SMART 2018

May 25 – August 3, 2018

Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) is a summer program designed to encourage graduate student professional development and foster undergraduate research through mentoring. Each graduate student participant will receive a summer stipend ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; each undergraduate participant will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500. (Undergraduate students should note that this stipend may affect the amount of financial aid they are eligible for in summer 2018.) Limited funds may be available for successful applicants for travel or research expenses that cannot be covered elsewhere.

Graduate Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must be a UC Berkeley doctoral student in good academic standing. Students who are on filing fee in spring 2018, or who are not registered in spring 2018, or who will graduate in spring 2018 are not eligible for the SMART program. SMART participants must be able to enroll in and attend all class sessions of Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPDP) 301, Mentoring in Higher Education, a one-unit course that will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. during spring semester 2018. You will also be expected to be in residence in Berkeley and available to attend all SMART events during the summer program. In addition, the proposed research should represent at least 50% of your summer effort. More information about the course and program events are included in the Program Requirements section below. (Please note that if you have already been a SMART graduate mentor, you are not eligible to apply again.)

Funding Eligibility

Graduate student stipends will range from $1,000 to $5,000. In order to benefit as many graduate students as possible, the specific amount of funding will be contingent upon the amount of other summer funding graduate students may already have.

Please note that your award may be withdrawn or modified if you receive more than $34,000 in stipend funding from combined fellowships during the 12-month academic year (fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018); this does not include any stipend funding that was put toward tuition or fees. Any excess of funding must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate Division. In addition, your department or other funding sources may have further restrictions regarding the maximum stipend allowed; please contact the Graduate Student Affairs Officer in your department to ensure that you are in compliance.

SMART Program Requirements

For graduate student mentors, the SMART Program begins spring semester 2018. Graduate student mentors are required to take and successfully complete Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPDP) 301, Mentoring in Higher Education, a one-unit course that will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. during spring semester 2018. Graduate student mentors must be available to attend all meetings of GSPDP 301.

In addition, graduate student mentors will be required to attend all of the following SMART 2018 meetings:

  • Friday, May 25, 2018, 1-4 p.m.: SMART Program Kickoff
  • Friday, June 15, 2018, 3-5 p.m.: Meeting of the Mentors
  • Friday, June 22, 2018, 1-3 p.m.: SMART Lunch
  • Friday, July 13, 2018, 1-3 p.m.: Workshop on Presenting Your Research at the Closing Reception
  • Friday, August 3, 2018, 3-5 p.m.: SMART Closing Reception and Research Presentations

SMART Application Requirements

To complete this application, you will be asked to submit the following items:

  1. a research opportunity description;
  2. a research mentoring statement;
  3. a current curriculum vitae; and
  4. the name of the faculty adviser who will be overseeing your research. Your faculty adviser will be required to upload a letter of recommendation by the application deadline. Please keep in mind that in order for faculty advisers to complete the recommendation form, they must have read the following documents: 1) your research opportunity description; and 2) your research mentoring statement. Please be sure to make these materials available to your recommender in advance of the deadline.

More detailed information about these items is included in the application form.

To open an application, please go to On the Select Program Page, select “SMART Graduate Mentor Application Positions Fall 2017.”

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 13, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (PST)

Please note that all application materials, including your letter of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline.

Informational Meetings for SMART Graduate Mentor Applicants

Informational meetings for SMART graduate mentor applicants will be held on two dates this semester:

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall; and

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall.