Graduate Division

Graduate Resource Center

Dedicated to supporting the academic and professional success of all UC Irvine graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, the Graduate Resource Center (GRC) has everything you need to succeed.  The GRC offers workshops and programs designed to support professional development; writing support; communication; preparation of grant and fellowship funding applications; wellness and work-life balance; mentoring and much more!

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Stop by to explore the many resources we have to offer or contact us by phone 949-824-3849 or email

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Contact Us: Hours & Location

The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) is open:

  • Monday through Thursday from 9AM - 7PM
  • Fridays from 9AM - 5PM

The GRC is located on the third floor of the Gateway Study Center - in between the Langson Library and the Cross-Cultural Center, directly across from Aldrich Hall. The main entrance is located at the rear of the building (facing Aldrich Park). Click here for a map to the GRC.


Phone     949-824-3849


Academic Courses and Certificate Programs

The GRC hosts academic courses and certificate programs throughout the year. Here's what the GRC has going for Fall 2019. Click below to sign up.

Activate to Captivate

Tuesdays, October 8 to November 26 from 10:00 AM – Noon
Public Speaking:Activate to Captivate is an 8-week communication certificate program for postdocs and graduate students. Participants will learn and practice strategies to craft a dynamic and compelling presentation including:

• Overcoming anxiety
• Commanding a room
• Communicating effectively with an audience of any size  

Improv for Teaching- LIMITED SPACES REMAIN

Tuesdays, November 5 to November 26 from Noon – 2:00 PM
Facilitated by Activate to Captivate’s Bri McWhorter, this new 4-session communication program is for postdocs and graduate students. This highly interactive program will help participants learn to: 
• Think on their feet
• Engage in active listening techniques
• Create a collaborative learning environment
• Expand their imagination to lead a dynamic classroom

Register here.

Communication Support

Excellent communication skills are essential to professional success. This includes public speaking, interpersonal communication,, interview techniques, and the ability comfortably to a variety of audiences. Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

  • Science Communication Skills (Phy Sci 220)

  • Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate
  • Interview Skills Boot Camp
  • Public Speaking Boot Camp
  • Communications Consultants
  • Quarterly workshops:
    • Networking Step 1: Introducing Yourself
    • Communicating with Confidence
    • Crafting a Persuasive Research Statement for the Job Search
    • One Hour Presentations: Public Speaking Strategies for Job Talks, Colloquia, and Lab Meetings
    • Effective Communication: Persuading Others
    • Presentation Fundamentals: Giving a Good Talk

Writing Support

The need for writing assistance is a top priority for grad students and post docs. Writing support is offered in a variety of areas including:

Schedule a writing consultant appointment online or call the GRC at 949-824-3849.


The GRC works with faculty and campus resource centers to offer in-depth workshops on topics including professional development, writing skills, work-life balance, and funding opportunities including:

  • $mart $tart - Salary Negotiation Skills
  • How to Work with Others without Losing Friends
  • Imagine Yourself Outside of Academia
  • Communicating with Confidence

Upcoming workshops can be found on the Graduate Division calendar. Click here for a look at the complete listing of GRC workshops.

Register for workshops online or by contacting the GRC via:

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Resource Library

To support the academic and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, the GRC manages a resource library filled with books on topics including:

  • Scientific writing and communication
  • How to conduct research
  • Writing for non-native English speakers
  • Career options outside of academia