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Gillian Chu


Hi, I'm Gillian! I'm a graduating senior at the University of California, Berkeley.

I’ve lived in the South and East Bays (California), Shanghai & Suzhou (China), Exeter (New Hampshire), and soon I’ll be living in Champaign (Illinois).


  • M.S. Computer Science from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Exp. 2022)
  • B.A. Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley 2020
  • H.S.D. Phillips Exeter Academy 2016

Miscellaneous Interests

My first year of undergrad, I was involved in Model United Nations (UCBMUN), helping to run a national collegiate conference as well as an emergency response historical committee. I was also involved with Berkeley ANova, which is a student organization that seeks to empower students by providing computer science education and mentorship to under-resourced schools and marginalized communities. I co-chaired the events committee that started their large-scale overnight hackathon for high school students in under-resourced communities for two years.

For all four years, I was also an avid participant in the Blockchain@Berkeley community, developing curriculum and teaching courses, mentoring other students and managing projects and doing technical ghost-writing and advising different start-ups. Currently, I contribute to Bitcoin and do technical ghost-writing for various blockchain start-ups.

In my free time, I also like to deviate from recipes, sing along to songs I don’t know the words to, occasionally go on long runs, and ponder other hypothetical careers like stand-up comedy. In the past, I’ve run the Golden Gate Half (Fall 2016), and the Bay Bridge Half (Spr 2019).

Teaching Experience

Talks Given & Hackathons Won

Miscellaneous Media

Other Interesting Experiences

That aren’t on my resume…

Technical Advisor [Berkeley Blockchain Accelerator] Fa'19

  • Provided hands-on mentorship and technical expertise
  • Generated entrepreneurship curriculum, hosted technical office hours

Technical Consultant

  • Spr'17 Blockchain Supply Chain Proof of Concept for Airbus [Blockchain @ Berkeley]
  • Su'17 Partnership with Iota [Blockchain @ Berkeley]
  • Sp'18 - Fa'18 Independent Consulting Company *[BlockSyda]

Legislative Intern [Office of Senator Maria Cantwell - D] Mar - June 2016

  • Responsible for legislative memos
  • Attending briefings, conferences and meetings on the senator’s behalf
  • Constituent relations, as well as official tour guide

Volunteer English Teacher [Big Mountain Foundation] Jun - Sept 2013

  • Lived on Dalan Mountain in rural China, staying with a host family
  • Developed and taught English curriculum for the largest local school, for a summer class of 30 K-12 students

Selected Coursework

Efficient Algorithms & Intractable Problems (3 time 170 Teaching Assistant), Computational Biology (176)

Operating Systems (CS162), Computer Security (161), Computer Architecture (61C)

Artificial Intelligence (188), Machine Learning (189)

Probability & Random Processes (126), Advanced Linear Algebra (110)

Information Devices & Systems (16A), Discrete Math & Probability (70 Reader)

Organic Chemistry (CHEM3A), Intro Physics (8A)

Recent posts


Gillian Chu is a graduating senior at UC Berkeley. She is interested in developing and applying algorithms to solve biological problems.