Student Resources

Dear Students,


Since it's the beginning of the school year, I just wanted to introduce you to/remind you of some really great (FREE!) resources on campus that graduate students can utilize.  Also, I wanted to give you all a headsup that there are a number of career events happening next week as well (the ME Career Fair is on Monday!).


I hope that this semester is off to a good start for all of you.  Please feel free to stop by if you wish to chat with me about anything!


Shareena Samson

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Adviser

6193 Etcheverry Hall

Office Hours:  MTWF:  9-12 & 1-4, Thursday 1-4

Professional Development Opportunity Sponsored by Mech Eng

Learn business etiquette and effective networking from the preeminent expert on the subject. Pamela Eyring, President of the Protocol School of Washington (PSOW) in Washington D.C., will discuss the basics of business etiquette and networking on Tuesday, September 15th from 4:00 to 5:30 at the Blum Center. Learn the necessary strategies to outclass the competition for job and internship interviews and business networking events. Refreshments will be served, register today!

Career Fair Events & Infosessions

Mechanical Engineering Career Fair - 9/14 at 10 AM

Come to this year's ME Career Fair and discuss employment opportunities with representatives from many exciting companies seeking mechanical engineers! The career fair will be held in the breezeway from 10am - 4pm.


Companies in attendance include:






Alloy Product Development

Hathaway Dinwiddie

PCH Lime Labs

Planet Labs

Parker Hannifin

Intuitive Surgical

Come prepared and please bring your resumes!




Cal Career Fair
September 15-18, 2015
MLK Jr. Student Union Pauley Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Sponsored by the Career Center, come join us for UC Berkeley's largest career fairthe Cal Career Fair!  This fair is the biggest recruiting event of the 2015-16 academic year.  Recruiters from diverse industries will bring information about entry-level career and internship positions.  


Don't miss the opportunity to speak with employers who are specifically recruiting Mechanical Engineering majors such as: 





Seagate Technology

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Navy

Western Digital

...and hundreds more companies are attending too!

Over 290 employers are registered and different employers will attend the fair each day!  Make sure you don’t miss your favorite employerLog into Callisto at to review this year's Career Fair Directory.




Monday Sept 14
Ford Motor Company Infosession hosted by ASME.
Food will be provided!
6pm-7pm in 3110 Etcheverry


(See attachment in Shareena's email for more Ford Events.)




Chevron Corporation, a global energy company ranked #3 in the Fortune 500 list, will be on campus Monday for an info-session on summer internships (sophomores, juniors) and full time opportunities (graduating seniors). Please join us for an evening to learn about Chevron and speak to both Cal alumni and recent summer interns who will share their Chevron experiences.


When: 9/14/2015 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM.

Where: 290 Hearst - Banatao Room




Boeing Infosession

Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

Boeing is a company of bold innovators and dreamers that are continually looking for ways to build it bigger, smarter, faster, stronger and better. Come enjoy food and refreshments while learning more about the vast opportunities Boeing has to offer. UC Berkeley Alumni working at Boeing and previous interns will share their experiences in industry and are looking forward to answering any of your questions. 

Boeing at the Career Fair
Boeing will at the annual Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, September 16th and will be conducting on-campus interviews. Boeing has opportunities open in Engineering, Computer Science/IT, Cybersecurity, Manufacturing, Business and more! If you are interested in a summer 2016 internship or a full time job, please visit their booth at the Career Fair!


Graduate Student Professional Development Guide

This guide assists Berkeley graduate students in developing core competencies that are at the heart of graduate education and can be applied to multiple career paths. Each competency is broken down into a list of skills and steps you can take to develop your abilities.  It also lists a number of workshops you can take part in throughout the academic year.

NSF Workshop on 9/17

If you're planning to apply this year for an NSF Fellowship, please consider going to Graduate Division's workshop for writing your grant proposal.  Details can be found at  Examples from your fellow ME students can be found at

Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS)
  • 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 their insurance plan.  For more information, please see



CPS also offers a number of workshops and counseling groups throughout the academic year.  You can find detailed information about these groups at



GSI Teaching and Resource Center

The GSI Teaching & Resource Center helps graduate students transition to teaching as GSIs at UC Berkeley and offers programs and services to assist graduate students in developing their teaching skills for future academic and nonacademic careers.  Details on services can be found at


The Center also offers a number of workshops for GSIs throughout the semester that are very helpful.  This semester's are:


Writing and Saving Time with Ed-Tech
Tuesday, September 1, 3:00–4:30


Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Portfolio
Wednesday, September 2, 1:00–2:30


Peer Exchange and Feedback on Statements of Teaching Philosophy
Wednesday, September 16, 1:00–2:30


Working with Student Writing
Monday, September 28, 2:00–3:30

Assessing Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 13, 1:30–3:00

Syllabus and Course Design
Monday, October 26, 3:00–4:30

How Students Learn
Thursday, November 12, 3:00–4:30


For more information, please see

Student Parent Center & Resources for Student Parents

The Student Parent Center is committed to the holistic support and success of a highly motivated population of undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged scholars, as well as devoted parents at UC Berkeley.


