Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program

The undergraduate research apprenticeship program (URAP) is designed to involve Berkeley undergraduates more deeply in the research life of the University. IRLE serves as a host for URAP projects related to our mission. The IRLE-URAP Support program, led by sociology PhD candidate Maria Smith, aims to provide students participating in an IRLE-sponsored URAP with additional external support, and a safe space to ask questions, receive mentorship, and hone research and presentation skills.

As an apprentice, students will work on faculty research and learn advanced research skills, explore fields that interest them, and find out what it is like to be an academic at the world’s premier research institution.

Faculty and researchers from all of the schools and colleges and research units at the University of California at Berkeley are welcome to participate.

Student applications for Fall 2020 will open in March on the URAP project site.

For more information about the program, see Berkeley’s URAP program.

What IRLE Offers

  1. Screen student applications and help match qualified students with projects.
  2. Four workshops for apprentices to discuss experiences, address concerns, and find community in IRLE. Workshops may include: (1) How to approach a writing project, (2) Research Methods, (3) Conducting a literature search and creating an annotated bibliography; and (4) Professional Development. IRLE can also offer additional support for specific software, methods, and data sources required for specific projects.
  3. Support for participating faculty and students in managing the apprenticeship relationship.
  4. Space and computer access at IRLE for apprentices to do work for faculty and to network with staff researchers.
  5. IRLE will organize and host a research showcase at the end of the semester.
  6. The possibility of $4,000 in summer funding for undergraduate apprentices continuing their work with faculty.

Projects and Participants »

Questions? Contact IRLE’s Associate Director Lori Ann Ospina, lori.ospina@berkeley.edu.