22nd annual Diversity Awards recognize exceptional contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion
Jason Dorwart believes everyone should play a role in the arts as creators, not merely consumers. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego, he is committed to engaging diverse populations in performing arts. Before beginning his doctoral studies at UC San Diego, Dorwart performed with the Denver-based Phamaly Theatre Company, one of the few professional theater groups in the world made up entirely of disabled actors. He is working to cultivate this same sense of community among disability studies scholars on campus.
Biofuel cells that are powered by human sweat. 3D printed heart tissue. Tiny robots that could deliver drugs. Stretchable and wearable electronics. These are just a few ways that nanoengineers at UC San Diego are making a big splash—at the nanoscale level
The jewel—a jade pendant worn on a king’s chest during key religious ceremonies—was first unearthed in 2015. It is now housed at the Central Bank of Belize, along with other national treasures. Braswell recently published a paper in the Cambridge University journal Ancient Mesoamerica detailing the jewel’s significance. A second paper, in the Journal of Field Archaeology, describes the excavations.
UC San Diego alumnus uses innovative technology to help visually impaired navigate the world.
When asked what qualities a successful entrepreneur should have, Suman Kanuganti’s answer is succinct: “Have Drive. Learn. Embrace risks.”
Qualities Kanuganti (MBA ’15) possesses in spades. As the CEO and co-founder of a flourishing startup born out of a Rady School of Management course, his determination is obvious. However, drive alone does not ensure the success of a startup, Kanuganti said. Embracing innovation is also key.
The executive order restricting entry to the United States is contrary to our values.
President Donald Trump signed three executive orders on immigration in late January, including one which triggered an immediate ban on entry to the United States for people from certain Muslim majority nations.
The University of California supports legislative efforts to rescind the order. Like universities across the country, UC is deeply enriched by students, faculty and scholars from around the world, who come to study, teach and conduct research. It is critical that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, scientists and engineers of all backgrounds and nationalities.
UC is also deeply concerned that all three executive orders on immigration signed by President Trump earlier this year are creating a climate of confusion and fear among members of our community, especially among undocumented students and those of the Muslim faith.
The information gathered here is intended to provide guidance, resources and support for navigating this fluid situation, and to reaffirm the University of California’s commitment to all members of its community.
President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California today (Jan. 29) issued the following statement:
We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.
While maintaining the security of the nation's visa system is critical, this executive order is contrary to the values we hold dear as leaders of the University of California. The UC community, like universities across the country, has long been deeply enriched by students, faculty, and scholars from around the world, including the affected countries, coming to study, teach, and research. It is critical that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, scientists, and engineers of all backgrounds and nationalities.
We are committed to supporting all members of the UC community who are impacted by this executive action.
The UC San Diego International Students (ISPO) & Programs Office and International Faculty & Scholars Office (IFSO) in the International Center recognize that recent changes in immigration policy may raise questions and concerns in our international community.
Please review and refer interested individuals to this resource. The International Center is reaching out and providing support to affected faculty, researchers, and students, and will continue to monitor any decisions impacting our international student and scholar populations, including departments and units who provide services for them. Updated information will be provided through the International Center website and via email to individually affected community members.
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 improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) participation at the national level.
Tracey Kiser graduated in June 2016 from the University of California San Diego with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Teaching and Learning. The only person in her family to graduate from college, Kiser is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for low-income students.
A new tool for fighting wildlife trafficking developed by a team led by a UC San Diego mechanical engineering alum has been selected as the overall winner of the inaugural global ‘Zoohackathon” sponsored by the U.S. Government’s Task Force on Combating Wildlife Trafficking.
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.
Faculty, staff and student representatives of UC San Diego met with hundreds of prospective graduate students at the annual Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference, held Oct. 13-15 in downtown Long Beach. The largest STEM diversity event in the country, the conference offers three days of cutting-edge science, training, mentoring and cultural activities for students and scientists at all levels.
Tracey Kiser graduated in June 2016 from the University of California San Diego with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Teaching and Learning. The only person in her family to graduate from college, Kiser is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for low-income students.
