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Bergeron Scholarship Announces Fall 2018 Awardees

This scholarship program is made possible by a generous donation by bay area philanthropists - Sandra and Doug Bergeron. It is designed to empower UC Berkeley upper division students who identify as women and are majoring in STEM through mentorship and some scholarship support.

Our Bergeron Mentors are leaders in their STEM fields working in industry, academia, and government at top companies and institutions such as Genentech, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the California Academy of the Sciences.
Our Bergeron Mentors are leaders in their STEM fields working in industry, academia, and government at top companies and institutions such as Genentech, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the California Academy of the Sciences.

Bergeron Scholars Application | Now Closed (next cycle will open in July 2019)

Please send your questions to Director Diana Lizarraga via text at #510.778.5165 or via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Text is preferred and faster.

Increasing the Number of Women in STEM - Creating Leaders

This is a one year experience where Scholars are matched with a high-level industry mentor and for the academic year. In addition, they also receive advising, some scholarship support, and LinkedIn coaching. Some additional opportunities may include a faculty mentored research experience, professional headshots, travel to professional development and/or research conferences. These experiences may help to solidify their next step in their STEM career trajectory.


UC Berkeley Bergeron Scholars (November 2017)
UC Berkeley Bergeron Scholars (November 2017)

Bergeron Scholars host 2018 Service Project
Bergeron Scholars host 2018 Service Project



Bergeron Mentors Highlights

Mentors are paired with mentees based on areas of interest (physics, chemistry, biotech, computer science, etc.). Often this relationship goes beyond graduation as these role models become part of the mentee’s network of support. Both Sandra and Doug Bergeron make time to be involved in the interview selection process and engage with their scholars throughout the year.

  • Dr. Shymali Singhal helped her mentee create a plan to navigate the MCAT exam and medical school applications
  • Mary Ruiz hosts lunch at Cal with Bergeron Scholars and does 1x1 empowerment coaching with Scholars
  • Dr. JoAnn Suzuki has provided key insight on medical pathwaysto help her mentee see the possibilities
  • Dr. Natalie Roe met with her mentee on campus over lunch and shared her wisdom as the Director of Physics Division at LBNL
  • Dr. Wendy Young created a meaningful shadowing day for her mentee to experience Genentech first hand


UC Berkeley Bergeron Scholars Alumni Photo
UC Berkeley Bergeron Scholars Alumni Photo

Congratulations to our New Bergeron Scholars | 2018 Cohort

  • Silver Alkhafaji, Chemical Biology
  • Sneh Girdhar, Mechanical Engineering
  • Selma Muminovic, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Manisha Ummadi, Molecular & Cell Biology/Infectious Disease
  • Kseniya Usovich, Cognitive Science

Bergeron Scholars | 2017 Cohort

  • Michele Chang, Public Health & Integrated Biology
  • Nikki Chiang, Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Arcelia Hermosillo Ruiz, Physics
  • Julia Hestenes, Physics
  • Michelle Gantos, Mechanical Engineering

Bergeron Scholars | 2016 Cohort

  • Ankita Joshi, Mechanical Engineering
  • Nazineen Kandahari, Molecular and Cellular Biology/Public Health
  • Miriam Mendoza Orozco, Integrative Biology
  • Angelique Scheuermann, Chemistry
  • Jacqueline M Taylor, Environmental Engineering

Bergeron Scholars | 2015 Cohort

  • Janna Abad, Environmental Engineering & Science
  • Jackie Garcia, Computer Science
  • Bryana Gutierrez, Mathematics & Statistics
  • Delara Mohtasham, Mechanical Engineering
  • Imari Walker Karega, Marine Science

Bergeron Scholars | 2014 Cohort

  • Anastasia Bizyaeva, Physics
  • Sophia Elia, Mathematics & Physics
  • Natasha Kafai, Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Elizabeth Marrone, Computer Science and Cognitive Science
  • Jaclyn Wright, Microbial Biology

Bergeron Scholars | 2013 Cohort

  • Deanna Gelosi, Geophysics
  • Brianna Grado White, Physics, Mathematics, & Astrophysics
  • Angelica Inguanzo, Computer Science & Film Studies
  • Nicole Johnston, Molecular Toxicology
  • Maribel Patino, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Bergeron Scholars | 2012 cohort

  • Annie Davis, Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Muska Fazilat, Integrative Biology
  • Phoebe Tsang, Public Health
  • Sarah Tulga, Integrative Biology
  • Kaitlyn Weeber, Chemistry

Group snapshot with some of our 2014 and 2015 cohorts
Group snapshot with some of our 2014 and 2015 cohorts