Past Graduate Events

Past Events

March For Science – this Saturday, April 22 at 10am

Faculty, Students, Staff and Friends of the Division,

This Saturday scientists, teachers, students and others in more than 400 cities around the world will join in the March for Science, a non-partisan event designed to show support for the important role science plays in our society and in improving our daily lives.

The San Diego March for Science will start at 10am on April 22 in downtown San Diego at Civic Center Plaza at 1200 Third Avenue (details at: It will be a family-friendly event that, local organizers hope, will build awareness for the importance of science in society and highlight the San Diego region’s leadership in the sciences as well as the role we play in improving health, the environment and our economy.

I encourage you to attend and to show your support for science, particularly, for basic research in chemistry, mathematics and physics. If you do, we’ve love to follow your posts on social media, so please consider using the hashtags #ScienceMarch #ucsdphysicalsciences and @UCSDPhySci

Thank you,

Steven Boggs

Dean, Division of Physical Sciences

Young Chemist Meetup - Monday April 24th, 2017

Join us for a collaborative event between the Society for Women in Graduate Studies (SWIGS) and the San Diego Local Section of the ACS (SDACS). On April 24th from 6-8 pm we will be gathering young San Diego chemists at White Labs in Miramar to socialize, network, and learn a little about yeast! We will be offering free tasters to the first ten attendees and tours of the facility starting at 6:30!

Please see the Eventbrite for all the details and RSVP. (Flyer attached)

UC San Diego First Annual Women in STEM Networking Night – April 19, 2017

Save the Date: April 19th from 5pm-7pm at UC San Diego Career Center


NBIB Sponsored Training Program

4th Annual STEM Career Symposium

 The 4th Annual STEM Career Symposium is a full day event (with breakfast, lunch, and evening refreshments/appetizers provided) that will take place on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.

UC San Diego American Chemical Society Reception – April 2, 2017

Many UC San Diego alumni are traveling near and far to attend the American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco. 

With this in mind, we’ve coordinated a social event to happen in San Francisco on Sunday, April 2, to provide an opportunity for scientists, faculty, alumni and postdoctoral fellows from UC San Diego to connect and network. 

If you will be in the Bay Area attending this conference, please join us at this fun event.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 5:00--7:00 p.m. 

San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Salon 1
780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Map & Directions

Master’s and PhD Career Development Week

March 27-30 | Career Center

Whether you've spent years preparing to go on the job market or are just beginning to think about your career now, the Master's and PhD Career Development Week is designed for you! You'll learn how to explore a variety of career options, key techniques for getting your application noticed, the best interviewing strategies, and more. Dedicated exclusively to graduate student and postdoctoral career and professional development, this week will feature workshops, guest speakers, and networking opportunities with employers to help you plan for a successful job search. All events will take place in the Career Center.

Events include:

grAdvantage Career Night Panel: “What Can I Do with a Master’s or PhD?” | Monday, March 27, 5-7pm

Come learn from PhDs who have already made the transition from academia to careers beyond the tenure track about how they successfully navigated such a change. Featuring Kelly Anne Brown, Assistant Director of UC Humanities Research Institute and Humanists@Work; Ken Lau, Technical Marketing Manager at BioLegend; alumna Sara Shen, Associate at Strategic Earth Consulting; and alumnus Tarun Soni, Chief Engineer at Northrop Grumman.

Employer Networking Mixer | Thursday, March 30, 4-6pm

Come network with representatives from leading companies in a variety of industries, including Illumina and McKinsey. Put into practice the things you have learned during the Career Development Week and make the connections you need to successfully start your career.

See the full schedule of workshops and other events at

Register for Career Development Week events here.

Career Center Workshop Forum – March 10th

Where can you go with a PhD? Academia? Industry? Policy? Consulting? The Career Center can help!

We want your input on what you are looking for in terms of career development opportunities and particularly how to best reach graduate students at UCSD! Come join us for a small forum discussion led by your fellow graduate students and postdocs at the Career Center to discuss current opportunities, and help us develop professional events and workshops YOU would like to see in the near future (Free Regents pizza included!)

WHEN: Friday March 10th(12-1PM) 2017

WHERE: Career Center – Round Room (see map on eventbrite page)


STEM Career Symposium – “What Can You Be with a PhD” – March 25, 2017

Dear Postdocs and Grad Students,

The Postdoctoral Associations of UC San Diego, Salk, Sanford Burnham, and The Scripps Research Institute are pleased to present the Fourth Annual “What Can You Be with a PhD?” STEM Career Symposium on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.  If you are interested in pursuing a career outside academia, don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn about how to utilize your PhD training in a variety of industries!

This one day event is structured around interactive panel sessions featuring professionals who have successfully transitioned outside of academia. Meet fellow PhDs who now thrive in companies like Pfizer, Qualcomm, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Northrop Grumman, Vertex, Cymer, Boston Consulting Group, Morrison & Foerster, and many others. Obtain information about your target careers, expand your understanding about potential career paths, and start building your network!

Schedule Summary: 

·       Registration: 8-9 am

·       Program: 9 am – 5:30 pm

·       Networking Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Breakfast & Lunch provided!

For registration information, full program, panelist bios, and other details, please visit

Register by March 11th to get the Early Bird Discounted Price!

