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In the Spotlight: Dissertation Year Fellows

Fellowship Awards Support Students in the Final Stretch

Imagine solar cells that can be printed in the same manner as a newspaper, via roll-to-roll printing. Or wearable sensors that can measure body temperature and heart rate. The materials that would make these plastic electronics possible are the focus of Suchol Savagatrup’s research. A doctoral candidate in chemical engineering, Savagatrup studies the mechanical properties of semi-conducting polymers in order to engineer highly stretchable plastic electronics.

Savagatrup is the 2015-16 recipient of the Kaplan Dissertation Year Fellowship, which provides a $22,000 stipend to outstanding students in their last year of doctoral study. The award aims to help students focus on the final stages of their research and on writing their dissertations. For Savagatrup, the fellowship has also provided an opportunity to give back to younger researchers. He is currently mentoring two undergraduate students in his lab. 
It’s great to have the opportunity to send good wishes for a happy and productive New Year.  As many of you know, I have been away from the Graduate Division for the past six months on sabbatical leave in Dublin, Ireland.  It was a chance to reconnect with writing and scholarship, and to interact closely with graduate students and other trainees at my host institution, University College Dublin.  I’m really grateful to Steve Cassedy for stepping in as Acting Dean during my absence, particularly since it was a very busy Fall quarter, with the launch of a host of new programs.
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Wednesday Workshops for 
Graduate Students

January 27 at Noon: Impostor Syndrome with CAPS (Cross Cultural Center's ArtSpace Room): 70% of people experience impostor syndrome at some point, but graduate students experience it most often during their training. CAPS invites you to understand impostor syndrome and explore ways to combat it.

February 10 at Noon: Money Smart: Budgeting and Saving (Cross Cultural Center's ArtSpace Room): Presented by UC San Diego's Financial Aid Office. 

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

Annual Winter Meetings with the Graduate Division

Please join Dean Barrett and Graduate Division staff to talk about issues pertaining to graduate education in your discipline. Department Chairs and Faculty Advisors are especially encouraged to attend as it is important for Dean Barrett and her staff to hear from faculty. If you cannot attend your discipline's meeting you may attend any of the other sessions. To RSVP and submit agenda items click here.

Arts and Humanities (January 26)

Biological Sciences, Health Sciences (January 26)

Physical Sciences, Engineering, SIO (January 27)

Rady, GPS, MAS programs (January 27)

Social Sciences (January 28)

Click here to view the full schedule and locations

Grads and Grub

February 19, 5:00 PM: Don't miss Grads and Grub, a social mixer series for graduate students, alumni, post-docs and faculty. Connect with each other over a beer and appetizers. Sponsored by the 
Graduate DivisionGraduate Student Association, and UCSD Alumni.
The Graduate Division is proud to launch the 3rd Annual UC San Diego Grad SLAM competition; a competitive speaking event that showcases graduate student research. Preliminary rounds are March 30, 31, and April 1. The UC San Diego winner will travel to San Francisco to compete in the UC system-wide event for a share of the $10,000 prize! Click here for more information and to register.

Writing Center Extends Services to Graduate Students

Writing is a critical skill for any graduate student in any field. From journal articles to grant applications, conference presentations and dissertation papers, written communication is embedded in the work of any researcher. To help students hone these skills and communicate more effectively, the UC San Diego Writing Center has extended its services to graduate students. Read more

Morgan Fellowship Supports Next Generation of Humanities Scholars 

For more than half a century, the events and personalities of San Diego were chronicled, analyzed and brought to life by journalists Judith Morgan and her late husband, Neil. Now, The Judith and Neil Morgan Endowed Fellowship at UC San Diego will carry forth their spirit of civic engagement by supporting exceptional graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Read more

35 Graduate Students Named
ARCS Scholars

The San Diego chapter of the ARCS Foundation has awarded 35 fellowships totaling $262,500 to UC San Diego graduate students pursuing research in science, engineering and medicine. Dedicated to advancing science and technology in the U.S., the ARCS Foundation supports students “who show promise in bringing positive and innovative ideas to our society,” says Mary Fitz, president of the local chapter.

Julie Bergmann, Ph.D. candidate in public health & Frontiers of Innovation Fellow

After a study abroad trip to Tanzania as an undergraduate, Julie Bergmann knew that she wanted to pursue a career in public health. Now a doctoral candidate in global health at UC San Diego, Bergmann is conducting research in Uganda to assess health care barriers for HIV-exposed infants. Bergmann was part of the inaugural UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) cohort and presented her research at the first annual FISP Symposium, held November 20, 2015. Read more

UC San Diego History Students Seize Rare Opportunity to View Chinese Records

L to R: Matthew Willis (history), Yupeng Jiao (history), Yidi Wu (history, UC Irvine), Chih-ho Lin (visual arts), Peter Braden (history), Chuchu Wang (history), Corina Cheung (history, UC Irvine)
The UC San Diego Department of History has forward-thinking graduate students. Presented with the opportunity to conduct research on a massive collection of rare Chinese archives, 12 pre-dissertation graduate students embraced the challenge, mixing history and technology to tackle a project called, “Everyday Life in Revolutionary China.” The students’ unprecedented research led to a new five-year collaboration between UC San Diego and East China Normal University in Shanghai, with the next round of research presentations scheduled for June in San Diego.  Read more

Timothy Gallaudet,

Ph.D. '01 (Oceanography)

Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet addresses the audience during a sea-level rise conference at Scripps, May 2014. Photo: Bob Ross

Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, who received a doctorate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, became the Oceanographer of the Navy in a Sept. 25 ceremony at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Gallaudet succeeds Rear Adm. Jonathan White in the position. White is retiring after 32 years of service to the Navy. 

Winter 2016


Last day to file paperwork for a Winter degree is Friday, March 18

Friday, January 29 is the
deadline to submit Add/Drop/Change cards to:

• Drop a class without a "W"
• Change a grading option
• Change the number of units for a course
Click here for other deadlines.

Graduate Division Staff Profiles


Erin Dickerson Calhoun has been the Admissions Supervisor since October 2013. She moved to San Diego in the summer of 2013 with her handsome highschool sweetheart, Peter (now her husband), so he could pursue his PhD in Statistics. They tied the knot in Balboa Park in November 2014. Erin worked previously in academic affairs and admissions in Florida. She was born and raised in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

One of Erin's favorite places to visit is Captiva, an island off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The water there is warm, the beach is beautiful, and the daiquiris are delicious.

Erin would love to meet Fred Rogers from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. Click here to read more about Erin.


Erin Espaldon began working as the Institutional Research officer for the Graduate Division nearly two years ago. Prior to coming here, Erin worked as a lab manager and research associate at SDSU.

Erin's favorite book is The Moral Animal by Robert Wright. She says it's a great introduction to evolutionary psychology (one of her favorite topics of discussion) and why we are what we are and do what we do. Erin practices and teaches yoga. You can also find her at the gym more days than not, and she loves playing soccer and beach volleyball. Erin is also a huge college basketball fan; it pretty much consumes all her free time from November through April. 

Erin has a yellow labrador named Kale and a snowshoe cat named Fisker. She recently returned from hiking in Patagonia so right now that is at the top of her favorite places to visit. Erin also loves Costa Rica and its pura vida lifestlye. For her, perfect happiness is finding peace in the present moment. 


Jacqueline Rizo has been with UC San Diego for nearly five years, all with the Graduate Division. She started as an HR Personnel assistant and was promoted to a Fiscal/HR Administrator over a year ago. In addition to her full-time job, Jackie attends school in the evenings working towards a degree in Marketing (she completed her A.S. in business management last spring).  

Jackie was born in Brawley, CA, grew up in Calipatria and Imperial, and moved to San Diego eight years ago. She enjoys drawing, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, and reading; her favorite book is Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Jackie's biggest influences and the people she admires the most are her maternal grandmother and her mother. Click here to read why.

Fall 2015 


Applications grew 11% to an all-time high of 19,285.


The number of admitted students grew 17% from Fall 2014 to a total of 4,670.


New student enrollment grew to 1,957 from Fall 2014, a 10% increase. The largest increase was in new masters students in Jacobs School of Engineering, which increased 34%.


for Fall 2016: 
PhD Biostatistics
PhD in Education
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Master of Science in Business Analytics 
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.

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