EECS Honors Program

The EECS Honors Program is designed to provide very talented undergraduate students interested in undergraduate research. Honors students pursue an academic concentration outside of the department, engage in research, receive a special faculty advisor, and are invited to special events with faculty and EECS Honors alumni.

Current Honors Students


  • Option to complete honors thesis and receive letter graded research units
  • Official notation of honors degree on Berkeley transcript*
  • Meetings with Chairs of the EE and CS divisions
  • Bi-annual dinner with faculty
  • Annual dinner with alumni
  • Priority access to exclusive faculty advisors
  • Membership in Honor Program Linked-in group with program alumni

Program Staff

Nicole McIntyre, Undergraduate Adviser
205 Cory Hall,
Schedule an Appointment:

The Spring 2019 info-session will take place
Thursday, April 11 3:15-4pm (does not start on Berkeley time)
in 380 Soda Hall

Info Session Slides


  • At least 35 units completed at UC Berkeley if admitted as a Freshman. At least 12 units completed at UC Berkeley if admitted as a Junior Transfer.
  • Minimum overall and technical GPA of 3.7.
  • Declared in EECS or Computer Science major. 
  • Students must have lower division major requirements completed or in progress.
    • Junior transfer students may apply without CS 61C completed.


  • Download the application here.
  • Applications are accepted in Fall and Spring. They should include a resume, proposed course plan, and an essay explaining the student's motivation for applying, and their breadth area. 
  • Applications are due May 15th for the following Fall semester, and December 15th for the following Spring semester.
  • Applications are reviewed by a committee convened by the Vice Chairs after final grades for the semester are posted. The committee evaluates applications for various signs of aptitude including: a well-written essay, graded, above-average course loads, sincere commitment to a breadth area outside EECS, and an interest in undergraduate research

Honor Program Class of 2018

We're so excited for our new graduates, here are where some are headed...

  • Brijen Thananjeyan,  PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley
  • Samantha Wathugala,  5th Year Master's in EECS at UC Berkeley
  • Pranav Shankar, Quantitative Trader at Citadel
  • Samantha Lai, Preparing for medical school
  • Yuxiang Yang, Artificial Intelligence Residency at Google
  • William Wang, PhD in EECS at MIT
  • Garrett Thomas & Isabel Papadimitrious, PhD in Computer Science at Stanford

At the time of graduation, 47% of our graduates are headed to industry, 47% to graduate school, and 6% to non-profit work. 

Honor Student Achievements

Including but not limited to:

  • Annie Xie (2019), CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Runner Up
  • Jonathan Lee (2019), CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Finalist
  • Isabel Papadimitriou (2018), NSF Fellowship
  • Tavor Baharav (2018), NSF Fellowship
  • William Wang (2018), EECS Major Citation & Statistics Department Citation
  • Yuxiang Yang (2018), Department Citation
  • Divi Kumar (2019),  Eugene L. Lawler Prize
  • Garrett Thomas (2018), Mark D. Weiser Excellence in Computing Scholarship & Best Paper Award at NIPS 2016 for “Value Iteration Networks”
  • Peter Manohar & Garrett Thomas (2018), CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Finalists