Open to new applicants: 71 Faculty/Mentors


Junko Habu, Professor Anthropology
(1) Lifeways of Prehistoric Hunter-Gathers in Japan (Open)
(2) Examination of Small Scale Food Production and Distribution Strategies (Open)

Art History

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor Art History
(1) Louise Nevelson's Modernisms (Open)


Gaspard Duchene, Research Astronomer Astronomy
(1) Imaging and modeling of planet-forming disks (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Extreme stellar multiplicity: understanding the limits of star formation (Open)

Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Cathryn Carson, Professor Berkeley Institute for Data Science
(1) Learning data science (Data Science Education Program) - tools and environments, student experience (Open)

Business, Haas School

Heather Haveman, Professor Business, Haas School
(1) Oski Lab - Web-Scraping | Text Parsing| Machine Learning| Databases with Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Computer Vision: Classifying Photographs Using Deep Learning (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Chefs and Cooks: Exploring Race and Gender in Fine Dining and Food Writing (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Charter Schools and the Business Age: Web-Scraping and Text Analysis (Open)
Ming Hsu, Professor Business, Haas School
(1) Neuroeconomics: Decision-Making and the Brain (Open)
(2) Big data approaches to social sciences (Open)
Zsolt Katona, Professor Business, Haas School
(1) Real or Fake: Managing User Authenticity in Ad Auctions (Open)
David Levine, Professor Business, Haas School
(1) Safe cooking (Open)
(2) Stories and games to Improve public health (Open)
(4) Writing an Android app to promote safe childbirth (Full- no new appr needed)
Leif Nelson, Professor Business, Haas School
(1) The Psychology of Pay-What-You-Want Pricing and Human Interaction (Open)
(2) Leadership in Unusual Contexts (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Enjoyment, Social Signals and Behavior Change: Understanding the Psychology of Online Social Networks (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Judgment and Decision Making (Full- no new appr needed)

Earth and Planetary Science

Michael Manga, Professor Earth and Planetary Science
(1) Monitoring California's volcanoes through their hydrology (Open)
David Romps, Professor Earth and Planetary Science
(1) Building a tethered balloon to study atmospheric physics (Open)


Edward Miguel, Professor Economics
(1) Data Sharing and Citations (Open)


Kris Gutierrez, Professor Education
(1) Ingenuity and the shaping of new participation trajectories: Examining Connected Learning through joint mediated practices in the home (Open)
Michael Ranney, Professor Education
(1) Reasoning About Global Warming, Climate Change, (and Evolution,) and Numbers (Open)
Alan Schoenfeld, Professor Education
(1) Powerful Mathematics Teaching and Learning (Open)

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dawn Song, Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
(1) Program synthesis using deep-learning (Open)
(2) New techniques and applications in deep-learning and machine learning for security (Open)
(3) Artificial Intelligence for Data Science (Open)
(4) Blockchain and smart contracts (Open)


Eric Falci, Professor English
(1) The Poetics of Popular Music (Open)
Bryan Wagner, Professor English
(1) Online Descriptive Catalog for Historical Records in Pointe Coupee, Louisiana (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Translating Slave Testimonies from Spanish and French (Open)

Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Gordon Frankie, Professor Environmental Science, Policy and Management
(1) California Native Bees in Bay Area School Gardens (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Monitoring the Manipulation: Creating Native Bee Habitat in California Orchards (Open)
(3) California Statewide Urban Native Bee Survey (Full- no new appr needed)
Alastair Iles, Professor Environmental Science, Policy and Management
(1) Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley: Foodscape Mapping Project (Open)
(2) Mapping Access to Farmland for Beginning Farmers in the California Central Coast (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Mechanization in Farming: The Consequences of Replacing Human Labor with Machinery (Full- no new appr needed)
Claire Kremen, Professor Environmental Science, Policy and Management
(1) Insect Diversity in Agroecology Internship (Open)
(2) Cacao pollination & Conservation benefits of agroforestry (Open)
(3) Below- and aboveground connections in pollination (Open)
(4) Meta-analysis: ecosystem services in diversified agriculture (Full- no new appr needed)
Erica Rosenblum, Professor Environmental Science, Policy and Management
(1) The Genetics of Melanism in Desert Reptiles (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Landscape genetics of Panamanian amphibian species (Check back for status)
(3) The arthropod prey and dietary niches of desert lizards (Check back for status)
(4) Evolution of the frog skeleton using 3D data (Open)

Ethnic Studies and Center for Latino Policy Research

David Montejano, Professor Ethnic Studies and Center for Latino Policy Research
(1) From Southern Plantation to Northern Mill, or, Traveling Along the Cotton Trail during the American Civil War (Open)
(2) Immigration Watch: An Ongoing Review of Important Immigration News (Open)

Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Leslie Freund, Collections Manager Hearst Museum of Anthropology
(1) Collections Apprenticeship (Check back for status)
(2) North American Collections Apprenticeship (Open)
(3) Zooarchaeological Resources Survey (Open)
(4) Zooarchaeological Assemblages Preliminary Analysis (Open)

