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Dean

Dean Shaun Bowler (c) UCR/Stan Lim
Shaun Bowler

Dean, Graduate Division
Distinguished Professor of Political Science

graddean@ucr.edu

Cynthia Cardenas

Cynthia Cardenas

Executive Assistant to the Dean
cynthia.cardenas@ucr.edu
Provides executive level support to the Dean; coordinates fellowship awards.

 

Associate Deans

Associate Dean Emma Wilson
Emma Wilson

Associate Dean, Recruitment, Retention, Student Success
Professor of Biomedical Sciences

emma.wilson@ucr.edu
Responsibilities include graduate student recruitment and outreach, oversight of GradSuccess programs and graduate student funding opportunities. 

Kate Sweeny
Kate Sweeny

Associate Dean, Graduate Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychology

kate.sweeny@ucr.edu
Responsibilities include petitions, employment, grievances, and academic integrity.

Financial and Administrative Staff

100 University Office Building
(951) 827-4302

Assistant Dean Cheryl Gerry
Cheryl Gerry

Assistant Dean/CFAO
cheryl.gerry@ucr.edu
951-827-6117
Chief staff officer, budget control (graduate student financial aid and departmental budget).

Andrea Gonzales
Andrea Gonzales

Financial Operations Manager
andrea.gonzales@ucr.edu       
951-827-2635
Graduate Support Management: Manages fellowship budgets and works with programs to provide financial reporting and data analysis relating to fellowships and recruiting.

Cynthia Cardenas
Cindy Cardenas

Executive Assistant to the Dean
cynthia.cardenas@ucr.edu  
951-827-6119
Provides executive level support to the Dean; coordinates fellowship awards.

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Dennis McIver

Financial Services Analyst
dennis.mciver@ucr.edu
951-827-6108
Purchasing, reimbursements, travel, payroll, and student deferments.

Graduate Admissions

140 University Office Building
951-827-3313
grdadmis@ucr.edu

The Graduate Admissions unit is part of the Graduate Dean’s Office within the Graduate Division.  The role of this unit is to pursue the recruitment and enrollment of qualified graduate applicants and to assist them through the application process.  This includes providing support as a liaison and point of resource to all graduate program faculty and staff, as well as providing admission counseling to prospective applicants.  The unit is also responsible for the review of graduate applications and execution of all graduate admissions offers and post admission tasks, keeping in line with the rules of the Office of the President and Graduate Council.

Elisa Gutierrez
Elisa Gutierrez

Manager
elisa.gutierrez@ucr.edu
Responsible for the management of the Graduate Admissions unit.  Provides direct support to the Graduate Dean implementing and overseeing administrative aspects relevant to graduate student recruitment, admission, and financial support offers.

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Michelle Griffiths

Student Affairs Officer
Processes Graduate Applications with last name A-I.
michelle.griffiths@ucr.edu

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Annette Meneses

Admissions Recruitment Specialist
Processes Graduate Applications with last name J-P.
annette.meneses@ucr.edu

Mandie Coen
Mandie Coen

Student Affairs Officer
Processes Graduate Applications with last name Q-Z.
mandie.coen@ucr.edu 

Gabriela Ochoa
Gabriela Ochoa

Student Affairs Officer
Provides general support for all graduate applications
gabriela.ochoa@ucr.edu

Graduate Academic Affairs

123-129 University Office Building
951-827-3315

The Academic Affairs section of the Graduate Division handles all matters pertaining to the academic record and academic policies governing graduate students. We work closely with program Graduate Advisors and Graduate Program Coordinators on problems that may arise in these areas with their graduate students. We do this by helping them interpret the rules and regulations of the Office of the President, Academic Senate, and Graduate Council pertaining to graduate student education. Academic Affairs also approves student petitions, dissertations, theses, qualifying exam and dissertation committees in addition to approving all advancement paperwork on behalf of the Dean. Additionally, we provide the certificate of completion of all degree requirements once graduation procedures are completed.

Kara Oswood
Kara Oswood

Director

University Office Building - Room 125
951-827-3387
kara.oswood@ucr.edu

Specific Programs: timetables, academic integrity, appeals, and dismissals.

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Amanda Wong
Amanda Wong

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

University Office Building - Room 129
951-827-3315
amanda.wong@ucr.edu
Responsible for students with last names A-K. 
Specific programs: Cooperating Faculty Information, Final Degree Lists, Repeatable Coursework.

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Trina Elerts
Trina Elerts

Graduate Student Affairs Officer
University Office Building - Room 127
951-827-3315

trina.elerts@ucr.edu
Responsible for students with last names L-T. 
Specific programs: Commencement, Incomplete Extension, Intercampus Exchange.


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Gabriela Ochoa
Gabriela Ochoa

Graduate Student Affairs Officer
University Office Building - Room 123
951-827-3315

gabriela.ochoa@ucr.edu
Responsible for students with last names U-Z.
Specific Programs: Change Degree Objective, Change Major, Add Major

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Graduate Financial Support

Andrea Gonzales
Andrea Gonzales

Financial Operations Manager
andrea.gonzales@ucr.edu       
951-827-2635
Graduate Support Management: Manages fellowship budgets and works with programs to provide financial reporting and data analysis relating to fellowships and recruiting.

