Undergraduate Announcements 9/25/15



1)  Save the dates:  Drop-In TeleBEARS Advising for Spring 2016 is happening on Thursday, 10/15/15. The one-on-one faculty advising period will be happening Friday, 10/16-Thursday, 10/22.

2)  There have been some inquiries regarding whether or not letters of recommendation are option as part of the UC Berkeley graduate application process.  For all students applying to Mech Eng graduate programs are required to provide three (3) letters of recommendation.  For more details, please see http://me.berkeley.edu/graduate/admissions/required-materials.

3)  Just as a reminder, undergraduates who are graduating in Fall 2016 and are planning to apply to the 5th year program must do so in Fall 2015.


4)  Recognize your favorite advisers (academic or otherwise)!  The Excellence in Advising Awards Program, sponsored by the Advising Council, is being initiated this year to recognize exceptional performance and innovation in advising. A limited number of awards will be made to individuals and teams that are making a significant positive impact on the students and programs they support.   Award categories:  Outstanding New Advisor (3 years or less advising), Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Advising Team, Outstanding Advising Administrator, Director, Manager, Faculty Advisor or Dean.  Advising plays a critical role in student achievement, progress, retention, and persistence as well as growth, wellness and connectedness and because advising matters at Berkeley we believe exceptional performance deserves campus-wide recognition. Nominations can be made by anyone in the campus community, including students. The deadline to submit is October 31, 2015. Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on December 10, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Alumni House. All member of the campus community are invited to attend this event.  Learn more about the program and how to nominate by visiting the Advising Matters website today!

5)  I will not be in the office on Monday, September 28th.  If you need assistance, please email or see my colleague, Yawo (yawo@me.berkeley.edu, 6189 Etcheverry Hall).

Have a super-duper weekend!


Technical Interviewing Workshop Today

Friday, September 25th
Bechtel 240

If you are interested in the tech industry, are you ready for the tech interview? Don't miss this RARE opportunity to learn what technical recruiters are really expecting from you in a tech interview!

You know you have the skills to do the job, now it’s time master the art of delivering that message in an interview. In this interactive presentation, you will learn from two experienced technical recruiters about what their hiring processes look like, what to expect in a tech interview,  and tips on how to prepare to showcase your technical skills to employers in a way that no other applicant will.

Panelists will be sharing the "inside story" on technical interviews performed at Pivotal, AT&T and other similar companies in the industry.

*Pre-registration is highly suggested, as space is limited.

Log in to Callisto to RSVP for this highly sought after workshop!

Come To The Study Abroad Fair Today

Friday, September 25th
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
International House


Join us for the 2015 Study Abroad Fair! All Cal students are invited, regardless of major or year. Studying abroad is a great opportunity for STEM students, despite what you may have heard!


Over 60 exhibitors will be there presenting study, teach, volunteer, work, and intern opportunities for Berkeley students abroad! To see the full list of exhibitors attending and for more information on how to maximize your time at the Study Abroad Fair, check out the Berkeley Study Abroad Fair website.

Undergraduate Research Fair

October 1, 2015 - 4pm-8pm (Dwinelle Hall)


All Cal students, staff and faculty are invited to the Undergraduate Research Fair from 4pm-8pm on Thursday, October 1 in a number of different rooms within Dwinelle Hall. The event is free & accessible and participating Cal attendees will receive pizza dinner. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, the Fair provides a wide range of resources for anyone seeking to know about research opportunities at Cal. The detailed schedule for the event is:


4:00pm-5:45pm (Dwinelle 370): Research Opportunity Fair & Pizza - Over a dozen programs from across campus have representatives present to discuss their program with you.

6:00pm-7:00pm (Dwinelle 145): Faculty Roundtable Discussion on “Research and the Undergraduate Education Experience at Cal” - the role of research in undergraduate education, trends in various disciplines, and the value of academic enrichment programs.


7:00pm-8:00pm - Issue specific “Breakout Sessions” lead by staff, students, and faculty:

“Getting Started in STEM Research” (Dwinelle 215) From the perspective of experienced students and staff, learn about a wide range of programs and strategies for getting involved in STEM related research including finding a lab to work in.

“Getting Started in Humanities & Social Science Research” (Dwinelle 209) From the perspective of experienced students and staff, hear about a wide range of programs and strategies for engaging in humanities and social science research.

