Cal Berkeley, founded in 1868, is the oldest of the ten University of California campuses. The national and international awards held by faculty underscore Berkeley’s preeminence. A total of 22 faculty have been named Nobel Prize winners, including the nine who are current faculty members, along with 32 MacArthur Fellows and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners. The University is home to 225 American Association for the Advancement of Science members, 222 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows, 141 National Academy of Sciences members, 12 recipients of the National Medal of Science, and 1 national poet laureate. The National Research Council (NRC) has found that Berkeley continues to be one of the nation’s most preeminent universities for doctoral studies. In the latest study, Berkeley had the highest number of top-ranked doctoral programs in the nation, based on a regression analysis involving 20 criteria from more than 5,000 programs at 212 institutions. The campus is home to over 10,000 graduate students from all over the world who are studying in 101 graduate programs. The Neuroscience Graduate Program is relatively new at Berkeley, being forged from preexisting programs in 2000.
Neuroscience In The Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area has a rich Neuroscience community, including UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF, and UC Davis. Graduate students and postdocs from these universities meet annually in the Bay Area Neuroscience Gathering (BANG) to showcase their latest research.
Bay Area & Beyond
Berkeley and the larger Bay Area offers a rich environment for students of all persuasions: world class wilderness, premier wine country, pristine beaches, sporting opportunities, shopping, arts and culture, superb cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife. A day away from the lab may include a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Point Reyes Seashore, a glass of wine at a local winery, a gallery opening in downtown San Francisco, followed by a night on the town in the lively Mission District.
Berkeley Science Review
The Berkeley Science Review is a graduate student-run magazine that reports on groundbreaking research occurring at UC Berkeley in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, from biology to physics to computer science. Many Neuroscience Program students serve as writers and editors. Read it here.