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Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

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Undergraduate Students

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of California, Berkeley, was established to promote access to graduate education among undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged and who may not have exposure to the academic environment of a research university. The program offers summer research opportunities in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (not graduating in the spring or summer, except UC Berkeley students). This National Science Foundation generously provides funding for SROP Psychology students in the field of Social Cultural Processes in Development and Mental Health. SROP is an eight-week program.

The goal of this program is to increase the level of diversity among students entering Ph.D. programs by providing research opportunities under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Program objectives are: to provide students with preparation to become research scholars; to stimulate serious consideration of graduate study; to increase the number of successful underserved applicants and to enroll these students in graduate school. The Summer Research Opportunity Program affords students an opportunity to conduct research under the direction and guidance of a UC Berkeley faculty member and/or graduate student mentor. In most disciplines, scholars may propose a research topic, but the mentor determines the research project.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who have shown potential for success, but may have had limited access to graduate research or other academic opportunities. The program strongly encourages applications from undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged and who show potential to benefit from exposure to the environment of a research university. All applicants will be considered without regard to race or gender.


The summer research internships will be offered on a competitive basis to those individuals who, at the application deadline:

a) are citizens or permanent residents of the United States;

b) are enrolled full time at a four-year college or university;

c) are sophomores (who have completed at least three semesters or four quarters of actual college course work), juniors, and seniors who will not be graduating in the spring or summer of (However, graduating UC Berkeley seniors are eligible.);

d) have not already completed a B.A. or B.S. degree;

e) have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average;

f) have shown potential for success, but may have had limited access to graduate research or other preparatory opportunities; the applicant should indicate his/her potential for success particularly as it relates to educational achievement while overcoming obstacles, which may include, but are not limited to economic, social, or educational challenges.


Students will be awarded a $3,000 stipend. All program participants will be required to live in assigned, on-campus housing (dorms). The program will cover all expenses for room and board (double occupancy). Travel costs to the program and back to the student’s home campus will be covered within program limitations (for all non-UC Berkeley students).

Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, Berkeley (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Law & Government
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Mental Health
Social Cultural Processes

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 11/8/2017
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