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Events and Announcements

September 17, 2012

Sept 18 | Big Ideas@Berkeley Information Session
Sept 21 | Study Abroad Fair and Workshops
Sept 25 | 7th Annual Biology Majors Fair
Sept 29 | Urban Planning Coalition SJSU Annual Symposium
Sept & Oct | Undergraduate Research News

Sept 18 | Big Ideas@Berkeley Information Session

Big Ideas@Berkeley Information Session
With a special presentation Dr. Laura Stachel, Founder of WE CARE Solar

September 18 | 6-7 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

Come get inspired and learn how to participate in the 2012-2013 Big Ideas@Berkeley Contest! Big Ideas provides funding support and encouragement to students with creative ideas to improve society. This event will feature an inspiring talk by Dr. Laura Stachel, the co-founder of WE CARE Solar, followed by an overview of the 2012-2013 Big Ideas contest structure. (Deadline November 6th!)

WE CARE Solar designs portable, low-cost solar suitcases that power lighting, phones and medical devices for hospitals in low-resource areas. Her invention allows doctors in developing regions to perform life-saving surgeries and has been shown to reduce maternal mortality rates up to 70%. Dr. Stachel’s project was initiated in 2008 with support from Big Ideas and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. WE CARE Solar now provides the solar suitcases worldwide in 15 countries on three continents.

Now in its seventh year, Big Ideas@Berkeley gives students the opportunity to channel their passion for social change into creative and pragmatic solutions. The 2012/13 contest will include new categories and offer more workshops and mentorship opportunities. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals in one of the following categories:

Global Poverty Alleviation | Creative Expression for Social Justice | Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives | Improving Student Life | Information Technology for Society | Maternal & Child Health | Promoting Human Rights | Financial Literacy | Scaling Up Big Ideas |

Light refreshments AND t-shirt giveaways to first 50 attendees!

For more information:; or

Sept 21 | Study Abroad Fair and Workshops

Attend the 2012 Study Abroad Fair and learn about study, work, intern, and volunteer abroad opportunities for UC Berkeley students.

Friday, September 21
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union Building

Talk with representatives of over 75 study abroad organizations as well as campus offices that can answer your questions about studying abroad.

For more information as well as an Exhibitor Directory that is searchable by country, region, subject area, and type of opportunity abroad, visit

Also, workshops related to study abroad will take place in the Stephens Lounge next to Pauley Ballroom from 11:00-4:00:

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. International Opportunities for Graduate Students
12:15-1:00 p.m. Volunteering & Service Abroad
1:15-2:00 p.m. International Internships
2:15-3:00 p.m. Study Abroad Scholarships
3:15-4:00 p.m. Financing Study Abroad

Sponsored by Berkeley Study Abroad, the Study Abroad Fair is Cal's signature event of the year for education abroad. Don't miss out on your chance to study abroad!

Sept 25 | 7th Annual Biology Majors Fair

The Biology Majors Consortium invites you to the:
*7th Annual Biology Majors Fair!*
Tuesday September 25th, 2012 10:30am-1:30pm
Valley Life Sciences Bldg (VLSB) Courtyard

**Considering a major in biology? Did you know Berkeley offers more than a dozen bio-related major options? Come meet representatives from the biology majors all across campus! Additionally, representatives from other affiliated departments will be distributing information about study abroad options, bio-related career info, health education opportunities, and more!

*Raffle prizes include a FREE Princeton Review or Kaplan Review MCAT Prep course -- a $2000 value! *

There will also be two workshops for you to attend:
**Labs and Research**
Upper class students from several of the biology majors will discuss their experiences with undergraduate research and how they succeeded at Cal.
11am -- 12pm @ 2063 VLSB

**Beyond the BA: Graduate School and Career Center Services**
The Career Center will discuss tips and strategies to help you prepare for graduate school, as well provide information about their resources for professional school and career planning.
12pm -- 1pm @ 2063 VLSB

**Please visit us online at for more info. See you there!

Sept 29 | Urban Planning Coalition SJSU Annual Symposium

The Urban Planning Coalition of San Jose State University is hosting its annual symposium entitled, "Planning in the New Era - Defining Public Private Relationships in Urban Development" This year's symposium will showcase a discussion on innovative solutions to promote city growth, financial sustainability, and quality of public and private services. The event will focus on collaboration-building between the public sector, private sector, and local communities, as their symbiotic relationship will be increasingly important as cities navigate a new landscape of severe fiscal constraints and fundamental demographic shifts.

Saturday, September 29th, 11:00am to 3:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose
Room 225/229, Second floor

Redefining public private partnerships in urban development
The limits and challenges of the new public private partnership
Making progress and development happen

Speakers and panelists:
Keynote: Emily Gabel-Luddy FASLA, Vice-Mayor - City of Burbank
Carlos Castellanos, Director of Real Estate - East Bay Asian Local
Development Corporation
Michele DiFrancia, AICP, Principal Planner - HNTB
Dr. Scott Lefaver, AICP, President - Cabouchon Properties, LLC
Sam Liccardo*, Councilmember - City of San Jose
Evan Low, Vice-Mayor - City of Campbell
Randy Tsuda, AICP, Community Development Director - City of Mountain View
Jessica Zenk, AICP - Silicon Valley Leadership Group
More to be added.

