Current Students - Undergraduates

For aspiring triple major, classical piano is a way of life

December 11, 2017
Christopher Richardson has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old. He’s a sophomore at UC Berkeley, and intends to triple major in music, economics and molecular and cell biology. He’s on the pre-med track and is considering going into oncology.

OWLs provide welcome nest for re-entry students

December 8, 2017
UC Berkeley undergraduates Kelly Richeson and Gina Niceforo are proud to be Bears. But the 56-year-old retired Ventura County firefighter and the 37-year-old former South Lake Tahoe waitress are equally glad to be OWLs. They’re members of Older Wiser Learners (OWLs), a support group on campus that’s gaining popularity with Berkeley’s 1,660-plus undergraduate re-entry students, who are defined as age 25 and older and having had at least a five-year absence from college.

Got stress? Berkeley sends in the llamas

December 4, 2017

As part of the De-Stress Week before finals, which start next week, UC Berkeley’s student government spent $400 to bring four llamas to Memorial Glade for three hours Monday afternoon. The glade is right next to the 24-hour library during so-called dead week, when a crushing load of term papers and unread lecture notes can cause blood pressure to skyrocket.

An undergraduate research experience to smile about

December 1, 2017
Neha Zahid, a junior double major in public health and molecular biology at UC Berkeley, traveled to Nepal in the winter of 2016 to teach proper nutrition and oral hygiene, provide basic preventive dental care and emergency treatment, and measure indicators of oral health and nutrition in the local children and families. Hands-on research experiences like these have become a hallmark of the Berkeley undergraduate education, where students are participating in discovery experiences that are the very essence of research.

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: A successful model for developing a more inclusive STEM PhD workforce

November 29, 2017

 

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A Talk by Mike Summers, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Huang Program at UC Berkeley

The Huang Program provides UC Berkeley students with the opportunity for enhanced and intensive Chinese language instruction at Berkeley, as well as language instruction and internships in China. A two-year commitment is required. Each winter, approximately ten scholars are selected to enter the program, based on their dedication to studying Chinese and their vision for the role that China and the Chinese language will play in their futures. Students attend an eight-week intensive language course in Beijing.

Students in 'la diaspora' take Puerto Rico relief efforts into own hands

November 7, 2017
On Saturday, L&S undergraduate Pablo Paredes will pack five suitcases full of 340 pounds of supplies — everything from solar kits and water filters to mosquito netting and cortisone cream — and check them on a flight to Puerto Rico. Once he arrives, he’ll load the suitcases into his uncle’s beat-up car and drive them into the mountains along winding roads to Casa Pueblo, a community-based relief organization in Adjuntas dedicated to supporting victims of Hurricane Maria.

Fed up, two UC Berkeley students launch tool to spot Twitter bots

October 31, 2017
Two UC Berkeley undergraduate computer science students are doing what they say Twitter won’t: sorting out and tagging the angry propaganda bots designed to undermine, destabilize and inflame American political discourse.

Berkeley economist leads petition drive to fight pervasive misogyny

October 31, 2017
A senior thesis by a UC Berkeley student raised eyebrows recently when the New York Times shared her findings that a popular website for those posting and seeking jobs in economics was rife with sexist and crude terminology. And Alice Wu’s work continues to reverberate, following word last week that more than 1,000 economics professors, lecturers and graduate student instructors across the country who teach economics signed a petition urging the American Economic Association (AEA) to institute a fact-based and moderated wiki to provide up-to-the-minute job market information.

UC Berkeley rated world's top public and fourth-best overall by U.S. News

October 24, 2017
UC Berkeley retains its standing as the world’s No. 1 public and fourth-best university overall in U.S. News & World Report’s latest global rankings.