Graduate Division


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Opening its doors in 2014, UCI Applied Innovation is a dynamic, innovative central platform for the UCI campus, entrepreneurs, inventors, the business community and investors to collaborate and move UCI research from lab to market. Fully integrated with the UCI campus, yet externally focused, one of UCI Applied Innovation’s key priorities is to support, encourage and provide resources to innovators and entrepreneurs affiliated with UCI.

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Lunch & Learn Series at the Cove @ UCI

Hear experts present on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship, such as branding and marketing, pitching mistakes to avoid and investor relations. Presentations occur every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Previous presentations are available on SlideShare and YouTube.

Startup Scrimmage

Join us for Monday Night Football at the Cove @ UCI.  Network with local startups and entrepreneurs while enjoying light refreshments and halftime pitches from startups. For more information, go to

1 Million Cups

Every Wednesday from 8-9 a.m. at the Cove, two startups give a six-minute pitch to investors, mentors, business people, and community members, followed by a 20-minute period for the audience to ask questions and give valuable feedback to help the presenting startups. Free coffee and tea are provided. You can apply here to be a presenter.


Grad Slam

Graduate students present their research in a three-minute pitch to a panel of judges and a packed room at the Cove @ UCI. First place receives $2,000, second place receives $750, and third receives $500. The first-place winner advances to the UC-wide competition for a chance to win $10,000.

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Tech Surge

Teams who are using UCI intellectual property as a core part of their business idea can apply to Tech Surge, a special track of the UCI New Venture Competition. 1st place receives $10,000, 2nd place receives $7,500, 3rd receives $5,000, and 4th receives 2,500. 1st and 2nd place also receive entry into the six-month Wayfinder Incubator Program (read about it below).

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Invention Transfer Group Fellowship

The Invention Transfer Group offer graduate students, post docs, or professional students at UCI a hands-on introduction to university technology transfer and intellectual property management. Under the direction of a Licensing Officer, fellows will assist the office in conducting technology assessments, prior art searches, writing invention summaries and initiating market research of UCI inventions. This fellowship is part-time and paid. To qualify, you must be a UCI graduate-level (Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.D. or J.D.) student or postdoctoral scholar and have completed at least one year of graduate studies. Ph.D. students need to have passed their qualifying exams to apply.

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POP Grants Program

Proof of Product (POP) Grants is a funding program that, through UCI Applied Innovation, accelerates the development of UCI’s commercially promising technology. Grants of up to $100,000 help faculty innovators demonstrate commercial viability and improve their chances to obtain additional funding. 

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Wayfinder Incubator Program

Wayfinder is a highly structured incubator, through UCI Applied Innovation, that connects UCI-affiliated startups with essential resources needed to launch, grow and succeed. Teams using UCI-owned intellectual property as a core part of the startup’s business idea or who have a least one active team member (co-founder/member of the management team) who is a current UCI faculty, student, staff or alumnus can apply.  

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I-Corps Program

I-Corps is a market discovery program, through UCI Applied Innovation, that leads campus innovators through an immersive learning process to discover their product’s place in the market. Through this National Science Foundation-funded program, our team of experts train innovators to broaden the impact of basic research projects and develop effective solutions to customer problems. I-Corps is offered three times per calendar year.

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If a graduate student is involved in faculty research related to a financial interest, an oversight member must be appointed to the student’s candidacy, thesis, and/or doctoral committee. An oversight member is also required when a committee chair, thesis advisor, or other member of a graduate student’s committee has a financial interest in an outside entity that carries the possibility of a conflict of interest potentially harmful to the graduate student.

An oversight member serves as a non-voting Ex Officio member of a graduate student’s candidacy, thesis, or doctoral committee. Oversight members should be familiar with any conflict of interest issues related to the student and relevant campus policies.

The Graduate Dean will select the oversight member from a list of three nominees agreed upon by the student, the faculty research/thesis advisor, and the departmental representative. The Graduate Dean will retain sole authority to appoint the oversight member, and no exceptions to this requirement will be considered.

For more information, please contact Andrea Bannigan at or (949) 824-1244.

Academic Senate regulations related to oversight members can be found in Chapter III: Master’s Degree Requirements and Chapter IV: Doctor of Philosophy Requirements.