UC San Diego a National Leader for Long-Term Study Abroad
Pinell-Cruz is one of more than 100 UC San Diego students who study and conduct research abroad for a year or longer—part of a total of 1,200 UC San Diego students who go abroad each year. According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors Report, UC San Diego ranks 8th in the nation among doctoral institutions for the number of students who participate in long-term study abroad. The extended period of time allows students to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, participate in community service projects, conduct independent research and more.
The Grad SLAM
will be a competitive speaking event to showcase the impact of graduate student research. Participating UC San Diego graduate students will compete in preliminary rounds during the week of March 31 – April 4, 2014, with a select number advancing to the final round on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. A panel of judges will award the second and third place students $1,000 each, and the top competitor will receive $2,500!
The presentations will be three minutes long and should be designed to be accessible and understood by those outside the presenter’s field – essentially, a mini “TED talk”. Presenters will be placed in preliminary rounds of 6-10 fellow graduate students to be judged by a small panel of academically diverse faculty and staff. The top three presenters in each round will each receive $50 prizes, and the top presenter will move on to the final round. All presentation rounds will be open to the campus community and the general public.
Scripps Grad Students Bring Cutting-edge Science to Local K-12 Classrooms
In 2009, the National Science Foundation’s outreach program, Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12), awarded Scripps Oceanography a five-year, $2.5 million grant to fund the Scripps Classroom Connection fellowship. Each year, Scripps Classroom Connection partners nine Scripps graduate students with nine teachers in K-12 classrooms across San Diego County. Over a four-week summertime workshop, Scripps graduate students collaborate with seasoned teachers to create yearlong lesson plans for earth science students..
ARCS Foundation Awards 31 Fellowships to UC San Diego Graduate Students
The San Diego chapter of ARCS Foundation, Inc. awarded 31 UC San Diego graduate students with fellowship awards totaling $222,500 for the 2013-14 academic year. A national non-profit organization led entirely by women, the foundation seeks to support the growth of scholarship in science, engineering and medical research. Since 1987, the local chapter has given a total of $3.9 million in unrestricted funds to UC San Diego, which students may use to complete research, cover travel expenses or fulfill other financial obligations.
Scripps Graduate Student Works to Enlighten Diverse Audiences About Unfamiliar Careers
Noelle Bowlin’s days are filled to the brim. She’s exhausted. Some mornings she’s so tired she can barely get out of bed. But she loves it. Every bit of it. She considers herself lucky to be in this position, or in her case, two full-time positions.
And she is making the most of it. She is equal parts grateful and ecstatic that she stumbled upon a career path in the marine sciences. But like the younger Noelle Bowlin of a few years ago, many young minds have never heard of the things Bowlin tackles on a daily basis, from squid paralarvae to mesopelagic fishes. So Bowlin does what she can to inspire young minds with insights about her daily world.
Top graduate students from U.S. convene with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany
Seventy-three of the top graduate student researchers from the United States were chosen to attend the 63rd Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, from June 30 to July 5.
Nearly 625 young researchers from 78 countries will attend the week-long meeting in Germany dedicated to chemistry this year. The 2013 group of students is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mars, Incorporated, the National Science Foundation and ORAU.
Scripps Alumna Selected as a NASA Astronaut Candidate
Jessica Meir, who earned a doctorate in marine physiology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in 2009, has been selected in the newest group of space explorers by NASA.
Meir is one of eight NASA astronaut candidates “who will help the agency push the boundaries of exploration and travel to new destinations in the solar system, including an asteroid and Mars,” NASA noted in a news release announcing the 2013 astronaut candidates.
UC San Diego Creates Center for Brain Activity Mapping
Responding to President Barack Obama’s “grand challenge” to chart the function of the human brain in unprecedented detail, the University of California, San Diego has established the Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM). The new center, under the aegis of the interdisciplinary Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego, will tackle the technological and biological challenge of developing a new generation of tools to enable recording of neuronal activity throughout the brain. It will also conduct brain-mapping experiments and analyze the collected data.
Graduate Students Recognized for Commitment to Diversity
The UC San Diego chapter of the Bouchet Society—the first West Coast chapter of the national organization—was established in 2008 with the first group of graduate honorees inducted in 2009. This year’s members represent a broad range of disciplines, from biology and chemistry to education and art history.
“It is a great honor for UC San Diego to be represented in the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society and for our graduate students to be leaders who are advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education,” said Linda Greene, vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion./>
UC San Diego Scholars Honored with Faculty Excellence Awards
They represent diverse fields ranging from biology to political science and family medicine to literature, but six University of California, San Diego professors now share something in common: They are all recipients of Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards. The prestigious awards are presented annually by the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates donor group for excellence in teaching, research, community service and performing and visual arts. The recognition ceremony will be held Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Atkinson Hall, located at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) on the UC San Diego campus.
Clark Gibson, professor of political science, recognized for excellence in graduate teaching.
San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering to Offer Students Walk on Wild Side of Science, Engineering
Perfectly qualified to teach herbology at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Steve Briggs instead settles for distinguished professor at UC San Diego. Briggs researches plant cell biology and focuses particularly on plant immune systems. Aside from being a main source of food, livestock feed, clothes and building material, plants also “give us medicine and natural beauty,” he says. As chief scientist of the 2013 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, Briggs brings a level of excitement and enthusiasm to the event that rivals his passion for botany.
UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best, According to U.S. News and World Report
The 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools in engineering and medicine, as well as its academic Ph.D. programs in the social sciences and humanities.
“These new rankings illustrate UC San Diego’s rich academic portfolio,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “From our many strengths across diverse disciplines to our award-winning scholars at the forefront of their fields, we educate the next generation of leaders who will address our society’s most pressing global challenges.”
Reputation Rankings Name UC San Diego 34th Best University in the World
The Times Higher Education has placed the University of California, San Diego as the 34th top university in the publication’s World Reputation Rankings. UC San Diego moved up two spots from 36th last year in the annual rankings.
“It is an honor for UC San Diego to be recognized as a world leader of academic excellence,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “This global ranking is a strong testament to UC San Diego’s exceptional education and research. Here, students have the opportunity to work closely with brilliant faculty, including Nobel laureates, interact with top scholars and pursue endless opportunities for personal and intellectual development.”