Undergraduate Announcement 9/30/16



1)  Don't forget that there's a Study Abroad Fair today from 11am-4pm at the International House.  http://studyabroadfair.berkeley.edu/


Have a fantastic Homecoming Weekend!


Academic Success Workshop: Time Management

Join the CAEE for a workshop on Time Management, Wednesday, September 28, 2-3pm, 225 Bechtel. A common challenge that new college students face is managing their schedule. Come learn tips and techniques to keep your life on track, through good time management. Please RSVP.

Managing Stress & Test Anxiety

Tuesday, October 4, 1-2 p.m., 225 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.

Tomorrow: 10/1: Robotic Cooking Collider w/ Serenti Kitchen
Want to change the food industry?  Sereneti Kitchen, a Cal startup, is partnering with SCET for a new Collider Project to explore innovations in robotic cooking.  We are looking for students with strong skills in the following:  C, C++, OpenCV and Matlab.   Please register here BEFORE Noon on October 1 or you can send your resume directly to tim@sereneti.com

Additional Information is located here: http://scet.berkeley.edu/autonomous-cooking-collider/

LaTeX Wkshp | This Mon, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
LaTeX Workshop
Monday, October 3rd | 5:30 to 6:30 pm | 230-C Stephens Hall
LaTeX is a typesetting language for creating scientific documents, technical reports, research presentations, etc. It is the standard typesetting tool for writing papers in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, etc because of its ability to typeset complex formulas. It allows one to easily write equations, add figures and tables, and organize citations for documents. It can also be useful for taking notes, writing final reports and writing up problem sets. In this workshop, you will be exposed to online tools which allow easy LaTeX document creating and collaboration. You’ll also go over the basics of creating a document plus adding figures, tables, and equations. You will need to show your student Cal ID.
Join New Collider Challenge - win $2500 in cash!

The Collider Challenge


A problem today is that 90% of all patients that are hospitalized get IV treatment, and this treatment immobilizes the patients as they are tied to a clumsy IV pole. OSAA Innovation's solution is to "eliminate gravity" and remove the IV pole from the patient.This can be done by an inventive mobile drop box (MBD) that allows patients to move freely while receiving IV treatment.  See the story here:  www.osaa-innovation.com


OSAA Innovation is an existing team looking to take their concept to the next level. Teams of 2-3 students will design and build a prototype based one of the following use cases:

  • Children’s hospital; Small mobile hydration bag (100 ml) allowing children to play and move freely while receiving IV treatment.
  • Geriatric ward; Large mobile hydration bag (1,000 ml) enabling patients to sleep and use restrooms during the night without risk of falling of drop posts or tubes.
  • Other use cases such as outpatient use or paramedics use might be pursued depending on the outcome of the collider project.


Please forward a one-page CV and brief statement of interest to Jes Broeng ( jesbroeng@berkeley.edu ) no later than October 7. Students with prior prototyping and fabrication experience are encouraged to apply! 


Learn more about the Collider model.

DAAD Fellowship for Research in Germany 2017-2018

Study Scholarships and Research Grants will be offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for University of California, Berkeley undergraduate seniors, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to undertake up to 10 months of study and/or research in Germany during the 2017-2018 academic year.


Please see flyer at goo.gl/IMof6T.

Study in Europe Virtual Fair USA & Canada - October 14, 2016

Study in Europe Virtual Fair USA and Canada will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 and give attendees (high school and university students, their parents, researchers, and university representatives) a chance to learn more about study opportunities in Europe by interacting directly with representatives of a broad range of European higher education institutions (HEIs), national promotion agencies and Embassies and the Delegations of the European Union to the United States and Canada.


More than 60 higher education institutions and organizations from 19 European countries will be represented at the fair. For further details on these exhibitors and the fair, please click here.


To the register for the fair: http://www.studyineuropefairs.eu/exhibitions/detail/5/

Could you also please help us promote this event to potential attendees? We would be most grateful for any assistance you might be able to give by promoting the fair through your communications channels and networks (e.g. social media, newsletter, schools and cultural groups). 

To facilitate the promotion of the fair, organizers have created a number of banners, posters and photos, many in social media-friendly formats that are available for download at: https://www.daad.org/publications.


Thank you for your assistance in helping ensure the success of Study in Europe Virtual Fair USA and Canada.


Should you have questions about this event or any of the above, please contact the fair organizers at europefair@daad.org.



Dr. Nina Lemmens
Director, DAAD Regional Office North America

Global Internships & Summer Programs

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) is happy to announce that National University of Singapore (NUS) has opened two internship positions for IARU students at the International Relations Office, in the framework of the Global Internship Program.  All UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply.  


Each position will cover a period of six months: January – July and August – February. Applications are receivable all year round with cut-off dates 31 October and 31 May respectively. These positions will be offered every year.


Further information is available on IARU’s website: http://www.iaruni.org/for-students/internships/vacancies/604-internships-iro-nus


For further questions, please contact Mr. Orion Kew orion@nus.edu.sg.


For information about the Global Summer Program, please see http://www.iaruni.org/for-students/global-summer-program.

Call for nominations - Excellence in Advising Awards

The Excellence in Advising Awards Program recognizes exceptional performance and innovation in advising. Nominations for the 2016 Excellence in Advising Award will be accepted from October 1st through October 31st.  


Nominations can be made by anyone in the campus community including students. Please feel free to share this message with others.


Award Categories:

    Outstanding New Advisor (3 years or less advising)
    Outstanding Advisor
    Outstanding Advising Team
    Outstanding Advising Administrator, Director, Manager, Faculty Advisor or Dean


Areas for added nomination distinction: advising special student populations


Awards recognize advising excellence and creativity consistent with the Berkeley vision for advising in that they promote student learning, performance, achievement, engagement, inclusivity, growth, discovery, wellness, progress and success.


More information on selection criteria and submission guidelines can be found at the Excellence in Advising Awards Page at the Advising Matters website.
Award recipients will be recognized at a formal ceremony on December 12th in the Toll Room at the Alumni House from 4:00-6:00 p.m.


We hope you will attend and encourage others to join in this community-wide celebration. Ceremony RSVP.


Questions regarding our awards program can be directed to Elizabeth Wilcox.


Next Cohort Of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows!

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and New Jersey. The Fellowship has also prepared over a thousand teachers in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or have extensively studied, one or more of the STEM fields.


The Fellowship also works to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.


The Fellowship

The Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • admission to a master's degree program at a partner university
  • preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
  • extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
  • a $30,000 stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus in Georgia and New Jersey. (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • support of a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
  • lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders


For more information, please see http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships/.

SLC Research Writing Workshops

The SLC Writing Program is excited to announce the launch of our Fall 2016 Research Writing Workshop Series! In each workshop, students will acquire concrete tools and strategies for navigating the research process--from brainstorming to final revision. They will come away with a clear understanding of faculty expectations of undergraduate research at Cal and the know-how to put together a well-argued, well-written research paper.

As many students come to us by way of advisor recommendation, we would greatly appreciate it if you could pass on the word to yours. Thank you in advance for your support! 

Best regards,
SLC Writing Program