Lindsey Dougherty, a Ph.D. student in Integrated Biology and her mentee—Alex Niebergall, a third-year Marine Science major conducted research on how the Disco Clam—emits flashes of light.
In last year’s cohort Lindsey Dougherty, a Ph.D. student in Integrated Biology and her mentee—Alex Niebergall, a third-year Marine Science major conducted research on how the Disco Clam—emits flashes of light.

Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART), a 10-week mentoring program administered by the Graduate Division during the summer, links undergraduate students with graduate students on a research project to facilitate professional development and mentoring skills.

During the fall semester, 20 graduate students are selected to mentor undergraduate students  after submitting a research proposal and mentoring statement in the spring semester. “Last year we had several interesting projects,” says Sabrina Soracco, Director of Academic Services, who co-directs the program with Linda Von Hoene, the director of GSI Teaching and Resource Center. Projects in 2014 ranged from research on the impact of biotech to the social determinants of fracking.

How to Apply

Doctoral students and undergraduate students from all departments and schools are invited to apply for the SMART (Student Mentoring and Research Teams) Program for summer 2015. The Graduate Division’s innovative SMART Program enables doctoral students to provide mentored research opportunities to undergraduate students. It is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral students and to foster research skills and forge paths to advanced studies for undergraduates at UC Berkeley. The 2015 SMART Program will run from May 29 to August 7, 2015.

  • Each graduate mentor, working under the guidance of a faculty adviser, will receive a summer stipend of $5,000.
  • Each undergraduate mentee will receive funding of $3,500 for 200 hours of work as a student assistant.
  • Each project will receive up to $1,500 for research expenses.
  • Doctoral students selected as SMART mentors must complete the one-unit course, Mentoring in Higher Education (GSPDP 301), during spring semester 2015 (Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m.).

If you have questions, please contact Sabrina Soracco, Director of Graduate Division Academic Services and Co-Director, SMART Program at academic_services@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-9392.


Graduate Mentor Application Deadline: Monday, November 24, 2014. Information about the SMART Program and a link to the graduate mentor application form are located on the SMART website.


Undergraduate Mentee Application Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015. The SMART undergraduate mentee application will be available on the SMART website in early February 2015. Informational meetings for undergraduate mentee applicants will be posted on the SMART website in late January 2015.


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