NIH BEST Grant Alumni Spotlights

Student Research

The University of California, Irvine master's and doctoral students have a wealth of opportunities to create new knowledge in diverse research areas. Whether devising chemical processes that will produce smaller nano chips, analyzing depictions of intergenerational conflict within Asian American literature, developing laser imaging devices to detect breast cancer at early stages, or traveling to Rwanda to study post-genocide understandings of nationality, as a graduate student you are at the forefront of research that advances scientific knowledge and addresses urgent social problems.

As a growth campus, we have had the opportunity to recruit both new and established faculty who are leaders in their fields and who have very active research agendas. Consequently, faculty actively seek to employ graduate students as research assistants to carry out research programs within their departments and through the more than 100 research centers at the Irvine campus. Working closely with faculty mentors, UCI students publish their work in top-ranking journals, win prizes and receive national awards. One of many success stories include our Public Impact recipients. Distinguished Fellow Janice Chang, an M.D./Ph.D. student in Anatomy and Neurobiology, who has published three papers and a patent in her efforts to find a cure for tinnitus, a “ringing of the ears” that affects more than 50 million Americans and is the No. 1 service-related disability of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

UC Irvine's location – near the Pacific Ocean, desert and mountain ecosystems, the U.S.-Mexico border, the highly diverse metropolitan Los Angeles and San Diego areas, leading financial and high-tech companies, and major centers for the arts – presents students with an incredible array of research opportunities.