Monday, June 18, 2018

Mentored Research Opportunity - Cal-ADAR

Cal-ADAR is Berkeley's mentored research program in life course research (aka demography of aging) for underrepresented college students. ADAR stands for Advancing Diversity in Demography of Aging. Cal-ADAR provides students with a community in which to develop quantitative social science skills and use them to study socially relevant issues. Each summer, up to 12 Cal-ADAR scholars are selected for the program, which takes place over their junior and senior years and the summer in between (seniors with at least 2 semesters left are also eligible). Scholars are given generous financial support (partial tuition/fees, up to 3 semesters), a paid summer internship, travel stipend for conference travel and support and mentoring from faculty members and Cal-ADAR staff through graduation and beyond. Cal-ADAR scholars have gone on to work in local government, finance, academic research. Many are actively pursuing graduate school.

Cal-ADAR equips our scholars with concrete skills in data analysis, use of statistical software, data wrangling, data visualization, higher-order problem solving, literature review, presentations. Life course research or demography of aging is officially a STEM subject, but unlike many other STEM fields, Cal-ADAR offers a broad range of immediately relevant social problems and issues to study, so students find it personally satisfying. We call it "STEM with a story.“

Cal-ADAR is managed by the Berkeley Population Center. Its funding is provided by the National Institutes of Aging.

Benefits include
    • Tuition/fees support, up to 3 semesters
    • Travel stipend to scholarly conference/s
    • Paid summer internship
    • GRE prep
    • Support and Mentoring from faculty members and Cal-ADAR staff through graduation and beyond
        • Have at least 2 semesters left at Berkeley. As this is a 3-semester program, we target juniors, but seniors are welcome to apply.
        • Plan or Interest in grad school in quantitative social sciences
        • A 3.3 or B+ average overall and in prerequisites
        • Fits at least one underrepresented category as defined by NIH :
          • "A. Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders...[and] individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be    demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution...
          • B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities...
          • C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:
              1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds...
              2. Individuals who come from educational environments such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop and participate in a research career."

              Applications are rolling, but we’ll begin review Aug 1.

              Wednesday, June 13, 2018

              Chicano 180

              Here is one last course being offered in Summer Session D that we are hoping you can help us publicize to your students. 

              The course is being taught by Visiting Professor Luis Leon. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

              Comparative Literature Classes with Open Seats

              We still have room in 4 of our summer classes, 1 in session C and 3 in session D. Included are descriptions and flyers.   

              1.  W60AC (new online course in session C):  Boroughs and Barrios:  NYC and LA.  Karina Palau instructor, Course Number 16102.

              2.  N60AC.002 (session D, TWTh 1-3:30, 105 Dwinelle)  Finding America, Founding America, Foundling America with instructor Cory Merrill, course number 13390.

              3.  R1B.001 (session D TWTh 1-3:30, 235 Dwinelle) Sea Changes in Film and Poetry.  Simona Schneider instructor, Course Number 14906.

              4.  R1B. 002 (session D TWTh 10-12:30, 235 Dwinelle)  Celebrity Status:  The Art of Being Famous.  Johnathan Vaknin instructor, course number 14907.  

              Asian American Studies 132AC

              Monday, June 11, 2018

              Apply to be a Cultural Peer Mentor

              Apply To be a Cultural Peer Mentor!

              • Are you interested in making new friends from various countries?
              • Are you eager to learn about different cultures and languages?
              • Do you want to increase your leadership, event planning, and intercultural skills?

              Who Are We?
              The Cultural Peer Mentors (CPM’s) serve to provide guidance, resources, and support to visiting international students who are studying at UC Berkeley as part of the Berkeley International Study Program (BISP). We are here to assist BISP students to make successful cultural and academic transitions at UC Berkeley. We aim for Cal students and international students to develop awareness of other cultures and acquire intercultural competency through frequent interaction with each other. These skills are essential in an increasingly globalized economy and for working across differences.

              Each semester, the Berkeley International Study Program (BISP) welcomes well over 200 international students from around the globe who come to study ​at UC Berkeley ​for 1-2 semesters, and the Cultural Peer Mentors are instrumental in assisting them with their transition!

              In this program, you will:
              1. Meet friends from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
              2. Share your passions and interests with BISP students by planning events for your own group of mentees.
              3. Become an ambassador to visiting international students and show them what life in the U.S. is truly like, beyond what they see on TV.
              4. Work with a dynamic team of Cultural Peer Mentors to develop your leadership, event planning, and intercultural skills!

              • Be a current undergraduate student at UC Berkeley with at least one academic year of study remaining.
              • Strong leadership skills and willing to take the initiative.
              • Be empathetic, able to interact effectively and patiently with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and with different levels of English proficiency.
              • Possess positive communication and teamwork skills.
              • Plan at least 3 activities per semester for a group of ~40 mentees with your co-leader.
              • Assist in planning and execution of 2-3 bigger events per semester for the mentees.

              This is a year-long volunteer position with an event-planning budget.

              If you are interested in becoming a Cultural Peer Mentor, please complete the online application here:

              Interviews will be held in person and via Skype throughout the summer.

              PRIORITY DEADLINE: Saturday, June 30
              FINAL DEADLINE: Friday, July 27

              Please feel free to contact me via email ( if you have any questions.

              Thank you!

              Rachel E. Marquez