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.

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.



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:

Comic Con

Three graduate students from the Religious Studies graduate program will be on a panel discussion entitled "What Are We Seeing Here? Negotiating Religious Presence and Purpose in Comics, Comix, and Webcomics,” on Sunday, July 21 at Comic Con in San Diego.  The panel is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and is part of the Comic Arts Conference, which brings the academic study of comics into conversation with comic creators, publishers, and fans. Comic-Con is a four-day conference that celebrates the contributions of comics to American art and culture.
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UCR Recipient of Million Dollar Grants

The University has received multiple GAANN grants which will be used to assist 12 distinguished graduate students in the departments of chemistry, bioengineering and electrical engineering. The grant to chemistry, totaling $660,000 for three years, will support six graduate students. The grants to bioengineering and electrical engineering, totaling about $400,000 each for three years, will support three graduate students in bioengineering and three graduate students in electrical engineering. For more information see the story at

FellowsFellowship Reception

Graduate students, UCR trustees, faculty, deans, and other guests gathered at the Chancellor’s residence on October 16 to celebrate the achievements of UCR graduate students’ efforts in seeking competitive external funding this past year.   Those honored included recipients of NSF GRFP awards, Jacob Javits Fellows, Ford Foundation Fellows, NIH fellows and others.  This past year over 100 graduate students collectively received over a million dollars in system-wide, national, and international fellowships in fields as diverse as Dance, Bioengineering, Ethnic Studies, and Physics, to name only a few of the disciplines represented.    Pictured are students from Chemical and Environmental Engineering with CEE Graduate Adviser, Professor Sharon Walker and Dean Joseph Childers.

Summit on Everest!

Flag on Everest

Anthropology PhD Candidate, Young Hoon Oh, and his team summited Mt. Everest on May 19th in a season when 10 climbers have been killed. More on the story can be found at UCR Today. He will continue to do fieldwork in Nepal after a brief stint at home in Seoul.

Juliet Beni - PhD Recipient at 19                                   


At 19 Juliet Beni is the youngest to receive her PhD at UCR and she did it in only four years.  Her dissertation on doctor/patient communication will serve her well as she enters medical school this fall. More of her story can be found at

An Anthropologist on Everest                                       

Young OhUCR graduate student, Young Hoon Oh, will attempt to summit Mt. Everest this Spring as part of his research on the communities that mountaineers create.  It will also focus on Sherpa society and how it has changed as a result of assisting international climbers.  A native of Korea Oh previously climbed Mt. Everest in 2006. You can follow Young at (Anthropologist in Himalaya) on his climb in May. He will carry a UCR pennant to the summit. For more information see the article written in UCR Today.

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