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Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare: F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions


Potential Affiliates

I am not affiliated with Berkeley Social Welfare. Can I still become involved with CPRSW?

Send us an email at cprsw@berkeley.edu and we would be happy to discuss opportunities with you.


Current Berkeley Students

I am looking for faculty who conduct prevention research to serve on a supervisory committee. Are CPRSW faculty affiliates available for this purpose?

There are many students at UC Berkeley who have interests in prevention research. Unfortunately, we receive more student requests than we can accommodate. At this time, we can only consider requests from students whose independent research falls squarely into the specific areas that the center is currently focused on. Priority will be given to students who have completed a research practicum with CPRSW.

I am hoping to gain experience in the field of prevention research. What is a research practicum?

A research practicum is a three-unit independent study where students develop a learning contract with CPRSW faculty to guide a mentored experience conducting prevention research in the context of an ongiong project of CPRSW faculty affiliates. Proposals for a resarch practicum need to be submitted by Week 10 of the semester preceeding the semester in which the proposed practicum would be conducted. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis and awarded competitively based on the faculty's availability and capacity to support the student's training goals. A research practicum is uncompensated and requires participation in monthly center meetings. For guidance on how to submit a proposal, please e-mail cprsw@berkeley.edu.


Prospective Berkeley Students

I am considering applying to the Ph.D. program in Social Welfare at Berkeley. Are CPRSW faculty affiliates taking students?

At the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, students are admitted to the program, not to a specific person's research center, lab, or team. That being said, doctoral training occurs in the context of a strong mentoring relationship. We encourage doctoral students with a strong interest in prevention research to apply to the Social Welfare program at Berkeley, conduct mentored research at CPRSW through one or more research practicums, and eventually become a student affiliate of the center conducting independent research under the supervision of CPRSW faculty affiliates. To better understand the current work of CPRSW faculty affiliates, to determine if your research interests would be a good "fit", please review the People section of this website.

I am considering applying to the M.S.W. program in Social Welfare at Berkeley. Can MSW students join CPRSW?

Yes! MSW and MSW/MPH students are invited to join CPRSW after completing SW280 (or equivalent) while conducting a prevention research project.

I am an undergraduate considering applying to the social welfare major at Berkeley. Can undergraduates join CPRSW?

Yes! Undergraduate honors students are invited to join CPRSW, after their acceptance to the Honors Program in Social Welfare, while conducting an honors thesis in the area of prevention.