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Grad SLAM Competition Kicks Off April 1

With just three minutes on the clock and thousands of dollars in prizes on the line, graduate students will make the case for their research at the second annual
Grad SLAM competition. The event is designed to showcase the impact of
graduate student research while providing a platform for students to gain experience communicating their work to a general audience. The preliminary rounds begin April 1 and the final competition will take place April 15. The top competitor will receive $2,500 and go on to compete in the first ever UC systemwide Grad SLAM
in May. Read about last year’s event and top winners here.

STARS Expands for Summer 2015

More undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds will gain research experience and benefit from faculty mentorships this summer, thanks to additional funding for the Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS). The eight-week program aims to strengthen the pipeline between community colleges, four-year universities and graduate programs at UC San Diego—and ultimately, help cultivate a more diverse  academic community.                              
JANUARY 21, 2015

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural edition of the UC San Diego Graduate Division Newsletter. Our goal is to bring you “news you can use” – look to the newsletter as a vehicle for updates about deadlines and important policy changes, information about exciting new programs for... 

Annual Winter Meetings
with Dean
Kim E. Barrett

This is your opportunity to meet with Dean Barrett and the Graduate Division staff to talk about issues pertaining to graduate education in your discipline. Chairs and Faculty Advisors are especially encouraged to attend. It is particularly important for Dean Barrett and her staff to hear from faculty since it is often our only opportunity to do so.  It may also be useful for chairs to learn from colleagues in other related programs.  We hope that you will make every effort to attend.  Please contact April Bjornsen at abjornsen@ucsd.edu or Dean Barrett at graduatedean@ucsd.edu with any questions. The schedule and the link to RSVP and to submit items to be included on the agenda are below. If you cannot attend the meeting for your discipline you may attend any of the other sessions.
To RSVP and submit agenda items CLICK HERE >>
  • Rady School of Management, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and Master of Advanced Studies Programs (Jan. 27)
  • Biological Sciences, and Health Sciences (Jan. 28)
  • Social Sciences (Jan. 28)
  • Arts and Humanities (Jan.29)
  • Physical Sciences, and Engineering (Jan. 29)

Winter quarter 2015 deadlines


Deadline to file degree paperwork for
a Winter degree: Friday, March 20

The following deadlines are consistent for
each quarter:

The 4th Friday of each quarter is the deadline
to submit:

•  Add/Drop/Change cards to change a grading
   option, change number of units, drop a course
   without a W

The 9th Friday of each quarter is the deadline
to submit:

•  Add/Drop cards to drop a course

The 10th Friday of each quarter is the deadline
to submit:

•  Add cards to add a course

Squidtoons: Sparking Scientific Curiosity through Comics

Garfield Kwan, a first year marine biology graduate student, merged his love for comics and ocean science to create Squidtoons—a website bustling with quirky, educational, kid-friendly comics. “We really just want to educate the public about science in a more visually appealing way...

Alumna Profile:
Hilary Ward, M.F.A. ’07

It’s not common to find a full-time actress who produces her own plays, helps run an up-and-coming repertory theater, does commercial and television work, and still has time to perform in indie films. But then again, Hilary Ward is not your average actress. You may recognize her from her appearances on Castle and Grey’s Anatomy...                              

Newly renamed
Graduate Division
rolls out the red
carpet at
Founders Day

The Graduate Division rolled out the red carpet and premiered its new look and name at Founders Day. Guests had their photos taken on the red carpet and were able to keep  their polaroid photos as mementos.
Click here for more photos

The Academic Senate

has published new guidelines regarding requests for exceptions to educational policies that fall under the Educational Policy Committee’s (EPC) review. EPC emphasizes that students are responsible for knowing and adhering to Senate Regulations and for monitoring their academic record regularly to ensure its accuracy. There are some important changes to take note of. Please click here to review the changes.

Irene Choi 

joined the Graduate Division
in January as the Financial Support Unit’s Assistant. 
Irene graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in human biology
and a master’s degree in biology. She can be reached
at 858-822-2596
or i3choi@ucsd.edu.

Saixious Dominguez-Kilday

joined the Graduate Division in October as the Academic Affairs Assistant. Saixious recently graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and she has years of work experience in the undergraduate admissions office. Saixious can be reached at 858-822-2244
or saixiousd@ucsd.edu.

Mayra Estrada

joined the Graduate Division in January as the Student Affairs Program Specialist. Mayra comes to UC San Diego from the San Diego Research Foundation where she worked for nearly two years. Mayra’s primary responsibility will be handling the financial aspects of the Student Affairs unit. She can be reached at 858-534-2770
or myestrada@ucsd.edu.

Dr. Elisa Maldonado

joined the Student Affairs unit in October. Elisa completed her PhD at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2009. She then went to Harvard where she worked as a postdoctoral researcher and a lab manager. She can be reached at 858-822-3536
or emmaldonado@ucsd.edu.
For graduate admissions
and application information, please
go to Admissions, or email gradadmissions

For general information,
contact the Graduate Division's main office
at 858-534-3555.