Haas Scholars Program

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Founded in 1997 by Robert and Colleen Haas, this program selects twenty highly qualified undergraduates with financial need to come together in their final year at Cal “to build a supportive intellectual community”and their proposal for a independent research proposals or project. Haas Scholars receive mentoring from UC Berkeley faculty, up to $12,600 in financial support, and have the opportunity to present their work at a professional conference.

Eligibility Requirements

• Undergraduate student of California, Berkeley expecting to graduate in Fall/Spring/Summer

• Eligible to receive need based financial-aid

• Has maintained GPA of 3.5 or above

• Has a sincere commitment and ability to be part of an interdisciplinary senior capstone experience and build a mutually supportive cohort


1. Make sure you meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

2. Meet with the Program Coordinator (Wendy Muse Sinek, Ph.D.) in the Office of Undergraduate Research to confirm your eligibility and discuss your proposed topic. You can schedule a time to meet with her directly through this link: http://doodle.com/sinek

3. Put down your project ideas on paper (i.e. write a very rough draft of your project proposal). If you are having trouble, attend the "Writing a Proposal" workshop to kick-start your writing process.

4. Get a faculty mentor lined up to sponsor your application, and make sure he/she is eligible to be a Haas Scholars mentor.

5. Get some feedback on your proposal from Wendy, as well as sample Haas Scholar proposals so you can see what successful proposals look like. You can schedule a time to meet with Wendy directly through this link: http://doodle.com/sinek

6. Keep revising your draft proposal! Ask your faculty mentor, as well as other faculty advisors, graduate student mentors, lab supervisor, and Haas Scholar alumni for comments.

7. Complete the online application form by the deadline, which is traditionally the last Monday in February (exact date TBD).