If you have any questions, please contact the UCSD PDA Career Development Program at

APD Consulting Club – ICON Consulting Info Session – March 30th

The APD Consulting Club is hosting a consultant from ICON for an information session. Please forward the following announcement to your departments!  

Join us on March 30th at 5:30pm for a conversation with Dr. William Shimp, a consultant at ICON! ICON is a life science consulting firm with a strong clinical team, which employs over 12,600 people across 89 offices in 37 countries in the US, Asia and Europe. ICON is a global provider of outsourced drug development services to biopharma, medical device, government, biosimilar and generic organizations. They offer a full range of clinical, consulting and commercial services that range from trial design to full study execution, and from clinical to post-market commercialization. Their services are supported by in-depth therapeutic and regulatory expertise and market-leading technology and analytics. They are the only full service CRO that offers the knowledge, software and systems for adaptive trials. Their focus is on factors that are critical to the client - reducing time to market, reducing cost and increasing quality. Dr. Shimp will give us some information about ICON and there will be ample time for questions! To learn more about the company, visit

This event will take place in Bonner Hall, room 2130. RSVP here:

This event was kindly sponsored by GSA. 

Project Kaleidoscope – Broadening Participation & Persistence in College STEM: Equity Diversity & Inclusion – March 25, 2017

2017 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting. Broadening Participation and Persistence in College STEM: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Date: March 25th, 2017

Place: University of California, San Diego

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2017

The University of California San Diego, in partnership with MiraCosta College and University of California Irvine, is proud to host the 2017 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual meeting.

 This meeting has been designed as a one-day summit to engage two- and four-year faculty, staff, administrators, post-docs, and students in recognizing, advancing, and supporting inclusive and equitable practices in STEM education in the classroom, in organizational culture, and between institutions. A plenary session, on equity, inclusion, and transfer given by Dr. Dustin Thoman (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University) will launch the meeting.  Dynamic and active workshops will engage participants in creating concrete plans for inclusive instructional practices in the classroom, building institutional capacity for equity and inclusion, and reducing transfer risks. Interactive poster presentations will help build connections and foster collaborations among colleagues from different institutions and institutional types in the Southern California area.

 Overall, this program aims to empower meeting participants to develop more inclusive learning environments at local institutions in Southern California. The meeting will help build capacities in our community to improve our teaching practices not only through existing literature but also by sharing ideas and building connections across two- and four-year institutions, with a focus of broadening participation and persistence in STEM.

To learn more about this event, visit:

Keystone Symposia: Lipidomics and Bioactive Lipids in Metabolism and Disease – February 26 to March 2, 2017

KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA: Lipidomics and Bioactive Lipids in Metabolism and Disease (B6)
Date: February 26 - March 2, 2017
Location: Granlibakken Tahoe, Tahoe City, CA

Organizers: Alfred H. Merrill, Walter Allen Shaw, Sarah Spiegel, and Michael J.O. Wakelam

Session Titles

  • • Lipidomics in Inflammation
  • • Lipidomics and Infection
  • • Cancer Lipidomics
  • • Cardiovascular Lipidomics
  • • Lipid Localization and Implications for Cell Regulation
  • • Lipidomics
  • • Neurological Lipidomics
  • • Metabolism

 There will also be discussion of the LIPID MAPS web site and tools under its new sponsorship by the Wellcome Trust. 

Questioning Career: Designing the Life You Want
Questioning Career Flyer

Takeda Info Session – February 16

Date: 02/16/2017

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Location: Career Center, Horizon Room Majors

Seeking: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Pathology, Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Neurosciences, Bioengineering majors.

Details: Takeda California, Inc. (TCAL) is Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited’s innovative R&D center in San Diego. TCAL generates highly disease specific and patient tailored transformative new medicines aligned with Takeda’s global market strategies in Gastrointestinal (GI), Central Nervous System (CNS)and Immunology. TCAL’s team of experienced scientists and clinicians deliver on the needs of patients by blending its internal capabilities, global Takeda resources, and expertise and technology from best-in-class external partners. TCAL has an agile, entrepreneurial biotech culture that emphasizes collaboration, both internally and externally, with strong engagement with the premiere biotechnology communities in San Diego and the Bay Area.

TCAL strives to nurture employee development by providing a wide range of learning opportunities. Staff members are also highly engaged in community service, frequently organizing events in support of area schools, charitable foundations, and the environment. Scientists from Takeda California would like to invite students to learn about TCAL and the Summer Internship Opportunities available for 2017!

Register Here:

San Diego ACS Lecture – February 16

On February 16, the San Diego Local Section of the American Chemical Society (SDACS) will be hosting Professor Jie Jack Li from the University of San Francisco.

Each of our seminar events allow guests to learn about a fascinating topic from an expert in the field, as well as the opportunity to network with local professionals and academics. As always, this event is free, and free food and drink will be served.

Title: The Story of Statins

Jie Jack Li – Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of San Francisco

Date: T
hursday, February 16, 2017

6:00 PM Lecture | 7:00 PM Social Hour, Light Meal

The Scripps Research Institute, 10650 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037


Tech Talk with Morrison & Foerster – February 23

Are You a Graduate Student or Post-doc Interested in Using Your Scientific/Technical Background Beyond the Bench?

