Fiona M. DoyleOn April 19, two Berkeley graduate students will join 18 others, UC President Janet Napolitano and the Graduate Deans of all ten UC campuses, to speak with state lawmakers in Sacramento. On this eighth annual Graduate Research Advocacy Day, our delegations will seek to educate legislators and their staff about the importance and relevance of graduate research for California and its economy.

Esther Cho, a doctoral student in Sociology, will explain her studies of how undocumented young adults navigate social and educational institutions in California and form their sense of belonging. Alexis Shusterman, a doctoral student in Chemistry, will discuss her work on a low-cost, high density web of carbon dioxide sensors in the Oakland metropolitan area.

I applaud all those involved in such advocacy efforts. So many of our graduate students are deeply committed to improving life for others; communicating the results of their studies is vital for public support of the UC system and of graduate education.

Having seen how research-based advocacy can positively influence policy-makers and funders, I encourage all of our students to reach out to local, state, and Congressional representatives to offer your analyses of economic, technological, social, and political issues of our time, and to underscore the vital need to sustain research funding.

With warm wishes,

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Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering