Computer Science Ph.D. Student’s ‘Unconventional Odyssey’ to SMART Fellowship
Natalie Larson has three years to finish her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of California, San Diego, and she wasn’t entirely certain where she would find the support to complete her degree. But now she is. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Larson a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowship, which will cover all of her costs for the next three years in return for a commitment to work the next two summers and at least three years in a DoD lab after graduating in 2017.
Remembering UC San Diego Friends Miriam and Jerome Katzin
Leadership, faculty and staff at the University of California, San Diego are mourning the recent loss of two generous friends to the campus: philanthropists Miriam and Jerome Katzin. Married for more than 75 years, Miriam died on June 2; Jerome’s death followed less than two weeks later on June 14.
Inaugural Grad SLAM Competition Showcases Impact of Graduate Student Work
Congratulations to the 2014 Grad SLAM Winners! In FIRST PLACE
, is Patrick Metz from Biomedical Sciences with a talk entitled "Remembering an Infection: How to Make a Lasting Immune Response." In SECOND PLACE
was Sarah Jurick from the Clinical Psychology joint-doctoral program with a talk entitled "Alzheimer’s: The Path to Prevention." Finally, the THIRD PLACE
speaker is Benjamin Rubin from Biological Sciences with a talk entitled "The Green Machine." Congratulations to all of our winners!
Cognitive Science Alumnus Chris Fry Leads Twitter to New Heights
It is Chris Fry’s job, as senior vice president of engineering at Twitter, to make sure his flock of engineers continues to fly in formation. Fry is an expert engineer whose team does a number of things, including making sure Twitter can handle more than 500 million daily Tweets. Yet it is his ability to build and manage innovative teams that makes him one of the most valuable technology leaders in the business today. Fry credits his versatility to the interdisciplinary education he gained while pursuing a Ph.D. in cognitive science at UC San Diego — a path that while maybe not an obvious choice for his field, has proven invaluable.
Lord of the Bees
UC U.S. News & World Report Names UC James Hung has collected more than 17,000 wild bees from coastal, desert and mountain areas of San Diego County. But many of his specimens bear little resemblance to the honey bees we normally think of as bees. To the casual observer, his bee collection looks more like a menagerie of Insects Gone Wild—gnat-sized bugs with long snouts, gigantic black bees and curious iridescent creatures with termite-like wings.
UC U.S. News & World Report Names UC San Diego Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best
The 2015 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 sciences.
School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering both ranked at 14. Other top 20 programs include biological sciences (14), computer science (15), earth sciences (16), and physics (16).
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.
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.