You are invited to attend a Tech Talk with Morrison & Foerster on patent law exclusively for Immunology, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Biosciences, Math, Physics and Computer Science Graduate students:

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 3:30pm – 4:15pm Presentation / 4:30pm – 5:30pm Networking Hour

Location: Natural Sciences Building Auditorium / Natural Sciences Atrium

About MoFo:    

Morrison & Foerster has one of the most experienced and highly regarded patent practices in the field.  Our attorneys and agents have played a significant role in the creation and protection of many of the landmark patent portfolios in the information technology and life science industries.  We work with scientific and technological innovators who are on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s discoveries.

We are actively hiring grad students and post-docs for multiple scientific and technical analyst intern positions, as well as full-time patent analyst positions, across our offices. 

You will have the opportunity to meet the panel speakers and recruiter, learn about their careers and ask questions in this informal discussion. 

Space is limited to the first 50 students. RSVP here by February 20th.   

New HHMI Opportunity for Beginning Life Sciences Postdocs (Due: Feb 15, 2017)

HHMI has announced a new program to recruit and retain early-career scientists who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Fellows will receive a non-renewable grant of $80K annually for up to four years of postdoctoral training support followed by a non-renewable grant of $270K annually for up to four years of the faculty phase, if program criteria are met.


  • must have a PhD and/or MD by the start of the grant term (November 15, 2017-January 15, 2018)
  • can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience by February 15, 2017
  • must have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico)
  • may be of any citizenship or nationality

HHMI will select and support up to 15 fellows in this first competition of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program.

Applications are due February 15, 2017

More information at:

F99-K00 Pre-Doc and Post-Doc Fellowship, NCI - Due: February 17th

The National Cancer Institute is looking to fund grad students in their third or fourth year who are interested in pursuing cancer-related research. The opportunity offers up to six years of funding and helps the student transition from pre-doc to post-doc. Applicants will need to plan dissertation research for next 1-2 years and training plan for 3-4 years in post-doc as preparation for independent cancer-focused research. Each institution can nominate only one student to apply for the award. The deadline for the nominee to submit their application is February 17, 2017 5:00 p.m. PST. This is the second year that NCI is offering this fellowship, so the fellowship is new to most. For more details on how to apply and the campus-wide selection of the institutional nominee, please see details below:

43rd Semiannual Biotechnology Vendor Showcase at UCSD

You and the researchers in your department are invited to our 43rd Annual Biotechnology Vendor Showcase coming to UC San Diego.

When:  Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Where: Price Center, Ballroom

Time: 10:00am - 2:30pm

 Stop by the event to:

 * Network with other Researchers

* View Product Demonstrations

* Connect with Industry Experts

* Discover New Research Tools

* Learn Troubleshooting Skills

* Hear About Laboratory Services

* Learn about Career Opportunities

Finding Fellowships and Grants

Winter 2017 Dissertation/Thesis Submission & Formatting Workshop

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm.
Location: Student Services Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Graduate Division Academic Advisers will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting.

Students who are planning on submitting their thesis or dissertation in Winter or Spring 2017 are welcome to attend!

No RSVP necessary.

Please review the Dissertation/Thesis Formatting manual prior to the workshop. Dissertations_Theses_Formatting_Manual.pdf

Preliminary and Final appointments may be scheduled at

We hope to see you there!

ACS January Meeting - Forensic Chemistry - Wednesday, January 18th

The San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society is ramping up our program for 2017. These speaker events are great to learn about a fascinating topic from an expert in the field as well as network with local professionals and academics.

Our first one is in the area of forensic chemistry.

Robert D. Blackledge - Forensic Chemist Consultant, USA

The Floyd Landis Sports Doping Case as Evaluated by a Forensic Analytical Chemist

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Time: 6PM Social Hour/Light Dinner; 7PM Presentations

Place: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

              12790 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130


As always the event is free and free food and drink will be served.

Main Group Chemistry Symposium – January 14th, 2017 at UCLA

A unique opportunity for young researchers to hear from leading experts and present their research.

Prizes will be awarded for best oral and poster presentations!

Invited Plenary Speakers: Prof. Susannah L. Scott (UC Santa Barbara) Prof. Makoto Yamashita (Nagoya University, Japan) Prof. Simon Aldridge (Oxford University, UK)

NIH NRSA F31 Parent and F31 Diversity Internal Deadlines 

F31 Parent Application
1st Internal Deadline:
 Tuesday, 11/22/2016, no later than 4pm.
 What is Due: 1. Completed application with science documents in good draft form; 2. All other attachments in final form.

2nd Internal Deadline: Tuesday, 12/6/2016, no later than 4pm.
What is due: Completed application with all attachments in final form.

Agency Deadline: Thursday, 12/8/2016

F31 Diversity Application

1st Internal Deadline:
 Tuesday, 11/30/2016, no later than 4pm.
What is Due: 1. Completed application with science documents in good draft form.

2nd Internal Deadline: Tuesday, 12/9/2016, no later than 4pm.
What is Due: Completed application with all attachments in final form.

