CS graduate students Marquita Ellis and Renaldo Williams, and alumni Scott Beamer (PhD '16) and Jorge Ortiz (PhD '13), at CMD-IT at Tapia 2019

Broadening Participation in EECS

A warm welcome to the EECS department! We are committed to fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all students at every stage of their education and career development. Here you will be able to find updated and interesting information for your journey. We hope to encourage and spark your interest in EECS.

Opportunities and Announcements


  • We encourage you to join National Center for Women and Information Technology NCWIT,  Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community, a national group of nearly 20,000 women in tech.  When students join they immediately gain access to our private Facebook group where they can connect with other women in tech, and can participate in our career fair on January 28th with representatives from Bloomberg, Google, Apple, Facebook and more.  Apply to join here    Questions?  email aiccommunity@ncwit.org, or reach out to TJ (she/hers) the AiC Community Engagement Manager directly at tj.alladin@ncwit.org
  • Introducing a new course: Data 94!  Data 94: Introduction to Computational Thinking With Data is an exciting new course being offered this spring to introduce students to programming and data science in a small personal environment.  Students will develop fundamental python skills, learn how to work with interesting real world data and create visualizations.

More diversity-related EECS News

Get Involved in Research

Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB)
Undergraduates are invited to spend 9 weeks on campus over the summer conducting engineering-related research.

Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experiences for Undergraduates (TTE REU)
A competitive, merit-based,  9-week, residential program that seeks to inspire California community college students through research at UC Berkeley so that they will ultimately transfer and complete their Bachelor’s degree in science and engineering.

Diversifying Access to Research in Engineering (DARE)
A UC Berkeley program created to match undergraduate students with research opportunities in EE & CS.

NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CISE REU)
The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in specially designed NSF projects.

Academic project opportunities for EECS students

Cross-Institutional Alliances

Interested in a career in Academia?

The goal of the NSF-funded FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate ) Alliance is to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research Universities as a way to achieve diversity across field.

Apply to Graduate School

The UC Berkeley Graduate Division has significantly expanded the number of organizations whose members qualify for application fee waivers.  These groups include the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and the National GEM Consortium (GEM), among many others.

You may qualify for an application fee waiver if you can demonstrate financial need, or if you are a current participant in certain programs that qualify for a fee waiver. You must be a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident to be eligible for the graduate admissions application fee waiver. AB540 students may apply for the fee waiver if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Equal Access to Application Assistance Program

The student-run Equal Access Assistance (EAAA) program aims to ensure that all applicants to higher degree programs (MS/PhD) at Berkeley's EECS Department have access to guidance on the higher degree application process. One current (or recent graduate) in EECS will provide feedback on applicants statement of purpose, personal history statement, CV/resume, and other application materials in advance of higher-degree application deadlines in fall semester.  The application deadline for application packages to EAAA is around Nov 1st each year.

Application for admission to UC Berkeley's EECS Department is a process that must be completed separately; participation in EAAA does not guarantee admission nor affect the admissions decision-making process in any way.  Contact eaaa@berkeley.edu for questions.

Fall 2018 cohort

Computer Science Scholars

CS Scholars is a first-year student support program intended to serve those from under-represented communities who have had little or no exposure to Computer Science.