Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

June 2019


Spring Commencement season is upon us, a time to reflect on our many successes and hard work as a campus.  This month, we prepare to acknowledge the impressive achievements of hundreds of our doctoral and master's students, our leaders of the future who will continue to build on the great reputation of our campus.

This milestone represents the culmination of years of perseverance, commitment and countless hours of hard work. It is a time of celebration and an opportunity for us to recognize the contributions made by our students in many areas, including cutting-edge research, as ambassadors for higher education, and as educators to the undergraduate community here at UC Irvine. 

Now that summer is approaching, we are gearing up to welcome 116 students into our Summer Research Programs. It will be the largest group yet.

Thank you all for helping to make the 2018-19 academic year one of our most successful to date.



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.



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 GradAid database no later than Wednesday, June 19, 2019. 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.


Save the Date: 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 15, 2019, 4:30 PM, Bren Events Center
  • The office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs will be coordinating the 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony.  For more information please email visit the commencement webpage.


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

Apply to the Insight Fellows Program by June 24

Insight Fellows Program

Application deadline: June 24 (session begins September 9)

Insight Fellows:
- Pay no tuition; the program is fully funded by top companies
- Meet, interview, and join top companies
- Launch a cutting-edge career where the average starting salary is $125K 
- Join a network of over 2000 industry leaders

Insight alumni are now working at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Github, Slack, 23andMe, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Pinterest, Microsoft, Wayfair and 700+ other top companies.

Insight is now accepting applications from graduating students (must have completed all coursework by September 9th in order to participate full time) for our fall sessions in:

- Artificial Intelligence
- Data Engineering
- DevOps Engineering
- Decentralized Consensus
- Security
- Data Science*
- Health Data Science*

*Please note that our programs are open to all degree levels, except our Data Science and Health programs, which have a PhD requirement
Upcoming Deadlines & Start Dates:

Learn more & apply:
Not ready to apply? Sign up for our notification list:

Email us at

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:



Registration is now open for GRC Summer Programs!

We hope you encourage your students to participate in the certificate programs and professional services this summer. Your support in promoting our programs is greatly appreciated. 


The registration forms for our summer certificate programs are now available online. Please inform your students and postdocs to register now. Spaces are limited for each of the following certificate programs.

Wednesdays, July 10 to August 14 from 3:00 – 4:30PM       

Anxious about the academic job market? Participants will explore job search strategies, have the opportunity to draft and workshop applications, develop and practice interview skills, and more. This program is geared towards advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Topics covered will include:

-        Pathways to Employment

-        Components of the Job Application

-        Interview Skills and the Job Talk

-        Transitioning to the Academic Workforce

Interested participants can here.

Wednesdays, July 24 to August 28 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

This six-week series focuses on skills and resources related to effective mentorship. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is intended for those who are:

―     Curious about becoming a mentor

―     Current mentors who want to expand their skills

―     Interested in having a stronger relationship with their own mentor

―     Those interested in becoming a Mentor in any Graduate Division program, including DECADE PLUS, Graduate InterConnect, SURF, or Competitive Edge.

Interested participants can here.


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