STEMing provides practical support on how to be efficient, productive, and stress-free as a graduate student while conducting your research. For more information on STEMing, or to make an appointment with one of our mentors, please visit our website at


REMINDER: University Extension Vouchers Still Available – Due TODAY by 4:00 pm

University Extension Vouchers for Winter 2018 will be available at the Graduate Division starting Friday,  January 5th at 8:30am until gone. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more units for Winter 2018 and must have been enrolled in 12 or more units in graduate standing in a previous quarter on campus. They are due at University Extension by 4:00pm on Friday, January 19th, 2018 (no exceptions will be made).

This quarter, vouchers will be good for up to $500 off select Extension courses.

All eligibility requirements are attached and listed below:


  • UCSD graduate students enrolled full-time for Winter 2018 (a minimum of 12 units). New admits for Winter 2018 are not eligible. JDP students must provide a letter from their grad coordinator verifying full-time enrollment at SDSU if not enrolled at UCSD.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (and fewer than 9 units of U and/or F).
  • Must have completed at least one previous quarter with the graduate program.
  • Students first enrolled in Fall 2017 must have all of their grades posted.


Vouchers will be available for all eligible students, even those students who received a voucher in Fall 2017. Additionally, students will no longer have to return to the Grad Division after receiving department approval – you can go directly to Extension. Extension will turn away any student who does not have all approvals on the voucher.

The Graduate Division will confirm that the student is enrolled in 12 units or more for Winter 2018 and that the student was enrolled in 12 or more units in graduate standing in a previous quarter on campus. The student must present photo identification (student ID, driver’s license).8. Voucher Rules - WI 2018.jpg

Please review the eligibility requirements carefully and feel free to direct any questions you may have to Jeanine Kolinko (! (And not to the Graduate Division!)

Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Laboratory Safety – Register by 2/10

The ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety is sponsoring a new workshop to educate graduate students about lab safety culture and opportunities for promoting safety in their schools. The workshop called “Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Laboratory Safety” will be held at the Spring National Meeting on Sunday March 18th from 3-6 p.m.

This 3 hour workshop will be led by two PhD students with extensive safety program experience. It will describe these efforts at the University of Illinois and University of Minnesota as well as literature from the ACS and the National Academy of Sciences that describes the opportunities and challenges of safety culture in the academic environment. These topics will be followed by discussion of practical steps graduate students can take at their institution to support improved safety cultures. The workshop is sponsored by the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety and ACS Office of Graduate Education, with technical support provided by leadership of the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety. Participants will be awarded a “Graduate Student Safety Leader” certificate.


Space is limited! Priority registration deadline is February 10th, 2018. Register today for only $25 at: Contact for more information.


There is also a flyer posted here:

Note that this workshop is co-sponsored by the ACS Offices of Chemical Safety and Graduate Education, so the registration fee is only $25, with registration preference given to graduate students until February 10.


The DCHAS workshop schedule found at We have a couple of registrants already for the March New Orleans ACS national meeting, which is coming up soon.

Graduate Student Focus Group – 1/22

The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion would like to invite you to attend an upcoming Graduate Student Focus Group this winter quarter. These focus groups are a great opportunity for you to get involved and discuss the future of equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus. The feedback we receive in the focus group will inform the UC San Diego Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. Let your voice be heard!


The Graduate Student focus groups will be


2nd Group

Monday, 1/22

Time: 10 – 11am

Location: Grad Student Lounge


Please visit the website and RSVP to attend. Every attendee will receive a $10 Triton Cash card for participation.


If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Fricke.

Singular Genomics – Synthetic Organic Chemist

Singular Genomics is looking for an organic chemist to synthesize nucleotides, linkers and fluorescent dyes for use in next generation DNA sequencing.


Desired Skills: Synthesis of small organic molecules for use in fluorescence based DNA sequencing.

Organization Description: Start-up located in the Torrey Pines area of San Diego.

Job Function: Research/Development



  • PhD in synthetic organic chemistry
  • Strong hands-on synthesis skills
  • Experience in the follow areas is preferred: analytical and preparative HPLC, characterization of small molecule identity and purity


Please send CV to Ron Graham, Director of Chemistry

3210 Merryfield Row

San Diego, CA 92121

PSD Pathway Scholarship

The Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago is proud to announce the PSD Pathway Scholarship, a program that offers two years of full tuition, fees, insurance and stipend support to our Masters of Science in the Physical Sciences Division (MS-PSD). Applicants applying directly to the MS-PSD program will be invited to additionally apply for the Pathway Scholarship.

We need your help reaching any potential applicants who would benefit from two years of fully funded coursework and research in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biophysical Sciences, Chemistry, Geophysical Sciences, or Physics. MS-PSD is intended to prepare students for doctoral study in these fields, and the PSD Pathway Scholarship focuses on supporting students who would benefit from receiving additional support as they work towards their doctoral degee.

If you, or your students, would like to learn more about this program, please join us for an online information session – we’ll be sending application fee waiver codes to anyone who attends an online session. We’re also happy to answer any questions over email; please be in touch.


Sena Agawu, AM
Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment, Graduate Enrollment Initiatives
UChicagoGRAD, Office of the Provost,
The University of Chicago

REMINDER: Dannon Awarding TWO $25,000 Grants for Graduate Students – Deadline 2/15

Dannon, as part of DanoneWave Public Benefit Corporation, is once again awarding two $25,000 grants to graduate students who show strong interest and potential in exploring the gut microbiome, probiotics and/or yogurt.  The 2017-2018 Dannon Yogurt, Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant was established in 2012 to help further study of these vastly diverse areas on human health.


For students who are studying topics including the gut microbiome’s impact on human health and well-being and/or the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics, this is an exciting opportunity to not only receive educational support, but to connect with a leader in the field. Besides the $25,000 award, Dannon Fellows are connected to each other through this scholarship – encouraging collaboration, communication and future opportunity in the field.


Thus far, the Dannon grant has provided support for research on probiotic yogurt during lactation, the use of foods as a delivery vector for beneficial bacteria, technology for studying the adaptation of fermentative microbes to milk, the effects of protein fermentation on the human microbiota and digestive health, and the relationship between probiotics, the gut microbiome and brain function.


Dannon will be accepting applications from graduate students until February 15, 2018. For additional information, qualification requirements and to complete the online application, please click here:


We look forward to reviewing applications and supporting the next generation of cutting-edge research!