Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

DECEMBER 2018 and JANUARY 2019


Next Fall’s admissions cycle is now in full swing. Graduate Division will continue to provide recruitment incentives that yielded excellent recruits this fall. These incentive programs include the Graduate Dean’s Recruitment, Diversity Recruitment, and Provost Ph.D. fellowships. We will once again award Eugene Cota Robles, Graduate Opportunity and Nevin Graduate Endowment fellowships to enhance inclusive excellence in our graduate programs. I encourage you to nominate your top admits for these fellowships.

I would like to congratulate all of this year’s impressive Public Impact and Chancellor’s Club fellows. A complete list of winners is presented below.

The 2019 UCI campus Grad Slam finals will be held March 8, leading up to the systemwide final competition on May 10 at LinkedIn’s San Francisco campus. The Graduate Division will be accepting applications and video submissions, due on January 18, to identify talented students who are able to present their research in a clear, compelling and engaging way to a non-specialist audience. I hope that you encourage qualified scholars to apply.  More details below.

This double issue of the Graduate Monthly Update is our last for the calendar year. Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year. I look forward to sharing more news with you in our next issue of the newsletter, which will appear in February 2019.

And, don’t forget to connect with me on Twitter if you haven’t already! Follow me @fmlesliegd for a follow back or search #ucigradlife to see my posts!



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


  • 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 now accepting nominations for the Tom Angell Fellowship, which will be awarded in winter 2019. This fellowship is intended to honor Tom Angell’s contributions as our Graduate Counselor to graduate student wellness and retention. The award is open to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars.

Submission deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5:00pm

The call for nominations and nomination form are available at Please contact Turner Dahl at or (949) 824-0490 with any questions.

Google Lime Scholarship is open to current undergraduate or graduate students with disabilities who will be studying at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Deadline: December 9, 2018



The Graduate Division will host two information sessions on the recruitment fellowships processes for this academic year. This session will cover the nomination processes as well as tips on submitting successful nominations. 

The fellowships that will be discussed are:

  • Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
  • Provost PhD Fellowship
  • Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship
  • Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowship

We suggest that at least one member per department/program attend one of the information sessions. 

Understanding the process can help save time for everyone involved. Incorrect and incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.

Session 1:
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Graduate Resource Center – 3100 Gateway Study Center

Session 2:
Thursday, January 10, 2019
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Graduate Resource Center – 3100 Gateway Study Center

Please note: The same information will be delivered in both sessions, and it is NOT necessary to RSVP.

Please feel free to forward this information to your faculty and staff.

For questions, please contact Daniel Fabrega at x4-8730 or Claudia Campos at x4-1281.


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 collect 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 days prior to the application deadline or by March 4, 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.


Postdoctoral Scholar Holiday Party- PDA website

All postdocs invited; partners and spouses are welcome. The PDA will provide main dishes, beverages and games. Postdocs bring a favorite side dish or dessert to share.
Saturday, December 15, 5:00-10:00pm, Natural Sci I, rm 1114

UCI Postdoc Association Monthly Meeting- PDA website
Postdocs meet to plan professional and social events.
Wednesday, January 9, 12:00-1:00pm, Biological Sciences III, rm 2120

PDA Monthly Picnic Lunch- PDA website
Tables near BC’s Cavern (location changes monthly)
Friday, January 25, 12:00-1:00pm

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.
More Info:Visit the website

Postdoctoral Scholar FOCUS Seminars
The Postdoc FOCUS seminar series allows postdocs to choose the presentation/discussion format (research talk, teaching demo, etc.); the audience includes colleagues from a range of disciplines.
3rd Thursday of the month; 12:00-1:00pm at Graduate Resource Center
More Info:Visit the website


  • Graduate students from all fields and disciplines are invited to apply to the UCI Grad Slam graduate research presentation competition. 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!

