How does one get a research position at UC Berkeley?
If you’re young and impressionable as I was, you might be led to believe that a coveted research position is near-impossible to get. Perhaps you think the 4.0 students are going to sweep the field before you get a shot, or that no professor is going to want an inexperienced undergraduate in their lab. I, too, had these misconceptions that kept me from putting myself out there until second semester of sophomore year. That being said, I now have an undergraduate research position in a chemistry lab, and I want to share life advice that I’ve acquired among my own triumphs and setbacks. While my experience is not representative of all, hopefully some of this information is helpful as you’re just getting started.