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Giving Update May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2


Competition Heats up for UC San Diego's Graduate Student Recruitment

Graduate student Katrina Gooding Petersen spent a week with a grassroots group called the Louisiana Bucket Brigade studying how smartphones, GPS devices and other technology were used to collect and share information in the midst of a crisis. Now, she is working with the San Diego Red Cross to implement new disaster-mapping software so that they can better prepare for disaster response.


1 UC San Diego's ranking in Washington Monthly magazine.

1 Preuss School UCSD's ranking among California's 912 charter schools, according to Newsweek.

3 Percentage increase in starting salaries for UC San Diego graduates over the previous year.

10 The Jacobs School of Engineering ranking according to Shanghai Jioa Tong University in China's "2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities."

15 UC San Diego's world ranking according to Shanghai Jioa Tong University.

36 UC San Diego's ranking Times Higher Education.

1,329 Members of the Class of 2012 who supported the Senior Class Gift.

2,500 Number of UC San Diego alumni and friends who attended June's Alumni Weekend.

9,200 The record number of alumni who made a gift to UC San Diego in fiscal year 2011/2012.

By The Numbers

Current graduate student population at UC San Diego

Graduate students population at comparable schools

Decline in the State of California's per student funding



Recent Gifts

Longtime University supporters Jerome and Miriam Katzin have endowed a $4 million fellowship fund to help ensure that the best and brightest graduate students go to UC San Diego. The gift will establish the Katzin Prize Endowed Fund to support UC San Diego graduate students studying for an academic doctoral degree who demonstrate outstanding talent and promise in any discipline.

UC San Diego and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation have agreed to establish the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Its mission will be to develop, catalyze and be a global resource for innovative research, education and leading edge initiatives drawing upon the resources of human imagination. Clarke is considered one of the most inspiring science fiction writers of all time for classics including "2001: A Space Odyssey."

A gift from Irwin Zahn and his family, through their Moxie Foundation, has helped establish the Moxie Center at the Jacobs School to help undergraduate engineering students turn their ideas into products and companies. In addition, the Moxie Foundation will match gifts up to $250,000 to make a transformational impact on Jacobs School students. For more information, please call (858) 246-0593.

For more information on giving to UC San Diego, please visit giving.ucsd.edu.


In June, UCSD Alumni received a Silver Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) National Circle of Excellence for its program "Welcoming Future Alumni to the UCSD Community." In partnership with Housing and Dining, UCSD Alumni greeted incoming freshmen and transfer students throughout Welcome Week and increased awareness of the alumni community by showcasing alumni leaders through videos, welcome cards and personal interactions.


Alumni Friends Ryan Darby, Muir '04 and Vince Vasquez, Revelle '02

Ryan Darby, Muir, '04, and Vince Vasquez, Revelle, '02, became friends while earning their bachelor's degrees at UC San Diego. Today, Darby practices landlord/tenant and personal injury law in San Diego, while Vasquez is a public policy analyst at the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

In addition to their degrees, the friends also share a passion for helping others. So when the two learned that 16,000 post-9/11 veterans would be separating from military service and moving to San Diego by 2020, Darby and Vasquez considered what they could do to help those who have sacrificed so much.