URISE at Berkeley

Undergraduate Research Internship in Science & Engineering at Berkeley

URISE at Berkeley Supports Undergraduate Engineering and Science Education

Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) is a collaborative research and education center of Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley. The faculty of these two top engineering and science academic institutions in the US and China are working together to establish an ecosystem for transformational technology research that address global challenges: Environment Science and New Energy Technology, Information Technology and Data Science, and Precision Medicine and Healthcare. The UC Berkeley faculty who are associated with TBSI is offering a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to join them in research. The TBSI Undergraduate Research Internship in Science & Engineering (URISE) at Berkeley will host undergraduates as summer research interns.

Program Dates

June 8th - August 10th, 2019

Application Deadline

March 31st, 2019, 11:59 P.M. PST

Program Bascis

  • Spend nine weeks pursuing independent research full‑time on a topic related to your major under the one-to-one mentorship of a UC Berkeley faculty member.
    • Attend Research Orientation to prepare you for your work.
    • Receive on-going support from your faculty mentor and research program staff to successfully complete your work.
    • At the end of the summer you will deliver an oral PowerPoint and poster presentation on your research in a closing symposium and submit a two-page report of your work.
    • Receive a Certificate of Program Completion.
  • Receive free housing and meal assistance on the UC Berkeley campus. The program will also cover transportation costs to and from UC Berkeley (up to $600). 
  • Receive a summer stipend of $4,000. 
  • Meet and share your experience with research students like yourself from universities across the country, including through planned professional development activities and social events.
  • Attend seminars on preparing for science and engineering careers and applying to graduate school.

Program Benefits

  • You will be able to truly familiarize yourself with issues related to your prospective major with the world-class faculty and resources on campus.
  • You will be able to speak from authority and experience about your interest in your major for your graduate school application.
  • You will develop research skills and abilities that will impress graduate admissions committees, faculty and departments.
  • Assuming you do well, you will gain a faculty advocate who can attest to your abilities for graduate school.
  • You will have opportunity to collaborate with graduate students from the US and China.


Undergraduate students who

  • Are sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors enrolled in four year colleges and universities in the United States
  • Majoring in engineering, physical sciences, or biological sciences
  • Have a 3.25 GPA or higher
  • Are NOT international students 

Note: No prior research experience is required. In fact, we especially encourage applications from eligible students who have not conducted research.