The MGSA organizes a variety of events for the edification and betterment of grad students the department. If you have suggestions for an event that would be of general interest to the grad student community, we'd like to hear your ideas.

Past Events

Below are some of the events that the MGSA has organized in the past.

Department Events

  • Grad Student Tea — an extra day of coffee, tea and snacks in 1015, organized by the MGSA and hosted by grad students
  • Fall and Spring Picnics — weekend picnics held once a semester at Ohlone Park
  • Annual Holiday Party — a formal party held at the end of the Fall semester
  • Office Draw — the yearly lottery for office selections for the following year, held at the end of the Spring semester
  • Prospectives Weekend — the weekend when the grad student community demonstrates to prospective graduate students why Berkeley is a great place to do mathematics
  • Mentor Lecture Series — a day of talks by Berkeley faculty members to help first– and second–year grad students choose a field of specialization


  • LaTeX Workshop — information and tips on how to use LaTeX for mathematical writing in papers and on the web
  • Website Workshop — interactive demonstration of how to get your Berkeley website up and looking charming
  • Fellowships Workshop — grad student panel on applying for fellowships as a graduate student
  • Qualifying Exam Workshop — information and advice from older students on how to prepare for the qualifying exam
  • Job Search Workshop — an overview of how to apply for jobs when nearing graduation


Here are some photos from past events held in the math department. If you have photos that you would like to share with the community, post them to our Facebook page!

Grad Students Gather for Tea and Espresso Demo in the New Grad Lounge Students Working in the Grad Lounge Unicorn Gardener at the 2013 Halloween Tea Costume Contest Tree at the 2013 Halloween Tea Witch at the 2013 Halloween Tea Eating in Ohlone Park at the Fall 2011 Picnic Grilling in Ohlone Park at the Fall 2011 Picnic Basketball in Ohlone Park at the Fall 2011 Picnic Some friendly neighborhood MGSA officers at the Fall 2011 Picnic A stoic look at the Fall 2011 Picnic