Welcoming new students to academic life
For many new students at Berkeley, choosing the right courses can be overwhelming. We launched L&S First-Year Pathways this fall so first-year students can join a small cohort of their peers to help them make a successful academic and social transition into college life. This exciting new program is organized around academic themes — such as Technology and Society — to complete the diverse breadth requirements that form the foundation of a liberal arts education.
Bolstering advising support services
I am proud to announce a milestone in our efforts to enhance college-wide collaboration with the hiring of our inaugural Assistant Dean of Advising, Sharon Mueller, in August. Mueller will utilize her 29 years of advising experience to extend the reach of the new peer advisors we have added through the L&S Leadership Fund. Peer advisors play a critical role in helping students navigate the campus and access advising services.
Providing undergraduates with research opportunities
Your support for the L&S Leadership Fund augmented our Undergraduate Studies Division in ultimately providing 134 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) and connecting 1,900 students with 371 mentors through the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) this year. These programs have a multidimensional impact, allowing students to develop skills, assist faculty, and advance cutting-edge science.
“Your investment in my education and development has not only provided me with valuable opportunities to enhance my scientific skills but also allowed me to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in this field.” – 2023 SURF Fellow
Thank you for supporting the L&S Leadership Fund.
Through generous supporters like you, our college can take big steps toward helping all of our students find their people, place, and passion at Berkeley.