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Graduate Students Learn to Advocate in D.C.

UC San Diego graduate students Carina Arboleda (Nanoengineering), Sara Rivera (Oceanography), and Aditya Vasan (Mechanical Engineering) attended the 2018 Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Rivera shared she would “highly recommend” this workshop to other graduate students interested in government work. Vasan commented, "Learning about congressional budgeting, the structure of congress, and the lobbying process was a great experience." The CASE program empowers graduate students to develop strong voices for research and advocacy throughout their careers.

UC San Diego Grad Programs Dominate Rankings

The most recent U.S. News and World Report’s Best Grad Schools Rankings include many UC San Diego programs, highlighting our campus strengths in the sciences, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and the humanities. Top rankings showcase our commitment to providing graduate education that transforms, enriches, and inspires. Learn more about our graduate degree programs.

Graduate Students Build a Robotics Community

In 2016 UC San Diego graduate students formed the Association for Robotics Graduate Students in order to create a cross-departmental learning community where people could share their research and get feedback from others across campus, including those from engineering, cognitive science, health sciences, and visual arts. Learn more about how the group is driving innovation across campus. Need a robot primer? Listen to a podcast by nanoengineering Ph.D. student Caleb Christianson.

First-Generation Faculty Share Stories of Overcoming Setbacks

UC San Diego recently launched the Triton Firsts program as part of the UC-wide initiative to support first-generation students by connecting them with first-generation faculty and staff on campus. At a panel discussion this quarter, graduate students had the opportunity to hear from faculty members who were once in their shoes. Panelists discussed their graduate school experiences and highlighted the importance of seeking out caring mentors as well as mental health resources along the way. Share your first-gen story on social media using the hashtag #FirstGenUCSD.

Student changemakers fight human trafficking

Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits from holding millions of people against their will throughout the world, including the United States. The International Labor Organization estimates there are nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking globally, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.

Three graduate students head to D.C. for training in science policy and advocacy

UC San Diego graduate students Carina Arboleda (Nanoengineering), Sara Rivera (Oceanography), and Aditya Vasan (Mechanical Engineering) will travel to Washington, D.C. in March to attend the 2018 Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The three-and-a-half-day program teaches participants about the structure of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement, culminating with a day of congressional meetings on Capitol Hill. The CASE program empowers graduate students to develop strong voices for research and advocacy throughout their careers.

Alums selected for prominent Knauss Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Recent Scripps Oceanography graduates Lauren Linsmayer (PhD '17) and Derek Southern (MAS '17) will spend the next year in Washington, D.C. as John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows. The prestigious fellowship, funded by the National Sea Grant College Program, places graduate students or recent grads with hosts in the federal government where they gain experience in science policy. Congratulations to the 2018 Knauss Fellows from UC San Diego!

What is the cost of attending graduate school at UC San Diego?

Graduate and professional students report the average cost of attending UC San Diego is less than the average cost of attending other UC system schools. UC San Diego students also report spending less per month on housing, utilities, and car expenses than other UC system students. Click here to view more results from the 2017 Graduate Cost of Attendance Survey.

ARCS Foundation Awards 31 Fellowships to UC San Diego Graduate Students

The San Diego Chapter of the ARCS Foundation has awarded a total of $232,500 to 31 graduate students at the University of California San Diego. The annual fellowship awards recognize exceptional students in the natural sciences, engineering and medicine. The philanthropic support also contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego.

Teaching the Joy of Coding

A group of high school students are huddled over one smart phone, poking at the screen and laughing. But in this class at the Preuss School UCSD they’re not being disruptive —they’re actually testing a game app for smartphones that they programmed themselves.

UC San Diego Helps Fill U.S. Void at International Climate Talks

In contrast to conspicuously low profile of federal government, university joined state leaders in reaffirming commitment to mitigate and adapt to climate change

Countries grappled with uncertainty on how best to proceed in the global fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions this month at the international climate negotiation known as COP23.

Self-Described School False Starter Aims to Pay It Forward in EdTech

According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 50 percent of undergraduate students who first declare a major in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM-related program, change their major or dropout before graduation.


Forbes 30 Under 30 Honors Four with Ties to UC San Diego

UC San Diego graduate student, professor, and alumni among young talent named by Forbes

The global media company and business magazine recently named four UC San Diego affiliates to its 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, an annual “encyclopedia of creative disruption” featuring 30 young leaders in each of 20 featured industries ranging from music and media to education and finance.

