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UCI Graduate Students are Making a Global Impact, Finding Cures and Saving Lives

Our graduate scholars are making new discoveries that will one day lead to cures and developing initiatives that will make a lasting and global impact.  These scholars are learning ways to improve our quality of life and prevent catastrophes that will save lives and millions of dollars.  They are researching revolutionary technology that will replace existing tools and paving the way for our future leaders. 

Click on the stories below to read about some of our change-makers:

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Taste of America

Taste of America Offers International Graduate Students Culture and Community over Dinner

In fall 2015, Graduate Division welcomed over 600 incoming international students to the university and the Irvine community. To support their transition for academic, personal, and professional success, the Graduate InterConnect Program provided mentorship and resources throughout students’ first quarter at UCI.  Forty-five Peer Mentors and a robust calendar of workshops and events were provided to launch a successful career at UCI. Read more...

Lydia Dixon

The Role of Midwives in Mexico

Alumna featured in Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Anthropology alumna examines the role of midwives in Mexico among widespread social violence.

What is typically thought of as one of the most joyous days in a person’s life—the day their child is born—has become a living nightmare for many women in Mexico, according to Lydia Dixon (née Zacher). The alumna of UCI’s anthropology graduate program (who earned her Ph.D this past June) writes about the violence that new mothers in Mexico can encounter during childbirth in her article “Obstetrics in a Time of Violence: Mexican Midwives Critique Routine Hospital Practices” which was published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly’s print edition this month. Read more...

Tania DoMarco

Bridging the Gap

Sociology grad student combines experience in academia and activism to study human trafficking 

For first year grad student Tania DoCarmo, the path to a Ph.D. has been anything but conventional. However, what her journey lacks in predictability, it makes up for in travels abroad, human rights work and practical, first-hand knowledge of human trafficking—her primary research interest. In fact, the sociology student’s proposed project on the subject recently secured her a fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which will fund her next three years at UCI. Read more...

Marc DaCosta

Data Mining Start Up 'Enigma' to Expand Commercial Business

Marc DaCosta, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at UCI, is featured in The New York Times on June 22, 2015

From the NYT:

To help pick the homes for the installation, they turned to a New York start-up,, a specialist in the field of open data, which involves collecting, curating and mining public government information for insights… The goal, said Marc DaCosta, Enigma’s chairman and co-founder, is “to bring open data in as tool of discovery and decision-making, integrated into the day-to-day operations of companies.”

For the full story, please click here.

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Violence and Statehood

Sociology grad student studies the origins of ethnic violence during California’s early years.

The National Science Foundation has awarded Peter Owens, sociology graduate student, a $10,545 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to explore collective ethnic violence against California’s indigenous population by early settlers from 1850 to 1865, read more... 


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Lambert Prize Winners Announced

Distinguished grads awarded paper prize.

The Justine Lambert Prize is awarded every other year to the best paper submitted by a graduate student dealing with "foundational issues in the formal, natural or social sciences, using tools, methods and results from scientific practice to cast light on the conceptual, philosophical, and scientific relevance of those issues,” read more... 


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Tremors in the System

Grad student explores politics behind Mexico’s public, early alert earthquake technology.

When an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City in 1985, it and its aftershocks devastated the capital, collapsing hundreds of structures and claiming the lives of more than 10,000 people in a matter of days, read more...


Kip Jackson

Grad Student Explores the Role of Land Use Regulations in the Housing Boom and Bust

Kip Jackson, graduate student in economics, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to fund research for his dissertation, which examines the effects of land use regulation on California’s housing market. Learn more about Jackson’s research in his video interview about the Department of Economics’ graduate program, read more...