Past Graduate Events

Past Events

TSRI Metabolomics Symposium – Translational Metabolomics in Biotechnology and Medicine – March 8th

The Scripps Research Institute
Auditorium at TSRI
10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
The Scripps Research Institute and Waters Corporation invite you
to attend the ‘Metabolomics in Translational Medicine’ symposium
to be held at The Scripps Research Institute on March 8, 2018.Metabolomics and lipidomics are being recognized as key translational technologies that bridge our phenome
and precision medicine. This symposium is designed to provide an in-depth review of state of the art technology
and industry practices needed to drive discovery research and translational applications forward. This day
long scientific program features key opinion leaders in the field and encourages open and comprehensive
discussion on state of the technology and future perspectives comprehensive discussions in a collegial setting.

Deloitte Info Session on March 8th

Deliotte is holding an Information Session in the Career Center on March 8th for Master’s and PhD students in the fields of Biotechnology, Biomedical Science or Engineering. Please see their below graphic for more information.

RSVP on Port Triton

 Grad SLAM – 2/13-2/15

The Graduate Division is thrilled to host the 5th Annual Grad SLAM, a competitive speaking event to showcase graduate student research.  Participating graduate students will compete in preliminary rounds February 13-15, 2018 with a select number advancing to the Semi-finals on Wednesday March 7, 2018.  The final round will take place on Thursday April 12, 2018 where a panel of judges will award substantial prizes to the top three presenters.
The UC system-wide Grad SLAM will be on May 3, 2018 in Northern California where the winners from each campus will compete.  Last year the UC San Diego contestant, Geoff Hollett from Nanoengineering, received 3rd place at the systemwide event!  To see the contestants see the UCOP Grad SLAM website .
Grad SLAM presentations are 3-minute talks with content designed to be accessible and understood outside the presenter’s field. For more information about our campus event go to:

Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Laboratory Safety – Register by 2/10

The ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety is sponsoring a new workshop to educate graduate students about lab safety culture and opportunities for promoting safety in their schools. The workshop called “Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Laboratory Safety” will be held at the Spring National Meeting on Sunday March 18th from 3-6 p.m.
This 3 hour workshop will be led by two PhD students with extensive safety program experience. It will describe these efforts at the University of Illinois and University of Minnesota as well as literature from the ACS and the National Academy of Sciences that describes the opportunities and challenges of safety culture in the academic environment. These topics will be followed by discussion of practical steps graduate students can take at their institution to support improved safety cultures. The workshop is sponsored by the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety and ACS Office of Graduate Education, with technical support provided by leadership of the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety. Participants will be awarded a “Graduate Student Safety Leader” certificate.
Space is limited! Priority registration deadline is February 10th, 2018. Register today for only $25 at: Contact for more information.
There is also a flyer posted here: that this workshop is co-sponsored by the ACS Offices of Chemical Safety and Graduate Education, so the registration fee is only $25, with registration preference given to graduate students until February 10.
The DCHAS workshop schedule found at We have a couple of registrants already for the March New Orleans ACS national meeting, which is coming up soon.

New Orleans ACS Meeting - LGBTQ+ Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The ACS Division of Professional Relations is hosting its second LGBTQ+ Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium at the ACS National Meeting. Contributed talks from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are sought for the LGBTQ+ Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.  The symposium will consist of scientific talks by graduate students and postdocs and will conclude with a panel discussion on issues that affect LGBTQ+ students and postdocs. 

Partial reimbursement of registration/travel expenses will be provided to the graduate student and postdoctoral scholar speakers.

The symposium is sponsored by the Division of Professional Relations (PROF) and is so far cosponsored by ANYL, DIC, MEDI, ORGN, PHYS, ENVR, YCC, CWD, COLL, and CMA.

To submit an abstract:

    1. Log in at:
    2. Click on the submission tab and then click on "create new submission". Select Program Area: [PROF] Division of Professional Relations
    3. Select Symposium: LGBTQ+ Graduate & Postdoctoral Student Research Symposium and Presentation Type: Oral Only
    4. Fill in the Title/Body and Authors fields
  1. In the Comments to Authors indicate whether you would be interested in participating in a panel discussion on issues that affect LGBT students and postdocs
  2. Complete the Disclosures; Review & Submit

If you have any questions about the submission process or about the symposium, please email graduate student Mike Morris (, who is Chair Elect of the Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies (GTCA) Subdivision of the ACS Division of Professional Relations.

The Energy Club -  Energy Kickoff: Exploring the Many Facets of Energy

Dear Graduate Students,

Interested in all sorts of energy-related topics or events? Come and join our Energy Club! A brand new organization aiming for gathering and connecting graduate students across different disciples who are interested in making energy have a bigger impact on our campus.

Join us at our kick-off event, on February 22nd from 5:30-7:30 pm in ASML Conference room (SME). The event consists of four short (10-12 min) exciting student presentations from different departments and a fun social hour afterwards. With free food & drinks provide! If you are interested in energy, don’t miss this! Please reach out if you have any questions!

Koh Young Research America – Info Session on Feb 20 at 5pm

Koh Young Research America will be hosting an Information Session at the Career Center on February 20th: they are seeking graduate students for both internship and permanent positions within Machine Learning and Computer Vision for their R&D center in San Diego.

