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A student rejoices on stage during the Graduate Division, Doctoral and Master of Fine Arts Commencement ceremony. Note: Students were permitted to remove their mask while crossing the stage during graduation.

June 17, 2021

Celebrating Persistence in the Class of 2021 Graduates

Aleena K. S. Arakaki and Banah Ghadbian

June 10, 2021

Doctoral Students Featured in Class of 2021 Shining Stars

Ryan Alimo earned a Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 2017 and is now a data scientist and project leader at NASA's JPL. Photos courtesy of Ryan Alimo/NASA JPL.

June 10, 2021

PhD Engineering Alum’s Journey to Become Part of Mars Exploration team

In partnership with academic units across UC San Diego, the Graduate Division is committed to sharing new stories that feature the exciting accomplishments of our exceptional graduate and professional students and alumni.

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Recent News 


Class of 2021 Grad Overcomes Adversity to Earn a Doctorate - June 3, 2021 

Neuroscience Grads Serve as Mentors for New Undergraduate Summer Research Program - June 3, 2021 

Scripps PhD Student Publishes Paper on the Benefit of Aerosol Reductions - June 1, 2021 

News Archive

2021

June 2021


Class of 2021 Grad Overcomes Adversity to Earn a Doctorate - June 3, 2021 

Neuroscience Grads Serve as Mentors for New Undergraduate Summer Research Program - June 3, 2021 

Scripps PhD Student Publishes Paper on the Benefit of Aerosol Reductions - June 1, 2021 

May 2021


Rady School Introduces New Grad Program in Business Analytics - May 27, 2021

PhD Students Win Grand Prize with Sustainable Method to 3D Print Steel - May 26, 2021

Computer Science PhD Student Wins Chancellor's Dissertation Medal - May 24, 2021

GPS Grad Student Analyzes Utilization of land near Rail Stations In San Diego - May 21, 2021

PhD Alumni Shares her work on Chronic Pain on BYURadio - May 21, 2021

MBA Students prepare to participate in the Triton Innovation Challenge - May 20, 2021

2021 Alumni Celebration Weekend Featuring Grad SLAM Showcase Event - May 14, 2021

Join Us in Supporting Graduate Fellowships on UC San Diego Day of Caring 2021! - May 13, 2021

Chancellor Announces Matching Challenge for Graduate Fellowships - May 13, 2021

Four Graduate Alums Selected for 2021 Alumni Awards - May 6, 2021 

Visual Arts MFA Students Exhibit Artwork in Balboa Park - May 3, 2021 

April 2021


Psychology PhD Student Wins Grad SLAM 2021 with Presentation on Childhood Prejudice - April 29, 2021

PhD Students Provide New Neuroscience Insights with Research on Neural Implants - April 27, 2021

Sociology PhD Student Named 2021 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow - April 27, 2021

Graduate Student Honored with 2020-2021 Founding Faculty Award - April 23, 2021

Engineering PhD Student Publishes Paper on Wave-Slope Soaring of Brown Pelican - April 21, 2021

The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Contributes Support for Biology Students - April 21, 2021 

Music Grad Student Receives Best Paper Award at AAAI Affcon Conference - April 19, 2021

PhD Alum to Pilot NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to International Space Station - April 15, 2021

PhD Student Named 2021 Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow - April 14, 2021

Sloan Scholar and PhD Student Revolutionalizes Plasma Physics - April 8, 2021

Scripps Graduate Student Researches Cyanobacteria - April 2, 2021 

Grad Students Help Facilitate $400K Donation to Basic Needs Hub - April 1, 2021 

 

March 2021


Grad Student Athlete Reflects on Resilience and Career Goals - March 30, 2021 

Graduate Degree Programs Receive Top Rankings - March 30, 2021

2021 Bouchet Scholars Featured in This Week Newsmagazine - March 25, 2021

Mathematics Professor Shares Mentoring Advice in Sloan Scholar Newsletter - March 24, 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar Co-Authors Study on Pancreatic Cancer Tumors - March 18, 2021 

Two PhD Students Receive UC San Diego's 11th Annual Integrity Awards - March 15, 2021 

Scripps Grad Students Explore Seaweed Genome Diversity - March 11, 2021 

Nanoengineering PhD Student Helps Develop “Wearable Microgrids” - March 9, 2021 

Physical Sciences Named Distinguished Professors of Graduate Division - March 8, 2021 

Scripps Master’s Student Monitors Brine Disposal Methods from Desalination Plants - March 5, 2021

Grad Alum Cindy Marten Nominated to Serve in Biden Administration - March 4, 2021