Agency Deadline: Thursday, 12/13/2016

 If you have any questions or need any verification on the application process, please contact or see the Grad Division Website to access the NIH NRSA F31 and F31 Diversity page.

grAdvantage Program, Career Services Center Graduate Careers Blog, Versatile PhD 

The Career Services Center and the Graduate Division offer many resources for students at UCSD: 

grAdvantage program (with information on the Communication workshops, Career Nights, Certificate in Leadership and Teamwork, Questioning Career Transition Group, and other campus resources and events):

Career Services Center Graduate Careers Blog (with job ads, information on events, and career advice specifically for grad students):

Versatile PhD - great resource for PhD students considering careers outside academia. The Career Services Center has institutional membership to tSWIGS Seminar – “From Academic to Industry” – Thurs, Nov 10 at 11am in Urey Room 2102 Dr. Vladimir Martis Title: "From Academia to Industry" Place, Time: Thurs, Nov 10th at 11AM in the Urey Room Description: Dr. Martis is a Product Manager at Surface Measurement Systems, Ltd. based in the UK that specializes in sorption measurements. He will discuss his non-linear path from academia to industry, his experiences working in France at ESRF, and why he ultimately decided to go into industry rather than academia. This is a great opportunity for insight into an alternative career path available to students after graduation. There will also be a meet the speaker event from 1-2PM in 4503 Pac Hall, that will give students the chance to ask questions and learn even more about how to navigate a potential transition from academia to industry.

Announcements from the Graduate Climate & Community Interns

Monday, Feb 22, 2016


Comunidad Room

Call for Presentations: The Graduate Climate and Community Interns are putting on a Graduate Forum in the Cross Cultural Center (ArtSpace) Monday February 29th from 12-1:30. We are inviting graduate students to present their work regarding the theme of “Changing Climate(s).” The description is purposefully broad so we can have a diverse, cross-disciplinary understanding of “climate” from the ecological to the political and everything in-between. Lunch will be provided and this will be a chance to practice presenting your works among your peers! Please apply here.

grAdvantage GSA Career Night

March 9, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm | Career Services Center, Horizon Room

Camille Primm is a leading career and performance strategist who works with organizations as a motivational team coach and training facilitator as well as a career strategist. She will provide advice about what graduate students and postdocs can do to hone the skills they need to thrive in the changing world of work.

Overcoming the Interview: Skills & Strategies

March 9, 2016, 10:00-11:30am | Career Services Center, Horizon Room

Come learn about the types of interviews you might encounter on a job hunt, effective strategies for handling each, pitfalls and how to handle them; and gain practical experience.

Policy Seminar – March 14th at 10am (Reception and Lunch)

March 14th, 2016, 10:00AM | Pacific Hall 4500

The talk will include a general political update about the current dynamics/dysfunction on Capitol Hill, a specific political update about the members of Congress and committees that most affect science and research, and a legislative update about recent/current bills in Congress most relevant to chemists and researchers.

Transition to Industry Bootcamp - March 18th, 2016

The Torrey Pines Training Consortium (Career Development and Postdoc Affairs offices from UC San Diego, Salk, The Scripps Research Institute, Sanford Burhham Prebys) invite you to attend the TRANSITION TO INDUSTRY BOOTCAMP this Friday, March 18, 2016.

Adapting to industry jobs can be a significant challenge for scientists coming from academia. Industry values--and even requires--skills that go beyond the traditional scientific/technical competencies.

Having an awareness of your skills and an ability to express them in business terms provides a significant competitive advantage in landing an industry job and being successful in that job.

By attending this workshop, you will transition from the often quoted “over-qualified and under experienced” kiss of death to the “Best Qualified with relevant experience.”

At the all day workshop you will learn:

  • The Business of Science: The career challenges that PhDs face have evolved significantly over the past 10-15 years.  Academic tenure-track positions have become more and more competitive, and there is generally little to no training or guidance with respect the opportunities available outside academia, the critical skills required and how to successfully compete for those jobs. In this two hour interactive session we will discuss the technical, business and social skills that are valued both within and outside academia and how to relate your own scientific experiences and accomplishments to those skills in a way that demonstrates your hiring value. Participants will learn how to dissect a job ad to identify the required skills, and how to develop a 2 page targeted resume that reflects their qualifications and experiences in the context of those skills, and how to develop talking points to effectively handle the behavioral-based interview process.
  • Practical Project Management for Scientists: Project Management experience is highly valued for many professional positions available to scientists, due to its focus on efficiency, and reliably completing projects on time and on budget.  Being able to demonstrate practical experience with this important skill provides a real advantage when competing for jobs.  The scientific method, which is the basis of biomedical research, very closely parallels the project management process.  So in essence, scientists are putting project management into practice every day (even if they don’t realize it!).  In this session students will learn to translate their scientific experience into the language of project management by clearly defining the project’s goals, success criteria, assumptions and action plan.  Their project management experiences are then iterated in their resume and interview preparation. Students will then use that same project management approach to develop a plan to looking for, and land their first job.
  • Financial Literacy: In this session, we will review what you need to know about finance to negotiate a salary offer and to evaluate the financial health of an organization.   Using a Case Study learning method for a local biotech, we will step through 12 basic financial terms for doing business.  Participants will then utilize these terms in evaluating the health of a company.  Finally, we will look at the financial considerations of negotiating your total compensation package with your hiring manager at your new job.
  • Applied Communications and Networking: By attending and participating in this whole-day SciPhD workshop, participants should be able to perform the following:
    • Identify and find the type of jobs they are seeking
    • Analyze a job ad, identify the critical technical, business and social skills required to qualify for an interview
    • Develop a competitive targeted resume that relates their research and life experiences that match the required and unique competitive advantage skills
    • Apply industry Project Management best practices to their own scientific research project, and their job search project
    • Evaluate companies of interest with respect to their financial health
    • Leverage communications techniques to build their network, get company intelligence, and perform well in behavioral-based job interviews.

