Graduate Division

Graduate Monthly Update

Section 1

August 2019


Dear Colleagues,

As most of you know, the end of this month will mark the end of more than 10 fulfilling years as Dean of the Graduate Division. It’s a bittersweet time for me, as I reflect on all of the things we’ve accomplished together. But I am also excited to see what the future holds for graduate education at UCI. The enterprise will be in great hands with Vice Provost and Dean Gillian Hayes at the helm.  

From increasing application numbers by 90% to establishing the first ever Graduate Resource Center in the UC system to establishing 26 new graduate degrees, we’ve been able change the landscape of graduate education at UCI. I mention all of this to say – Thank you.

Thank you for being dedicated to UCI’s research and teaching missions. Thank you for devoting yourselves to improving graduate education on our campus, while providing our students with the tools they need to succeed in their chosen careers.  Finally, thank you for letting me lead you in graduate education for the last decade. It has truly been an honor and a privilege.

I look forward to staying in touch and seeing the great work all of you will continue to accomplish.

Yours in higher education,

Frances Leslie
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division
Professor of Pharmacology and Anatomy & Neurobiology



Through a new institutional subscription sponsored by the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine, all UCI faculty, students, postdocs and researchers now have access to the Nature Masterclass online course in scientific writing and publishing. With over 30 editors from more than 20 Nature journals serving as instructors, we encourage ALL graduate students, postdocs, researchers, and faculty to participate in this valuable resource. These experts will take you through the entire scientific publishing process. Although this is presented by Nature, the tools and training the Masterclass provides is beneficial for all scholars at any stage of writing for publication – everyone can benefit!

Course objectives for the 15 modules:

  • How to get the most out of the writing process
  • Submission procedures and cover letter tips
  • How the manuscript selection process works at top journals
  • What happens to papers once they’ve been submitted
Explaining what it takes to get published in top journals!

Fletcher Jones Fellowship

The call for nominations for the Fletcher Jones Fellowship has been updated for the 2019-2020 academic year. This highly prestigious award provides a UCI doctoral student with a one-year fellowship in the amount of approximately $22,290. Students from all Ph.D. programs are eligible. 

Fellowship criteria and submission instructions can be found at The deadline for School nominations is 5pm on Friday, August 30, 2019. Graduate students interested in this opportunity should consult with their program’s graduate affairs staff regarding internal deadlines. Please contact Turner Dahl at or (949) 824-0490 with any questions.


The Graduate Division recruitment team is almost done with another fall travel season. We participated in more than a dozen events at institutions across California, as well as Tennessee, Maryland, and Virginia, including campus-based grad fairs, major conferences, and presentations to various graduate preparation programs.

During fall travel, we collected contact information from interested prospective students through Slate. We processed all of the information collected this year and will deliver it in a spreadsheet to graduate advisors as their program deadlines approach.

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize competition

The application deadline is September 27, 2019

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a national invention competition that recognizes individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions and teams of undergraduate students with a tested prototype of one invention. The prize is conducting their nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students to compete for the 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

The competition recognizes students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcarefood/water, and agriculture, transportation and mobilityand consumer devices. Inventions are not limited to class projects or thesis work, and any side/personal projects could also be considered. Patents are encouraged but not required. In each of the four categories, graduate students are awarded $15,000 and undergraduate teams are awarded $10,000.Students can begin filling out the application now and complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements are available here.


There are various DECADE events taking place this month and early next month. We hope to see you attend and share these events with your colleagues and students. Interested in learning more about DECADE? Visit our wesbite or join our list-serve by sending an email to

Questions may be directed to Claudia Campos at or x41281.

Learning Community

The DECADE student council is excited to be implementing Learning Communities this year! Learning communities serve as spaces for people to come together on a regular basis to share ideas, opinions, advice, and needs regarding a specific topic. Furthermore, these settings will serve as an additional opportunity for DECADE community members to come together and build interdisciplinary and meaningful connections with one another.


PoWER Groups- Postdoc Writing, Editing and Review

The Weekly Postdoc Writing Editing and Review (PoWER) group provides support for postdocs to maintain a disciplined writing regimen, obtain feedback early in the writing process and see how others write. Details

Fridays: 8:30-10:30am- BioSci III, Rm 1120

Save the Date: 2019 Graduate Welcome and Orientation | September 19-20, 2019 at the Bren Events Center!

  • International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Friday, September 20, 2019

Both of these events will take place inside the Bren Events Center.

We ask that all academic units refrain from scheduling any discipline-based orientation events on this date so that students can attend these orientation events.

As a reminder:

  • These events are not intended to replace or overlap with current department- or school-based orientations; rather, they are designed to provide a unified message on topics that apply to all new graduate students.
  • These events cover common aspects of the graduate student experience at UCI.
  • This includes sessions on graduate support services (GRC, Career Center, DTEI, Counseling Center, etc.), as well as administrative topics to help with success, such as the function of the Graduate Division, an introduction to UCI senior administration, and health insurance.
  • Graduate Orientation also proves to be a successful way of fostering relationships among students who may not otherwise meet or communicate.

More information will be forthcoming. Please contact us with questions:



Registration is now open for GRC Summer Programs!

We hope you encourage your students to participate in the certificate programs and professional services this summer. Your support in promoting our programs is greatly appreciated. 


The registration forms for our summer certificate programs are now available online. Please inform your students and postdocs to register now. Spaces are limited for each of the following certificate programs.

Wednesdays, July 10 to August 14 from 3:00 – 4:30PM       

Anxious about the academic job market? Participants will explore job search strategies, have the opportunity to draft and workshop applications, develop and practice interview skills, and more. This program is geared towards advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Topics covered will include:

-        Pathways to Employment

-        Components of the Job Application

-        Interview Skills and the Job Talk

-        Transitioning to the Academic Workforce

Interested participants can here.

Wednesdays, July 24 to August 28 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

This six-week series focuses on skills and resources related to effective mentorship. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is intended for those who are:

―     Curious about becoming a mentor

―     Current mentors who want to expand their skills

―     Interested in having a stronger relationship with their own mentor

―     Those interested in becoming a Mentor in any Graduate Division program, including DECADE PLUS, Graduate InterConnect, SURF, or Competitive Edge.

Interested participants can here.


Lauren Lyon, Career Engagement Educator for Graduate Students, from the Division of Career Pathways will review CVs and other job materials and provides tools for the competitive job market. Open to all disciplines.

The drop-in services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM.

The GRC Writing Consultant program includes trained writing consultants who review academic papers, fellowship applications, and provide feedback on job materials (ex. CV, cover letter). Appointments are available throughout the summer.

Students can schedule an appointment here or call 949-824-3849.


  • The GRC is open Monday – Thursday from 9AM to 7PM and Friday from 9AM -5PM.
  • GRC hours of operation change Monday, June 10 for the summer. The GRC will be open Monday – Friday from 9AM to 5PM.

Need additional information? Contact the GRC:


     PHONE     949-824-3849

NEXT POSTING: September 2019