Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

JUNE 2018


Once again, commencement season is upon us, a time to reflect on our many successes and hard work as a campus.  This month, we prepare to acknowledge the achievements of hundreds of our doctoral and master's students, leaders of the future who will create the reputation of our campus.

This milestone represents the culmination of years of perseverance, commitment and countless hours of hard work. It is a time of celebration and an opportunity for us to recognize the contributions made by our students in many areas, including cutting-edge research, as ambassadors for higher education, and as educators to the undergraduate community here at UCI. 

Quickly becoming a tradition, the Graduate Division hosted the Celebration of Graduate Success for the third year on Saturday, May 19, 2018. This year, the event provided UCI alumni, current graduate students, and postdocs with an opportunity to grow their own professional development skills with training from experts. Focusing on communications as a professional competency, our featured speakers shared how to leverage tools and strategies as part of an everyday practice for successful professionals.

  • Networking: Greg Campbell, Leadership Coach – Networking – Connections – Relationships: How to Know the Difference

  • Public Speaking: Bri McWhorter, MFA’14, CEO of Activate to Captivate – Presentation Skills

  • Social Media: Lucas Vandenberg, Managing Partner & Hanna McGuire, Account Coordinator, Fifty & Five Social Media Agency – Developing Your Social Strategy

Our alumni took advantage of the opportunity to come back to campus to learn, network, and engage with UCI while our current graduate students and postdocs received elevated training and insight. No matter where our attendees are in their career pathway, they were able to learn and grow as professionals. Learn more about the program and the history of Celebration of Graduate Success.

Finally, I’m excited to welcome approximately 87 students into our 2018 Summer Research Programs; see below for more information. 



DEADLINE: Complete applications, including recommendations, must be submitted through the U.S. Department of Education G5 system by the internal deadline of 12 noon, June 13, 2018

DURATION: Applicants may propose research for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months.  The fellowship may not be renewed.

ELIGIBILITY: Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled.  Students are eligible to receive a fellowship if they:

  • Are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;

  • Are a graduate student in good academic standing at an institution of higher education in the U.S. who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution;

  • Is planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation;

  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Please see the Federal Register Notice for eligible geographic regions and languages.  Please also review the definitive, official application instructions in the G5 system.

Applications are required to be submitted electronically using the U.S. Department of Education’s G5 system at who plan to apply should contact Gina Anzivino as soon as possible for information on additional supplemental information to be submitted separately.  Complete applications, including recommendations, must be submitted through the U.S. Department of Education G5 system by the internal deadline of 12 noon, June 13, 2018


Brews and Brains is turning three!

Join us on Tuesday, June 12 at 6pm in the Activity Annex of the Anteater Recreation Center to celebrate another successful year at the Brews and Brains Third Anniversary Fundraiser. Hear from three UCI graduate students and special guest speakers, including Sandra Tsing Loh of KPCC’s “The Loh Down on Science,” while enjoying free food and drinks!

Brews and Brains is a community all about celebrating innovative research and great company. Every other Tuesday, we host a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar to present a 10 minute talk. These talks are aimed at a general audience and are the catalyst for incredible dialogue between researchers and the public!

Visit the Brews and Brains Meetup page, our anniversary fundraiser event page, or email Sarah Joy Cross ( or Ted Yoo ( for more information!


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 Postdoctoral Association Monthly Meeting- PDA website
Wednesday, June 6-12:00-1:00pm, Biological Sciences III, Rm 2120
All postdocs invited to plan professional and social events for 2018-9.

Inventions, Patents, and Startups, oh my! Protecting and Commercializing your UCI Research Results
Presenting Alvin Viray, Esq., Associate Director, Invention Transfer Group, UCI Applied Innovation
Tuesday, June 19-12:00-1:00pm, Natural Science II, Rm 4210  Register

UCI Postdoctoral Association Monthly Picnic- PDA website
Wednesday, June 27-12:00-1:00pm, Biological Sciences III, Rm 2120

Save the Date
Postdocs at the Forefront- 3rd Annual UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Symposium
Friday, September 28- 2:00-7:00pm at UCI Applied Innovation


This summer the Graduate Division will again be hosting two research programs:

  • The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program will include 50 incoming doctoral students. 6 of the incoming doctoral students participating in the program were awarded a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, which supports their participation in the program, 16 students were awarded the Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship, and 17 students are being sponsored by their respective departments.  

    • Competitive Edge is an eight-week faculty-mentored research program designed to integrate minority students and females underrepresented in their disciplines into the fabric of the university by providing tools and resources before the start of the academic year. 

    • For more information about the Competitive Edge program please contact Claudia Campos at x41281.

