Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

JULY 2018


This year we conferred 380 doctoral degrees between summer 2017 and spring 2018. During this same period, we have also conferred 1,465 master’s degrees. Congratulations to all our new graduates.

In this month's issue, you will find important information regarding our Summer Research Graduate Programs. This year, we welcome a near record number of students, including 60 undergraduate and master's students in our Summer Research Program and 50 entering doctoral students in our Competitive Edge Summer Research Program. I look forward to seeing the students present their research at the symposium on August 16.

In addition, you will find details about our summer and fall funding workshops, upcoming graduate welcome and orientations, as well as several funding opportunities that will be available for your students. The Graduate Division will also kick off the 2018-2019 application season with workshops that support graduate students’ efforts to apply for the upcoming NSF GRFP competition. These have been very helpful for students who want to get an early start on the application process. Please see details below.

Finally, we are pleased to recognize three UCI graduate students who received 2018 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships: Anjelica Mia Cardenas, Ph.D. Program in Pharmacological Sciences; Vanessa Delgado, Ph.D. Program in Sociology; and Noah Patterson Hanohano Dolim, Ph.D. Program in History. The Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Congratulations to these outstanding scholars!



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.

UCI’s internal deadline for graduate student applications to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is September 3, 2018.

Information on applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program can be found at Please be sure to notify UCI’s Graduate Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Sandra Loughlin, if you choose to apply.


Are you interested in studying abroad? Please visit: Please note that study abroad typically requires In Absentia registration. In Absentia FAQs can be found at

For more information on language acquisition programs offered through UCEAP, please visit:


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

UCI Postdoctoral Association Monthly Meeting- PDA website

Wednesday, July 11, 12:00-1:00pm, Biological Sciences III, Rm 2120
All postdocs invited to plan professional and social events for 2018-9.

Postdoctoral Scholar Orientation

Tuesday, July 24, 3:00-5:00pm, Graduate Resource Center

UCI Postdoctoral Association Monthly Picnic- PDA website

Wednesday, July 25, 12:00-1:00pm, near BC’s cavern. 

Save the Date:
Postdocs at the Forefront- 3rd Annual UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Symposium
Friday, September 28, 2:00-7:00pm at UCI Applied Innovation


This summer, the Graduate Division is hosting two research programs:

  • The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program is an eight-week faculty-mentored research program designed to integrate minority students and females underrepresented in their disciplines into the fabric of the university by providing tools and resources before the start of the academic year. Participants have the opportunity to work on exciting research projects during the summer. This summer's program will include 50 incoming doctoral students, our second largest cohort ever. For more information about the Competitive Edge program please contact Claudia Campos at x41281
  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, UC LEADS, the CSU Pre-doctoral Program (CPDP), the CSU Long Beach BUILD, the NSF REU Cultivating the IoT-enabled Smart Community, NSF CaSTL, and the UCI HBCU Initiative combine to form one Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduate and master's students. This year, we are hosting 66 diversity students from around the U.S. The 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 more information about the SRP please contact Mariela Menendez at x41695 or Daniel Fabrega at x48730.

Both summer programs will host a research symposium on August 16th in the UCI Student Center. All are welcome to attend. Additional information will be forthcoming.


The Graduate Division is proud to provide updates on the successful work that has taken place this year with DECADE:

  • The central DECADE Student Council successfully coordinated the following events/programs:
    • DECADE Fall Welcome
    • Quarterly DECADE Journal Club
    • Quarterly DECADE Speaker Series
    • Winter Social
    • DECADE End of the Year Celebration
  • The following new programs/events were created this year:
    • DECADE Mentor Briefings on wellness and mentoring
    • Community Outreach Workshops - We Are Them (WATz Up)
  • The DECADE Student Council also provided issues of the DECADE Press each quarter.
  • Schools have continued to form school-based DECADE student councils, in collaboration with Equity Advisors and DECADE Faculty Mentors.
  • As part of the strategic plan, DECADE Mentors and School Representatives opened lines of communication by meeting to discuss the climate existing climate in their respective schools and departments. These meetings were important in identifying important issues and solutions that may impact opportunities for an inclusive graduate experience.


The Graduate Division will kick off the 2018-2019 application season with workshops that support graduate students’ efforts to apply for the upcoming NSF GRFP competition. The summer funding workshop series begin in July. Due to the anticipated size of the workshops, these sessions will be held at the McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium. See the Summer Funding Workshop Series section below for more information on times, dates and locations.

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.


Fall workshops for students will be held in the first few weeks of the quarter, just prior to the NSF application deadlines.

All fall workshops will be held in the Graduate Resource Center.

Please encourage all eligible students to apply and attend the workshops.

Summer is a good time to develop a departmental strategy to encourage eligible students to apply for NSF GRFP funding and to ensure that they submit competitive applications this fall. Questions about the NSF GRFP Initiative should be directed to: Celina Mojica, x4-5409.


Save the Dates

  • July 9, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - NSF GRFP Information Session
  • July 17, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Writing for the NSF GRFP
  • July 19, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - NSF GRFP Reviewer Process
  • July 23, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Ford Foundation Information Session
  • July 25, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. – NSF GRFP Student Application Experience Panel

All meetings will be held in the McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium.

Register to attend these workshops at:

Questions? Email or call 949-824-3849.



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!

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.

Interested in volunteering at Orientation to welcome our new students? There are a lot of options before and during the event. Many are needed. All are welcome! Sign up now!

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, Division of Career Pathways, 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.


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!



The GRC will be opened from Monday – Friday from 9AM – 5PM during the summer.


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.

Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


PHONE 949-824-3849


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