Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

MARCH 2019


With our current focus on graduate student recruitment, 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, MSI, Graduate Dean’s Recruitment and Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowships. With the addition of $3M in one-time funds from the Provost, this is a good opportunity to recruit a diverse student cohort.

I also would like to congratulate our 10 Grad Slam Finalists (full list below). I look forward to seeing you on March 8, at the Cove at UCI Applied Innovation for our campus Grad Slam finals. The competition starts at 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 on May 10. Let’s win this year!




Congratulations to our 2018-19 Public Impact Fellowship awardees! 

Public Impact Distinguished Fellows

  • Melissa Thone, Chemical Engineering
  • Kay Linker, Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • William Thrift, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Rachel Rosenzweig, Materials Science and Engineering

 Public Impact Fellows

  • Alma Garza, Sociology
  • Tera Dornfeld, Planning, Policy and Design
  • Alexandra Perebikovsky, Physics and Astronomy
  • Tania DoCarmo, Sociology
  • Hamsa Gowda, Biomedical Engineering
  • Joanna Yau, Education
  • Alyssa Frederick, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Sarita Rosenstock, Logic and Philosophy of Science
  • Megan Brooker, Sociology
  • Emily Sumner, Cognitive Sciences


Congratulations to our 2018-19 Chancellor's Club Fellowship awardees! 

  • Danilo Caputo, English
  • Stephanie Hachey, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Bridgette Blebu, Public Health
  • Andrea Ordaz, Dance
  • Monique Kelly, Sociology
  • Allison Moreno, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Melinda Nicewonger, Earth System Science



The Graduate Division is offering six recruitment fellowships for AY 19-20:

  • UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
  • Provost PhD 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.


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.


  • Application Fee Waivers are now being processed for the fall 2019 application cycle. We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens, permanent resident or DACA 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 five days prior to the application deadline or by March 4th, 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.


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.


Science in Action provides opportunities for graduate students to develop leadership, mentoring and communication skills, and a deeper understanding of ethical issues within research and relationships. These competencies will be essential as students move forward in their career, either in or outside the academy. SIA has been developed at UCI by a partnership between faculty and student ambassadors in the School of Ecology and School of Physical Sciences and the Graduate Division. SIA website.

Managing Your Digital Presence

Effective Grant Writing and Keys to Finding Research Funding- Register  

Lori E. Greene, Ph.D. - Director of Research Development, School of Physical Sciences
All UCI Graduate students and postdocs invited.
Wednesday, March 6- 12:30-2:00pm
Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Center


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


  • Congratulations to the 10 students who have advanced to the UCI Grad Slam Campus Finals on Friday, March 8th from our original 45 student pool! The event will be on March 8, at the Cove at UCI Applied Innovation for our campus Grad Slam finals. CLICK HERE to register to attend. The competition starts at 3:45pm and will conclude at 5:10pm with a special reception to follow The University of California’s Grad Slam systemwide competition showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This is an annual competition that challenges students to communicate their research concisely and clearly to a general audience.  Champions will be identified at each UC campus and then go on to compete against each other at a systemwide event held in San Francisco on May 10th. Contestants receive advanced communication skills training and a competitive CV/resume line. Additionally, winners will receive cash prizes up to $5,000!


    2019 UCI Grad Slam Finalists 

    Karen Arcos - Cognitive Neuroscience
    Jessica Yaros - Neurobiology & Behavior
    Ronald Sahyouni - Medical Education
    Will Thrift - Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
    Michael Milgie - Physics and Astronomy
    Mohammed Aghaamoo - Biomedical Engineering
    Rachel Rosenzweig - Materials Science and Engineering
    Stephanie Hackey - Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    Jenny Woo - Education
    Irene Josemaria - Engineering


    • UCI Grad Slam Campus Finals at the Cove Friday – Friday, March 8
    • UC Grad Slam Systemwide Finals at LinkedIn San Francisco Campus – Friday, May 10


UCI is a member of the national Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 43 institutions dedicated to improving STEM undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners.

The Spring In-Person CIRTL Network meeting will be held here at UCI on March 22-3. Faculty and staff are invited. Details of the meeting and registration are available here

UCI’s CIRTL network membership provides UCI trainees with a variety of online resources.  In addition, UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between the Graduate Division and the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation which provides on-campus training for graduate students and postdocs.

Trainees can develop their pedagogical skills by participating in CIRTL programing at several different levels, depending on their interests and career goals. They can earn certificates which document their mastery of CIRTL core ideas, including evidence-based teaching, diversity and teaching as research. Questions? email

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:



Career Drop-in Advising
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.

Writing Consultants
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.

Fellowship Application Advising
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.

Communication Consultants
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 will be open Monday - Thursday from 9AM to 7PM and Friday from 9AM -5PM.

Need additional information? Contact the GRC:
PHONE: 949-824-3849