Following years of commitment to education, job seekers soon realize that in order to land a job they’ll need to possess a combination of applied leadership and project management traits in addition to the technical expertise acquired through the rigors of academics and research.
The second installment of this year’s list of outstanding grads
UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance ranks high in the nation for a reason—the rigorous training it provides to its graduate students with faculty who are acclaimed theatre artists and its unique partnership with the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse.
Seven years ago Katrin Pesch embarked on an academic journey in artistic research and production at the University of California San Diego. An inaugural member of the Ph.D. Art Practice concentration within the Art History, Theory and Criticism doctoral program in the Department of Visual Arts, Pesch will be the first graduate of the program this spring. She will screen her thesis film, “Finding Things I Don’t Want To Find?,” Tuesday, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. and June 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149. A reading from the written component of her dissertation entitled, “(Im)material Encounters: Ghosts and Objects at the Bancroft Ranch House Museum,” will accompany the screening.
On the evening of June 4th, five distinguished members of the Triton family will be recognized at the 38th annual Alumni Celebration, recognizing outstanding Tritons who have brought honor and distinction to UC San Diego through their leadership, professional accomplishments and personal achievements.
As a college student, Elena Hood knew firsthand the importance of having a place to call home and find familiar faces. In her own experience as an undergraduate, it was her involvement with the Native community that played an integral role in her academic success. This summer, Hood will begin to cultivate similar opportunities for community growth at UC San Diego as the inaugural director of the Inter-Tribal Resource Center, the campus’ newest space dedicated to inclusion and outreach efforts.
UC San Diego’s Big Pixel Initiative is taking full advantage of a partnership with DigitalGlobe—and the latest Google technology—to sponsor cutting-edge, innovative research. But the applications aren’t just for the researcher. Students across campus are being taught to understand the technology that affects our lives, every single day. And in the process, they’ll graduate more prepared for jobs that have the potential to make positive, real-world change.
The sea urchin’s intricate mouth and teeth are the model for a claw-like device developed by a team of engineers and marine biologists at the University of California, San Diego to sample sediments on other planets, such as Mars. The researchers detail their work in a recent issue of the Journal of Visualized Experiments.
Tiffany Taylor took a deep breath, reminded herself to give it her best, and calmly walked onto the stage. She had just three minutes and three PowerPoint slides to explain her years of research on glioblastomas—the most common and deadliest form of malignant brain tumors in adults—to a crowd of non-experts. She was prepared for this. What she didn’t expect was to be called back onto the stage later in the evening as the first place winner of UC San Diego’s 3rd annual Grad Slam. Her prize: $2,500 and a chance to compete against students from all ten University of California campuses at the systemwide event on April 22.
An exciting event is happening this Friday, April 22, that I have the honor to emcee: the University of California’s second annual Grad Slam, held this year at LinkedIn’s new downtown San Francisco office. For the uninitiated, UC’s Grad Slam challenges graduate students from each of our 10 campuses to compete head-to-head in delivering an engaging TED-style talk about their research, free of jargon, in just three minutes or less. It’s the ultimate elevator pitch. Winners share $10,000 in prize money.
Christina Lambert, a UC San Diego alumna, was recently named CAPS Graduate and Professional School Students’ Program Manager. Lambert first joined the CAPS team in 2003 and helped start many of its graduate-focused programs, including the popular Questioning Career Transition Workshop for Ph.D. Students. In her new role, she will build a team to assess the needs of UC San Diego’s graduate and professional school students, strengthen cross-campus collaborations and develop forward-looking programs to effectively serve a growing student population.
UC San Diego doctoral student Antonella Wilby of the Kastner Research Group hopes she can help turn the vaquita’s long-term fate around by capturing the first underwater image of the endangered species in its natural habitat. Toward that goal, she has developed an underwater camera called the Spherecam. It contains six cameras orientated on the faces of a cube, provide a 360° view of the surrounding environment. Since different species of dolphins emit unique frequencies and patterns of vocalization to locate their predators and prey, Wilby has also developed an ultrasonic transducer in the underwater camera that is sensitive only to the vocalization of the vaquita porpoise.
