iMEGRAD -- September 29, 2017

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:
ME Housekeeping
How To Add/Drop after 9/22
Deadline to submit Re-enrollment application
Info Session/Workshop
Become LEED Accredited: LEED Green Associate Training

Golden Gate Science Olympiad Interest
Competition - Fellowship
Student Tech Fund Now Accepting Proposals - Deadline: October 10th

Insight Data Fellows Program
Internship & Job Opportunity
Call for Applications to SMART Program for Summer 2018

Paid Professional Development Opportunity: ORIAS Graduate Student Speakers Bureau




How to Add/Drop Course after 9/22

Students who wish to add or drop courses after the deadline must 
complete the add/drop form, get all the required signatures, and submit it to the Student Services Office

The final deadline to make a change on your Class Schedule is December 8, 2017.


Deadline for Fall 17 Re-enrollment: October 15th

To apply for re-enrollment after being on filing fee status or short leave of absence, a student should submit a Readmission Application and a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) for the Vice-Chair of Graduate Study's approval and pay the application fee. Current fees are listed on the application form. Students must submit all their required forms to the ME Student Services Office no later than October 15, 2017 for the Spring 18 Semester.


Become LEED Accredited: LEED Green Associate Training
November 7th 2017

6:00PM - 10:00 PM
Dwinelle Hall – Room 215



Want to get involved in sustainability? Opportunities are plentiful and LEED is at the forefront!

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.

This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!
Early-Bird Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)
To register for the class please visit:


Golden Gate Science Olympiad Interest

Are you a Science Olympiad alum, interested in inspiring and empowering K-12 students to pursue STEM, or both? Then join Golden Gate Science Olympiad’s Grad Student Division! 

Golden Gate Science Olympiad is a nonprofit working in STEM outreach with chapters at Stanford and Cal. We engage students through Science Olympiad, a national K-12 STEM competition in which teams from over 7500 schools from across the country battle for STEM superiority.


GGSO was founded in 2015 by a group of eager Science Olympiad alumni who wanted to give back to the Science Olympiad community by hosting an invitational tournament. After successfully running an invitational last winter, we are looking forward to hosting our second annual invitational on January 27, 2018 at UC Berkeley. This is a big undertaking - to pull a tournament off, we need hundreds of volunteers to write tests, judge events, set up and clean up event spaces, and so much more.


Additionally, we are expanding our outreach activity this year. We plan to support local tournaments by volunteering on competition days and engaging students directly in schools by coaching teams. Because we have so many upcoming projects, we are looking for all the help we can get!


Not a Science Olympiad alum? No problem! We are seeking anyone who is enthusiastic about STEM outreach.

If this sounds interesting at all, I encourage you to fill out this form to join our mailing list. Soon I’ll be sending out updates regarding our volunteering efforts described above. I hope to see you around!


Student Tech Fund Now Accepting Proposals - Deadline: October 10th

The Student Technology Fund (STF) proposal submission process is now open for fast-track projects with a cap of $5000 per project. The deadline to submit project proposals is October 10, 2017.


Any student, faculty member, or staff member of the University of California, Berkeley is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration by the Student Technology Fund Committee. Individuals must obtain a fiscal sponsor to administer awarded funds, such as a registered student group, ASUC/GA, academic department, or other functional unit.

Allowable Costs

This fee, assessed at $51 per semester, for seven years, provides funding to negotiate with commercial software vendors on behalf of students to secure volume licensing of software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Matlab.  It also provides funding to support additional student technology services and initiatives.  Fee funds are prohibited from subsidizing core information technology infrastructure.

Funding categories include:

  1. Applications and Software Development
  2. Commercial Software Licensing
  3. Hardware and Technology Equipment Acquisition
  4. Investigative and Planning Projects
  5. Technology Events
  6. Training, Support, and Access to Technology Programs

How to Apply

Before submitting a proposal, please review the Student Tech Fund Guidelines, proposal form, and reference materials located at

Submission Deadline

October 10, 2017: Online proposals due for the Fall 2017 Fast-Track review process

The complete calendar for 2017-18 can be found here:

The Student Tech Fund Committee will be holding open office hours to advise applicants about their proposals on Thursday, 10/5 from 11am-12pm and Friday, 10/6 from 2pm-3pm in Eshleman 212.  Note that this is the same date that submissions are due, so applicants who attend the session should come prepared with a fairly developed proposal.


