College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

CNR News 3/24/11

March 22, 2011

I. College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award
II. Apply to be a CNR Peer Advisor
III. Medical School Admissions Conference
IV. Mo'orea Class: Applications due March 25, 2011

I. College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award
The College of Natural Resources EXCOM is soliciting nominations from students and faculty. Letters of nomination may be a few paragraphs and no more than two single-spaced pages, and can be from a student or faculty member. The letter should include the following items:
i. Name of nominator and nominee
ii. The course(s) through which the nominee is known to the nominator, and circumstances that have instigated the nomination.
iii. Explanation of the nominees excellence in undergraduate education, addressing to the extent possible all the criteria for the award described above.

The chair of the relevant department or division will be solicited for further information on each nomination. Once this information has been received, candidates will be evaluated by a committee in the College of Natural Resources appointed specifically for the purpose. It is intended that nominations be made confidentially and that the candidate, in particular, not be notified of his or her nomination.

Criteria for Distinguished Teaching Award
The College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award acknowledges the efforts of faculty members in the College who have excelled in undergraduate teaching and made significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College. Specific criteria include:

* command of the subject;
* continuous growth in the field of study;
* ability to organize course material and to present it cogently;
* ability to inspire in students independent and original thinking;
* ability to encourage intellectual interests in beginning students and to stimulate advanced students to creative work;
* enthusiasm and vitality in learning and teaching;
* guidance of student research projects;
* ability to respond to a diverse student body.
* participation in advising students;
* effective design and redesign of courses.
* participation in guiding and supervising Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs)

Nominations packets must be submitted by Friday, April 11, 2011, to:
Adrienne Hink
CNR Dean’s Office
101 Giannini Hall # 3100
University of California, Berkeley CA 94720-3100
Questions can be addressed to Adrienne Hink,

II. Apply to be a CNR Peer Advisor
Want to gain great leadership experience and learn more about campus resources? Want to outreach to others about CNR and connect students to leadership opportunities? Apply to become a CNR Peer Advisor (PAL). Applications are due April 15th at 5:00pm. For more information about the program, please visit Click here for the application and information about position and eligibility requirements.

III. Medical School Admissions Conference
Friday, April 1, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
145 Dwinelle

If you're applying to medical school this summer, attend this conference to get tips and information to help you through the process. The conference will include:

- a panel of medical school admissions representatives who will describe their expectations and what they're looking for when evaluating applicants
- a panel of current students and recent alumni who have been accepted or are in medical school now. They will describe what the process was like, how they managed their time, and what contributed to their success in getting in to med school.
- workshops led by Career Center counselors about the AMCAS application, preparing for interviews, writing a winning personal statement

Please RSVP on Callisto by logging in to and click on Programs and Workshops under "Shortcuts".

IV. Mo'orea Class: Applications due March 25, 2011
The application for Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands (IB c158LF, ESPM c107, aka "the Mo'orea Class") is due this Friday, March 25th, 2011. For more information, please visit This is a great opportunity for students to study abroad and develop their own scientific research and present their findings to their peers at the end of the semester. CNR students are highly encouraged to apply!