This admissions cycle to date, admissions for master’s programs have decreased, but doctoral admissions have increased from the same time last year. However, as our campus has aggressive long-range enrollment goals, it’s essential that we continue to increase the size and quality of our applicant pools, as well as continue to increase the yield of admitted graduate students.

One action that has proven to be effective is to have your faculty make a personal phone call to the admitted students. Another is to take advantage of the Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship (GDRF) program to enhance the offers to your most promising M.F.A. and Ph.D. students who have competing offers from other excellent institutions. We still have some GDRF funds left but they are going fast.

Congratulations to the Grad Slam finalists who will be competing at the campus finals on April 1, 2016 in the Newkirk Alumni Center. Contestants will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. I hope that you can join us and encourage your students to stop by and cheer on our champions.  The winner will go on to represent UCI at the UC systemwide finals on April 22.  Visit our website for more information.

The finalists are as follows:

Jeremy Eaton       Physics
Mallory Hinks       Chemistry
Jessica Hsieh       Biomedical Engineering
Xiang Li               Biomedical Engineering
Elena Liang          Biomedical Engineering
Suman Mitra        Transportation Science
Johannes Rebelein   Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Andre White          Neurobiology and Behavior

This month’s issue contains information on a wide variety of personal and professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through the Graduate Resource Center (GRC). Additionally, you will find important information regarding deadlines and about June Commencement, and a call for our Graduate Growth Incentive Awards (GgIA) program that provides seed funds to develop new academic programs or extramural support.

In This Issue

Grad Slam Campus Finals

Time: 2 PM
Where: The Newkirk Alumni Center

Contestants will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Students may use up to three PowerPoint slides, with rules governing their use listed under the rules tab below.  All are invited to attend, but audience members will be expected to stay for the entire event.  The winner will go on to represent UC Irvine at the UC systemwide finals on April 22.


The GgIA program was established in 2010 to encourage development of innovative new graduate programs and collaborative initiatives to increase long-term extramural funding to support graduate academic students. The goal of these “venture funds” is to draw students to new and relevant graduate programs, and to increase the availability of extramural funding to support the graduate student population. The GgIA program will provide direct funding support for graduate students, targeted in the form of seed grants to graduate faculty. It seeks applications for up to one year of graduate student support from the following eligible applicant groups:

Extramural Funding

Faculty establishing new collaborative initiatives for extramural support (e.g., federal, state, foundation, private sector, etc.) of graduate students are eligible to apply. Those who are preparing training grant proposals that would provide significant extramural funding are particularly encouraged to apply. Faculty proposing new Research Centers may also submit proposals but must clearly indicate their center’s impact on graduate student support. GgIA proposals should focus on a financial strategy to achieve long-term increments in extramural graduate student support.

New Graduate Programs

Faculty who plan to establish a new doctoral or MFA program are eligible for support through the GgIA program. Interdisciplinary program proposals are particularly encouraged. Note that GgIA funds can no longer be used to develop new masters programs (other than MFAs), concentrations or emphases.

Additional Information

For instructions on submission, please review the GgIA Call for Applications and FAQs, available at The deadline to apply for AY 2016-2017 support is Friday, March 11, 2016 at 12:00pm.


The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the recipients of five internal fellowships to be awarded spring 2016.

Brython Davis Fellowship

Megan Brooker, Social Sciences

Jessica Kizer, Social Sciences

Ian Meares, Arts

Grant Rutledge, Biological Sciences

James Harvey Scholar Award

Justin Perez, Social Sciences

Gordon Hein Scholarship

Karen Arcos, Social Sciences

LaVerne Noyes Fellowship

Marie Cross, Social Ecology

Alison Hensley, Education

John McCollum, Social Sciences

Miguel Velez Scholarship

Pedro Acuna, Humanities

Alejandro Jara Abarzua, Physical Sciences

Consuelo Lopez, Information & Computer Sciences

Vinicius Maron Sauer, Engineering

Daniel Millan Ovando, Social Sciences

Monica Romero Lopez, Engineering

Adriana Romero-Olivares, Biological Sciences

Edwin Vargas, Information & Computer Sciences

Congratulations to all the awardees!

SAVE THE DATE – Celebration of Graduate Success Friday, May 13, 2016

Celebrating Leadership. Cultivating Success.

As a part of UCI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Graduate Division is introducing the Celebration of Graduate Success. This day-long forum on focuses on the professional success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni. A companion publication will be produced highlighting alumni in positions of influence and their accomplishments that embody our “Bright Past. Brilliant Future.” The Celebration of Graduate Success continues campuswide efforts to honor outstanding members of the UC Irvine community, like Grad Slam and year-end events such as Lauds and Laurels.   