Proposals are due October 10, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by the Student Technology Fund Committee (STFC) during the fall semester, with the intent of allocating funds in January 2018.

The STFC consists of student, faculty and staff voting members. More information about the STFC is available at

If you have any questions about the STF project proposal submission process, please email


Insight Data Fellows Program

Insight is now accepting applications for the January 2018 fellowships in Data Science, Health Data Science, Data Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence. 

Insight Fellows Programs: 

  1. 7 week, full-time training fellowship
  2. Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers & AI specialists
  3. Join an active community of Insight alumni
  4. Self-directed, project-based learning followed by interviews at top companies
  5. Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Application Deadline: October 23, 2017 

Insight awards four distinct Fellowships - learn more & apply: 

Data Science

For PhDs & Postdocs (graduating by May 2018)

Locations: Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston, Seattle & Remote


Health Data Science

For PhDs, Postdocs & MDs (graduating by May 2018)

Locations: Silicon Valley & Boston


Data Engineering
For Bachelors, Masters or PhDs (graduating by May 2018) & professional engineers
Locations: Silicon Valley & NYC

Artificial Intelligence

For Bachelors, Masters or PhDs (graduating by May 2018) & professional engineers

Locations: Silicon Valley & NYC


Not ready to apply? Sign up for our notification list: 

Questions? Email us at


More academic and non-academic job opportunities can be found at:


Call for Applications to SMART Program for Summer 2018

Doctoral students and undergraduate students from all departments and schools are invited to apply for the SMART (Student Mentoring and Research Teams) Program for summer 2018. The 2018 SMART Program will run from May 25 to August 3.

The Graduate Division’s innovative SMART Program enables up to 24 doctoral students to provide mentored research opportunities to undergraduate students. It is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral students and to foster research skills and forge paths to advanced studies for undergraduates at UC Berkeley.


Each graduate mentor, working under the guidance of a faculty adviser, will receive a summer stipend ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; each undergraduate mentee will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500 for approximately 200 hours of work. Limited funds may be available for successful applicants for research expenses that cannot be covered elsewhere.

Doctoral students selected as SMART mentors must complete the one-unit course, Mentoring in Higher Education (GSPDP 301), during spring semester 2018 (Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m.).

Informational meetings for graduate mentor applicants

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall; and

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall.

Deadline for Graduate Mentor Applications: Monday, November 13, 2017

Information about the SMART Program and a link to the graduate mentor application form are located on the SMART website (


If you have questions, please contact Sarah Macdonald, NSF-SMART Postdoctoral Fellow, at


Paid Professional Development Opportunity: ORIAS Graduate Student Speakers Bureau

Do you want to share your academic passions while developing vital teaching and public speaking skills? Come learn about the ORIAS Speakers Bureau and how you might share your academic interests with young audiences. Last year's participants collectively addressed almost 1000 students, from middle school to community college.

The ORIAS Speakers Bureau is now entering its second year and seeking additional graduate student participants to bring their knowledge and experiences into Bay Area classrooms. The program aims to:

  1. provide students at different stages of their graduate career with transferable public speaking skills,
  2. train students to translate their research and specialized knowledge for broader audiences,
  3. bring specialized content knowledge into k-14 classrooms,
  4. model passion for intellectual engagement for younger students, and
  5. help k-14 students see connections between curiosity and travel.

​Graduate students across disciplines are welcome, so long as ​their topic of interest is ​based ​in one or more of the regions associated with participating UCB Area Studies Institutes.

Participants will be compensated for creating a polished presentation and for each time they give their talk to groups of students.

​If you are interested in becoming a speaker, please email Shane Carter (ORIAS Program Coordinator)  as soon as possible at