EECS Outreach Programs

Undergraduate Research & Recruitment Programs
National Outreach Programs
Postdoctoral Professional Development
College of Engineering Diversity Programs
UC System-wide Outreach Programs
EECS Archived Programs

Pre-College Outreach

CS Education Day

CS Ed Day is an annual event for high school students, hosted by the EECS Department, which takes place during Computer Science Education Week.

Student participants of
2013 CS Ed Day

E4K Engineering for Kids Day

Engineering for Kids Day (E4K) is an annual outreach event hosted by the UC Berkeley engineering community. E4K hosts hundreds of students in grades 4-6 for a free one-day science and engineering education event on the UC Berkeley campus. Kids participate in fun, hands-on engineering activities organized and taught by UC Berkeley undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. E4K also encourages the participation of underrepresented students in the local community by contacting local outreach programs, Title I schools, and by making arrangements to guarantee those students a spot in the program.

BASIS: Bay Area Scientists in Schools

Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) is a science role model volunteer program for public elementary schools in the East Bay. The goals of BASIS are to connect a diverse range of scientist volunteers to elementary and middle school students and teachers; to inspire students with examples of real-world science careers and issues; to engage students in hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences; and to create effective teaching links between scientists and public elementary schools.

BFOIT - Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology

BFOIT, a project of the International Computer Science Institute, supports historically underrepresented ethnic minorities and women in their desire to become leaders in the fields of computer science, engineering and information technology. The intent is to provide youth with knowledge, resources, and practical programming skills and guidance in their pursuit of higher education and production of technology.

Expanding Your Horizons Conferences for Girls in Grades 7-12

Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ conferences are designed to nurture girls' interest in science and math courses and to encourage them to consider science and math-based career options such as engineering, computer science and physical science. EECS women annually present a hands-on workshop at the EYH Conference, which attracts 500 girls for a day of encouragement to study science and mathematics.

HOPE - Hands On Program in Electronics

Over the last several years, the UC Berkeley IEEE Student Branch has been developing and facilitating its Hands-On Practical Electronics classes for both university and high school audiences. Based on the principle that building a circuit on a breadboard is an intuitive and exciting way to introduce electrical engineering, each lesson features fundamental theory combined with a simple but practical application. After a brief lecture, students are equipped with a soldering iron, multimeter, board, and various electronic components from which they construct a device which clearly demonstrates the lesson's core concept. Thus after each lesson, the student leaves not only with new knowledge but also an application of that knowledge. Be it a night light, solar cell battery charger, thermometer, or digital lock, the class projects show that electrical engineering produces not just abstract equations, accessible only to a select few, but rather the power to control and design exciting real world applications, accessible to everyone.

PiE: Pioneers in Engineering

Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) is a non-profit robotics competition, run by UC Berkeley engineering students and designed to encourage interest in science, math, and engineering amongst Bay Area high school students. Now entering its fourth season, the competition was founded, and is strongly supported, by the UC Berkeley chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society.

The Lawrence Hall of Science

Since 1986 UC Berkeley's public science center has been providing parents, kids, and educators with opportunities to engage with science.

TechBridge: Chabot Space and Science Center

TechBridge was launched in 2000 by the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, with support from the National Science Foundation, to help increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in technology, science, and engineering. Since its founding, TechBridge has served over 2,800 girls through after-school and summer programs for girls, primarily in underserved communities, as well as thousands more girls through partnerships with the Girl Scouts and other national organizations. Evaluation results have demonstrated the positive outcomes of TechBridge on girls' skills, confidence and interest in technology, science and engineering

UC Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory
Summer Internship Program for High School Girls

The UC Berkeley NanoLab offers girls a hands-on experience in a real lab, with mentorship by graduate students and staff. High school girls who have taken chemistry and completed their junior year are eligible to apply. Students may expect a one-day orientation seminar, a mentor to guide their learning day-to-day, and a special project. At the end of the 8 week program, students will make a presentation summarizing their results and describing the skills and concepts they have learned during their internship experience in the NanoLab that will be useful for study in college classes and exploring career options.

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)

Cosmos is a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students completing grades eight through twelve. Full and partial financial assistance is available for tuition. California students who qualify for free/reduced lunch under The National School Lunch Program may qualify to receive financial assistance based on verification requirements and the availability of funding.

Undergraduate Research and Recruitment Programs

CS Scholars

CS Scholars offers a "home" within Cal for undeclared Letters and Science students interested in the computer science major. In this program, students will receive comprehensive support based on their individual needs, including a cohort-based discussion section for CS 61A and CS 61B, advising, study groups and a community of fellow students interested in computer science. CS Scholars is a community of Berkeley students - diverse in terms of their ethnic, academic, cultural and economic backgrounds - and committed to one another's success.

EECS Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students in the College of Engineering are highly encouraged to pursue research experiences. Undergraduate research plays an important role in the educational experience and provides practical skills for future employment and graduate school. Engineering students have a wide range of opportunities available to participate in groundbreaking research with faculty and graduate students.

SUPERB-ITS - Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley-Information Technology for Sustainability

SUPERB-ITS in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) Department offers a group of talented undergraduate engineering students the opportunity to gain research experience. The program's objective is to provide research opportunities in engineering to students who have been historically underrepresented in the field for reasons of social, cultural, educational or economic barriers. SUPERB affirms students' motivation for graduate study and strengthens their qualifications through strong faculty mentoring and challenging research projects.

SRC Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

The SRC URO program (formerly IUR) recognizes the critical role of undergraduate research in motivating and preparing women and underrepresented students for graduate study. Since its inception in spring 2007, SRC URO has sponsored 50 students in research positions. This program is aimed at traditionally underrepresented students in specific fields of interest to SRC. (BioE, CS, EE, ME, IEOR, MSE, etc.)


