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Research Opportunities in Physics

  Berkeley students are lucky to study at a research university: new knowledge is being produced around us all the time. Many students would like to make research part of their undergraduate experience, but some aren’t sure how to begin. Recently, graduate student mentor Micah Brush led Berkeley Connect Physics students through a discussion of […]

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Witnessing the Future of Genomic Sequencing

Researchers at Berkeley can take advantage of new technology that allows them to conduct, for just a few thousand dollars, experiments that once cost millions. Students in Berkeley Connect Computational Biology recently got a special opportunity to visit the Genomic Sequencing Lab (GSL) in Stanley Hall. Facilities Director Shana McDevitt gave them an orientation to […]

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Why Philosophy?

Often the first question on anyone’s mind is a deceptively simple one: “Why?” Why do I have to go to class today? Why do cicadas emerge only once every 17 years? Why am I here? Philosophy Berkeley Connect invited faculty to entertain some of these “Why” questions. Of course, they were not able to address […]

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Berkeley Connect Welcomes New Students

Friends, pizza, nature, and beef skewers! Berkeley Connect held Welcome Events across Philosophy, History, Mathematics, ESPM, Architecture, and other departments. Here are some pictures from the first week of instruction: Computational Biology formed a circle to introduce themselves after Professor Nicholas Ingolia gave a brief presentation on Computational Bio and Berkeley Connect. English students were […]

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Find Your Fall 2017 Berkeley Connect Welcome Event

Did you enroll in Berkeley Connect, or hope to enroll? Are you trying to figure out where to go the first week? Each Berkeley Connect program kicks off with a welcome event; sections begin meeting the following week at the date/time/location listed in the schedule of classes. Check the schedule below for the date, time, and location […]

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Notes on Changing the Campus Culture

Entering a classroom in Morrison Hall, Berkeley Connect Music students were greeted with an array of sensory pleasures: the speakers played “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter and the strong smell of garlic and Chinese takeout pervaded the room. Once the students had settled down, graduate mentor Elizabeth (Beezer) de Martelly explained the focus of the day’s […]

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My Favorite Berkeley Connect Moment, Spring 2017

We invited students participating in Berkeley Connect in Spring 2017 to enter our Student Voice Contest and share with us a memorable experience they had in Berkeley Connect. The winning entry was written by Surina Gulati, who participated in Berkeley Connect in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.   Berkeley Connect has given me a tremendous sense […]

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The future of fission (and other sources of energy)

  How do you envision the future? Self-driving cars, virtual reality, Hyperloop passenger pods? Whatever gadget or gimmick might reveal itself in the future, all technologies have one commonality: their reliance on energy. Tackling the question “How can physicists shape our future?,” Berkeley Connect Physics students broke into teams of three or four to brainstorm […]

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Preparing for professionalism with ESPM

“What is your dream job? What job are you applying for? Do they match?” As the Spring semester nears its end and employers begin recruitment for internships and part-time jobs, many undergraduates are thrown into the professional world unsure exactly how to  pursue their dreams or whether they have the skills they need to thrive. […]

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Sociology faculty share their paths to academia

As students start to think about what they will do once their undergraduate years are over, they can feel like they are being presented with many pathways and little direction. In an effort  to connect students with more information about their options, Sociology Berkeley Connect planned two major career-oriented events: one focused on academia and […]

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