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. 

Also, now that summer is approaching, we are gearing up to welcome approximately 110 students, our largest group yet, into our Summer Research Programs see below for more information. 

We just hosted a successful first annual symposium for our NSF GRFP fellows.  And we will be once again, hosting the second annual Celebration of Graduate Success on Friday, June 9. This day-long forum focuses on the professional success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni. The Celebration of Graduate Success continues campus-wide efforts to recognize the outstanding success of our graduate alumni and to highlight the role of the alumni in our expanding graduate professional development efforts. We encourage all faculty and faculty administrators to sit with us at the table as we convene for a set of robust discussions on June 9. Details in this issue.

In This Issue


On Friday, June 9, 2017 the Graduate Division will be hosting the second annual Celebration of Graduate Success. This day-long symposium held at the Newkirk Alumni Center will bring together the various stakeholders of graduate and postdoctoral education in order to think collectively and engage in a dialogue about how we can enhance graduate professional development at UCI.

You are invited to participate in:

-      Discussions, brainstorming, and action-planning to create a better future for our scholars and alumni

-      Networking with alumni, current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, faculty, staff, and University leadership

-      New Alumni Welcome Reception to welcome our newest cohort of doctoral candidates to the Anteater alumni community

All voices are needed.  Take a seat at this table to create a lasting impact on the future of UC Irvine.
Register to attend NOW!

For questions, please contact Casey Lough at  


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

  • The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program will include 56 incoming doctoral students. 9 of the incoming doctoral students participating in the program were awarded a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, which supports their participation in the program and 12 students are being sponsored by their respective departments. 
    • 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, CAL Bridge and the UCI HBCU Initiative combine to form one Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduate and master's students. This year, we will host over 45 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 17.  All are welcome to attend and additional information will be forthcoming.


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


2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 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

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.


Interested in being a volunteering?  There are a lot of options before and during the event. Many are needed. All are welcome!  Sign up now!

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 Graduate InterConnect Program will continue in fall 2017 with a team of 49 graduate student peer mentors who will provide support and guidance to new international graduate students as they make their transition to the campus.  The Peer Mentors will personally initiate contact with the incoming students in July to help them prepare for their arrival, and will have regular communications with them throughout fall quarter.  They will also contribute to the Blog, 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. Any questions about the program can be sent to Gabriella Pham at x49295.


Spots are still available! The Graduate Division is seeking applicants for an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to generate ideas, feedback, and light content for our strategic communications practices.  Please share this information with students you think might be interested.  We are seeking a balanced group of Masters and PhD students, as well as post-doctoral scholars. Ideal applicants will:

  • Work well with others
  • Enjoy brainstorming and generating ideas
  • Have interest in social media and strategic communications practices

Graduate students will also be receiving a call for participation. For questions or additional information, graduate students can email The Graduate Division Social Media GSR, Jenny West, at  Interested students can apply through the online application:


Through a new institutional subscription sponsored by the Ayala School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine, all UCI faculty, students, postdocs and researchers now have access to the Nature Masterclass online course in scientific writing and publishing. With over 30 editors from more than 20 Nature journals serving as instructors, we encourage ALL graduate students, postdocs, researchers, and faculty to participate in this valuable resource. These experts will take you through the entire scientific publishing process. Although this is presented by Nature, the tools and training the Masterclass provides is beneficial for all scholars at any stage of writing for publication – everyone can benefit!

Course objectives for the 15 modules:

  • How to get the most out of the writing process
  • Submission procedures and cover letter tips
  • How the manuscript selection process works at top journals
  • What happens to papers once they’ve been submitted
  • Explaining what it takes to get published in top journals!



  • 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.

Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849


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


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