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How To Prepare For Campus This Fall

Dear Graduate Student Community, I’m greatly looking forward to welcoming you to campus again! As you prepare for the fall semester, we’ve compiled helpful information, curated by category, about what to expect this fall on our return-to-campus webpage. Additionally, the … Continued

Looking for child care?

UC Berkeley’s Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) is now enrolling children ages 2 to 4.5 for the 2021-2022 school year which begins on August 16, 2021. ECEP teaches UC Berkeley’s youngest students — children of faculty, staff, students, and community … Continued

NIH Postdoc Positions: Race-Related Stressors and Health Disparities

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Bethesda, MD and surround areas Position Description The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is seeking two full-time postdoctoral fellows to join the Race-Related Stressors & Health Disparities Research Area. … Continued

Graduate Certificate Orientation Session – 7/21/21

We invite graduate students, GSAOs and Head Graduate Advisors to attend a virtual Graduate Certificate Orientation Session on July 21 from 3–4 p.m. to learn about several of Berkeley’s certificates available to master’s and doctoral students. Graduate certificates are a … Continued

College of Marin Faculty Diversity Internship – 7/16/21

The College of Marin is accepting applications for the inaugural Faculty Diversity Internship Program. The Faculty Diversity Internship Program is intended to provide Interns with the opportunity to learn about College of Marin and the California Community College system from … Continued

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Summer Research, Teaching, and Learning Resources for GSIs

Research, Teaching, and Learning (is composed of several teams providing support for instructors and researchers at Berkeley. Graduate Student Instructors should consider attending one of the following trainings or workshops this summer to enhance remote teaching skills and learn how … Continued

Service Changes At Campus Libraries

Visit the Library’s COVID portal to learn more about the three libraries you can visit now, what service disruptions to expect between now and August 25, and much more. What does the retirement of OskiCat and Melvyl mean? Read about … Continued

Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program — Aug. 15, 2021

Virginia Tech’s Future Faculty Diversity Program (FFDP) is a rigorous three-day event for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars interested in academic careers. Participants are chosen from a national pool of candidates who apply directly to the program and are matched with an … Continued

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Mental Health Support This Summer

Graduate Students, As a member of our university community, your well-being is of utmost importance to us, and to me personally as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. Pursuing a graduate degree often requires a great deal of self-direction, and academic … Continued

Graduate Student Summer 2021 Counseling and Support Resources

Graduate students face unique and challenging issues which can impact their mental health. In fact, graduate and professional students have been facing increasing levels of stress and anxiety, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and mandated distancing. More than  … Continued

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Graduate Diversity Initiatives and Promises

Last July, Vice Provost Lisa García Bedolla and fellow Graduate Division staff convened a working group to meet with Black graduate students and hear their concerns and suggestions about increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Cal. Using what we … Continued

Two Position at the Restorative Justice Center at UC Berkeley

The Restorative Justice Center is hiring for two positions: Graduate Student Practitioner/Liaison and Community Manager. Please read the two position descriptions below. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible! Community Manager for the Restorative Justice Center The … Continued

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Q&A with 2021 Berkeley Grad Slam Winner Adélaïde Bernard

On May 7, 2021, Adélaïde Bernard, a Ph.D. student in metabolic biology, competed against nine graduate-student peers from other campuses at the UC-wide Grad Slam competition. Previously awarded first place in the UC Berkeley Grad Slam in April for her … Continued

Free Summer Classes With The Berkeley Art Studio.