Torrey Pines Training Consortium

The Torrey Pines Training Consortium is hosting a 3-Tuesday long training series, starting February 20th, helping graduate students and post-docs make the transition from Academia to Industry.

Opportunities for Instructional/Teaching Assistants and Future Faculty

Friday, February 16, 2018

This interactive seminar, with visiting professor Harry Hubball from the University of British Columbia, focuses on implementing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning within and across diverse institutional and disciplinary contexts.

Location:  Center for Engaged Teaching, Literature Building Room 210

Date and Time: Friday, February 16, 2018 11:30-1pm

RSVP here

Friday, February 16, 2018

Try out a short piece of your teaching material in an informal, low stakes environment with a small group of peers and CET Graduate Instructional Designer. Whether it is working with new technology, explaining directions for an activity, facilitating a tricky discussion, or simply working through a complicated concept-- here is a chance to run through the material and troubleshoot before you are in front of students!

Location:  Center for Engaged Teaching, Literature Building Room 217

Date and Time: Friday, February 16, 2018 1-2pm

RSVP to claim a spot for this session or future dates (March 9th and April 6th)

Friday, February 16, 2018

  • STEM Education and Diversity Discussion Group

The STEM Education and Diversity Discussion Group is composed of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty who meet up to discuss science education pedagogy, mentoring, and policy with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. All are welcome to join in the monthly meetings with a rotating Discussion Moderator. See the calendar for upcoming events.

Location:  Center for Engaged Teaching, Literature Building Room 217

Date and Time: Friday, February 16, 2018 2:30-3:30pm

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

How can we lecture confidently and effectively in front of large groups, and plan activities that will engage students in a large class? Come share your experiences and learn from others!

Location:  Home Plate, near RIMAC on Ridge Walk

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3-4pm

RSVP for this event or to hear about future chats

Friday, February 23, 2018

Learn about tools for effectively communicating your course content to all learners, from the lecture hall to the seminar room, and get hands-on experience with implementing these activities in class.

Location:  Center for Engaged Teaching, Literature Building Room 210

Date and Time: Friday, February 23, 2018 9:30-11am

Register Here

Friday, March 9, 2018

Develop guidelines for your classroom culture to include in your syllabus, and then have the chance to consider and work through challenges you might encounter with your model.

Location:  Center for Engaged Teaching, Literature Building Room 210

Date and Time: Friday, February 23, 2018 9:30-11am

Register Here

45th Semiannual Biotechnology Vendor Showcase

You and the researchers in your department are invited to our 45th Semiannual Biotechnology Vendor Showcase  coming to:

University of California, San Diego

When:  Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Where: Price Center, West Ballroom

Time:            10:00 am   2:30 pm

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

Using the right tools for your research saves you time at the bench.



Visit the link below to find

* A list of exhibitors

* Save time by pre-registering on-line!

Student Opportunity to Attend Annual Meeting in Austin for Free

Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, February 15-19, 2018.
This is a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Annual Meeting free of charge. AAAS needs a number of session aides, and we would appreciate you spreading the word.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to serve as session aides. Those who volunteer for 8 hours will receive free registration for the entire meeting. Those who volunteer for 16 hours will receive free registration and a year-long digital subscription to Science. Registration is handled on a first-come first-served basis, and the deadline is January 24. Students may register by clicking here.
Many thanks,
Kelly O’Brien
Governance Manager
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Executive Office
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 326-6468

UC Compliance and Conflict of Interest Training for Researchers

On January 27, 2017, the University of California will launch an online Compliance and Conflict of Interest Briefing for all researchers who were paid with any extramural grant or contract funds (regardless of the source) in one or more months of FY 15 - 16.  The Compliance Briefing satisfies two mandatory training requirements, the UC training requirement that all researchers be trained periodically to recognize and deal with ethical issues and conflict of interest situations that may arise during their work, as well as the Conflict of Interest training requirement by the National Institutes of Health. 

The Compliance Briefing takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, can be taken on any computer with internet access and does not need to be completed in one sitting.  As a UC San Diego researcher, you will receive an email from the UC Learning Center with a link that will direct you to the Compliance Briefing. 

The University of California requires that you complete the Compliance Briefing within 90 days of the date on which you receive your email notification of the assignment. This requirement is not interchangeable with any other conflict of interest or ethics training you may have already taken.

Additional information regarding the Compliance and Conflict of Interest Briefing can be found at

Thank you for your cooperation in meeting this requirement.  If you have any questions about the Compliance Briefing, please contact the Conflict of Interest Office at

Chateaubriand Fellowship – Deadline 1/16

The Chateaubriand Fellowship call for applications is now open:

Complete applications must be submitted by January 16, 2018

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

Make our Planet Great Again Initiative

In support of the Make Our Planet Great Again Initiative launched by President Emmanuel Macron in June 2017, the Chateaubriand Program is offering additional fellowships this year for research projects related to Earth System Science, Climate Change and Sustainability, and Energy Transition.

Applicants interested in the Make Our Planet Great initiative should complete either the STEM or HSS Chateaubriand Fellowship application:

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Health

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. The Chateaubriand Fellowship supports PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory.

This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in Washington in partnership with universities and research organizations in France and the United States. It is a partner of the National Science Foundation’s GROW program.

