Find out more about 2016 Grad Slam

Grad Slam is back and it's bigger than ever! This year, we're giving away more than $15,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $5,000. Find out how you can get involved!

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Spotlight on Rick Bacon: CEO and non-traditional Ph.D. student


"Non-traditional" doesn’t begin to describe Ph.D. Education student Rick Bacon. While most of us are getting a Ph.D. to get a better job, Rick Bacon already has a job he loves as CEO of Aqua Metrology Systems, a start-up with Goleta as a client. Instead, he’s earning his Ph.D. to help understand how to widen access of underserved populations to learning and employment opportunities.

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‘Reinvented’ UCSB Library opens

Patrons enter the new library . Credit: Sonia Fernandez, Office of Public Affairs and Communications

The newly completed work on the UC Santa Barbara Library is more than just a renovation of its outdated buildings. The project is a reinvention. That’s how university officials are describing the state-of-the-art project. Two years of construction have culminated with a festive “Reinventing the Library” grand opening ceremony, featuring speakers, dancers, musicians, a ribbon-cutting, a photo booth, and an open house.

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The Top 15 GradPost Stories of 2015


Each year, the GradPost reports on various lists and rankings for UC Santa Barbara. We examined the analytics for the GradPost from January 1 to December 15, 2015, to find out what clicked with our readers. Once again, such articles as graduate student profiles; student awards and achievements; the Grad Slam; and prestigious annual rankings reports, topped our list.

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Ph.D. student Mario Galicia reflects on beloved tragedy-stricken San Bernardino


A week ago tragedy struck my hometown of San Bernardino. I wish to first send out my condolences to the families, loved ones, and all affected by the disaster out of San Bernardino. Losing someone we know and love is never easy. Having lost several family members and friends to gun violence, I am sensitive to what those who are grieving are going through.

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Tanya Das finds success by starting small


It’s probably no coincidence that Tanya Das, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is studying nano-optics. She’s been finding success by starting small for a long time. This strategy has allowed her to attempt new things as diverse as hip-hop dancing and science writing, while working her way toward her degree.

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Grad Alum in Spotlight: Museum curator Michael Darling is Chicago ‘rock star’


Michael Darling believes that graduate students should take control of their destinies and “make things happen rather than waiting for an opportunity to fall into their lap.” Throughout his life, this UCSB Art and Architectural History M.A. and Ph.D. alum has adhered to this philosophy, doing what he could to make himself stand out. And stand out he has. Dr. Darling, 47, is the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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