Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1



I am pleased to announce that we’ve started a monthly Graduate Alumni Speaker Series in the GRC. This will provide an opportunity for our current graduate students and postdocs to hear directly from our alumni about how their graduate education influenced the career paths that led them to where they are now. Many speakers will be leaders in  fields far different from that of their graduate programs, while others will reflect more traditional paths. Please see below for more information.

It is Grad Slam season again. Please encourage your students to compete to represent UCI in this annual, systemwide research presentation contest. We hope to receive applications from students in every discipline represented on the campus.

This edition also highlights the upcoming internal fellowship competitions, as well as several extramural fellowship opportunities with varying deadlines. Please encourage those students who meet eligibility requirements to apply.

I am also pleased to announce DECADE events in November, as well as the Learning Communities initiative implemented by the DECADE Student Council. See below for more information.



Women Techmakers Scholars Program is open to current undergraduate or graduate students who will be studying at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2019-2020 academic year.  People who identify as female are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Deadline: December 6, 2018

Generation Google Scholarship  is open to current undergraduate or graduate students who will be studying at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Students from historically underrepresented groups, including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or Filipino/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Deadline: December 6, 2018

Google Lime Scholarship  is open to current undergraduate or graduate students with disabilities who will be studying at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Deadline: December 9, 2018



Are you interested in honing your communication skills? Want to practice engaging a general audience in your research? The graduate student-led research communication group, Brews and Brains, is the place for you!

We meet every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Fireside Tavern in Costa Mesa. Join us to listen to UCI researchers discuss their latest cutting-edge research on nearly every topic imaginable, from neuroscience and physics, all the way to humanities, social sciences, and the arts! There’s a new topic every meeting followed by a lively Q&A session that always generates exciting dialogue across every discipline imaginable.

Use this friendly forum to enhance your presentation skills and be creative with your research talks Practice that future TED talk you dream of giving, or are currently scheduled to give! Engage with the broader Orange County community and share your groundbreaking research. Communicating complex ideas eloquently is important now more than ever, and we want to help bring your work to life. Speakers from all disciplines are welcome!

Please contact Sarah Cross ( or Ted Yoo ( for inquiries and/or to schedule a talk or see our Graduate Division webpage at


DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program is now accepting applications 

deadline to apply is November 15

The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.



Designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in fields across the humanities and social sciences, the 2019 Newcombe Fellowships are available to Ph.D. candidates who expect to complete their dissertation between April and August 2020.  The competition deadline is November 15, 2018. Questions may be directed to  Click here for more information.


Reminder: The application deadline for these fellowships is 12:00 p.m. (noon), November 16, 2018.

The Graduate Division is pleased to invite applications for six 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 is provided below.  Please refer to the calls for applications and application forms for complete eligibility and application information; these are linked below and also available here.

New this year is the Otto W. Shaler Scholarship.  Note that each school may submit no more than two applications for this award

Brython Davis Fellowship

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and one of the applicant’s parents must be a current member or veteran of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. 

  • Provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 in Spring Quarter 2019

  • Call for Applications

  • Application Form

Gordon Hein Scholarship

  • Applicants must be blind or legally blind, as certified by the Disability Services Center.

  • Provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 in Spring Quarter 2019

  • Call for Applications

  • Application Form

James Harvey Scholar

  • Applicants must be in their final year of study, researching male or female homosexuality.

  • Provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 in Spring Quarter 2019

  • Call for Applications

  • Application form

La Verne Noyes Fellowship

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and descendants of a U.S. Army or Navy World War I veteran.

  • Provides a stipend of $3,000 in Spring Quarter 2019

  • Call for Applications

  • Application Form

Miguel Velez Scholarship

  • Applicants must be citizens and residents of a Latin American country, with preference given to citizens of Colombia.  Students from a Latin American Country who have AB540 status are also eligible to apply.

  • Provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 in Spring Quarter 2019

  • Call for Applications

  • Application Form

Otto W. Shaler Scholarship

  • Applicants must be international students who have financial need.
  • Provides resident fees and a stipend of $6,000 in Spring Quarter 2019

Each school may submit no more than two applications for this award.



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-serv by sending an email to

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.
  • A few of the themes for this year include: Preparing Future Faculty and Mentoring. Each community will cover a range of topics including but not limited to, pedagogy for equity, getting started as a new faculty member, fundamentals of communication for success, and facing imposter syndrome and isolation in graduate school.

  • Join us on Wednesday, November 7th from 3:00 – 4:00pm in the GRC for the first meeting of our Mentoring Learning Community. Topic of discussion: “Coping with Impostor Syndrome”. Click here to RSVP

First-Generation Celebration Day

Graduate Division will be celebrating first-generation day on November 8th in collaboration with the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success Initiatives. Join us on November 8th from 11:00 am- 2:00pm in celebrating UCI’s First-Generation Students, Staff, and Faculty! For more information, please visit -


  • Application Fee Waivers are now being processed for the Fall 2019 application cycle. We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens, permanent resident,  DACA or AB540 eligible students who have participated in a graduate preparation program, who have demonstrate need and/or US veterans.

