University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division


Graduate Division – Quality, Diversity, Opportunity

The graduate programs (for list of programs, click here) 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!

Peter Byrley

Peter Byrley, PhD Student in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, writes article for The Conversation about graphene and other materials science building blocks.


Monique Mansour

Monique Mansour, MFA Student in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts

UCR Graduate Student to teach English in Malta

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Holly Mayton

Holly Mayton, Doctoral Student in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

UCR Graduate Student to Attend Competitive Program on Food Security

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PhD student Peter Byrley

UCR student wins Grad Slam 2016!

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Graduate Dean (former) Childers with PhD student Peter Byrley

Grad Slam Winner! Peter Byrley, PhD student in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, takes top honors in UCR's third annual Grad Slam competition.

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Cerebral Palsy is No Barrier to an MBA. Serena Luo makes her way from China to Hawaii to Riverside.

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UC Riverside has been awarded more than $4.4 million by the U.S. Department of Education to support graduate student fellowships.

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UC Riverside graduate student Holly Mayton is one of three recipients on campus of the Global Food Initiative Fellowships given by UC this year.

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Yu-Chieh (David) Chen, PhD Student in Neuroscience, Awarded Howard Hughes Fellowship.
Neema Adhami, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, Awarded UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellowship.
Lauren Walker
UCR Graduate Student writes oped for Huffington Post, "Making Peace with Bacteria - For Good Health" and "Getting to Know You - Is It Worth It?


 Advocacy Day

rom left to right: State Senator Michael Morrell, Graduate Dean (former) Joseph Childers and PhD students, Pedro Piqueras (CEE) and Juan Lopez (ECON).

On March 16th, 2016, Graduate Dean Joseph Childers and PhD students Pedro Piqueras (CEE) and Juan Lopez (Economics) traveled to Sacramento for UC Advocacy Day. Every year, graduate students from each UC campus gather in Sacramento to educate lawmakers about the importance of graduate research and its contribution to California‚Äôs economy and progress.



Congratulations to the UCR students who received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and Honorable Mentions!

Bottom, Riley Thomas    Life Sciences - Neurosciences
Corber, Samantha Renee    Engineering - Bioengineering
German, Komi Tea    Psychology - Social
Gionet-Gonzales, Marissa Ann    Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging
Martinez, Aaron Matthew    Geosciences - Geobiology
Pairs, Pranee Ida-Louise    Chemistry - Chemical Synthesis
Rolf, Julianne Naomi    Engineering - Environmental
Tamayo, Jesse    Chemistry - Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry
Ginnan, Nichole    Life Sciences - other (specify) - Plant Pathology

Honorable Mention    
Roeder, Ethan Ellis    Physics and Astronomy - Condensed Matter Physics
Barroso, David    Materials Research - Chemistry of materials
Cadney, Marcell Donte    Life Sciences - Evolutionary Biology
Gburek, Timothy    Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics
Giroux, Marissa Sarah    Life Sciences - Developmental Biology
Lu, I-Hsi Daniel    Engineering - Materials
Mac, Jenny Thuy    Engineering - Bioengineering
Miner, Michelle Constanza    Life Sciences - other (specify) - Entomology
Morales, Joshua James    Engineering - Electrical and Electronic
Naylor, Emily R.    Life Sciences - Organismal Biology
Ramabadran, Navaneet Raghavendra    Engineering - Materials
Richards, Connor    Physics and Astronomy - Particle Physics
Rivera, Roberto Antonio    Social Sciences - Sociology (except Social Work)
Simmons-Rawls, Brandon    Engineering - Chemical Engineering
Vahedi-Hunter, Tyler Alexander    Life Sciences - Neurosciences
Sandhu, Nabjot    Engineering - Bioengineering

Pedro Piqueras

Two UCR graduate students tackle international development projects.

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A group of University of California, Riverside graduate students has created a blog written in English and Spanish devoted to the Salton Sea to raise awareness to the scientific and policy questions affecting the body of water.

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Bioengineering Graduate Student Elected as Associate Chair for Prestigious International Meeting on Cutting Edge Science and Engineering

Ms. Jillian M. Larsen, a Ph.D. student in the Bioengineering Interdepartmental Graduate Program, working in the group of Prof. Vullev, was elected to serve as an Associate Chair for the 2017 Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) in Photochemistry. As a part of the Gordon Research Conferences, GRSs involve predominantly graduate students and postdocs as participants. The Gordon Conferences are highly prestigious international meetings that focus on various cutting-edge areas of science and engineering. The chairs and the associated chairs for the GRS are accomplished postdocs or graduate students who have demonstrated a high potential for success in the specific field. For the 2017 Photochemistry GRS, the chair will be Mr. Wesley Swords, a Ph.D. student in Chemistry from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Ms. Jillian Larsen will be the Associated Chair. The Chair and the Associated Chair of the 2015 Photochemistry GRS (from whom Wesley and Jillian are taking over) were Dr. John Swierk from Yale University and Dr. Erinn Brigham from UNC, Chapel Hill.


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