8. Resources

  1. Department Resources/Facilities
    1. Department Offices
    2. Instructional Laboratories
    3. Research Centers and Labs
    4. Student Commons, Lounges, and Conference Rooms
    5. Public Printers
    6. Lost and Found
  2. EECS Department Organizations
  3. Women and Minority Graduate Students
  4. External Relations Group
  5. Keys and Building Access
  6. Resources for the Disabled
  7. College of Engineering Organizations
  8. Campus Resources/Facilities
    1. Administrative Offices
    2. Student Facilities
    3. Libraries and Reading Rooms
    4. Personal Advising and Counseling
    5. Special Advising Services
    6. Undergraduate Employment
    7. Berkeley International Office (BIO)
    8. Cal Student Handbook
  9. Computer Facilities
  10. Health and Safety
    1. Emergency Building Evacuation
    2. Earthquakes
    3. Building Security and After Hours Access
    4. Nighttime Safety Services
    5. In Times of Stress
    6. Health and Safety Questions

  1. Department Facilities/Resources

  2. EECS Department Organizations

    Representatives of EECS Student Organizations (see below), constituting the EECS Student-Faculty Relations Committee, meet regularly with the Vice Chairman to discuss concerns and share information.

    EECS Peers

    Graduate Student organization with the goal to provide a private, open-minded supportive ear and sounding board for any situation and serve as a resource to other students for navigating grad school issues such as classes, advisors, prelims, stress, and conflicts.

    The Computer Science Graduate Student Association

    The Computer Science Graduate Student Association (CSGSA) provides a variety of services for the department's graduate student community.

    To help the new graduate students, the CSGSA:

    • Holds a one-day orientation session with helpful hints on grad student life, classes, etc.
    • Matches incoming graduate students with "big siblings" who can answer questions and help students adjust to life in Berzerkeley.

    The CSGSA helps students prepare for the prelims by:

    • Maintaining a library of prelim documents (research papers, last years' questions, etc.)
    • Holding prelim review sessions at the beginning of every semester.

    In addition to the academic aspects, CSGSA encourages a friendly, social environment between students and faculty through:

    • (Well-attended) weekly donut and bagel hours
    • Spring and Fall picnics
    • Post-Prelim pizza party
    • Other occasional social activities
    • Maintaining a photo-board of all CS students and faculty

    CSGSA is also active in making grad students' opinions heard on departmental policy decisions by:

    • Assisting in both Faculty and student recruitment
    • Holding student to faculty feed-back sessions every semester

    Interested students should contact the president of CSGSA.

    The Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Association

    The Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Association (EEGSA) is a social and service organization run by EE grad students. We provide a weekly Coffee Hour, which is currently held each Wednesday afternoon in the courtyard of Cory Hall. We also organize other social events, such as picnics, wine and cheese parties, ice cream socials, and the occasional department dance. EEGSA is also involved in new student orientation, peer tutoring, and helping students prepare for the dreaded prelim exam.

    For more information about the EEGSA, or if you would like to volunteer to help with EEGSA activities, send mail to eegsa@cory.

    The EECS Graduate Student Softball League

    There is an EECS Graduate Student Softball League consisting entirely of EECS grad students who play every semester. The league has been in existence since 1994 and there are usually between six and eight teams with approximately 100 students competing. The games are just for fun and are mostly social events. It is common for one team to bring snacks and drinks to the game and have a get-together with the other team before the game starts. The games are usually played on Monday night and happy hours following the games are common. At the end of the season there is a league-wide picnic, which is financed through team fees. The picnic is followed by the playoffs and the awarding of the league trophy (an old terminal keyboard that spells out "EECS Softball Champs").

    E-mail is sent out at the beginning of each semester announcing the formation of the league and calling for teams. Most students play with students from their research groups, but you can also sign up as a single player, and you will be placed on a team. If you're a first year student, then this is a great way to meet people in the department. There is a softball homepage which contains the game scores, team pictures, and a discussion of the league.

    All grads are urged to become active in these important organizations.

    Eta Kappa Nu

    Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) is an honorary undergraduate engineering and computer science society, providing an EECS course survey (available in 240 Cory), an exam file and graduate school catalog collection, EECS T-shirts, and activities sponsorship. HKN is located in 290 Cory, 642-7346 and 345 Soda, 642-9952.

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. (IEEE Student Branch) office is in 200 Cory Hall. IEEE sponsors various technical talks and social gatherings.

