As recruitment season draws to a close, I urge you to continue your efforts to reach out to those excellent students who have not yet responded to your admissions offers. Given our campus enrollment growth goals, it is now more important than ever to make extra efforts to increase the yield of admitted students. It is very effective to have faculty make a personal phone call to students whom they would like to recruit.

I look forward to seeing you this afternoon from 2-4 pm in the Newkirk Alumni Center for our campus Grad Slam finals.  Come cheer on our GradEaters who will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The winner will go on to compete against the other nine UC campus representatives at the UC system-wide event at the LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco.

Our campus finalists are:

Jeremy Eaton       Physics

Mallory Hinks       Chemistry

Jessica Hsieh       Biomedical Engineering

Xiang Li               Biomedical Engineering

Elena Liang          Biomedical Engineering

Suman Mitra        Transportation Science

Johannes Rebelein   Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Andre White          Neurobiology and Behavior

Finally, our students continue to do exceptionally well in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Scholars from our campus received 29 awards and 55 honorable mentions.  Overall, we were ranked 11th nationally for awards.  Congratulations to all the recipients and to those who helped with their applications. To view complete list, click here. The award includes an annual stipend of $34,000 for three years and a cost of education allowance. Many thanks to the faculty and staff who helped these students achieve their success.

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Grad Slam Campus Finals


Time: 2 PM

Where: The Newkirk Alumni Center

Join us to cheer on our GradEaters!! Contestants will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Students may use up to three PowerPoint slides, with rules governing their use listed under the rules tab below.  All are invited to attend, but audience members will be expected to stay for the entire event.  The winner will go on to represent UC Irvine at the UC systemwide finals on April 22.


Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association International Scholarships are for international graduate students who are pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. and are engaged in their final year of graduate study in 2016-17.  Two awards of $2,000 each will be made.

Additional Criteria:

-Awardees are expected to be returning to their home countries after completing the degree.

-Awardees must demonstrate both academic excellence and significant need.

-Awardees are required to be fully enrolled in Fall 2016 to receive their scholarships.  Students on filing fee in Fall 2016 are not eligible.

Applicants must submit:

-Completed application form (

-Current unofficial transcript

-Short essay describing scholarly and professional ambitions

-Justification of need

-Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, including dissertation chair for doctoral candidates. (

Please visit the Graduate Division website for more information:

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 12 Noon, Friday, April 15, 2016

Please submit application materials to Gina Anzivino, Graduate Division, 120 Aldrich Hall, Zot 3180.

Sealed, confidential faculty recommendation letters may be submitted with application materials, or submitted directly by faculty members by the deadline above.

If you have any questions, please contact Gina at or 949-824-8120.


Deadline:  Applications must be received internally by the UCI Graduate Division AND submitted through the G5 system by 12 Noon April 18, 2016.

Duration of the fellowship: Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months.  The fellowship may not be renewed.

Eligibility: Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled.  A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he/she:

*Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United states;

*Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the U.S. who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution;

*Is planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation; and

*Possesses adequate skills in the languages(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Please see the Federal Register Notice for eligible geographic regions and priority languages:

Application Requirements and Submission:

Applications are required to be submitted electronically using the Department of Education’s G5 system:

AND a PDF copy of all submission materials must be emailed to gina.anzivino@uci.eduBoth electronic and email submissions are due by 12 Noon April 18, 2016.

For complete information about the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, please visit  If you have questions or plan to apply, please contact Gina Anzivino at


The Celebration of Graduate Success on Friday, May 13 is an exclusive opportunity to network and collaborate with prominent graduate alumni across all fields and industries through interactive discussions and activities. This first-ever gathering is a special 50th anniversary event that will feature alumni speakers, industry leaders and mentors who represent the Bright Past. Brilliant Future. of UC Irvine's graduate degree programs. We hope you will plan on joining us in the Student Center as we explore some of the most critical issues facing graduate education today, and collectively frame the foundation for a strengthened graduate community of alumni and current scholars. Registration will open soon, so visit for more details.

ORIENTATIONS – Save the Date

  • International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Thursday, September 15, 2016
  • Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Friday, September 16, 2016

Both of these events will take place in the Bren Events Center.

