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Bouchet Honor Society Inducts New Members

On April 1, 2016, 10 UC San Diego graduate students were inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The induction ceremony took place at the 12th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Graduate Division staff member, Elisa Maldonado, accompanied the scholars. This was a return visit to Yale for Elisa, who obtained her Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2009 and was inducted into the Society as part of UC San Diego’s inaugural cohort that same year. Read more

Advocacy Day Shows Lawmakers Why Graduate Research Matters

Can we engineer bacteria to produce biofuels? How do we help students struggling with math to persist and succeed? These are just two examples of the complex questions that graduate students at UC San Diego are tackling—and that have real impact on the lives of Californians.

Last month, Dean Kim Barrett and graduate students Tracey Kiser and Ben Rubin traveled to Sacramento to meet with legislators and share the value of graduate research. The UC San Diego group was part of a UC delegation that included President Janet Napolitano and graduate deans as well as students from each UC campus. Altogether, UC students visited the offices of nearly 90 members of the state Assembly and Senate for the 7th annual Graduate Research Advocacy Day, held on March 16.

UC LEADS Symposium Inspires Undergraduates to Pursue Research in STEM

On March 4, 2016, UC LEADS Scholars from UC San Diego boarded a plane to Sacramento to attend the annual Leadership and Research Symposium, hosted at UC Davis. Making the journey were 10 scholars, one faculty mentor and one program coordinator (me, Chris Murphy!). At the same time, similar bands of travelers were making their own journeys from their respective UC campuses throughout California. The symposium brings UC LEADS scholars from all of the UC campuses together for a day filled with exciting research, informative workshops, and engaging leadership development.  Read more 

Last month, I had the honor of taking two of our talented doctoral students, Tracey Kiser (Education Studies) and Benjamin Rubin (Biological Sciences) to the State Capitol in Sacramento to highlight the importance of graduate research, both for the University of California and the state as a whole, for our legislators and their staff. Over the course of a long and grueling day, their enthusiasm never flagged as they talked about their work. 

Wednesday Workshops for 
Graduate Students

April 20 at Noon: Finding Internships with Career Services (Cross Cultural Center's ArtSpace Room): How can an internship help you in your career development? How can you find or create internship opportunities, and what do you need to do to land one? Find out at this interactive workshop. 

May 4 at Noon: Getting Published with the Library (Cross Cultural Center's ArtSpace Room): Have you ever wondered what it takes to get published? Attend this workshop to hear about the nuts and bolts of publishing. Presented by the UC San Diego Library.

May 18 at Noon: Moving Off Campus with Student Legal Services and Student Housing (Price Center's Roosevelt College Room): Student Legal Services can help you maximize your chances of having a positive experience as a renter by sharing information about your rights and responsibilities. Student Housing will be present with resources for finding off-campus housing. 

Click here for the Wednesday Workshops flier or go to the Grad Life @ UC San Diego webpage.

All-Campus Commencement

Saturday, June 11 - 10:00 a.m., RIMAC field

UC San Diego is reviving a time-honored tradition to celebrate and unify all graduates together.  For the first time in 16 years, a campuswide commencement featuring Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the global microfinance movement, will be held in tandem with the undergraduate and graduate school ceremonies.
Learn more at commencement.ucsd.edu.

Graduate Division Commencement

Saturday, June 11 - 1:30 p.m., RIMAC arena

Please join Dean Kim E. Barrett and Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified Superintendent, to celebrate graduate student commencement. All doctoral and MFA candidates will be hooded by their faculty advisor or departmental faculty representative. Click here for more information and to register. 

The newly reconfigured Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, composed of campus and community stakeholders, is charged with advising the Chancellor on issues such as institutional access and representation, campus climate and intergroup relations, and institutional transformation.


New 5-Year Fellowship Supports Excellence through Diversity

Dean Kim E. Barrett is pleased to announce a new fellowship award titled the Strategic Enhancement of Excellence through Diversity Fellowship (SEED). Effective for Fall 2016, this prestigious 5-year award has been made possible through the generous support of the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and will provide stipends of $25,000. The SEED program is motivated by the campus's commitment to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and by the belief that a diverse graduate student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students. Fourteen awards have been made for the fellowship's 2016-2017 inaugural year. 

