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Capital Campaign May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Supporting Our Graduate Students- Key to University Success and Discovery

Thanks to generous fellowship donors, graduate student Alyssa Critenden is pursuing her dream of conducting anthropological research in Africa.












Supporting Our Graduate Students—Key to University Success and Discovery Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 7th best public university in the ­nation, UC San Diego is renowned for its impressive accomplishments in science, medicine, arts and the ­humanities. UC San Diego’s outstanding graduate students are essential to retaining this ­preeminence.

Graduate students are the intellectual workhorses of the institution,” says Kim Barrett, dean of UC San Diego’s Office of Graduate Studies. “They are at the front lines of innovation, bringing new perspectives to the campus. Graduate ­students are often the vehicles for collaboration between different disciplines—intersections where very exciting discoveries are ­emerging.”

A strong graduate student population is also important for attracting top ­faculty. “World-class scholars want to train the brightest graduate students, so ­attracting them to our campus is a key factor in retaining the faculty we have worked so hard to build,” adds Jeff Elman, dean of the Division of Social Sciences.

At UC San Diego, graduate students comprise ­approximately 15 percent of the student body, compared to 30 to 60 percent at many other institutions, ultimately leaving the campus at a ­significant disadvantage in ­faculty recruitment and ­research. As UC San Diego works to grow its graduate ­student population to stay competitive, the need for ­private support to fund ­additional fellowships ­increases.

Annual expenses for ­academic graduate students at UC San Diego range as high as $40,000 for essential items ­including books, campus fees, housing, transportation and healthcare. In some ­departments, students may earn as little as $16,000 per year as teaching assistants, according to Barrett.

UC San Diego has made generating private support for graduate fellowships a critical priority. As campus ­divisions start their own fellowship initiatives, generous individuals are ­stepping up to support UC San Diego’s graduate students. The Division of Social Sciences recently established the Funds for Fellows initiative to raise support for talented graduate students. Arthur and Molli Wagner joined the movement to support outstanding graduate students by generously establishing the Arthur Wagner Endowed Graduate Acting Fellowship in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Fellowships for graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences—our future doctors, biotech and biomedical leaders and science ­educators—enable them to conduct vital research that will improve our health, ­environment and global economy.

To learn more about how you can assist UC San Diego’s graduate students, please call (858) 534-1610 or email giving@ucsd.edu.



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