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 7:30am-5:00pm
Location: The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) at 10620 John J. Hopkins Drive
Event details and to register:

Cost: $75 plus credit card process fee (includes light breakfast and lunch)

Grads & Grub

March 18, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm | Faculty Club

Don't miss Grads and Grub, a social mixer series for graduate program alumni, graduate students, post-docs and faculty. Connect with alumni, students, faculty, and campus partners over a beer and appetizers. Brought to you by the Graduate Division, Graduate Student Association, and UCSD Alumni.

Taking Your Career to the Next Level

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 5:00pm-6:00pm
Career Development Week: March 22-24

This career workshop will focus on five core competencies for thriving in your job or career and motivate attendees to recognize the importance of key core competencies for excelling at work. Career Development Week workshops are free and sponsored by UC San Diego Extension.

Friends of the International Center Scholarships open for Nominations 2016-2017 for Graduate Students

Friends scholarships will be given to graduate students planning to conduct research or study abroad and to foreign graduate students in residence at UCSD during 2016-17. The selection of students for the scholarships will be made by the Friends Scholarship Committee. Each graduate academic program may nominate a maximum of three (3) outstanding graduate students for the Friends awards. Up to 25; scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded. Additionally, the School of Medicine may nominate six (6) medical students. Up to 4 scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded.
Please submit nominations to Mara Lopez at no later than Thursday, March 24, 2016. The Friends will select the scholars shortly thereafter. Also, please note that students should work directly with their program and may not self-nominate.
For more information please check out our blog. 

Converting your CV to a Resume

March 29, 2016, 11:30am-1pm | Career Services Center, Horizon Room

Learn how to turn your academic CV into a resume that will present your qualifications and experience effectively in your search for an alternate or non-academic job. Please bring a working draft of your CV (and if you've already started on one, a draft of your resume).

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships Info Session

April 1, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm | Leichtag 107

Interested in a career intersecting science and government policy? Attend this information session to find out about the AAAS's Science and Technology Fellowship, a post-graduate level fellowship that offers medical doctors, scientists, and engineers the opportunity to contribute their analytical skills to policymaking in Washington, D.C. while learning about the role of science in federal government.

Third Annual Grad SLAM!

The 3rd Annual UC San Diego  Grad SLAM is here! 

Grad SLAM is a graduate student competitive speaking event that showcases graduate student research. Grad SLAM participants present their research using three PowerPoint slides in a three-minute “TED-like talk” that can be understood by a general audience. Presenters will compete in successive rounds and receive prizes ranging from $100.00-$2,500.00. The top winner will have the opportunity to compete in the annual UC system-wide Grad SLAM competition in San Francisco. All travel expenses to participate in the statewide competition will be covered by the Graduate Division.

Schedule of Events

Preliminary Rounds: March 30-April 1, 2016

Semi-Final Rounds: April 6, 2016

Final Round: April 14, 2016

System-wide Event: April 22, 2016

Students can register and get more information at the Grad SLAM website .

Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Workshop

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 PM | Student Services Center Multipurpose Room

Graduate Division Academic Advisers will review the Dissertaiton/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting. Students who are planning on submitting their thesis or dissertaiton in Spring or summer 2016 are welcome to attend!

Please review the Dissertation/Thesis formatting manual prior to the workshop.

Preliminary and Final appointments may be scheduled at

No RSVP is necessary

For more information please visit our blog.

NIH NIBIB Training Program Info Session - April 6th

Are you interested in exceptional interdisciplinary research opportunities supported by NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)?
Location: Bioengineering Hall, 4th floor, Room 489 "Zweifach Library"
Attend an information session with Dr. Andrew McCulloch, Program Director for UCSD Interfaces graduate Training Program, Distinguished Professor and Jacobs Distinguished Scholar, Department of Engineering.
RSVP to for Info Session on UCSD Interfaces Program.

Queer Grad Coffee Hour

Thursday, April 14, 9am-10:30am at the LGBT Resource Center
Are you a Queer Graduate Student? Want to connect and meet other graduate students?
Stop by the LGBT Resource Center to sip coffee and chat.

Fine more information here.

Join the UCSD Q Grad Facebook Group, too!

Life at a Liberal Arts College

Friday, April 15, 9a,-1pm | Career Services Center, Horizon Room

Interested in teaching at a Liberal Arts College, but not sure what to expect? Join us for a morning discussion and networking lunch with faculty and administrators from Middlebury College and Williams College, who represent LADO (Liberal Arts Diversity Officers), a consortium of 24 liberal arts colleges and universities. This is an opportunity to learn about careers at liberal arts colleges and to get specific advice about how to prepare for the application process in advance as well as when you are actually ready to enter the job market.

Across the LADO consortium of schools, there were ~125 tenure-track faculty openings last year (along with roughly two dozen fellowship and post-doctoral opportunities). LADO is particularly interested in attracting graduate students and postdocs from historically underrepresented groups to the event and to apply for faculty positions at these schools. More information can be found about LADO on the website In early fall the LADO consortium will provide our institution with a list of faculty searches at the 24 consortium schools that we will distribute to graduate students and postdocs.

Social Media for Campus Researchers and Faculty

"How can researchers leverage social media?"

