Our summer diversity programs are currently in full swing with a record number of participants. This year, 70 outstanding undergraduate master’s and incoming doctoral students from institutions across the country will present their summer research.  Please join us on Thursday, August 11 in the Student Center for our Summer Research Symposium.  This is a great opportunity to meet the students and discuss their innovation and passion for discovery.

In addition, you will find details about our summer and fall funding workshops, upcoming orientations, as well as several funding opportunities that will be available for your students.  The Graduate Division will also kick off the 2016-2017 application season with workshops that support graduate students’ efforts to apply for the upcoming NSF GRFP competition. Please see details below.

Finally, I’d like to announce that I am now on Twitter, so let’s connect! Follow me @fmlesliegd for a follow back or search #ucigradlife to see my posts! 

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The UCI Graduate Division supports submission of Fulbright U.S. Student Program applications. Students are encouraged to apply for this prestigious fellowship program, which supports travel and living expenses for a year of research abroad in over 160 countries. Students should begin gathering letters of affiliation and recommendation this summer.

UCI’s internal Fulbright application deadline for graduate students is September 5, 2016.

For more information, visit:

The Fulbright Program Advisor for UCI Graduate Students is Dr. Sandra Loughlin (


The UC Irvine Fletcher Jones Fellowship is a highly prestigious award made available through funding from the Fletcher Jones Foundation. It is competitively awarded to an outstanding doctoral student who has advanced to candidacy and demonstrates financial need. The award of a one-year fellowship of $19,039 is intended to assist with doctoral degree completion.

Each School may nominate one student for this award, and nominations are due to the Graduate Division by 5pm on Thursday, September 1, 2015. Graduate students interested in this opportunity should consult with their program’s graduate affairs staff regarding internal deadlines.

The call for nominations and eligibility information can be found at

Please contact Kate Triglia at or 949-824-9031 with any questions.


The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922.  By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.  Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.  Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi.  Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

Application deadlines are March 15 and October 1 annually.

See more at:


  • The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. The 2017 solicitation will be announced early August on the NSF GRFP website.
  • Graduate Division offers NSF GFRP support for through a fall workshop series (dates coming soon), writing consultants, and weekly fellowship advising hours. Please contact the GRC for more information (949-824-3849).


  • The Summer Research Program (SRP) and Competitive Edge Summer Research Program will culminate in a research symposium on Thursday, August 11, in the Student Center, Emerald Bay Rooms. All are invited to attend. Invitations will be distributed during the first week of August. Come out and support the work of our prospective graduate students and our incoming doctoral students!
  • This is a great recruitment opportunity for all departments as many of our SRP students have indicated that UCI is their top choice for graduate school.


The Graduate Division will be hosting two orientations next month for incoming doctoral and masters students:

-          International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Thursday, September 15, in the Bren Events Center

-          Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Friday, September 16, in the Bren Events Center

These events are designed to cover common aspects of the graduate student experience at UCI including graduate support services, professional development, health and wellness, and academic success.  Students will be given the opportunity to connect with other new graduate students, faculty, and staff from across campus.

This event is NOT intended to replace or overlap with current department- or school-based orientations; rather, it is designed to provide a unified welcome and message on topics that apply to all graduate students.  We ask that all academic units refrain from scheduling any discipline-based orientation events on these dates so students can attend these campuswide event(s).

WANTED: Volunteers for the 2016 Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation

Meet new incoming graduate students by volunteering at the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation on September 16.  We need enthusiastic volunteers for this event.  Participants serve in different roles to ensure smooth operation of the event.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this short survey.

2016 Graduate InterConnect Program

The Graduate InterConnect Program provides support and guidance to new international graduate students as they make their transition to the campus. 47 graduate student peer mentors will initiate pre-arrival contact with the incoming international graduate students this month and will have regular communications and events throughout the fall quarter. Generally matched by academic program, the peer mentors connect students to campus and community resources, including appropriate staff, offices, and programs to ensure a successful transition to UC Irvine. 

Any questions about the program can be sent to Gabriella Pham at x4-9295.


Using acting tools, learn the techniques that all the best public speakers utilize to craft a dynamic and compelling presentation. Learn how to overcome your fear of public speaking and transform speeches into captivating presentations. Leave knowing how to overcome self-consciousness, turn passive presentations into active ones and use various vocal techniques to breathe life into any speech.

This one-day boot camp will be facilitated by Activate to Captivate’s Bri McWhorter. *Space is limited* Lunch will be provided.

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 from 9am to 5pm and can be scheduled by clicking here or calling: 949-824-3849.

Communication is essential to academic and professional development of grad students and postdocs. To improve confidence with conference presentations, teaching, job interviews and networking opportunities, the GRC provides one-on-one advising with a certified communications consultant. Appointments are 30 minutes long. Students can click here to schedule an appointment.


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