Advice to Applicants for Graduate Studies in EECS at Berkeley
The faculty at Berkeley receive dozens of electronic
letters expressing interest in graduate studies and enquiring
about graduate support.
The faculty do not have time to respond to each of
these individual requests, but here are some suggestions:
Beyond good grades, good GRE scores, and positive recommendation letters,
the one thing that can improve a student's chances of admission into our
program is a track record of research publication. A publication in a
reputable conference in the area of computer-aided design really makes an
application stand out.
Unless you are admitted through the formal process of
admission to graduate studies
in the Electrical
Engineering division in the Department of EECS at Berkeley, there is nothing
that a faculty member can personally do to help you. Furthermore, if you are
admitted to graduate studies in EECS you are almost certain to receive some
kind of support in the first year, such as teaching assistantships or
fellowships. The key point is to go through normal channels.
Once you are admitted to the program and arrive in the Fall, there will be
plenty of time to explore your research interests with your faculty advisor.
Letters expressing generic interest in research directions are of little
value; however, if you are a rare applicant who has done research in the
area of computer-aided design or you have relevant industrial experience
that has given you the time and perspective to identify research directions
you would like to explore, then this should be considered.