Support Letters & Science

Grateful for Self-Confidence

Yuyang Zhong '21 photo by Jim BlockWho I Am

Yuyang Zhong, Class of 2021, San Francisco, CA

How Donors Helped

Leadership Fund donors support Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, small classes that give undergraduates a chance to explore interesting subjects in intimate settings.

Grateful for My Campus Community

Tasmia Hussain '21, photo by Jim Block

Who I Am

Tasmia Hussain, Class of 2021, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

How Donors Helped

Leadership Fund donors underwrote this year’s first-ever Golden Bear Orientation, a welcome program that focuses on academic opportunities to help students like me get the best of Berkeley from day one.

Grateful for Opportunities

Patricia Hernandez, photo by Jim Block

Who I Am

Patricia Hernandez, Class of 2018, Los Angeles, CA

Giving to L&S Academic Programs

Office of Development and College Relations

The L&S Development and College Relations Office is responsible for raising private support for all L&S departments from alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations, and provides leadership and assistance to the campus community. 

Investing in the Biological Sciences

While our research is always advancing and our teaching is always improving, our core needs remain constant. It is our people – faculty and students – who bring excellence to Berkeley, so funding for faculty positions and graduate student fellowships are our very top priorities.

 

Faculty

Enabling Teachable Moments

Matt JacobsonIn academia, the adage “publish or perish” is often the standard rubric for defining an illustrious career. Not for the late Norman Jacobson (1922–2007), whose 54-year career as a political science professor was devoted almost exclusively to teaching — creatively and across disciplines.

Seeking Answers to Big Questions

Jeffrey Kaplan '18Does God exist? What happens when people die? These were top-of-mind questions for Jeffrey Kaplan ’18, when he was a child. “I was definitely interested in the big questions as a kid,” says Kaplan, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s philosophy department. “It seemed that most adults stopped thinking about them.

Hitting the Right Note

Myra MelfordBy the age of 3, Myra Melford had found her passion: the piano. “One of my earliest memories is of climbing onto a piano bench and starting to improvise my own songs,” she says. “I begged my parents for lessons, and they gave in. I’ve been playing ever since.”