New Berkeley Engineering Design Scholar Program

March 9, 2020 | 11:23 am

Note: the newspost below is from 2020. For general information about the Berkeley Engineering Design Scholar Program, as well as information about the 2021 program, go here. Applications to join the summer 2021 cohort are due March 7th.

This summer, the Jacobs Institute is launching the Berkeley Engineering Design Scholar Program, a new 10-week research program open to all undergraduates in the College of Engineering or with relevant experience in design innovation. 

During the program, Scholars will participate in faculty-led research projects in areas such as Engineering Design, Design Methodology, Human Computer Interaction, and Data-driven Design. The Scholars will actively contribute to the growing design ecosystem at UC Berkeley—participating in seminars, workshops, and special events with members of the design community, including their cohort of fellow undergraduate Design Scholars, graduate students, and faculty. In addition, they will learn and practice critical skills of making through complimentary access to the Jacobs Hall makerspace.

The program will be led by Professor Kosa Goucher-Lambert (ME). Additional mentorship and project supervision will come from Professor Bjoern Hartmann (EECS) and Professor Eric Paulos (EECS).  

Program Details

Who: We are looking for students with a broad range of skills and the desire to learn about cutting-edge research in engineering design, while having a great time on our beautiful campus. Participants must be active Berkeley students at the time of the program. 

Ideal candidates will have experience and/or interest in human centered design, qualitative data collection and analysis, electro-mechanical-software prototyping, and data science topics applied to design. The program is open to all Berkeley undergraduate students in the College of Engineering (COE). Students outside of COE with a track record of experience in design (e.g., Design Innovation courses at Jacobs) will also be considered. Student veterans, persons with disabilities, women, transfer students, and underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Benefits: Scholars will receive a stipend of $5000 and a complementary Maker Pass for the summer. Scholars will also gain academic research experience with a Berkeley Engineering lab. 

Time commitment: The program will run concurrently with summer session B (June 8 – August 14, 2020). The per week commitment will fluctuate, but students should prepare to be able to commit at least 20 hours/week towards research.

How to Apply

Interested students must submit an online application by March 30, 2020 at 11:59pm.