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.

SEMIFINALS:       March 16, 2017 at the Graduate Resource Center

The road to campus finals begins with semifinals.  In order to advance, contestants will be scheduled to compete in one of the following heats:

                             Session 1:     10:00AM – 11:30AM

                             Session 2:     12:00PM – 1:30PM

                             Session 3:     2:00PM – 3:30PM

All are invited to attend as we determine who will move on to the next round.



The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the recipients of five internal fellowships to be awarded spring 2017.

Brython Davis Fellowship

Jacquelyn Boone, Public Health

Christie-Lynn Mortales, Medicine

Breauna Spencer, Social Sciences

Anita Marie Tsaasan, Information & Computer Sciences

James Harvey Scholar

Misty Knight-Finley, Social Sciences

Gordon Hein Scholarship

Karen Arcos, Social Sciences

Navjyoth Jayashankar Shobha, Engineering

La Verne Noyes Fellowship

Rebekah Dyer, Biological Sciences

William Hawkins, Humanities

Cory Windorff, Physical Sciences

Miguel Velez Scholarship

Clara Marques Caldeira, Information & Computer Sciences

Cristian Rodriguez, Social Ecology

Esmeralda Romero-Lorenzo, Engineering

Congratulations to all of the awardees!


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 one-year graduate student support from the following eligible applicant groups:

1)   Faculty establishing new collaborative initiatives for extramural support (e.g., federal, state, foundation, private sector, etc.) of graduate students are eligible to apply.

2)   Faculty who plan to establish a new doctoral or MFA program are eligible for support through the GgIA program.

Applications are due by Friday, March 11, 2017 at 12pm. More information can be found here.


The Graduate Division is pleased to announce a new fellowship for undocumented graduate students. This fellowship is intended to fill a critical gap in graduate and professional student support.

For the purposes of this fellowship, eligible students will include undocumented students who qualify for DACA, AB540, or neither of these programs. Priority for funding will be given to those who are not eligible for other sources of support.

Eligible graduate students, including professional school students, are invited to apply for this fellowship. Up to four $5,000 need-based fellowships will be awarded for the period of April 2017 through June 2017. Applications are due March 3rd.

For more information, please visit



Session 3- Keeping a Healthy Balance Faculty will discuss their strategies of maintaining a healthy balance between personal and professional lives. Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 5:30-7:00PM   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


Eugene-Cota Robles & Graduate Opportunity Fellowships

  • The 2017 list of awardees will be made available the week of March 6


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

  • The FMP and PDY Call, Application and Nomination forms will be available online March 6.
  • 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 17.
    • 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.


Save the Date: 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 4:30 PM, Bren Events Center
  • Registration will open on March 21 at 9 AM.
  • The office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs will be coordinating the 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony.  For more information please email the commencement team.


Last week, Graduate Division and the Office of Inclusive Excellence honored faculty, post-docs, and graduate students at the Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence event. It was exciting to recognize the growing impact of mentoring on our diverse campus communities. Mentoring is especially important to graduate student success and enriches the graduate student experience. The Graduate Division is offering 2 opportunities for graduate students to become a mentor! DECADE PLUS and the Graduate InterConnect Program work to provide quality mentoring to unique student populations. Both programs are looking for graduate students who have a strong interest and passion for helping other students succeed. The application deadline for both opportunities has been extended to Friday, March 3 at 8:00 AM.


DECADE PLUS Leadership Coaches

Spring 2017-Spring 2018

DECADE PLUS is a mentorship program for undergraduate Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars.  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.  This program is a partnership between the Graduate Division and the Division of Undergraduate Education.  DECADE PLUS is the Graduate Division’s most intensive mentoring opportunity and requires a full calendar year commitment.  Leadership Coaches will work both independently and as a part of a mentoring team to ease students’ transitions to campus and through their undergraduate career. 


For more information, please review the application using the following link:  For further questions about DECADE PLUS, please email Amy Bue.


Graduate Interconnect Peer Mentors

Spring 2017-Fall 2017

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 International Graduate Welcome and Orientation.


For more details, please review the application using the following link: For further questions about GIC, please email Gabriella Pham.


The Celebration of Graduate Success ensures that graduate scholars from UCI are positioned to step into leadership roles across industries by bringing together some of our most talented and accomplished graduate alumni along with current graduate students, faculty, and senior leadership. This day-long forum focuses on the professional success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni and provides a special opportunity for our alumni and current graduate student and postdoctoral scholar communities to forge stronger connections. 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.   


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


More information is forthcoming. For question, 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 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.




**ATTENTION: Please spread the word to students – there are spots still available in the last few boot camps of winter quarter, but they need to act fast! Students can register here.



(For students preparing for Grad Slam)



  • 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



     Monday – Thursday 9AM – 5PM

     The GRC will be closed on Friday, March 31 for the university holiday


During the quarter, the GRC is open Monday – Thursday 9:00AM – 7:00PM and from 9:00AM – 5:00PM on Fridays.



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