Fiona M. Doyle, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division

Can you succinctly describe your research to students or faculty outside your own discipline? How about to family or neighbors? Or to prospective employers, policy makers, funders, investors? See and hear how your talented peers are polishing their skills to do just this.

The campus community is invited to the fourth annual Berkeley Grad Slam competition on April 4, 2018. Ten semi-finalists — who hail from the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields — will present their doctoral and master’s research in three-minute talks pitched to a general audience. Three finalists will be selected, two by a panel of judges and one “people’s choice” by those attending. The first-place finalist will represent Berkeley at the UC-wide competition in San Francisco on May 3, 2018. More information is on the Grad Slam website.

On April 12, 2018, the Graduate Assembly and Graduate Division will co-sponsor the 12th annual joint ceremony honoring the five faculty recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards and Distinguished Faculty Mentor Awards. Promoting and honoring excellent mentoring of graduate students is a high priority for the Graduate Division, the Graduate Assembly, and the Academic Senate’s Graduate Council. Come join the celebration!

Meanwhile, spring break will be here soon. I hope that each of you has a chance to enjoy the Bay Area’s wonderful offerings — whatever the weather may be!

With warm regards,

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Fiona M. Doyle
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
and Dean of the Graduate Division