How tax reform could price students out of graduate school

With tax reform at the top of the congressional agenda, University of California students and leaders are pushing back against proposed provisions that could leave some graduate students shouldering a tax bill so big they could be forced out of school or decide not to enroll at all.

NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir Orbits Back to Scripps for Campus Visit

Jessica Meir is one of a few scientists and UC San Diego alumni who also hold the prestigious title of NASA astronaut. Meir obtained her Ph.D. in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2009. Last week, she returned to her alma mater to serve as keynote speaker for Blue Tech Week, an event led by the Maritime Alliance. The event that attracted more than 400 participants from academia, finance, government, industry, and the military to focus on the theme of "Smart Ocean, Smart Water."

UC San Diego Sloan UCEM Program

In 2015, UC San Diego was recognized as a University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Since then, UC San Diego has welcomed three cohorts of Sloan Scholars to campus, with the most recent group starting their doctoral programs in Fall 2017. To be chosen as a Sloan Scholar, students must have high academic achievement and shown a commitment to diversity; the program is open to incoming PhD students in Physical Sciences and Engineering.


Providing More Housing for Students

The first phase of UC San Diego’s new Mesa Nueva Housing project is now open and students are already moving in. Yesterday, Chancellor Khosla joined Dean of the Graduate Division Kit Pogliano, Graduate Student Association President Mark Derdzinski and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining and Hospitality Mark Cunningham to celebrate the new graduate and professional student community.

UC San Diego Unveils Mesa Nueva: One of the Nation’s Largest Graduate Housing Communities

The University of California San Diego’s newest housing project, Mesa Nueva, was recently completed and graduate and professional students have begun moving in for the start of fall quarter, Sept. 28. With the addition of 1,350 new beds, the residential community is one of the largest graduate and professional student housing programs in the University of California system and one of the biggest in the country.

Welcoming UC San Diego’s New Graduate Students

Be on the lookout for opportunities and seize them. Take chances and stretch your mind. Work collaboratively and get to know people outside of your discipline. Chancellor Khosla shared these pieces of advice to UC San Diego’s largest incoming class of graduate students—more than 2,300—at the orientation session this morning. He also talked about the physical and intellectual transformation of the campus that is enhancing the student experience—from adding more campus housing, amenities and degree programs, to the construction of the Gilman Bridge that will connect our east and west campus, enabling better access and mobility.

Incoming Graduate Student Co-Authors Guide to ‘Machine Learning for Humans’

Samer Sabri is an incoming first-year M.S. student in Computer Science at the University of California San Diego. He is returning to school this fall for the first time since completing his undergraduate degree in computer science at Yale University in 2013.


This summer the Graduate Division hosted 133 undergraduate students in the STARS undergraduate research program. The 8 week mentored research program culminated on August 18, 2017 with the Summer Research Conference hosted by the Academic Enrichment Program. What a fantastic group of future scholars. We wish them the best as they return to their home campuses!

Coalition of Universities Selected to Gather Data about PhD Career Pathways

The University of California campuses including UC San Diego will participate in the Council of Graduate Schools Best Practice project, Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement.

Supported with funding from the National Science Foundation (#1661272) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will help participating universities gather career information about their PhD students and alumni in order to better support student professional development, career services, and mentoring. More information about the project can be found in the press release. 

And the Award Goes to...

Three UC San Diego alumni earn Tony Award nominations

The three UC San Diego nominees are no strangers to the Tony Awards— all have either earned nominations or won before. Jefferson Mays won a Tony for Best Actor in a Play 2004 for his role in “I am My Own Wife.” Paloma Young won a Tony for Best Costume Design for a Play in 2012 for “Peter and the Starcatcher”

3D-printed Soft Four Legged Robot Can Walk on Sand and Stone

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first soft robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces, such as sand and pebbles. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can climb over obstacles and walk on different terrains.

Students Wow with Brilliance - and Brevity - at Grad Slam

A UCLA psychology student claimed the Grad Slam championship Thursday, explaining in three crisp and engaging minutes how her research into depression and anxiety led to development of an online tool to help college students cope with stress.

Grad Students Show Lawmakers Value of UC Research

How can California better prepare for droughts and floods? Tashiana Osborne, a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is studying atmospheric rivers—the primary source of rainfall in the region. These ribbons of water in the atmosphere make the difference between a prolonged dry spell and an unusually wet winter.

