This program has done more to enhance my college experience than anything I have participated in so far. I can honestly say that the SMART Program has given me a new direction in my life and provided me with the knowledge and confidence to pursue a graduate degree.

2012 undergraduate mentee


SMART 2019

Summer 2019

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 for approximately 200 hours of work. (Undergraduate students should note that this stipend may affect the amount of financial aid they are eligible to receive in summer 2019.)


Undergraduate Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be a UC Berkeley undergraduate student who is currently pursuing a UC Berkeley undergraduate degree. (Please note that visiting students are not eligible to apply).
  2. You must be in good academic standing at the time of application.
  3. Undergraduate students from any UC Berkeley academic department or program are eligible to apply; students who have not yet declared their majors are also eligible to apply. Students who graduated in December 2018 or will graduate in May 2019 are not eligible to apply.
  4. If you applied in the past and were not selected to be a SMART mentee, you are welcome to apply again. Former SMART mentees are not eligible to apply.

SMART Program Requirements

In addition to conducting research for approximately 200 hours, undergraduate student mentees will be required to attend an orientation session and additional meetings throughout the summer (dates and times to be announced). All mentees will be required to attend a closing conference on August 22 and 23, 2019, and to co-present their research with their mentor at the conference. Details and training will be provided.

Undergraduate Application Requirements

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

  1. an application essay; and
  2. a current resume or curriculum vitae.

More detailed information about the application essay is included in the application form.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m. (PST)

Available SMART Projects

To access the SMART undergraduate application, please go to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships (OURS) SMART page.