Atmospheric Chemistry Elite Scholars

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Sean Butcher


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 them achieve their 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.

About ACES

The Atmospheric Chemistry Elite Scholars (ACES) program is designed for the undergraduate student who thirsts for an in-depth and hands-on research experience at the intersection of atmospheric chemistry, data science, and public health.

Students who complete the program will be better prepared to enter faculty labs for undergraduate research at their home institutions, be more competitive in their graduate school application, and be more competitive when applying to work in industry. ACES is a non-credit bearing program consisting of a 5-week curriculum. Students have the option to participate onsite or remotely. The curriculum for both modalities is the same.

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.


  • 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
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