Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART)


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m. (PST)


Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) is a summer program designed to give UC Berkeley undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research under the mentorship of a UC Berkeley graduate student. If you are selected as a SMART undergraduate mentee, you will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500 for working 20 hours a week over a 10-week period (200 hours of work carried out at times determined with your mentor). Undergraduate students should note that this stipend may affect the amount of financial aid they are eligible to receive in summer 2019.



At this link, you will find a list of available SMART 2019 research projects. In completing the SMART application you will be asked to indicate which graduate student-led research project you are applying for. Please note that you may only apply to one research project.



To be eligible to apply for this program, you must meet the following criteria:

1) You must be a UC Berkeley undergraduate student who is currently pursuing a UC Berkeley undergraduate degree. (Please note that visiting students are not eligible to apply).

2) You must be in good academic standing at the time of application.

3) Undergraduate students from any UC Berkeley academic department or program are eligible to apply; students who have not yet declared their majors are also eligible to apply. Students who graduated in December 2018 or will graduate in May 2019 are not eligible to apply.

4) If you applied in the past and were not selected to be a SMART mentee, you are welcome to apply again. Former SMART mentees are not eligible to apply.



In addition to conducting research for approximately 200 hours, undergraduate student mentees will be required to do the following:

  1. attend an orientation session (date and time to be announced);
  2. participate in four workshops with peers throughout the summer (dates and times to be announced);
  3. All mentees will be required to attend a closing conference on August 22 and 23, 2019, and to present their research at the conference. Training on how to present your research will be provided during summer workshops. Detailed information about the conference will be shared at the orientation session. 



To apply, please submit the following items to this online application form:

  1. an application essay; and
  2. a current resume or curriculum vitae.

Detailed information about these items is included on the application form

For further information about this program, please contact

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m. (PDT)