Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

MARCH 2018


As recruitment season draws to a close, I urge you to continue your efforts to reach out to those excellent students who have not yet responded to your admissions offers. Given our campus enrollment growth goals, it is now more important than ever to make extra efforts to increase the yield of admitted students. It is very effective to have faculty make a personal phone call to students whom they would like to recruit. In addition, funds are still available for the Diversity Recruitment, Graduate Dean’s Recruitment and Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowships. Our applications from diversity students are up this year, and this is a good opportunity to recruit them.

I look forward to seeing you on March 2, at the Cove at UCI Applied Innovation for our campus Grad Slam finals. The competition is from 3:45pm and will conclude at 5:10pm with a special reception to follow. Come cheer on our GradEaters who will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The winner will go on to compete against the other nine UC campus representatives at the UC system-wide event at the LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco.

Our campus finalists are:

  • Sarah Cross, Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Megan Curran, M.D./Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Gianna Fote, M.D./Ph.D., Biological Chemistry
  • Laura McIntyre, Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Peter McPartlan, Ph.D., Education
  • Amanda McQuade, Ph.D., Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Christie-Lynn Mortales, Ph.D., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Alana Ogata, Ph.D., Chemistry
  • Crystal Reynaga, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Rachel Rosenzweig, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who participated, in providing nominations for Tom Angell Mentoring Fellowships. We have made the following awards:

  • Graduate Student Awardee: Christopher Chamberlin, Culture & Theory
  • Postdoctoral Scholar Awardee: Dr. Aude Segaliny, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty Awardee: Dr. Donald Dabdub, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

All awardees and nominees were recognized at the Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence event on February 27th, which was hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence. Thank you to our fellowship review committee – your support during this process is very much appreciated.



The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the 2018 call for UC Presidential Fellowships for Undocumented Graduate Students. These fellowships are intended to fill a critical gap in graduate and professional student support. Applications will be evaluated on demonstration of financial need and academic achievements and promise.

Up to four $5,000 fellowships will be awarded for the period of April 2018 through June 2018.

Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Be enrolled and in good standing in a UCI state-supported graduate program. (NOTE: Law and Medical students are welcome to apply).
  2. Be an undocumented, AB540 eligible student.
  3. Demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be received by the Graduate Division no later than Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 12:00pm. More information on this fellowship competition can be found at under UC Presidential Fellowship for Undocumented Graduate Students. Please direct questions to Kate Brigman at or (949) 824-9031.



Grad Slam is a system-wide competition that asks graduate students to take mind-bending research and make it simple in three minutes or less. On Friday, March 2, ten UCI finalists will square off in an attempt to highlight the excellence, importance, and relevance of their graduate research in order to win UCI’s top spot. The UCI Grad Slam Champion will move on to the systemwide competition in May at the LinkedIn campus in San Francisco to compete against the other nine campus Champs for the title.

YOU’RE INVITED: Friday, March 2 at The Cove @ UCI Applied Innovation. The competition begins at 3:45PM with a reception to follow. In-person registration begins at 3:15 PM.

For questions, please contact Turner Dahl (


Funding is still available for the following recruitment fellowships for AY 18-19:

  • UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
  • Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship
  • Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowship

All of the fellowship nomination forms are can be found here.

If you have any questions about any of the material covered, please feel free to contact Daniel Fabrega  at x48730, or Claudia Campos at x41281.


Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) & President’s Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowships

  • The FMP and PDY Call, Application and Nomination forms will be available online the week of March 5.
  • REMINDER: All nominees MUST indicate/demonstrate the desire to pursue a career in academia.
  • All FMP and PDY nominations are due to the Graduate Division by April 16.
    • Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.
    • Departments should set their own INTERNAL APPLICATION deadlines for students.
    • Departments should check with the school Associate Dean for internal nomination deadlines.

For questions about FMP and PDY, please e-mail Daniel Fabrega at x4-8730.


Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF)

  • This award is intended for students in their final year of graduate education its aim is to increase dissertation completion amongst doctoral students.
  • The nomination form and eligibility criteria will be available online on March 13
  • The deadline for nominations are due to Graduate Division by April 16th.
    • Departments should set their own INTERNAL APPLICATION deadlines for students.
    • Departments should check with the school Associate Dean for internal nomination deadlines.

For questions about GDDF, please contact Claudia Campos



  • The Application Fee Waivers are being processed now for the fall 2018 application cycle through March 4.
  • We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens, permanent resident, DACA, AB540 eligible students who participated in a graduate preparation program, as well as those who demonstrate need.
  • We are also offering fee waivers to US veterans year round.
  • 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 applications are NOT considered complete until we have received AND have approved the fee waiver.
  • Fee waiver information needs to be submitted to the Graduate Division by the student within 7 days of submitting the application.
  • Once we receive supporting documentation, an approval/denial decision is made within one business day; it will then take three to five business days for this to be reflected in the admissions system.
  • Students are notified when their fee waiver has been approved or denied.
  • Any questions you have, or may receive from students, should be directed to: Turner Dahl at 40490. (To help maintain our internal process, please do not e-mail Turner directly.



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 visit the commencement webpage.


