We congratulate Mallory Hinks, Chemistry, who placed second in the 2016 UC system-wide Grad Slam competition.  She follows Ashley Fong, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, who won first place in the inaugural competition last year. UCI is the only UC campus to “place” both years, which reflects well on our commitment to training graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in communications and professional development.  Make sure to visit the UCOP website for a list of finalists and watch their presentations.

As a reminder, the Graduate Division will once again host workshops for the upcoming Fulbright competition to discuss the program and application process (dates and times in this issue). Please encourage your students to attend and submit an application for this prestigious fellowship if they plan to do international research. 

As a part of UCI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Graduate Division is hosting the Celebration of Graduate Success on May 13. This day-long forum focuses on the professional success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni. A companion publication will highlight the accomplishments of alumni in positions of influence that embody our “Bright Past. Brilliant Future.” The Celebration of Graduate Success continues campus-wide efforts to honor outstanding members of the UCI community, like Grad Slam and year-end events such as Lauds and Laurels.  Details in this issue.

In This Issue


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.

Year-End Graduate Student Support Processing


In order for Graduate Division to complete fiscal close processing, any graduate student fellowships, employment-related remission, changes or adjustments that are expected or needed by campus departments must be input into FWA, Payroll, or communicated to the Graduate Division in writing so we can process it through our Grad Aid database no later than Friday, June 24, 2016.  The Graduate Division must make substantial revisions to block and other student support funding sources managed by our office at the end of each fiscal year; therefore, we will not process any student support transactions initiated after this date.  Your cooperation is appreciated.


Competitive Edge Summer Research Program

The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program (June 20 – August 12, 2016) is part of the DECADE initiative.  Competitive Edge provides diverse students with a rigorous introduction to graduate research at UCI. Participants in the Competitive Edge Summer Research Program will conduct research under the direct supervision and guidance of a UC Irvine faculty member. The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program features workshops and seminars designed to acquaint participants with campus resources, professional development, and academic strategies to enhance the graduate education experience at UCI.  For specific questions about the Competitive Edge Summer Research Program, contact Jason Cruz at x1695.

Summer Research Program 

  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, UC LEADS, the CSU Pre-doctoral Program (CPDP), Cal Bridges program, the UCI HBCU Initiative and a grant from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology combine to form one Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduate and master's students. This year, we will host more than 30 diversity students from around the U.S.
  • Host schools and departments will receive further information from the Graduate Division.
  • As a reminder, the Summer Research Program (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 specific questions about the Summer Research Program, contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.


  • The nomination submission deadline has now passed and the FMP, PDY, and GDDF applications are currently undergoing the review process.
  • Fellowship awardees will be announced to the campus in mid-May.
  • For specific questions regarding the FMP/PDY fellowships, please contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.

For specific questions regarding the GDDF fellowship, please contact Jason Cruz at x41281


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 2015 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. 
    For more information please email the commencement team.


  • DECADE Faculty Mentor presentations: Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 3-4:30PM in HIB 135
    • All are invited to hear the 2015 DECADE Faculty Mentors that received the Mentor Graduate Diversity Awards last year speak about the progress of their program and how it has improved the climate for a diverse student population. 
  • Journal Club: Monday, May 16, 2016 from 12-1:30PM in the GRC
    • The DECADE Journal Club encourages scholarly discussion between faculty and students on issues pertaining to diversity in higher education by focusing on peer-reviewed academic journal articles that study these issues.  Come and participate in this open forum.  Click here to get a copy of the article that will be discussed.

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



May 4 (Wednesday) from 12 – 1PM

May 11 (Wednesday) from 12:30 – 1:30PM

May 16 (Monday) from 3:30 – 5PM

May 18 (Wednesday) from 1 -2PM


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 writing groups to encourage accountability, expand feedback opportunities, and provide valuable support.

  • Mondays from 9AM – 12PM
  • Tuesdays from 10AM – 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:


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