Undergraduate Announcements 11/6/15



1)  Don't forget to come to the ME Ugrad Town Hall this coming Monday.  It's going to be 5pm-7pm in 3110 Etcheverry.  And complete the surveyhttp://goo.gl/forms/BK8A715Fsa.


2)  Don't forget that next Wednesday (11/11) is Veterans Day and is a holiday.  No classes will be held. 


3)  I will be out of the office Wednesday-Friday of next week.  In my absence, please contact my colleague, Yawo, at yawo@me.berkeley.edu.


Have a splendid weekend, folks!


Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Open to current female undergraduate or graduate students who will be studying at a university in the United States for the 2016-2017 academic year. Deadline: December 1, 2015.  See http://my.berkeley.edu/site/R?i=6kYKWvG3Chammga5OtBSEw for more details.

Google Lime Scholarship
  • Google Lime Scholarship is open to current undergraduate or graduate students with disabilities who will be studying at a university in United States for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Deadline: December 6, 2015. 
Win a 3D Printer at The 3D Printing Designathon!

The 3D Printing Designathon is on Saturday, November 14. Free admission, free food, and awesome prizes! This year, each person of the winning team will win, among other awesome prizes, a Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer!  Teams of 3-5 members will have 24 hours to design and 3D print a solution to a prompt that will be announced at the start of the event. There will be time to form teams, so feel free to come with or without one.

The Designathon is open to everyone!  Prior experience with 3D modeling or 3D printing software is not required, and any CAD software is allowed.


\We will be hosting Intro to Fusion360 and 3D Printing workshops:
Tuesday, November 10: 6-8 PM
Wednesday, November 11: 5-7 PM
The workshops are highly recommended, but not mandatory.
Please RSVP on Eventbrite!
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/532535620238059/
Eventbrite: https://3d-printing-designathon.eventbrite.com

December Commencement Information

2015 December Graduation
Sunday, December 20, 2015
10 a.m.
Haas Pavilion

Student must sign up online by November 23 to be listed in the printed program.
Tickets sales online begin November 9.
For details, visit:

Institute Of International Studies Undergraduate Merit Scholarship

Description:   The Institute of International Studies (IIS) Undergraduate Merit Scholarship supports undergraduate research in any area of international studies.  Research may be conducted independently, in congruence with an honors thesis, or while studying abroad.


Application Details: Applicants must submit a one-page research proposal and unofficial transcript.  A letter of recommendation from a GSI or faculty member must be emailed directly to iis.grants@berkeley.edu.  Further application details can be found on the IIS website: http://iis.berkeley.edu/funding-opportunities/undergraduate-merit-scholarship.


Eligibility: Open to any UC Berkeley junior or senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA who has completed at least one semester of study in residence at Berkeley. All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. (Note: concurrent enrollment students are not eligible to apply.)

Award Amount: Merit scholarships will be up to $2000 each.


Application Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2015.

Upcoming Research Workshops, Infosessions, and Events

Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for your post graduation project

Information Session | November 2 | 10 a.m.-11 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


A Senior Capstone Experience For All Majors - The Haas Scholars Program: The Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | November 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 9 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for your post graduation project

Information Session | November 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 17 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


SURF Summer Research Scholarships (4k-6k) Info Session: Benefits, eligibility, application tips for these summer undergraduate research programs (surf.berkeley.edu)

Information Session | November 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


A Senior Capstone Experience For All Majors - The Haas Scholars Program: The Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | November 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Links For Undergraduate Research Opportunities At Other Institutions
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates -- searchable online database of hundreds of programs nationwide for STEM disciplines as well as social and behavioral science
Listing of opportunities specifically for humanities and social science students
Listing of summer research opportunities worldwide in all disciplines:
Pathways to Science database of summer opportunities
More links, including to local labs such as LBNL, CHORI, and UCSF, can be found on this page: http://research.berkeley.edu/opportunities.php?option=bawayb
Search for on and off campus undergraduate research opportunities here:
From there, you can search by eligibility criteria, deadlines, and more! It also includes links for research opportunities off campus.
Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program: http://research.berkeley.edu/urap
Prestigious Scholarships & Scholarship Connection: http://scholarships.berkeley.edu
Nexkey Looking For ME Interns
Nexkey is an Emeryville- and Palo Alto- based hardware startup developing a simple-to-use and highly secure electromechanical locking device. We're still in stealth mode (that is, we haven't publicly announced yet exactly what we're working on), but we recently completed a venture financing round, and are looking to expand our team.
Specifically, we're looking for mechanical engineering interns to work with us at our Emeryville R&D space, on things like rapid prototyping, assembling new test units, and adapting our core technology to different applications. As is typical for new startups, the scope of work is wide and changes quickly.
This is a very hands-on position, and (we think) a great opportunity to see and participate in the product development process firsthand. We're a very small team currently, and you'd be working directly with me, Nexkey's CTO and a co-founder. (Full disclosure / warning: I'm a Stanford alum!)
The location is 1501 Powell Street in Emeryville, a quick drive or bike ride from downtown Berkeley. It's also on the free Emery-Go-Round shuttle route, which connects to the MacArthur Bart station.
Time commitment is flexible, and could range from a few hours per week, on up. Compensation TBD.
Please contact Peter Russo at: peter.russo@nexkey.com 
iD Tech is Hiring Students for Summer Technology Camp