Summer registration is now open for the Berkeley Art Studio! Thanks to the Student Technology Fund, eligible graduate students may sign up for design and digital photography classes for free. We offer classes in ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, design, and … Continued

Library Service Disruptions In Summer 2021

As you know, OskiCat and Melvyl are retiring on July 27. In order to prepare for our new system, UC Library Search, and for reopening our libraries this Fall, we will have to pause some services. Changes in Service, Summer … Continued

View Graduating MFA Exhibitions at BAMPFA

The 50th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition May 14–June 20, 2021 Every year since 1970, BAMPFA and UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice have collaborated to present an exhibition of works by Berkeley Master … Continued

Competition For Most Patentable Capstone Project Idea – 6/30/21

The College of Engineering Office for Post-Baccalaureate Programs and the UC Berkeley Chief Innovation & Entrepreneurship Officer are happy to announce the Competition for the Most Patentable Innovation for Students. Eligible projects include: capstone, coursework, hackathons, and/or independent research. Individuals and … Continued

What you need to do before OskiCat and Melvyl retire

On July 27, a sweeping new project will unify Berkeley’s vast collections (physical and digital) and bring together the collections of libraries across UC’s 10 campuses under one virtual roof. UC Library Search, a new system for discovering and using … Continued

A Summer Reading List for Professional Development

Summer reading is a dedicated market for popular literature, and it’s also an umbrella term for graduate students looking to catch up on disciplinary reading outside of the traditional semester. You may already have an academic reading list for this … Continued

Berkeley Launches New Future of Higher Education Postdoc Program

UC Berkeley has launched a new postdoctoral fellowship program designed to expose participants to and prepare them for careers in higher education administration. The Future of Higher Education Postdoctoral Fellowship Program seeks to address the need for career pipelines and … Continued

Announcing This Year’s Graduate Assembly Executive Team

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Graduate Assembly (GA) Executive Board, Officers, and Graduate Council Representatives, and welcome to incoming president Maria Pettis. Pettis, a Geography Ph.D. candidate, previously served as Vice President of Campus Affairs with the GA and brings a … Continued

Upcoming Trainings Opportunities for GSIs

Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) continues to offer workshops to support remote, hybrid, and in-person instruction which are open to all instructors and GSIs. Review upcoming workshops below and visit AIS upcoming events for all future events: Maximizing Media Production for Student Engagement (5/18) … Continued

Farewell to Two Long-Serving Staff Members

Cynthia Ladd-Viti and Linda Miyagawa, two long-serving staff members of the Graduate Division, are retiring. Below are summaries and highlights from their time at UC Berkeley. Cynthia Ladd-Viti, Associate Director, Office for Graduate Diversity Ladd-Viti took a circuitous path to … Continued

COVID Accommodations for Graduate Students 2020-21

As I reflect on the disorienting nature of the last year, I want to highlight the various accommodations and support provided by the Graduate Division, Graduate Council, campus administration, and our generous donors as we transitioned from reacting to anticipating … Continued

Antiracism in the Academy Seminar — 4/29/21

The focal point of this seminar will be bringing to light those modes of praxis as tangible tools for implementation that have been shown to be successful in the fight against racism in the academy. This seminar will bring into … Continued

Graduate Student Town Hall — April 29 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, invites all UC Berkeley graduate students for a town hall discussion on returning to campus. Join Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, for a … Continued

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Acknowledging traumatic events, and two announcements

Dear Graduate Student Community These are difficult times for our whole campus community and this past week has been particularly exhausting for me. Traumatic events, including the Atlanta and Indianapolis shootings, the abominable police killings of Daunte Wright and Adam … Continued

Office for Graduate Diversity opportunities, including employment

Tutors for the Firebaugh Research Scholars Program The Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD) is currently recruiting 2-3 Graduate Student Tutors for the Firebaugh Research Scholars Program to help lead seminars and support 12-18 undergraduate students’ research projects. View full description here. Join us … Continued

Join our 2021 Mardi-Grad Send-Off!