Friday, April 22, 12pm-1:30pm
UC San Diego Faculty Club
Register on Eventbrite

Faculty, researchers and graduate students are invited to a free seminar that will address how social media can be a powerful tool for UC San Diego community members to share their work, network with colleagues on campus and around the world, and learn from others in their fields.

The event will feature brief talks by three social media savvy academics: Nora Williams, assistant research scientist at Rady School of Management; Alison “Alie Astrocyte” Caldwell, graduate student in neurosciences; and Clinton Tolley, associate professor of philosophy. Each will share their experiences with social media, from using YouTube for science communication to joining the conversation on Twitter, and the tips and tricks they’ve learned along the way.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Student Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, April 28th at 4pm in NSB auditorium
Pizza and beer will be provided!

Department Chair (Dr. Partho Ghosh) and your Student Affairs Staff (Erica, Jeanine, Jeff, and Melanie) would love to have an open discussion and hear specific suggestions from you on how to make our program the best it can be.

For those of you who are unable to attend, or who wish to submit suggestions anonymously, you can do so here:

Please RSVP to Jeanine ( by Tuesday, April 26th if you are able to attend. We hope to see many of you there!

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Industry Panel

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 2:00PM | Natural Sciences Building 1205

In our continuing efforts to help you explore and achieve your post-graduation career goals, we are pleased to announce an Industry Career Panel event, co-hosted by SWIGS and Student Affairs! We have put together a wonderful panel (including some of our UCSD Chemistry/Biochemistry PhD alum!) who will share their personal insights and advice on career paths in industry.

The Industry Career Panel will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd at 2pm in the NSB auditorium. We hope that many of you will join us for this special event. Delicious refreshments will be served!

A list of our panelists is included below, and the event will be moderated by a few of your fellow grads.

  • Erin Bomati, Illumina
  • Lindsay Dawson, ThermoFisher Scientific
  • Martin Ellinger, Morrison & Foerster, Patent Law
  • Sandra Rodriguez-Cruz, Druge Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Jay Srirangam, Pfizer

*Please RSVP to via email if you plan to attend.

We would like to plan more career-related events for you, so we welcome your feedback on topics, speakers, and resources that would be of most value to you!

"Perfecting Your Presentation in Brief Professional Encounters

Presented by invited speaker Lamar Rutherford, hosted by the UCSD Women in Science

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5pm-8pm
UCSD Faculty Club

RSVP here.

Spring 2016 Wednesday Workshops

Quarterly series sponsored by the UC San Diego Graduate Division

Wed, April 6 | Noon | Cross-Cultural Center, ArtSpace Room
Empower Yourself with CAPS

Wed, April 20 | Noon | Cross-Cultuer Center, ArtSpace Room
Finding Internships with Career Services

Wed, May 4 | Noon | Cross-Cultural Center, ArtSpace Room
Getting Published with the Library

Wed, May 18 | Noon | Roosevelt College (ERC) Room, Price Center, Second Floor
Moving Off Campus with Student Legal Services and Student Housing

Click here for more information on the Spring 2016 workshops.

Grad Chats - FREE Coffee and Pastries, Fridays at 9:30am, Weeks 2-8

Attention Grad Students!

Weekly Grad Chats begin Friday, April 8! Come one, come all!

What are Grad Chats you ask? Informal conversation with fellow graduate students around changly weekly topics.

Why should you come?
1. Build a community that can help you strategize and support you throughout grad school!

When: Fridays at 9:30am, Weeks 2-8

Week 2 & 6-8: Cross Cultural Center Library, 2nd Floor Price Center
Weeks 4 & 5: Women's Center

Career Night

May 11th from 5pm-7pm at the Career Services Center.
Join us at the lecture. Get a chance to network and eat some great appetizer, buffet dinner, plus beer and wine!

Speaker is Fred Galloway: Dr. Galloway joined the School of Leadership and Education Sciences in 1999, where he has also served as Associate Dean and Director of Strategic programs. He was also the Project Director for the National Direct Student Loan Evaluation project at Macro International, as well as the Director of Federal Policy Analysis at the American Council on Education in Washington DC, where he represented the interests of the higher education community before the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the federal government. Dr. Galloway received his bachelor's and master’s degrees in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Facebook Event Page

UC San Diego 8th Annual PhD Career Conference - Saturday, May 14th

Join us for the Eighth Annual PhD Career Conference on Saturday, May 14 from 12-5:30pm at PC Ballroom East, a FREE event for master's and doctoral graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars about careers and life after graduate school.

Highlights of the event:

  • Keynote speaker: UC San Diego alum Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist and Senior Director at Glassdoor
  • Career exploration panel featuring alumni and other advanced degree professionals
  • Networking opportunities with professionals in education, business, research, and startups

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12-5:30pm
Location: Price Center, UC San Diego

Visit the PhD Career Conference website for more information:

Register now on Port Triton!

ACS Supercritical Fluid Chromatography Symposium - Mon, May 23

Monday, May 23, 8am-5pm | Dart Neuroscience


Keynote Talks:
David Pinkston, Kellog Company - Chromatography with Supercritical Fluids: Promise, Progress, and Impact
Tim Tully, Dart Neuroscience LLC - DNS: A new model for drug discovery

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Bill Farrell, Pfizer
  • Kyung Gahn, Amgen
  • Mengling Wong, Genentech
  • Yun Huang, Pfizer
  • Lu Zeng, Takeda
  • John MacKay, Waters
  • Gerard Rosse, Dart Neuroscience LLC

Find more information here and here.

