Current Students - Undergraduates

Commencement speeches celebrate standing up to injustice, making world better

May 12, 2018

Thousands of graduates decked out in black caps and gowns marched into California Memorial Stadium to “Pomp and Circumstance” to celebrate UC Berkeley’s May commencement on Saturday. Chancellor Carol Christ delivered the keynote speech to an audience of more than 35,000, including some 5,500 graduates. 

L&S CS graduate: Blockchain could be key to cracking gun debate

May 11, 2018

Graduating computer science major Luke Strgar thinks he might have a solution for the fraught issue of guns in America: use blockchain to track gun sales. And while many graduates were wrapping up final papers, Strgar spent two days in Washington, D.C. pitching his idea to legislative aides and think-tank analysts from all sides of the ideological spectrum.

From Cambodia’s killing fields to commencement at UC Berkeley

May 4, 2018

As a girl, L&S senior Chansitha Ouk didn’t go to school. Born in Cambodia during the civil war between the Cambodian government and the Khmer Rouge, Ouk grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. But on Saturday, May 12, she will join more than 5,000 graduating seniors at UC Berkeley as they make their joyous walk across the Greek Theatre stage — a feat she never dreamed possible.

Students share art in Belmont Village gallery show

April 27, 2018

More than 100 people attended the opening of an exhibit of art created by UC Berkeley students in a new gallery at Belmont Village Senior Living in Albany, which will remain open until September.

National Academy of Sciences adds five Berkeley faculty members to its ranks

May 1, 2018

A chemist, two neuroscientists, a geophysicist and a computer scientist at UC Berkeley are among 84 new members and 21 new foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences announced today. Read more...

Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies

Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS) in Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters & Science (L&S) serves as a center for innovations in undergraduate education that extend beyond traditional departmental boundaries. Our major and minor programs attract undergraduates who wish to explore the most intellectually engaging and promising interdisciplinary fields under the direction of scholars who are pioneers in charting these new areas and methods of inquiry.

Editing brain activity with holography

April 30, 2018

What if we could edit the sensations we feel; paste in our brain pictures that we never saw, cut out unwanted pain or insert non-existent scents into memory? UC Berkeley neuroscientists are building the equipment to do just that! Read more...

California Alliance improving pipeline to the professoriate

March 13, 2018

Despite being one of two underrepresented minority scholars, and the only woman in Berkeley’s Nanoelectrics and Nanostructures Group, Amal El-Ghazaly is not isolated in her STEM field. She’s among 25 scholars from Berkeley, Stanford, Caltech and UCLA who have postdoctoral fellowships in the California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, a diverse, cross-institutional community of Ph.D. students, postdoc scholars and faculty members funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This Week: Physical Education Spring Dance & Showcase

April 25, 2018

This article was written by Ada Locke, an undergraduate senior in the College of Letters & Science. She will be graduating this Spring with a degree in Molecular & Cell Biology. Throughout her time as a student, she has participated in several physical education program classes (and loved them).

Did last ice age affect breast feeding in Native Americans?

April 23, 2018

The latest research from Dr. Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, and her lab shows that you never know where basic research is going to take you.  "The critical role that breast feeding plays in infant survival may have led, during the last ice age, to a common genetic mutation in East Asians and Native Americans that also, surprisingly, affects the shape of their teeth." Read more...