The center is a centralized multi-purpose campus resource, where students can seek informed advice, develop leadership skills, engage in informal study groups, nurse babies, change diapers, celebrate achievements, recover from setback, and form lasting friendships.


At every level of educational achievement, from high school through PhD programs, becoming a parent can pre-empt or preclude educational opportunities. Sustained efforts over the past 25 years have resulted in the development of Berkeley’s model.


For more information, please see


Additionally, there are resources for Financial Support for student parents as well as a handy handbook:  Families Matter: A Resource Guide for Graduate Student Parents (PDF):

Ombuds Office for Students

The Ombuds Office can be your first step, your last resort, or anything in between. If you wish assistance sorting through a campus-related conflict or concern, please contact us. The Ombudsperson will listen to your concerns, serve as a sounding board, discuss your options with you, and help you get a new perspective and determine the next steps to take.


The office is strictly confidential and no one will know you have spoken with us unless you wish them to. The only exception to this confidentiality is where there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm or danger.


The Ombudsperson DOES:
•    Listen impartially and provide unbiased feedback
•    Provide a confidential place to discuss complaints and consider options
•    Refer students and postdocs to appropriate campus services and resources
•    Assist with problem-solving to minimize the escalation of conflict
•    Assist people in conflict to develop mutually acceptable outcomes
•    Encourage and empower students and postdocs to find their own solutions to problems and concerns
•    Coach individuals on how to communicate their concerns non-defensively


The Ombudsperson DOES NOT:
•    Advocate for individuals or take sides
•    Participate in formal procedures, including legal proceedings
•    Keep records identifying individuals who meet with the Ombudsperson
•    Serve as an office of notice for the University
•    Provide legal advice
•    Share information with others without permission
•    Keep confidential any imminent risk of serious harm or danger
•    Conduct formal investigations or write formal investigative reports
•    Change policies or academic and administrative decisions


More information can be found at

Disabled Students Program (DSP) - Long or Short Term Disabilities of Many Types

The Disabled Students' Program (DSP) is committed to ensuring that all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at UC Berkeley. We offer a wide range of services for students with disabilities. These services are individually designed, and based on the specific needs of each student as identified by our Disability Specialists.


Services Include:

•    Academic Advising
•    Academic Accommodations
•    Alternative Media
•    Attendant Referral
•    Disability Access Services
•    DSP Student Grant
•    Financial Advising
•    Housing Services
•    Priority Enrollment (Tele-BEARS)
•    Residence Program
•    Proctoring Services
•    TRIO/Student Support Services
•    WAIV (Workability IV)


Some of the types of disabilities they can help with are listed at

The Gender Equity Resource Center

The Gender Equity Resource Center, fondly referred to as GenEq, is a Cal community center committed to fostering a safe, equitable and inclusive experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality.  They offer a number of different services and workshops to support our student community. 


The programs and services of the Gender Equity Resource Center are focused into four key areas:


More details can be found at:

The Confidential Care Advocate at Cal

The confidential care advocate provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Advocates bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources.


Our office provides holistic support, helping victims/survivors to access resources related to any aspect of life that is impacted by sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, or harassment. Services are provided at free-of-charge.  We connect people seeking assistance to resources and can accompany them to appointments, including medical, legal, administrative, and academic appointments.


For more information, please see

Graduate Diversity Program

The Graduate Diversity Program Office of Outreach and Retention is a resource for educationally and financially disadvantaged students and underrepresented students throughout their academic careers at Berkeley. Graduate Diversity Program outreach includes traveling to various universities and colleges throughout the country, conducting informational workshops on applying to graduate school, and providing individual advising to prospective students.


Our services include:

  • Admissions: Graduate school admissions assistance is available. Information and strategic planning on the application process and statements of purpose is provided to students.

  • Academic Support: Financial assistance can be provided for tutoring and special need circumstances. Assistance in planning for personal and academic success, professional development, and post-graduation plans.

  • Mentoring: Is undertaken by the Director of the Graduate Diversity Program, staff, and campus diversity directors on an ongoing basis.

  • Advising and Counseling: Available to all currently enrolled students and those considering applying to UC Berkeley. Advising on financial planning and funding.

  • Outreach: The Graduate Diversity Program staff visits colleges and universities across the country to encourage students to apply to UC Berkeley.

Career Counseling and Services

Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in academia or exploring the broad range of other professional options, the Career Center has workshops, events and online resources that can help you find job announcements, prepare your credentials, and bring you face-to-face with potential employers. Take a look at the Grad Student & PhD Services we offer, and be sure to sign up for one of the two PhD CareerMail lists.


If you’re not sure what you want to do after grad school, PhD advisors Debra Behrens and Andrew Green can provide counseling and assessments that will help you in that decision-making process.

Faculty Office Hours

Just in case you didn't know, the Faculty Office Hours are posted at