Current Students - Undergraduates

Blackwell Hall is officially dedicated to late statistics professor

September 12, 2018

Campus leaders gathered this week to dedicate UC Berkeley’s newest residence hall to David Blackwell, the first black professor to receive tenure at Berkeley and a preeminent statistician who died in 2010. Blackwell Hall opened to more than 750 students in August and features study centers, a gym and plenty of ping-pong and pool tables.

Gut bacteria’s shocking secret: They produce electricity

September 12, 2018

"While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer to home: the human gut." Read more...

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Check out the Biology Scholars Program's new website!

August 30, 2018

UC Berkeley's prestigious Biology Scholars Program has a revamped website. Check it out!

Student research: Tuning into human emotion via music

August 29, 2018

Gregory Devine, a senior neurobiology and music double major, worked through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program to study music as a form of emotion regulation with an eye to developing new forms of therapy. Devine was one of two recipients of a fellowship sponsored by the Leadership Fund, a donor-supported resource also responsible for student services such as Big Ideas courses and the On the Same Page program for incoming freshmen.

UC Berkeley leads new assessment of Bay Area climate impacts

August 27, 2018

California today issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change — including wildfires like those still raging throughout the state – and highlighted for the first time the regional impacts with nine deep-dive reports spearheaded by University of California scientists. Read more...

They didn’t think they could afford Berkeley; African American Initiative made it possible

August 22, 2018

Intended global studies major Desmarie Jackson was among the 27 students who are the first recipients of the new African American Initiative Scholarship, made possible by an anonymous $1 million  donation. Through the scholarships, administered by the San Francisco Foundation, each student will receive $8,000 annually. “It built the bridge that made going to Berkeley possible,” Desmarie said.

Only at Cal: New class teaches undergrads how to ‘CRISPR’

August 21, 2018

For three weeks in July and August, 30 undergraduates took a summer course to learn how to use the revolutionary gene-editing technology in preparation for jumping into the research lab while still students. Read more...

Watch new students form giant ‘150’ at Bear Affair

August 16, 2018

As part of UC Berkeley’s Golden Bear Orientation (GBO), a week of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming, thousands of new students gathered at California Memorial Stadium last night to form a giant “150,” to celebrate the campus’s sesquicentennial.

GBO, helping new students get their bearings, kicks off today

August 15, 2018

Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) is in full swing today with 8,800 new students arriving at UC Berkeley for a week of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming before classes begin next week. Now in its second year, GBO welcomes 6,100 freshman and 2,700 transfer students to take part in a slew of activities to help them get to know the campus, including a training session about sexual violence and harassment, discussion sessions, campus tours, and Bay Area outings.