February 2021


Doctoral Student Co-Authors Paper About New Discoveries on Batteries - February 25, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 ARCS Scholars - February 24, 2021 

Alum Megan McArthur Will Pilot SpaceX Dragon to Space Station - February 23, 2021 

Scripps PhD Student Studies Ocean Acidity and Coral Reefs - February 19, 2021 

Congratulations to the 2021 Bouchet Scholars - February 19, 2021

PhD Student Co-Authors Paper About Electronics-Free Air-Powered Robot - February 17, 2021

Nanoengineering PhD Students Develop Wearable, All-In-One Health Monitor - February 15, 2021

Scripps WMIS Group Awarded Inclusive Excellence Award - February 10, 2021

Grad Student Seeks Sustainability and Profitability for Sardine Fisheries - February 5, 2021

Doctoral Students Share Their Stories for Black History Month - February 4, 2021

GPS Grad Alum Mentors Triton Entrepreneurs - February 4, 2021

Engineers Earn $7.5 Million ARPA Grant to Enable Efficiency Through Photonics - February 3, 2021

January 2021


UC San Diego Alumni Receive Accolades in 2021 UC Startup Innovation Challenge - January 28, 2021

Fashionable Grad Alums Featured in Winter Edition of Triton Magazine - January 24, 2021

Scripps Alumni Jessica Meir Joins NASA’s Artemis Team - January 21, 2021

Five PhD Teams receive $100,000 for groundbreaking research - January 19, 2021

Physics PhD Student Wins Beth Brown Memorial Award - January 18, 2021

Skaggs PharmD Alumni Peace Uche Featured as Speaker at 2021 Triton Leaders Conference - January 15, 2021

Grad Researchers Discover Weakened California Mussel Shells - January 12, 2021

Scripps PhD Student Co-Leads Study on Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 - January 11, 2021

Jacobs PhD Student Develops Technology to Help Self-Driving Cars - January 6, 2021

Rady School Ranked Highly by Poets & Quants for Entrepreneurship - January 6, 2021

NYT Critic Honors Theatre & Dance MFA Student’s Play - January 6, 2021 

Postdoc Scholar Helps Discover a Stop Signal in Matchmaker Molecules - January 6, 2021

Researchers Find Natural Products Potentially Useful Against Viruses - January 5, 2021 

2020

December 2020


Scientists Explain How Shattered Chromosomes Affect Cancer Cells - December 23, 2020

Postdoc Scholar Co-Discovers New Links in Poorer Learning and Memory Among Older Latinos - December 17, 2020

Jacobs Alumni Kickstart Dean's Scholars of Excellence Program - December 15, 2020

Mathematics Students Receive Lattimer Award for Graduate Excellence - December 10, 2020

Grad Alum Chosen by NASA to Train for Moon Mission - December 9, 2020

Bioengineering Grad Students Discover Hidden Dynamics of E. Coli. - December 9, 2020

Grad Student Co-Authors Paper on 10 Times More Powerful Battery - December 7, 2020

Atkinsons Donate $150,000 to Boost Scholarships for Black Students - December 3, 2020

November 2020


Engineering PhD Students Co-Author CleaNN Defense - November 25, 2020

GPS Alumni Couple Establish New Endowed Fellowship - November 25, 2020

Nanoengineering PhD Student Earns Baxter Young Investigator Award - November 25, 2020

Scripps PhD Student Researches Marine Bacteria - November 24, 2020

Engineering Grad Students Experiment in Space to Help Prevent Mudslides on Earth - November 19, 2020

Scripps Researchers Celebrate Native American Excellence in Science - November 18, 2020

Alumni-led Lucira Health Earns 1st FDA Authorization for at-home COVID Test - November 18, 2020

Meet CSE’s DeepMind Fellows and Machine Learning Grad Students - November 16, 2020

Rady School Measures Economic Impact of the Military in San Diego - November 13, 2020

Grad Students Honored with GPSA Community Awards - November 6, 2020

Grad Students Build Science Bridge to the Incarcerated - November 5, 2020 

New Fellowship Program Expands Career Options for Grad Students - November 5, 2020

First BioSci Endowed Fund for Master’s Students of Diverse Backgrounds - November 4, 2020

Scripps Ph.D. Student Studies Low Cloud Formation in Marine Environments - November 4, 2020

October 2020


Music Grad Student Anqi Liu's Interview with SD Voyager Magazine - October 26, 2020

UC San Diego Commits $2.5M to the Black Studies Project  - October 22, 2020 

Scripps PhD Student Fascinated by Chemistry in the Natural World - October 16, 2020 

UC San Diego's Center for Energy Research Awarded over $5M for Energy Projects - October 8, 2020