Human Rights Center

Eric Stover, Director Human Rights Center
(1) Research for the edited volume Silent Witness: Criminal and Humanitarian Applications of Forensic DNA Analysis (Open)

Integrative Biology

Roy Caldwell, Professor Integrative Biology
(1) Behavior of Stomatopod Crustaceans (Open)
(2) The development and early behavior of octopuses. (Open)
Robert Dudley, Professor Integrative Biology
(1) How do hummingbirds breathe, drink, and fly at the same time? (Open)
(2) A Global Estimate for Insect Biomass (Open)
(3) Biomechanics of Gliding in Arboreal Geckos (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Analyzing Variation in Bird Wing Bone (Full- no new appr needed)

International and Area Studies

Sean Burns, Lecturer International and Area Studies
(3) Historical investigation of alternative, social justice oriented, educational projects in the SF Bay Area (20th Century) (Open)

Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Calvin Morrill, Professor Jurisprudence and Social Policy
(1) Politics of Personhood: Child Welfare Agencies and the Growth of Perinatal Protective Policies (Open)


Eric Biber, Professor Law
(1) Getting it Right: Examining the Local Land Use Entitlement Process in California to Inform Policy and Process (Open)
Richard Buxbaum, Professor Law
(1) Postwar Accountability (Open)
Sonia Katyal, Professor Law
(1) Transgender Law and Sexuality Project (Open)
(2) Advertising, Branding and Art (Open)
(3) Gender and Technology (Open)

Legal Studies

James Rule, Lecturer Legal Studies
(1) Research for book Taking Privacy Seriously (Open)

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Francesco Spagnolo, Curator The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
(1) The Jewish World and the #DigitalHumanities | The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (Open)
(2) Digital Bridges: (In)Visible Archives & Public Repertoires | The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (Open)


Rainer Sachs, Professor Mathematics
(1) Modeling cancer risk for astronauts on Mars missions or other extended voyages above low earth orbit. (Open)
(2) Synergy modeling in pharmacology: a new mathematical approach (Open)
(3)  (Full- no new appr needed)

Media Studies

Edward Timke, Lecturer Media Studies
(1) French-American Woman Project (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Circulating American Magazines Project (Open)
(3) Satirical Advertising History Project (Open)

Molecular and Cell Biology

Richard Harland, Professor Molecular and Cell Biology
(1) Genetic Analysis of the neural development of Xenopus laevis (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Function of RNA-binding proteins and alternative splicing during frog development. (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Regulation of Wnt-signaling by proton pumps during vertebrate development and human cancer (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Exploring how tissue mechanics and multicellular dynamics shape tissues during organ formation (Open)

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Christina Fidler, Museum Archivist Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
(1) Archives Preservation Apprentice at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (Open)
(2) Archives Digitization Apprentice at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (Open)
(3) CalDay Exhibit Apprentice at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (Current Term Now Closed)
Carol Spencer, Staff Curator Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
(1) Curatorial Apprentice: Exploring Biodiversity, Curation, and Specimen Preparation in Natural History Collections at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (Open)


Suzanne Fleiszig, Professor Optometry
(1) Genetic knockouts of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Open)
(2) Pseudomonas aeruginosa adaptation to the ocular surface environment (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Adsorption of protective glycoprotein (FRIT) from Human tears to contact lens (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Studying Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection using corneal epithelial cells (Full- no new appr needed)
William Taylor, Professor Optometry
(1) Immunohistochemical analysis of genetically identified inhibitory interneurons in the mammalian retina (Open)
(2) Designing more natural visual stimuli to probe the function of retinal circuits (Open)
Christine Wildsoet, Professor Optometry
(1) Why and how to eyes become myopic or short-sighted? (Check back for status)
(2) Myopia development in young guinea pigs and influence of intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering drugs on myopia progression and related pathology. (Open)
(3) High resolution imaging of the back layers of the human eye - what makes the difference between near sighted (myopic) and normal (emmetropic) eyes and changes with optical defocus and near vision tasks. (Check back for status)
(4) Do myopes spend less time outdoors and what do they look at - Three projects involving 1) wearable light sensors/activity monitors, 2) digitally recording the visual environment, and 3) assessment of near focussing accuracy and eye movements during reading. (Check back for status)


Adrian Lee, Professor Physics
(1) Research in Cosmology Instrumentation (Open)
(2) Research in Cosmic Microwave Background at LBNL (Open)

Plant and Microbial Biology

Steven Brenner, Professor Plant and Microbial Biology
(1) Global human gene expression regulation by nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (computational biology). (Open)
(2) Analysis of human whole exome sequencing data to identify causative variants in newborn screening for primary immunodeficiencies (computational biology) (Open)
(3) Automatic identification of protein domains (Open)
(4) Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) (Full- no new appr needed)
Jennifer Lewis, Professor Plant and Microbial Biology
(1) Plant innate immunity in response to bacterial pathogens (Open)