    Women in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

    Women in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (WICSE) was founded in the EECS Department in 1977 by women graduate students working to effect positive change in the department. WICSE members meet for lunch on a weekly basis, to provide a forum for discussion of issues particular to women studying computer science and electrical engineering. For example, WICSE meetings allow members to:

    • provide support for one another with respect to choosing classes, managing grad student-advisor relationships, interacting with peers, etc.
    • hear speakers on topics such as post docs, life after graduation in industry or academia, and interviewing skills
    • announce events, fellowships, and other matters of interest to women grad students
    • discuss EECS policy decisions, such as child care facilities, improved night parking, and input for faculty hiring

    Interested students can contact the group by sending email to wicse@eecs.

    For more information about student groups see EECS Student Organizations.

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  3. Women and Minority Graduate Students

    The EECS Department is committed to increasing the diversity among graduate students in the department and to developing programs and policies, which create an environment of support for enrolled graduate students. The EECS Graduate Offices and the Academic Coordinator for Student Matters work together to provide the following services:

    • individual graduate admissions advising
    • coordination of workshops which address graduate admissions matters and financial aid
    • arrangements for campus visits by admitted prospective students
    • advocacy and problem-solving support for enrolled students
    • support for EECS student organizations
    • an information clearinghouse for women and minority graduate students.

    A number of specific resources are:

    • Student Groups.
    • WICSE (Women in Computer Sciences and Engineering), see above.
    • SWE (Society of Women Engineers), see below.
    • BGESS (Black Graduate Engineering and Sciences Students), see below.
    • HES (Society of Hispanic Engineers and Scientists), see below.
    • Faculty Mentor Program. Each entering minority graduate student may choose, in addition to an advisor, a Faculty Mentor in the department who serves as an informal advisor.
    • Gender Equity Resource Center (Geneq), 202 Cesar Chavez Student Center, 643-5730, and the Academic Senate Committee for the Status of Women and Ethnic Minorities are great resources for students at UC Berkeley.

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  4. External Relations Group

    The External Relations Group (XRG) of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences is designed to foster closer cooperation between industry and the department. Its functions include encouraging industrial grants to support education and research at Berkeley, expediting the transfer of research results to industry, coordinating industry/university interactions to help guide university research, recruitment, and enhancing industry contact with students and faculty and access to software and publications.

    Over 100 companies are now members of the Industrial Relations Program (ILP). Even closer connections exist between the department and the members of the Berkeley CAD/CAM consortium, whose financial support enabled us to add a 5th floor to Cory Hall. Other companies support the department and the ERSO through two other consortia: the Berkeley Microelectronics Affiliates program (BMA) and the Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Affiliates (BEECSA). Graduate students may work closely with ILP Visiting Industrial Fellows (VIF), who come from consortia member companies to spend up to a year in residence at Berkeley as members of EECS research groups in their areas of interest.

    Some activities of the XRG that involve graduate students include:

    The annual Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) that is held every February. The conference includes presentations and laboratory tours by students and faculty, and is attended by several hundred-industry representatives.

    The annual EECS Research Summary provides descriptions of ongoing research projects in the department. This overview of EECS research helps XRG members and faculty to establish personal contacts by identifying subjects of mutual interest.

    The annual Graduate Student Directory includes resumes of currently enrolled EECS students to assist both students and industry recruiters in career placement.

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  5. Keys and Building Access

    All regular and visiting EECS faculty, visiting industrial fellows and scholars, staff and graduate students receive standard cardkey access to enter either Cory or Soda halls. The cardkey access is assigned to a student's CAL one ID card. Additional card key access and metals keys are distributed on a case-by-case basis in 387 Soda Hall for both buildings. To gain additional card key access, students should have their faculty advisor or Research Support Officer sign the necessary forms available in 387 Soda. Students are responsible for returning the keys/cardkeys to the receptionist on or before the access expiration date.

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  6. Resources for the Disabled

  7. College Of Engineering Organizations

    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a student chapter of the national organization. It is a professional, non-profit, technical organization representing all disciplines of engineering. Both men and women can become members. The organization provides a support network for women in engineering, encouraging professional development and high scholastic achievement. Activities range from professional to service-oriented to strictly social. A newsletter is published and regular meetings are held twice a semester.

    The Society of Hispanic Engineers and Scientists (HES) aims to foster career opportunities for Hispanic engineering and science students through contacts with representatives of government and industry.

    The Engineers Joint Council is a student organization involved in issues of general concern to the engineering community.

    The Black Graduate Engineering Student Society (BGESS), a minority student group established in 1986, serves minority graduate students from all departments in the College of Engineering.

    The Black Engineering and Science Students Association (BESSA) is a student run, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide academic, social, and community support. The organization provides programs that encourage academic excellence, personal growth, and a commitment to the minority community.

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  8. Campus Facilities/Resources

  9. Computer Facilities

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