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STEM Excellence through Equity and Diversity (SEED) Scholars

The STEM Excellence through Equity & Diversity (SEED) Scholars program is an honors program focused on supporting and inspiring undergraduates majoring in all areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to pursue graduate degrees. This tight-knit community of diverse undergraduates is interested in engaging in cutting edge, innovative research, and also in changing the face of faculty at colleges and universities across the country after finishing their graduate studies. These STEM scholars will go on to make a difference in all areas of society.

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NERDS has tremendously impacted my experience at Berkeley; they have provided me resources to go to conferences like SACNAS to meet other research-oriented individuals and also provided funding for me to conduct research during the summers. These funding opportunities have relieved financial stresses and have allowed me to focus on my studies. Thank you all for all you do!

– Saul Pacheco Elorza, 2019 Cal NERDS Diversity STEM Center

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From cyclotrons to gene editing, from artificial intelligence to cancer immunotherapies, UC Berkeley has long been a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research and discovery. Likewise, as the home of the Free Speech Movement and a hub for social justice, it is the place to be the change you want to see in the world.

The STEM Excellence through Equity & Diversity (SEED) Scholars Program prepares outstanding students to become change-makers, scholars and leaders, increasing the representation of underrepresented individuals in academia and other professions, while engaging in innovative research. SEED is an honors program focused on supporting and inspiring undergraduate populations majoring in all areas of STEM; the program welcomed its inaugural cohort of 20 scholars on July 5th and will grow by 25 students per incoming cohort next year.

“The SEED Scholars program goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to a more diverse and inclusive culture across our campus. It will enable Berkeley’s continued success as an engine

of social mobility and a source for the next generation of top talent to such areas as academia, science, and high-tech industries in Silicon Valley and beyond..” – Carol Christ, Chancellor

With a gift towards SEED you can support exceptional students in science in the following areas:

Student access to cutting-edge research laboratories during the first year of study, with a focus on completing a research thesis and participating in scientific conferences, internships, and other professional development.

A summer intensive prior to a student’s first year, where they meet and work with faculty, partake in rigorous foundational courses in STEM, and collaborate with their peers through community service projects, field research trips, and more.

Personalized mentorship from faculty, staff, Ph.D. students, and more senior undergraduate scholars, helping navigate Berkeley and seek out research opportunities.

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“The UC Berkeley SEED Scholars Program brings together a gifted group of young scholars interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, who will inspire and enable their own amazing potential to work and discover together.” – Michael R. Botchan, Dean of Biological Sciences