Two UC San Diego Researchers Receive NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Awards - October 6, 2020

Recognizing Latinx and Hispanic Excellence at Scripps - October 1, 2020

September 2020


Engineering Grad Students Honored as Siebel Scholars - September 23, 2020

COVID-19 Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail - September 22, 2020

Scientists Explore New Frontiers in Parkinson’s Disease Research - September 17, 2020

Researchers Develop Robots to Help Children Touch the Outside World - September 17, 2020

Grad Student Researches Human-Genome Produced RNA - September 10, 2020

Grad Student Researchers Describe How Loss of Single Gene Fuels Brain Cancer - September 10, 2020

Grad Student Chemists Sleuthing Their Way to Discovery with a New Microscope  - September 9, 2020

Grad Student Studies Climate Change in the Arctic - September 8, 2020

Grad Student Finds Common Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s DiseaseSeptember 4, 2020

Scripps Welcomes Grad Students as New Community Engagement Fellows September 4, 2020

Fall Quarter Brings a Fraction of Students and Employees to Campus - September 3, 2020

August 2020


Arts and Community Engagement Grad Student Fellows Receive Support to Build Regional PartnershipsAugust 27, 2020

Machine Learning Helps Plasma Physics Grad Student Researchers Understand Turbulence Transport --- August 27, 2020

From Thailand to the Local Passport Agency, a Grad Student Explores New Horizons - August 27, 2020

All-Female Grad Student Researcher Party Honors Pioneering Astronaut Sally Ride and Legacy of 71-year-old CalCOFI Program AboardAugust 19, 2020

UC San Diego Named 4th Best Public Research University in Prestigious Global Rankings - August 17, 2020

UC San Diego Bridges Underrepresented Minority Gap in Science Through Graduate EducationAugust 13, 2020

Grad Students Find That Indigenous Property Rights Protect the Amazon Rainforest - August 10, 2020

Grad Student Researcher Discovers Unprecedented View of Antarctic Ice Shelf Melt Pattern Over 25 Years - August 10, 2020

Grad Students help develop algae-based flip-flops - August 6, 2020

Another Scripps alumna is headed to the Space StationAugust 2, 2020

July 2020


Scientific Workboat Expands Grad Student Research Opportunities - July 30, 2020 

Grad Students Develop New Fabrication Method That Brings Single-crystal Perovskite Devices Closer to Viability - July 29, 2020 

Grad Student Earns Dissertation Year Fellowship - July 24, 2020 

UC San Diego Takes Part in National Clinical Trial Launch Testing Vaccine Against COVID-19 - July 24, 2020

Grad Students Help Prototyping Lab Lend Equipment and Expertise in Fight Against COVID-19 - July 23, 2020

Two UC San Diego Chemists Named Finalists for the World’s Top Ph.D. Prize - July 22, 2020

Grad Student Helps Discover Novel ‘On-off’ Switch in Plant Defenses - July 21, 2020

Grad student Astronomer Helps Find Low Heavy Metal in Brown Dwarf DiscoveriesJuly 17, 2020

Grad Student Researchers Contribute to Discovery of Two Paths of Aging and New Insights on Promoting Healthspan - July 16, 2020

Grad Student Scientist Brings Us Closer to Complete Genomic Sequences - July 16, 2020

Grad Student Awarded Prestigious Melvin Cohn AwardJuly 13, 2020 

$18M Boost to Materials Science Research Provides Grad Students New Opportunities - July 9, 2020

Grad Student Researching Ice-ocean Interactions Makes a Positive Difference on Climate Change - July 9, 2020

Grad Student Helped Reveal Air Pollution’s Connection to Infant MortalityJuly 1, 2020 

June 2020


Scripps Oceanography Research Cruises Resume With Grad Students AboardJune 29, 2020 

Grad Students Win 2020-21 Dissertation Year Fellowship AwardsJune 26, 2020

Graduate Students Help Shape New Research Ethics Project - June 25, 2020

Grad Student Fascinated By the Intelligence and Mystery of Whales Studies Ship Noise Impacts on Baleen Whales - June 24, 2020

2020 SURF Program Offers New Virtual Research ExperiencesJune 24, 2020

UC San Diego Named Among Top 10 Public Universities for LGBTQ+ StudentsJune 23, 2020

Scripps Grad Student Recognized With a 2020 Sustainability AwardJune 18, 2020 

Grad Student Researchers Help Develop Test Using LEGO to Assess Children's Ability to Visualize and Rotate 3D Shapes in Space - June 18, 2020 

Grad Student Researcher Finds that Blue Whales Are Arriving in Southern California Earlier and Earlier - June 17, 2020 