Inspiring Research: Creative Strategies for Communication (June 21-24)

The transformative workshop Inspiring Research: Creative Strategies for Communication will be offered again this June.

Dates: Tuesday, June 21 - Friday, June 24
Time: 10am to 5:30pm everyday
Where: Dolores Huerta/Philip Vera Cruz Room

Description: This intensive four-day workshop will enhance participants’ abilities to vividly articulate their research and inspire audiences. Participants will incorporate storytelling, metaphor and gestures while practicing innovative communication of their research. During the final day of the workshop, participants will be filmed by an expert interviewer and camera crew in a setting that resembles a professional media capture environment.

Participants must commit to all four workshop days in order to fully benefit in the development of inspiring research skills. It is essential they check their schedule and receive permission from their PI or other academic supervisor. Priority will be given to applicants who certify in advance that they will commit to the full four days without conflicts.

Applications are available on the grAdvantage website and are due by Wednesday, May 25th.

Assistant Professor on Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Tenure-track appointment opening at St. Cloud State

Please see more details here.

ComSciCon - Science Communication Workshop for Students this September 2016

Graduate students and postdocs are invited to apply now for the Communicating Science (ComSciCon-SD) workshop, to be held at UCSD in September, 2016. The ComSciCon workshop series is designed to empower graduate students to communicate the complex and technical concepts that arise in research in science, engineering and other technical fields to broad and diverse audiences, beyond fellow practitioners in the field.

Information about ComSciCon-SD can be found on our web page: We have an exciting program of events planned. Attendees will interact with fellow graduate student leaders in science communication, learn from expert writers and communicators, and will produce original writing for publication.

The ComSciCon-SD event will be held over 2 full days on September 16-17. The application for the workshop is open now and will close on May 15. There will be no cost or fee to attendees, but only a limited number of spots are available. Attendees will be selected through a competitive application process.

This workshop will be held in collaboration with Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind, UCSD Grad Division and grAdvantage, UCSD Divisions of Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences, Jacobs School of Engineering, and UCSD Cognitive Science. The conference is being organized organized by UCSD graduate students and post-docs.

For more information, please contact ComSciCon SD directly (

Fall 2016 Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Workshop

The Fall 2016 Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Workshop is scheduled for Monday, September 26, 2016 from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Student Services Center.

Graduate Division Academic Advisers will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting.
Students who are planning on submitting their thesis or dissertation in Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 are welcome to attend!

Please review the Dissertation/Thesis Formatting manual prior to the workshop:

Preliminary and Final appointments may be scheduled at

No RSVP necessary.

Graduate Student Internship at the UC San Diego Graduate Division for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 (Due: Sept 30, 2016)

The Graduate Division is offering a graduate student internship for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017. See below and attached for more information.

The UC San Diego Graduate Division has been awarded an NSF Grant to host a conference on “Collective Impact as a Pathway to Reinvigorate Broadening Participation in STEM”. To assist in the planning, development, and implementation of this event, the Graduate Division is seeking to hire one Graduate Intern. Although the position is primarily administrative in nature, it is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain experience in the development of a scholarly meeting. It will likely be of particular appeal to a student who is interested in educational access, equity and inclusion, and diversification of the STEM workforce inside and outside the academy.

Submissions of a 1-page cover letter and CV or resume are due to April Bjornsen, by 4:00pm, September 23, 2016.

For additional details, please click here.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry T-Shirt Contest

We are excited to announce that we are having another Chemistry & Biochemistry Logo Contest! Hopefully you have all seen the amazing design on our t-shirts, that came from our initial contest in 2013. We wanted to give everyone a new opportunity to express their creativity and design talents! Your assignment is to create an original T-shirt design that represents UC San Diego Chemistry and Biochemistry. Get creative using our University's signature colors, logo, or anything else that represents our University or Department.

Rules and Eligibility:

  • Only UCSD Chemistry/Biochemistry undergrad majors, graduate students, alumni, staff, or faculty may participate.
  • Design should include "UC San Diego" (or “UCSD”) and "Chemistry and Biochemistry".
  • Please submit designs in PDF, jpeg, PSD, or other common image formats.
  • Submission DEADLINE: November 1, 2016

Remember that you can design for both the front and back! If your design is selected to be printed, you will win a FREE T-Shirt with your design and $100!!! The winning design would also be printed on T-shirts and made available for purchase (at cost). Students, faculty, and staff will vote on the winning design! (Note: Your design submission ideas may also be used in other Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry promotional materials!)

Earn bragging rights and submit your awesome designs here!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jeff ( or Jeanine (

Good luck and happy summer (designing)!

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are 30 or younger and entering or are in their first two years of graduate school as of the November 1, 2016 deadline. Fellows receive up to $90,000 over two years in support of their education: $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in stipend support. More importantly, they join a lifelong community of New Americans who are making significant contributions to society.

We are looking for individuals who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field.