Please join us to celebrate and commemorate our URM graduate students who will be graduating from UC Berkeley this year, as well as those who graduated last year. They have supported and mentored us throughout our collective academic journeys and … Continued

Design Conversation with Ahmed Ansari — 4/23

Join the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation on Friday, April 23 from noon to 1 p.m. for our final Design Conversations speaker of the spring semester with Ahmed Ansari. Ahmed Ansari is an Industry Assistant Professor at NYU’s Integrated Digital Media … Continued

ARCS Poetry and the Senses Fellowship

The Arts Research Center invites all graduate students to apply to our Poetry and the Senses Fellowship. Thanks to a generous multi-year grant from Engaging the Senses Foundation, the Arts Research Center (ARC) is hosting a fellowship program dedicated to … Continued

Science at Cal Series Showcases Graduate Research

Science at Cal regularly hosts Grounds For Science, a unique public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students. Each event includes dynamic conversation, trivia, and a science-inspired cocktail. Last month’s program, The Bees’ Disease & Building … Continued

Student Org Spotlight: STEM First Year Initiative

  Graduate student organizations are an essential part of UC Berkeley’s culture. In this article, we highlight STEM*FYI, an organization for all underrepresented STEM scholars. Thanks to Haider Ali Bhatti for providing written responses to our questions. What is your … Continued

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New Centralized Resource For Open GSI and GSR Positions

In an effort to support graduate students seeking academic student employment as Graduate Student Instructors and Graduate Student Researchers, the Graduate Division has launched a centralized webpage which aggregates all open GSI and GSR postings from Handshake. Handshake is the … Continued

Take the UC Graduate Student Experience Survey

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on your overall experience at Berkeley in order to better serve our graduate and professional student community.  Your feedback is critical to informing and improving how we respond to challenges in the … Continued

Remote Teaching and Digital Learning Resources for GSIs

We’ve curated centralized resources to support Graduate Student Instructors in addition to the numerous trainings and support offered by our GSI Teaching and Resource Center. Sign up for the Research, Teaching, and Learning newsletters Read the most recent Research, Teaching, … Continued

CRRSA Act and Emergency Funding for Graduate Students

Dear Graduate Student Community, This message is to inform you about financial resources available from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and campus relief funds to assist eligible students with additional expenses experienced during this period of … Continued

Double-Occupancy Rooms Available at International House

Due to a fantastic response to the upcoming reopening of International House, the number of confirmed offers for residency, and optimism about the fall semester, International House is now offering double-occupancy rooms. Experience has shown that those who live in one of … Continued

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Supporting Our AAPI Community

Dear Graduate Student Community, I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate the heartbreak and outrage that I, and others in our graduate community, felt after witnessing the attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Bay Area and … Continued

Join Us For Our Graduate Mentoring Awards Ceremony — 4/2/21

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 recipients of the Graduate Division’s Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards and the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Awards. Excellent faculty mentorship has a transformative impact on the well-being, academic success, and … Continued

CalFresh Eligibility Expansion for Graduate Students

The Master of Social Welfare and Juris Doctorate graduate degree programs were recently approved as CalFresh local student programs. Students in these programs still need to meet income guidelines, but no longer need to meet the hourly work requirement to … Continued

Career Paths in Academia – Faculty Route — 3/22/21

The New York Academy of Sciences is hosting this webinar for graduate students, postdocs and young faculty. According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, “the odds of any given Ph.D. getting a tenure-track job lie between 10 and 25 … Continued

Free UC Entrepreneurship Academy this Spring

April 5 through April 9, 2021 The UC Entrepreneurship Academy helps students, postdocs and faculty in all academic disciplines and fields gain the knowledge and networks needed to identify, develop and validate the commercial potential of your research or idea. UC Berkeley graduate … Continued

2021 Berkeley Food Institute Food Justice Writing Contest

The concept of food justice argues that a history of structural gender and class inequities, and racially motivated policies have excluded marginalized communities from easy access to healthy foods, as described by Kirsten Cadieux and Rachel Slocum in “What does … Continued

Watch Our First-Ever Virtual Grad Slam!

