Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Beware of microbial traffic jams

May 17, 2016

When tiny microbes jam up like fans exiting a baseball stadium, they can do some real damage. UC Berkeley physicists found this out the hard way when the baker’s yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) they were studying multiplied so prolifically that they burst the tiny chamber in which they were being raised.

Astronomers probe below Jupiter's cloud tops

June 6, 2016

UC Berkeley astronomers have used a new technique to see deeper into the atmosphere of Jupiter using a radio telescope.

Japanese-language MyShake app crowdsources earthquake shaking

May 25, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists are releasing a Japanese version of an Android app that crowdsources ground-shaking information from smartphones to detect quakes and eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.

$40 million given to Berkeley to establish early-universe observatory in Chile

May 17, 2016

The Simons Foundation has given $38.4 million to establish a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert, adding new telescopes and new detectors to existing instruments in order to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today.

Universe expanding faster than expected

June 2, 2016

Astronomers have obtained the most precise measurement yet of how fast the universe is expanding, and it doesn’t agree with predictions based on other data and our current understanding of the physics of the cosmos.

Berkeley Scientists explore how black hole jets punch out of their galaxies

June 21, 2016

A simulation of the powerful jets generated by supermassive black holes at the centers of the largest galaxies explains why some burst forth as bright beacons visible across the universe, while others fall apart and never pierce the halo of the galaxy.

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Summer Fellows Program

The Summer Fellows Program is a summer bridge program for entering graduate students. Students are provided with summer support that enables them to enter research early or prepare for preliminary exams over the summer.  Fellows attend weekly luncheon seminars, with summer topics geared for incoming students.

The BSN-BSC Mentorship Program

The BSN-BSC Mentorship Program is designed to support underrepresented minority graduate students in the physical and engineering sciences. In this program, experienced graduate students will be matched in a mentoring relationship with first- and second-year graduate students in a similar field of study. Mentors will develop leadership, communication and mentorship skills, while offering guidance and support to students who are facing particularly challenging periods of graduate school, such as the initial transition, first-year courses, and preliminary and qualifying exams.