PER- Potential Questions

Q: Can I get research units and participate in this program at the same time?

A: You cannot get research for units for the same research hours you are being paid for through this funding (10 hours a week). Please discuss this with the BSP Research Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns.

Q: Can I participate in PER and complete an honors thesis?

A: As this is largely dependent on department/program rules, please be sure to check if you can receive financial compensation for your honors thesis work with an advisor in that department. Currently IB does not allow students pursuing an honors thesis to receive financial compensation for their honors thesis.

Q: Am I required to report all my employed / paid commitments?

A: Yes. You are required to report all of your employment. We need to accurately verify that you are employed under the standards of the university policies.

Q: I have an off campus job during the semester. Can I keep my job and receive this funding?

A: Yes. As long as you are meeting the program requirements, which include working in the lab at least 10 hours a week, attending required meetings and workshops, and organizing and presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Q: I am not a UC Berkeley Student. Can I apply for the program?

A: No. You must be an enrolled student at UC Berkeley to be eligible for the program. There are no exceptions.

Q: I am not a member of the Biology Scholars Program. Can I apply for the program?

A: No, PER is only for members of BSP.

Q: Can I appeal a decision on my application?

A: No. There is no appeal process. If you are unsatisfied with the program's decision, you may schedule an appointment with the program coordinators to talk about weaknesses or areas in your application that you can improve on.

Q: I missed the deadline. Can I get an extension?

A: No. All application materials are due by the application deadline.


If you have a question that was not addressed above, please email our Research Coordinator, Sabriya Rosemond.