Undergraduate Announcement 9/22/17


1)  Our Graduate School Infosession where we will talk about the 5th Year Program and all of the other graduate programs will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 4pm-5pm in 3110 Etcheverry Hall.


Have a delightful autumn weekend (my favorite season...so excited...pumpkin-spice lattes)!!!


Important Course Deadline - TODAY (9/22)

Deadline to add/drop classes or change grading option for non-degree tech courses is Friday


Important Reminder for Friday, September 22:      

  • -Deadline to add/drop courses
  • -Deadline to change grading option (Letter grade or P/NP) in non-degree technical courses

-Friday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m., is the deadline to add or drop courses. By the end of Friday, you must be enrolled in at least 12 units and at least two technical courses that fulfill requirements for your major.


Friday is also the deadline to change your grading option in technical courses that cannot fulfill any requirements for your major.

Please remember that technical courses that can be used to fulfill any requirement for your major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition to the core major courses, many COE majors include a minimum number of technical elective units or engineering units, so if the course you are taking can count toward those unit requirements for your degree, you must take it for a letter grade.


Please note that CalCentral will let you change your grading option in any class until the end of the tenth week, October 27. While COE policy states that you may change your grading option in your H/SS courses until the tenth week, you are not permitted to change your grading option in your technical courses after the end of the fifth week (Friday, September 22). If you change the grading option for any of your technical courses after Friday (9/22), the grading option will be changed back.

Chevron Scholarships 2017-2018 for MechE

Chevron has graciously provided us with a scholarship for MechE students!  Each scholarship will be $4000 and the competition is open to students who meet the following criteria:


1)  Must be a full-time student.

2)  Must demonstrate knowledge and interest in Chevron and energy industry

3)  Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

4)  Must currently be a sophomore (2nd year) or junior (3rd year) .

5)  Must currently be a member of one of the following student groups:










The application is located at https://goo.gl/forms/8Ozo3B80dT83ZHCs1 and the due date is Monday, October 2nd at noon.

Boeing Scholars

UC Berkeley's College of Engineering is proud to partner with Boeing to provide scholarships to sophomores and juniors.   Eight scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded.   Please be sure that you meet the criteria below before submitting your application. Scholarships will be awarded to students for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. 


Full-time student 
Majoring in Civil & Environmental Engineering,  Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, or Mechanical Engineering 
2nd and third-year students
Minimum GPA of 3.2
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder and able to work in the United States
The Application Deadline is October 2nd
Box Diversity Scholarship

At Box, we believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success. We're not only committed to building an incredibly diverse and inclusive company, but also to using our position as technology leaders to ensure our industry reflects those values. We created the Box Diversity Scholarship to ensure that the perspectives of historically underrepresented people are included in the creation of the future through technology by identifying and financially supporting high-potential individuals, particularly those who identify as people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and/or people with disabilities. Box will award five scholarships to support students with a passion for technology including: One $20,000 grand-prize scholarship and four additional $4,000 finalist scholarships. Deadline to Apply: October 2nd.

Influenster Scholarship for Women In STEM

In celebration of outstanding undergraduate and graduate women in technical fields of study, Influenster has launched the Influenster Scholarship for Women In STEM to recognize and provide resources to students as they advance in their disciplines and eventually pursue dream careers in STEM. Applications are being accepted now – November 5. Check out the scholarship application page here.

AfterCollege Scholarships

AfterCollege Engineering & Technology Student Scholarship

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in a field of engineering, technology and/or mathematics. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen.



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.




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.



Student Tech Fund Now Accepting Proposals

The Student Technology Fund (STF) proposal submission process is now open for fast-track projects with a cap of $5000 per project. The deadline to submit project proposals is October 10, 2017.



Any student, faculty member, or staff member of the University of California, Berkeley is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration by the Student Technology Fund Committee. Individuals must obtain a fiscal sponsor to administer awarded funds, such as a registered student group, ASUC/GA, academic department, or other functional unit.



This fee, assessed at $51 per semester, for seven years, provides funding to negotiate with commercial software vendors on behalf of students to secure volume licensing of software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Matlab.  It also provides funding to support additional student technology services and initiatives.  Fee funds are prohibited from subsidizing core information technology infrastructure.