This summer, iD Tech will hire over 1,500 instructors and staff from across the world to show students, ages 6 to 18, firsthand how their interests in technology can turn into fun learning experiences. We have programs that emphasize tech education for girls, teens, tweens and younger children. We’re looking for energetic, tech-savvy, summer staff who understand the need for quality technology education for young students. So why not spend your summer instructing, mentoring, and building your resume in one of our amazing programs? You’ll make a positive impact on the lives of students this summer and potentially inspire them to aim for big ambitions. Our summer jobs are as fulfilling as they are fun! Staff members receive competitive compensation, room & board (overnight staff only), custom built apps supporting operations and curriculum, college internship credit (if applicable), guidance from our experienced team of managers, and more. Take the first step to a great summer! Learn more & Apply today

Call for Student Services Fee Funding Abstracts


The Student Services Fee (SSF) funding proposal submission process for new *ongoing* funding is now open. Due to the increase in Student Services Fees, there is approximately $580,000 in available funds. The minimum amount for proposals is $5,000.



All campus units that provide co-curricular student services and student groups (via ASUC and Graduate Assembly Executive Officers) are eligible to apply for ongoing funding.



All Berkeley students pay a UC system-wide Student Services Fee of $510 per semester. By UC policy, SSF revenues are designated to cover services and programs that directly benefit students and are complementary to, but not a part of, the core instructional program.

These services and programs include, but are not limited to:

  • operating and capital expenses for services related to the physical and psychological health and well-being of students;
  • social, recreational, and cultural activities and programs;
  • services related to campus life and campus community;
  • technology expenses directly related to the services; and
  • career support

For more information about uses of the Student Services Fee, see http://budget.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/SSF-UsesOutline.pdf.



Stage 1. Abstract Submission: Tuesday, December 15, 2015, midnight.

Stage 2 by invitation only. Proposal submission: Tuesday, March 15, midnight.



Before submitting an abstract, please review the Student Service Fee Guidelines, online abstract form, and reference materials located athttp://sa.berkeley.edu/committee-on-student-services-and-fees/funding-requests. Abstract forms should be submitted online.

Only ASUC and Graduate Assembly Executive Officers are permitted to submit SSF funding proposals on behalf of students. Students interested in putting forth a proposal should contact an Executive Officer of either the ASUC or Graduate Assembly (see http://asuc.org and https://ga.berkeley.edu/committee/executive-board/).



The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees (CACSSF) will hold two information sessions prior to the abstract deadline: Monday, November 16 from 4-5pm and Wednesday, December 2 from 5:30-6:30pm. Sessions will be held in the Section Club room (1st floor), Tang Center, 2222 Bancroft Way.

CACSSF will also hold a proposal assistance workgroup in late February or early March for those who have been invited to submit a full proposal.



Proposals will be reviewed by CACSSF during the spring semester; recommendations will be made by CACSSF to the Chancellor by the end of the semester.

CACSSF has a voting membership that includes nine student representatives (three each from the ASUC, Graduate Assembly and the Committee on Student Fees); six representatives from campus administration, and two Academic Senate appointed faculty members.

More information about CACSSF and a list of members is available at: http://sa.berkeley.edu/committee-on-student-services-and-fees/membership_participation. If you have any questions about the spring 2016 SSF funding proposal submission process, please email cacssf@berkeley.edu.


Thank you.

Harry Le Grande
Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs

Co-Chair Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees

Michelle Chan
Co-Chair Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees

New Graduate Programs at Texas A&M Univeristy

The Texas A&M Energy Institute is proud to announce two new interdisciplinary graduate programs in energy, the Master of Science in Energy and the Certificate in Energy.


Designed to create the next generation of leaders in energy, this program will target both students and professionals who want to be educated on the high-impact and interdisciplinary facets of the energy research landscape through quantitative analytical methods and multi-scale systems based approaches.


For information, please see http://energy.tamu.edu/education/?utm_source=MSE+External&utm_campaign=MSE+External&utm_medium=email.

CoE Big Give Campaign
Big Give: Think Bigger
November 18, 9PM - November 19, 9PM
College of Engineering
The Big Give is returning with bigger stakes and bigger prizes on Thursday, November 19!
The Big Give is a 24-hour fundraising event in which the Cal community, including you, comes together to support their favorite schools & programs by donating and helping their favorite schools & programs win money. This is YOUR chance to support the College of Engineering! The money raised during the Big Give goes back to students, clubs, faculty, and research to keep Berkeley's College of Engineering one of the best in the world.
This year the Big Give is offering more ways to participate and share your Cal pride: social media contests! Share posts, pictures, and tweets promoting Berkeley or the Big Give on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #CalBigGive and #CalEngineering and compete in different contests throughout the day.
Last year the College of Engineering got 2nd place in amount of donations. Let's win 1st place this year to get bragging rights and more funding! 
Visit the Engineering Big Give Booth outside Qualcomm Cafe on November 19 from 9am-4pm to take photos, make a Big Give gift, and check out the Engineering leaderboard. There will also be some sweet treats!