Undergraduate Studies

L&S Staff Spotlight: L&S OUA Academic Progress Team

May 21, 2024
Meet the Academic Progress Team (APT) from the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising:

Monica Garcia, Supervisor

Ziva Armstrong, Senior College Advisor

Luís González, College Advisor

Joanna King, College Advisor

Daunte Marshall, College Advisor

Marisol Silva, College Advisor

New Members (joining summer 2024):

Brittany Kulusich, College Advisor
Kelsey Owyang, College Advisor
Scherane Kinney, College Advisor

The APT, formerly known as the Academic Difficulty Committee, is a team of college advisers...

L&S Commencement Highlights from 2024

May 23, 2024
Congratulations, Class of 2024!

This year's campuswide spring ceremony took place on May 11, 2024, at the California Memorial Stadium. Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall, UC Berkeley alumna and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, delivered this year's commencement address. Despite the backdrop of chants and protests from graduates opposing the war in Gaza, the ceremony largely proceeded as planned. Within the College of Letters & Science, many departments hosted smaller, more...

UC Berkeley student Eli Glickman named a 2024 Truman Scholar

May 9, 2024
Eli Glickman '25, a political science and public policy major, was recently named a 2024 Harry Truman Scholar, UC Berkeley's first winner since 2019.

Truman Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, a commitment to public service, and academic excellence. Selected from 709 candidates nominated by 285 colleges and universities, this year's 60 new scholars will receive $30,000 for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government.

Alicia Hayes, Associate Director of National Scholarships...

As graduation nears, student creates a ‘time capsule’ of her Berkeley experience

May 7, 2024

This first-person narrative was written from an interview with Daniella Lake, who will graduate this May with a degree in media studies.

I was born in Los Angeles. I’m the first person in my family who was born in the U.S. My family’s originally from Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Africa. My parents spent a lot of time moving during the 1990s because there was a civil war in Sierra Leone and my dad worked for the United Nations, so my brother and sister spent time growing up in other African countries — Eritrea, Ghana and Gambia. I had a very different childhood...

Alejandro Alvarez: "For those planning to participate in UCDC, put yourself out there and seize opportunities when they arise."

April 8, 2024
Each fall and spring, a cohort of UC juniors and seniors embark on an academic journey to the epicenter of American politics and culture: Washington, D.C. The UCDC program provides students from all majors with the unique opportunity to study and learn in the nation's capital, where they engage in internships, research endeavors, and academic coursework.

Below, Alejandro Alvarez shares his experience as an alum of the UCDC Program in spring 2023. Alejandro is majoring in political science and history, with a minor in conservation and resource studies. Alejandro plans to graduate this...

L&S Staff Spotlight: Alicia Hayes

April 4, 2024
Meet Alicia Hayes, Associate Director, National Scholarships and Experiential Fellowships, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (OURS). Alicia has managed the OURS National Scholarships Office since 2001. In this role, she administers the scholarship selection processes for numerous nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship competitions, including the Rhodes, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships.

In 2010 and 2022, Alicia received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award, presented to individual staff members and teams demonstrating exceptional...