“Bringing Together Research and Community Service” (Dwinelle 109) hosted by the Public Service Center and the American Cultures Center. In this panel, students and staff share stories of how they have sought to link their research interests with community engagement projects as well as how service projects have generated research interests.

“Experiences of Underrepresented Students in Research Programs” (Dwinelle 370) hosted by Underrepresented Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (UURA). In this student led discussion, underrepresented students will explore the unique opportunities and challenges that research can bring to their lives. Students will share stories, strategies, and visions for building solidarity across programs.   


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Apply to be a CalSO Leader!

Greetings Cal Bears,


The Cal Student Orientation (CalSO) program is part of New Student Services (NSS). Since the 1960s, CalSO has introduced new undergraduates and their families to the Berkeley campus through CalSO and Getting Your Bearings. The key to our success is the group of continuing Cal students who help implement and facilitate our programs! After all, who knows the new student experience better than those who have already been through it?


Our goal is to hire students who, as a group, will represent the full spectrum of activities, interests, and experiences of Berkeley students. For more information about the position and to download the application, please visit calsoleaders.berkeley.edu.


To hear more about the CalSO Leader position and the skills you develop check out these videos:






We will also be hosting several information sessions in the coming weeks. These are open to all populations and we encourage you to attend to gain more insightful information about the position.


September 22nd – 5:00PM – Cesar Chavez Building – Transfer Center

September 23rd – 5:00PM – Clark Kerr Campus – Building One, lower level

September 24th – 12:00PM – 100 Hildebrand Hall, Chemistry Library – Room F

September 24th – 12:30PM – College of Engineering – 240 Bechtel

September 24th – 5:00PM – Unit 2 – All Purpose Room

September 24th – 5:00PM – Unit 3 – All Purpose Room

September 29th – 12:00PM – 260 Mulford Hall – CNR Student Resource Center

September 29th – 5:00PM – Foothill Main Lounge – TV Lounge Off the Circle Drive between Stern and Foothill


Applications are due October 2nd. For more information and to apply visit calsoleaders.berkeley.edu. We look forward to reading your application!


Go Bears!

Tools for Managing Stress & Test Anxiety

Wednesday, September 30, 2pm, 240 Bechtel. Join the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence and the Tang Center as we discuss tools for managing text anxiety. Many students are hindered by test anxiety, no matter much they prepare for exams. Come learn techniques for dealing with test anxiety so that you can crush your next exam! Please RSVP.

How to Get Involved in Research

Thursday, October 29, 2-3pm, 240 Bechtel. Berkeley Engineering summer research experience directors will lead a workshop on how to get involved in research here at Cal and other institutions. For those thinking about graduate school or research positions in industry, this workshop will be a great way to learn about how to get involved and make the most of the experience. Please RSVP.

So You Want to go to Grad School?

Thursday, November 5, 2-3pm, 240 Bechtel. So you are thinking about going to graduate school? Awesome! Do you know what you should be doing as an undergraduate to prepare? Come meet Berkeley Engineering's Graduate Recruiters and learn about what you can be doing right now to prepare and what faculty look for in graduate applicants. Please RSVP.


Also, just a reminder that n Monday, October 12th, Professor Pruitt will hold an Graduate School Infosession to discuss best practices for applying to Masters (including MEng and 5th year) and PhD programs.  The session will be beld in 3110 Etcheverry Hall from 3pm-4pm. If you are applying to Grad School, I really recommend coming.

Engineering Outreach Opportunity!

The Alameda Boys & Girls club is searching for students who are interested in education and community service. Students will have the opportunity to conduct STEM workshops at the Alameda Boys & Girls club. Students of all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For further information contact George Ortega.

Engineering Drop-In Career Counseling Hours



Once again, the Career Center will be providing drop-in Career Counseling Hours for ALL Engineering students every Wednesday from 1-4pm in the ESS Office! These short 20 minute appointments with Engineering Career Counselor, Katie Crawford are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and are ideal for:

  • Resume/Cover Letter Critiques
  • Internship/Job Search Strategizing
  • Linkedin info/Profile Critique
  • Grad School Questions
  • Career Fair Prep
  • Career Center Services Questions
  • Quick Career Exploration Questions
*Free* Mock Interviews For Engineering & Technical Students

With Fall recruiting in FULL swing, practice interviews can be vital in your preparation for 1st or 2nd round interviews in the tech & engineering fields, for both full-time jobs and summer internships.