  • Only the Graduate Division can approve or deny a fee waiver. We require supporting documentation from those who are eligible for fee waivers, and it is important to note that a student will NOT be able to submit their application for admission until they have either an approved application fee waiver or submitted payment. Fee waiver information needs to be uploaded on a student’s application no later than 5 days prior to the application deadline or by March 4, whichever comes first.

  • Once we receive supporting documentation, an approval/denial decision is made within one business day. Upon approval a student can then submit their application.

  • Students are notified when their fee waiver has been approved/denied.

  • For more information, please go here.

For questions, please email the waiver team.


UCI Postdoc Association Monthly Meeting- PDA website
Postdocs meet to plan professional and social events.
Wednesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00pm, Natural Sciences II, Room 4206

Tips for Negotiating Your Job Offer- For Postdocs and Grad Students
Lisa A. Barron, Ph.D., MBA
Faculty Member, Organization and Management and Executive Coach
UCI Paul Merage School of Business  
Friday, November 16, 12:00-1:00pm  | Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Ctr
More Info: Visit the website

Monthly Postdoc Game Night- PDA Facebook 
All postdocs invited play board games and enjoy the evening.
Friday, November 16, 6:00-9:00pm, Natural Sci I, rm 1114

Careers in Biomed Panel- For Postdocs and Grad Students
Meet PhDs working at Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Agilent and Edwards Lifesciences
Learn about opportunities and working in industry
Monday, November 19, 2:00-3:30pm | Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Ctr
More Info: Visit the website

PDA Monthly Picnic Lunch- PDA Facebook 
Tables near BC’s Cavern (location changes monthly)
Friday, November 30, 12:00-1:00pm

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.
More Info: Visit the website

Postdoctoral Scholar FOCUS Seminars
The Postdoc FOCUS seminar series allows postdocs to choose the presentation/discussion format (research talk, teaching demo, etc.); the audience includes colleagues from a range of disciplines.
3rd Thursday of the month; 12:00-1:00pm at Graduate Resource Center
More Info: Visit the website


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:

  • Application Submission Deadline – Friday, January 18

  • UCI Grad Slam Semi-Finals – Friday, February 8

  • UCI Grad Slam Campus Finals – Friday, March 8

  • UC Grad Slam Systemwide Finals at LinkedIn San Francisco Campus – Spring Quarter 2019

For more information students can go to or contact Turner Dahl at


We are proud to launch the Graduate Division Alumni Speaker Series which features a monthly talk by a graduate alumni focused on their professional journey, perspective on leadership, and personal adventures as they navigate life beyond UCI. Each session will feature a Q&A followed by a short reception. To nominate an alumnus from your school please contact Michelle Hindman at

You’re invited to the Graduate Division’s Alumni Speaker Series event, “Give Us What You’ve Got” featuring UCI School of Biological Sciences Alum Christopher Lay, Ph.D. ‘11.

  • Thursday, November 29, 2:30 PM
    Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Center

  • Register for this workshop now through Appointment-Plus.

Chris is the Managing Partner at Second Wave Capital Management, a privately held, entrepreneurial investment firm focused on high-growth, high-quality companies based in Seal Beach, California. He previously served as COO and CFO for 123 Home Care, a Bay View portfolio company. Prior to launching his firm, Chris accumulated fifteen years of experience in the neurosciences, including research fellowships with the University of California and the American Heart and Stroke Association.

Chris holds a BS in Biology from the College of Idaho, a PhD in Neurobiology from UCI, and an MBA from USC. He a recipient of the University of California Distinguished Fellowship in Neurobiology, an American Heart Association Fellowship in Cerebrovascular Disease, and is a UC Irvine Public Impact Fellow.


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 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:


The Graduate InterConnect Program will continue in fall 2018 with a team of 57 graduate student peer mentors from a variety of schools and programs who will provide support and guidance to new international graduate students. The Peer Mentors will personally initiate contact with the incoming students this summer to help them prepare for their arrival, and will have regular communications with them throughout fall quarter.  They will also contribute to the Graduate InterConnect Blog, host a selection of social events in the fall 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 is back for November! – 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 with local residents during November. The goal of the program is to ease international graduate students’ adjustment into UCI, learn about American customs and traditions, and develop connections within our community. Questions:

Are you or someone you know interested in hosting dinner for students? Simply fill out a host application.



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!




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



 Lauren Lyons from the Division of Career Pathways will review 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.

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 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.




  • The GRC is open Monday - Thursday from 9AM to 7PM and Friday from 9AM -5PM.
  • The GRC will be closed on Monday, November 12 and Thursday through Friday, November 22-23.


Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849



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