University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division


Graduate Division – Quality, Diversity, Opportunity

The graduate programs offered by the University of California, Riverside attract some of the great minds in the sciences and arts, incubating new ideas, contributing to the local quality of life and educating the future leaders of California. UC Riverside is a place where bold ideas flourish, where people from different walks of life come together to pursue their interests and their dreams. The University offers its students and faculty the support, resources and inspiration to explore, discover and contribute new knowledge and the opportunity to go on to lead fulfilling, relevant careers and rewarding lives as citizens and leaders.

First Annual Postdoctoral Symposium September 23 and 24

The first ever UCR Postdoctoral Symposium will be held on September 23 and 24 in the Genetics Auditorium. The symposium will include a keynote talk by 2013 Nobel Laureate Dr. Randy Schekman (UC Berkeley), oral presentations by UCR postdocs across disciplines and an opening reception on the evening of September 23.  Please register to attend by September 5th .  If you have questions contact

President's Postdoc Fellowship

PhD Candidate Alicia Cox is one of only 19 recipients of the UC President's Postdoc Fellowship for 2014/2015. She will complete a book manuscript based on her dissertation "Autobiographical Indiscipline: Queering American Indian Life Narratives". See

Sandeep Dhall

was just awarded the Young Investigator Award by the Wound Healing Society. Congratulations Sandeep!

Eighteen NSF Winners!

Eighteen UCR graduate students were awarded with the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. For more details go to

Listen to what research our students are involved in

the Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Engineering, and Natural and Agricultural Sciences. UC Riverside has dozens of graduate degree programs. Get started by searching our list of programs to find the one that suits your interests. Then apply for admission!

Chemistry Grad Student Recognized for Research Presentation

Consuelo Beecher, a graduate student in analytical chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, was recognized with a 2013 SACNAS Student Presentation Award at the society’s annual meeting that took place in October in San Antonio, Texas.  For more see

Super Scientist

Is it time to resurrect the super scientist?  Go to to see what graduate student Philip Vieira has to say about the issue.

New Graduate Degrees

The campus has just been approved to offer several new graduate degrees: the Masters in Finance; the PhD in Art History; the Master of Science in Computer Engineering; the on-line Master of Science in Engineering; the M.S. in Computer Engineering, FLEX MBA and the MPAc in Accounting.




New Teaching Assistant Orientation Enrollment Open

All first time Teaching Assistants must attend one session of the TA orientation.  There are three sessions to choose from between September 29th and October 1st.  All begin at 9:30 am.  You must enroll ahead of time.  To enroll go to  If you have already been a TA at another university you must attend this one. You will learn valuable information unique to UCR.

New Student Orientation

All new students are urged to go to the new student orientation on Monday, September 29.  If you are also a new Teaching Assistant you must attend the new TA Orientation as well (above).  The new student orientation will be held at two separate times. If your major is in management, education or the humanities, arts and social sciences you will attend the session at 1:30 pm in the University Lecture Hall. If your major is in engineering or the sciences you should attend the session at 11:00 am in the University Lecture Hall. There will be a reception for all new students at the Alumni and Visitors Center at 3:30 pm that day.  Hope to see you then!

Graduate Students at Large Hadron Collider

Check out what Jesse Heilman and Elizabeth Kennedy, Physics Department, are working on in Cern, Switzerland at


Grad Slam Results

Eight graduate student finalists presented their research in three minute presentations to a general audience on May 12th at the first UCR Grad Slam. The grand prize winner was Aviva Goldman (Entomology) who won a $5000 fellowship.  She was followed by Steve Herrera (Materials Science & Engr) who won a $2000 Fellowship. Oleg Martynov (Physics) was third and won a $1000 fellowship.  The Audience Choice Winnter was Amber Quereshi Urrutia (Economics) who was also given a $1000 fellowship. More information can be found at

Ian Breckinridge-Jackson Builds Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum

The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The area is still struggling to come back and Ian Breckenridge-Jackson, a Sociology PhD student, and Caroline Heldman, Occidental College, have founded a Living Museum to help preserve its unique history and cultural traditions.  More on this story can be found at

Rachel Behar (CMDB) Awarded NIH Fellowship to Study Electronic Cigarettes

Ever since e-cigarettes hit the market in 2004, they have been advertised as an aid for cigarette smoking cessation. The aerosols produced by e-cigarettes, however, have yet to be screened for potential health risks.

Now, a University of California, Riverside graduate student has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship of more than $90,000 to study the cytotoxic effects — effects that are toxic to the body’s cells — of e-cigarette use. The three-year competitive award will cover tuition and living expenses for the remainder of her tenure in graduate school. For more information go to:

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238