Graduate Division

Campus Resources for Trainees

There are many professional development resources available to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars on UCI training grants.  These resources are provided by the Graduate Division and other campus units.

Graduate Resource Center (GRC)
The Graduate Resource Center (GRC), which is run by Graduate Division, is the functional arm of graduate retention and professional development at UC Irvine. The GRC, which is located in over 3000 sq.ft. of space in the Gateway Study Center in the UC Irvine campus core, supports the academic, professional and career development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and is the primary venue for our Graduate Professional Success (GPS) program.. The GRC runs a full slate of programming geared to help students and postdocs with professional and personal development, including: professional and career development, writing, diversity programs through DECADE, funding workshops, and work/life balance. In addition to one-off workshops, the GRC offers certificate programs, such as Mentoring Excellence and Communications Programs, which are a series of comprehensive and interactive workshops. The GRC also houses writing consultants, senior graduate students who are trained to help students and postdoctoral scholars with academic publications and fellowship applications. Check the GRC website for quarterly schedule.  Questions? Email grc@uci.edu or call 949-824-3849.

UCI DECADE

The UCI DECADE (Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience) mission is to increase the recruitment and retention of diverse students receiving doctoral degrees at UCI. Trainees can learn about the program on the Graduate Division DECADE webpages.  Postdocs are invited participate in DECADE by joining the journal club which encourages scholarly discussion pertaining to issues of diversity in higher education. Postdocs are invited to attend the DECADE speaker series.

Support for Procuring Early Career Fellowships and Grants
The Graduate Division supports both graduate students and postdocs finding and writing funding applications.  (Add info about Ford and NSF GRFP workshops?) The OPA sponsors grant writing workshops; information about the workshops and resources are posted on the Graduate Division-OPA funding webpage. 

Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI)
DTEI is part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL). Their goal is to discover and communicate evidence-based practices that improve student learning; they offer several programs for graduate students and postdocs; check their website for additional details about programs and join the mailing list to learn about new programs. Questions? Email DTEIdevelop@uci.edu or call 949-824-6060.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL) 
UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between Graduate Division and DTEI. Trainees can participate in the programing at several levels, depending on their interests and career goals. Trainees can earn certificates which document mastery of CIRTL core ideas, including evidence-based teaching, diversity and teaching as research.  Levels of participation are described on the UCI CIRTL website.

UCI Office of Research (OR)
The UCI Office of Research (OR) provides central campus administrative support for UCI’s research programs with several units facilitating campus research activities. The OR website includes information about facilities and services available to trainees, research funding, research protection, integrity in research (RCR), training and education. The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS), managed by the OR, provides training and additional educational opportunities for trainees.

UCI Applied Innovation
UCI Applied Innovation at “The Cove” facilitates connections between UCI and industry.  Applied Innovation hosts a myriad of guest speakers, events and programs of interest to entrepreneurial trainees. Subscribing to the Applied Innovation listserve is the best way to receive updates.

UCI Data Science Initiative
The Data Science Initiative coordinates the activities of researchers and students across campus involved in various aspects of data science. The initiative includes courses in data science, including 1-day short courses on topics such as data analysis software (R, Python), data management, and predictive modeling, as well as a Data Science certificate from the Graduate Division.  Subscribing to the DSI listserve to receive updates.

UCI GPS BIOMED
GPS-BIOMED is an NIH-funded program for UCI graduate students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences, and part of the campus-wide Graduate Professional Success (UCI-GPS) initiative. GPS BIOMED provides programming that introduces trainees to a variety of careers within the biomedical research workforce, and empowers them to become skilled researchers as well as polished professionals. Subscribing to the GPS BIOMED listserve is the best way to receive updates.

UCI Sponsored Brews and Brains
Brew and Brains is an informal meeting at a local restaurant every other Tuesday evening where UCI researchers from a wide range of disciplines discuss their latest research in an informal setting with other UCI affiliates and individuals from the community.  Trainees interested in being a speaker should contact info@brewsandbrains.com.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) provides professional development resources including webinars on a range of topics including meeting goals, improving writing regimens and balancing careers with children and other responsibilities. You can sign up for a free institutional sub-account membership to the NCFDD using your UCI e-mail address.

Resources Specific to Postdoctoral Scholars

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and UC Irvine Postdoctoral Association
To support postdoctoral scholars, the Graduate Division houses the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). The director and coordinator of the OPA supports postdoctoral scholars by providing resources on all issues related to postdoctoral training. The OPA also hosts New Postdoctoral Scholar Orientations to educate new incoming scholars on personal and professional development resources on campus. The OPA works with the GRC to ensure programming includes postdoctoral needs. The OPA sends outs a weekly postdoctoral newsletter with information on professional development offerings through the GRC and across the campus, and other available resources. In addition, the director and coordinator work with the UC Irvine’s Postdoctoral Scholar Association (PDA) and postdoctoral community to develop, implement, and advertise career development workshops and events for postdoctoral scholars. The PDA also offers a variety of social and recreational activities throughout the year. The UC Irvine Postdoctoral Scholars Webpage  and UC Irvine PDA Webage provide an extensive list of postdoc-related resources.

