Undergraduate Library Fellows

This cohort driven program promotes peer-to-peer learning and mentorship opportunities across a wide-range of research methods and tools, including data science, digital humanities, GIS, making and prototyping, and media production. All Fellows will learn to navigate the Library's wealth of resources, services, and spaces -- from finding research materials to understanding the nuances of primary sources -- and foster connections between the Library’s ecosystem and undergraduate communities. 

4 Fellowships are available for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Each fellow will receive:

  • Full award of $3,500 (two stipends of $1,750, paid at the end of each semester)
  • Training in: library research skills, consultation practices, digital humanities, data & GIS, and other scholarship methods
  • Networking opportunities with librarians and campus experts 
  • Mentorship and discovery opportunities award of $3,500 (two stipends of $1,750, paid at the end of each semester)

Each fellow will offer an individualized selection of about 4 hours per week to: 

  • Deliver peer-to-peer consultation 
  • Develop and deliver in-person workshops for peers
  • Design content or tools to foster peer learning 
  • Connect with librarians and campus experts
  • Share your experience with the Library

All fellows will be required to attend 8 hours of in-person training in August 2019, before the Fall semester begins. Exact dates to be determined. 

Eligibility: Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at UC Berkeley in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to serve as a Fellow.

Application: ucblib.link/libfellow2019

Application priority deadline: April 28, 2019 11:59pm
Final deadline: May 19, 2019 11:59pm

** Applications will be reviewed beginning April 29, 2019 on a rolling basis. Applying by the priority deadline is highly encouraged as fellowships may be awarded before the final deadline. **

For questions, contact Nicole Brown, Head of Instruction Services.

2018-2019 Undergraduate Library Fellows


Alicia Auduong (Makerspace Fellow)
Alicia is a 4th year bioengineer with a focus in medical devices. When she's not engineering her way to better health, she's in the makerspace tinkering, or at work at the Fung Institute.


Melissa Foote (Library Research Fellow)
Melissa is a senior in the History of Art department. As the Library Research Fellow she will focus on creating research workshops which will introduce undergraduates to and teach them how to use research related resources on campus such as archives and special collections.


Carlos Ortega (Data Peer Advising Fellow)
Carlos is a third-year Cognitive Science major with an interest in Data Science. During his free time, he can be found working on CalTV or searching endlessly for the perfect dataset. He enjoys working with other students as a Tutor for Data 8 and looks forward to working with other students in applying data science methods to their research.


Gaby Ostrove (Media Fellow)
Gaby is a junior pursuing a major in Theater and Performance Studies and a minor in Jewish Studies. When she isn’t working in the Media Resources Center or laughing in public at podcasts, she can probably be found eating a bagel at Berkeley Hillel, where she’s the Jewish Education Chair of the Berkeley Hillel Student Board. As a library fellow, Gaby plans to create an academic guide for instructors to teach Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and to help Bay Area theaters expand their audience outreach initiatives.


Sannidhi Shukla (Digital Humanities Fellow)
Sanni is a fourth year studying Environmental Economics and Policy and Comparative Literature. She is very interested in the intersection of arts/culture and urbanism, specifically sustainable urban development, and explores it as an arts writer at the East Bay Express and in her work as a digital humanities fellow. She enjoys working with UC Berkeley students as a writing tutor at the Student Learning Center and is excited to continue to do so in the libraries.


Violet Sinnarkar (Data Peer Advising Fellow)
Violet is a third-year Data Science major with a concentration in City & Regional Planning. She previously worked for the UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation and the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission analyzing information on public transit services and parking. Currently, she works for the Division of Data Sciences overseeing student organizations. Through the library fellowship program, she hopes to make cloud computing services more accessible to undergraduates.


Austin Wangyu (Makerspace Fellow)
Austin is a second-year intended Computer Science student. He currently leads the VR division of the B.Makerspace and is happy to make virtual reality as accessible as possible to anyone interested. As a budding game developer and ever-growing musician, he has found support and community at Berkeley and looks forward to helping others in his areas of experience.


