2020 Incoming Grad Series: Royce Olarte

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Next up in our 2020 Incoming Grad Series is Royce Olarte, who is entering the Ph.D. program in Education. Learn more about his research on mathematics education as well as his past as a traveling singer and musician!

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2020 Incoming Grad Series: Eve Bodnia

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Next up in our 2020 Incoming Grad Series is Eve Bodnia, who is entering the Ph.D. program in Physics. Learn more about Eve's research on dark matter and how she decided to become a parent while completing her undergraduate degree at Berkeley!

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2020 Incoming Grad Series: Jackie Chin

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Next up in our 2020 Incoming Grad Series is Jackie Chin, who is entering the Ph.D. program in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. Learn more about Jackie's work developing interventions that create and protect safe spaces for young Black and brown LGBTQIA+ communities and her love of dancing on the beach!

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2020 Incoming Grad Series: Christabel Agyeiwaa

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Next up in our 2020 Incoming Grad Series is Christabel Agyeiwaa, who is entering the PhD program in History. Learn more about Christabel's life in Ghana, how she fell in love with the study of history, and her passion for cooking and dance!

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2020 Incoming Grad Series: Robin Liu

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Next up in our 2020 Incoming Grad Series is Robin Liu, who is entering the PhD program in Statistics and Applied Probability. Learn more about Robin's research, many hobbies, and his five minutes of fame as an actor!

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2020 Incoming Grad Series: Richard Nedjat-Haiem

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Next up in our 2020 Incoming Grad Series is Richard Nedjat-Haiem who is entering the PhD program in Comparative Literature. Learn more about Richard's research, his background in dance, and how he ended up as the star of a viral video!

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2020 Incoming Grad Series: Andrea Gracia

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First up in our 2020 Incoming Grad Series is Andrea Gracia, who is entering the Master's program in Environmental Science and Management at the Bren School. Learn more about how Andrea developed her research interests as well as her interests outside of school – including juggling and electronic dance music!

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Free the PhD Partnership Program for UCSB grad students and postdocs

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UCSB graduate students and postdocs are invited to join us for a new career development course! It is free of charge and will help you explore alternative careers to academia. This is essentially a “career class” where you will get individualized feedback, insider information on how to best sell your skills and network with the right people. This free 10-week course runs from Oct 5 - Dec 11 and is self-paced, asynchronous, engaging, and will help hold you accountable for you to finally make progress on your career goals. Sign up by September 25!

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UCSB COVID-19 Call Center now operational

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The UCSB COVID-19 Call Center at (805) 893-3113 is now operational weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., working with the UCSB COVID-19 Response Team to assist our students, faculty, and staff to obtain answers for their questions related to COVID-19 health issues and other campus changes that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to learn more!

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Apply today: Graduate Division Funding Peer Advisor position for 2020-21

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The UCSB Graduate Division is currently accepting applications for its Funding Peer Advisor position to begin employment in Summer 2020. The Funding Peer educates and advises UCSB’s graduate students about internal and external funding opportunities as well as personal finance matters. The position runs through the 2020-21 academic year and is renewable for subsequent years. Applications are due today!

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Appointment of Interim Graduate Dean

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On July 24, 2020, Chancellor Yang announced that Professor Leila Rupp will serve as the Interim Anne and Michael Towbes Graduate Dean for UCSB's Graduate Division. Read on to learn more about Dr. Rupp!

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How are you doing? The Graduate Division and GSA want to know


In order to better understand the ongoing needs of UCSB graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, the Graduate Division and Graduate Student Association would greatly value your feedback on a short 5-minute survey. All participants who complete the survey are invited to participate in a raffle for a chance to win one of ten $25 gift cards. Please complete the survey by Friday, July 31.

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Meet the winners of the 2020 graduate mentoring awards

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The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the ​winners for two awards ​honoring graduate students who have distinguished themselves in the area of undergraduate research supervision: Deeksha Dangwal, Lauren Ortosky, Chelsea Brown, Jacob Fisher, Kelly Whaling, and Raymok Ketema. Read on to find out more about our awardees!

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Recap: Graduate Student Town Hall

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Missed the recent graduate student town hall? Read on for a summary of the topics covered, including campus safety, research, Library services, curriculum, academic support, and more.

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MRCI Program grant awards

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The Graduate Division made 44 new grant awards to 55 graduate students to support summer graduate student research and creative projects that provide insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society. Read on to learn more about the program and the awardees!

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Check out our Summer 2020 programming lineup!

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Check out the Summer 2020 events and workshops offered by the Graduate Student Resource Center! Don't miss your chance to learn writing skills for the academic job market, maximize your LinkedIn profile, and find funding opportunities for 2020-21. ​Mark your calendars and visit our Events page for updated information as events get closer.

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Graduate Division welcomes new Graduate Programming Assistant


The Graduate Division is excited to welcome our new Graduate Programming Assistant, Chava Nerenberg. She will be working closely with the staff of the Graduate Student Resource Center on programming and initiatives that support our campus' graduate students. Read on to find out more about Chava!

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