HSS: Humanities and Social Sciences

The Chateaubriand fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. The HSS program targets outstanding Ph.D. students enrolled in American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The HSS Chateaubriand program is supported by the Campus France agency which provides a welcome package and assistance to Fellows upon their arrival. Social networking opportunities are also offered by the Fulbright program in France.


  • Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D.
  • Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university.
  • Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please contact your supervisor in France as early as possible.

For more specific eligibility criteria please visit our website.


  • A monthly stipend
  • Health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship
  • A round-trip ticket to France


  • Academic relevance of the research project
  • Student's command of the subject
  • Benefits of a research trip to France for the future of the collaboration
  • Background of the research collaboration
  • Contribution of the project to France/U.S. academic exchange



University of Oregon – Assistant Professor Tenure Line – Deadline 1/15/18

Please see attached.

The UO is funding a Presidential Initiative in Data Science (; this position, for which the job description is attached, is one of the tenure lines in that initiative.  The successful candidate will be an expert in applying machine learning techniques to data from one of four candidate domains: physics and astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, and psychology. The position will be a joint appointment between the Computer and Information Science Department and the appropriate domain department, with the tenure home being Computer and Information Science.

Assistant Professor of Structural Biology and Biochemistry – UC Davis

Please see attached.

Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry – University of Nevada

Please see attached.

Stanford University CISAC 2018-19 International Security Fellowships – Deadline 1/15

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University is seeking applicants for its 2018-19 Fellowships. We are reaching out to you to ask you to help us identify strong candidates. We attach a flyer that can be shared with anyone who might be a prospective applicant.

CISAC is an interdisciplinary community of scholars dedicated to producing policy-relevant research on international security topics.  The center is devoted to research, teaching and training the next generation of security specialists, to influencing policymaking in international security, and to developing a more informed public discussion.  The CISAC Fellowship Program is an integral part of this mission.

Every year, CISAC offers approximately fifteen 9 to 11 month fellowships to predoctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty members who are researching topics related to international security, nuclear security, and cybersecurity that contain elements of policy-relevance.

Application deadline is January 15, 2018. Interested candidates can apply here.

Any questions, contact us at

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program – Deadline 1/10/18

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the 2018 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program competition. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. Through the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, HHMI will recruit and retain individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The program will support early career scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this competition. The competition is open to all eligible applicants, and no nomination is required.

Please see the attached program announcement for details. Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site.  Applications are due January 10, 2018, at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time). 

HHMI announced the selection of 15 exceptional scientists as the inaugural class of HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows. For more information, see our program page or press release.

Program Overview

Fellows will receive funding ($80,000 annually) for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding ($270,000 annually) for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.


  • The program is open to individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in the biomedical and life science disciplines.
  • The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who:
    • have a PhD and/or MD or equivalent conferred by an institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) by the start of the grant term.
    • have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) at the time of the application due date.
  • The postdoctoral training mentor must hold a tenured or tenure-track position (or equivalent) at an institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
  • Applicants can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.

Selection of Fellows

The review process will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and the quality of the training environment with the selected mentor. The selection of finalists will be made by the end of September 2018. Awards may begin as early as September 18, 2018, but no later than January 15, 2019.

Additional Information

A full Program Announcement is available at (also attached).  For questions, contact program staff at

UCLA - Paul D. Boyer / Donald J. Cram / Willard F. Libby Teacher-Scholars Program – Deadline 1/5

The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry ( is pleased to announce openings for the 2018 Boyer/Cram/Libby Teacher-Scholar program. Three Teacher-Scholar positions are open. They honor UCLA Nobel Laureates Paul D. Boyer, Donald J. Cram, and Willard F. Libby and recognize their many contributions to the advancement of chemistry and biochemistry. The Teacher Scholars are expected to serve for three-years, with the initial appointment (Assistant Adjunct) being for one year and subject to renewal for the second and third years. Responsibilities include lecturing, conducting regularly scheduled office hours, writing and grading exams and problem sets, supervising teaching assistants. Notably, Teacher Scholars will also conduct cutting edge research with a sponsoring faculty mentor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Qualified candidates will be recent (within 3 yrs) Ph.D. recipients and have demonstrated excellence in their previous research and teaching positions. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Candidates with expertise aligned with our biochemistry faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates should provide a cover letter, which includes the names of ~3 UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty members whose research is of most interest to them; a curriculum vitae; a summary of research accomplishments; and a statement of teaching philosophy. In addition, candidates should arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. To assure consideration, all application materials and letters should be received by January 5, 2018.

The University of California, Los Angeles and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

More information:

To apply:

Office of Fossil Energy - Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship – Deadline 1/3

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:

  • Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and Germantown, MD
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
  • Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA
  • Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
  • Be available to participate in the full 10-week program

Application deadline: January 3, 2018, 11:59PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found at

For questions please email us at

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship – Deadline 12/31

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is highly competitive. Since its inception in 1989, NDSEG has awarded nearly 3,500 fellowships from over 58,000 applications to U.S. citizens and nationals who pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines at a U.S. institution of their choosing. NDSEG Fellowships last for a period of up to four years (based on continued funding), and covers full tuition and mandatory fees. Fellows also receive a monthly stipend, and up to $1,500 a year in medical insurance. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the direction of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OSD) for Research and Engineering.


