With the end of the quarter nearly here, we are gearing up for another busy admissions season.  We will once again provide recruitment incentives which were successful in yielding top recruits for this fall, including the Graduate Dean’s Recruitment, Provost Ph.D. and Graduate LEAD fellowships. We will also continue to award Eugene Cota Robles, Graduate Opportunity, Diversity Recruitment and Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowships to enhance inclusive excellence.

I'd like to congratulate all of this year's Public Impact Fellows, a complete list of winners is below.

I want to remind you that the 2017 systemwide Grad Slam competition will be held on April 11.  The Graduate Division will be accepting applications and video submissions, due on February 3, to identify talented students who do research with a strong public impact. I hope that you encourage qualified scholars to apply.  More details below.

This double issue of the Graduate Monthly Update is our last for the calendar year. Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year. I look forward to sharing more news with you in our next issue of the newsletter, which will appear in February 2017.

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UCOP has announced that the 2017 systemwide Grad Slam Research Presentation Competition will be held on May 4th. In 2015, UCI won first place in the systemwide competition, and in 2016, UCI won second place! In an effort to bring home a prize again, the Graduate Division will be accepting applications and video submissions, due February 3rd, to identify talented students who do research with a strong public impact. From these short videos, we will select semifinalists for a live competition on March 16th and our top finalists will move on to our campus finals on April 11th. During all rounds, presenters will be required to present their research in a short 3 minute format with a maximum of 3 slides with no animations. UCI’s Grad Slam winner will compete in the systemwide finals in Oakland. For more information, click here.


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016-2017 Public Impact Fellowship competition. This program was developed to support and highlight academically excellent students whose research demonstrates the potential to significantly improve or enrich the lives of people in California and beyond. 

This year’s fellows are:

Public Impact Distinguished Fellows

  • Veronica Newhart, Education
  • Sumner Norman, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Nicole Sherman, Criminology, Law & Society
  • Daniel Winkler, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Public Impact Fellows

  • Nitin Agarwal, Computer Science
  • Marta De Bortoli, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Adam Dunbar, Criminology, Law & Society
  • Megan (Kate) Gallagher, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Shiwei (Steve) Liu, Pharmacology
  • Natalie Pifer, Criminology, Law & Society
  • Kathryn Ringland, Informatics
  • Sara Sameni, Biomedical Engineering
  • Yanjun Sun, Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • Ellen Wann, Neurobiology & Behavior

Information about these students and their research will be posted on the Graduate Division website in the coming weeks.


We are pleased to announce that the Graduate Division will host a Foundations of Leadership presentation by Andy Russell, President and CEO of Southern California’s public broadcasting company, PBS SoCal, on Friday, January 27 at noon at the Graduate Resource Center. Refreshments will be served...More information will be provided soon.


The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that solve complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science.

The DOE NNSA SSGF program provides fellows with many unique benefits, including a $36,000 yearly stipend; payment of full tuition and required fees during the appointment period at any accredited U.S. university; an annual $1,000 academic allowance for research or professional development expenses; a term of up to four years, subject to annual renewal; and more.

Submissions and supporting materials due 1.11.2017.  Please visit for eligibility and program requirements.


The Graduate Division will host two information sessions on the recruitment fellowships processes for this academic year. This session will cover the nomination processes as well as tips on submitting successful nominations. 

The fellowships that will be discussed are:

  • Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
  • Provost PhD Fellowship
  • Graduate LEAD Fellowship
  • Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship
  • Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowship

We suggest that at least one member per department/program attend one of the information sessions. 

Understanding the process can help save time for everyone involved. Incorrect and incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.

Session 1:
Thursday, January 5, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Graduate Resource Center – 3100 Gateway Study Center

Session 2:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Graduate Resource Center – 3100 Gateway Study Center
Please note: The same information will be delivered in both sessions, and it is NOT necessary to RSVP.
Please feel free to forward this onto your faculty and staff.

For questions, please contact Daniel Fabrega at x4-8730 or Jason Cruz at x4-1281.


The Graduate Division recruitment team is almost done with another fall travel season. We participated in more than a dozen events at institutions across California, as well as Florida, Maryland and Virginia, including campus-based grad fairs, major conferences and presentations to various graduate preparation programs.

During fall travel, we collect contact information from interested prospective students through our Information Request System. We processed all of the information collected this year and will deliver it in a spreadsheet to graduate advisors as their program deadlines approach.



