Fiona M. Doyle

Very soon, the campus will be buzzing with new student orientations and the start of classes. To those of you who are just beginning your graduate career at Berkeley, I welcome you to a transformative period of your life. I hope to see many of you on Tuesday, August 23 at our New Graduate Student Orientation, where you can take advantage of the information-rich array of panels and workshops throughout the day. (If you haven’t already, please register.) Also check out the other orientations and welcome receptions held throughout August!

To those of you who are continuing your graduate work, I wish you a productive year, whether you are studying, conducting research, teaching, or some combination of these.

To all, please continue to check GradNews monthly for news of funding opportunities, awards earned by your peers, and more. Feel welcome to share your news with us and let us know if we can feature it!

I’m pleased to announce that six students have won $100 gift certificates for their winning submissions to our call for stories about summer travel and learning adventures. GradNews will feature one or two of these tales in each of the upcoming issues

We begin by congratulating Laleh Coté, an incoming Ph.D. student in the Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education in the Graduate School of Education (and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow). I was moved and inspired by her discussion of “Undergraduate Research Experiences in STEM Fields.” She shows her enthusiasm for research internships — first as an undergraduate, then as a staff coordinator — and describes how this led her to graduate studies in order to become a leader in science education… with a focus on supporting underrepresented groups in STEM fields.” Laleh embodies the Berkeley spirit of wanting to make the world a better place.

I wish everyone an inspiring start to the Fall semester!

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Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering