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College welcomes 256 new undergrads

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Undergraduate Dean Marcin Majda wecomes new undergraduates to the College of Chemistry.
Undergraduate Dean Marcin Majda wecomes new undergraduates to the College of Chemistry.

August 30, 2011

At an orientation session held Monday, Aug. 22, Undergraduate Dean Marcin Majda welcomed 256 undergrad majors to the College of Chemistry. Of the total, 196 were freshman and 60 were junior transfers from community colleges.

“Many thanks to the staff, faculty and students who helped make the orientation a success,” says Majda. “While this was the formal beginning of the Fall semester, we tried to make this orientation informal and welcoming.”

The new students filled 100 Lewis to hear staff and faculty advisors offer their guidance. They also met several of the faculty members who will teach introductory courses in the college this semester.

Next the students received frank suggestions from two sophomores and two senior transfer students about how to survive the first year at Berkeley, and engaged them during a lively question and answer session.

Representatives from Alpha Chi Sigma (AXE) and the student chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) encouraged audience members to join their organizations and participate in events. AXE is a co-ed chemistry fraternity, and AIChE is the main professional organization for chemical engineers.

Second-year students Gabriel Weingart and Aakriti Jain share stories about how they coped during their first year at Berkeley.Second-year students Gabriel Weingart and Aakriti Jain share stories about how they coped during their first year at Berkeley.
Second-year students Gabriel Weingart and Aakriti Jain share stories about how they coped during their first year at Berkeley.

Of the 256 incoming students, 104 are majors in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Seven of those students are transfer students with a joint major in materials science.

A new student asks a question during the lively Q&A session with sophomores.
A new student asks a question during the lively Q&A session.

The remaining students are split between the two majors offered by the Department of Chemistry, 77 in chemical biology, and 75 in chemistry. The new students bring the total undergraduate enrollment in the college to well over 800 students.

The session was followed by a reception for the new students outside the Coffee Lab. Says Majda, “We wish them all the best in their first year at Berkeley.”






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