Yujing Wu (GIS Fellow)
Yujing is a GIS enthusiast majoring in Environmental Sciences and minoring in Geospatial Information Science & Technology. She enjoys making fun maps and has interests in cartography, historical maps, and web mapping. She is currently working on ecological niche modeling in Essig Museum using tools including ArcGIS, python, and MaxEnt.


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Spring 2018 Fellows


Alicia Auduong (Makerspace Fellow)
Alicia is a 3rd year bioengineer with a focus in medical devices. When she's not engineering her way to better health, she's in the makerspace tinkering, or at work at the Fung Institute.
Areas of support: Maps & GIS, Web design, Multimedia, Library research, Data visualization, Python/R


Caitlin Cozine (Library Research Fellow)
Caitlin is a second-year history major. She volunteered in her local library during high school and has relied on UC Berkeley's wealth of library resources for her classes in the past two years. Additionally, she is a researcher for the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program and an associate editor for Troika, UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Journal in Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. Caitlin looks forward to providing research support to fellow library users and can be contacted at caitlincozine@berkeley.edu.
Areas of support: Library Research, Asking a Research Question, Finding Sources, Using Sources

Davienne GabrielDavienne Gabriel (Digital Humanities Fellow)
Davienne Gabriel is a second-year transfer student and a senior in the History of Art Department. With an interdisciplinary background in programming and art practice, her area of focus is Digital Art History with an emphasis on conservation and research. Her Digital Humanities fellowship research endeavors to create data visualizations of the metadata on stolen artwork recorded in the FBI’s National Stolen Art File.
Areas of support: Maps & GIS, Text mining (computational text analysis), Web design, Multimedia, Library research, Data visualization, AR/VR, Unity.

ArielAriel Langer (Data Science Fellow)
Ariel Langer is a first year hoping to study Computer Science or Physics. During high school she was an intern at Caltech, where she assisted a researcher by writing computer programs to analyze astronomy data. Currently, she works as a distribution analyst for the Daily Californian, where she analyzes data related to the distribution of the newspaper. In the Library Fellows program she is using Uber ride data to create an educational guide for students looking to analyze data themselves. Ariel looks forward to helping other students apply concepts in data science to their field of research.

Areas of support: Python, Data Visualization, Statistical Analysis, Library Research


Ross Mattheis (Data Science Fellow)
Ross studies Applied Math at Berkeley and will enroll in an Economics PhD program in the Fall. He is broadly interested in the causes of economic inequality and social mobility. This interest has led him to study contexts from the nineteenth century America West to the cotton spinning regions of England during the Industrial Revolution. Outside of research, he enjoys working with other students through the Student Learning Center, Data Peer Consulting, and peer advising with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships. Through the Library Fellows program, he is using formatted Optical Character Recognition (fOCR) to digitize historical data on parliamentary election results, social welfare spending, and crime statistics in the mid-nineteenth century England.   

Areas of support: Maps & GIS, Statistical Analysis, Machine Learning

Niki Panditi (Makerspace Fellow)
Areas of support: Data visualization, Makerspace optimization


Kristina Smelser (Library Research Fellow)
Kristina Smelser is an undeclared first year hoping to study Public Health and Environmental Economics and Policy. She's also a health educator for Peer Health Exchange and is especially interested in movements against human trafficking. She's excited to help students navigate the library research system and its many great resources.

Areas of support: Library Research, Asking a Research Question, Finding Sources, Using Sources


Gabriella Wellons (Digital Humanities Fellow)
Gabriella Wellons is a senior in the History of Art Department. As a recipient of the Haas Scholars Program, her research involved the close examination of mural wall paintings and incised “graffiti” from the Moche culture of ancient Peru (ca. 250-850 CE). During her summer travel to north coastal Peru, she created a graphic record of graffiti at the Huacas de Moche complex located within the Moche Valley. For her Digital Humanities Fellowship project, she is using her corpus of data to visualize graffiti proportions and pictographic themes and motifs.

Areas of support: Maps & GIS, Text mining (computational text analysis), Web design, Multimedia, Library research, Data visualization, Python/R, Architectural Rendering and Modeling, Photogrammetry.