Home of the Discovery Initiative

At UC Berkeley, students are encouraged to develop their passions through a journey of discovery that deepens their learning, betters the world, and launches their future. 

The Berkeley Discovery Initiative is a campus-wide effort to transform undergraduate education. More than a single discrete experience or one-semester capstone project, Discovery is an intentional and holistic arc that supports all students on a journey of engaged creativity and self-actualization. We support this goal through a range of programming and resources for students, faculty, and staff which foster student creative agency and participation in immersive hand-on projects as researchers, community leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Student Discovery Stories

Find undergraduate students immersed in projects of many kinds including research, community engagement, creative arts, and entrepreneurialism. The common denominator is passionate students, utilizing a variety of UC Berkeley resources, to pursue an idea, build networks, and transform the world.

Janaki Vivrekar and Revekka Kostoeva smile for the camera.

Janaki Vivrekar and Revekka Kostoeva

They built an Android app to augment the Deaf / Hard of Hearing musical experience.

Jesus Rios is working on his laptop at the library.

Jesus Rios

A first gen student majoring in Nuclear Engineering, Jesus seeks to improve chemotherapy treatments.

Peter DePaola IV working in a lab

Peter DePaola IV

Peter is a College of Chemistry student researching cholera prevention.

Four students are sitting in chairs on an empty stage.

Drew Woodson

For his senior project in TDPS, Drew is writing and directing his first play.

An upward angle of Tessa Rissacher smiling outdoors

Tessa Rissacher

Tessa carried out research on Berkeley's historic Black cultural center, Rainbow Sign.