Who we are

We are dedicated to increasing the success and retention of historically underrepresented students among all graduate STEM fields at UC Berkeley. We welcome all first-year STEM scholars of color, women, LGBTQIA+, low-income, first-generation, disabled, and undocumented students to form an alliance with advanced graduate STEM ambassadors who are committed to building a strong and diverse community of future scientists!

What we do

STEM*FYI consists of informal gatherings, beneficial workshops, social events, and the opportunity to build a strong, diverse community of graduate STEM scholars. We engage in resource sharing, community-building, and career/professional development opportunities, all with diversity, equity, and inclusion top-of-mind.

Why we do it

There is an overwhelming need to support historically minoritized and marginalized groups in graduate STEM education. We believe that one of the best ways to do this is through a support system of near peers consisting of advanced graduate STEM students, or STEM*FYI ambassadors. Our ambassadors come from a wide variety of STEM backgrounds and diverse life experiences, all of which are leveraged to mentor and guide first-year graduate STEM students as they navigate through their journey here at Cal.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Ali Bhatti – STEM*FYI Graduate Student Coordinator – STEM-FYI@berkeley.edu

Cynthia Ladd-Viti – Office for Graduate Diversity Assistant Director – clv@berkeley.edu


Join us: First-Year STEM Scholar Sign-Up

Are you a first-year graduate student in STEM? Interested in receiving free mentorship and guidance from a diverse cohort of advanced graduate students? Want to be part of a cross-departmental, community-building effort for underrepresented graduate STEM scholars? Fill out our Google Form and join us in our effort to make the graduate STEM experience more diverse, equitable, and inclusive for ALL students!

Sign Up To Be A STEM Scholar

STEM*FYI: Meet the Ambassadors

STEM*FYI Ambassadors represent the diverse array of interests and experiences in Berkeley’s science, technology, engineering and math-related departments.

Read about our 2020-21 Ambassador Cohort and reach out to those ambassadors whose interest matches your own.

Ambassador webpage coming soon!