Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

September 2019


Dear Colleagues,

As most of you know, the end of this month will mark the end of more than 10 fulfilling years as Dean of the Graduate Division. It’s a bittersweet time for me, as I reflect on all of the things we’ve accomplished together. But I am also excited to see what the future holds for graduate education at UCI. The enterprise will be in great hands with Vice Provost and Dean Gillian Hayes at the helm.  

From increasing application numbers by 90% to establishing the first ever Graduate Resource Center in the UC system to establishing 26 new graduate degrees, we’ve been able change the landscape of graduate education at UCI. I mention all of this to say – Thank you.

Thank you for being dedicated to UCI’s research and teaching missions. Thank you for devoting yourselves to improving graduate education on our campus, while providing our students with the tools they need to succeed in their chosen careers.  Finally, thank you for letting me lead you in graduate education for the last decade. It has truly been an honor and a privilege.

I look forward to staying in touch and seeing the great work all of you will continue to accomplish.

Yours in higher education,

Frances Leslie
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division
Professor of Pharmacology and Anatomy & Neurobiology


Graduate Division Office of Postdoctoral Affairs 4th Annual Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 ● 12:30 PM – 7:30 PM ● Calit2 Auditorium

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The symposium will feature talks and poster presentations by postdoctoral scholars from UC Irvine and Southern California universities. Learn about thought-provoking research and breakthroughs that postdocs are making to solve complex problems.
Listen to dynamic speakers talk about research and careers beyond academia.
This symposium is interdisciplinary and open to all students, staff and faculty.
We will provide light refreshments throughout the event.

Save the Date: 2019 Graduate Welcome and Orientation | September 19-20, 2019 at the Bren Events Center!

  • International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Friday, September 20, 2019

Both of these events will take place inside 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, DTEI, 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 of fostering relationships among students who may not otherwise meet or communicate.

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



 Discover, achieve, collaborate…

For the tenth consecutive year, the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student space technology research ideas that have significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.

The opportunity, up to $80,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2020 academic year; up to four years of support are possible for doctoral students. In addition to providing a $36,000 annual stipend, the grant provides support for tuition, health insurance, conference attendance, and the faculty advisor. The grant also provides support for onsite tenure at NASA Centers across the country. Current and prospective doctoral and master’s students (see full eligibility requirements) may have proposals submitted on their behalf.

Recipients will collaborate with leading NASA experts in space technology to acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community and beyond.

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities –Fall 2020 (NSTGRO20) replaces the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) solicitation. Through the predecessor NSTRF solicitation, nearly 550 awards have been made to students attending 100 universities across 40 states and one U.S. territory.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

Proposals will be accepted via NSPIRES:

Proposals are due by 6:00 p.m. ET on November 05, 2019.

Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowships

The Chancellor's Club is a community of UC Irvine alumni, parents, faculty and friends who care deeply about this university and who have made a commitment to invest in its greatest needs. Established in 1972 by founding Chancellor, Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., the purpose of Chancellor’s Club gifts are to support undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and other areas of critical need as determined by the Chancellor.

Three Chancellor's Club Fellowship recipients will be awarded a six-month stipend to total $12,000 for the period of January 2020 through June 2020. More information about this fellowship may be found in the Chancellor's Club Fellowship Call for Nominations. Please note that tuition and fees are not included in these fellowships. The awardees' Schools are expected to cover tuition and fees during the award period. 

Public Impact Fellowship

Public Impact Fellowships highlight and support doctoral or MFA students whose current research has the potential for substantial impact in the public sphere. Ideal candidates will be involved in research designed to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Californians and/or national and global communities.

All Schools are eligible to nominate students to compete for a total of 14 fellowships. Four Public Impact Distinguished Fellows will each receive $12,000. Ten Public Impact Fellows will each receive $1,000. Awarded students may choose to accept their awards during Winter or Spring quarter, or over both quarters, at their discretion.

The call for nominations for this year's Public Impact Fellowship competition at UCI can be found here.


Through a new institutional subscription sponsored by the 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!


The Graduate Division recruitment team is almost done with another fall travel season. We participated in more than a dozen events at institutions across California, as well as Tennessee, Maryland, and Virginia, including campus-based grad fairs, major conferences, and presentations to various graduate preparation programs.

During fall travel, we collected contact information from interested prospective students through Slate. We processed all of the information collected this year and will deliver it in a spreadsheet to graduate advisors as their program deadlines approach.

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize competition

The application deadline is September 27, 2019

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a national invention competition that recognizes individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions and teams of undergraduate students with a tested prototype of one invention. The prize is conducting their nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students to compete for the 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

The competition recognizes students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcarefood/water, and agriculture, transportation and mobilityand consumer devices. Inventions are not limited to class projects or thesis work, and any side/personal projects could also be considered. Patents are encouraged but not required. In each of the four categories, graduate students are awarded $15,000 and undergraduate teams are awarded $10,000.Students can begin filling out the application now and complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements are available here.


There are various DECADE events taking place this month and early next month. We hope to see you attend and share these events with your colleagues and students. Interested in learning more about DECADE? Visit our wesbite or join our list-serve by sending an email to

Questions may be directed to Claudia Campos at or x41281.

Learning Community

The DECADE student council is excited to be implementing Learning Communities this year! Learning communities serve as spaces for people to come together on a regular basis to share ideas, opinions, advice, and needs regarding a specific topic. Furthermore, these settings will serve as an additional opportunity for DECADE community members to come together and build interdisciplinary and meaningful connections with one another.


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. Details

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




Lauren Lyon, Career Engagement Educator for Graduate Students, from the Division of Career Pathways will review CVs and other job materials and provides tools for the competitive job market. Open to all disciplines.

The drop-in services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM.

The GRC Writing Consultant program includes trained writing consultants who review academic papers, fellowship applications, and provide feedback on job materials (ex. CV, cover letter). Appointments are available throughout the summer.

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


  • The GRC is open Monday – Thursday from 9AM to 7PM and Friday from 9AM -5PM.
  • GRC hours of operation change Monday, June 10 for the summer. The GRC will be open Monday – Friday from 9AM to 5PM.

Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849

NEXT POSTING: October 2019