The Compass Project, UC Berkeley

The Compass Project is a self-formed group of graduate and undergraduate students in the physical sciences at UC Berkeley. Our goals are to improve undergraduate physics education, provide our participants with opportunities for professional development, and increase retention of students, especially those from populations typically underrepresented in the physical sciences. Compass fosters a diverse, collaborative student community by providing a wide range of services, including a summer program, fall and spring semester courses, mentoring, a research lecture series, transfer student programs, and other academic and social support. Our efforts have been recognized by the American Physical Society, who presented Compass with the 2012 Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education.

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Network Fellow (2018, 2019, 2020); Assembly Fellow (2020): Donez Horton-Bailey (he/him/his),

My name is Donez Horton-Bailey, and I am a rising fifth year PhD student in Physics at UC Berkeley. My research is in experimental condensed matter physics, specifically studying properties and interesting phenomena in ultrastable glasses and other amorphous solids. I went to UC Santa Cruz for bachelor’s degrees in Applied Physics and Linguistics. During my time there and for three years after graduation I worked for the Academic Excellence (ACE) Program, whose mission is to increase the diversity of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in STEM. After my time with the ACE Program, I started graduate school at UC Berkeley to study experimental condensed matter and materials physics. Working with the Berkeley Compass Project and the Access Network has given me the opportunity to work making higher education accessible to all alongside pursuing my doctorate degree. In my free time I enjoy studying foreign languages as well as playing bassoon in various music ensembles.

Past Fellows:

Edgar Ibarra, Assembly Fellow 2016, 2017, 2019

Vanessa Hernandez-Cruz, Assembly Fellow 2018

Donez Horton-Bailey, Network Fellow 2018, 2019

John Van Patten, Network Fellow 2017

Andreana Rosnik, Network Fellow 2016