iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 48 (11/10/2016)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:
ME Housekeeping

Berkeley Engineering BIG GIVE is Here!
Helpful Counseling Resources
Graduate Student Wellness Informational Survey
Graduate Tang Center Feedback Form

Info Session - Training - Workshop

Thriving in Science Seminar: One Approach to Navigating a Career in Science

Brave New Hacks!!
2017 NDSEG Fellowship Open
The Air Force Research Laboratory Summer Program
Social Norms Grant Application Extended!
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program
$30,000 Hydropower Research Awards Announced
Internship-Volunteering-Job Opportunity

Manta Solar Corp - Seeking Engineering Intern


Berkeley Engineering BIG GIVE is Here!

The BIG GIVE, Berkeley’s 24-hour fundraising blitz, is happening THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, and we need YOU to help ME make it the best one yet!


How Can You Help?

  1. Share all content from the ME Facebook page on your own Facebook account.
  2. Post your own content on your own social media pages.
  3. You MUST use the hashtags #CalBigGive and #BerkeleyEngineering with your post for it to count towards the social media contests (I’ll explain the contests below). 
  4. Be sure to link people to OUR donation page-


Helpful Counseling Resources

 There are several helpful counseling groups just for graduate students given through CPS (there are no additional fees for these).  Some are:

  1. Dissertation Support
  2. Managing Stress, Anxiety & Depression
  3. Graduate Women’s Support
  4. Graduate Men’s Support

You can find more information at


Also, Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers short term counseling for academic, career and personal issues.  There is no charge to get started, and all registered students can access services regardless of insurance.  Professional counselors can meet with students to talk about personal, academic and career issues including: adjusting to school, deciding on a career or major, dealing with family or relationships, sexual orientation and identity, coping with personal crises. Groups and workshops are also available on a variety of topics. You can find their contact info. at:



Graduate Student Wellness Informational Survey
A survey designed to get meaningful feedback from students regarding their concerns and suggestions on event planning, advocacy issues and any general comments related to health and wellness. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. It will help us serve YOU better. And please include your contact information if you'd like to join the student wellness committee!


Graduate Tang Center Feedback Form
A survey designed to get feedback from graduate students about their health and well being, and to assess how the Tang center is addressing the health concerns of graduate students. Please take a few minutes to complete the anonymous survey!
Any additional concerns or questions can be addressed to:


Thriving in Science Seminar

One Approach to Navigating a Career in Science

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6-7 PM
105 Stanley Hall

(RSVP here:

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Heald, Professor, UC Berkeley

Rebecca Heald obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School, working with Frank McKeon on cell cycle regulation. She performed her postdoctoral work at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg in Eric Karsenti's lab. At Berkeley since 1998, she is now a full Professor. Research in the Heald lab aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of cell division and size control. Interdisciplinary approaches take advantage of in vitro systems, particularly cytoplasmic extracts prepared from eggs of the frog Xenopus laevis that reconstitute mitotic chromosome condensation and spindle assembly and function in vitro. To study mechanisms of spindle and organelle size control, a smaller, related frog, Xenopus tropicalis, is utilized to investigate interspecies scaling, and extracts prepared from fertilized eggs at different stages of embryogenesis to study scaling that occurs during the reductive cleavages of early development.


There will be pizza at 5:30 PM in the 1st floor atrium of Stanley Hall and the talk will be followed by a beer and wine networking mixer for those who RSVP.


Brave New Hacks!!

BERC Cleanweb Hackathon

Friday, November 18, 2017: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday, November 19, 2017: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

$2500 Prize Pool

$1000 - Software / $1000 - Visualization - $500 'Brave Hack' (People's Choice)

Berkeley Institute for Data Science calling all scientits, software engineers, policy makers designers, and entrepreneurs to join the 4th annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon! The election results will be in and our uncertain future requires some brave new hacks. Teams are challenged to create new ideas in the energy, resources, legal, or political sectors using their hacking, data, and policy skill sets. An expert team of mentors will be on hand to assist you with all your hacking needs, and free food and beverages will be provided throughout the weekend.


