First Impressions

In my first month as the new Dean of the Graduate Division, I've been crisscrossing the campus, visiting the 18 schools, colleges, meeting with deans, department chairs, senior administrators, faculty, students, and staff. I've been doing a lot of listening . . .

Welcome from Your New Dean

Happy New Year! I hope that the new semester finds you energized from the winter break, whether you spent it relaxing with family and friends, traveling, tearing down a ski slope, or doing something else that you love doing.

Reflections on the Fall Semester

As the Interim Dean of the Graduate Division, I have enjoyed the opportunity to deepen my involvement with various projects close to my heart. The new Dean of the Graduate Division, Fiona Doyle, Professor of Mineral Engineering, will begin her post on January 1, 2015.

Berkeley Fuel

Graduate education at Berkeley is fueled by many forces: great minds with a passion for discovery; a drive to approach problems in new ways to innovate new solutions, and philanthropy . . .

Free Speech Movement Leaves an Inspiring Legacy

Berkeley has preserved the documentary record of this extraordinary time, ensuring that future generations will be in a position to explore these events that changed the landscape of higher education in the United States.

Welcome to Berkeley!

For incoming students, I hope to see you at the New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) on Tuesday, August 26. This lively half-day event is packed with speakers and workshops tailored to help you learn about resources essential to getting oriented to campus.

Introducing New Leadership in the Graduate Division

For the past three years, Rosemary Joyce has served as Associate Dean. Now, she is stepping in as Interim Dean of the Graduate Division this summer and fall, while the campus conducts a search for a successor to former Dean Andrew Szeri, who has taken on a different Vice Provost role.

Reflections on Moving On

As Andrew Szeri moves on to his new position, Vice Provost, Strategic Academic & Facilities Planning, he reflects on his time at Graduate Division. "It has been my privilege to help lead Berkeley’s efforts to support the ambitions of more than 10,000 graduate students and to help enable the world-class excellence of 100-plus programs." said Szeri.

Congratulations on Another Successful Semester!

Congratulations! The semester is coming to an end, as recently did the "Campaign for Berkeley." The six year campaign successfully raised over $3 billion for the University and nearly doubled graduate fellowships.

Campus Climate Survey Yields Results

About one-quarter of all graduate students participated in the survey, which found 79 percent of graduate students were satisfied with their academic experience at UC Berkeley. The survey is believed to be the largest study of institutional climate ever conducted.

Staying on Top of Your Profession

Over the last year I have been thrilled to see multiple initiatives emerge to expand professional development opportunities for graduate students. One of those — organized by graduate students and postdoctoral appointees — is the second annual “Beyond Academia” Conference on February 20-21.

Message from the Dean (January)

Here's good news to start the spring semester: A personalized one-stop web service — called CalCentral — has just been released to all campus constituencies.

Message from the Dean (December)

January will bring unprecedented change to millions of Americans as formerly uninsured and under-insured citizens gain access to new health insurance options created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” You’ll be glad to know that SHIP provides all of the ACA-mandated “essential health benefits.”

Message from the Dean (November)

I was glad to see some of you November 8th at the Inauguration of Nicholas B. Dirks as the 10th Chancellor of UC Berkeley. The day was one of “pomp and circumstance.”

Staying on Track with GLOW

View your progress towards degree and check the status of various forms, petitions, and approvals, including qualifying exam results, dissertation/thesis committee constitution, advancement-to-candidacy, academic employment appointments, fellowships and awards.