Atmospheric Chemistry Elite Scholars
The College of Chemistry's Guiding Outstanding Learners to Discover© (GOLD) programs are designed to empower students in high school and other undergraduate institutions to further their understanding of the chemical sciences and engineering. The programs provide structured curricula that incorporate seminars and lectures given by world-renown faculty and scientific leaders in their fields. In some cases, the programs include hands-on experiences in the laboratory and/or classroom. These offerings are integrated with other strategies such as group problem solving activities, presentations, and interactive discussions that build stronger communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills amongst participants.
The objective of the GOLD programs is to facilitate the development of each student's intellectual and inquiry skills to help him/her achieve his/her fullest potential. Every GOLD program is sponsored and taught by UC Berkeley faculty, graduate students, and scholars, and is held onsite at the Berkeley campus.
The Atmospheric Chemistry Elite Scholars (ACES) program is designed for the undergraduate student who thirsts for in-depth and hands-on research experience in the intersection of atmospheric chemistry, data science, and public health.
Students who complete the program are expected to become better prepared to enter faculty labs for undergraduate research at their home institutions and/or to be more competitive in their graduate school application or when applying to work in industry upon graduation. ACES is a non-credit bearing program consisting of a 5-week curriculum.
ACES teaches undergraduate scholars the theory and application of research methodology, to work independently, think critically, and communicate more effectively. During the 5-week curriculum, students attend research seminars and faculty lectures and conduct mentored research using atmospheric data collected in the field.
In addition to learning state-of-the-art approaches, the student’s experience will be augmented by graduate school information sessions and panels; tours of the Molecular Foundry and Advanced Light Source at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as UC Berkeley; and networking activities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- WEEK 1 Urban Atmospheric Chemistry
- WEEK 2 Network Sensing, Data Science and Spatial Analyses
- WEEK 3 Atmospheric Chemistry and Public Health
- WEEK 4 Independent Research in Atmospheric Chemistry
- WEEK 5 Project Presentations and Adjudication