From the infinite scale of the universe to the infinitesimal scale of subatomic particles, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley Lab – are advancing the scope of human knowledge and seeking science solutions to some of the greatest problems facing humankind.
Scientific excellence and an unparalleled record of achievement have been the hallmarks of this Laboratory since it was founded in 1931. Thirteen Nobel Prizes are associated with Berkeley Lab. Eighty Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Fifteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research, and one (Arthur Rosenfeld) has received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained tens of thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world.
Located on a 202-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab is a multi-program science lab in the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines.
Berkeley Lab was founded by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence’s belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His “team science” concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy; today, a deep commitment to inclusion and diversity brings perspectives that inspire innovative solutions.
student research assistant
“I loved learning about soil data analysis! I learned how to do data analysis using python. I learned so much! And I am looking forward to presenting at the AGU (American Geophysical Union) meeting this winter.”
Energy and Sustainability Intern
May 2018 - July 2020
“The people I worked with at Sustainable Berkeley Lab (SBL) were amazing. They always encouraged me to put school and health first. They were flexible with my schedule during the school year. They treated my internship equally as a learning experience for me as well as getting important work done for SBL.
I learned a ton about HVAC and energy sustainability, and a good amount of controls in-practice (much more applicable than what you're taught in undergrad). The team was also incredibly encouraging about me asking questions. Once I had learned he basics, the team I worked with took me seriously, and I felt treated as an equal member of their team. I was encouraged to speak up, and I felt comfortable enough to, despite being an introvert. By the end of the summer, I was given some pretty open-ended tasks that (1) were pretty fun and interesting and (2) helped develop me as an engineer.
This is the best internship a Berkeley engineer can have, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in sustainability.”