  • Must be US Citizens/US Nationals
  • Open to students in their early graduate career (those who have completed no more than two years of full-time years graduate study)

Award Amount and Duration: Full tuition and fees for up to four years

More information:

University of Washington - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dept. of Chemistry – Deadline 12/15

Please see attached.

Newly opened postdoctoral fellowship opportunity in the Vaughn Lab at the University of Washington Department of Chemistry.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program – Deadline 12/14

Please see attached.


  • Applicants must be planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science. Applicants require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D. degree, and are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • US Citizen/Permanent Resident, U.S. nationals, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Award Amount and Duration: Predoctoral: $24,000/yr. for three years; Dissertation: $25,000 for one year

More information:

Special SWIGS Seminar: Periodic Footprints in History, Literature and Cinema – 12/7

Hosted by SWIGS and Prof. Seth Cohen

Thursday, December 7th, 1:30PM, PACH 4500

Meet the Speaker at 2:30PM

Professor Lars Ohrstrom of Chalmers University in Sweden will deliver a talk based on his recent book, "The Last Alchemist in Paris." It will focus on how different elements have impacted history and the lives of people who interact with them-- including the story of how Napoleon lost his trousers in Moscow. Attend the meet-the-speaker event after the seminar to learn more about Professor Ohrstrom's twin careers of popular science writing/communication and academic research. Ask about how he balances these two aspects and hear advice for how to advance in either or both of these fields.

Data Science Distinguished Lecture: Michael I. Jordan – 12/7

Please see attached.

Data Science Distinguished Lecture, Hosted by Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego

“On Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science”

Michael I. Jordan, University of California, Berkeley

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego | 4:30 p.m. Program / 5:30 p.m. Reception

To register:

English for Academic and Professional Development (EAPD) program at UC San Diego Extension for non-native English speaking students (WI18)

The evening courses in the English for Academic and Professional Development (EAPD program are a valuable resource to help increase academic success. Courses are tailored to assist those high-intermediate to advanced level students seeking to improve their English language skills in four core areas:

  • Academic, Business, and Technical Writing
  • Conversation and Oral Presentation
  • Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation and Fluency

Please find the new Winter 2018 English for Academic and Professional Development (EAPD) flyer attached which lists classes, days, times, and costs. Classes begin on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Courses that tend to be most useful for international students are:

Please remember that UC San Diego full-time matriculated students are eligible for:

    • 10% discount of up to $50 per quarter (proper ID must be presented in person at time of enrollment)

UC Chemical Symposium (March 26-28) – Abstracts due 12/15

The 3rd-annual UC-wide Chemistry Symposium (March 26-28, 2018) for grad students and postdocs is open for abstract submissions!  Abstracts are due December 15, 2017. 

For $259 (which includes lodging and dining), your students and postdocs can meet other graduate students in the chemical sciences from across the UC-system, share their results, and participate in career development activities.  The conference is during UC’s spring break, so there is no conflict with teaching, TA responsibilities, or the spring ACS.  I truly hope you will encourage your group members to participate in this student-organized and run GRS-style conference.

IA/TA Training Opportunities from the Center for Engaged Teaching

The Center for Engaged Teaching is here to help support departments and your graduate instructors, both new and experienced, and applications are now open for two courses that we will offer this coming winter quarter. We would be delighted to have your students join us for these fantastic opportunities to develop as instructors! 

The CET is excited to offer numerous experiences to help graduate students become more effective instructors:

Survival Skills for IAs/TAs

Gain fundamental skills to be an effective Instructional/Teaching Assistant.

The Center for Engaged Teaching (CET) offers Survival Skills for IAs/TAs as a free quarter-long course (1 hour/week for 8 weeks) open to UC San Diego graduate students preparing for or currently serving in an IA/TA appointment. You will discuss and implement practical strategies to survive and thrive as an IA/TA. For more information, see the course learning outcomes.

Apply here for Survival Skills (Winter cohort)!

Introduction to College Teaching

Looking to be Future Faculty? Ready to consider the art and science of teaching?

The Center for Engaged Teaching (CET) offers Introduction to College Teaching as a free quarter-long course (2 hours/week for 9 weeks) open to UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs preparing to be future faculty. Develop expertise in evidence-based effective teaching practices and create a lesson plan to use in your discipline. More information can be found on the course syllabus.

Apply here for Introduction to College Teaching (Winter cohort)!

Check out the CET website for more opportunities! (Interested in a program not currently open?)

McKinsey & Company – Web-Based Info Sessions for Grad Students Interested in the Consulting Field

Web Events: This November McKinsey & Company is hosting several web-based presentations to help graduate students learn more about McKinsey & Company and our global full-time and summer opportunities. Please visit the Online Events section of our website for details on these presentations and to RSVP.