DECADE Speaker Series with Dr. Charis Kubrin - Rethinking Crime and Immigration

Friday, March 9th from at 10:30am in Humanities Gateway (HG) 1030

This session will address the myths and stereotypes surrounding the immigration-crime link and discuss what we actually know with respect to how immigration and crime are associated based on Professor Kubrin’s own research and the research of others in the field. In the end, Professor Kubrin will argue that we must reconsider what we think we know about crime and immigration. RSVP HERE


Technolutions Slate is the new tool for the graduate application and graduate application review processes. In preparation for a September 2018 launch, Graduate Division will hold training sessions starting the summer of 2018. These sessions will be led by Audra Hansen and Jason Cruz of Graduate Division, and will cover the graduate admissions department review process in Slate for Graduate Affairs staff and faculty. In the coming weeks, you can expect to receive more detailed training information and enrollment instructions. Please be aware that future communications regarding Slate training will be sent from the email address


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

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


Grant Writing Series for Postdocs and Graduate Students

Series is scheduled on Thursday afternoon starting March 8. Topics range from optimizing NIH NRSA and K99/R00 applications to utilizing UCI Libraries and Office of Research Resources. Details and registration.


“Nail that Interview” - Mock Interviews for Postdocs

Tuesday, March 13, 12:00-1:30pm, Natural Science I, room 1114



Postdoc FOCUS Seminar

Thursday, March 15, 12:00-1:00pm, Biological Sciences III, Room 2120

Additional details


Postdoc Association (PDA) Monthly Picnic Lunch

All postdocs are invited; we discuss a range of topics from fun things to do in So. California to employment opportunities. Wednesday, March 28, 11:45am ~ 1:00pm by BC Cavern, at the outside tables. Details


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’s Homecoming takes place over two days this year (Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3)! Homecoming is a longstanding tradition where students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends come together to enjoy live entertainment, food, and great company—all while showing their Anteater Pride. Check out the weekend schedule through the Alumni Association and be sure to stop by the Graduate Division booth on Saturday, March 3 at the Homecoming Festival. We’ll have yoga and prizes! UCI Students and children 12 & under FREE. Homecoming truly encapsulates the pride, culture, and spirit of UCI!


Monday, March 5 in the Graduate Resource Center

Students and post-doctoral scholars from all areas of study are invited to join University Relations Specialist Heather Dillon, MSc of The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) for a unique professional development experience. Ms. Dillon will present job opportunities, hold individual CV/resume and career path consultations, and provide a workshop on effectively navigating job fairs and career opportunities. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 10:00 – 11:00AM Bagel Breakfast – JAX Information Session: Accelerate your Career at The Jackson Laboratory
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM One-on-One Meetings (by appointment)
  • 1:00 – 2:30PM Interactive Workshop: Seize Your Moment: Making the Most of a Career Fair
  • 3:00 – 5:00PM One-on-One Meetings (by appointment)
  • 5:00 – 6:00PM Encore Presentation: JAX Information Session: Accelerate your Career at The Jackson Laboratory

Encourage your students and post-docs to register NOW to reserve their spot. Search “JAX” in the Outreach Services and Workshop tab.


The 3rd annual Celebration of Graduate Success brings together some of our most talented and accomplished graduate alumni along with current graduate students, faculty, and senior leadership. This forum focuses on the professional success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni and provides a special opportunity for our alumni and current graduate student and postdoctoral scholar communities to forge stronger connections.

 SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 19 at the Newkirk Alumni Center.

More information is forthcoming. For questions, please contact Raslyn Rendon at


  • 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 to


Spots are still available! The Graduate Division is seeking an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to generate ideas, feedback, and light content for our strategic communications practices.  Please share this information with students you think might be interested.  We are seeking a balanced group of Masters and Ph.D. students, as well as post-doctoral scholars. Ideal applicants will:

  • Work well with others
  • Enjoy brainstorming and generating ideas
  • Have interest in social media and strategic communications practices

Graduate students will also be receiving a call for participation. For questions or additional information, graduate students can email the Graduate Professional Development Coordinator, Jenny West, at
Interested students can apply through the online application:


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!

Spring quarter is gearing up to be filled with many professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs. We hope you encourage your students to participate in the upcoming certificate programs, advanced training boot camps, and professional services. Students can register through AppointmentPlus for most events and must complete the interest form for certificate programs found by clicking “Academic Courses and Certificate Programs.”  Also, you can expect to receive Graduate Resource Center Spring programming flyers through intercampus mail during Spring Break. Your support in advertising these programs ASAP is greatly appreciated.  



The registration forms for our spring quarter 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.

 Over eight weeks participants will learn:

  • How to overcome self-consciousness
  • Turn passive presentations into active ones
  • Use vocal variety to breathe life into a performance

Proven effective, these techniques are a valuable asset in meetings, job interviews, and presentations.

Students can register here.


  • Mentoring Excellence Program – Tuesdays from 2:00PM – 4:00PM from April 17 to May 22 and Thursdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM from April 19 to May 24

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.

Students can register here.



Please spread the word to students – there are spots still available in the last few boot camps of the winter quarter, but they need to act fast! Students can register here.



Meet with Graduate Professional Development Coordinator Jenny West to discuss strategies for identifying and applying your strengths, skills, and competencies in both academic and professional settings.  Design action plans to enhance your professional toolkit.  Appointments are available on a weekly basis, Thursdays from 1-3.

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

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 by 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.

Career counselor Neda Moayedi reviews 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 will be closed for spring break starting Monday, March 26 and will reopen at 9AM on Monday, April 2.


  • Open: Monday – Thursday, 9AM to 7PM and Friday, 9AM -5PM.


Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849



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