               WHO IS INVITED:  Graduate and postdoctoral alumn
                                       UCI Faculty, Administration and Staff
                                       Current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
                                       Friends of the university and special donors
                                       UC Office of the President

          WHEN IS THE EVENT:      Friday, May 13 from 8AM – 6PM

          WHERE IS THE EVENT:     UC Irvine Student Center

For additional information, please contact Casey Lough at    

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 Division is pleased to announce several opportunities for you to become a mentor!  The Graduate InterConnect Program, DECADE PLUS, and Competitive Edge, each hosted through the Graduate Division, work to provide quality mentoring to various student populations.  Each of these programs are seeking graduate students who have a strong interest and passion for helping other students succeed.  Find out more about each of these opportunities below: 


Mentee Student Population

Term/Time of Year


Graduate InterConnect

Incoming international graduate students

Spring 2016-Fall 2016


Competitive Edge

Incoming doctoral students

Summer 2016 (June-August)



Incoming first-year undergraduate students

Spring 2016-Spring 2017


Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentors

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 more details, please review the application with the following link:

Competitive Edge Peer Mentors

Competitive Edge helps incoming doctoral students transition to UCI as they begin their research with a faculty member.  The program features workshops and seminars designed to familiarize incoming students with campus resources, foster professional development, establish peer support networks, and develop academic strategies to enhance the graduate education experience at UCI. Graduate Peer Mentors play a crucial role as they serve as role models advising new students regarding all aspects of life as a graduate student.

More information will be forthcoming.

DECADE PLUS Graduate Mentors

DECADE PLUS is a mentorship program for undergraduate Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars in their first year at UCI.  This program is a partnership between the Graduate Division, the Division of Undergraduate Education, and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  DECADE PLUS is the Graduate Division’s most intensive mentoring opportunity and requires a full calendar year commitment.  Graduate Mentors will work both independently and as a part of a mentoring team to ease the transition of first-year students to college and get acquainted with campus.  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. 

For more information, please review the application with the following link:


Eugene-Cota Robles & Graduate Opportunity Fellowships

  • The 2015 list of awardees was made available on February 26.


Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) & President’s Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowships

  • The FMP and PDY Call, Application and Nomination forms will be available online March 4.
  • REMINDER: All nominees MUST indicate/demonstrate the desire to pursue a career in academia.
  • All FMP and PDY nominations are due to the Graduate Division by April 11.
    • Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.
    • Departments should set their own INTERNAL APPLICATION deadlines for students.
    • Departments should check with the school Associate Dean for internal nomination deadlines.

For questions about ECR, GOF, FMP and PDY, please e-mail Daniel Fabrega at x4-8730.

Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF)

  • This award is intended for students in their final year of graduate education its aim is to increase dissertation completion amongst doctoral students.
  • The nomination form and eligibility criteria will be available online on March 4
  • The deadline for nominations are due to Graduate Division by April 11th
    • Departments should set their own INTERNAL APPLICATION deadlines for students.
    • Departments should check with the school Associate Dean for internal nomination deadlines.


  • Application Fee Waivers are being processed now for the fall 2016 application cycle through March 4. 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 also offer fee waivers to U.S. veterans.
  • Any questions you have, or may receive from students, should be directed to: Megan Story at x4-0940 or Daniel Fabrega at x4-8730. (To help maintain our internal process, please do not e-mail Megan or Daniel directly).


Save the Date: 2016 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, 4:30 PM, Bren Events Center
  • Registration will open on March 16 at 9 AM.
  • The office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs will be coordinating the 2014 Graduate Hooding Ceremony.  For more information please email the commencement team.


NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: Preparing for a Faculty Career
Tuesdays from 2:30PM – 4:30PM starting April 12th - May 17th

Anxious about the academic job market? Participants will explore job search strategies, have the opportunity to draft and workshop applications, develop and practice interview skills, and more.  Topics covered will include: Pathways to Employment, Components of the Job Application, Interview Skills and the Job Talk, and Transitioning to the Academic Workforce. SPACE IS LIMITED. Click here to register

PUBLIC SPEAKING: Activate to Captivate

Thursdays, starting March 31st from 3 - 5PM

Develop your public speaking and presentation skills through this eight-week certificate program. You will learn strategies to share your ideas in a clear and engaging way. Taught by Bri McWhorter, the founder of Activate to Captivate, this certification program is specifically designed for grad students and postdocs. SPACE IS LIMITED. Participants can register here.


March 3 (Thursday) from 12PM – 2PM

March 3 (Thursday) from 5:30PM – 7PM


  • Write-In – March 4 (Friday) from 9AM – 5PM

Write-ins provide dedicated times for participants to set writing goals and promote the development of healthy writing habits in a distraction-free environment of distractions. SPACE IS LIMITED. Students can register here for the Write-In.

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 through Finals Week (March 18) and will resume at the beginning of Spring quarter (March 28). Appointments are can be scheduled by clicking here or calling: 949-824-3849.

The GRC offers three writing groups to encourage accountability, expand feedback opportunities, and provide valuable support.

  • Tuesdays from 10AM – 2PM
  • Wednesdays 3 – 5PM
  • Fridays from 1:30 – 3PM


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.


          Monday – Thursday 9AM – 5pm

          The GRC will be closed on Friday, March 25 for the university holiday

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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