Undergraduate Announcement 11/4/16


1)  Please don't forget to vote on the course fee proposal issue.  Votes are due no later than November 9th.  https://goo.gl/forms/YaOijlwWPGNOEEiz2.  Please also know that, of course, the department is doing everything in its power to raise funds/ask for campus support for a number of different things (courses are just one item on the long list of *very* important things).  Which brings us to....


2)  The Big Give Campaign.  We're not asking students for money for this, but it would be great if we could you get your support/help to reach donors.  My colleague, Emily Higgins (emilyhiggins@berkeley.edu) is looking for pictures for our departmental campaign!!!  Pictures of you in Cal gear. Pictures of you holding hearts. Pictures of your hearts around campus. Pictures of you around campus. Pictures of your pet in Cal gear. Pictures of your baby in Cal gear. The list could go on and on!  Please email her these pictures anytime starting now, up through the 17th.


3)  For those of you taking E25 this semester, I strongly recommend that you keep the textbook until you're done with E26 and 27.  Some of the faculty will be using the same book.


4)  Please take a little bit of time to vote on Tuesday.


Have an exceptional weekend, all!


Worry & Stress

Dear Students,


Tell me if any of these feelings sound familiar:


  • I worry all of the time
  • I feel stressed all of the time
  • I don’t get much sleep due to my worries


Worry and stress are obviously a part of all of our daily lives and, they are, in some amounts, a good and normal thing to experience.   But as a person who has both personally struggled with anxiety all of her life, and as one who has worked with Engineering students for a while now, I am particularly cognizant of how these thoughts can blow out of proportion, becoming hard to control.      


I wanted to share a website that I found particularly helpful/interesting at a recent advising training I went to.  It has some good tips, regardless of your feelings’ trigger(s).  I recommend that you at least glance through it…sometimes even if you’re not going through it yourself, it can be good to know information so you can help others.


Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress:


General Info.:



Additionally, please remember that advisers are always here to lend an ear.  Also, keep in mind that there are a number of professional counseling resources on campus that you can take advantage of.  For example:


Licensed psychologist Christine Zhou of University Health Services holds office hours here in the College of Engineering. She can help you address any personal concerns that are causing you stress.  To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact her at christinez@uhs.berkeley.edu or (510) 643-7850.


CPS/UHS  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.



UHS Tang Center
2222 Bancroft Way #4300
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 642-9494
Monday-Wednesday: 8am-5:30pm
Thursday: 9am-5:30pm
Friday: 8am-5pm
Crisis drop-in: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm


Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Feel free to share it with anyone who might benefit. 








Midterm Themed Escape Room

Terrified of midterms? Come to the Phi Sigma Rho Delta Class's Midterm Themed Escape Room on November 3rd and 4th. Form a team of 3-6 people with your friends and register online, or simply just show up at the door. You and your team will work together to solve puzzles and find all your essential midterm supplies in just 15 minutes before your exam! All of the proceeds go towards our philanthropy, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk. All relevant information about sign ups, pricing, and times can be found on our Facebook event page.

Open Position in Hyundai Lab & Work-Study Position In Lab Too!
This Saturday: 5th Annual CMYK Designathon
Innovative Design presents our 5th annual CMYK designathon!

Join us on Saturday, November 5th, at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, for a day of learning and exciting competition with your peers and professional designers, where you will get the chance to work with a team to transform the brand image of local businesses.  You will have the chance to learn and practice design skills with your peers, as well as meet professional designers from Google, Playground, Twitch, Frog, and more, who will present talks, lead workshops, and give feedback.
Buy your tickets before it's too late: https://cmykfall2016.eventbrite.com/ 
Python Bootcamp | FREE | This Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Introduction to Python Coding

Saturday, Nov. 5th from 10 am to 6 pm
230-C Stephens Hall
DESCRIPTION | In the python bootcamp, we will begin with the very basics of Python: using Python as a calculator. Then we will explore how to use variables in python and the different datatypes available. We will then look at how to use the python package numpy and its powerful array datatype and the matplotlib package with its plotting capabilities.  With this, we can begin using loops to perform many calculations and look at how to use conditional statements to control the flow of a program. We will then begin to write functions of our own that perform general calculations for any inputs. We will round off the workshop with a look at atomic  spectra and how to analyze them.  All STEM majors who are registered UC Berkeley students are invited to attend this event (Valid CAL ID required). Students who complete this training will receive a python coding book.
Project Looking for Students for Prototype

Interested in improving your skills, making cash and creating something that helps others?


Skylar is an autonomous home monitoring suite designed to help elderly and disabled persons live more independent lives. It requires virtually no technical knowledge to set up and operate, does not interfere in daily life, allows a guardian to check in remotely, and can drastically improve response times to emergencies. To learn more, visit this website: http://aakashkagarwal.com/skylar-home/index.html


I’m looking for driven people to help develop the hardware design and mechanical engineering portions of Skylar’s prototype. If you have experience in these areas or are looking for a challenge that pays off, check out the information below and apply 11/11! For more information, contact Aakash Agarwal at aakashkumaragarwal@gmail.com  


Hardware Design:


Mechanical Engineering:

  • Requirements: CAD and CFD experience, machine shop training, access to a computer that can run CAD and CFD simulations well (don't bank on Jacobs/Etch), controls experience, Arduino or Raspberry Pi experience
  • Compensation: $2500
  • Link: http://aakashkagarwal.com/skylar-home/meche.html#Meche
This Sunday: International Relations Council of Berkeley's Case Competition
The International Relations Council of Berkeley is hosting a case competition at Jacobs Hall this Sunday, open to students from all majors.  This is a one day event where interdisciplinary teams of Berkeley students will develop innovative solutions to the most pressing and significant problems in international relations and developmental politics.
Date and time: Sunday, November 6th 11am-4pm

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/2dJU8KQ

Research Opportunities at Other Institutions

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates -- searchable online database of hundreds of programs nationwide for STEM disciplines



NSF's REU Site:



Pathways to Science database of summer opportunities



Search for more on and off campus undergraduate research opportunities here:


From there, you can search by whether it's on or off campus, eligibility criteria, deadlines, and more!

Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering 2017-2018 Award Cycle

This program is designed to meet the needs of the Naval Reactors Division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for appropriately trained personnel for the maintenance and development of science and engineering technology as it pertains to naval nuclear propulsion.  The program will assist in preparing students for roles in naval nuclear propulsion and will support the broader objective of advancing fission energy development through the research efforts of the fellows. The technical areas with greatest interest include reactor physics, nuclear materials science and engineering, radiation shielding technology, thermal hydraulics, computational fluid dynamics, and acoustic technology. The principle emphasis is on students seeking doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering, or in closely related fields.



Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

NSA Mathematics & Computer Science Student Scholarship

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Apply at https://www.aftercollege.com/t/JBNzg3Mjg0Mz/xtLipncPiNLqFPnR/


NSA Electrical Engineering Student Scholarship

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the field of electrical engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Apply at https://www.aftercollege.com/t/cxRTcyNUI0Mk/xtLipncPiNLqFPnR/


AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Apply at https://www.aftercollege.com/t/EzMUUxMzk4Mz/xtLipncPiNLqFPnR/


AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree (AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, MFA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.) in any discipline. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

Apply at https://www.aftercollege.com/t/FDMUJDODVFNU/xtLipncPiNLqFPnR/