Engineering Scholars

Engineering Scholars as Engaged Scholars (ES²) is a first-year program that fosters an engineering culture that reflects our richly diverse national community and prepares students to be engaged, well-rounded citizens. We thank the GM Foundation for their generous support of this program.

Because our students receive the best training in the world from top faculty, in laboratories doing cutting-edge research, they can use their education to make a genuine impact. Berkeley engineers create technologies, like the Darfur stove, that save lives and benefit communities. ES² prepares you to take what you are learning in your engineering classes and solve real-world problems.

ES² benefits

As a participant in the ES² program, you will:

  • Fulfill Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement by taking the Berkeley Engineering course E157AC, Engineering, The Environment and Society.
  • Join a student cohort committed to making a difference in our diverse communities.
  • Learn about social entrepreneurship.
  • Pursue research experiences and internships that focus on community engagement.
  • Gain professional development and leadership experience that employers find invaluable.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the social and cultural dynamics that drive our diverse, globalized economy.

Program details

The program begins with a fall seminar series that introduces students to social and environmental justice through workshops, guest speakers and field trips. In the spring semester, students take a special course, Engineering the Environment and Social Justice, with Professor Khalid Kadir, a Chancellor’s Public Scholar. This course engages students at the intersection of environmental justice, social justice and engineering. Topics include environmental justice as it relates to air, water and soil contamination; political ecology; race and privilege; expertise; and engaged citizenship. In the summer, students design an independent project, with the opportunity to apply for grant funding.

How to apply

The application is available online, due by August 4, 11:59 p.m.

The following criteria are considered in reviewing your application:

  • You must be an incoming first-year or transfer student. Undocumented students are welcome.
  • You should demonstrate a commitment to providing service to underserved communities through previous experiences.
  • You must be able to participate in an orientation program that takes place during Welcome Week, sign up for a special one-credit seminar in the fall, and register for the designated American Cultures course in the spring.