Graduate Division

California Pre-Doctoral Program

UC Irvine is pleased to welcome participants from the California State University (CSU) Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program (CPDP).  Each year the UC Irvine Graduate Division in partnership with the CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program hosts CPDP scholars in either the SURF (for prospective UC Irvine graduate students) or DECADE Competitive Edge (for newly admitted UC Irvine Ph.D. and M.F.A. students) summer programs.

Participants of CPDP who will be applying to UC Irvine for graduate studies and choose to attend UC Irvine for their summer research experience will participate in the SURF program which includes eight weeks of faculty mentored research. In addition, students participate in an intense series of workshops dedicated to graduate preparation for entrance into doctoral studies at UC Irvine.

Through the DECADE Competitive Edge Program CPDP participants who have been admitted to UC Irvine and plan on enrolling in the fall will take part in eight weeks of faculty mentored research.  Additionally, programming geared towards integration into graduate studies at UC Irvine is conducted throughout the program.  Participants in each program are closely supported by advanced doctoral students who act as peer mentors during and beyond the summer program experience as well as a range of program and campus staff who are here to support growth and development at each stage.

Interested CPDP scholars should email Daniel Fabrega at