iMEGRAD -- September 18, 2017

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:
ME Housekeeping
Deadline Reminder: Submit Confirmation of Class Schedule
September 22, 2017 is the deadline to submit MS Candidacy

Deadline to add/drop classes in CalCentral: Friday, September 22, 2017
Info Session/Workshop
Assessing Teaching and Learning​
Competition - Fellowship
Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund
Internship & Job Opportunity

MechE Mentors Needed in Berkeley Middle Schools

Thriving in Science Peer Support Open Enrollment


Reminder: Submission of Confirmation of Class Schedule

If you haven't submitted your Fall 17 Confirmation of Class Schedule form to the Student Services Office, please do so by this Friday, September 22, 2017.

Deadline to submit the MS Candidacy form to the Student Services Office: Friday, September 22, 2017.

Deadline to add/drop classes in CalCentral: Friday, September 22, 2017


Workshops On Teaching: Assessing Teaching and Learning​

Monday, September 25,, 2017
3:00 – 4:30 pm 
309 Sproul Hall

Facilitator: Linda von Hoene, Ph.D.
​Director, GSI teaching and Resource Center

Improve your teaching and enhance student learning through the use of mid-semester evaluations and Classroom Assessment Techniques. Know how to respond productively to student feedback and use the information you receive on final course evaluations to set goals for improvement 
Please pre-register at
This event is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call our office in advance.
This workshop fulfills a requirement for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.


Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund

Donor: Bureau of Indian Education
Award Up to $30,000
Deadline: 10/31/2017

Apply to the fund here


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


MechE Mentors Needed in Berkeley Middle Schools
Be A Scientist STEM outreach program is urgently seeking volunteers for the Fall 2017 sessions at Willard Middle School and King Middle School.
The Willard Middle School session starts this week - Thursday and Friday! In particular, the 11:05 lab period on Friday needs three mentors. As a final incentive for the Willard program, lunch will be provided to mentors.


The  "Be A Scientist" program, involves UC Berkeley STEM graduate students and postdocs guiding 7th graders through the process of designing and conducting their own scientific investigation. The project, now in its fourth year has been a great success to-date with enthusiastic response from students, teachers, and volunteers. We are now operating at all three BUSD Middle Schools - involving  >700 7th grade students from diverse ethnic/racial and economic backgrounds in the program.

Benefits to volunteer mentors:

  1. Serve as STEM role models, promote scientific literacy, skills of a scientist, and passion for science
  2. Develop skills communicating science
  3. Develop skills and practical experience in education outreach & Enhance your ability to get federal fellowships or faculty positions for which scientific outreach/engagement is important

Volunteer mentors will:

  1. Attend a 2-hour training session
  2. Commit to attending at least one school lab period per week for the 6 weeks of the program
  3. Guide a group of 4-6 students through the process of investigating a scientific question (typically each student explores their own question)

Please see the flyer and materials for details.
To sign up, go online to
Questions? Contact Darlene at She will also schedule training sessions for Willard.
 Sign up as a mentor to make an impact on future scientists, engineers, and critical thinkers!


Thriving in Science Peer Support Open Enrollment

Thriving in Science is currently placing interested students and postdocs into peer support groups. To most effectively match people with groups, complete the peer support group registration form if interested. Please complete the registration process by Friday, September 22, 2017.
If you are currently in a peer support group and would like to be placed in a new group, we ask that you also complete the form.  (If you are already enrolled in a peer group and are content continuing with that group, you do not need to re-register.)
Please visit for more information about the program, and to register.


Thriving in Science is a graduate student and postdoc led professional development program with the mission of supporting scientists-in-training as they encounter many of the difficulties and challenges that s/he will face throughout his/her career in scientific research. From failed experiments and getting scooped to dealing with stress and not burning out, the goal of Thriving in Science is to identify many of these problems and seek new skills to address them to become more engaged, resilient, and creative scientists.