Math Grad Life



Math Graduate Student Association (MGSA) Berkeley 

We represent the grad students in the department, and have regular social and mentoring events. We maintain a wiki for grad students, assist with the annual open house for prospective students, and run each year's office draw. We also sell Berkeley Math T-shirts and mugs. The MGSA is led by a group of elected officers, serving for terms of one year.


The Noetherian Ring (Nring) 

Named in honor of Emmy Noether and founded in 1991, the Noetherian Ring is an organization of graduate students, postdocs, and professors in the Mathematics Department at the University of California, Berkeley who happen to be women, or somewhere near that on the gender spectrum. The goal of this group is two-fold. One is to indicate a presence of women in the math department and provide information for students potentially interested in pursuing mathematics. The other is to provide a network for women in the UC Berkeley math department and facilitate Nring activities. Events have included a paint day, dinner for Nring members at the start of the year, brunch during the open house for prospective women grad students, and discussions with women from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and invited female speakers.


Unbounded Representation (URep) (Website TBD)

Unbounded Representation (URep) is a graduate student group within the UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics that promotes dialogue about the different kinds of diversity in the math community. One of our goals is to assess the diversity-related climate of the Math graduate student program. We are also working to develop programs that support Math graduate students who come from traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as the wider community of Math graduate students.


Gender Equity in Mathematical Studies (GEMS) (Website TBD)

Founded by current graduate students Madeline Brandt and Maddie Weinstein, Berkeley GEMS (Gender Equity in Mathematical Studies) is aimed at unifying the graduate and undergraduate math communities and creating a better environment for gender minorities in STEM. All graduate and undergraduate students identifying with underrepresented genders in STEM are encouraged to participate. Activities include: reading groups, grad school prep, opportunities at Willard Middle School, social events, and more. 


Directed Reading Program (DRP) 

The Directed Reading Program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with UC Berkeley mathematics graduate students in an independent reading project. The aim of the program is to equip students with the tools necessary to delve into sophisticated mathematics, to foster relationships between undergraduates and graduate students, and to provide students with a valuable opportunity to practice presenting mathematical ideas, both in conversation and public presentations.



Below is a list of volunteer opportunities our graduate students have participated in in recent years: 


Community Resources for Science - Be A Scientist Program 

Be A Scientist volunteers coach middle school students through the steps of designing, conducting, and communicating about their own science investigations. Once per week over the course of a six-week session, BAS volunteers go into Berkeley middle school classrooms to provide individual support to students. Volunteers are trained to work with middle schoolers and teach the scientific method.


Prison University Project  

The mission of the Prison University Project is to provide excellent higher education to people at San Quentin State Prison; to support increased access to higher education for incarcerated people; and to stimulate public awareness about higher education access and criminal justice.

The Prison University Project uses a student-centered, culturally-responsive model of teaching. Volunteer faculty are placed as instructors and tutors during our spring, summer, and fall terms and commit to 5-10 hours per week to their class for the duration of the semester. All volunteers should be comfortable with extensive communication with co-instructors and staff and should be open to exploring new teaching techniques.


The Berkeley Math Circle 

The purpose of the Berkeley Math Circle and the Bay Area Mathematics Olympiad is to increase the quality and quantity of students who become mathematics educators and researchers, or who simply love and use mathematics in their studies, work and daily activities.


SMART Mentoring 

Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) is a program that enables doctoral students to create mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. The program provides summer funding for both graduate and undergraduate participants and opportunities to share research results on campus and at national conferences.