Students must identify a research mentor who is affiliated with Berkeley as a faculty member (in any department, must have doctoral degree, i.e., PhD, MD, ScD) and who will guide your research. The research mentor, who must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, ScD), has the ultimate responsibility for guiding the student towards the successful completion of the research, thesis, and potential publications. From what we have found, students who were the most successful were those who had a mentor solidified before summer.
Mentors must sign an MOU (provided below) stating that they will:
- Support the student’s research
- Read and provide feedback on the thesis
- Meet with the student at least bi-monthly
- Confirm that the dataset the student is analyzing will be complete by fall
Download the Mentor MOU – Public Health Honors Thesis Program (.pdf)