Debate over Dropping Dependent Coverage from Berkeley SHIP Continues

  The University of California, Berkeley recently announced in an email to all graduate students that the Berkeley student health insurance plan (SHIP) would no longer cover dependents. For many students with families, the decision provokes great financial distress. Physics Ph.D. students  report that without SHIP, their son’s health insurance cost will increase $3500 annually. […]

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A GSI gets to work at a grade-in to protest Grad Div's closing the old Stephen's Hall Graduate Study Lounge

Will Grad Students have a Study Lounge?

Tonight’s meeting May Graduate Assembly Delegates’ Meeting (May 7th, from 5:30-10 PM at Anna Head Alumnae Hall) promises to be one of the Graduate Assembly’s most exciting evenings ever! Never mind the swigging, swaying, and sashaying on the Graduate Bay Cruise; the radical writings and “adult brownies” of [title here]; fighting racism from the Astronomy department; drinking away our sorrows at the […]

A Graduate Student Read-In to Close Out An Amazing Semester…

Picture an informal, book-lined lounge setting with bite-sized appetizers, sparkling juices, “adult brownies,” live music, and poetic, touching words… On Wednesday, University Press Bookstore opened its doors to a few bright, budding poets and storytellers who happen to also be UC Berkeley graduate students, for an intimate affair. The special evening was the ultimate event […]



Educating Educators: The Role of Scientists in Public Schools

For many children, their first exposure to anything science-related happens in first grade. Children play with slinkys to examine the motion of waves, learn that not all light can be seen by the naked eye, and understand how the sun makes life possible on Earth. Elementary and middle school teachers are often not scientists, and […]

Ethnic Studies students grapple with tensions of different peoples, cultures

Increasing globalization over the last few centuries has brought about new challenges – particularly, the complications that arise when peoples from different places with different perspectives intermingle. Students in the Ethnic Studies Department spend their Berkeley career grappling with these issues, both in historical and contemporary contexts. Kira Donnell’s research focuses on transnational adoption, particularly […]

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