Grad Students Put Their Communication Skills to the Test

With a three-minute talk entitled “Using Geometry to Build Better Birth Control,” engineering graduate student Geoff Hollett took first place at the UC San Diego Grad Slam competition held April 5. Now in its fourth year, the event challenges graduate students across campus to break down their research into bite-sized, jargon-free presentations that can be enjoyed by a broad audience.

Beyond the March for Science  

On April 22, tens of thousands of people around the world — scientists and non-scientists alike — marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., San Diego and more than 600 other cities to celebrate science and encourage environmental protection, science literacy, evidenced-based policies and strong federal research funding. Hundreds of UC San Diego community members took part around the world, some even “marching” underwater and on a research vessel off the coast of San Diego. 

Grad Students Look Beyond the Ivy Walls of Academia

Non-academic jobs were once considered Plan B for students like Nicole Robinson. As a UCLA graduate student in Italian literature, Robinson studied the writings of modernist women exiled under Italian fascism. “I didn’t go get a Ph.D. to cure cancer — I did it to delve really deeply into a subject,” Robinson said. “I was probably, for a brief while, the world’s leading expert on my topic.”

UCSD Grad SLAM Finalists

1 st Place: Geoff Hollett, Materials Science and Engineering, “Using Geometry to Build Better Birth Control”

2 nd Place: Jonathan Trueblood, Chemistry and Biochemistry  “Bringing the Ocean into the Lab to Understand Earth’s Changing Climate”

3 rd Place: Erin Smolak, Language and Communicative Disorders “Out of the Mouths of Babes: Child Language and the Economy”

Elizabeth Phu, School of Global Policy and Strategy ’00

She works as ... director of space engagement policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington.

The best part of her day is ... coming home to see her kids.

Advice every UC San Diego student should know is ... “kindness, collegiality and sincerity will serve you well. You never know who will run in your circles in the future. Be nice to everyone.”

New Sally Ride Fellowship to Support Women in Physics

Professor Brian Keating and wife, Sarah, provide lead gift to launch fellowship

An explorer, scientist and public servant, the late astronaut Sally Ride dedicated her career to the betterment of human kind. At UC San Diego, where Ride served as a professor, a new graduate fellowship established in her name aims to inspire future generations of boundary-breaking physicists who will contribute to the public good.

UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Earn High Marks in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Engineering, medicine and social sciences ranked in nation’s top 20

The 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, names 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, among the best in the nation.

Honoring UC San Diego’s Diversity Champions

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.

Graduate Students Launch NanoXpo to Show Off Real World Impact of Nanoengineering

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

A Pendant Fit for a King

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.

Through the Looking Glass

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.

Information on Immigration

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.

UC statement on President Trump's executive order

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.  

Immigration Policy Updates and FAQs

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.

A web resource page has been created with  Immigration Policy Updates & FAQs

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.

Leveraging Collective Impact to Increase Diversity in STEM

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.

First Generation Graduate Aims to Improve Strategies for Teaching Developmental Math

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.

UC San Diego Alum Wins Global Competition Aimed at Fighting Wildlife Trafficking

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.

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.

Hacking a Revolution in Biology

Graduate students in new quantitative biology doctoral program learn to modify microscopes and other instruments to probe frontiers of their emerging discipline.

UC San Diego Reaches out to Hispanic and Native American Students at SACNAS Conference

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.

First Generation Graduate Aims to Improve Strategies for Teaching Developmental Math

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.


Students add employable skills to academics through grAdvantage certificate program

Students add employable skills to academics through grAdvantage certificate program

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

Heidi Martinez

Heidi Martinez

Tracey Kiser

Tracey Kiser

Karyn Speidel

Karyn Speidel

Kathleen Maguire

Kathleen Maguire

Alumnus’ Heritage Featured in Play Premiering at La Jolla Playhouse

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.

UC San Diego First Art Practice Ph.D. Candidate to Graduate in June

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.

Brilliant Minds, Inspiring Lives

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.

UC San Diego Inter-Tribal Resource Center Welcomes Inaugural Director

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.

Getting the Bigger Picture

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.

From the Deep Sea to Deep Space: Sea Urchin’s Teeth Inspire New Design for Space Exploration Device

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.