In a "Mock Interview", you can expect to practice traditional and behavioral questions, and potentially industry-specific questions, depending on your career goals. For those interested in consulting, there is no time to do case interviews or brain teasers, though the consultant can help you prep for them.

The recruiter is NOT currently recruiting on campus; she is here with the sole purpose of helping you polish your interview skills.


**The Mock Interviews for Engineering and Technical Undergraduate and Graduate Students service is available to students in the Colleges of Engineering and Chemistry as well as to students from other majors such as Computer Science and Statistics in the College of Letters & Science who are interested in technical careers and internships. For now, this service is available to graduate students, seniors and juniors. If demand decreases, we will consider opening the service to sophomores and freshmen.

You may schedule only ONE appointment per semester.


How to Schedule a Mock Interview:

1. Log in to Callisto at http://callisto.berkeley. edu and select "Callisto Search" from the Shortcuts menu, and do a keyword search for listing #900949 (or enter: Fall Mock Interviews for Engrg. & Tech. Students)

2. After uploading a resume (please list the types of jobs you are recruiting for in the objective section of your resume) , select View/Apply and choose a date and time that works with your schedule.

3. The Callisto system will confirm your mock interview appointment via email, however, please cancel your appointment 48hrs in advance if necessary, so other candidates can utilize the service.


To make the most of your session:

  • It is highly recommended that you wear interview attire.
  • Review these resources online:
  • Prepare your answers to the most common questions:
    • Tell me about yourself/Walk me through your resume
    • Why do you want this job
    • Why our company
    • (Remember to speak to the employer's needs, focusing on the talents and skills you offer, not just want you'll get from the job.)
SMU Geothermal Lab Is Having A Software Drawing

Good morning,


In support of our recent conference, Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields, the SMU Geothermal Lab received software packages from Golden Software LLC.  We are pleased to announce we will be giving away 2 additional software packages in a drawing open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in geothermal, geoscience or engineering.  If you are interested in entering the drawing, please see below.


The details are:

Item 1: Surfer 12 software from Golden Software LLC

Item 2:  Grapher 11 software from Golden Software LLC

To enter: students mail geothermal@smu.edu with their name, program of study, and university name

Open to: U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in geothermal, geoscience or engineering, 1 entry per person, SMU students not eligible

Drawing date: 30 Sept 2015

Notification: the winners will be chosen at random and notified by email

Questions: email geothermal@smu.edu or call 214-768-2749


Send your email entry back to me today, and good luck!


Christine Ferguson

The GREEN Program



The GREEN Program enhances the academic life experience of passionate students and empowers them to become socially responsible, innovative, and environmentally conscious leaders of tomorrow.  Our programs bridge the gap between textbook learning and real-time industry experience by taking students behind the scenes of the world’s leading clean energy and sustainability initiatives.The GREEN Program designs short-term immersion programs in the most exciting places on earth, which are epicenters of innovative technologies as well as bucket-list travel destinations.


The GREEN Program is recruiting for 2016 Winter programs.  Our Ambassador on UC Berkeley's campus, Casey Fritz is hosting an information session next week.


University of California Berkeley Information Session
When: Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 pm
Where: Wheeler 221
Hosted By: Casey Fritz, UC Berkeley Ambassador

Research Study on Adult Engineering Students

The Ciston Group in the Chemical and Biomolecular Enineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking non-traditional adult undergraduate engineering students to participate in a research study.  We aim to better understand adult students and their experiences, and to improve undergraduate education to recruit, support, and retain adult students in engineering.


To be eligible, you must meet all three criteria:


  • ·      Be enrolled in an undergraduate engineering or pre-engineering degree program
  • ·      Be at least 25 years of age
  • ·      Have prior engineering-related work experience (such as mechanic, technician, manufacturing, military)


We seek participants for two parts of this study:


  • ·      One-hour interview on your experiences and identity as an engineering student.  Compensation of $25.
  • ·      Three-hour design task.  You will be asked to “think out loud” while you complete a simple design task.  Compensation of $100.


You do not have to participate in both parts of the study to be eligible.   Your participation is confidential.


If you are interested, please contact Dr. Shannon Ciston for more information at sciston@berkeley.edu or complete the pre-qualifying survey online at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1698064/2014-NSF-Engineering-Student-Survey