The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) provides an opportunity for Berkeley undergraduates to work with faculty members and research staff on cutting-edge research projects. Working closely with mentors, students will deepen their knowledge and skills in areas of special interest, while experiencing what it means to be part of an intellectual community engaged in research. The program is designed to stimulate awareness of advanced research and interest in graduate study. Students are not paid for their participation; instead they earn 1 unit of academic credit for every 3 hours of research work completed (limited to 4 units per term).
As an apprentice, students
- learn advanced research skills
- explore fields of interest
- find out what it is like to be an academic at the world’s premier research institution
The program is open to UC Berkeley undergraduates only. Students enrolled in the UC Extension Concurrent Enrollment program are NOT eligible to apply unless enrolled in their first of two semesters through BESAP, BISP, BPIE. or BGA.
Please Note: International students applying for positions at UCSF will need to get CPT approval before they can start to work with a mentor at UCSF. Please meet with an advisor at BIO before you apply to see if you are qualified to receive CPT approval. Some projects at UCSF require commuting. Please see the Student Transportation Handbook for more information.
Each semester, projects from a wide range of disciplines are open to new applicants. Faculty and undergraduates from all of the schools and colleges at the University of California at Berkeley are welcome to participate.
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. You can read more about the peer advisors on this page.