Vicki Grassian named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Vicki Grassian named Fellow of the American Physical Society

UC Davis Forensic Science Grad Program Admissions & Info Session

Interested in learning about the Forensic Science Graduate Program at the University of California, Davis?

The UC Davis Forensic Science Graduate Program provides high quality instruction and advanced, hands-on training in forensic science techniques and crime laboratory methodologies. Founded in 2002 amidst a rapidly evolving scientific field, the Forensic Science Graduate Program responds to the need for highly trained forensic scientists in local, state, federal and private crime labs. Our program incorporates an engaging teaching and research environment that trains students in modern forensics. With a unique focus on producing innovative research, students in the program help to advance the resources available to the forensic science, legal and law enforcement communities.

Through an advanced curriculum and relevant professional training, graduates of the program enjoy tremendous employment opportunities throughout the United States and the world. Our alumni are positioned in every California Department of Justice laboratory in the state, and operate at every level in government laboratories across the nation.

Prospective applicants are invited to participate in the Forensic Science Admissions & Information Session.  The webinars will feature an overview of the admission requirements and process, prerequisite coursework, Criminalistics/DNA track curriculum, graduate funding opportunities and Q&A session.

Register today to learn more about the Forensic Science Graduate Program:

Tuesday, December 4, 5:30-6:30 PM (PST)

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an individual appointment to speak with Philip K. Meisch, Graduate Program Coordinator, please connect with us at

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Robert Continetti named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Robert Continetti named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science


UCSD Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty, Dr. Seth Cohen and Dr. Michael Sailor, are among a very impressive list of #HighlyCitedResearchers by Clarivate Analytics!

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us here at UC San Diego Chemistry and Biochemistry, wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Orion Fund Grant Applications Now Available

We are happy to announce the start of The Orion Fund 2018-2019 grant funding cycle.


Since their beginning in 2004, they have grown each year and now work with over forty California colleges and universities, providing grants for college students in medical crisis. In 2018, they awarded twenty-six grants to students with health conditions including brain cancer, renal failure, traumatic brain injury, leukemia, and spinal fracture… from car crashes to cancer. This year they were fortunate to receive a matching grant from the Priem Family Foundation and are in a position to assist even more college students facing a health crisis.

For more information please visit their website: THE ORION FUND.

Applications are due by Thursday, February 21, 2019 and should include the following:

  • The Orion Fund application (Application form here)
  • A personal essay
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic or medical advisor
  • Supporting documentation of requested expenses
  • Proof of college enrollment (unofficial transcript)

Applications may be sent electronically to (pdf files are appreciated!) or by mail to The Orion Fund, P.O. Box 11518, Piedmont, CA. 94611.

Grant awards will be made by the end of March 2019.

Please note, their mission focuses on students with young adult onset medical issues, rather than congenital medical conditions or long-term learning disorders and they do provide grants for mental health crises.


Chemistry Laboratories

“A visit to a chemistry lab at UC San Diego can feel like stepping into a scientific board room. This is the case in Valerie Schmidt’s lab, where “chem suits” monitor bubbling reactions and make tools from things like insulation and tiny rocks.” UCSD News

Student Research Seminar

Student Research Seminar will be at the NSB Auditorium, Friday the 16th, from 10am to 11am! Presented by SWIGS & CGSC!

It’s an extra-special day in CHEM 171

It’s an extra-special day in CHEM 171 (Environmental Chemistry with Professor Grassian) when the guest lecturer is Nobel Laureate Mario Molina!

Paid Summer Internship- Scripps Institute of Oceanography