Undergraduate Women's Programs

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The EECS Department's Diversity Programs has established a strong program to encourage and support undergraduate women students. We focus on five core activities to achieve this goal:

  • Attract women to electrical engineering and computer sciences at Berkeley.
  • Provide orientation and academic support to women students in EECS.
  • Foster a sense of community for incoming freshman and transfer women.
  • Promote women's participation in undergraduate research.
  • Encourage women to apply to graduate programs in EECS.
  • Promote retention and achievement of graduate and undergraduate women.

Academic Support

The Center for Student Affairs coordinates orientation activities for entering freshmen. EECS welcomed 32 new women in the freshman class for Fall 2002. Staff members in the Center for Student Affairs, 205 Cory Hall, are available to consult with EECS students about classes, tutoring options, and any of the EECS Undergraduate Programs. Faculty advisors, peer advisors, and Student Affairs Advisors in the College of Engineering are also available to service you. Stop by the Center to find out more about the various academic resources on campus.

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Useful Links

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EECS Women's Community

To foster a sense of community among women undergraduates, the Center for Student Affairs sponsors an office for women undergraduates, 292 Cory Hall, as well as speakers and workshops targeting lower-division women students. A Big/Little Sister Mentoring Program is available in which entering freshmen may request an upper-division student to offer informal advice and information on classes and other EECS matters. The Center also sponsors a lunch once per month for EECS undergraduates in AUWICSEE and graduate women in WICSE, our graduate women's organization.

Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) Residence Theme Program

The WiSE Theme Program located in the Foothill complex aims to provide a living and learning environment for women students with a strong interest in math, science and engineering. Its goal is to maximize WiSE students' awareness and understanding of their potential fields. In the classroom, WiSE students will likely be taking common, basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and physics together. Outside the classroom, WiSE students will continue to learn from their peers, and receive specialized advising and mentoring that will assist them in their transition to Cal. Continuing WiSE students serve as peer mentors for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Women in Undergraduate Research

To encourage undergraduate women to engage in research, we sponsor an undergraduate research workshop series each semester, and offer updated online information on the undergraduate research events and programs web page, including the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program. Recent undergraduate women's research achievements have ranged from research programs both on campus and elsewhere, to research scholarship awards. April has officially been named as Undergraduate Research Month on the Berkeley campus and EECS organizes a poster session every year on Cal Day highlighting undergraduate research.

The UC Berkeley Virtual Development Center (VDC), in collaboration with the Institute for Women in Technology engages undergraduate women in the design of technology for women. For more information on spring semester projects please refer to the User Interface (CS 160) projects webpage: http://guir.berkeley.edu/courses/cs160/spring2002/projects.htm

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Women Faculty in EECS

Statistics

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Applying to the EECS Graduate Program

To promote the option for women to pursue graduate degrees in EECS, faculty and staff conduct workshops on graduate admissions, scholarships, and fellowships. In Fall 2000, the Computing Research Association (CRA) Distinguished Lecture featured a panel presentation on applying to graduate school that was held on the Berkeley campus with Professor Mary Gray Baker, Stanford University, Professor Katherine Yelick, UC Berkeley, and Dr. Serap Savari, Lucent Technologies. Other recent speakers at workshop sessions include:

  • Professor Alex Aiken
  • Professor Connie Chang-Hasnain
  • Professor Joseph Hellerstein
  • Professor Joseph Kahn
  • Professor Jitendra Malik
  • Professor Andy Neureuther
  • Professor Kris Pister
  • Professor Kathy Yelick

Staff available to advise prospective women applicants to graduate school:

  • Dr. Sheila Humphreys
  • Rebecca Brown

Important Graduate School Links

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