CS Kickstart

CS KickStart is a one week introduction to computer science designed for entering women students, by current women graduate students. Students will learn how to program, about different areas of computer science, and meet computer science students and professionals. This program targets incoming students to UC Berkeley who are curious about computer science and are interested in math, science or engineering. Students need no prior skills in programming. The goal of CS Kick Start is to show participants the creativity and power of computer science and to give them a hands-on experience in programming.


National Outreach Programs

Empowering Leadership Alliance

Supported by a $2 million, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation and directed by Rice University, the Empowering Leadership Alliance will engage underrepresented minority students in computing disciplines at majority institutions in a nationwide network. The network, composed of dozens of leading universities, professional societies, laboratories, research centers, and corporations, will involve students in research opportunities, professional development, mentoring programs, and support to keep the students excited and motivated as they pursue computing careers. This alliance, entitled “Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow,” or the Empowering Leadership (EL) Alliance, benefits from the leadership and vision of six of the nation’s top universities, with the active engagement of 24 diverse, initial partners and a plan for ongoing evaluation and feedback, particularly from the students involved.

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) was founded in 1994 by renowned computer scientist Anita Borg, Ph.D. (1949-2003). Initially known as the Institute for Women in Technology, IWT was renamed the Anita Borg Institute in 2003 to honor Dr. Borg.


CRA-W: Multidisciplinary Research Opportunities for Women

This program involves undergraduate students in collaborative, multidisciplinary research creating and using cyberinfrastructure. The goal of this initiative is to engage women undergraduates in computer science more fully in the research process by allowing them to investigate applications of computer science to other areas in which they may have an interest and to serve as a catalyst for forming new multidisciplinary partnerships with cyberinfrastructure expertise.

CRA-W Distributed Mentor Program

The objective of the DMP is to increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. This highly selective program matches promising undergraduate women with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. Students are directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.

CRA-W Graduate Cohort for Women Program

Eligible students are Eligible students are first year women graduate students in computer science or computer engineering and students who have attended previous cohorts workshops (in 2005 or 2006).

Postdoctoral Professional Development

WISE – The Women's Institute in Summer Enrichment

WISE is a residential summer program on the University of California, Berkeley campus that brings together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and professors from all disciplines who are interested in Ubiquitous Secure Technology and the social, political, and economical ramifications that are associated with this technology. Women are strongly encouraged to attend, though all are welcome.

College of Engineering Diversity Programs

Pre-Engineering Program (PREP)

The Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) provides incoming engineering students with a competitive edge by jumpstarting their UC Berkeley engineering experience. PREP, which has been offered for over 20 years, begins with an intensive eleven-day, residential academic session held annually in August. The summer immersion program provides incoming students with insight into the rigors of the first-semester engineering curriculum at UC Berkeley.


Transfer Pre-Engineering Program (T-PREP)

Modeled after the successful PREP program for first year students, T-PREP was launched in August 2013 and is an eight day summer program offered to newly admitted Berkeley Engineering community college transfer students. New transfer students will leave T-PREP being a member of a tight-knit cohort that will allow them to immediately have established study groups and friends from the first day of classes and throughout their time at Berkeley (and beyond).


System-wide Outreach Programs

California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

The California Forums for Diversity in Graduate Education, planned by a consortium of public and private colleges and universities from throughout California, have been designed particularly to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and master's candidates who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented in doctoral-level programs. The groups include low-income and first-generation college students and especially African Americans, American Indians, Chicanos/Latinos, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, Asian American women, and Asian American men in the arts, humanities and letters, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, engineering, education, and health-related fields.


UC LEADS Scholars Program

The goal of the University of California's new Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program is to educate California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). The program is designed to identify upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in these disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study.


UC CAMP is the Louis Stokes UC Alliance for Minority Participation in the sciences. It is one of 37 alliances nation wide that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The mission of CAMP is to help Science majors who are African-American, Native-American, and Hispanics students graduate with their B.S. degrees and ideally go onto STEM graduate programs. UC CAMP has just received a fifth cycle of funding which involves 50K to each UC campus plus $20K of UCOP Diversity Research Initiative funds. Each year in February an annual undergraduate research symposium and is held to bring together students, staff, and faculty from each CAMP program. The lead campus in the UC System-wide alliance is UC Irvine.

McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. Twenty to thirty McNair Scholars are selected each year to participate in both academic and summer activities. The McNair Scholars Program aims to increase numbers of groups underrepresented in doctoral programs

EECS Archived Programs

Computer Science Re-entry Program


DOUBLE-X For High School Girls

Double X is an after school girls' science program for grades 9-12 at Oakland Technical High School in Oakland. UC Berkeley student volunteers coordinate and implement a science or engineering mini-lesson. Oakland Technical High School teachers collaborate with UC Berkeley by providing facilities and encouraging student participation.

EECS/BGESS Science Fair

As an avenue to introduce engineering and science to local pre-college minority students, EECS and >BGESS (Black Graduate Engineering Science Students) have coordinated a Science Fair on Cal Day . To prepare for the fair BGESS graduate student mentors work for six weeks with students to assist in the preparation of their science fair projects. A panel of UCB alumni judge the projects.

NSBE Junior - National Society of Black Engineers Jr, UC-Berkeley chapter

NSBE Jr. is a pre-college chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and was officially chartered at the University of California, Berkeley. Our membership includes middle school and high school students from around the East Bay. The program focuses on enhancing the education received by African-American and other minority pre-college students, as well as influencing these students to become tomorrow's corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders. In this spirit, NSBE Jr. is the quintessential recruitment, teaching, and preparation device for the National Society of Black Engineer.