The UC Berkeley Science Shop a visible and publically accessible entity within the University that connects community members with researchers. We are designed to intake research questions from small non-profits, local government, small businesses and other civic organizations and funnel them to undergraduate and graduate students seeking research projects. In doing so we give students the opportunity to merge their interest in research with their desire to contribute to the welfare of their communities.

The Science Shop has three main activities:

We provide a clear avenue for small non-profits, local government and small businesses to pose research questions to the University.

We translate these research questions into projects that undergraduate and graduate students can carry out, with advising and participation from faculty. The Science Shop provides students with project management, mentoring and technical support.

We act as a hub for existing campus efforts already working with communities and help maintain relationships with community partners.