    • Application Submission Deadline – Friday, January 18
    • UCI Grad Slam Semi-Finals – Friday, February 8
    • UCI Grad Slam Campus Finals – Friday, March 8
    • UC Grad Slam Systemwide Finals at LinkedIn San Francisco Campus – Friday, May 10


    Application Form

    For more information, students can go to or contact Turner Dahl at


The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation will offer two courses to graduate students and postdocs who want to improve their teaching skills and qualify for CIRTL levels of Associate and Practitioner.

Title: University Studies 390X – Developing Teaching Excellence

Description: The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is proud to offer our quarterly University Studies 390X course, focused on developing teaching excellence. Through this course, you will be exposed to an interdisciplinary group of people interested in developing best practices for teaching. By the end of the course, participants will earn the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Associate level certificate, as well as the Certificate in Course Design. In addition, participants will make significant progress towards the Certificate in Teaching Excellence. For more information, including how this course meets the requirements for applying to the prestigious Pedagogical Fellows Program, click the link below! You can register for the course through WebReg.


Instructor: Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul at

Title: University Studies 395 – Teaching as Research Seminar

Description: This seminar is offered quarterly if three students enroll by Monday of Week 1. The seminar meets Wednesday mornings at 9am. 

Link:  (course 87910)

Instructor: Dr. Adrienne Williams (

Enroll in both courses directly via webreg.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Graduate Division Mentoring Opportunities | Online applications open on December 5, 2018

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce two upcoming opportunities for graduate students to become a mentor! The Graduate InterConnect Program and DECADE PLUS work to provide quality mentoring to unique student populations to this campus. Both programs are looking for graduate students who have a strong interest and passion for helping other students succeed. Find out more about these programs and opportunities below:

Graduate Interconnect Peer Mentors

Spring 2019-Fall 2019

The Graduate InterConnect Program (GIC) supports the successful transition of international graduate student. The program offers opportunities for international students to network, to develop support networks, improve communication skills, and learn about American life and culture in efforts to ease the transition to UC Irvine and the graduate experience. In 2018, we had 58 graduate students in the role and are looking forward to expanding. GIC Peer Mentors will be assigned to a group of incoming international students, assist students through pre- and post-arrival communications, plan and facilitate fall welcome events, and provide critical support during the International Graduate Welcome and Orientation.


For questions about GIC, please email Gabriella Pham.

DECADE PLUS Leadership Coaches

Spring 2019-Spring 2020

DECADE PLUS is a mentorship program for undergraduate Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars. Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars are identified by the University as high-achieving, incoming undergraduate students from across California who demonstrate great intellectual and academic promise. This program is a partnership between the Graduate Division and the Division of Undergraduate Education. DECADE PLUS is the Graduate Division’s most intensive mentoring opportunity and requires a full calendar year commitment. Leadership Coaches will work both independently and as a part of a mentoring team to ease students’ transitions to campus and through their undergraduate career.

For questions about DECADE PLUS, please email Jade Turner.

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 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 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:




    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.
    • The GRC will be closed on Monday, November 12 and Thursday through Friday, November 22-23.


    Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


         PHONE     949-824-3849


Per the new contract between the University and the UAW, for Academic Student Employees (ASEs) eligible for partial fee remission (graduate students with ASE appointments of 25% or more for the term), the University will provide an additional fee remission of $100 per quarter to partially cover campus-based fees (aka “local fees”).  Academic units that have entered fee fellowships to cover winter quarter local fees in FWA should adjust them accordingly.  The updated partial fee remission chart reflecting the new amount is available on our website.

 Also effective winter quarter is a change in eligibility to the childcare reimbursement program for fellows.  To be eligible for the program a fellow must hold a university-administered fellowship that covers the full amount of California resident fees and tuition, and provides a minimum stipend of $6,000 for the quarter to be reimbursed.  To be eligible during the summer, the fellowship must provide a minimum stipend of $6,000.  All other terms and conditions remain the same.  This update has also been posted on our website.

 Any questions about the above policies should be directed to Gina Anzivino.