**SMART 2019 Graduate Applicants have already been selected.**
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 of $1,000; 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 2019.)
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 2019, or who are not registered in spring 2019, or who will graduate in spring 2019 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 2019. 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.
Graduate student stipends will be $1,000.
SMART Program Requirements
For graduate student mentors, the SMART Program begins spring semester 2019. 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 2019. Graduate student mentors must be available to attend all meetings of GSPDP 301.
In addition, graduate student mentors will be required to attend an orientation session and additional meetings throughout the summer (dates and times to be announced). All mentors will be required to attend a closing conference on August 22 and 23, 2019 to co-present your research with your mentee. Details and training will be provided.
SMART Application Requirements
To complete this application, you will be asked to submit the following items:
- a research opportunity description;
- a research mentoring statement;
- a current curriculum vitae; and
- 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.