Two Scripps Oceanography Grad Students Honored for Exceptional ResearchJune 12, 2020 

Grad Student Researchers Help Create Natural Killer Cells - June 11, 2020 

Grad Students Poised to Tackle Environmental Challenges in ‘Hacking for the Oceans’ CourseJune 4, 2020

Grad Students Helped Develop a Nanosensor That Allows Unprecedented Access to Explore Mechanisms Related to Drought - June 1, 2020 

Grad Student Roboticist Designs Flexible Feet to Help Robots Walk FasterJune 1, 2020 

May 2020


A Day in the Life of a Remote Grad Student - May 29, 2020

Grad Student Researchers Discover New Iridescent 'Elvis Worms' - May 28, 2020

Geophysics Grad Student Fascinated by Ice-shelf Mass Change Pursues Research in Glaciology - May 27, 2020

Grad Student Selected for Mentored Research Experience at Argonne National LaboratoryMay 26, 2020

Grad Student Recognized as 'MBA to Watch' - May 23, 2020

Grad Students Honored for Computer Science Paper that Impacted Auto Industry - May 18, 2020

Grad Students Develop GPS-like System for Flexible Medical Robots - May 18, 2020

Three PhD Students named Inaugural Arts & Humanities Interns - May 14, 2020

Grad Student Researchers Discover Four New Species of Deep-Sea Dwellers - May 12, 2020

Grad Student Researchers Help Turn Algae Leftovers into Renewable Products with Flare - May 11, 2020

Chemistry Grad Students Develop 'Molecular Distancing' Method - May 7, 2020

Scripps Grad Student Finds Connection Between Hatchery and Fish Microbiome - May 6, 2020

Grad Student Develops Green Method for Hospitals - May 1, 2020

April 


Graduate Students Benefit from Remote Success Coaching - April 30, 2020

Grad Student Discovers that Gut Microbes Influence How Rat Brains React to Opioids - April 27, 2020

Grad Student Finds That Communities of Microbes Found to Have Working Memory - April 27, 2020

UC San Diego Graduate Programs Among Best in New Rankings - April 22, 2020

Grad Student Alum Recognized for Sucessful Chem Lab - April 17, 2020

First Gen Grad Student Awarded Paul & Daisy Soro's Fellowship for New Americans - April 16, 2020

Former Grad Student Researcher Uncovers Importance of Aligning Biological Clock - April 08, 2020

Grad Student Researchers Help Answer How Hawkfish Species Thrive on Remote Reefs - April 08, 2020

Deep Sea Anti-Cancer Drug Discovered by Scripps Grad Student Researchers - April 08, 2020

Grad Student Develops WiFi-Boosting ‘Smart Surface’ to Help Remote LearningApril 02, 2020

March


Biomedical Engineering Program Ranked 4th Best in AmericaMarch 31, 2020

Grad Student Pairs Up with 11th Grader for Science FairMarch 31, 2020

Grad Students Aid in COVID-19 Response by 3D-Printing Ventilators - March 26, 2020

Doctoral Programs Lauded by U.S. News and World Report - March 18, 2020

Grad Student Finds Way to Keep Lithium Batteries From Catching Fire - March 12, 2020

Grad Student Helps Develop Novel Method to Identify Cancer - March 11, 2020

Grad Student Astronomers Catch Rare Eclipse - March 9, 2020

A Better Connection for Graduate Student Housing Residents - March 5, 2020

UC-HBCU Initiative Increases Access to Grad School for Underrepresented Students - March 2, 2020

February


Grad Student Researchers Develop Framework that Improves Firefox Security - February 25, 2020

Joint Doctoral Student Named First SDSU Tribal LiaisonFebruary 18, 2020

Collaborative Research Studies Abundance and Impact of MicroplasticsFebruary 13, 2020

Grad Students Travel Abroad to Empower AmputeesFebruary 6, 2020

January


Ph.D. Alum and NASA Astronaut Calls Campus from Space Station - January 30, 2020

Grad Alum Named "True Triton" in Recognition of Sustained Service - January 30, 2020

Grad Student Startup Selected as Finalist in UC Pitch Contest - January 30, 2020

Grad Student Honored at 2020 Inclusive Excellence Awards - January 29, 2020

Ph.D. Student Develops New App to Detect Card Skimmers at Gas Pumps - January 27, 2020

Grad Student Engineers Mosquitoes to Repel Dengue Virus - January 16, 2020

M.F.A. Alum Jefferson Mays Wins "Best Actor" at 2020 Ovation Awards - January 14, 2020

Ph.D. Student Finds That Strained Crystals Could Improve Electronics - January 9, 2020