  • What: The online applications for 2016 Whitaker International Program awards are now open.   Administered by the Institute of International Education, the Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineering/bioengineering students and post-docs to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad.  Full details can be found at
    When: The application deadlines are as follows:
    • Fellows and Scholars Program deadline:  January 24, 2017


  • What: ACLS offers fellowship programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at their website
  • When: Application deadlines vary by program. See the schedule below for the appropriate application for you:

    March 2017 (date TBA)
    ACLS Public Fellows 


  • The Application Fee Waivers are being processed now for the fall 2017 application cycle through March 4, 2017.
  • We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens or permanent resident students who participated in a graduate preparation program, as well as those who demonstrate need. We are also now offering fee waivers to US veterans.
  • Only the Graduate Division can approve or deny a fee waiver. We require supporting documentation from those who are eligible for fee waivers, and it is important to note that applications are NOT considered complete until we have received AND have approved the fee waiver.
  • Fee waiver information needs to be submitted to the Graduate Division by the student within 7 days of submitting the application.
  • Once we receive supporting documentation, an approval/denial decision is made within one business day; it will then take three to five business days for this to be reflected in the admissions system.
  • Students are notified when their fee waiver has been approved or denied.
  • Any questions you have, or may receive from students, should be directed to:


Save the Date: 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 4:30 PM, Bren Events Center
  • The office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs will be coordinating the 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony.  For more information please email visit the commencement webpage.


The Graduate Division is pleased to announce two upcoming opportunities for graduate students to become a mentor! The Graduate InterConnect Program and DECADE PLUS work to provide quality mentoring to unique student populations to this campus. Both programs are looking for graduate students who have a strong interest and passion for helping other students succeed. More information regarding recruitment and the hiring process will be forthcoming.  Until then, find out more about these programs and opportunities below:

Graduate Interconnect Peer Mentors

Spring 2017-Fall 2018

The Graduate InterConnect Program (GIC) supports the successful transition of international graduate students. This program offers opportunities for international students to network with others, improve communication and English skills, and learn about American life and culture to ease the transition to UC Irvine.  GIC Peer Mentors will be assigned to a group of incoming international students to assist with pre-arrival communications, plan and facilitate fall welcome events, and provide critical support during the New International Graduate Student Orientation.

For questions about GIC, please email Gabriella Pham.


  • International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

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.

As a reminder:

  • 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.
  • These events 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 a successful way for fostering relationships among students who may not otherwise meet or communicate.
  • Please note: the days if the week that these event traditionally take place have shifted in 2017 to accommodate religious holidays taking place.

More information will be forthcoming. Please contact us with questions:   2017 Graduate Welcome and Orientation



UCI’s Homecoming takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 is a long-standing tradition where students, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends come together to enjoy live entertainment, food, and great company—all while showing their Anteater Pride. Throughout the afternoon, participants will be able to participate in various programs and attractions. By evening, the festival will transition into the highly-anticipated Homecoming Game, where participants can come to cheer on the men’s basketball team as they face off California State University, Northridge, as well as see the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. Homecoming truly encapsulates the pride, culture, and spirit of UCI!


Spring 2017-Spring 2018

DECADE PLUS is a mentorship program for undergraduate Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars.  Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars are identified by the University as high-achieving, incoming undergraduate students from across California who demonstrate great intellectual and academic promise.  This program is a partnership between the Graduate Division and the Division of Undergraduate Education.  DECADE PLUS is the Graduate Division’s most intensive mentoring opportunity and requires a full calendar year commitment.  Leadership Coaches will work both independently and as a part of a mentoring team to ease students’ transitions to campus and through their undergraduate career. 

For questions about DECADE PLUS, please email Amy Bue.



Fall quarter appointments end December 9, 2016 and will resume January 9, 2017

  • Writing Consultants

The GRC Writing Consultant program includes four trained writing consultants who review academic papers, fellowship applications and provide feedback on job materials (ex. CV, cover letter). Appointments are available daily from 9:00AM–7:00PM.  Students can schedule an appointment here or call: 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.

  • Fellowship Application Advising

If students are applying for fellowship funding, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), Fulbright U.S. Student Program or Ford Foundation Fellowships, Dr. Sandra Loughlin can answer questions about the application process and provide feedback on application materials. Appointments are available by clicking here or calling: 949-824-3849.

  • Career Drop-in Advising

Graduate students and postdocs should prepare now for the upcoming academic job season. Neda Moayedi reviews CVs and other job materials and provides tools for the competitive job market. The drop-in services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesdays from 10:00AM-12:00PM.

Winter Quarter Certificate Program Preview:

Graduate Division certificate programs are 6-8 weeks. Look out for the winter quarter GRC event flyers with more detailed information. Winter quarter certificate programs will include:

Need additional information contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849

The GRC will be open 9:00AM-5:00PM from December 5-16. The GRC will close for the quarter at 5:00PM on December 16 and reopen from 9:00AM -5:00PM on January 3. Regular GRC hours, 9:00AM-7:00PM, will resume January 9.


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