For full eligibility requirements, to register for a web information session or to apply, go to:

SWIGS Seminar – “From Academic to Industry” – Thurs, Nov 10 at 11am in Urey Room 2102

Dr. Vladimir Martis
Title: "From Academia to Industry"
Place, Time: Thurs, Nov 10th at 11AM in the Urey Room
Description: Dr. Martis is a Product Manager at Surface Measurement Systems, Ltd. based in the UK that specializes in sorption measurements.  He will discuss his non-linear path from academia to industry, his experiences working in France at ESRF, and why he ultimately decided to go into industry rather than academia.  This is a great opportunity for insight into an alternative career path available to students after graduation.  There will also be a meet the speaker event from 1-2PM in 4503 Pac Hall, that will give students the chance to ask questions and learn even more about how to navigate a potential transition from academia to industry.

Rady Event Opportunity – Serving on non-profit boards: The role of professionals – Thurs, Nov 10 at 5:15pm

You are invited to a panel discussion at the Rady School of Management on the topic of serving on non-profit boards. Please join us for this engaging discussion – audience participation encouraged – followed by light appetizers and networking. This event is free and no registration is required.

Title: Serving on non-profit boards: the role of professionals
Description: A panel of experienced business professionals will discuss their work on non-profit boards, address such questions as:  Why have you gotten involved in this way (ie, gone beyond volunteering or philanthropy)? How did you get involved with/choose the non-profit(s) you engage with? What do business professionals bring to a non-profit board that is different from others? What have you learned/gained from your board experiences?
Date and Time: Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 5:15-6:30PM
Location: Rady School of Management, #2S117
John Bryan, Mg Kristian, Jason Pang, and Brian Sagi

ACS San Diego Section – Science Café on the Human Microbiome Seminar – “The Secret World Inside You” – Wed, Nov 16, 2016

The ACS San Diego Section has organized a Science Cafe on the Human Microbiome. There will be three talks by experts in the field. Rob Knight, PhD - Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering, UCSD Nick Gorgani, PhD - Founder and CEO of OzStar Therapeutics and GlyConMedics LLC Mark Wilson, MBA - Co-founder, President and CEO of MatriSysBioscience Inc The title of the evening is: Science Café Presentation on the Human Microbiome 'The Secret World Inside You'. It will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016. 6PM: Social Hour/Light Dinner; 7PM: Presentations. Place: Valerie Timken Amphitheater – Scripps Green Hospital 10666 N. Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92122 RSVP: As always the event is free and free food and drink will be served.

Rady Event Opportunity – Serving on non-profit boards: The role of professionals – Thurs, Nov 10 at 5:15pm

You are invited to a panel discussion at the Rady School of Management on the topic of serving on non-profit boards. Please join us for this engaging discussion – audience participation encouraged – followed by light appetizers and networking. This event is free and no registration is required.

A panel of experienced business professionals will discuss their work on non-profit boards, address such questions as: Why have you gotten involved in this way (ie, gone beyond volunteering or philanthropy)? How did you get involved with/choose the non-profit(s) you engage with? What do business professionals bring to a non-profit board that is different from others? What have you learned/gained from your board experiences?

Date and Time: Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 5:15-6:30PM

Location: Rady School of Management, #2S117
Panelists: John Bryan, Mg Kristian, Jason Pang, and Brian Sagi.

Info Session for Math, Science Education PhD Program – For Chemistry & Biochemistry MS students – Wed, Nov 16 at 5pm, NSB 3211|

Master’s degree students in Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics and Mathematics are invited to an information session to learn more about the UCSD/SDSU joint doctoral program in mathematics and science education. Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 5 p.m. in the Natural Sciences Building 3211.

Program website:

International Education Week: 11/14-11/18

Join us in celebrating the 12th annual International Education Week where we celebrate world cultures, people, and language while affirming the critical role that international exchange and education plays a vital role in fostering mutual understanding! 

We have a wide range of on-campus events throughout the week that are free to attend and provide a space that encourages a culture of learning and interaction. 

Time Management and Goal Setting Workshop – Mon, Nov 28

We are offering a workshop series that focuses on how to make SMART goals in completing your research projects, and how to manage your time effectively on a daily basis to ensure that you meet your goals. 

This workshop comes with a free lunch and snacks on the first day and coffee and snacks on the second day.


Location: Career Services, Round Room

Day 1: November 28, 2016


Day 2: December 5, 2016



  • You will get access to and assistance planning out your research goals (experiments, grant writing, manuscript writing, etc..)
  • A platform to both discuss and learn from your peers on effective strategies with managing your time and research goals.
  • One-on-one consultation on using the tools provided in the workshops for your specific research projects/tasks. 
  • Free food and coffee!!


Please email Tavina ( or Jamie (  We do ask that you commit to both days of the workshop series, but if you can only attend one day, still respond and let us know which day you are available.

Co-Sponsored by the Graduate Division and the Office of the VC-EDI. 

Evaluating Civilian-Military Diplomacy and Development Policies and Strategies During OIF

On Friday, 18 November, at 1700 (5pm) Colonel Mark Coast, US Marine Corps Reserve, will discuss policy and strategy lessons learned from the civilian-military democracy-promotion and humanitarian assistance operations he participated in after four deployments to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Coast has 30 years of reserve and active duty experience in the US Marines, with multiple operational deployments to countries in austere environments across the globe implementing and creating defense and diplomacy policies, advising high level Pentagon officials and serving as Joint Specialty Officer, Civil Affairs Officer and federal law enforcement officer. Hope to see you all Friday in room 3202 and, as always, continuing the conversation afterwards at La Estancia's patio bar.  

GSA Travel Grants

Presenting at a conference and need funding? Check out the Graduate Student Association's (GSA) Travel Grants! Find more information here: