The CalTeach Summer Research Institute (SRI) is a eight-week program for math, science, and engineering undergraduates from across the UC system who are interested in pursuing a career in education. Participants conduct research in campus or nearby labs while also taking a seminar series which focuses on methods to bring research skills into K–12 classrooms.


Summer Research Institute students spend roughly 36 hours per week in their lab or research group. Students will be paired with a local STEM Teacher and participate in the same lab. Both students and teachers support the ongoing work of their faculty or post-doc research mentor. We work with applicants to find placements that match their interests among the diverse research activities at Berkeley. Placements cover a wide variety of research disciplines; last summer alone we placed students in fields ranging from cosmology to environmental engineering to education. The research experience culminates with a poster presentation highlighting the work conducted over the summer. Examples of past research can be found here.


The Integrating Research Methods into K–12 Teaching in Mathematics & Science (UGIS 189) seminar meets for four hours each week. Through this course, Summer Institute participants explore ways to integrate research techniques and skills into lessons for K–12 math and science classrooms. The seminar is co-taught by a current high school math or science teacher, who helps guide the lesson plan development process. The course also explores successful teaching methods through engaging demonstrations, and emphasizes collaborative review and revision of lesson components. UGIS 189 satisfies the research methods component of the Cal Teach minor.


Must be a U.S. Citizen, National or Legal Resident to apply.


The Summer Institute is open to UC system undergraduate science, math or engineering majors interested in a career in teaching.

Download the application here.

Applications must be submitted in person or can be mailed, see application for further details.

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