Check out additional content in our Advanced Degree Recruiting Dropbox anytime to read up on our many opportunities for APDs, including current global full time hiring needs, summer internships, our 3-day summer Insight programs, and the MD Fellowship. You can quickly download the app for your phone or access on your computer: APD Opportunities Dropbox

We are dedicated to building a great firm that attracts, develops, excites, and retains exceptional people. We aspire to be recognized as the best professional services firm in the world for all candidates, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or background. To learn more about McKinsey Women, please view our women's brochure. To learn more about our other diversity networks, including Black Consultants at McKinsey, Hispanic and Latino Consultants at McKinsey, and LGBT colleagues at McKinsey, please visit the Diversity & Inclusion section of our website. Additionally, we invite you to join us for a few of our upcoming diversity specific web based presentations scheduled in November.

Participate in the Germain Society’s Grad Student Panel – 11/2

Germain Society, a non-profit student org at UCSD, is currently looking in graduate students interested in participating in a panel. Participants will answer questions about the grad school application process, their experiences in applying, their experiences as grad students, as well as giving whatever wisdom they feel applicants should know. The link to apply is:

Germain Society is a student organization focused on promoting diversity in STEM by creating a scholarship fund for women pursuing graduate degrees in STEM, as well as holding networking events and workshops geared towards interview skills and resumes.

The graduate student panel will be November 2nd, 6-8 pm in PC ballroom east. For any questions, contact or

First-Generation Forum and Mixer – 11/2

What:                    “What Fueled me to be First?” First-Gen Forum and Mixer for UC San Diego’s First-Generation Faculty, Staff and Students (see save the date flyers attached)

When:                  Thursday, Nov. 2nd from 5-7 pm

Where:                 SSC Multipurpose Room



Contact:     or 858-822-3011

Refreshments will be provided.

Graduate Writing Retreats: Oct-Nov

Get a jump-start on your writing practice this year by signing up for one of the UCSD Writing Hub’s Fall Quarter Graduate Writing Retreats!

These 20-hour retreats give UCSD graduate students the tools, time, and space to expand their capacities as budding professional academic writers. The Writing Hub is offering three Fall Quarter retreats, each with its own distinct daily schedule (including a Sundays-only option).

Each day during the retreat, participants will enjoy uninterrupted writing time, plus the opportunity to take part in mini-workshops and discussions on sustainable writing practices. These writing retreats offer a chance to experiment with new writing strategies, develop sustainable writing habits, build a supportive interdisciplinary network of graduate writers, and make progress on a writing project. Participants share writing strategies and hold each other accountable in an atmosphere of mutual support.

All retreats will take place in the Teaching + Learning Commons in Geisel Library. Find more information at

To request a spot in one of the upcoming Fall quarter retreats, visit:

Please note: while all retreats are FREE for participants, we do require a $50 refundable deposit to secure your space in the retreat. This deposit will be returned to you in full at the end of the retreat.

The Writing Hub also offers free one-on-one writing consultations for graduate writers. Visit and choose “Grad Appointments” from the dropdown menu to schedule an appointment today!

We look forward to seeing you at the Writing Hub this Fall!

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

2017 Southern California Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Symposium

Dear Graduate Students,

We would like to invite you to present your ongoing, basic and translational biomedical research at the 2017 Southern California Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Symposium, hosted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday, October 20. The goal of this symposium is to highlight and celebrate graduate research and to provide the opportunity to foster inter-institutional relations all across Southern California and throughout the state. It is planned by graduate students, for graduate students.

This year we are proud to present our keynote speaker, Brendan D. Manning, PhD. Dr. Manning is a professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases at Harvard University. He is also the director of Harvard University’s PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health. The Manning laboratory studies cell signaling and metabolism with applications to a wide variety of diseases. The symposium will also feature a Q&A panel with industry experts with experience at Merck, Genentech, Amgen, and more.

We invite all who are participating to share their work and submit an abstract of no more than 500 words as part of their free registration. Masters and PhD students are encouraged to present a poster of their research, and outstanding abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations.  Additionally, cash awards will be given out for best posters and presentations.  To register for the symposium and to submit an abstract, please go to and please see the flyer for additional information. Please email with any questions.

If any students are interested in joining the Symposium Planning Committee, please email, we welcome students from any institution to join. 

Communicating with Venture Capitalists and Donors Seminar - 9/27

Want to improve your odds at getting financial backing for your great idea?

Communicating about your research to catch the attention of venture capitalists, non-scientific foundations and philanthropists requires different strategies than you use to approach traditional scientific funding sources, such as the NSF or NIH.  Knowing how to approach non-traditional funders is important for researchers going into academia or into industry.  To learn more, check out this two-part series on “Communicating with Venture Capitalists and Donors.” (Click here for seminar and workshop flier.)

  1. Panel Discussion (a case study of the communication strategies of one recent spinoff success), 10:30-11:30 am, September 27, NSB auditorium (open to all).
  2. Workshop(includes lunch with speakers and time to practice your pitch or proposal and get feedback), Noon-2:30, September 27 (location TBA, registration required: (Click here to register for workshop.).

Workshop now open to graduate students, but space is limited.  Please register today!

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Teaching Assistant Training Oct. 9-13 

The Teaching + Learning Commons and CAMSEE are offering a  cultural competency workshop series on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in teaching practices.  Funded by a grant awarded to UCSD graduate students Alexia Arani and Tara Pixley, this pilot program involves both internal and external experts. The pilot begins next week on campus and there are seats available to UCSD graduate students who may be interested in the opportunity.