UC grad students talk straight to win big

A UC Riverside doctoral student who is working to create smaller, more powerful microprocessors using graphene instead of silicon is UC’s newest Grad Slam champion.

Grad Students Perfect the 3-minute Pitch at Grad Slam

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.

Why scientists and researchers need to make their research accessible to the public

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.

Campus Boosts Support for Graduate Student Mental Health

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.

Capturing Public Support for an Endangered Species Through Photography

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.

Grad students make the case for why their research matters

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.

UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Among Best in Nation, According to U.S. News and World Report

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.

New Advisory Council to Help Guide Creation of Campuswide Diversity Plan

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.

Travel Grants Help Grad Students Take Their Research Around the World

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.

Apple Acquisition of UC San Diego Startup Paves Way for Further Robotics Research at UC San Diego

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.

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Muhammad Yunus is All Campus Commencement’s Keynote Speaker

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.

Sharing life’s hard lessons, after years in prison

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.

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.

Frontiers of Innovation Fellows to Showcase Research Addressing Global Challenges at Symposium

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.

Scripps grad student uses Crittercam video to gain rare glimpse into an Antarctic top predator

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.


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

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.

All Campus Commencement

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.

Judith and Neil Morgan Fellowship to Support Next Generation of Humanities Scholars

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.

New University Center of Exemplary Mentoring Launches this Fall

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.

Why more scientists are needed in the public square

In this presidential election season, one thing is certain: candidates will rarely – if ever – be asked what they would do to keep this nation at the forefront of science and innovation.

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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/

Grad Students Practice the Art and Science of Communication

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.

Ground Breaking Shots

GSA President Lindsay Freeman (2nd from left) and Acting Dean Steve Cassedy (3rd from left) participate in the ground breaking ceremony for the New Graduate Student Housing -- Mesa Nueva

Music Student Earns Prestigious Award for Young Composers

UC San Diego graduate student Anahita Abbasi started her musical journey at the age of eight. Now, she is beginning her second year as a Ph.D. student in the department of music.

UC San Diego Program Readies Grad Students For Jobs Outside Academia

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.

UC San Diego Launches Initiative to Assist Graduate Students in Starting Careers Outside of Academia

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.

UC San Diego Student Playwright Invited to the Kennedy Center

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.

Doctoral candidate Matthew Vincent uses cyber archeology to salvage Iraqi artifacts

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.

Michael Tiboris, Ph.D. ’12 Named ACLS Public Fellow

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.

Theater Residencies Enhance Resumes and Jumpstart Careers

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.

President bestows awards for student leadership

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.

UC San Diego engineering student Alex Phan takes 3rd place at inaugural UC Grad SLAM competition

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.

Grad SLAM Challenges Students to Put Complex Research into Plain English

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.

Graduate Students Recognized for Outreach and Service

Six UC San Diego doctoral candidates named to national Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which supports students traditionally underrepresented in academia.

UC San Diego and Sloan Foundation Partner to Support Underrepresented Graduate Students

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. 

U.S. News and World Report Again Names UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Among Best in Nation

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.

Standing Up for Science

Scripps grad student Phil Bresnahan combines love for outdoor recreation and science through outreach program

UC San Diego’s International Relations Programs Ranked Among Best in World

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.

‘Frontiers of Innovation’ Program Helps Brighten Popular STARS

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.

Forecasting the Flu Better

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).

‘Frontiers of Innovation’ Program Seeds Seven Multidisciplinary Projects on Campus

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.

Graduate Housing Town Hall / Open Forum

Graduate Housing Open Forum, Tuesday (January 13th) at 6:00-7:30 pm in the Forum (4th Floor of PC East).

Squidtoons: Sparking Scientific Curiosity through Comics

Scripps graduate student Garfield Kwan spearheads marine science-focused comics website


Around the Pier: San Diego Fellowship Awards Record Number of Scripps Students

Four incoming Scripps graduate students supported through the San Diego Fellowship, a program designed to increase campus diversity.

UC San Diego Excels in Nature ‘Total Research Output’ Ranking

The University of California, San Diego has been ranked 6th in the nation – and 2nd among all U.S. public institutions – for total research output.

Graduate Student and Veteran Aimee Chabot Honored at NSF Headquarters

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.

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.