Political Science

Vinod Aggarwal, Professor Political Science
(1) Linking Trade, Traditional Security and Human Security - Cyber Industrial Policy; Disaster Management (Open)
(2) Web Page and Publication Design (Open)
(3) Assistant Managing Editor, Business and Politics (Full- no new appr needed)
Christopher Ansell, Professor Political Science
(1) The Post-Socialist European City: Transitions, Variation, and Capacities (Open)
(2) Cities in the European Union (Open)
Ruth Collier, Professor Political Science
(1) Creating Partisans: New Political Parties and Social Movements in Latin America (Open)
(2) Work and Politics in the Digital Economy (Full- no new appr needed)
Lowell Dittmer, Professor Political Science
(1) Chinese National Identity (Open)
(2) China, the US, and the Taiwan Strait Embroilment (Open)
Sean Gailmard, Professor Political Science
(1) Property Tax Rates and the Long-run Distribution of Wealth in the Early U.S. South (Open)
(2) Amnesty and Loyalty in the Postbellum South (Open)
(3) A Natural Experiment on the Economic and Political Behavior of 1901 Oklahoma Land Lottery Winners (Open)
(4) DeepCensus: A Framework for Automated Transcription of Handwritten Information within Historical Census Manuscripts (Full- no new appr needed)
Aila Matanock, Professor Political Science
(1) Conflict, Crime, and Intervention (Open)
(2) Making Migrations: The Strategic Use of Population Displacement in Civil Conflicts (Open)
Michaela Mattes, Professor Political Science
(1) Program on Security Institutions and Violent Instability (Open)
(2) Peace Deals as Counterinsurgency: Explaining Variation in Military Power- Sharing (Open)
Kevin O'Brien, Professor Political Science
(1) Sources and Impact of Vague Policy Language in China’s Intergovernmental Communication (Open)
Steven Vogel, Professor Political Science
(1) Market Governance in the United States and Japan (Open)


Silvia Bunge, Professor Psychology
(1) Does practice make perfect when it comes to reasoning skills? (Open)
(2) Assessing the effectiveness of a play-based cognitive intervention for school readiness (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Manipulating habitual and goal-directed decision-making strategies in human subjects (Full- no new appr needed)
Joseph Campos, Professor Psychology
(1) Activity and Psychological Development (Open)
(2) Infant Responding to Discrete Emotions (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Infant walking and language development (Open)
(4) Interest: an important (but largely forgotten) emotion in infancy (Full- no new appr needed)
Mahesh Srinivasan, Professor Psychology
(1) Research on Children's Linguistic and Cognitive Development (Open)
(2) Language and Thought in Chinese (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Cognitive, social, and emotional development in early childhood: Education outreach in a children’s museum (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Research on Computational Analyses of Language (Full- no new appr needed)

Public Health

Julianna Deardorff, Professor Public Health
(1) Early adversity shapes adolescent risk behavior trajectories in Mexican Americans (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) A Qualitative Exploration of Minority Stress and Psychosocial Resources among Trans, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Adolescents (Open)
Kristine Madsen, Professor Public Health
(1) Reducing obesity and sugary drink consumption: Policy, community, and economic approaches (Open)
Daniel Perlman, Director Public Health
(1) Pathways to Choice: Delaying Age of Marriage through Girl-Child Education in Niger and Northern Nigeria (Open)
Justin Remais, Professor Public Health
(1) Understanding environmental change and infectious diseases in developing countries (Open)
(2) Understanding how agrochemicals influence the transmission of global parasitic diseases (Open)
Charlotte Smith, Lecturer Public Health
(1) The UC Berkeley – Mapping the Human Right to Water Project (Open)


Claude Fischer, Professor Sociology
(1) Social networks over time (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Portraits of Gentrification: When Neighborhood Change Becomes News (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Congregations and Competition: The Births and Deaths of Religious Congregations in Manhattan, 1915–2011 (Open)
Samuel Lucas, Professor Sociology
(1) Attention and Accolades: Patterns and Determinants (Open)

UC San Francisco

Jeff Belkora, Professor UC San Francisco
(1) The Patient Support Corps at UCSF (Open)
Kevin Bender, Professor UC San Francisco
(1) NeuroGPU – Neuronal simulation environment on graphical processing units. (Open)
Guo Huang, Professor UC San Francisco
(1) Molecular control of organ regeneration in zebrafish and mice (Open)
Galateia Kazakia, Professor UC San Francisco
(1) Bone structure and composition: a microCT and microFTIR study (Open)
(2) Investigating bone structure in clinical cohorts: biomedical image processing (Open)
Praveen Mummaneni, Professor UC San Francisco
(1) UCSF Neuro-spine department clinical research assistant (Open)
Youngho Seo, Professor UC San Francisco
(1) Computational Imaging Research (e.g., machine learning, artificial intelligence, high performance computing) (Open)
(2) Radionuclide molecular imaging using small laboratory animals (Full- no new appr needed)
Vasanth Vedantham, Professor UC San Francisco
(1) Transcriptional Regulation of Heart Rhythm (Open)