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. Check out these videos to see what our students are involved in:  Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Engineering, Natural and Agricultural Sciences.  Then apply for admission!

First Annual Postdoctoral Symposium Held

The first ever UCR Postdoctoral Symposium was held on September 24. The symposium included a keynote talk by 2013 Nobel Laureate Dr. Randy Schekman (UC Berkeley) and oral presentations by UCR postdocs across disciplines.

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

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.




Graduate Student Heather Hulton VanTassel

has received a 2014 Switzer Environmental Fellowship. Her dissertation research focuses on understanding how species respond to anthropogenic disturbances and environmental stressors across three different ecosystems within Southern California from both restoration and management perspectives.  For more information go to

Graduate Students at Large Hadron Collider

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


Grad Slam Results

Sixty graduate student presented their research in three minute presentations to a general audience at the second UCR Grad Slam. The presentations were given over a period of a week. The grand prize winner was Jeannette Rapicavoli, Plant Pathology,  who won a $5000 fellowship.  Her presentation is on “Primed for Battle: Utilizing Microbial Patterns to Strengthen the Plant Immune System.”. More information can be found at She then went on to compete at the first University of California grad slam competition on May 4.  Those presentations can be seen at  President Napolitano was the emcee.  Ashley Fong of UC Irvine won the competition with her talk on "Stem Cells: How to Mend a Broken Heart. She was awarded a $6,000 prize. Second place went to Daniel Hieber, UCSB and third place was taken home by Alex Phan, UCSD.

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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