As you may know, on Oct. 15, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law an amendment to the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) expanding the definition of “employee” to include student employees whose work is an integral part of their educational objectives.  Prior to this amendment, Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) at UC were determined to be fundamentally students, not “employees.” With this change to the law, GSRs will be eligible to become exclusively represented by a union under HEERA. This amendment goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

An email message regarding this news was sent to faculty and Chief Personnel Officers by the Office of Academic Personnel, and to all graduate students by the Graduate Division, on Wednesday, October 25. The message to students included links to two documents that outline the unionization process including, student rights and https://grad.uci.edu/forms/GSR-FAQ.pdf FAQ’s.

We have also developed a webpage with this information. Students have been advised to contact Labor Relations representative Doreen Thomas at (949) 824-5364 if they have further questions.

In other news, the campus continues to move aggressively to increase the excellence and size of our doctoral student population. For fall 2018 recruitment, we will continue many of our admissions initiatives, including our GRE search-based outreach campaign and the prestigious Provost Ph.D. fellowship.

In addition to this larger fellowship, we will continue the Diversity Recruitment and Graduate Dean’s Recruitment fellowships. These “top-off” fellowships yielded excellent recruits for fall 2017, and we anticipate similar outcomes for fall 2018.

The Graduate Division also invites applications for five internal fellowships, see details below.  Please note that several fellowship opportunities offered through the Graduate Division have deadlines within the next few weeks.

Finally, please join us and encourage your students to attend our upcoming Foundations of Leadership event: “The Secrets of Leadership that Change Lives,” lead by UCI School of Business Alum, Ivan Williams, on Thursday, November 2, from 12-1:30 at the GRC, read more.

And don’t forget to connect with me on Twitter if you haven’t already! Follow me @fmlesliegd for a follow back or search #ucigradlife to see my posts! 



You’re invited to Graduate Division’s Foundations of Leadership event, “The Secrets of Leadership that Change Lives: The five key foundations of leadership that allow you to powerfully impact your organization, your career, and your future,” featuring UCI School of Business Alum Ivan Williams, MBA ‘96.

Ivan is an executive producer, entrepreneur, and senior business leader. After over three decades working with leading oil and gas companies, Ivan transitioned to the entertainment industry, where he has received widespread acclaim for his creative accomplishments and support of the arts.

Register for this workshop now through Appointment-Plus.

The Foundations of Leadership speaker series connects graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with a range of leaders from corporations, nonprofits, government, and higher education. These leaders demonstrate the importance of expanded skill development and career planning to compete in the changing job market. Through these opportunities, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will learn how these leaders have addressed leadership challenges, identify skills that enhance career success, and explore leadership in multiple capacities. To nominate someone please contact Sandy Loughlin at loughlin@uci.edu.


The Graduate Division is pleased to invite applications for five internal endowed fellowships.  All Ph.D. and master’s degree students (except those enrolled in self-supporting programs) who meet the specific fellowship criteria may apply.  A brief summary of each fellowship program is provided below.  Please refer to the calls for applications and application forms on the Graduate Division website for complete eligibility and application information. 

Brython Davis Fellowship

Gordon Hein Scholarship

James Harvey Scholar

La Verne Noyes Fellowship

Miguel Velez Scholarship

Applications should be submitted in PDF format to Gina Anzivino in the Graduate Division no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on November 13, 2017.  Please contact Gina via email or at 949-824-8120 with any questions.


There are several DECADE events taking place this month and early next month so we hope to see you attend and share these events with your colleagues and students. Interested in learning more about DECADE? Join our list-serv by sending an email to UCI-DECADE@uci.edu.

Questions may be directed to Claudia Campos at cfcampos@uci.edu or x41281.


The DECADE student council is excited to host our Fall quarter Journal Club on Thursday, November 15th from 11:30-12:30pm in the Graduate Resource Center! 

This quarterly event encourages scholarly discussion between faculty and students pertaining to issues of diversity in higher education by focusing on a peer-reviewed academic journal article. This quarter we will be discussing the article ”Effectively Serving AB 540 and Undocumented Students at a Hispanic Serving Institution”. 

Click here for copy of the article.

To RSVP click here.


This program features distinguished speakers from across the country to present on issues related to diversity in higher education.  This quarter we will be hosting the following speaker:

Click here for more information and to RSVP.



Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals for their academic departments or funding agencies. The program seeks students who can strengthen their proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review. For more information, visit:


IIE Whitaker International Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 Whitaker International Program cycle. The Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad.  Full details can be found at:



Encourage your students to apply! Graduate students are invited to apply to the UCI Grad Slam graduate research presentation competition. The University of California’s Grad Slam systemwide competition showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. It is an annual contest where students communicate their research concisely and clearly to a general audience. Each of the UC campuses hosts its own competition. Then the winners of each campus final compete for the title in a systemwide event held in San Francisco. Contestants receive advanced communication skills training and a competitive CV/resume line. Additionally, winners will receive cash prizes up to $5,000!

*Presentations can feature research from any field or discipline.*

Important Dates:

Save the Date: 2018 Graduate Welcome and Orientation |September 20-21, 2018 at the Bren Events Center!

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:

 More information will be forthcoming. Please contact us with questions:

2017 Graduate Interconnect Program

The Graduate InterConnect Program  continues this Fall with a team of 48 graduate student peer mentors who are providing support and guidance to new international graduate students as they make their transition to the campus.  The Peer Mentors began communicating with the incoming students in July to help them prepare for their arrival and will be an integral part of the Graduate Welcome and Orientation program. They will also contribute to the Blog, host a selection of social events this month 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.

Taste of America – The Taste of America Program provides the opportunity for local residents to open their homes to international graduate students for cross cultural exchange. The program matches small groups of international students (2-5 per group) with local residents from October through November. The goal of the program is to ease international graduate students’ adjustment into UCI and American academic culture. Are you or someone you know interested in being a host? Simply fill out an application and be matched with students: https://goo.gl/forms/hi9g4Z1UVxJS4kwF3  

Call for Applicants for the Student Communications Working Group

Spots are still available! The Graduate Division is seeking 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:

Graduate students will also be receiving a call for participation. For questions or additional information, graduate students can email the Graduate Professional Development Coordinator, Jenny West, at jswest@uci.edu.

Interested students can apply through the online application: http://bit.ly/GDStuCom


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 are beneficial for all scholars at any stage of writing for publication – everyone can benefit!

Course objectives for the 15 modules:



There are a number of professional development opportunities for students this quarter ranging from 1 hour to 3 days in length. Registration is now available!



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 – 5:00PM. 

Students can schedule an appointment here or call 949-824-3849.

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.

Students can schedule an appointment here or by calling 949-824-3849.

Students are able to meet with a peer communication consultant to get strategies to help them deliver more impactful talks about their research, prepare for interviews, or help with reducing anxiety when speaking. Appointments are 30 minutes.

Students can schedule an appointment here or call 949-824-3849.

Career counselor 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:

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