We’re thrilled to announce that Adélaïde Bernard was awarded first place in the Berkeley Grad Slam for her presentation titled, “Hungry Unicorns: How Antennas in Your Neurons Control Appetite.” Second place … Continued

UndocuGrads Wellness Circle

This circle aims to hold space for vulnerable and authentic connection around the challenges of being an Undocumented graduate student. This could include status-related stressors, personal relationships, financial stress, faculty/staff relationships, and the role of white supremacy culture within academia, … Continued

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COVID Reflections: Student Accommodations Past and Present

Dear Graduate Student Community, I write to you to balance my optimism regarding returning to in-person instruction this fall with my concern on behalf of our community about the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases nationally and on campus, including a … Continued

Arthur Rosenfeld Award for Energy Efficiency — 3/14/21

The Art Rosenfeld Award for Energy Efficiency is a $10,000 fellowship awarded to one UC Berkeley graduate student in a Ph.D., Masters, J.D. or professional program who is committed to research on energy efficiency. This includes technical, social science and … Continued

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Reflecting On This Semester’s Start

Dear Graduate Student Community, I want to first acknowledge and thank you for your incredible work in adapting to the challenges of remote learning and teaching. I know that many in our graduate student community (and myself personally) have been … Continued

Event for All Grad Students: Reframing 2020 — 2/1/21

If you’d like to renew your energy for 2021, the Office for Graduate Diversity and Graduate Assembly are hosting , where speakers will highlight the hope that still exists for graduate student academic and career trajectories and … Continued

Graduate Assembly’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund

The Graduate Assembly’s new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund provides grants for campus groups and affiliates starting or continuing efforts to further diversity, equity, and inclusion in the campus community. The first review was Jan. 20, though applications will be … Continued

The Library’s Spring 2021 Workshop Calendar is now available!

The Library’s Spring 2021 Workshop Calendar is now available! Browse upcoming workshops and register online Learn Zotero (bibliographic citation management), Python (data analysis), or NumPy (data manipulation); explore resources from the East Asian Library, or take an embroidering or knitting … Continued

Mourning the Loss of Scholar and Activist Joseph A. Myers

Dear campus community, I am mourning the loss, both personally and on behalf of our Berkeley community, of Joseph A. Myers, a leader, advocate, attorney, faculty member, and mentor who advanced Indian American advocacy, legal education, and justice initiatives nationally, … Continued

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Updates from our Graduate Student Fireside Chat

Dear Graduate Student Community, As we close out this tumultuous and exhausting year, I am profoundly grateful for your flexibility and resilience, and for the staff, faculty, and partners who are doing their best to support you in all aspects … Continued

Graduate Student Fireside Chat – 12/10/20

The Graduate Division and Graduate Assembly co-hosted a Fireside Chat on Dec. 10, inviting student representatives to share the greater ideas, questions, and concerns of the graduate student community on the topics of housing, financial support, technology access, mental health/health … Continued

Institute of European Studies Graduate Funding Opportunities

Call for Applications The Institute of European Studies is pleased to announce the following funding opportunities in 2021-22 for research in and on Europe. Grants and fellowships are available for UC Berkeley graduate students, undergraduates, faculty and lecturers in all fields of study. This year, … Continued

Pilot Program: California COVID Notify Smartphone App

UC Berkeley is participating in a pilot of California COVID Notify, a smartphone-based COVID-19 exposure notification system from the State of California. It uses the Exposure Notifications System built by Google and Apple to alert you when you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. … Continued

The Diverse Academy: Decolonizing the Syllabus – Dec. 3

Graduate students across campus have advocated for and taken on the work of producing systemic change within their departments, from syllabus (re)design, to student and faculty recruitment and retention. The Diverse Academy is a series of events and workshops intended … Continued

Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Fellowships – 2/1/21

The Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of California Chapter is now accepting graduate fellowship applications for the 2021-22 academic year. Members of Phi Beta Kappa who are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. Note: The Graduate … Continued

1,500 Attend Inaugural Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair

UC Berkeley’s graduate programs have, historically, operated siloed recruitment initiatives within each of Cal’s 14 schools and colleges. As part of a new and unified approach to diversity recruitment and in recognition of the multidisciplinary interests of many applicants, UC … Continued

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program — 11/1/2020

The Program The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty … Continued