Jill Berrick, Professor

Closed (1) Berkeley Hope Scholars Research Team

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Undergraduate students who are former foster youth and who participate in Berkeley Hope Scholars may apply. The research project we will be working on focuses on the positive attributes of foster care that contribute to academic success. "Academic success" will be assessed as attending a UC in California. "Positive attributes" will be defined in collaboration with URAP students. The study will involve focus groups, qualitative data analysis, and a final report.

Meet with the professor and/or doctoral student liaison in a weekly team meeting.
Conduct literature review relating to educational outcomes of former foster youth, and protective factors that promote positive outcomes.
Recruit participants to the study. Conduct focus groups. Analyze qualitative data. Participate in writing final report.



Qualifications: Responsible. Interest in topic. Some knowledge of children's services. Strong academic record. Member BHS

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Weekly meetings will occur via ZOOM.





Closed (4) College support programs for former foster youth: Impacts, experiences, and needs

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

his study includes two parts. Study A examines programs across the nine campus UC System that are similar to the Berkeley Hope Scholars program at UC Berkeley, a program that caters to current/ former foster youth students. Information will be gathered from directors of on-campus programs for foster youth and current foster youth utilizing services through voluntary, online surveys. The purpose of this research is to understand the similarities and differences in programs for former foster youth across the UC campuses. We hypothesize that UC campuses will greatly differ in terms of types of services offered, utilization patterns by students, and extent to which they are being evaluated for effectiveness.

Study B involves former foster youth who are participants in UC campus-based support programs for former foster youth. We aim to understand more about former foster students’ unmet needs during their time in college. In gathering this information, we intend to use the feedback to better understand the ways in which the former foster youth community can be better served, to build a coalition between campuses, and to garner support for standardizing services for current/former foster youth UC-wide. We plan to share our study results with all campuses surveyed in order to help improve these programs systemwide.


Student will work with the faculty member to collect data, analyze data, and write the final report.

Qualifications: Strong interest or knowledge of foster care.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: All meetings with the faculty member will be held via Zoom