2017 NDSEG Fellowship Open

The NDSEG Fellowship Program is a three-year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

The program provides awarded fellows with:

  1. 36 months of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at any accredited U.S. institution;
  2. A $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the three-year program tenure;
  3. And $102,000.00 in stipend payments over three years.

Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study.

Deadline for a 2017 award is December 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Contact: or at (202) 649 – 3831.


The Air Force Research Laboratory Summer Program

Dealine: January 17, 2017.

The AFRL Summer Program is an excellent opportunity for students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) to work on problems of National interest with researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory.  There are many research projects to choose from ranging from high density electronics cooling to deployable structures to directed energy to MEMS to space weather. All of the topics can be found at our program web site (  This great program provides the opportunity for students to complete hands-on research using state of the art facilities in a government lab environment.  It's a perfect chance for students to experience what a career at our Defense labs is like.


Social Norms Grant Application Extended!

Deadline: November 22, 2017

The deadline for the Social Norms Mini Grant Initiative sponsored by PATH to Care has been extended to November 22nd! 

Ten mini-grants of up to $2500 each will be awarded for community-based initiatives that help change social norms and end sexual violence and harassment. This grant is open to teams of faculty, staff AND students that are part of an intact community (for example - an academic department or division!).

For more information and to view the application, visit here


NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.  The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals.  Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.


The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2017, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2017.


The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 17 solicitation index page at - click on "Solicitations" then click on "Open Solicitations" then select the "NESSF17" announcement.  Also refer to “Program Specific Questions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF17 solicitation index page.


All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system.  The faculty advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal.  To use the NSPIRES system, the faculty advisor, the student, and the university must all register.  Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 17 solicitation index page listed above.  You can register in NSPIRES at


For further information contact Claire Macaulay, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0151, E-mail: or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail:


$30,000 Hydropower Research Awards Announced
The Hydro Research Foundation is leading the Research Awards Program designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in conventional or pumped storage hydropower. The awards are made possible by a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. 


In 2017, the Foundation anticipates making one-year awards to between 6-10 students. Students are selected based on research vision, innovation, academic performance, potential for leadership and overall strength of their research proposal. Each award typically includes the following: 

  1. A living stipend of up to $18,000.
  2. A tuition, fees and university-provided health insurance allowance of up to $10,000.
  3. Travel costs to attend the Annual Hydro Research Roundtable each year the student is in the program.
  4. The student's academic advisor for the research will be awarded $2,000 annually into a University discretionary account, for aiding in, and supervising the research. The advisor may also have the opportunity to attend HydroVision International.
  5. Each student may have the opportunity to participate in an internship with an industry partner. These internships may result in employment for the researcher.
  6. Each student will have an industry mentor and a Foundation mentor.
  7. The foundation will assist the student in finding employment in the hydropower community.

For information, eligibility, topics of interest and application materials, the Foundation invites you to visit the website.   
Click here for information on the 2017 Research Awards Program
Important notes on the 2017 awards: Applications are due March 15, 2017, for appointments beginning June 2017 for one-year funding.  Questions regarding the funding announcement can be directed to  



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


Manta Solar Corp - Seeking Engineering Intern

Manta Solar is a Richmond based solar technologies company focused on durability of and cost reductions to active tracking systems for thermal and photovoltaic solar arrays. We have designed, prototyped and tested reference systems including structural components, gearing, electronic controls, networking and telemetry. In the coming months we will be folding these systems into two slightly larger production models optimized for projects we have secured abroad. We are currently seeking a mechanical engineer to support our (UC trained / PhD) mechanical engineer. Applicants must have proficiency with structural modeling in Solidworks and be familiar with designing parts optimized for manufacturing methods such as plastic injection molding, wire EDM and CNC. Projected workload is 5-10 hours per week beginning in January.


Please send resume and letter of interest to