Don’t miss out! Register here and contact or for more details.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Teaching Assistant Training series will be held on Oct. 9-13, 2017. The 5-day workshop series trains TAs and postdocs in inclusive teaching practices and will prepare them to promote diversity and equity through their interpersonal interactions, research, and pedagogy. After this training, students will also be better equipped to write compelling diversity statements and teaching philosophies. The schedule for the training series is as follows:

Monday, October 9th: The Brain Science of Implicit Bias

Tuesday, October 10th: The Art of Inclusive Communication

Wednesday, October 11th: Inclusive Teaching Strategies

Thursday, October 12th: Diversity in Academia

Friday, October 13th: Community Praxis

Each day participants will have an option to attend either the morning workshop from 9 am-12 pm or the 2 pm-5 pm afternoon workshop. Each workshop includes food and refreshments and will have time for breaks. 

Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Research (IFER) Mixer – Oct 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Join us next Tuesday, October 10th for our kickoff mixer!  Enjoy  food, drinks, and good conversation with others interested in interdisciplinary environmental work. All departments welcome!

We'll provide an introduction to PIER and IFER, share what we have planned for this quarter, and distinguished professor Lisa Levin will present: "Opportunity or Obituary? Deep Oceans at a Societal Crossroad."

Where: Dugout Conference room, RIMAC Annex, UCSD
When: Tuesday, Oct 10th, from 4-6 pm

Please RSVP here:

UCSD Table Talkers Toastmasters Club Open House – 10/12


Thursday 10/12/17, 11:45am-1:15pm

Larry Barret Room, 4th Floor

Housing, Dining, Hospitality Services Building

Lunch will be served!

Strategic Grant Development Workshop – Aug 21-22

Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Understand the process of successful grant proposal writing in just two days! You will learn all important facets of the process including  researching the right funding sources to creating a budget and developing other crucial components of a winning proposal. 

Register Today!

Tuition for our Two-Day Grant Writing Workshop is $549 USD per person, with a $25 off discount for early sign-ups (10 business days or more before the workshop).

44th Semiannual Biotechnology Vendor Showcase – Aug 24

When:  Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Where: Price Center, EAST Ballroom

Time: 10:00 am   2:30 pm

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

Using the right tools for your research saves you time at the bench.


Visit the link below to find

* A list of exhibitors

* Save time by pre-registering on-line!

2017 Southern California Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Symposium – Register by Sep 1

Dear Graduate Students,

We would like to invite you to present your ongoing, basic and translational biomedical research at the 2017 Southern California Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Symposium, hosted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday, October 20. The goal of this symposium is to highlight and celebrate graduate research and to provide the opportunity to foster inter-institutional relations all across Southern California and throughout the state. It is planned by graduate students, for graduate students.

This year we are proud to present our keynote speaker, Brendan D. Manning, PhD. Dr. Manning is a professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases at Harvard University. He is also the director of Harvard University’s PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health. The Manning laboratory studies PI3K-mTOR signaling in cancer, aging, and metabolism. He is also the recipient of the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award.

The symposium will also feature a Q&A panel with industry experts including Dr. Janine Bilsborough, head of the Cedars-Sinai Drug Discovery and Development and formerly at Amgen, Dr. Laurens Kruideneir, head of GI Immunology at Takeda, and Dr. John Flygare, one of the head scientists at Merck’s new Bay Area site and formerly at Genentech.

We invite all who are participating to share their work and submit an abstract of no more than 500 words as part of their free registration. Masters and PhD students are encouraged to present a poster of their research, and outstanding abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations.  Additionally, cash awards will be given out for best posters and presentations.  For free registration to the symposium and to submit an abstract, please go to and please see the flyer for additional information. The deadline to register has been extended to September 1. Please email with any questions.

Thank you and we hope to see you and your research this year!

Communicating Your Research Workshop – Sept 5-8, 2017

The transformative workshop Communicating Your Research (formerly Inspiring Research: Creative Strategies for Communication) will be offered in September 2017.  A component of the professional development program, grAdvantage, this intensive four-day workshop is facilitated by UCSD Theatre and Dance faculty member Professor Kim Rubinstein.

Building on her research, Professor Rubinstein incorporates elements of her Cultivating the Creative Mind course as well as strategies learned from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The workshop is designed to enhance participants’ abilities to communicate their research to a variety of audiences. During the final day, participants will be interviewed by an expert interviewer and filmed by a camera crew in a setting that resembles a professional media capture environment.

The next workshop will take place Tuesday, September 5, through Friday, September 8, 2017.  


2017 CALDAR Summer Institute & International Global Health Conference – Registration Open

When: August 15-17, 2017

Where: Hilton Universal City

Conference Program

Registration Information

UCLA Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research - International Conference on Global Health - August 15-17

The UCLA Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR) is pleased to announce the combining of this year's Summer Institute on Longitudinal Research with the International Conference on Global Health. 

When: August 15-17, 2017

Where: Hilton Universal City

Astracts for posters, oral presentations, and symposia due March 15th. 

Accepted abstracts to be published in pre-conference special issue of the Journal of NeuroImmune Pharmacology.

ACS Event – Guest Speaker Dr. Dwayne Carter – Aug 16

See attached flyer for details for San Diego ACS’ August event. Dr. Dwayne Carter from Organovo will talk about “Modeling Human Biology, Drug Response, and Progressive Liver Disease using 3D Bioprinted Human Liver Tissue”.