Please check our website for speaker updates:

Get your tickets here:
($10 student, $12 APA member, $20 non-APA member)

AICP CM credits pending. Lunch is provided

Thanks to our partners:
- American Planning Association, Northern California Section
- SJSU Urban & Regional Planning Department

Sept & Oct | Undergraduate Research News

Dear Undergraduate Researchers,

This time of the semester is a great moment to learn more about
undergraduate research. Come to a research workshop -- not crowded
like during welcome week -- to get the big picture, learn how to find
a faculty member to guide you, and learn about the many programs
with upcoming deadlines. These research workshops can also help you
be a much more competitive applicant for the programs you do apply

Please forward this newsletter to friends whom you think might like
to sign up for this listserv -- links for subscribing (and unsubscribing)
appear at the bottom of this message.

This newsletter will cover the following items:

1. Undergraduate research workshops ("Getting started" and "Writing a
research proposal") in the next few weeks

2. Research Program deadlines and info sessions through mid-October

3. Two research assistant openings: one for computer science, the
other for social psychology journalism.


Monday, September 17, 2012
How to get started in undergraduate research: Workshop A
Workshop | September 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
How to get started in undergraduate research: Workshop A
Workshop | September 19 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Writing a Research Proposal: Workshop B
Workshop | September 25 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Thursday, September 27, 2012
How to get started in undergraduate research: Workshop A
Workshop | September 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Later workshop dates in September and October appear at

09/26/2012 (for Spring 2013 program)
UCDC (internship in DC w/ associated research)
Info sessions:
***LAST INFO SESSION***Weds., Sept. 12th 4-5:30 P.M. in 291 Barrows
The information session will provide an overview of the UCDC Program,
- tips for a successful application (writing the personal statement,
resume work,
obtaining letters of recommendation);
- the selection process;
- the research seminar;
- resources for your internship search;
- making the most of your semester in D.C. (housing, budgeting, travel, etc.)
An alumna or alumnus will share first-hand experiences and answer
attendees' questions.
If you would like to meet with Kathy Slusser, Program Coordinator, you may
drop in at
M24 Wheeler Hall between 9-12 and 1-4 Monday-Thursday or e-mail her to
an appointment:

MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM (all majors, for students considering pursuing a
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 the numbers of first-generation, low-income, and
underrepresented students in doctoral programs. Benefits include thorough
guidance through the process of carrying out an independent research
project, GRE prep,
help applying to graduate school, application to grad schools for free, and
public speaking training, as well as a summer stipend.
1. Wednesday Sept. 19 12:00-2:00 PM 652 Barrows
2. Thursday Sept .27 12:00 -2:00 PM 105 Cesar Chavez Center (TRSP)
3. Monday Oct. 1 10:00-12:00 PM 9 Durant Hall

10/15/2012 by 3p.m.
CENTER FOR RACE AND GENDER (indep. projects, 2 deadlines/year)

Projects on American Politics (Fall, Spring deadlines)

10/19/12 by 4 pm
Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues
Undergraduate Mini-grant Program

More research program deadlines appear at

Note that the list can be sorted by deadline or in alpha order by program
Also note the search button on the left side of the page.


Social Psychology journalism:

Needed: Research assistant with a desire to contribute to the Greater Good.

Greater Good, the UC Berkeley-based online magazine, is looking for
research assistants (199 credits possible). Greater Good highlights
ground breaking research and community-based programs that foster
compassion, empathy, and altruism. It collects, synthesizes, and
interprets cutting edge research for a general audience, providing a
bridge between leading scientists and members of the general public.
The magazine is heavily focused on psychology. UCB psychology
professor Dacher Keltner is its executive editor. A print magazine
from 2004-2009, Greater Good relaunched last year in an online-only
format, featuring new multimedia content-articles, videos, podcasts,
and more.

The Greater Good RA will work with the editors of the magazine to
help research future articles for the magazine and update the Greater
Good website with fresh content. RAs conduct regular lit searches to
identify current trends in the research Greater Good covers, and to
uncover some of the latest and most important studies published on
Greater Good's topics. They also help Greater Good stay on top of
broader trends in the field, including relevant events, books, and
popular articles.

The ideal candidate must possess strong research and writing skills
and should have a strong familiarity with psychology and other social
science research, preferably with a focus on research into
"pro-social" behavior and emotions, and/or positive psychology. The
RA may also contribute short articles about new research findings.
The position requires 5 hours/week for at least one semester. It is
unpaid, though we can offer 199 credits.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Jason
Marsh, Greater Good's editor in chief, at For
more information on Greater Good, please visit

For more information
about research opportunities and resources at
UC Berkeley, visit the Research @ Berkeley website at