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Welcome! Step into the Light.

It’s time to bring UC Berkeley’s motto of “Fiat Lux” - let there be light - to the forefront. The Discovery Initiative is taking UC Berkeley’s innovative spirit and turning it on higher education itself, creating engaged, inspired, and purpose-driven journeys of discovery for all students.

What is Discovery?

The hallmark of a Berkeley undergraduate education is to combine exceptional and innovative classroom learning with hands-on, immersive experience. We call this Discovery.

Discovery experiences such as internships, capstone projects, fellowships, study abroad, research, and creative endeavors give students the confidence and sense of direction that leads to a smoother launch into life after graduation. Our goal is for ALL students to have these kinds of transformative experiences - not just those who have historically been able to gain access to them.


For Students | How to Get Started with Discovery


See Discovery in Action | Student Stories

Hear how students connected to campus, immersed in engaging courses, and developed personalized culminating projects.  Watch more student stories >

Building a health education initiative

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Nilufar co-founded a health initiative by and for Afghans.

Making waves

Yueyi helped build a data visualization tool to track ocean sound levels

Revitalizing Indigenous language

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Fallon's senior thesis explores the vital role that language plays in Indigenous communities.

Interdisciplinary Design + Linguistics

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Adam started a company that sits at the confluence of design, sustainability, linguistic science, and accessibility.