Coalition of Graduate Programs Support Campus Commitment to Recruiting Diverse Students

Enhanced presence at SACNAS national conference helps UC San Diego reach out to an increased number of Hispanic and Native American students

ARCS Foundation Awards $232,500 in Fellowships for UC San Diego Graduate Students

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.

Survey finds strong career satisfaction and high employment rates among UC Ph.D. earners

University of California Ph.D. holders gave high marks to their education and reported success landing academic positions as well as highly-skilled private-sector jobs.

Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms in California

Graduate students Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson are exploring what a Rigs to Reefs program in California would mean for local marine life.

Top Summer Social Media Posts

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!


San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering to Offer Students Walk on Wild Side of Science, Engineering

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.

Reputation Rankings Name UC San Diego 34th Best University in the World

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.”

UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best, According to U.S. News and World Report

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 Rides Wave of Recognition as Top Surfing School

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.

Breaking Down Barriers to Online Education

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.

Jan. 10 Town Hall Forum Focuses on Graduate and Professional Education

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.

Grant to Support Partnership With Howard University Aims to Increase Number of Underrepresented STEM Graduate Students

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.


BGHS Presents at Puente Conference

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.

UC San Diego Graduate Student Wins Inventors Competition

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.

UC San Diego Partners with Little Saigon Foundation to Establish Graduate Fellowship

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.

Cultural Heritage Center at UC San Diego Reports Progress in 2012

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.

ARCS Foundation Funds Scholar Awards for UC San Diego Graduate Students

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.

Announcing Intel Corporate US PhD Fellowship Program Winners for 2012-2013

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

Former UC San Diego Foundation Chair and Wife Endow $4 Million Fellowship Fund

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.

Graduate students take their research to the Capitol

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.

Competition Heats up for UC San Diego’s Graduate Student Recruitment

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.

Graduate Student Artists Throw Open Doors to Public at Open Studios Event

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.

Graduate Students Recognized for Commitment to Diversity

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.”

SDSC Graduate Student Awarded NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship

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.

Washington Monthly 2012 Rankings Place UC San Diego at the Top... Again!

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.

UC San Diego Inducts 2012 Cohort at Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education

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.

Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Award, John Yamauchi

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 Gets High Marks for Academic Excellence

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..

Scripps Graduate Student Wins Sustainability Prize

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.

Dean Kim Barret selected President-Elect of the American Physiological Society

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.

Dean Kim Barrett receives the 2012 Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award

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.


UCSD at 50: The Long Run: Graduate Studies at UC San Diego

This ucsd@50 segment examines the value of advanced education for both the individual and society, through the experiences of three UC San Diego graduate students.

Pacific Standard Time: UC San Diego Artists Featured in a Celebration of Southern California Art

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.

Jacobs School alum develops better way to light and animate hair for Disney movies

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's Bill Ping Piu Kuo Named 2011 Young Scholar by the Marconi Society

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.

Graduate Students Lead Diverse Children's Orchestra to New Heights

A diverse group of a dozen elementary and middle school students was sitting quietly on the stage of the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego.

Advocating for Graduate Student Research in Sacramento

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.

Nanoengineers Develop Novel Method Leading to More Efficient Fuel Cell Applications

Engineers at UC San Diego are using nanotechnology to increase the efficiency and enhance the performance of fuel cells, which could boost renewable energy options and reduce toxic emissions.

Campus Celebrates Legacy of African American Scholars with Exhibit, Reception

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.


Flash Memories Researcher Wins Intel Ph.D. Fellowship

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.

Rita and Richard Atkinson, Former UC President, Give $5.7 Million to UC San Diego

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.

Washington Monthly Ranks UC San Diego 1st in the Nation for Commitment to Service

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.

UC San Diego's newest on-campus Graduate Housing community!

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.

Graduate students drive UC research, help keep top faculty

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.

Campus Climate Update

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.

Kim Barrett, Dean of Graduate Studies, talks about the new Graduate Fellowship Campaign

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."


Difficult Dialogue in an Academic Community

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.

Tribal Membership Initiative Recipient, Damien Cie, Shares his Graduate Experience

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.

Dr. Antonio de Maio Engages Minority Students with Research through UCSD’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Program

UCSD professor Antonio De Maio is on a mission to change the face of biomedical science, and Mohamud Qadi and Jonathan Okerblom could serve as his poster boys.

Students Who Are Parents Website

As a graduate student with children, you have many responsibilities. Take advantage of these resources to help you succeed as a student and parent..

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