This year we conferred 393 doctoral degrees between summer 2015 and spring 2016. During this same period, we will have conferred more than 1534 master’s degrees. Congratulations to all of our new graduates.

In this month's issue, you will find important information regarding our Summer Research Graduate Programs. This year, we welcome 40 undergraduate and master's students in our Summer Research Program and 30 entering doctoral students in our Competitive Edge Summer Research Program. I look forward to seeing the students present their research at the symposium on August 11.

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.

In This Issue


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 October 9, 2016 at 5pm.

For more information, visit:

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


This summer, the Graduate Division is hosting two research programs:

  • The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program is an eight-week faculty-mentored research program designed to integrate minority students and females underrepresented in their disciplines into the fabric of the university by providing tools and resources before the start of the academic year.  Participants have the opportunity to work on exciting research projects during the summer.  This summer's program will include 30 incoming doctoral students. For more information about the Competitive Edge program please contact Jason Cruz at x41281
  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, UC LEADS, the CSU Pre-doctoral Program (CPDP), the NSF Summer Fellows in Muscle Biology, The CSU Long Beach BUILD (BUILD) and  the UCI HBCU Initiative combine to form one Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduate and master's students. This year, we are hosting 40 diversity students from around the U.S. The SRP is an eight-week, faculty-mentored, graduate preparation research experience. Students will take part in a rigorous course of workshops designed to help prepare them for graduate school. All student participants reside in on-campus housing for the duration of the summer program. For more information about the SRP please contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.
  • Both summer programs will host a research symposium on August 11 in the UCI Student Center. All are welcome to attend. Additional information will be forthcoming.


The Graduate Division is proud to provide updates on the successful work that has taken place this year with DECADE:

  • The central DECADE Student Council successfully coordinated the following events/programs:
    • DECADE Fall Welcome
    • Quarterly DECADE Journal Club
    • Quarterly DECADE Speaker Series
    • Winter Social
    • DECADE Mentor Presentation
    • DECADE End of the Year Celebration
  • The DECADE Student Council redesigned the DECADE Press and sent a new issue each quarter.
  • The monthly DECADE Student Council meetings this year saw a significant increase in attendance and the discussions amongst the group were vibrant.
  • Many schools have formed school-based DECADE student councils, in collaboration with Equity Advisors and DECADE Faculty Mentors.
  • The following faculty received a DECADE Mentor Graduate Diversity Award and will be conducting a variety of diversity related activities and research projects during the upcoming year.
    • Lonnie Alcarez, Drama
    • Tom Boellstorff, Anthropology
    • Sora Han, Criminology, Law and Society
    • Ivette Hernandez-Torres, Spanish & Portuguese
    • Ann Hironaka, Sociology
    • Natalia Komarova, Math
    • Martha Mecartney, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
    • David Timberlake, Public Health
There are now multiple DECADE Faculty Mentors  in almost every school.


The Graduate Division will kick off the 2016-2017 application season with workshops that support graduate students’ efforts to apply for the upcoming NSF GRFP competition. The summer funding workshop series began late June.  Due to the anticipated size of the workshops, these sessions will be held at the McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium.  See the Summer Funding Workshop Series section below for more information on times, dates and locations.

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.


Fall workshops for students will be held in late September and early October, just prior to the NSF application deadlines.

All fall workshops will be held in the Graduate Resource Center.

Please encourage all eligible students to apply and attend the workshops.

Summer is a good time to develop a departmental strategy to encourage eligible students to apply for NSF GRFP funding and to ensure that they submit competitive applications this fall.  As a planning resource, the Graduate Division has summarized the Best Practices of the Anthropology Department and has developed an NSF Facts and Myths document.

Questions about the NSF GRFP Initiative should be directed to: Celina Mojica, x4-5409.


Save the Dates

  • July 5, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - NSF GRFP Information Session
  • July 7, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Writing for the NSF GRFP
  • July 11, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Advice from the Experts: NSF GRFP Faculty Reviewer Panel
  • July 13, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - The Fellowship Application Experience Panel

All meetings will be held in the McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium.

Register to attend these workshops at:

Questions? Email or call 949-824-3849.

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 a 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 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.


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.

 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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Next Posting: August, 2016