Science & Engineering Outreach Opportunity Interested in being a science or engineering role model to local elementary students while teaching fun and engaging science classroom lessons? You are invited to our BASIS Fall Kick-Off event. Friday, September 30 11:30 am – 1:30 pm 775 Tan Hall Come learn how … Continued
The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal practices, and the law’s impact on our society. Located in Chicago, ABF is the nation’s leading research institute for the empirical study of law. The … Continued
The Graduate Division and the Graduate Assembly are hosting two awards that recognize outstanding mentoring by faculty members to graduate students. Nomination letters for the Graduate Division’s Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award and the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty … Continued
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq and the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program for Lebanon and Palestinian Territories are designed to bring junior scholars to U.S. host institutions for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities. These ten-week programs … Continued
Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART), a 10-week mentoring program administered by the Graduate Division during the summer, links undergraduate students with graduate students on a research project to facilitate professional development and mentoring skills. During the fall semester, 20 graduate … Continued
Dear Graduate Students, As the spring semester drew to a close, I enjoyed several opportunities to celebrate great teaching by graduate students. At the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award ceremony on the first of May at International House, we acknowledged … Continued
So far, nobody’s let the cat out of the bag, so the surprise has been total in every case. Despite Berkeley’s long tradition of protest and California’s reputation for spontaneity, faculty members here simply don’t expect to be interrupted by outsiders while they’re teaching a class. When it dawns on them that the invasion brings unexpected but happy news for them personally, decorum goes out the window.
Not all aspects of a dean’s job bring smiles; it’s hardly possible to please everyone all the time. That said, there are events during the year that irresistibly bring a smile to my face, and make a lot of people … Continued
GSIs: do you have a great mentor? Nominate by March 5. Mentoring award nominations: Nominations closed February 3 for the Graduate Division’s Sarlo Awards and the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Awards, but one category remains open until March 5: the … Continued
The ASUC Undergraduate/Graduate Mentorship Program (UGMP) provides an opportunity for graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering the pursuit of an advanced academic degree. The graduate student will offer advice and answers to the undergraduate who is interested in gaining more knowledge about his/her academic field of interest, the graduate school process, or just about future academic endeavors.
Outstanding GSIs, and mentors of GSIs, were honored in droves over the past few weeks. We’ll be saying more, in detail and with pictures, in the near future, but meanwhile here are the categories — at least those which fall under the umbrella of the Graduate Division (and, in one case, its partner, the Graduate Assembly).
Every year, the Graduate Division and the Graduate Assembly team up to call public attention to the exemplary and caring assistance individual faculty members have provided, above and beyond the call of duty, to their students. As the culmination of … Continued
In the 1970s, the Berkeley campus was, a veteran faculty member told a concerned new assistant professor, “not a loving institution.” It’s come a long way, baby. The neophyte of long ago who told that anecdote, George Breslauer, has now … Continued
About the awards: the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs has been given annually since 1999 by the Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching and Resource Center and the Graduate Council’s Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs. The Graduate Council, which guides … Continued
For the last three years, there’s been a new way to honor faculty mentors at Berkeley. Called the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award, it honors faculty for all the ways they help graduate students — not only in research, … Continued
The afternoon of April 22 was overcast and gloomy, with rain predicted. But inside the McCollum Room in Tan Hall, the atmosphere was toasty from warm feelings. Five faculty members, accompanied by colleagues and students who nominated them and friends … Continued
When I was a graduate student, I was a teaching assistant (more than once) for a very inspiring mentor, a man named Manos Vakalo. His teams of teaching assistants had remarkable autonomy. He never questioned a grade we gave, and he always treated us as respected equals. In retrospect, we could be dumb at times; I remember bringing beer to a critique for our undergraduates, and Manos simply raising an eyebrow in reprimand. That, however, was enough. He had remarkable expressions, every one of which I think I could still imitate perfectly today, nearly 20 years later.
We are pleased to announce the 2008 recipients of the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards. These awards have been made possible by a grant from the Sarlo Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. They are administered by the Graduate Division in collaboration with the Graduate Council of the Academic Senate.