Thesis Defense: David Joseph Burban – March 9 at 3:00pm


Graduate Student-Led Seminar Series

February 28th / March 1st  (WI17)

Geri Richmond, University of Oregon

May 3rd  (SP17)

Neil Garg, UCLA

October 17th (FA18)

Carolyn Bertozzi, UC Berkeley

 If you have any questions or input regarding the seminar speaker selections, please contact your 2016-17 Seminar Committee:

  • Sarah Barnhill, Committee Chair
  • Chris T. Lee
  • Jessie Peters
  • Clare LeGuyader
  • Lewis Churchfield
  • Quint Frauman

The Graduate Student Invited Speaker Series

Professor Geri Richmond (University of Oregon, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry). The selection of our speaker is based on graduate student interest in career development and careers in science. As such, we have an offering of several opportunities to interact with Professor Richmond in workshops, an open forum discussion, and more informal settings.

Below is the schedule of events for Tuesday February 28 and Wednesday March 1, with descriptions provided at the end of email. Please note where space is limited and RSVP required.

Tuesday Feb 28, 2017

1 PM – 4:30 PM Workshop. The Art of Persuasive Communication and Negotiation

A PhD Negation and Persuasion workshop hosted by the CSE Graduate Students, in 1202 CSE. This will provide a unique opportunity for PhD Students to work on professional skills that are not touched on enough, if at all, in the academic curriculum. The full abstract is at the end of this email — please note that space is limited, and in signing up, you are committing to attending from 1 PM – 4:30 PM (No Exceptions!).

An RSVP form can be found here.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 Workshop and Open Forum-NSB Auditorium (1205)

9-AM Meet the Speaker Reception. Coffee and light refreshments.

9:30-11 Workshop. Career Launch and Acceleration.Description below.

11-12 PM Open Forum. Reflections on Today’s Scientific Career Options: What I Wish I Would have Known as a Graduate Student.


Workshop Descriptions:


The Art of Persuasive Communication and Negotiation (2/28, 1-4:30 PM, must RSVP, CSE 1202)

Good communication and negotiation skills are essential in all aspects of your personal and professional life.   The session will teach the fundamentals of negotiation which include identifying why negotiation is important, what issues are and aren’t negotiable, the steps towards a reaching a final agreement, tactics useful for difficult negotiations and identifying when to end the negotiation.  Additional topics to be discussed include effective communication styles for women, giving positive and powerful signals through your professional image and body language, projecting confidence and credibility and using powerful rather than weak words.  The session will include role playing and practicing the techniques learned.

Career Launch and Acceleration (3/1, 9:30-11 AM, NSB 1205)

Although sometimes it may seem as if you will be a graduate student forever, it is never too early to be preparing for that next stage of gainful employment.  Discipline and a multitude of skills are required to get off to a good start and maintain an upward trajectory throughout those first few years.  This workshop provides a crash course on strategies and techniques necessary for getting quickly out of the gate and for gaining acceleration as those first years quickly pass.  Topics to be discussed include strengthening your communication skills, developing resumes for different job opportunities  (e.g. industry, government laboratories, academia and other job opportunities), creating a strong web presence, the job application process, preparing for the interview conducted in person, phone and/or internet, network building for career success, cautionary tales and how to give an effective scientific oral or poster presentation.


Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using lasers and computational methods focusses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at surfaces. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS) and the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has served in many national and international leadership roles including as a current member of the National Science Board and recent President of AAAS.  She is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization that has been assisting in the advancement of women scientists around the globe since 1997.  Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award, and the American Physical Society Davisson-Germer Prize. Awards for these education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences and the  ACS Charles L. Parsons Award.




Summer Session 2017 Information

Summer Session 2017 – what’s new & what’s happening?  Come chat with staff from Summer Session, Housing, Financial Aid, and Academic Internship Program!

600 courses

$2,000 financial aid grant

acceleRATE – low-cost summer housing

Internships and more!

Date:   Thursday, March 2

Time:  11am AND 12:30pm

Location:  Price Center West, Red Shoe Room (next to Shogun).

Facebook event:

Formation of Chemistry Graduate Student Council

Hello CHEM Grads,


Building on the success of the first open forum, you are invited to another special forum on Friday March 3rd at 11AM in the NSB auditorium (Room 1205) to further discuss the formation of a Chemistry Graduate Student Council. 

At the second forum, we aim to formalize (1) the goals and mission of the Council as well as the details related to (2) nominating and electing council representatives. In addition, we will (3) discuss potential models for the council’s inaugural structure. We would like to thank the graduate students that attended the Forum Planning/Brainstorming Session on February, 22nd. Their input and discussion was essential to the planning of this event.

To best represent the members of our grad community, we are seeking graduate students to attend the forum, help generate ideas, and engage in discussion on how to construct and run the council.

Food and drink will be provided. If you intend to join the event, please RSVP by responding to our event on the UCSD Chem&Biochem Grads Facebook Page, for an accurate count of food.

If you would like to make an impact in our department to help make the Chemistry community better, please come and join the conversation!


On Behalf of Your GSA Representatives

Sabrina Berkamp, Sophia Hirakis, Chris Fisher, Quint Frauman and Lindsey Spiegelman

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Student Association

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Graduate Research Opportunity at DOE National Laboratories

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 1.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday May 16, 2017. 

Starting from 2015 Solicitation 2, the SCGSR program is open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between October 30, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 200 graduate awardees from about 90 different universities to conduct thesis research at DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at

Call for Applications: Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories

On behalf of the chancellor’s office, Interim Dean Steven Cassedy is pleased to announce the Interdisciplinary Collaboratories: An Opportunity for Funding for Faculty and Student Collaborations.  Funding for this round of submissions will be begin June 1, 2017 and end May 31, 2018.

UC San Diego has set aside support for small groups who seek to undertake cooperative/collaborative research.  The Chancellor will fund small interdisciplinary groups of faculty (3 to 5 PIs) willing to form a collaboratory to supervise the research of 3 to 5 students (full-time graduate or professional students or part-time undergraduates) for one year. The funding will support full or partial fellowships for the jointly supported students.  The aim is to encourage faculty to form and support such groups as they develop preliminary results sufficient to support applications for extramural funding.

Faculty eligible to participate in the program include all those who are eligible to chair doctoral committees.  Departmental affiliations of faculty collaborators must include representation from at least two divisions and three departments. Supported students should be enrolled in at least two different departments, although not necessarily the same departments as the faculty members. Eligible students must have completed one academic year at UC San Diego, must carry a GPA of 3.00, and must be in good academic standing, as demonstrated by making expected progress towards a degree.

Application Requirements:
* List of 3 to 5 cooperating faculty, along with departmental affiliations
* List of 3 to 5 students to be supported, along with department affiliations and current GPA at the time of application

* A CV for each faculty and student participant listed (not to exceed 2 pages per person)
* A jointly written proposal with title, abstract (less than 100 words), and description of the work to be undertaken (no longer than 2 pages, including references) in 12-point typeface
* A first-year budget indicating the academic quarters for which support is requested and the proposed fellowship value (not to exceed $15,000 per student at the graduate level and $7,500 per student at the undergraduate level)
* Signed agreement that the supervising faculty jointly intend to seek outside support for the project to be undertaken by the interdisciplinary group

***Effective March 1, 2010, no individual faculty member or student may be named on more than one proposal in any given round.**
Please note that there is a total of $62,500 available for this round of funding.

Please visit the Graduate Division website to download an application and for more information.

Final proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF to the

Graduate Fellowship Advisor ( by 4 p.m. on March 22, 2017.