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Michael Callen, PhD '11 (economics) Assistant Professor, Rady School of Management
Grant Goodall, PhD '84 (linguistics) Professor, Department of Linguistics

Coming Home: Alumni Faculty Share Why They Came Back to Campus

It’s no secret that UC San Diego’s reputation as a top-ranked university is a major draw for prospective students—but it’s also pulling many graduates back to campus to serve as members of the faculty. In classrooms and labs across the university, our alumni are leading new directions in research and helping to train the next generation of innovators.

“We’re proud to have so many talented graduates who return to campus as faculty members, bringing with them fresh thinking that enriches our academic community,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “UC San Diego is ranked the 15th best university in the world, a testament to our faculty and students.” Read more

Leveraging Collective Impact to
Increase Diversity in STEM

How should the U.S. tackle the complex social problem of increasing diversity in STEM fields? That’s the big question that prompted a national conference held at UC San Diego Jan. 20-22.

Funded with a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the conference was the first to be held as part of NSF INCLUDES, a new initiative focused on building cross-sector partnerships to move the needle on STEM participation at the national level. 

Nearly 200 representatives from K-12, higher education, industry, government and nonprofit spheres attended the UC San Diego conference, which was coordinated by the Graduate Division. Titled “Collective Impact as a Pathway to Reinvigorate Broadening Participation in STEM,” the three-day meeting included a mix of guest speakers and workgroup sessions focused on the STEM pipeline. Read more

Annual Winter Meetings with the Graduate Division

Please join Interim Dean Steve Cassedy 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 Cassedy and his staff to hear from faculty. If you cannot attend your discipline's meeting you may attend any of the other sessions. Please RSVP here

Arts and Humanities (January 31)
Social Sciences (February 2)
Biological Sciences, Health Sciences (February 7)
Engineering, Physical Sciences, SIO (February 7)
Rady, GPS, MAS programs (February 9)

Click here to view the full schedule and locations

Graduate Students of Color
Weekly Forum

These weekly meetings begin Monday, January 23, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Student Services Center 300). Facilitated by CAPS and the Graduate Division, these meetings cover various topics, including managing stress, communication with faculty advisors, family responsibilities, and more. Contact Elisa Maldonado at emmaldonado@ucsd.edu or 858-822-3536, or Niyatee Sukumaran at 858-534-3456 with any questions.

Wednesday Workshops for 
Graduate Students

February 1, 12:00 PM: Promoting Your Research with the Library (Cross Cultural Center ArtSpace Room). Learn how to better understand personal identifiers (ORCiDs), to manage social media, and how the UC Open Access Policy applies to you. Led by the Library's Scholarly Communications Working Group.

February 15, 12:00 PM: Mindful Self-Compassion with CAPS (Cross Cultural Center ArtSpace Room). Learn how to increase your well-being, improve academic confidence, and combat self-criticism. Led by Dr. Vimean Vannavuth from CAPS.

Go to Grad Life @ UC San Diego for more information.

Graduate Student Writing Retreats at Teaching + Learning Commons

The Writing + Critical Expression Hub will be hosting three graduate writing retreats this quarter. These retreats offer graduate students dedicated space and time to work on large writing projects, as well as the opportunity to connect with peers from other departments, mini-lessons on creating sustainable writing habits, and snacks to fuel their writing. Visit the Graduate Student section of the events page for dates and to RSVP.


The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the 4th Annual UC San Diego Grad SLAM competition; a competitive speaking event that showcases graduate student research in 3 minute "TED-like talks." 
Preliminary rounds are February 21, 22, 23. The UC San Diego winner will travel to San Francisco in May to compete in the UC system-wide event for a share of the $10,000 prize! Click here for more information and to register.

ARCS Foundation Awards $255,000 in Fellowships to UC San Diego Graduate Students

The San Diego chapter of the ARCS Foundation, Inc. has awarded a total of $255,000 to 34 graduate students at the University of California San Diego. The annual fellowship awards recognize exceptional students who are pursuing research in the natural sciences, engineering and medicine. Read more

10 Fellowships Totaling $120,000 Support Graduate Students Studying Human Origins

Exploring the origins of humanity—along with the many facets of what makes us human—has enticed researchers across disciplines and centuries. It is also the primary quest of the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA), an Organized Research Unit (ORU) at UC San Diego.  This year, six graduate students have been awarded fellowships totaling $120,000 to support their participation in a three-year anthropogeny program administered by CARTA, while continuing to pursue their doctoral degree. Read more

Happy Hour at the New
Faculty Club Lounge

A new lounge has opened at the Faculty Club featuring “Dante,” a brick oven that bakes pizza, barbecue chicken and other small plates at 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The renovated contemporary lounge is open to the entire campus community this winter quarter—no membership required—for happy hour from 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for details. 

Fall 2016


For the first time, the number of applications exceeded 20,000 and grew by 8% to 20,925.  


The number of admitted students grew 13% to 5,381.


New student enrollment grew to 2,158 from Fall 2015, an increase of 9%.


Biostatistics (PhD), Education (PhD), Public Policy (MPP), Business Analytics (MS).

Future NASA Rovers Could be Sporting New Gears, Thanks to Work by UC San Diego Alumni

Moving a research lab can be a huge headache. Equipment needs to be dismantled. Experiments are put on pause. But for former UC San Diego materials science and engineering Ph.D. student Laura Andersen, PhD '16, her lab’s move opened up an exciting opportunity—a summer internship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, better known as JPL, developing wear resistant gears for spacecraft. Read more

Winter 2017


Last day to file for a Winter degree is Friday, March 24

Click here for other
Winter quarter deadlines

Courtney Aguila 

joined the Financial Support unit in January as the Employment Coordinator. She has previous experience on campus as a fund manager and Contracts and Grants analyst at JSOE. We are happy to welcome Courtney back to the Graduate Division (her employment at UCSD began here in 2010). She can be reached at 858-534-6562 or c8aguila@ucsd.edu.

Kelsey Darvin

joined the Admissions unit in November as an evaluator. Kelsey has previous experience as a study abroad advisor at UC Irvine. She can be reached
at 858-534-0401 or kadarvin@ucsd.edu

Jessica Hatrick

joined the Admissions unit in January as the front desk assistant. She recently graduated from UC San Diego and has experience working on campus in the Office of Research Affairs. Jessica can be reached at 858-534-3554 or jhatrick@ucsd.edu

Michelle Monroy

joined the Financial Support unit in September as the Graduate Fellowship Advisor. She worked previously at San Diego State and she is also published in The San Diego Union-Tribune and Voice of San Diego. Michelle can be reached at 858-822-2938 or mbmonroy@ucsd.edu.

Graduate Division Staff Profile

Chris Murphy has been with the Graduate Division for nearly 10 years, working in diversity outreach, recruitment, and retention. He enjoys "Netflix binge watching, cooking, craft beers, and getting lost and discovering new places." Chris was born in Tennessee but he grew up in San Diego.

The person Chris admires most is his mother: "She has overcome every obstacle imaginable to raise five children and still starts each day with a genuine smile."  

Places that Chris likes to visit are Balboa Park, Houston, Texas (for family), and the Philippines (also for family!). Chris' idea of perfect happiness is to "start and end each day without worrying." He also enjoys "peanut butter cups and beer. And when you combine the two . . . swoon."
Congratulations to Theatre and Dance alumni Christopher Murillo, MFA '13, Keith Wallace, MFA '16 (pictured), and Jiehae Park, MFA '09, all of whom were named Princess Grace Award winners from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Click here to read more about them. 


The Department of Visual Arts is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Visit their webpage for upcoming events to celebrate this milestone.
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