Current Students - Undergraduates

This fall, you can take a UC Berkeley English class on Frank Ocean

June 20, 2018

UC Berkeley’s fans of R&B singer, songwriter and rapper Frank Ocean will get the chance to study the artist’s intricate, symbolic lyrics and musical style in a student-led course this fall. Rising sophomores Deborah Chang and Preya Gill – both 19 – will teach a two-unit, pass-fail class that promises to “encourage deeper literary exploration of Frank Ocean’s artistry both in lyrics and through visuals and performances.”

Hidden ‘rock moisture’ may be key to tree survival during drought

February 27, 2018

An oft-neglected layer of weathered rock underlying the soil on hillslopes could be a significant reservoir for water, providing critical moisture for trees during droughts, according to a new study by scientists from UC Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin. Read more...

What we inherited from our bug-eating ancestors

May 16, 2018

Based on an analysis of the genomes of 107 different species of mammals, University of California, Berkeley, scientists in the Department of Integrative Biology conclude that our distant ancestors – the small, furry creatures that scurried around the feet of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago – were mostly insect eaters. Read more...

Pioneering data science tool "Jupyter" receives top software prize

May 2, 2018

The international team that developed Jupyter, which was co-led by UC Berkeley’s Fernando Pérez, is now being recognized with the 2018 Software System Award from the Association of Computing Machinery, the world’s largest society of educational and academic computer scientists. Read more...

Radar reveals details of mountain collapse after North Korea’s most recent nuclear test

May 10, 2018

As North Korea’s president goes back and forth on “denuclearization,” an international team of scientists is publishing the most detailed view yet of the site of the country’s latest and largest underground nuclear test on Sept. 3, 2017. Rear more...

New structure of tau protein, a key player in Alzheimer’s disease

May 14, 2018

A team led by Eva Nogales, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, senior faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has now determined the detailed structure of the tau protein when bound to microtubules. The tau protein is a key player in Alzheimer's disease. Read more... 

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.