Funding categories include:

  • · Applications and Software Development
  • · Commercial Software Licensing
  • · Hardware and Technology Equipment Acquisition
  • · Investigative and Planning Projects
  • · Technology Events
  • · Training, Support, and Access to Technology Programs



Before submitting a proposal, please review the Student Tech Fund Guidelines, proposal form, and reference materials located at http://techfund.berkeley.edu/apply



October 10, 2017: Online proposals due for the Fall 2017 Fast-Track review process

The complete calendar for 2017-18 can be found here:http://techfund.berkeley.edu/apply/deadlines

The Student Tech Fund Committee will be holding open office hours to advise applicants about their proposals on Thursday, 10/5 from 11am-12pm and Friday, 10/6 from 2pm-3pm in Eshleman 212.  Note that this is the same date that submissions are due, so applicants who attend the session should come prepared with a fairly developed proposal.



Proposals are due October 10, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by the Student Technology Fund Committee (STFC) during the fall semester, with the intent of allocating funds in January 2018.


The STFC consists of student, faculty and staff voting members. More information about the STFC is available at http://techfund.berkeley.edu/about/committee

If you have any questions about the STF project proposal submission process, please email techfund@berkeley.edu.


Thank you,

Alexandra Reese Burbey and Jennifer McNulty
Student Technology Fund Committee Co-Chairs

CITRIS Foundry - Application Cycle and Supporting UC Innovators

Applications Open for CITRIS Foundry Accelerator 


Founding a deep technology company is hard. CITRIS Foundry can help. Headquartered at UC Berkeley, our program supports entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize cutting-edge technology within their scientific field.

The majority of our founders are graduate and postdoc researchers who are ready to add business skills to their impressive technical expertise. Undergraduates, faculty, and alumni are also welcome. 

Online applications are open until October 27. 
Apply by 10/27 at http://citrisfoundry.org

CITRIS Research Exchange Series: Fall 2017

Please find below the current CITRIS Research Exchange schedule for Fall 2017, featuring leading-edge talks on information technology in the interest of society. All talks take place in 310 Sutardja Dai Hall, ​    the Banatao Auditorium, at UC Berkeley on Wednesdays at noon and are broadcasted live online at https://www.youtube.com/user/citrisuc/live.

The talks are ready for registration on our eventbrite page: ​http://citris.eventbrite.com, and we look forward to seeing you there!


September 13
Jeremy Malcolm, Electronic Frontier Foundation

"Shadow Regulation of the Internet"  


September 20
Katherine Isbister, UCSC
"How Games Move Us: Emotional Technology​ by Design"


September 27
Dr. Neil Ray, Raydiant Oximetry, UCD
"Fetal Monitoring During Childbirth"


October 4
David Harris, Global Lives, UC​B, Institute for the Future​
​"The Global Lives Project: Connecting communities through video​"​

October 11
Karl Hausker, World Resource Institute
"A Deeper Look at Deep Decarbonization Pathways for the U.S.​ Economy​"

October 18
Marci Harris, POPVOX
"Building a 21st Century Democracy"


October 25
Rey Banatao, Connora Technologies
"Making Things Better: A Journey Through Impact Entrepreneurship"


November 1
Steve Cousins, Savioke
"Service Robots in Human Environments are Here"


November 29
Molly Coye, Avia
"Innovations in Digital Health: Emerging Trends and Opportunities in a Changing Health Care Environment"

Mentors Needed for Acorn

Acorn is a social enterprise devoted to empowering urban youth by providing access to STEAM skills. Acorn provides 3D design education programs through free public makerspaces, design lessons at local schools, and an online curriculum accessible by all.


We are looking for current UC Berkeley students of all majors who have CAD skills to serve as mentors to middle and high schoolers in Oakland. Mentors will train youth in CAD and 3D printing skills, as well as aid them in their professional and academic development.


To apply, please email your resume to info.acornlabs@gmail.com.

DACA Renewal Applications

Please see the letter to the UC community from President Napolitano and UC chancellors regarding DACA renewal applications at   https://goo.gl/AE8CWV