2022 EECS Alumni Honors Dinner

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*
  • Faculty Advising with Chairs of the EE and CS divisions
  • Annual dinner with alumni
  • Membership in Honor Program Linked-in group with program alumni


EECS Major Advisors
205 Cory Hall

Fall 2022 info-session:  Recording of session

Info Session Slides

P/NP for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 & Summer 2021

Students in the Honors Program should take requirements for a letter grade in Summer 2021.

The faculty have voted that students in the EECS Honors Program may take courses for their major and for their breadth area for P/NP during Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021.

Admissions Requirements


  • At least 45 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.
  • Must be a part of the Honors program for at least one year – Applying in Spring 2023 means graduating in Spring 24 or later.
  • Students must have lower division major requirements completed or in progress.
    • For EECS: CS61A/B/C, CS 70, EECS 16A/B
    • For LSCS: Math 1A/B, CS 61A/B/C, CS 70 (or Math 55 if DM in Math), Math 54 or EECS 16A
    • Junior transfer students may apply without CS 61C completed.


  • Submit the online EECS Honors Application Form
  • Applications are accepted in Fall and Spring semesters only. They should include a resume, a proposed Program Planning Form, and an essay explaining the student's motivation for applying and interest in their proposed breadth area.
    • Essay. This essay is an important part of your application and should be carefully organized and well-written. The essay should address both: a) How your proposed breadth courses will address a unifying theme and your area of interest. b) Your educational goals, including any applicable work and research experience, and future research interests. Maximum length: 3000 characters.
  • In the form, applicants will need to attach the following supporting documents:
  • DEADLINE - For Fall 2023 Admission: Wednesday, May 3rd at 4 pm PT
  • Applications are reviewed by a committee convened by the Vice Chairs by the end of the month the application is due. The committee evaluates applications for various signs of aptitude including: a well-written essay, grades, above-average course loads, sincere commitment to a breadth area outside EECS, and an interest in undergraduate research.

Requirements for Completion

  • Fulfill all Bachelor's degree requirements for Computer Science or EECS Degree. 
  • Maintain a 3.50 cumulative and technical GPA.
  • Complete at least four units of "Supervised Independent Study" or other approved research credit.
  • Study in a breadth area outside the EECS department, consisting of at least three upper-division courses (totaling at least 10 units) 
    • These courses may be taken in a single department, or in related departments if they address a unifying theme. Explanation of the breadth interest is part of the honors application; these courses may be changed later by petition only.
    • Cross-listed courses with CS/EE/EECS are not allowed.
    • These courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Honor Students have the option to complete an Honor Thesis*. Senior thesis expectations and grades will be agreed upon by the student and their sponsoring faculty. Students should then enroll in four units of EE H196 or CS H196 during their senior year. They may complete these units for a letter grade.  Honors Thesis Form.

*Due to College of Letters & Science policy, students in the L&S Computer Science major may only earn a transcript notation for completion of the Honor's Program if they elect to complete an EECS honors thesis for a letter grade. Should they decide not to, the department is able to provide an official letter confirming the student's completion.


Check out the EECS Honors FAQ!

Honors Program Class of 2022

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

  • Sravya Basvapatri, Salesforce Associate Product Management (APM) Program

  • Samarth Bhutani, Google SWE

  • Xinyun Cao, SWE at a gaming startup

  • Ian Chang, 5th Year Masters at UC Berkeley

  • Steven Chen, Software Engineer at Roblox

  • Benjamin Driscoll, Computer Science PhD at Stanford

  • Ashwin Ganesh, 5th Year Masters at UC Berkeley

  • Rahul Hayaran, Quantitative Researcher at Two Sigma

  • Francis Indaheng, Software Engineer @ Applied Intuition

  • Anjali Kantharuban, MPhi at Cambridge under a Gates Scholarship, then a PHD at CMU under an NSF GRFP

  • Sharon Lee, Master’s in Computer Science at Stanford University 

  • Lucy Liu, Software Engineer at Scale AI

  • Nicole Malow, Software Engineer at Microsoft

  • Jessie Mindel, Master's in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, with intent to pursue a PhD

  • Rajavi Mishra, Software Engineer, Amazon Lab

  • Shreya Mohanty, Professional Services Consultant and Amazon Web Services

  • Liya Mulugeta, 5th Year Masters at UC Berkeley

  • Emily Nguyen, Ph.D. in Computer Science at University of Southern California (USC)

  • Kornrapat Pongmala, 5th Year Masters at UC Berkeley

  • Danny Reidenbach, 5th Year Masters at UC Berkeley 

  • Agnibho Roy, Quantitative Trading/Research at Citadel Securities

  • Saagar Sanghavi, 5th Year Masters at UC Berkeley

  • Neeraj Shenoy, 5th Year Masters at UC Berkeley 

  • Matthew Tang, Google

  • Clark Wang, Trader - Susquehanna International Group

  • Brian Yu, 5th Year Masters at UC Berkeley

  • Zehao Zhao, MIT Business Analytics at Operation Research Center & Sloan School of Management

Honors Student Achievements

Including but not limited to:

  • Nitish Dashora (2022-23), Astronaut Scholar
  • Simon Zirui Guo (2022), Arthur M. Hopkin Award
  • Chase Norman (2022), Selected to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF)
  • Anjali Kantharuban (2022), Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Jennifer Grannen (2021),  Timothy B. Campbell Innovation Award
  • Simon (Xuanlin) Li (2021), Arthur M. Hopkin Award
  • Leyla Kabuli (2021), Arthur M. Hopkin Award, University Medal
  • Danny Halawi (2021), Eugene L. Lawler Prize
  • Eden McEwen (2020), Goldwater Scholarship and the SPIE Education Scholarship 
  • Candy Xu (2020), Jim and Donna Gray Endowment Award
  • Ahad Rauf (2020), Warren Y. Dere Design Award and NSF GRFP Fellowship
  • Matthew Yeh (2020), Arthur M. Hopkin Award
  • Russell Mendonca (2020), Finalist for the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award