MCAT Prep course together during the summer. They are developing a community to support their goal of applying to medical school. This is a one-year pilot which will be evaluated during the summer of 2016.



NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Graduate Fellowship Program (Cohort 2012-2014)

    • The National Science Foundation Bridge to the Doctorate (aka NSF B2D) program was created to help support a cohort of twelve underrepresented STEM students for their doctoral studies
  • [FYI: It is our understanding that UCD is being considered for the 2016-2018 program]

UC Berkeley’s NSF B2D program is connected to the NSF LSAMP network of Alliances. Through the NSF B2D activity, NSF seeks to continue its goal of increasing the number of ethnically underrepresented students completing STEM doctoral degrees by offering recipients the opportunity to enroll in a graduate degree program without the financial burden typically associated with graduate education. Full Graduate Tuition/Fees plus $30,000/year for first two years of graduate school, plus full support for years 3, 4, and 5 (contingent on successful academic progress).   Professional development, conference travel, supportive community, advising and advocacy, and diversity student center.

Eligibility Snapshot:

  • U.S Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Native American, Hispanic, and/or African-American students
  • Verified NSF LSAMP scholar alumni
  • Bachelor degree in STEM earned by start of program (Fall 2012)
  • Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • Admitted to a UC Berkeley Ph.D. program in STEM for Fall 2012
  • Unfortunately, master’s students are not eligible to apply

 


NSF CAMP Scholars Undergraduate Research Program

    • The National Science Foundation California Alliance for Minority Participation (aka NSF LSAMP) program was created to provide a buffet of opportunities for underrepresented STEM students.
  • Application: closed (if renewal grant is approved then we will recruit again in fall 2016)

UC Berkeley’s NSF LSAMP program is nicknamed NSF CAMP and it is part of a UC system-wide alliance.  Nationally there are over 30 NSF LSAMP Alliances.   Our program is funded by an NSF Grant which focuses on increasing the number of baccalaureate degrees granted to underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and supporting continuation to graduate studies, particularly for the Ph.D.  Minority students gain many advantages through the academic and professional development opportunities and paid hands-on experiences (ex: research internships) that increase retention and degree completion.  This fall we are hoping to take several new CAMPers.

Eligibility Snapshot:

  • Please note that this is a FEDERAL grant
  • LGBT, U.S. military veterans, and transfer students welcome
  • Must be a registered UC Berkeley student at the time of the application
  • U.S Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Native American, Hispanic, and/or African-American students
  • Sophomore through Senior STEM Majors interested in going to Graduate School
  • 2.5 overall UC Berkeley GPA

 

PROTON Physics Undergraduate Research Program

    • The NEW Physics Research, Outreach, Training, and Opportunities Network was designed to prepare Physics students to apply to Graduate School
  • Program phasing out 2016

The PROTON Program at UC Berkeley has blended elements from an existing physics-related program called Pass the Torch transfer tutoring program (which is phasing out by the end of 2014) evolving into this new PROTON program.  PROTON activity highlights include custom lab tours, Physics Subject GRE Prep, Physics Machine Ship Certificate Program, Sponsor of Physics Transfer class, paid research positions, youth service projects, and professional development. Proton is housed in the Cal NERDS Program.  Each spring five to ten new PROTON Scholars will be selected to receive resources and support through the Cal NERDS Program, and a one-on-one match with a Physics graduate student mentor.

Eligibility Snapshot:

  • LGBT, U.S. military veterans, and transfer students are encouraged to apply
  • Must be a registered UC Berkeley student at the time of the application
  • Priority will be given to students who are receiving financial aid (U.S. citizens or permanent residents or Dreamers) or who are U.S. military veterans
  • 3.0 overall UC Berkeley GPA
  • Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (only if you are planning to be a Super Senior for two semesters) are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must be in a Physics-based major (example: Physics, Geophysics, Engineering Physics, Biophysics, etc.)

  


UC LEADS Undergraduate Research Program

    • The University of California Leadership Excellence through Advance DegreeS provides two summers of UC research and leadership development
  • Application open

UC LEADS is a two-year program designed to identify educationally or economically disadvantaged UC undergraduates in mathematics, engineering, or science who show promise of succeeding in doctoral STEM degree programs. The program provides students with educational experiences that prepare them to assume positions of leadership in industry, government, public service, and academia.  It is a UC-centric program that provides a paid summer research internship at UC Berkeley ($4,500 stipend) and a second summer of paid research at another UC campus (the program covers second summer housing/food/transportation to and from that UC campus and research stipend). Each spring five to seven UC LEADS scholars are selected.

Eligibility Snapshot:

  • LGBT, U.S. military veterans, and transfer students are encouraged to apply
  • Must be a registered UC Berkeley student at the time of the application
  • U.S Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Native American, Hispanic, and/or African-American students
  • Sophomore and Junior (who will be here for five years) STEM Majors interested in going to Graduate School
  • 3.2 overall UC Berkeley GPA
  • Please do not apply unless you can make a two-year summer commitment
  • Note: two letters of recommendation required

 


Visiting Scholar Undergraduate Research Program

    • The visiting summer scholar program takes 4-10 visiting UC LEADS scholars each summer
  • For Summer 2016: UC LEADS 2nd Year Scholars need to work with their home campus Director to understand the process and secure a UC Berkeley main campus Faculty Mentor (meaning their Faculty lab is located on the main UC Berkeley Campus)
  • Application is open by special invitation to 1st year UC LEADS Scholars
  • 2016 UC LEADS Summer application is closed as we have selected our cohort
  • If you are an NSF LSAMP Junior from another institution and interested in spending the summer at UC Berkeley then please text Diana Lizarraga at # 510.778.5165

Eligibility Snapshot: 

  • LGBT, U.S. military veterans, and transfer UC LEADS scholars are encouraged to apply
  • Must be a registered as a student at one of the eight UC campuses other than UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco
  • U.S Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Must be willing to live in dorms during summer program
  • Should strive for an overall 3.0 UC GPA
  • Must be continuing as an undergraduate the fall after the summer experience
  • Note: additional paperwork from your home UC LEADS campus is required