About the Coalition


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For more than 20 years, the Coalition has been working to engage, support and inspire underrepresented, first generation, female, and low-income students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to excel at Berkeley and beyond.

We are a partnership made up of colleges, departments, and programs focused on the long-term goals of increasing the number of students graduating with STEM degrees; increasing the diversity of STEM professionals, building a workforce that better reflects the demographics of today’s society; and strengthening the nation’s intellectual and economic potential.

Our work begins before students even enter their first class, continues across their undergraduate years, and into graduate school and career preparation.  Through the Coalition, students have access to STEM-focused advising; intensive math and science discussion sessions that help build solid foundations for success in gateway courses; scholarships; internship and research opportunities; mentoring by faculty and STEM professionals; and support for participation at professional conferences.  These opportunities are available to all Berkeley students.


John Matsui, Chairman of the Coalition and Director of the Biology Scholars Program, is one of the 2015 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). This award recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a STEM workforce that reflects the diverse talent in America.