Research Development & Grant Writing Newsletter (June 2017)

The Research Proposal Development Service in the Office of Research Affairs is pleased to send you the June 2017 issue of Research Development & Grant Writing News.

This newsletter contains material that may be of interest to UCSD faculty, researchers, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

Articles in this issue include:

  • NSF Regional Grants Conference Report
  • Role of Social Science Funding in National Security
  • Workforce Training Grants
  • Tracking Mission Changes at Funding Agencies
  • Models and Best Practices for Undergraduate Research
  • Understanding Funding Agency Mission & Culture (reprinted from the September 2011 issue)

+ plus these regular newsletter features:

  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Research Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities

Previous issues of the monthly newsletter can be downloaded from a UCSD-only link on this page:

The attached newsletter mentions the New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding and the Large Team Grant eBook. Both items can be downloaded from the UCSD-only links at

Please Note: Within UCSD the newsletter may be copied, duplicated, distributed electronically, in whole or in part. The terms of our institutional subscription require that we do not distribute outside UCSD nor post to a website accessible by those outside UCSD.

Those not yet subscribed to the UCSD Funding List, through which Research Affairs sends out selected research funding opportunity announcements, including those for limited submission programs, are invited to subscribe online:

We welcome your feedback at

MedChem Symposium - Friday, July 14th 

The 20th Annual San Diego MedChem Symposium is scheduled for Friday, July 14th at the Institute of the Americas Hojel Auditorium! This event is presented by the UC San Diego Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in partnership with the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society. The symposium will feature many great industry speakers, as well as our very own Dr. Yitzhak Tor! This event is a great opportunity for those of you interested in pursuing a career in industry after graduation as it will provide the opportunity for you to network with many industry professionals.

The event is free, but early registration is required for free lunch. For more information and to register for the event, please visit

Summer Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Workshop – Thurs, July 13th

The Summer Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Workshop will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Student Services Center. See attached for more information.

21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference – June 13-15th

Join us in 2017 at the must-attend event for green chemists and engineers. The 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, will be held in Reston, Virginia on June 13-15, 2017. GC&E provides an opportunity for a diverse network of over 500 academic, industrial and government stakeholders to network and learn about the newest ideas in sustainable approaches to chemistry, chemicals, processes and products. Featuring over 40 technical sessions, a robust poster session, keynote lectures, workshops, social events and a Green Expo, GC&E is the premier forum for sustainable and green chemistry and engineering.

For more information, visit

ComSciCon SD Workshop – Application Deadline: June 15

Graduate students and postdocs are invited to apply now for the Communicating Science (ComSciCon-SD) workshop, to be held at UCSD in September, 2017. 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 and an application to attend 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 15-16. The application for the workshop is open now and will close on June 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. Interested students can apply here.

This workshop will be held in collaboration with Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind, UCSD Grad Division, and UCSD Division of Physical Sciences. The conference is being organized by UCSD graduate students and post-docs.

For more information, please contact ComSciCon SD directly ( 

National Energy Technology Lab – Materials Science and Engineering Research Intern – Deadline: June 9

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), this posting seeks motivated post-baccalaureates interested in advancing the high-temperature performance of engineering materials used in magnetohydrodynamic power generators at NETL who have hands-on laboratory experience in physics, chemistry, materials engineering (including metallurgy or ceramics engineering), mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or chemical engineering.

For more information, please visit

Professional Internship Program

Who: College and university undergraduate and graduate students; postbaccalaureates within two years of graduation

Disciplines: Mathematics; computer science; physical science; environmental science; materials science; engineering; chemistry; chemical engineering; geology; physics; statistics

When: Applications are always open; for best results apply by February 15 for summer term, June 1 for fall, and October 1 for spring term

Where: Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Benefits: Weekly stipend; limited travel assistance 

SWIGS Seminar – “Alternative Careers in Chemistry” – May 31st

Dr. Rodriguez-Cruz, a DEA scientist, will describe her educational background and her transition from academic research to federal government civil service. She will discuss how her educational background and grad school experience continue to provide her with the tools and enthusiasm she needs to balance the demands of her job with her scientific interests. Grads interested in learning more from Dr. Rodriguez-Cruz can also attend a meet-the-speaker event in the afternoon. Join SWIGS for this unique opportunity to learn about what a Chemistry PhD can accomplish in a government position!

Date: May 31st, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM-12:00PM

Place: Pacific Hall 3500 (3rd floor conference room)

Meet-the-Speaker: 1:00PM, Pacific Hall 4501

San Diego ACS Seminar – “Drug-Targeted Engagement in Living Cells” – May 31st

Who:     Lyn Jones, PhD (Jnana Therapeutics; VP, Chemical Biology)

Date:     Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time:     6:00pm Social Hour, Light Meal

               7:00pm Lecture

Place:    W.M. Keck Foundation Ampitheater

                The Scripps Research Institute

                10650 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

RSVP:    By Fri, May 26th


grAdvantage Career Night – Transitioning to a career outside academia – May 30th

Tuesday, May 30, 5-7pm | Career Center

Our May Career Night speaker, Sandra Engle, is the Associate Director of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where she is responsible for developing human cell-based models to enable drug discovery. She will give a talk about her path from PhD to her current role and provide tips on transitioning to a career outside academia. For more details, go to

Life at a Liberal Arts College Faculty Panel and Networking Lunch – May 9th

Tuesday, May 9th, 9:00am-1:00pm

Career Center

Register at:

Interested in teaching at a Liberal Arts College, but not sure what to expect? Join us for a morning discussion and catered networking lunch with faculty and administrators from Gettysburg 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 generally, 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.