Throughout the halls of the Capitol today, graduate students are meeting with lawmakers to share their expertise such as how to conserve water in California aqueducts or engineer bacteria to produce biofuels. Their aim is not to make elected officials armchair experts in subjects like civil engineering and cell biology. Rather, it is to educate lawmakers about the value of graduate research, and why that work matters to the lives and livelihoods of Californians.
The 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools and programs in engineering and medicine. The Jacobs School of Engineering was ranked 17th out of 215 engineering schools and its biomedical/bioengineering program is fourth in the nation.
Becky Petitt will soon mark her one year anniversary as Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of California, San Diego. In the past 11 months, Petitt has made progress in implementing new campus climate programs and policies to create a more inclusive community for faculty, staff and students.
In the northern fjords of Iceland, during the darkest days of the year, Rachel Beetz set out to capture the movement of the stars. Every night for 30 days—one moon cycle—she positioned her camera to take a long exposure photograph. The patterns of movement, or “star trails,” would become her launching point for composing a new piece of music.
Two years ago a team of six Ph.D. scientists at the University of California, San Diego decided to commercialize their artificial-intelligence (AI) technology for reading emotions based on facial recognition and analysis. They launched the startup, San Diego-based Emotient, Inc., which grew to more than 50 employees as of the end of 2015.
Muhammad Yunus, social entrepreneur, economist, founder of the global microfinance movement and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, will serve as the keynote speaker at UC San Diego's All Campus Commencement on June 11. The event will mark the first time in 16 years that UC San Diego will convene all of its graduating undergraduate and graduate students for a campuswide commencement ceremony.
Alberto Vasquez may not seem like the first choice for someone to steer high school students away from gangs and drugs and toward college. A married family man and UC San Diego graduate student studying biology, the 37-year-old San Diego native was president of the Associated Students Government at City College, where he now works as an outreach ambassador. He also works at a San Diego City Councilman’s office. He doesn’t even have tattoos.
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.
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 is part of the inaugural UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program cohort and will present her research at the first annual FISP Symposium on Friday, Nov. 20.
In the pristine wilds of the Antarctic, the mysterious leopard seal rules the animal kingdom. This polar bear-sized top predator has razor-sharp canine teeth and the ability to greatly impact or even decimate entire communities of its prey, yet very few scientific studies have focused on this species.
Presented with an opportunity to conduct research on a massive collection of rare Chinese archives, a dozen UC San Diego 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.
For the first time in 16 years, UC San Diego will convene all of its graduating students for a campuswide commencement ceremony. The All Campus Commencement will include the conferring of degrees for approximately 8,000 undergraduates from all six colleges and graduate students from the Graduate Division, Rady School of Management and School of Global Policy and Strategy. The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at RIMAC Field.
For more than half a century, the events and personalities of San Diego—including those of the University of California, 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, passion for writing and love of learning and discourse by supporting exceptional graduate students in the humanities and social sciences.
Eleven incoming students in the Jacobs School of Engineering and Division of Physical Sciences have been awarded fellowships as part of the new University Center for Exemplary Mentoring, launched by UC San Diego with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has announced the 2016-2017 Call for Applications. The application deadline is November 1, 2015. For more information, visit http://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/ Apply online at http://ppfp.ucop.edu/
For Matt Leslie, a doctoral student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, science communication is a passion. Leslie studies whales and dolphins, trying to understand species diversity and how to improve conservation efforts for these populations.
Instead of only considering jobs in academia, as generations have done in the past, Ph.D. students are branching out to careers in industry, non-profits, government, and entrepreneurial ventures. A new program at UC San Diego aims to help them land jobs and fit in with corporate culture.
In today’s competitive job market, obtaining a graduate degree is only half the battle. To help students develop the leadership, communication and teamwork skills necessary to excel in the 21st century workplace, the University of California, San Diego is launching an initiative called Gradvantage.
Graduate student Will Snider will sharpen his playwriting skills when his new work, How to Use a Knife, is featured during the 10th Annual M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015.
When videos surfaced in February of self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorists storming museums in Mosul, Iraq, and using sledgehammers to destroy 7th century artifacts, Matthew Vincent was devastated. Now, the UC San Diego student is working to preserve the memory of the lost heritage by crowdsourcing for photographs from tourists and Iraqis to create a virtual museum.
Alumnus Michael Tiboris, who earned his doctorate in philosophy in 2012, has been named a 2015 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow. The fellowship program places recent humanities Ph.D. graduates in staff positions at nonprofit and government organizations for two-year appointments, with the goal of fostering career development opportunities outside of the academy. Tiboris will serve at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to educate the public on current global issues. The fellowship provides an annual stipend of $65,000.
UC San Diego graduate student Mandy Nussbaum is living a dream – serving as a valued member of the stage management team for the current La Jolla Playhouse production of Come From Away, a world premiere musical.
University of California President Janet Napolitano recognized two student-led efforts that foster community, collaboration and cross-cultural understanding today (May 21) by bestowing the President's Award for Outstanding Student Leadership.
Alex Phan won over judges for his talk, titled “Fight for Sight,” about an implantable pressure sensor that provides continuous monitoring for glaucoma patients. Click hereto watch Alex’s presentation. Read about the final competition and winners at the UC Newsroom.
How do you explain—in just three minutes and to someone outside of your field—why you are researching the brain’s unconscious processing, or what you hope to learn from studying the diet of whales? That’s the challenge that UC San Diego graduate students took up at the second annual Grad SLAM competition, which concluded April 15.
UC San Diego is one of three institutions selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a partnership to support underrepresented graduate students in STEM fields. The three-year, multi-million dollar initiative is an expansion of the Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. Program. As part of the partnership, UC San Diego will establish a University Center of Exemplary Mentoring that will provide scholarships to minority doctoral students as well as coordinate faculty and peer mentoring, research opportunities, workshops and other programs to help students succeed.
UC San Diego’s professional schools and programs in engineering and medicine are highly ranked in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook. The campus’s academic Ph.D. programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities earn top marks in the book as well.
UC San Diego’s Ph.D. program was named 7th best by Foreign Policy magazine for students pursing an academic career in international relations. The campus’s master’s program for policy careers in international relations was ranked 13th best.
UC San Diego’s Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) will expand by recruiting 68 additional students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) across the nation – nearly double the size of the current program—thanks to funding from the Frontiers of Innovation program.
Three UC San Diego graduate students say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now. The study – appearing in Scientific Reports, an online journal from the publishers of Nature – uses social network analysis and combines the power of Google Flu Trends’ “big data” with traditional flu monitoring data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The “Frontiers of Innovation” program is a campus-wide effort to support the primary research initiatives of the UC San Diego Strategic Plan. One component provides fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars. The other component provides funding to support teams of UC San Diego scholars from across campus in their efforts to launch large-scale, multidisciplinary research-center applications.
Aimee Chabot was one of 11 veterans and National Science Foundation graduate research fellows honored at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Va. last week. The UC San Diego graduate student was recognized for her military service and contributions to science at the Nov. 5 ceremony.
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.
Dustin Richmond, a third year graduate student in computer science and engineering, builds complex computer hardware systems with the power to process large data sets—such as the data involved with DNA sequencing.
Did you see the photo of a double rainbow over Geisel Library? The image, which was viewed by more than 30,000 people, was one of the most popular items posted to the UC San Diego Facebook page over the summer. UC San Diego being ranked the 20th best university in the world in the Center for World University Rankings was viewed by nearly 90,000 people. Take a look at the other popular posts on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation!
Perfectly qualified to teach herbology at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Steve Briggs instead settles for distinguished professor at UC San Diego. Briggs researches plant cell biology and focuses particularly on plant immune systems. Aside from being a main source of food, livestock feed, clothes and building material, plants also “give us medicine and natural beauty,” he says. As chief scientist of the 2013 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, Briggs brings a level of excitement and enthusiasm to the event that rivals his passion for botany.
The Times Higher Education has placed the University of California, San Diego as the 34th top university in the publication’s World Reputation Rankings. UC San Diego moved up two spots from 36th last year in the annual rankings. “It is an honor for UC San Diego to be recognized as a world leader of academic excellence,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “This global ranking is a strong testament to UC San Diego’s exceptional education and research. Here, students have the opportunity to work closely with brilliant faculty, including Nobel laureates, interact with top scholars and pursue endless opportunities for personal and intellectual development.”
The 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools in engineering and medicine, as well as its academic Ph.D. programs in the social sciences and humanities. “These new rankings illustrate UC San Diego’s rich academic portfolio,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “From our many strengths across diverse disciplines to our award-winning scholars at the forefront of their fields, we educate the next generation of leaders who will address our society’s most pressing global challenges.”
UC San Diego has again been named one of the nation’s best schools for surfing, taking the No. 2 spot in The Surf Channel’s list of top 10 universities for surfers. The channel attributes the ranking to the university’s proximity to the “shreddible” breaks at Black’s Beach and its “epic” surf team, which has won six National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) titles.
Developed by a ragtag team of dedicated volunteers led by UC San Diego cognitive science doctoral candidate Jamie Alexandre, the app fords the digital divide by making available offline the online videos and exercises of the popular Khan Academy – which tallied 5.5 million unique users in January. The team also has a vision of expanding to include other educational content that’s freely available on the Internet commons. Project Gutenberg, perhaps, or Wikipedia.
Chancellor Pradeep Khosla put that question to a group of graduate and professional students at a strategic planning town hall meeting on January 10 in the Student Services Center. The students responded by identifying campus assets that drew them to UC San Diego and challenges they face in earning advanced degrees at the university. They suggested specific ways to enrich their educational experience, and they urged the Chancellor to continue this exchange of ideas beyond the planning process.
UC San Diego and Howard University are forming a partnership program aimed at increasing the number of African-American applicants to UC San Diego graduate programs, particularly in the fields of science and engineering. Supported by a $288,000 grant from the University of California Office of the President, the UC San Diego/Howard University Partnership for Graduate Student Success will provide Howard undergraduates with an intensive summer research experience at the La Jolla campus, as well as mentorship from UC San Diego faculty throughout the academic year. In addition, program participants who apply and are admitted to a University of California graduate program will have their student fees covered by UC.
On December 1st, 2012, representatives of UC San Diego’s Chapter of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society participated in the Puente 9th Grade Student Leadership Conference held on the UC San Diego campus. The Puente Project provides support and guidance for economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students to enroll in four-year colleges and universities. Puente serves these high school students through writing support, counseling, and mentoring, encouraging them to graduate from college and return to their community as mentors and leaders. This conference, occurring twice a year, hosts 900 Southern California high school students and 100 chaperones and parents. During the conference, students attend keynote speeches, workshops, and panels.
For work toward a safer approach to treating cancer, electrical engineering Ph.D. student Inanc Ortac from the University of California, San Diego has won first prize in the graduate student category at the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Ortac’s winning entry, entitled “Nano-Wiffle-Balls for Cancer Therapy” offers a new approach for delivering cancer drugs just to the areas where the drugs are needed. This kind of targeted drug delivery minimizes collateral damage to non-cancerous cells. “With our nano-wiffle-ball technology, we expect that the lethal side effects to chemotherapy can be greatly reduced, the efficacy of the therapy can be increased, and the quality of life of patients can be improved,” said Ortac.
Collaborative efforts launch Vietnamese American Studies Fellowship initiative to preserve language and culture. “It is important to preserve the cultural, artistic and economic developments of the Vietnamese community,” says Kendrick Ton, treasurer of the Little Saigon Foundation. “Without language, you can’t communicate with your elders and the stories get lost in translation.” Community leaders like Kendrick hope to preserve the legacy of the Vietnamese culture by empowering local Vietnamese Americans through higher education.
The number of Ph.D. students participating in the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) has risen in the past year from six to 19, thanks to support from private donors and from the National Science Foundation through the ramp-up of its Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant to the UC San Diego center’s for engineering in cultural heritage diagnostics.
Surrounded by ARCS fellowship recipients, Robin Luby presents check to Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. The San Diego chapter of ARCS Foundation, Inc. awarded $232,500 in fellowships to support 31 graduate students at the University of California, San Diego, for the 2012-13 academic year. The ARCS Foundation, a national volunteer women’s organization, provides awards to top students studying science, medicine and engineering. The local chapter has donated $3.8 million to support UC San Diego students since the chapter’s inception in 1985.
The Intel PhD Fellowship program focuses on research in Intel’s technical areas; Hardware Systems Technology and Design, Software Technology and Design, and Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing. A total of 18 fellowships were awarded in 2012. This prestigious award recognizes winning students as being tops in their areas of research, including two of our very own; Nathan Goulding-Hotta and Kai Wang of the Department of Computer Science
The University of California, San Diego today announced that Jerome and Miriam Katzin have endowed a $4 million fellowship fund to support graduate students. UC San Diego’s more than 5,000 graduate students raise the caliber of the university’s work by advancing groundbreaking discoveries, driving innovation, and generating new knowledge and leadership that will make a difference locally, nationally and around the globe. The Katzins hope that their gift will also inspire others to support graduate education at UC San Diego.
On March 14, a delegation of 20 graduate students and deans traveled to Sacramento to give lawmakers a very different perspective: that of graduate student research as central not only to the future of the University of California, but to that of the state and the nation as well.
University of California, San Diego graduate student Katrina Gooding Petersen spent a week with a grassroots group called the Louisiana Bucket Brigade studying how smartphones, GPS devices and other technology were used to collect and share information in the midst of a crisis. Now, she is working with the San Diego Red Cross as they put together and begin to implement new disaster mapping software that draws on the same types of technologies and information sources so that they can better prepare for disaster response.
Doors open at Open Studios. They open literally, for the campus and larger San Diego communities, as visual arts MFA and Ph.D. students invite people to view their creative spaces, and figuratively, for the participating graduate students themselves, as they make connections that may continue far beyond the day.
Ten UC San Diego graduate students were recently inducted into the prestigious Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in recognition of their outstanding scholarly achievement and work towards promoting diversity in higher education. The induction ceremony took place at the annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education held at Yale University, where the new members joined faculty, administrators and fellow students from across the country to discuss this year’s conference theme, “Determining the Future of Diversity Discussions.”
A graduate student working in the Walker Molecular Dynamics laboratory at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego is a recipient of the 2012-2013 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program award for his innovative molecular dynamics research using GPU (graphics processing unit) computing.
The University of California - San Diego is our number one national university for the third year in a row, a testament to its commitment to educating an economically diverse student body while supporting world-class research. Six of our top 20 universities hail from the UC system.
On March 31, 2012, 10 graduate students across a variety of academic disciplines, were inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at the 9th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education at Yale University. In addition to the induction, 4 UC San Diego graduate students presented their research: James G Williams from Music, Carolyn Chen from Music, Andro Rios from Chemistry/Biochemistry, and Kimberly Stiemke from Education Studies. Flights were provided through the generous sponsorship of Southwest Airlines.
The Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognize one graduating senior and one graduate or professional student for their outstanding academic performance, leadership and enhancement of the student experience. Strong academic performance is important, however, the primary purpose of the awards is to honor two students who are admired for their exceptional contributions to university life and service to the university.
UC San Diego was recently highly ranked for its academic excellence by both U.S. News & World Report and the Times Higher Education. The 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News and World Report named UC San Diego’s graduate programs among the best in the country. The university also was ranked 36th in the World Reputation Rankings by the London-based Times Higher Education..
Ayana Johnson is on a mission to find sustainable solutions for problems that affect oceans and coastal communities. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego graduate, along with fellow conservationist Tim McClanahan, is this year’s recipient of the global Solution Search prize sponsored by Rare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ocean sustainability, in association with the National Geographic Society. Johnson won for her research creating a low-tech solution to reduce accidental trapping of untargeted fish known as bycatch while preserving the livelihoods of fishermen in the Caribbean.
Kim E. Barrett, PhD, professor of medicine and dean of graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego, will become president-elect of the American Physiological Society (APS). APS is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological science – the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function to create health or disease.
Kim has been a selfless advocate for young researchers at both institutional level, as chair of the UCSD Biomedical Sciences PhD program and chair of the committee on research and faculty development at UCSD, and also at national level through her participation on many American Physiological Society and American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) committees including a task force on the status of PhDs in the AGA, and running academic skills workshops.
The Pacific Standard Time festival, a celebration and revitalization of Southern California art and the art scene in Los Angeles 1945-1980, marks the nation’s largest creative alliance. Spearheaded by the J. Paul Getty Trust, the festival is a “collaboration of 60 cultural institutions and more than 1,350 artists,” stretching from San Diego to Santa Barbara. The Getty has contributed more than $10 million in grants towards relevant events and exhibitions. Running from October 2011 to April 2012, Pacific Standard Time has spiraled from a conservation effort to a large-scale civic initiative.
It’s not every day that computer science students get invited to a Hollywood premiere to recognize the work they have done. Yet that’s exactly what happened to Iman Sadeghi, who recently graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science from the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.
UC San Diego Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering and Marconi Young Scholar, Bill Ping Piu Kuo (right), works on a wide-band parametric mixer with Evgeny Myslivets, a postdoc in the UC San Diego Photonics System Group. Photo credit: Shana Ho, undergraduate research assistant, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.
San Diego and Sacramento, May 16, 2011 -- Graduate students are at the heart of research taking place on the University of California’s ten campuses, and many package their expertise, creativity and compassion to tackle and solve key problems in California and beyond.
The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society hosted a special reception Thursday at Geisel Library to celebrate the Black History Month exhibit “Edward A. Bouchet: A History of Scholarly Achievement.” Named for the first African-American doctoral recipient in the United States, the society honors graduate students who exemplify a commitment to promoting diversity in doctoral education and supporting groups that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.
Future USB drives, memory cards for cameras, and solid-state drives for smartphones, laptops and enterprise systems may all benefit from the research being performed by University of California, San Diego electrical engineering Ph.D. student Eitan Yaakobi. For his past research accomplishments and future research potential, Yaakobi earned a sought after 2010-2011 Intel Ph.D. Fellowship.
Richard Atkinson – former president of the ten-campus University of California system and chancellor at the University of California, San Diego from 1980-1995 – has designated, with his wife Rita, $5.7 million to support fellowships for graduate students at UC San Diego. The gift represents the largest gift to date for “Invent the Future: The UC San Diego Student Support Campaign,” an initiative to raise $50 million for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships at the university.
As the University of California, San Diego celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, the university’s legacy of community service has been recognized by theWashington Monthly as the top college in the nation according to new rankings measuring “what colleges are doing for the country.” The publication announced in its September “College Guide” that UC San Diego is ranked first in the nation for service.
Rita Atkinson Residences is convenient, sophisticated living. Located on the southwest corner of the Health Sciences neighborhood, the new apartments are close to everything you need on campus, within walking distance from local shopping, dining, and transportation. Overnight parking available on the Revelle campus.
The University of California attracts the top graduate students in the United States, but vital research programs could be hampered in the future if the university can't continue to draw the best students because of funding challenges.
The 2010-2011 academic year is under way and we continue our diligence in addressing the diversity and climate initiatives detailed in the March 4, 2010 agreement. During the summer, we worked to advance specific objectives and the Campus Council on Climate, Equity and Inclusion met twice. We’re making steady progress, and I encourage your review of our progress report.
As a former fellow herself, Dean Kim Barrett knows the importance of providing fellowships and scholarships for students. Now the head of the Office of Graduate Studies, she is encouraging the campus and community to get involved with the "Invent the Future: The UC San Diego Student Support Campaign."
The Office of Graduate Studies supports a diverse community, in part by providing funding for a range of student organizations and cultural events. While some of the events, organizations, and academic curricula that we fund highlight complex issues, the Office of Graduate Studies itself does not endorse or promote partisan statements.
UC San Diego graduate student Damien Cie, pursuing a joint degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Rady School of Management, is taking advantage of an opportunity only recently made available to him and other Native Americans – the new tribal membership scholarships advanced by the university’s Office of Graduate Studies.