Campus Boosts Support for Graduate Student Mental Health

Christina Lambert, the new CAPS Graduate and Professional School Students’ Program Manager, is leading a team to assess the needs of students and develop programs to serve a growing graduate and professional student population.
The Graduate Division is proud to announce the winner of the 3rd Annual Grad SLAM, a competitive speaking event that showcases graduate student research. Tiffany Taylor (biomedical sciences) will travel to San Francisco to compete in the UC systemwide event for a share of the $10,000 prize! The April 22 competition will be livestreamed starting at 11:30 a.m. Watch here.

Dean Barrett receives 
Research Mentor award

Congratulations to our own Dean Kim E. Barrett who was notified by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in February that she has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Intestinal Disorders Section Research Mentor Award. The announcement reads, "This award recognizes your achievements as an outstanding mentor," and signals Dean Barrett's success as a "wonderful role model, advisor, guide and colleague to so many of our trainees and junior faculty." Dean Barrett will receive her award at the AGA annual meeting in May. 

Graduate Programs Recognized for High Student Satisfaction

The following programs were honored last month by the Graduate Student Association for scoring highest in student satisfaction as shown in the Graduate and Professional Student Experience and Satisfaction (GPSES) survey. Programs were evaluated based on student responses to survey questions relating to quality of academics, logistics of academic delivery and department climate. The winning programs received a trophy and a monetary award from the Executive Vice Chancellor's office.

Best in Arts and Humanities/Social Sciences:
Best in Biological, Physical, and Health Sciences:
Best in Engineering:
   Structural Engineering
Best in Professional Programs:
   Rady School of Management-Flex MBA

Photos of the awards ceremony can be viewed here.
To view the survey's final report, click here.

Spring 2016


Last day to file paperwork for a Spring degree is Friday, June 10

Friday, June 3:
Deadline to register for Graduate Division commencement ceremony, to file degree paperwork for a Spring degree, and have name listed in commencement booklet. 

Friday, June 10: 

Final deadline for a Spring degree (name will not be listed in commencement booklet).

Click here for other Spring quarter deadlines.

Savuthy Chhun

joined the Information Systems unit in March as a Programmer/Analyst. He graduated in Summer 2015 from Revelle College with a BS in Computer Engineering. Savuthy had been a student worker with the Graduate Division since September 2013 and we are extremely happy to welcome him as a full-time staff member. He can be reached at 858-534-8978 or s2chhun@ucsd.edu or grad-help@ucsd.edu.

Jeffrey Hill

joined the Graduate Division this week as Executive Assistant to the Dean. Jeffrey joins us from Orthopedic Surgery at UC San Diego Health Sciences, where he served as the Academic/Financial Coordinator for a group of surgeons and their staff. He has a wealth of experience as an Executive Assistant from St. Louis University, University of Kentucky and the private sector. Jeffrey can be reached at 858-534-6655 or jfhill@ucsd.edu

Suzanne Young

joined the Graduate Division in March as the Financial Support unit's Assistant. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts. Suzanne has previous experience in accounting and human resources. She can be reached at 858-822-2244 or smy017@ucsd.edu.

Graduate Division Staff Profile

Elisa Maldonado has been working in the Graduate Division for almost two years, but first arrived at UC San Diego in 2003 as a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). While she was a graduate student, Elisa was a mentor and Graduate Advocate for the Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS). After obtaining her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from SIO in 2009, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

In June 2014, Elisa happily returned to UC San Diego as the Director of STARS. As a Mexican-American woman from Los Angeles, she would not have completed graduate school without research programs such as STARS, support from the Graduate Division (OGS at the time), and mentoring, which is why she is dedicated to helping other underrepresented students achieve their goals of obtaining a doctorate.

In her free time Elisa enjoys spending time with family; hiking, camping, or rock climbing with her friends and boyfriend Everett; or playing with her CH kitty Cumbia.

1,670 DEGREES AWARDED in 2014-2015

512 doctoral degrees, including the first PhD from the Rady School of Management

DEGREE COMPLETION in less than 5 years 

Doctoral students in education studies, nanoengineering, and mathematics completed their degrees in less than five years.


The 10* year completion rate for all doctoral students is 71%. Neurosciences has an even higher rate of 87%.

*Ten years is the standard measure of  degree completion rates.
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