Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Resources, and Support

Click on the links below to learn more about Undergraduate Student Research opportunities in Mathematics:

Berkeley Mathematics Directed Reading Program (DRP) 

The Directed Reading Program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with UC Berkeley Mathematics graduate students in an independent reading project in the fall and spring semesters. The aim of the program is to equip students with the tools necessary to delve into sophisticated mathematics, to foster relationships between undergraduates and graduate students, and to provide students with a valuable opportunity to practice presenting mathematical ideas, both in conversation and public presentations. 

Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) 

The SURF program consists of five paid summer research fellowship programs: 1) SURF L&S 2) SURF Rose Hills 3) SURF-SMART 4) UROC-Gates Foundation Fellows 5) SURF Math Team Fellowship. In addition to receiving funding, summer fellows from all five programs are assigned to a small peer group, which meets periodically throughout the summer. Each small group is led by a SURF Advisor. Although primary guidance in research will come from individual faculty/graduate student mentors, the small group meetings build community within the SURF cohort, connecting students with peers who are grappling with similar issues. SURF fellows also benefit from attending professional development and skills-building workshops. International and undocumented students are eligible to participate. 

Haas Scholars Program 

The Haas Scholars Program was founded in 1997 through the generous vision of Robert and Colleen Haas. Each year, twenty highly qualified, academically talented undergraduates with financial need come together to build a supportive intellectual community during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a senior or honors thesis. Once selected, Haas Scholars receive close mentoring from members of the UC-Berkeley faculty, seminars and workshops to assist them in the research and writing process, the opportunity to present their work at a professional conference, and up to $13,800 each in financial support. International students and undocumented students are welcome and encouraged to apply.  

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) 

 The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) is designed to involve Berkeley undergraduates more deeply in the research life of the University. The Program provides opportunities for you to work with faculty and staff researchers on the cutting edge research projects for which Berkeley is world-renowned. Working closely with mentors, you will deepen your knowledge and skills in areas of special interest, while experiencing what it means to be part of an intellectual community engaged in research. 

New research opportunities are open at the start of each semester; student applications are due the second week of instruction.  

Mathematical Sciences Research Institution Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP)

MSRI-UP is a comprehensive summer program designed for talented undergraduate students, especially those from groups underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, who are interested in mathematics and make available to them meaningful research opportunities, the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in successful collaborations, and a community of academic peers and mentors who can advise, encourage and support them through a successful graduate program. At this time only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. 

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students (NSF REU)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. To find Mathematical Sciences REU sites click here.  

Interested in publishing your research? 

Berkeley Scientific Journal 

Berkeley Scientific is the undergraduate science journal of the University of California, Berkeley. Every semester, the undergraduate staff publishes independent research done by undergraduates at UC Berkeley, interviews with faculty members, reviews of recent scientific publications (books), and articles on current issues in science. All research papers are faculty-reviewed, and all interviews are conducted by the staff. The focus of the journal is broad, spanning scientific disciplines from ecology to engineering, from astronomy to biochemistry. 

Need additional support?

Have questions about other research opportunities on and off campus? Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (OURS) for additional resources and support.  

OURS is UC Berkeley’s hub for undergraduate research and prestigious scholarships.  Established in 1997, OURS seeks to integrate undergraduates more fully into the dynamic and diverse research life of UC Berkeley. The center does so through a wide range of programs, workshops, partnerships, and communication platforms.