Growing and diversifying the Ph.D. population is a strategic priority for our campus. Twenty-five percent of this year’s entering domestic doctoral students were underrepresented. As of this week, applications for fall 2018 were up about 16 percent over last year for Master’s and 14.5 percent for Ph.D. programs, indicating that we have the potential to advance diversity further this coming fall.

As we settle into the New Year, we are now in the midst of another busy admissions season. The Graduate Division is offering six recruitment fellowships for AY 18-19, including:

In addition, the Burroughs Welcome Fund has selected UCI as one of 24 prestigious institutions invited to submit a proposal for a $150,000 grant to improve “quantitative and statistical thinking” of Ph.D. students in the life sciences. Each institution may submit only one proposal, so we have invited several investigators to submit a “pre-proposal” by February 26 for campus consideration. If you are interested in this opportunity, see below for more details.

I’m also pleased to announce the 2018 call for nominations for the Chancellor’s Club Fellowships. Ten Chancellor's Club Fellowship recipients will be awarded $6,000 stipend awards this spring; more details on this and other awards are below.

In other news, last month the Graduate Council approved two changes to academic policy, including the following:

  1. Doctoral and MFA students will now be required to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) on an annual basis in consultation with their advisor. This will help graduate students structure their goals, identify skills and competencies that need to be developed, maintain a record of their achievements, and start conversations with their advisor about career goals. Please consult with your graduate affairs staff member regarding your program’s plan for tracking completion. Programs may use the Graduate Division IDP template or modify the document to include additional questions relevant to the discipline.

  2. Faculty will now be required to provide written expectations for graduate research units. This may be a syllabus or a brief outline of work expected to be completed within the quarter. This will ensure that both the faculty member and graduate student have a clear understanding of expectations of work to be completed within a given quarter.

Finally, I want to invite you to the 2018 Grad Slam UCI Semi-Finals, which will be held on February 9 at the Graduate Resource Center. More details below.




The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the 2018 call for UC Presidential Fellowships for Undocumented Graduate Students. These fellowships are intended to fill a critical gap in graduate and professional student support. Applications will be evaluated on demonstration of financial need and academic achievements and promise.

Up to four $5,000 fellowships will be awarded for the period of April 2018 through June 2018.

Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Be enrolled and in good standing in a UCI state-supported graduate program. (NOTE: Law and Medical students are welcome to apply).
  2. Be an undocumented, AB540 eligible student.
  3. Demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be received by the Graduate Division no later than Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 12:00pm. More information on this fellowship competition can be found at https://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/index.php under UC Presidential Fellowship for Undocumented Graduate Students. Please direct questions to Kate Brigman at kate.brigman@uci.edu or (949) 824-9031.


The Research and Innovation Fellowship for Agriculture (RIFA) program is now accepting student applications for our 2018 projects. This fellowship offers University of California graduate students the opportunity to plan, engage and implement two to six-month long international projects in developing countries that address global challenges in agriculture and food systems.

There are 39 distinct projects in the RIFA CATALOG, with opportunities for graduate students with diverse skill sets in plant biology, ecology, soil science, agronomy, computer science, sociology, agricultural economics, nutrition and more.

Students must submit an application, CV and statement of interest for each project (three maximum) for which they apply. More information can be found on the RIFA website and project descriptions in the RIFA Project Catalog. Please contact ucrifa.applications@gmail.com with any questions.

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, February 28.


The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the 2018 call for nominations for Chancellor’s Club Fellowships. Ten Chancellor's Club Fellowship recipients will be awarded a three-month stipend to total $6,000 in Spring 2018.

Each School may nominate three outstanding graduate students that meet the following minimum criteria:

School nominations must be submitted to the Graduate Division by Friday, February 16th at 12pm. Please consult with your program’s graduate affairs staff member, as Schools and Programs will have earlier internal deadlines. More information on this fellowship competition can be found at https://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/chancellors-club-fellowship.php. Please direct questions to Kate Brigman at kate.brigman@uci.edu or (949) 824-9031.



UCI was among 24 institutions selected to submit proposals for a grant from the Burroughs Welcome Fund. Each institution may submit only one application (Deadline: April 25, 2018, 2:00 p.m. EST). The goal of the program is to improve “quantitative and statistical thinking” of Ph.D. students in the life sciences.

Up to 4 proposals will be funded, and only 24 institutions are eligible to apply – pretty good odds. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a one-page pre-proposal outlining your plan if you were selected to go forward for UCI by Monday, February 26. Submit the proposal to Turner Dahl (tdahl@uci.edu). For more information, click here.



“Nail that Interview” ‐ Mock Interviews for Postdocs

Tuesday, February 6, 5:30-7:00pm, Natural Science I, room 1114



UCI Postdoctoral Association Monthly Meeting- PDA website
Wednesday, February 7, 5:30-7:00pm, Biological Sciences III, Room 2120

All postdocs invited to plan professional and social events for 2018.


Postdoc FOCUS Seminar

February 15; 12:00-1:00pm, Biological Sciences III, Room 2120

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UCI Postdoctoral Association “Strategies for Success”

Postdocs and graduate students are invited to this panel highlighting UCI postdocs who are now entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, February 21, 5:30-7:00 pm at Graduate Resource Center

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PoWER Groups- Postdoc Writing, Editing and Review

The Weekly Postdoc Writing Editing and Review (PoWER) group provides support for postdocs to maintain a disciplined writing regimen, obtain feedback early in the writing process and see how others write.

Fridays: 8:30-10:30am- BioSci III, Rm 1120

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Save the Date: 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony



DECADE Journal Club

Wednesday, February 14th at 1:00 PM in the Graduate Resource Center

The quarterly Journal Club encourages scholarly discussion between faculty and students of issues pertaining to diversity in higher education by focusing on peer-reviewed academic journal articles that study these issues. Please encourage all students and fellow faculty to attend. If you have questions or want more information, please email diversity@rgs.uci.edu.



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:




Winter Recharge

Friday, February 2 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Time to RECHARGE! Winter quarter is tough and we have a solution. Students and Postdocs can join us for a full day of activities in the GRC that touch on every aspect of their student experience: health and wellness, professional development, and school/life balance. They can drop in or attend a scheduled session – there is something for everyone and no shortage of skill-building, giveaways, and fun! Participants can register here.


Scheduled Events:

Jenny West, Professional Development Coordinator / Certified Yoga Instructor

Winter quarter got you tense? Learn yoga techniques that can help you destress and stay well. This session will also focus on poses that help those who spend long hours at a desk – perfect for graduate students and post-docs! Yoga mats will be provided for use.


Phong Luong, Graduate Counselor

Meditate much?  You should!  Studies show meditation helps with concentration, sleep, productivity and more! This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about meditation in a familiar environment and get a jump start on your own practice. All levels welcome!


Neda Moayedi, Graduate Career Counselor

Stressed about the future? You are not alone! Join your peers for a guided session in which you will learn mindfulness strategies to assist in your professional development. Walk away feeling grounded and confident as you navigate the next steps of your career pathway.


All Day Events (No reservations needed):



Please spread the word to students – there are spots still available in the upcoming boot camps below, but they need to act fast! Students can register here for advanced training boot camps and workshops still to come in the quarter.



Meet with Graduate Professional Development Coordinator Jenny West to discuss strategies for identifying and applying your strengths, skills, and competencies in both academic and professional settings.  Design action plans to enhance your professional toolkit.  Appointments are available on a weekly basis, Thursdays from 1-3.

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


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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