Once again, commencement season is upon us, a time to reflect on our many successes and hard work as a campus.  This month, we prepare to acknowledge the achievements of hundreds of our doctoral and master's students, leaders of the future who will create the reputation of our campus.

This milestone represents the culmination of years of perseverance, commitment and countless hours of hard work. It is a time of celebration and an opportunity for us to recognize the contributions made by our students in many areas, including cutting-edge research, as ambassadors for higher education, and as educators to the undergraduate community here at UC Irvine. 

Finally, now that summer is approaching, we are gearing up to welcome more than 70 students into our Summer Research Programs see below for more information. 

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At their April 14, 2016 meeting, the Graduate Council reviewed and approved a proposal submitted by the Graduate Division to accept unofficial transcripts for graduate admission review.

Beginning with the Fall 2017 application cycle, UCI will allow graduate applicants to submit unofficial transcripts for admission review purposes to all programs by uploading them into the new campus application review system. Students will be required to submit official transcripts upon admission. Official documents will be compared by the program against the unofficial transcripts submitted. The Graduate Division will perform a secondary audit of transcripts. Any discrepancy will result in the immediate rescinding of an offer of admission.

The advantages of accepting unofficial transcripts for application review include:

  • Applicant files will be completed more quickly
  • Reduced cost to applicants
  • Reduced staff time in obtaining, scanning, and matching paper transcripts to applicant files
  • Ability for faculty to review applicant transcripts and files more quickly
  • Paperless process and system


For a list of award winners for the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) and President's Dissertation Year (PDY) and Graduate Deans Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF), click here.

  • For specific questions about FMP and PDY please contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730
  • For specific questions about GDDF please contact Jason Cruz at x41281


This summer the Graduate Division will again be hosting two research programs:

  • The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program will include 29 incoming doctoral students. 8 of the incoming doctoral students participating in the program were awarded a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, which supports their participation in the program.
    • Competitive Edge 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. 
    • 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), CSU Long Beach BUILD, and the UCI HBCU Initiative combine to form one Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduate and master's students. This year, we will host 40 diversity students from around the U.S. 
    • 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.  All are welcome to attend and additional information will be forthcoming.


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.

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 Graduate InterConnect Program will continue with a team of 48 graduate student peer mentors.  The mentors provide support and guidance to new international graduate students as they make their transition to the campus.  Generally matched by academic program, the Peer Mentors will initiate pre-arrival contact with the incoming students in July, and will have regular communications and with them through the fall quarter.  They will also host a selection of social events in the fall and will connect students to appropriate staff within their academic programs, to campus and community resources, and with fellow graduate students inside and outside of their academic programs.  Any questions about the program can be sent to Gabriella Pham at x49295.


Graduate students completing their second year at UCI were invited last week to take a graduate career planning survey. The Graduate Division wants to know about their experience thus far and their future career plans. Please help us encourage our second year graduate students to complete the survey as three Amazon gift cards will be randomly distributed. The EEE survey URL is The deadline for completing this survey is Friday, June 3.


On Friday, May 13 the Graduate Division hosted the Celebration of Graduate Success for close to 140 graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni, current graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff. The all day program provided a valuable opportunity for our graduate students and postdocs to interact with and learn from such an experienced UCI community. Following such a positive reception of this program from both graduate alumni as well as our current students, we are exploring other platforms for continued engagement, and look forward to sharing more soon regarding next steps for our graduate alumni engagement efforts.



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 – 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 and available daily. Students can click here to schedule an appointment.


  •     The GRC will be opened from Monday – Friday from 9AM – 5PM during the summer.

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


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Next Posting: July, 2016