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September 17, 2020

UC San Diego Scientists to Explore New Frontiers in Parkinson’s Disease Research with $7.2M Grant

The researchers will be using Stretch, a robot manufactured by Hello Robot. Here CEO Aaron Edsinger poses with the bot. Photo courtesy of Hello Robot.

September 17, 2020

Researchers Develop Robots to Help Children Touch the Outside World

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September 10, 2020

Grad Student Researcher Helps Add Human-Genome Produced RNA to the List of Cell Surface Molecules

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Recent News

September 2020

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

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

Grad Student Pursues Research on Climate Change Affecting Phytoplankton Communities in the Arctic - September 8th, 2020

Grad Student Finds that a Common Class of Drugs is Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s DiseaseSeptember 4th, 2020

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

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



News Archive


August 2020

Arts and Community Engagement Grad Student Fellows Receive Support to Build Regional Partnerships, Expand ResearchAugust 27th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 2020

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

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

Grad Student Earns Dissertation Year Fellowship - July 24th, 2020 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grad Student Awarded Prestigious Melvin Cohn AwardJuly 13th, 2020 

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

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

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

June 2020

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

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

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

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

2020 SURF Program Offers New Virtual Research ExperiencesJune 24th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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



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