Maria Pimentel
Maria Pimentel

Financial Aid Officer 3
maria.pimentel@ucr.edu
951-827-3157
Manages graduate student financial aid awards administered by the Graduate Division through the campus financial aid system.

Patrick Napier
Patrick Napier

Student Financial Support
patrick.napier@ucr.edu
951-827-3390
Oversees graduate student employment and postdoctoral studies.  

Postdoctoral Studies

134 University Office Building
951-827-3390

Patrick Napier
Patrick Napier

Graduate Employment and Postdoctoral Studies Analyst
patrick.napier@ucr.edu
951-827-3390
Oversees graduate student employment and postdoctoral studies. 

Academic Preparation and Outreach

University Office Building
951-827-3680

Academic Preparation and Outreach is a vital component of the Graduate Division (and the campus as a whole) and strives to diversify and increase our graduate student population by facilitating the recruitment and retention of highly qualified students in UCR's 45 graduate programs.

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Laura McGeehan

Director
laura.mcgeehan@ucr.edu

951-827-3680
Conducts graduate student outreach and recruitment activities. Coordinates diversity fellowship competitions, Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program, UC LEADS and AGEP. Assists in development of special projects and grant proposals pertinent to graduate student recruitment.

GradSuccess

141 University Office Building
951-827-3386

GradSuccess offers student services specifically tailored to suit graduate students' needs.  The office focuses on the academic and professional development of the graduate student community.  GradSuccess is comprised of the Graduate Student Resource Center, the Teaching Assistant Development Program, the Graduate Writing Center, the Graduate Student Mentorship Program, and the Graduate Quantitative Methods Center (GradQuant).

Hillary Jenks
Hillary Jenks

Director, GradSuccess Programs
hillary.jenks@ucr.edu

951-827-6113
In addition to managing GradSuccess, Hillary is the Fulbright Program Advisor for graduate students and the lead contact for the annual UC-wide Grad Slam competition, the Liebmann Fellowship application process, and iEval questions for Teaching Assistants.

 

Anne Sullivan

Anne Sullivan

Coordinator, Teaching Assistant Development Program
anne.sullivan@ucr.edu
951-827-7200

The Teaching Assistant Development Program (TADP) provides training, support, and pedagogical development for the nearly 1,000 graduate students employed as Teaching Assistants (TAs) at the University of California, Riverside. Through TADP, our TAs learn to build rapport with their students, improve their instructional and organizational skills, and become responsive to the needs of UCR’s diverse student population.

Monique Posadas
 
Monique Posadas

Coordinator, Graduate Student Mentorship Program
monique.posadas@ucr.edu
951-827-7200

Established in 2010, the Graduate Student Mentorship Program (GMSP) facilitates and transforms the graduate student experience at UCR. GSMP supports 80 incoming graduate student mentees, half from the humanities, arts, social sciences, and education, and the other half in STEM fields. Incoming mentees are assigned to both peer and faculty mentors in their own or a related discipline. Over the course of their first academic year, mentees gain access to support, advice, resources, and community as GSMP participants.

Graduate Writing Center

122 University Office Building
951-827-4307
gwrc@ucr.edu

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Alexis Smith

Coordinator
alexis.smith@ucr.edu
951-827-4307

The Graduate Writing Center offers writing support and instruction to all UCR graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through programming and free writing consultations. We provide writing assistance in any academic genre during any stage of the writing process.

GradQuant and Graduate Student Resource Center

GradQuant: 1425 Life Sciences
GSRC: 116 University Office Building
951-827-4291 (GradQuant) & 951-827-3382 (GSRC)
gradquant@ucr.edu & gsrc@ucr.edu

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Jason Chou

GradQuant and Graduate Student Resource Center Coordinator
Life Sciences 1425

jason.chou@ucr.edu
951-827-4291


GradQuant (Graduate Quantitative Methods Center) offers individual consultations and workshops to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in probability and statistical inference, statistical software and computing, math for statistics, data management, computer programming, research methods, data analysis, digital humanities, and professional ethics in the management and analysis of data. The Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) the hub for academic development, professionalization, and community building for UCR graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The GSRC develops and coordinates various opportunities and events to help them succeed in their studies, in their community, and on the job market. 

Research Ethics Education Program

133 University Office Building
951-827-4312, 858-752-9585 (cell)

Dena Plemmons
Dena Plemmons

Director
dena.plemmons@ucr.edu

The Research Ethics Education Program at the University of California, Riverside is a campus-wide resource for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty across all areas of research and scholarship. We encourage proactive approaches to research integrity and professional conduct through collaborative training and education efforts intended to increase awareness of practices that foster responsible research/scholarship and scientific integrity. The courses and seminars offered by the program are options for meeting federal funding requirements [NIH, NSF, and NIFA/USDA] for training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR).