Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

MAY 2018


On May 3rd, UCI’s Alana Ogata will be competing in the 2018 Grad Slam systemwide competition at the LinkedIn San Francisco Campus. Alana, who is earning her Ph.D. in Chemistry, will square off against the other UC campus champions for a shot at the title of systemwide champion and her share of the $10,000 prize money. Follow along and watch Alana represent our campus by tuning into the live-stream!

The event is scheduled to take place from 10:30am to 1:30pm (PST). Also, don’t forget to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

We are pleased to announce that Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, Ph.D. candidate in Software Engineering, is a recipient of the Google Ph.D. Fellowship for 2018. These awards recognize and support outstanding Ph.D. students doing exceptional research in computer science and related disciplines. Reyhaneh is one of 39 graduate students from North America, Europe and the Middle East to receive this prestigious fellowship.

As a reminder, the Graduate Division will host a workshop to discuss the application process for the upcoming cycle of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on Thursday, May 31st at 12:00pm in the Graduate Resource Center. Interested students can sign up to attend via the Appointments Plus system at Please encourage your students to attend and submit an application for this prestigious fellowship if they plan to do international research. Although the deadline is not until fall, it takes several months to develop a strong proposal and collect letters of affiliation. As this program is primarily funded by the Department of State, please note that students must be U.S. citizens at the time of application to be eligible.




In order for Graduate Division to complete fiscal close processing, any graduate student fellowships, employment-related remission, changes or adjustments that are expected or needed by campus departments must be input into FWA, Payroll, or communicated to the Graduate Division in writing so we can process it through our Grad Aid database no later than Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The Graduate Division must make substantial revisions to block and other student support funding sources managed by our office at the end of each fiscal year; therefore, we will not process any student support transactions initiated after this date. Your cooperation is appreciated. 


The UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society is now soliciting applications from UCI graduate students from all disciplines for graduate student fellowships. The Fellows and their projects will be an integral part of the Center’s new Engagement Initiative, which will be launched in the fall of 2018. We will be accepting fellowship applications in two categories:

  1. Projects that engage the community with scientific knowledge and research. The most successful proposals will be those in which the community is engaged as a partner in, rather than a recipient of, scientific knowledge production.
  2. Projects that analyze the production of scientific knowledge and/or technological artifacts and systems. The notions of "scientific knowledge" and "technological artifacts and systems" may be construed broadly (including medicine), and the analysis may be undertaken from any disciplinary perspective.

Awards are up to $10,000 and can be used for tuition, fees, and/or research support. Preference will be given to proposals that are in line with addressing scientific research issues that benefit society.

For more information about the award and for APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS, see our website at or Click here for a PDF of the instructions.



Are you interested in conducting research or teaching English abroad? Consider applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program! As this program is primarily funded by the Department of State, please note that students must be U.S. citizens at the time of application to be eligible.

Dr. Sandra Loughlin and Dr. James Steintrager will hold an information session at the Graduate Resource Center on Thursday, May 31st from 12:00-1:00pm. Please sign up via the Appointments Plus system at

Additional information on applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program can be found at



UC Systemwide Competition

On May 3rd, UCI’s Alana Ogata will be competing in the 2018 Grad Slam systemwide competition at the LinkedIn San Francisco Campus. Alana, who is earning her Ph.D. in Chemistry, will square off against the other UC campus champions for a shot at the title of systemwide champion and her share of the $10,000 prize money. Follow along and watch Alana represent our campus by tuning into the live-stream!

The event is scheduled to take place from 10:30am to 1:30pm (PST). Also, don’t forget to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.


29 UCI students have been offered 2018 fellowship awards from the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which supports high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers in their graduate studies.

The winners – 26 grad students and three undergrads – were selected in a national competition that attracted more than 12,000 applicants. Five of the Anteater scholars were past participants in our Graduate Division’s Competitive Edge summer pre-entry program for new Ph.D. Students.

UCI racked up the fourth-highest number of fellowships among UC campuses this year, trailing only Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Francisco.

The winners, who will receive an annual stipend and educational allowance, totaling $46,000, for three years, are: Angeline Eugene, Kenny Huynh, Alexander Teghipco, Tam Minh Vu, Samuel Bedgood, Manuel Paul, Dillon Elsbury, Ngoc-Thoa Vinh Khuu, Alicia Hoffman, Shane Coffield, Lynnette Nthenya Jackson, Kristin Gabriel, Karissa Munoz, Amari Lewis, Tiffany Nada Batarseh, Desiree Chase, Jessica Kelz, Elena C. Thomas, Austin Epiphane Yann Tung Lefebvre, Sierra Williams, Samantha mcdonald, Sarah Maxel, John Kelly, Kendra Walters, Nathan Chan, Melina Pinales, Arash Nabili, Erik Gonzalez-Leon and Jason Chen.

Another 24 UCI students won honorable mentions in the fellowship competition, which has been in existence since 1952 and supports graduate studies leading to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in a STEM field.

Congratulations to each of our 2018 winners and honorees! This accomplishment is a testament to your hard work and UCI’s continuing tradition of academic excellence.



Competitive Edge Summer Research Program

The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program (June 25 – August 17, 2018) is part of the DECADE initiative. Competitive Edge provides diverse students with a rigorous introduction to graduate research at UCI. Participants in the Competitive Edge Summer Research Program will conduct research under the direct supervision and guidance of a UC Irvine faculty member. The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program features workshops and seminars designed to acquaint participants with campus resources, professional development, and academic strategies to enhance the graduate education experience at UCI. For specific questions about the Competitive Edge Summer Research Program, contact Claudia Campos at x14281.

Summer Research Program 

  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, UC LEADS, the CSU Pre-doctoral Program (CPDP), Cal Bridges program, the UCI HBCU Initiative and a grant from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology combine to form one Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduate and master's students. This year, we will host more than 55 diversity students from around the U.S.
  • Host schools and departments will receive further information from the Graduate Division.
  • As a reminder, the Summer Research Program (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 specific questions about the Summer Research Program, contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.


  • The nomination submission deadline has now passed and the FMP, PDY, and GDDF applications are currently undergoing the review process.
  • Fellowship awardees will be announced to the campus in mid-May.
  • For specific questions regarding the FMP/PDY fellowships, please contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.
  • For specific questions regarding the GDDF fellowship, please contact Claudia Campos at x41281.


  • Save the Date: 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

    • Saturday, June 16, 2018, 4:30 PM, Bren Events Center
    • The office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs will be coordinating the 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. For more information please email the commencement team.


DECADE Speaker Series: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:30AM in Humanities Gateway (HG) 1010

    • All are invited to hear the Dr. Mark Lawson, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at UC San Diego, give a talk about supporting diversity and success in graduate training. Please click here to RSVP.



UCI Postdoctoral Association Monthly Meeting- PDA website Wednesday, May 2-5:30-7:00pm, Biological Sciences III, Room 2120

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

PDA- Strategies for Success Series hosting "Careers in Academia for PhDs, with focus on Engineering"

Wednesday, May 9-12:00-1:15pm. Do you enjoy working in an academic environment; however, the faculty career path isn't for you? Meet our three panelists who have worked at UCI in exciting and intellectually engaged positions. Calit2, room 3008. Register here.

Strategies to Obtain Early Career Research Funding Thursday, May 17; 12:15-1:30pm at the Graduate Resource Center This workshop presents strategies to develop a competitive proposal, navigate the funding landscape, identify potential funding sources and take advantage of campus resources. Presenters: Melinda Gormley, PhD- Research Development Officer, Ayala School of Biological Sciences and Mary Frances Ypma-Wong, PhD- Graduate Division

Register here

“Nail that Interview” - Mock Interviews for Postdocs

Monday, May 21, 12:00-1:30pm, Natural Science I, room 1114


Postdoc Association (PDA) Monthly Lunch and Elections

All postdocs are invited to attend and join the PDA board to guide future professional and social programming for postdocs. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, May 30, 12:00-1:00pm at NS1, room 1114.


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

Additional details


Save the Date:

Postdocs at the Forefront- 3rd Annual UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Symposium

Friday, September 28- 2:00-7:00pm at UCI Applied Innovation

Celebration of Graduate Success: A Communications Forum for Today’s Professional

Saturday, May 19 at the Newkirk Alumni Center.

The 3rd Annual Celebration of Graduate Success invites graduate alumni back to campus for a professional development forum.

This year we are proud to present our graduate alumni with the best of the professional development programs that Graduate Division offers our current grad students and postdocs, but elevated for the working professional. This forum will focus on three vital forms of professional communication: networking, public speaking, and social media; and how to leverage these tools and practices for their profession.

For questions, please contact us at


The Graduate Division is looking for a current graduate student to fill a special position that will aid greatly in developing and maintaining a broad spectrum of communications projects for prospective graduate students, current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as well as graduate and postdoctoral alumni. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting, work with various professional staff with responsibilities across multiple disciplines, and contribute to major campus initiatives that will have broad and visible impact.

The Social Media GSR, under the direction of the Director for Graduate Student Affairs and Alumni Relations and in consult with the Graduate Alumni Relations and Student Affairs, Communications, and Outreach, Recruitment and Retention teams, will have a key role in informing the social media strategy, website and CRM campaigns – three critical avenues of communication for the Graduate Division – to ensure all are highly engaging and appropriately reach the various populations we serve. Finally, the Social Media GSR will also staff the graduate student based Social Media Workgroup.

This is a 50% position and is eligible for full fee remission. Eligible students will be in good academic standing and available for a full 50% GSR for the duration of the position. Performance in the role will be evaluated quarterly. Academic performance during employment is also evaluated to ensure satisfactory academic progress.

Successful candidates for this position will begin in Summer 2018.

Selected Duties:

  • Assists in implementing the Graduate Division social media strategy
    • Assists in developing social media content
    • Manages social media calendar and organic postings
  • Ensures an updated Graduate Division website as well as a highly dynamic and engaging interface across the website.
    • Constant review of the website for current information, relevance, and accuracy paying special attention to creating and suggesting engaging content
  • Ensures prospective students, program participants, and others are responded to in a prompt and timely manner following various CRM campaigns
  • Maintains and grows the Social Media Workgroup
    • Administer and facilitate regular group meetings and interactions
    • Assure timely follow-up of action items established by the group
  • Administers an active social media campaign during Graduate Division events
  • Other related duties as assigned following project development

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience implementing a social media strategy in a professional setting and/or for non-personal purposes
  • Demonstrated experience in managing the following: Facebook fanpage, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, and LinkedIn groups.
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong ability to communicate across various professionals, peers, and in mixed settings
  • Moderate level knowledge or above of current social media trends and best practices
  • Strong desire to learn various new skills in a professional setting
  • Team work oriented attitude and the ability to be flexible with shifting goals, priorities and direction
  • Self-starter and motivated to take an active role on a team
  • Excited by a high level of task variation

Interested? Fill out an online application ( and don’t forget to email your professional resume to

Questions? Contact: Raslyn Rendon,


SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Graduate Welcome and Orientation

  • September 20-21, 2018 at the Bren Events Center!

    • International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Friday, September 21, 2018

    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, 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:



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:

  • 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! 



Registration is now open for GRC Spring Programs!

We hope you encourage your students to participate in remaining advanced training boot camps and professional services this quarter. Students can register through AppointmentPlus. Your support in promoting our programs is greatly appreciated.


  • Keck Graduate Institute - Postdoctoral Professional Masters Program Info Session – Monday, May 14 from 12:00 – 1:00PM
  • Steve Casper, Dean of the School of Applied Life Sciences at Keck Graduate Institute, will be visiting UCI for an information session to share career options with their Postdoctoral Professional Masters program with an industry perspective.

Students can register here for this spring’s advanced training boot camps and workshops. Spaces are limited. Please encourage your students to register early to reserve their spots!


  • Mini Dissertation Boot Camp – Friday, May 18 from 9:00AM – 5:00PMSPACE IS LIMITED. Participants can register here.
  • Mini Dissertation Boot Camps provide dedicated times for participants to set writing goals and promote the development of healthy writing habits in a distraction-free environment. Open to all students and postdocs working on any piece of writing, not limited to dissertations.


    • 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. 
    • Fellowship Application AdvisingStudents can schedule an appointment here or by calling 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 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.

  • Career Drop-in AdvisingThe drop-in services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM.
  • Career counselor Neda Moayedi reviews CVs and other job materials and provides tools for the competitive job market.

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  • The GRC is open Monday – Thursday, 9:00AM to 7:00PM and 9:00AM – 5:00PM on Fridays.


Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


PHONE 949-824-3849



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