L.E.K. Case Competition 2017 – May 3

The global strategy firm L.E.K. is coming to UCSD for its annual case competition and info session. This is a great opportunity for interested graduate students and post-docs to know more about L.E.K., a top consulting firm, and to increase their skill-set by solving a business case with a team of fellow students!

The firm will introduce itself (along with a Q&A) and give the introductory prompt to the case on 5/3 (Wednesday) between 6pm-8pm, Bonner Hall, room 2130. 

The final team presentations, adjudication and prizes will be awarded on 5/10 (Wednesday) from 4pm-6:30pm, Career Center, Horizon Room. 

Questioning Career Group Meetings – starting May 9th

Starting on Tuesday, May 9th, at 2:30 in the Dolores Huerta Room, there will be a 5 week series (meeting once per week) for those students questioning if they should pursue an academic or post-academic career path. This “Questioning Career Group” is open to masters as well as doctoral students. 

Industry Interaction Day - Friday, May 12th, 2017

The UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and UCSD Materials Science and Engineering Program are jointly sponsoring an industry interaction day.  Our goal is to enhance the interaction between our PhD students and postdoctoral associates with our colleagues in industry.  We are planning a four part program on Friday, May 12th, 2017. The program will include a welcome lunch, talks by industrial scientists, lightning talks by several doctoral students, and a panel discussion on how to secure positions in industry. 

For more details and to RSVP, please visit:

Career Center Events

There are several upcoming career development events for graduate students offered through the Career Center and the Beyond the Professoriate online conference; info is attached and below. Please feel free to email Giulia Hoffmann at or Joel Tolson at with any questions.


5/2, 12-1 :30PM | Career Center

Come learn how to translate your academic activities into the professional skills that employers are looking for, and learn how to find your path into a career that fits you.


5/9, 9AM- 1PM | Career Center

Interested in teaching at a Liberal Arts College, but not sure what to expect? Join us for a morning discussion and catered 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 generally, 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.


Tuesdays, 5/9-6/6, 2:30-4PM | Dolores Huerta Room

This unique, five-session series helps graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through the process of choosing a meaningful career path and creating the life they want. Each workshop includes a short lecture, small group activities, and assignments to help participants gain insight into their personality preferences, values, transferable skills, and personal goals. Participants are expected to commit to all five sessions throughout the quarter. There is a fee of $30 to cover a portion of the assessments and course materials.


5/5, 11AM- 12PM | Career Center

Covers CPT for international Graduate students and how to find part-time internships supplemental to their program or research.


5/23, 11AM- 12:30PM | Career Center

Learn what informational interviews are and how they can help you decide on the best career fit for you. We'll also discuss and practice networking strategies to make this important part of your job search more effective and enjoyable!

For more details and to register, login to Port Triton.

4th Annual Beyond the Professoriate: The Online Career Conference for PhDs  - May 6 and 13, 2017

During this two-day online event, attendees will hear from doctoral-degree holders who successfully transitioned to work beyond the professoriate and learn job search strategies from career education professionals. More information here.

Registration now open! Check out the full conference program and read all the speaker bios.

For information about other upcoming 2017 events and programming, join our mailing list

Graduate Students of Color Forum 

This drop-in forum will cover topics from a multicultural lens including managing stress, communication with your advisor(s), family responsibilities, dealing with imposter syndrome, current sociopolitical climate, experiences of discrimination, etc.

Dates: every Monday at 12 pm in the Grad Lounge (next to the Mandeville Coffee Cart and in front of the old Porter’s Pub) beginning 2nd week, Monday, April 10.

This Forum is co-led by Niyatee Sukumaran, Ph.D. from UCSD CAPS & Elisa Maldonado, Ph.D., Graduate Student Affairs Officer for Diversity Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention.

For Questions: Contact Dr. Niyatee Sukumaran at (858) 534-3456.
Please Note: This educational workshop is NOT counseling or psychotherapy. If you would like counseling or psychotherapy please call our central office at (858) 534-3755.

Questioning Career Transition Group (QCTG) for PhDs

This unique, five-session series of classes helps doctoral students through the often difficult decision-making process of whether to pursue an academic faculty career or an alternative. Past participants range from 1st - 8th+ year PhD students with some questioning the completion of their doctoral degree and others their career trajectory upon earning a PhD.

Upon completion of the group, participants feel more confident in:

  • Their ability to pursue career choices that correspond with their life priorities, interests and personal values.
  • Identifying their transferable skills and accomplishments acquired as a Ph.D. student.
  • Taking contraol of their career decision making process.
  • Recognizing how their personality type and interests are compatible with potential careers.
  • Achieving their career goals!

"100% of past participants would recommend this course to a fellow PhD student!"

More information can be found here.

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.