As recruitment season draws to a close, I urge you to continue your efforts to reach out to those excellent students who have not yet responded to your admissions offers. Given our campus enrollment growth goals, it is now more important than ever to make extra efforts to increase the yield of admitted students. It is very effective to have faculty make a personal phone call to students whom they would like to recruit.  In addition, funds are still available for both the Graduate Dean’s Recruitment and Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowships.

I look forward to seeing you on April 11 at the Newkirk Alumni Center for our campus Grad Slam finals.  The competition is from 3:00pm – 4:15pm and a special reception will follow, scheduled to end at 6:30pm.  Come cheer on our GradEaters who will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The winner will go on to compete against the other nine UC campus representatives at the UC system-wide event at the LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco.

Our campus finalists are:

  • Sarah Joy Cross, Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • Megan Curran, Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • Stephanie Hackey, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Caitlin Looby, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Peter McPartlan, Education
  • Megan Newcomb, Chemistry
  • Sumner Norman, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Colin Rathbun, Chemistry
  • Rylan Simpson, Criminology, Law & Society

Finally, our students continue to do exceptionally well in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Scholars from our campus received 27 awards and 21 honorable mentions.  Overall, we were ranked 13th nationally for awards.  Congratulations to all the recipients and to those who helped with their applications. To view complete list, click here. The award includes an annual stipend of $34,000 for three years and a cost of education allowance. Many thanks to the faculty and staff who helped these students achieve their success.

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Save the Date:     April 11, 2017

Time:                    3:00PM – 4:15PM

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 on the UCOP Grad Slam website.  All are invited to attend, but audience members will be expected to stay for the entire event.  We also hope you can join us at the reception immediately following the competition.  The winner will go on to represent UC Irvine at the UC system-wide finals on May 4, 2017.


Join us in June at the Celebration of Graduate Success as we gather to recognize the success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni and their impact on the world. Highlighting the importance of professional development as part of the future of graduate education, this all-day event will feature alumni speakers, panelists, and current students and postdoctoral scholars who will provide a lens into the changing landscape of graduate education in pursuit of professional success in academia and industry. Take a look at last year’s accomplishments in graduate education. We look forward to celebrating with you this June.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 9 at the Newkirk Alumni Center.

More information is forthcoming. For questions, please contact Casey Lough at


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 of the week that these events traditionally take place have shifted in 2017 to accommodate religious holidays.

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


  • The FMP, PDY, and GDDF Application and Nomination forms are available online.
  • All FMP, PDY, and GDDF nominations are due to the Graduate Division by April 18th at 12pm.
    • Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.
    • Complete nomination instructions and eligibility information are available here:
    • Departments should set their own INTERNAL APPLICATION deadlines for students.
    • Departments should check with the school Associate Dean for internal NOMINATION DEADLINES.
  • For specific question please contact:


  • There is still funding available for the following recruitment fellowships:
    • Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship (GDRF)
    • Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowship
  • All awarded recruitment fellowship recipients have been notified via email.
  • The deadline for students to submit their fellowship acceptance form is April 15.

For specific questions about the specific recruitment fellowships, please contact:


Competitive Edge Summer Research Program

  • The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program is designed to support entering underrepresented doctoral and MFA students by an opportunity to get a jump-start on a research project and participate in integrative workshops during an eight-week summer research program.
  • Program dates are June 26 – August 18, 2017.
  • Students who have been awarded a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship, or who have additional departmental support for Summer 2017 are eligible to participate.
  • Call for applications for departments to buy-in and sponsor a student will be available in early April.
  • For more information please visit our website or contact Jason Cruz at x4-7914.

Summer Research Program

  • The 2017 Graduate Division Summer Research Program will run from June 25 – August 18, 2017.
  • The summer program is comprised of undergraduate and master’s students from all over the US who are interested in receiving a PhD at UCI.
  • The students will represent all disciplines.
  • For more information, please contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.


Save the Date: 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 2016, 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 the commencement team.
  • Registration for the ceremony is open.


Session 4-Strategies to Overcome Imposter Syndrome- Join in the discussion lead by Dr. Phong Luong on when and why "imposter" feelings occur.  You can learn techniques to overcome self-doubt, feel confident in your abilities, and focus on exploration and productivity in the field that you have chosen to study. Attend either Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-7:00PM or Tuesday, April 18, 12:30-1:30pm   Register 

Where: Graduate Resource Center

More Info: Visit the website


This series includes faculty and staff presentations, and the option for postdoctoral scholars to join a Postdoc Writing, Editing & Review (PoWER) Group. While some presentations are specific to the K99/R00 application, postdocs writing other grant applications are encouraged to attend pertinent presentations and take part in the PoWER group. This series is scheduled throughout March and April on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm.

Where: Telemedicine Theatre (B001), Medical Education Building

More Info: Visit the website


Scholarships are for international graduate students who are pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. and are engaged in their final year of graduate study in 2017-18.  Two awards of $2,000 each will be made.

Additional Criteria:

-Applicants must demonstrate both academic excellence and significant need.

-Awardees are expected to be returning to their home countries after completing the degree.

-Awardees are required to be fully enrolled in Fall 2017 to receive their scholarships.  Students on filing fee in Fall 2017 are not eligible.

Applicants must submit:

-Completed application form

-Current unofficial transcript

-Short essay describing scholarly and professional ambitions

-Justification of need

-Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, including dissertation chair for doctoral candidates.  Sealed, confidential faculty recommendation letters may be submitted with application, or submitted directly by faculty members by the deadline.

Please visit the Graduate Division website for more information. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 28, 2017 by 12 noon

Please submit application packages to Gina Anzivino, Graduate Division, 120 Aldrich Hall, Zot code 3180.  For questions, please contact Gina at or 949-824-8120.



The registration forms for our Spring quarter certificate programs are now available online. Please inform your students and postdocs to register now. Spaces are limited for each of the following certificate programs:

Tuesdays, April 18 to June 6, 2:30 – 4:30PM   

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. This program is geared towards advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Topics covered will include:

-  Pathways to employment

-  Components of the job application

-  Interview skills and the job talk

-  Transitioning to the academic workforce

Interested participants can register here.

Mondays, April 10 to June 5, 1:00 – 3:00PM   

Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate is an 8-week communication certificate program for postdocs and graduate students. Participants will learn and practice strategies to craft a dynamic and compelling presentation including:

-  Overcoming anxiety

-  Commanding a room

-  Communicating effectively with an audience of any size

Interested participants can register here.

2 Sessions offered for Spring 2017:

Tuesdays, April 18 to May 23, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

and Wednesdays, April 19 to May 24, 3:00 – 5:00PM

Effective mentoring is a crucial part of the academic experience. This six session program focuses on skills and resources related to mentorship. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is intended for those who are:

-  Curious about becoming a mentor

-  Current mentors who want to expand their skills

-  Interested in having a stronger relationship with their own mentor

-  And those interested in becoming a mentor in any of the Graduate Division mentoring experiences

Interested participants can register here.


Please spread the word to students – Spring quarter is geared up to be a packed quarter of many professional and personal development opportunities and special events. Students can register here for advanced training boot camps and workshops.


  • Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC)Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM and Sunday, April 30 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM

This is an intensive 3-day writing opportunity for graduate students in the dissertation phase of their program. The DBC will help students overcome writer’s block, make significant progress in a short period of time, and develop skills for future writing.

Participants can email to register.

  • Write-InFriday, May 12 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM

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. Participants can register here for the next Write-In.


  • 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.

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.

Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849

 The GRC is open Monday – Thursday 9:00AM – 7:00PM and from 9:00AM – 5:00PM on Fridays


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