As a reminder:

  • These events are designed to cover common aspects of the graduate student experience at UCI.
  • This includes sessions on graduate support services (GRC, Career Center, CEI, Counseling Center, etc.), as well as administrative topics to help with success, such as the function of the Graduate Division, an introduction to UCI senior administration, and health insurance.
  • Graduate Orientation also proves to be successful way for fostering relationships among students who may not otherwise meet or communicate.
  • These events are not intended to replace or overlap with current department - or school-based orientations; rather, they are designed to provide a unified message on topics that apply to all new graduate students.

We ask that all academic units refrain from scheduling any discipline-based orientation events on this date so that students can attend these orientation events.

More information will be forthcoming. Please contact us with questions:

-       International Graduate Welcome and Orientation

-       Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation


  • The FMP, PDY, and GDDF Application and Nomination forms are available online.
  • The call for applications was sent out in early March.
  • All FMP, PDY, and GDDF nominations are due to the Graduate Division by April 18.
    • Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.
    • Complete nomination instructions and eligibility information are available here:
    • Departments should set their own INTERNAL APPLICATION deadlines for students.
    • Departments should check with the school Associate Dean for internal NOMINATION DEADLINES.
  • For specific question please contact:


  • There is still funding available for the Nevin Fellowship
  • All awarded recruitment fellowship recipients have been notified via email.
  • The deadline for students to submit their fellowship acceptance form is April 15.
  • ECR/GOF alternates:
    • As a reminder, alternates for are moved up the list at the discretion of the Graduate Dean.
    • In the event that we do move a student up from the alternate list, the academic unit will be notified immediately.

For specific questions about the specific recruitment fellowships, please contact:


Competitive Edge Summer Research Program

  • The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program is designed to support entering underrepresented doctoral and MFA students by an opportunity to get a jump-start on a research project and participate in integrative workshops during an eight-week summer research program.
  • Program dates are June 20 – August 12, 2016.
  • Students who have been awarded a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship, or who have additional departmental support for Summer 2016 are eligible to participate.
  • For more information, please contact Jason Cruz at x4-7914.

Summer Research Program

  • The 2016 Graduate Division Summer Research Program will run from June 29 – August 12, 2016.
  • The summer program is comprised of undergraduate and master’s students from all over the US who are interested in receiving a PhD at UCI.
  • The students will represent all disciplines.
  • For more information, please contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.


Save the Date: 2016 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, 4:30 PM, Bren Events Center
  • The office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs will be coordinating the 2016 Graduate Hooding Ceremony.  For more information please email the commencement team.



START SMART: Salary Negotiation Training

Wednesday, April 6 from 3-6PM

Co-sponsored by the AAUW & WAGE PROJECT

Start Smart is an interactive workshop designed to give participants the confidence and skills needed to earn fair compensation. This workshop provides benchmarks for salary and benefits, offers salary negotiation skill-building exercises, and teaches participants how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs. Grad students, postdocs, faculty and staff can register here.


April 5 (Tuesday) from 3:30 – 5PM

April 11 (Monday) from 3 – 4PM

April 20 (Wednesday) from 11AM – 12:30PM

April 27 (Wednesday) from 1:30 – 2:30PM


  • Write-In – April 15 (Friday) from 9AM – 5PM

Write-ins provide dedicated times for participants to set writing goals and promote the development of healthy writing habits in a distraction-free environemnt of distractions. SPACE IS LIMITED. Students can register here for the Write-In.

GRC writing consultants can review academic publications, dissertation/thesis materials, and provide feedback on job application materials (ex. CV, resume, cover letter). Appointments are available daily from 9AM – 7PM and can be scheduled by clicking here or calling: 949-824-3849.

The GRC offers three writing groups to encourage accountability, expand feedback opportunities, and provide valuable support.

  • Tuesdays from 10AM – 2PM
  • Wednesdays 3 – 5PM
  • Fridays from 1:30 – 3PM

April 6 (Wednesday) from 1 – 2PM

April 20 (Wednesday) from 1 – 2PM

April 25 (Monday) from 1 – 2PM


Communication consultants are a great resource for those preparing for interviews, conferences, or other public speaking events. Appointments are 30 minutes long and available daily. Students can click here to schedule an appointment.

  • Career Drop-in Advising with Neda Moayedi - Tuesdays from 10AM – 12PM

Graduate Career Counselor Neda Moayedi hosts weekly drop-in career advising for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The career advising services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No appointment needed.

Looking for additional information about GRC workshops and events. Contact the GRC to register for these workshops:


     PHONE     949-824-3849


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