Administered by the Graduate Division, the SMART Program enables doctoral students to provide mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. This program is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral students and to foster research skills and paths to advanced studies for undergraduates.

SMART 2018 Program

May 25 – August 3, 2018

Graduate mentors who work under the guidance of a faculty adviser will each receive a stipend ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Each undergraduate mentee will receive a stipend in the amount of $3,500 for approximately 200 hours of work. In addition, graduate students receive training in mentoring through a spring seminar, Mentoring in Higher Education (GSPDP 301), offered by the Graduate Division. Limited funds may be available for successful applicants for travel or research expenses that cannot be covered elsewhere.

Graduate mentors will

  • develop skills in mentoring undergraduates in research;
  • receive research assistance at a crucial time in their progress toward degree completion; and
  • become more competitive in the academic or professional job market.

Undergraduate mentees will

  • develop expertise in discipline-specific research methods;
  • gain exposure to advanced research to assist them in choosing their future career paths; and
  • become more competitive candidates for admission into graduate programs.

Student Funding

Graduate Student Stipend = $1,000 to $5,000
Undergraduate Student Stipend = $3,500

Program Questions

Contact Sarah Macdonald, NSF-SMART Postdoctoral Fellow,

SMART Program Co-Directors

Sabrina Soracco
Co-director, SMART Program
Director, Graduate Writing Center
Graduate Divison

Linda von Hoene
Co-director, SMART Program
Director, GSI Teaching & Resource Center
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Graduate Division

Previous SMART Research Projects