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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California Berkeley (More than a year)

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    - Working on cutting edge research
    - Working with some of the most brilliant minds in your field
    - Feels extremely rewarding


    - Often pressured into working long extra hours
    - Not much of a work/play balance, but that's sort of to be expected

    Advice to Management

    I think that the school does as good of a job as it can with its lab assistants. Most of my advice to management goes to practically any academic institution: pay more attention to your researchers and compensate them with a wage that is livable in such an expensive area.

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    Graduate Student (Chemistry) Interview

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    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview


    I applied online – interviewed at University of California Berkeley.


    Apply to grad school, if you get in, then they pay for you to visit. Unlike MCB programs, Chemistry just accepts you. I believe that the essays are important but I would say your letters of recommendation may be more important. Also, a strong previous research experience is important. Overall, the application was a bit more difficult than other programs (ex: Columbia or Penn) but less annoying than MIT.

    Interview Questions

    • 3 essays. Current statement, a previous research statement and a diversity statement. The diversity statement is different than other graduate schools.   Answer Question


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Best Colleges, US News, 2010

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Headquarters Berkeley, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1682
Type College / University
Industry Education
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The University of California at Berkeley has been organic from the beginning. UC Berkeley was created by the state's Organic Act of 1868, merging a private college and a land-grant institution. From modest East Bay beginnings came a world-class university that grew world-famous in the 1960s from the Free Speech Movement on campus, and for the social activism that still defines many of its students today. The 2,000 members of the faculty include eight Nobel laureates, four Pulitzer Prize winners, and 32 MacArthur Fellows (the "genius awards"). UC Berkeley, also known as Cal... More

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