Proving that Cal is the best at everything of obvious importance, Mark Grabiner, a molecular and cell biology graduate student at Cal, won BioTechniques Journal’s 2012 “Science Parody of the Year Award” for his music video entitled “Grad School, I Love You (But You’re Bringing Me Down).” A Parody of LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You (But You’re Bringing Me Down)”, Grabiner speaks for even undergraduate students when he croons “And so … take me off your mailing list, for jobs you think will still exist by the time that my degree is through,” emphasized with the devastated expressions of Muppets character, Beaker. You may be asking, “Why would an academic journal have such a random contest?” read more »


For the procrastinator, those pages would be blank.

It’s the beginning of spring semester and for the juniors out there, it’s a critical time to think about the future after graduation with a diploma in hand. For those who are considering to continue on to graduate school and are stressing over competitive test scores, Kaplan is offering free practice tests for the GRE, LSAT and MCAT on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at Boalt Hall. The tests will be proctored and attendees will be given a score analysis immediately after the test is over. Those who would like to participate in a practice test need to register online. read more »

This herd of kangaroos is yours, mate! Take it!

What with the shorter school year and the first phase of Tele-Bears mere days away, it’s about time to start considering the long haul. You know–the haul that starts after you graduate. And–let’s face it–you’ll have to come down from that whole “moving to Australia to adopt a koala and to take up the post of a retired boffin” cloud castle sometime.

When you do, you can gather up your resume, your Outback dust-covered dignity and your Berkeley ID so you can head over Pauley Ballroom. That’s where they’ll be having a graduate and professional school fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday. read more »