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!

Cristina Rosetti

Cristina Rosetti, PhD student in Religious Studies, has been named the Mormon Studies Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center of the University of Utah. The Tanner Fellowship is a nationally competitive, prestigious fellowship that is offered each year to a graduate student in the field of Mormon Studies.


Sean Matharoo

Sean Matharoo, Graduate Student in Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages has received a
Fulbright Visiting Research Fellowship during the 2017/2018 academic year to study abroad at Ghent University in Belgium.


Daisy Vargas

University of California Riverside Ph.D. candidate Daisy Vargas has been named one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2017 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.


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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Immigration Site
Information on immigration
The executive order restricting entry to the United States is contrary to our values.

UCOP has put together a new system-wide website that provides news, resources and support for those affected by President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, including ones that could affect UC’s student dreamers.

Grad Day 2018

UCR graduate students Jesus Rivera (left) and Donovan Argueta with Assembly member Jose Medina (D-Riverside).

UCR Graduate Students Share Why Their Research Matters
26 Ph.D. and master’s students visited with state lawmakers to give them firsthand insight into their work and why it merits more state investment. Read more here.
Erica Baranski
Erica Baranski, PhD student in Psychology, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science. The award includes $10,000, for her outstanding efforts to advance and exemplify reproducibility, openness, and credibility in the social sciences.
Grad Day 2017
From left to right, UC Riverside's director of federal relations Kaitlin Chell; UC Riverside botany grad student Irma Ortiz; Assembly member Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley; UC Riverside grad student Fatemeh Barati; and Kevin Esterling, UC Riverside's Graduate Division interim dean. The UC Riverside contingent met with Mayes, the legislator from their district, on April 19 to advocate on behalf of UC graduate studies and research.
Credit: Pamela Jennings

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Three UCR graduate students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

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Samuel Fullerton
History graduate student receives prestigious fellowships.

Samuel Fullerton has received two fellowships from the Huntington Library. He will be using the resources provided by both of these awards to continue researching for his dissertation project, "Sex and the English Revolution," which explores the sexual politics of the English Civil Wars and Interregnum of the 1640s and 1650s. The travel grant will allow Samuel to travel to London during the 2017-18 academic year in order to examine archival manuscript and printed materials relevant to his project, including seventeenth-century diaries, poetry collections, legal records, and rare printed books.

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’s 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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General Campus Information

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

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

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