May 4, 2017

The Data Science Education Program and its faculty lead Professor Cathryn Carson have received the Berkeley Collegium Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. See below for the full campus announcement from Serena Chen, Faculty Director of the Berkeley Collegium.


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Dear Campus Community,

The Berkeley Collegium is pleased to make two announcements.

First, we would like to recognize the two recipients of this year’s Berkeley Collegium Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. This award was established in 2014 to recognize an existing program, initiative, or unit on campus that we believe has exceptional promise or a track record of success in promoting undergraduate education at Cal.  The award is intended to recognize the aims or accomplishments of the program, initiative, or unit, as well as to provide funding (in the amount of $10K) for continuing or expanding its efforts. This year’s two recipients are:

  • American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program, Dr. Victoria Robinson
  • Data Science Education Program (DSEP), Dr. Cathyn Carson

Second, we would like to announce the outcome of the third annual Berkeley Collegium “Narrowing the gap between teaching and research” Call for Proposals. UC Berkeley is one of the leading research institutions in the world. Our faculty is committed to intellectual discovery and creation. At the same time, we strive for excellence in teaching. In our view, a critical component of teaching is introducing students to research, enabling them to see how intellectual curiosity is translated into discovery, expression, and understanding. Accordingly, the Collegium aims to find ways to integrate research and discovery into the Cal undergraduate experience, narrowing the gap between teaching and research. Towards this end, each spring the Collegium invites proposals for projects that narrow the gap between teaching and research. Grant awardees receive up to $20K to support their projects. We were able to fund three projects for this year’s cycle. Project titles and PIs are listed below:

  • Project title: Sustainable Soils Research Incubator

Céline Pallud (Environmental Science, Policy, and Management) and Sarick Matzen (Environmental Science, Policy, and Management)

  • Project title: Exploring the Etruscans at UC Berkeley

Lisa C. Pieraccini (Classics)

  • Project title: Y-PLAN (Youth - Plan, Learn, Act, Now) - Undergraduate Action Research Initiative

Deborah McKoy (Graduate School of Education, City and Regional Planning, Institute of Urban and Regional Development)


About the Berkeley Collegium:

The Berkeley Collegium is charged with the mission of fostering innovation and excellence in undergraduate teaching at UC Berkeley. Its members are among Berkeley’s most creative, inspiring, and effective teachers, and the Collegium provides this group of exceptional faculty members with resources for initiatives that will elevate teaching, especially at the undergraduate level, across the campus. The Collegium leads the identification and development of new ideas, supports their implementation, and assesses their success. It also partners with other campus organizations that would benefit from its advice and assistance. For more information, visit

Serena Chen
Professor and Vice Chair, Psychology Department
Faculty Director, Berkeley Collegium
Marian E. and Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Innovative Teaching and Research