Berkeley Edge Conference

The Berkeley Edge Conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students* who are competitively eligible for our Ph.D. programs to plan to apply to UC Berkeley. Approximately thirty students are chosen from the applications submitted.

The 2012 conference will be held October 25-27, 2012 at the University of California, Berkeley. The application deadline is September 23, 2012. To learn more about the conference, read about:

We will pay all travel (airfare and airport transfer to/from Oakland or San Francisco airport) and conference expenses (lodging and meals) for students accepted to the conference .


Conference Activities

  • Workshops on preparing a competitive application for Berkeley graduate school admission and fellowships
  • Hands on advisement on the personal statement portion of the application for admission. Students will be advised to send a copy of their personal statements at least two weeks prior to the conference. Advisers will review the statements and give critical and pragmatic feedback to the student. Sessions will vary depending on major and department
  • Tours of Berkeley campus and national laboratory facilities
  • One-on-one consultations with UC Berkeley faculty and researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia)
  • Opportunities to meet and network with UC Berkeley graduate students
  • Roundtrip travel to Berkeley, meals, and accommodations are provided.

The 2010 conference agenda is available to download as a PDF. Please check back for the 2012 agenda.
To view and print PDF documents, you will need the Adobe Acrobat© Reader. This free software, along with instructions for downloading and installation, is available at the Adobe site.


Student Eligibility Criteria

  • Science, Mathematics, or Engineering Ph.D. goal
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.2 and currently in good academic standing
  • Academic major in science, mathematics, or engineering. The Berkeley Edge Conference is accepting applications in the following disciplines: Astronomy, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, and Statistics.
  • Students must have a recommendation from a faculty member or program director to participate in the conference. (For example, program directors of McNair Scholars, LSAMP, MARC, MBRS, HHMI and other similar federally supported undergraduate research programs can recommend students.) Students can also ask scientific researchers at national laboratories or summer research programs with whom they have conducted research to recommend them. All recommendations must be completed online.
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Preference will be given to:
    • students with prior research experience, especially through UC Berkeley-sponsored programs
    • juniors/seniors who are applying to graduate school for the 2013-2014 academic year
    • students who are interested in academic careers
    • students from underrepresented minority groups, as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
      * The NSF defines an underrepresented minority in science, mathematics, and engineering as African American, Chicano/Latino/Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Pacific Islander.


Instructions for Students and Recommenders

Students must have an on-line recommendation from a faculty member or program director to participate in the conference as well as submit an official OR unofficial transcript via email to for each degree she or he is working towards or has earned. The student must also complete the on-line Student Application Form, where complete instructions may be found.

Faculty, research scientists, and program directors who recommend students are asked to complete an on-line Recommendation Form for each student (instructions are found on the form). Faculty, program directors, and other professional scientists are encouraged to recommend all students they anticipate will succeed in a Ph.D. program at Berkeley. If the student did not initiate the application, please notify the student of his/her recommendation with instructions to complete the on-line student application form and to send supplementary materials.


For website updates, please contact

UC Berkeley | Site Credit | Accessibility | Site Map

Copyright © 2007-2011 | The Regents of the University of California

| Updated: Sep 10, 2012