About the Faculty Sponsor's Role

Haas Scholars Program Faculty Sponsors have the privilege of mentoring some of the most talented undergraduates at Berkeley.  To win a place in the Haas Scholar cohort, students must possess a high degree of intellectual independence, creativity and motivation.  We provide Haas Scholars with the financial and intellectual support necessary to engage in a capstone research or creative project in their senior year.  You, the faculty mentor, provide guidance and support to your advisee so that your student can not only produce an outstanding senior thesis, but also go on to make important contributions in their field.  In the case of Haas Scholars conducting human subjects research, mentors guide the students through the CPHS process in Spring/Summer 2017 and also complete the CITI course themselves (exception:  tenure track faculty who have submitted UCB protocols in the past and received approval). Mentors also advise Haas Scholars on applications to graduate and professional schools in their fields and help open doors to future professional opportunities.

Eligibility

UC Berkeley Academic Senate members and other UC Berkeley ladder faculty are eligible to serve as Faculty Sponsors. In exceptional circumstances, applicants may request an exemption to the ladder faculty rule. Please contact the Program Office to initiate a request for approval.

 

What does a Faculty Sponsor do as a Mentor?

Faculty mentors make a commitment to contribute as not only a research mentor (provide ongoing guidance, advice, and supervision to their advisees), but also as an active participant in the intellectual enrichment activities of the Haas Scholars Program.  Sponsors are required to attend the following events:

  • Present at one workshop during the Haas Scholars Orientation Week (May 22-May 26, 2017 at the Berkeley City Club);
  • Attend one meeting, when your advisee presents, of the weekly Friday 2:00-4:00 Haas Scholars research seminar during the Fall semester;
  • Attend one panel rehearsal (prior to the Winter Conference) in December, 2017, usually in RRR week; and
  • Attend your advisee's panel at the Winter Undergraduate Research Conference, scheduled for January 11-12, 2018; you may also be asked to chair this panel. 

If you are not able to attend one of these events, our expectation is that you will subtitute one of these other forms of service to the Haas Scholars Program:

  • Attend one research group meeting over the summer;  or
  • Attend one writing workshop session during the Spring semester.

In recognition of your service as a Haas Scholars mentor, you may choose one of the following:

$1,500 for your own research account; or
$3,000 for graduate or undergraduate fellowship support or research assistantships in your department; or
$3,000 for the library, earmarked for collection development as you like.

Non-Stipend Mentoring Option

Alternatively, mentors may choose only to supervise the student, attend the student's Friday seminar presentation, and attend the student's conference panel.  Please note that mentors who serve in this more limited capacity will receive no stipend, and students with non-stipend mentors are less likely to be chosen as Haas Scholars.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters to support your advisee's application to the Haas Scholars Program should address the following:

  • Merit, originality, and feasibility of the project;
  • Appropriateness of the proposal budget;
  • Your willingness and ability to offer the student careful guidance (as well as how long and in what capacity you have known the student);
  • The student's qualifications to take on the project;
  • The student's potential for making a positive contribution to the group dynamic of the cohort, 20 high-achieving students from a broad range of disciplines.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For further information about the Haas Scholars Program and the mentor's role/commitments, please contact Leah Carroll, at:

phone: 510.643.5374
e-mail: haas_scholars@berkeley.edu
Office of Undergraduate Research, 2414 Dwinelle Hall

Mentor Contract

You will receive a link from your advisee that you will have to fill out and submit.  This asks the same questions as the PDF mentor contract that is attached to this page.  You do not need to upload the mentor contract - just your letter of recommendation.

 

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