Rady School Launches FlexWeekend Master of Science in Business Analytics - January 7, 2020 

2019

December 2019


Multi-Million Dollar Grant from Mellon Foundation to Enhance Humanities - December 18, 2019

UC San Diego Launches New Center for Materials Discovery & Design - December 16, 2019

Grad Students Create Mentorship Program for Underrepresented Undergrads - December 5, 2019

Grad Student Reflects on How Collaboration Changed His Art - December 4, 2019

MFA Grad Student Director Reflects on Sold-out Production - December 4, 2019

November 2019


ARCS Foundation Supports Grad Student Scientists - November 26, 2019

Computer Science and Engineering Department Celebrates Diversity - November 21, 2019

Grad Student Develops Algorithm for Self-Driving Mail Carts - November 14, 2019

MFA Alum Makes Waves at La Jolla Playhouse with "Cambodian Rock Band" - November 5, 2019

October 2019


Grad Students Receive $2.8M Reasearch Grant to Study Biases in Healthcare - October 25, 2019

Meet the New Dean at Rady School of Management - October 17, 2019

Transforming the Grad Student Experience at the School of Medicine - October 14, 2019

Scripps PhD Alum Launches to the International Space Station - October 3, 2019

Grad Student Wins Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award - October 1, 2019

September 2019


GPS Grad Students Conduct Policy Research at U.S.-Mexico Border - September 26, 2019

MFA Grad Student Wins Ollie New Play Award - September 26, 2019

 #UCSDGradStudentSpotlight on Scripps Student Grant Batzel - September 25, 2019

Five Bioengineering Grad Students Named Siebel Scholars September 25, 2019

Establishment of UC San Diego School of Public Health Approved - September 18, 2019

Grad Students and Researchers Study Immune Response to Brain Cancer - September 17, 2019

PhD Student and Researchers Use Eyes to Determine Risk of Alzheimer’s - September 10, 2019

PhD Student and Researchers Develop Method to Extend Life of Gene Circuits - September 5, 2019

PhD Student and Researchers Find Protein Linked to Chemotherapy Resistance - September 3, 2019

August 2019


Scripps Masters Student Uses Acoustics To Learn About Killer Whale Migration - August 27, 2019

Two Billion Reasons to Celebrate at UC San Diego - August 19, 2019

PhD Student Helps Researchers Develop Optical Waveguide Channels - August 12, 2019

PhD Student Receives Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award - August 1, 2019

July 2019


Geophysics Grad Student Helps Us Understand Earthquakes in Southern California - July 30, 2019

Black Student Union Honors PhD Student as EDI Campus Champion - July 29, 2019

Summer Program for Women in Philosophy Encourages Pursuit Of Graduate Degrees - July 18, 2019

PhD Student Receives the 2018-19 Bruno Zimm Award - July 7, 2019

Two Music Graduate Student Composers Receive Commissioned World-Premieres - July 2, 2019

Scripps PhD Student Receives Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship - July 1, 2019

June 2019


Grad Student Develops App to Connect Conservation Organizations and Researchers - June 26, 2019

PhD Student Takes Time to Mentor Next Generation Students - June 14, 2019

Visual Arts MFA Alum Returns to Campus to Teach and Make Art with AI - June 13, 2019

Two PhD Students Receive Prestigious 2019 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grants - June 11, 2019

Dragonfish Teeth Inspire Materials Science Grad Student - June 5, 2019

May 2019


PhD Student Researches Pain in the Brain - May 21, 2019

Grad Alum Collaborates with Researchers to Design Wearable Patch - May 17, 2019

PhD Student Links Oxygen Levels with Blind Marine Invertebrates - May 8, 2019

April 2019


Graduate Students Learn to Advocate in Washington D.C. - April 24, 2019

UC San Diego Grad SLAM Campus Champion Announced - April 18, 2019

Graduate Students from Scripps Lobby California State Lawmakers - April 4, 2019

Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Scholars Inducted - April 4, 2019

February 2019


Astrophysics PhD Candidate Cultivates Campus Rooftop Garden - February 28, 2019

Five MFA Students Join the Cast and Crew of “Diana” - February 21, 2019

Three UC San Diego Playwrights Receive World Premieres at Festival - February 8, 2019

Nobel Laureate Returns to UC San Diego - February 7, 2019

March 2019


Two UC San Diego Alumni Receive Prestigious Knauss Fellowships - March 11, 2019

January 2019


PhD Student Details Bird Feather Properties for Better Adhesives - January 16, 2019

PhD Student Learns Genetic Link Between Risk Tolerance And Risky Behaviors - January 14, 2019

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