National Postdoc Association
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven, nonprofit organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Free membership includes a subscription to NPA’s quarterly newsletter (Postdocket), periodic e-mail alerts, and access to all member-only resources.  You can sign up for a free affiliate membership using your UCI e-mail address.

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Foundations of Teaching (GRC)

The Foundations of Teaching certificate program consists of six-two hour interactive sessions. It is also one of the programs that can be taken to fulfill part of the Teaching Excellence Certificate. This program, which is open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across campus, offers insights into research-based teaching strategies to increase learning and maximize student engagement. Participants who complete all sessions and requirements will receive a Foundations of Teaching Certificate from the UC Irvine Graduate Division. The topics that are covered, include: How People Learn – Learning Theories, Learning Outcomes and Growth Mind-Sets; Communication for Teaching by Activate to Captivate; Active Learning and Student-Centered Instruction; Teaching and Learning in Diverse Environments; Alternatives to Lectures; and Teaching demonstrations.

Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI)
DTEI is part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL). Their goal is to discover and communicate evidence-based practices that improve student learning; they offer several programs for graduate students and postdocs; check their website for additional details about programs and join the mailing list to learn about new programs. Questions? Email DTEIdevelop@uci.edu or call 949-824-6060.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL) 
UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between Graduate Division and DTEI. Trainees can participate in the programing at several levels, depending on their interests and career goals. Trainees can earn certificates which document mastery of CIRTL core ideas, including evidence-based teaching, diversity and teaching as research.  Levels of participation are described on the UCI CIRTL website.

School of Medicine

Medical Science Training Program

NIH T32 - Medical Sciences Training Program (MD/PhD students only)
PI: Alan Goldin
(949) 824-5334, 8508
agoldin@uci.edu

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

NIH T32-Training in the Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Viruses
PI: Bert Semler
(949) 824-7573, 6058
blsemler@uci.edu

NIH R25 Intensive Course in Cancer Systems Biology
PIs: John S. Lowengrub (Mathematics)
(949) 824-8456   
jlowengr@uci.edu
Marian L. Waterman (MMG)  
(949) 824-2885, 3096  
marian.waterman@uci.edu

Neurology

NIH T32-Training in the Neurobiology of Aging
PI: Carl Cotman
(949) 824-5847
cwcotman@uci.edu

PI: Andrea J. Tenner 
(949) 824-3268
atenner@uci.edu

Ophthalmology

NIH T32-Immunology Research Training Program
PI: Eric Pearlman
(949) 824-1867
eric.pearlman@uci.edu

Orthopaedic Surgery

NIH-T32 UCI Multidisciplinary Exercise Science Training Program 
PI: Vincent Caiozzo
(949) 824-5571
vjcaiozz@uci.edu

Pediatrics

NIH T32-Epilepsy Research Training Program
PI: Tallie Baram
(949) 824-1131, 1063
tallie@uci.edu

Psychiatry & Human Behavior

NIH T32-Training Program in Stem Cell Translational Medicine for Neurological Disorders
PI: Leslie Thompson
(949) 824-6756, 1910
lmthomps@uci.edu

School of Physical Sciences

Mathematics

NSF Logic in Southern California with UCLA & California Institute of Technology
PI: Matthew Foreman
(949) 824-5424
mdforema@uci.edu

NSF RTG Research Training Program Mathematical & Computational Biology
PI: Qing Nie
(949) 824-5530
qnie@uci.edu

PI: Arthur Lander (Develomental and Cell Biology)
(949) 824-1721
adlander@uci.edu

NIH R25 Systems Biology: A Foundation for Interdisciplinary Careers
PI: German Enciso
(949) 824-3727
enciso@uci.edu

Physics

GAANN Fellowship for Physics & Astronomy
PI: Asantha Cooray
(949) 824-6832
acooray@uci.edu

Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

School of Humanities

School of Social Sciences

EAGER: Piloting a multi-campus training program in algorithmic processes, data analytics and mobile computing for sociolegal scholars

PI: William Maurer
(949) 824-6802
wmmaurer@uci.edu

NIH Best: UCI GPS-BIOMED

The NIH-BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) grant supports UCI-GPS-BIOMED, a part of the campus-wide UCI-GPS program (UC Irvine Graduate Professional Success).  GPS-BIOMED aims to better prepare graduate students and postdocs for a variety of careers within the biomedical research workforce, and empower trainees to become skilled scientists,and polished professionals. As a member of the NIH-BEST Consortium, we work to create, identify and support innovative approaches which focus on graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the School of Biological Sciences, Samueli School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Public Health and Physical Sciences.


PI: David Fruman 
(949) 824-1947, 2274
dfruman@uci.edu 

Associate Director: Emma Flores-Kim
(949) 824-8372

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