Undergraduate Gift Campaign

Undergraduate Gift Campaign

Get Involved!

Our campaign is looking for motivated CoC undergraduates to join our team as an Ambassador. Being an Ambassador means you get inside access to upcoming events hosted by the Undergraduate Gift Committee and can be as involved as you would like. If you are interested, please contact Raina Kasera at: raina.kasera@berkeley.edu

About Us

The Undergraduate Gift Campaign is the official student philanthropy group of the College of Chemistry. Our goal is to galvanize undergraduate students of the College of Chemistry to support the next generation of scientific leaders at UC Berkeley.

Led by a team of passionate and dedicated undergraduate students, our campaign works to build a school-wide culture of philanthropy amongst our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Through student events and participation in the campus-wide initiative Big Give, we educate our community on the importance of philanthropy and instill a sense of comradery and pride for being a Bear.

Letter from the Chair

Dear students,

Our past few semesters have certainly been unprecedented. Virtual classes, students spread out across the globe, and the overall uncertainty of “what comes next?” have been difficult and challenging to deal with. Yet, despite the global pandemic we are grappling with, we have found ways to persevere. From the academic support offered by the Peer Tutoring and Chem Scholars Programs to the creative events offered by our student organizations to casual chats with our professors, our community of support has only become stronger these past months.

This year, the Undergraduate Gift Campaign aims to build upon this community of support by working with you, the CoC undergraduates, to make our experience the best it can be. Our hope is that our work can make your time at Cal just a little bit easier.

My peers support and encourage me every day. I give to improve their experience and to ensure that future generations of CoC undergraduates enjoy their time at Cal as much I do. College is difficult and the CoC is even more challenging. It is up to us students to lift each other up.

I encourage you to take a moment to reflect upon your experiences in the CoC and the impact your peers and faculty have had on you. Which students have made your college experience fun? What resources have helped you the most? Why do you give?

Every gift makes a difference, no matter how much. By taking these steps as students, we are creating a community of support that will last us a lifetime.

Sincerely,

Raina Kasera signature
Raina Kasera
Undergraduate Gift Chair

Why we need YOU

Until 1968 the State of California provided 95% of Cal’s budget. Today that number has dropped to only 14%. As state funding for public universities declines, the College of Chemistry relies increasingly on private philanthropic support. In order to continue equally serving our students and adequately supporting our faculty, annual donations from our alumni, donors, and current students are critical to our College's continued excellence. Your donation will not only improve our student experience through greater resources and services such as the Student Advising Center & Advisors, Peer Tutoring Program, dedicated Undergraduate Career Advisor, and upgrades to study and collaboration spaces, but your support will also provide greater opportunities for future students that will follow our footsteps. Our donations will help our College continue to provide a high standard of education for us - and future undergraduate students.

Our 2020 impact

We had a record-breaking 2020 – our number of donors more than tripled any other fund on campus! Our funds helped support two major programs in the CoC:

  1. CoC Peer Tutoring Program$200/day to run Provides undergraduates with peer advising and tutoring in the various academic programs and classes in the College. Program resulted in a 1/3 decrease in the number of students on academic probation.
  2. CoC Chem Scholars Program$100/day to run Provides faculty mentorship and leadership opportunities to help students succeed in our rigorous academic environment. Program served 160+ students in 2020 alone.

Student Donor Spotlights

Here are some quotes from our 2020 student donors about why they give.

GIVING BACK

Emily Hayman ‘21, Chemical Engineering
No matter how much we have to give, be it a little or a lot, it is impossible to overcome any challenge without some help. I am where I am today because of many people selflessly contributing to my well-being; be that fiscal or emotional assistance. If I do not always take every opportunity to give back to others in the way others have given to me, I am doing myself and all those who came before me a great disservice.

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

Colby McCann ‘20, Chemistry

As one of the first recipients of the College of Chemistry's Peer Tutoring program, I recognize how important the college's resources are to the success of students. I was happy to donate to make a good undergraduate experience possible.

ENSURING EVERY STUDENT’S FUTURE SUCCESS

Grant Gechtman ‘21, Chemical Engineering

I contributed to ensure the College of Chemistry continues to instill its students with the mindset to push boundaries and make a difference… I feel Berkeley prepared me well for the professional world and I want others to experience the high quality of learning that I am fortunate to have.

PAY IT FORWARD

Chinoros Ruttanasupagid ‘23, Chemical Engineering

As an undergraduate student, I get to experience the college's excellent commitment to education. I wanted to provide the resources they need to support students and maintain their high standards in education.

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Contact Us

Raina Kasera
Undergraduate Gift Chair
raina.kasera@berkeley.edu

Upcoming Events

February (RSVP here!)

February 24, 2021 - Trivia Night with CoC faculty


March (RSVP here!)

March 9, 2021 - Virtual Escape Room Night
March 10, 2021 - Bingo Night with Dean Arnold
March 11, 2021 - Chemistry of Coffee Demo