Supporting Undergraduate Engineering and Science Education
The Center offers programs to stimulate undergraduate students’ interest in science and engineering, and particularly in energy efficient electronics science. There are E3S programs for undergraduates at different stages of their undergraduate studies. In addition, the Center also provides educational opportunities for faculty in undergraduate institutions. Our initiatives, while open only to US Citizens and Permanent Residents, are designed to ensure and promote the inclusion of diverse groups in science and engineering. In particular, the Center seeks undergraduates and their instructors who are from underrepresented minority communities, women, veterans, and/or first in the family attending college.
Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experiences for Undergraduates (TTE REU), a competitive merit-based program, seeks to inspire California community college students through research at UC Berkeley so that they will ultimately transfer and complete their Bachelor’s degree in science and engineering. The TTE REU program is a residential program providing nine-weeks of hands-on research experiences in the laboratories of UC Berkeley professors. Learn about past TTE REU projects >
TTE participants also have access to enrichment activities to enhance their overall preparation and confidence to pursue studies in science and engineering and, eventually, a career that applies their technical education. To support program participants continue a science or engineering curriculum at a four-year institution, transfer advising is also provided during and after the internship. Learn more about the 2020 TTE Program >
ETERN, E3S Internship, provides a stipend for undergraduates of the Center’s member institutions, UC Berkeley, MIT, and Stanford, as they undertake research projects with E3S faculty at their home institution. In addition, the program offers enrichment activities to develop the participants professionally and prepare them for graduate school. Learn more about the ETERN program >
The Center offers summer fellowships for teachers as a vehicle to support engineering and science education in community colleges. Engineering and physical science faculty in California community colleges spends six to nine weeks at the Center engaged in research or curriculum development at UC Berkeley. The teacher fellows are expected to implement new knowledge and novel pedagogy methods into classroom activities when they return to their home institutions. Learn about the affiliated UCB-Context Based Research Program for Community College Faculty >
The E3S REU provided residential research internships in the laboratories of E3S faculty. Participants of this competitive merit-based program undertook cutting edge electrical engineering, material science, physics and chemistry research projects. They also had access to enrichment activities including seminars, field trips, as well as advising on graduate school programs, the application process for fellowships, and a subsidized GRE prep course. The Fall after the completion of the E3S summer internship, participants continued their Bachelor of Science or Engineering studies and eventually applied for graduate school. The E3S Research Experiences for Undergraduates (E3S REU) program is no longer accepting applications. Learn about past E3S REU projects >
E3S faculty at UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, FIU and UTEP hosted upper-division undergraduates to participate in the Center’s research. The program’s main focus was to provide research experiences at the Center for undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCU-REU program is no longer accepting applications. Learn more about the HBCU-REU Program >
The International E3S Internship Program was a follow-on program for past participants of the following research programs for undergraduates: E3S REU, UCB-HBCU, TTE-REU, and ETERN. Enabled by a partnership with the GIANT International Internship Programme, the i-ETERN Program supported past participants who continued to be undergraduates by offering a second research opportunity of 9-weeks in Grenoble, France.
Formalized and expanded in 2016, this summer research program was focused on undergraduates, who are women and/or of racial origins that are under-represented in the field of Electrical Engineering. This follow-on program reflected the Center’s approach of continuous engagement in order to develop undergraduates for graduate studies in ultra-low energy nanoelectronics, nanomechanics, nanophotonics and nanomagnetics.