Graduate Women's Programs

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Berkeley has a unique resource: WICSE. All women graduate students are members of the graduate women's group, founded in 1977. Each week EECS graduate women gather for lunch in Soda Hall, for informal conversation or interaction with visiting women. WICSE provides a strong student voice for women in the EECS Department. The article, Award Validates Berkeley's Diversity Programs, summarizes programs for women in EECS. [Published originally in the November 2002 edition of Computing Research News, Vol. 14/No. 5, pp. 2, 7.]

Calendar of Events


All admitted women graduate students receive special mailings and are paired with current women graduate students for peer advising. Sheila Humphreys, EECS Director of Diversity, coordinates recruitment of women graduate students, with the EECS Graduate Matters office. All admitted women EECS graduate students are provided a travel subsidy to visit Berkeley in the spring, and are invited to learn about the research and graduate life at Cal on the EE and CS Visit Days, and hosted by current students.

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Big Sisters

This is our peer mentoring program. Each incoming woman graduate student is paired with a continuing woman "Big Sister," based on research interests, for assistance with orientation, advice on courses and research, and mentorship.

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Women Faculty in EECS

Distinguished Speakers

The weekly EECS Joint Colloquium, co-sponsored by the EECS Center for Undergraduate Matters, is dedicated to hosting presentations at the intersection of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Recent lecture speakers include distinguished Berkeley alumnae and women professors from other campuses. The colloquium consists of faculty as well as outstanding industry speakers presenting their latest research results. We invite these speakers to address and serve as role models for our student and wider community, and extend the impact of their visits with informal events at which students interact with the guest speakers.

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Policies for Graduate Student Parents

The EECS Department has developed an innovative Parent Policy to accommodate the needs of graduate student parents. These policies are outlined at the following sites: Parent Policy. And Berkeley Parents offer advice to other student parents.

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"Women in EECS" Display Case

A showcase which provides information for women seeking EECS faculty positions.

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Useful Links

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