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Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

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Tebtunis

[Photograph 1899/1900; courtesy of the Egypt Exploration Society]

 

What Is URAP?

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) provides an opportunity for Berkeley undergraduates to work one on one with faculty members on the cutting-edge research projects for which Berkeley is world renowned. Students meet regularly with faculty for research mentoring and earn 1 unit of academic credit for every 3 hours of research work (limited to 4 units per term). The program is designed to stimulate awareness of advanced research and interest in graduate study. Students are not paid for their participation.

What Do CTP Research Apprentices Do?

Between 2 and 4 Undergraduate Research Apprentices are needed each semester to work on the Tebtunis Papyri Database and Archives. The CTP, a Berkeley Organized Research Project, is working to improve access to and encourage study of the large collection of Greek and demotic Egyptian papyri in The Bancroft Library.  Due to the extraordinary size of this collection (over 30,000 pieces), many of the papyri have never been examined properly.

The papyri are fragmentary remains of documents and literary texts written in Egypt during the time of the Ptolemaic kings and the Roman Empire. Since the current work follows a long period of neglect, assistance is needed with many tasks. These include the of basic organization and recording of materials, preparation of skeletal database records, organization of the archives, and indexing and copying of bibliography. Hands-on work with the papyri themselves will also be involved.

What Qualifications Do Apprentices Need?

The assistant will need basic computer skills for entry of detailed information, but none of the tasks with which CTP needs assistance requires extensive training.

Knowledge of ancient languages and scripts is not required, but would be a helpful additional qualification.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

For further information and deadlines, and to apply, please visit http://research.berkeley.edu/urap/