  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, UC LEADS, the CSU Pre-doctoral Program (CPDP), CSU Long Beach BUILD, CAL Bridge and the UCI HBCU Initiative combine to form one Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduate and master's students. This year, we will host over 50 diversity students from around the U.S. 

    • SRP is an eight-week faculty-mentored, graduate preparation research experience. Students will take part in a rigorous course of workshops designed to help prepare them for graduate school. All student participants reside in on-campus housing for the duration of the summer program.

    • For more information about the SRP please contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.

  • Both summer programs will host a research symposium on August 17.  All are welcome to attend and additional information will be forthcoming.


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 the commencement team.


The Graduate Division is looking for a current graduate student to fill a special position that will aid greatly in developing and maintaining a broad spectrum of communications projects for prospective graduate students, current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as well as graduate and postdoctoral alumni.  This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting, work with various professional staff with responsibilities across multiple disciplines, and contribute to major campus initiatives that will have broad and visible impact.

The Social Media GSR, under the direction of the Director for Graduate Student Affairs and Alumni Relations and in consult with the Graduate Alumni Relations and Student Affairs, Communications, and Outreach, Recruitment and Retention teams, will have a key role in informing the social media strategy, website and CRM campaigns – three critical avenues of communication for the Graduate Division – to ensure all are highly engaging and appropriately reach the various populations we serve.  Finally, the Social Media GSR will also staff the graduate student based Social Media Workgroup.

This is a 50% position and is eligible for full fee remission.  Eligible students will be in good academic standing and available for a full 50% GSR for the duration of the position. Performance in the role will be evaluated quarterly. Academic performance during employment is also evaluated to ensure satisfactory academic progress.   

Successful candidates for this position will begin in Summer 2018.

Selected Duties:

  • Assists in implementing the Graduate Division social media strategy

    • Assists in developing social media content

    • Manages social media calendar and organic postings

  • Ensures an updated Graduate Division website as well as a highly dynamic and engaging interface across the website.  

    • Constant review of the website for current information, relevance, and accuracy paying special attention to creating and suggesting engaging content

  • Ensures prospective students, program participants, and others are responded to in a prompt and timely manner following various CRM campaigns

  • Maintains and grows the Social Media Workgroup

    • Administer and facilitate regular group meetings and interactions

    • Assure timely follow-up of action items established by the group

  • Administers an active social media campaign during Graduate Division events

  • Other related duties as assigned following project development

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience implementing a social media strategy in a professional setting and/or for non-personal purposes

  • Demonstrated experience in managing the following: Facebook fanpage, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, and LinkedIn groups.

  • Strong written communication skills

  • Strong ability to communicate across various professionals, peers, and in mixed settings

  • Moderate level knowledge or above of current social media trends and best practices

  • Strong desire to learn various new skills in a professional setting

  • Team work oriented attitude and the ability to be flexible with shifting goals, priorities and direction

  • Self-starter and motivated to take an active role on a team

  • Excited by a high level of task variation

Interested? Fill out an online application ( and don’t forget to email your professional resume to

Questions? Contact: Raslyn Rendon,  

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Graduate Welcome and Orientation September 20-21, 2018 at the Bren Events Center!

  • 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 nor 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, Division of Career Pathways, 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:


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!

We hope you encourage your students to participate in remaining advanced training boot camps and professional services this quarter. Students can register through AppointmentPlus. Your support in promoting our programs is greatly appreciated.


  • Keck Graduate Institute - Postdoctoral Professional Masters Program Info Session – Monday, May 14 from 12:00 – 1:00PM
  • Steve Casper, Dean of the School of Applied Life Sciences at Keck Graduate Institute, will be visiting UCI for an information session to share career options with their Postdoctoral Professional Masters program with an industry perspective.

Students can register here for this spring’s advanced training boot camps and workshops. Spaces are limited. Please encourage your students to register early to reserve their spots!


  • Mini Dissertation Boot Camp – Friday, May 18 from 9:00AM – 5:00PMSPACE IS LIMITED. Participants can register here.
  • Mini Dissertation Boot Camps provide dedicated times for participants to set writing goals and promote the development of healthy writing habits in a distraction-free environment. Open to all students and postdocs working on any piece of writing, not limited to dissertations.


    • 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. 
    • Fellowship Application AdvisingStudents can schedule an appointment here or by calling 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 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.

  • Career Drop-in AdvisingThe drop-in services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM.
  • Career counselor Neda Moayedi reviews CVs and other job materials and provides tools for the competitive job market.

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  • The GRC is open Monday – Thursday, 9:00AM to 7:00PM and 9:00AM – 5:00PM on Fridays.


Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


PHONE 949-824-3849



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