Monica De La Cruz: You Either Help People or You Don’t

Monica De La Cruz (she/hers) is pursuing a doctorate in UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare with the goal of crafting policies that actively improve peoples’ economic health in the Bay Area. However, this wasn’t always De La Cruz’s goal. … 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

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

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

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

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

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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Rivka Valérie Louissaint: Art for Working Class People

Rivka Valérie Louissaint (she/they) a first year MFA student at UC Berkeley, makes art which is informed by their experiences as a Black, working class, immigrant, and queer woman. They are also inspired by liberation movements, such as the Black, … Continued

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Jared Robinson: Remember to Look Twice

Jared Robinson, a fifth-year UC Berkeley English Ph.D. student, is exploring how the act of “looking twice” at our past can be an empowering form of self-definition, and even self-creation.  On an individual level, looking twice at the past can … 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

Renew or Return Library Books by February 17

Renew or return library books by February 17! After multiple due date extensions because of the pandemic, starting Feb. 1, 2021, all materials checked out from the UC Berkeley Library have regular due dates. Patrons with materials checked out before Sept. … Continued

Beyond Academia Conference 2021

Our annual flagship conference is a two-day event with around 100 Ph.D. speakers who successfully transitioned to non-academic careers in a variety of fields including STEM as well as humanities and social sciences. As part of our conference we’ll have … 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

Spring ’21 Calapalooza For Graduate Students

Calapalooza, the bi-annual student organization/group recruitment drive is back for Spring 2021! As campus continues to offer virtual events, welcoming students from all over the world, student organizations are ready to recruit new members for the 2021 academic semester.  Spring … Continued

Opportunity to Serve on the Committee on Student Conduct

The Committee on Student Conduct is currently recruiting students to serve on the Committee for the 2021-22 academic year, with a February 19, 2021 to submit the application form linked here. Membership criteria and expectations: Membership is limited to enrolled … Continued

The Program in Critical Theory Virtual Open House

Join The Program in Critical Theory’s faculty and students for a panel discussion and Q&A about the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Critical Theory on Tuesday, February 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. All UC Berkeley Ph.D. students interested in applying to the DE … Continued

In Conversation with Tarana Burke

To commemorate 150 years of women (150W) being accepted to the University of California, join UC Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center and friends on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 4-5:30 p.m. PST for In Conversation with Tarana Burke, founder of … 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

Graduate Womxn’s Project (GWP) Skill Share

The Graduate Womxn’s Project is delighted to host the Skill Share Series this semester! Each month, a handful of our peers will be sharing their hobbies. Registration is open for our January sessions – see below: Thursday, Jan 14: Origami … 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

Cal Housing is Available for Graduate Students

Currently, there is limited availability in all single student graduate apartment locations, but not every apartment type is available. For more information, students can visit the main Cal Housing web page at and click on the appropriate links for descriptive … Continued

CalPerformances At Home Holiday Events

Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol  (Cal Performances Co-Commission) LIVESTREAMED EVENT Thursday, December 17, 5pm (PST) Friday, December 18, 7pm (PST) Saturday, December 19, 1pm (PST) Program:  Manual Cinema broadcasts holiday spirit with this livestreamed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless A Christmas Carol. Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol is … Continued

Enrollment in MBA electives for non-MBA Graduate Students

If you are interested in requesting enrollment in an MBA elective course, please read the information below carefully. If you have any questions or issues with the platform, please email the FTMBA Academics Team at Who is eligible?  You … Continued

Fung Fellowship – Spring 2021

The Fung Fellowship is hiring advanced graduate students to join our team as Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) starting Spring 2021 for 25% positions for two upper level undergraduate student courses: (1) Health + Tech and (2) Conservation +Tech Health+Tech: Fellows … 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

Library News, November 2020

Below are various library updates that pertain to graduate students. The Library now provides a contactless pickup service at Moffitt Library for all borrowers who have current Cal 1 or UC Berkeley Library cards. Fourteen libraries are participating in Oski … Continued

Meet the GradPro Team

The GradPro team is here to assist you in all matters related to professional development. Whether you are curious about resources at Berkeley that are available to help you develop your skills, want to learn about different career paths, or … 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

Focus Groups for Proposed Graduate Housing Project

UC Berkeley Capital Strategies, in partnership with American Campus Communities, is seeking program input on a potential graduate housing project in the greater Berkeley area. Current graduate students living in the Berkeley area are invited to sign-up to participate in … Continued

GROW Grants Have Gone Virtual!

Graduates Optimizing Wellness (GROW) Grants is a grant program where graduate student groups and departments may apply for funds to host team-building activities and skill-building workshops focused on wellness and promoting a … Continued

Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellowship – 11/01/2020

The Switzer Fellowship offers one-year fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field. The fellowship includes a $15,000 cash … Continued

Career Prep Tips for Graduate Students

Whether you’re finishing up your program or just starting out at Berkeley, there’s no wrong time to think about preparing for success in your career. The Career Center is here to help you explore and prepare for any career paths … Continued

Berkeley Science Review

Write for the Berkeley Science Review

Are you interested in learning more about the science writing process and improving your science communication skills? The Berkeley Science Review is a science publication created by UC Berkeley graduate students for a general audience. We publish a semesterly magazine and an … Continued

Falltopia Mega Movie Night

The Berkeley Student Union & Cal Esports are hosting the FallFest Movie Night presented by Xfinity on Saturday, October 24th at 6 p.m. We’ll be watching Addams Family Values which will be followed by a short quiz that includes the following prizes: iPads, AirPods, … Continued

IBM Masters Fellowship Award Program — 10/23/2020

About the program Strong collaboration with faculty, students and universities is vital to IBM. The IBM Masters Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognizing and supporting exceptional Masters students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies, … Continued

Cal ESports FIFA20 & NBA2K21 Tournament

Cal Esports & Cal IMs are hosting a FIFA 20 tournament on Saturday, October 3rd for both XBOX1 & PS4. Registration is free and prizes include: 1st place – Cal IMs championship T-shirt & $100 Amazon Gift Card 2nd Place – $50 … Continued

Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award – 12/15/2020

The Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recognizes outstanding achievment during graduate studies in the biological sciences. Fred Hutch established this annual award to honor the bold, creative, pioneering spirit embodied by Hal Weintraub. Weintraub also earned deep respect and … Continued