Graduate Initiatives

Find ways to contribute to and foster a diverse community in the sciences through teaching, training, mentoring and other outreach efforts.

Members of the Diversity Committee, specifically the graduate student representatives, can provide information and answer questions.

The Graduate Division is committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse community at UC San Diego. Their  Diversity Initiatives page has information about current initiatives, support programs and campus community centers that support these goals.

IA Training

To provide IAs with the advice and tools they need to create a safe learning environment that respects student diversity and encourages learning, a group of postdoctoral scholars, under guidance of the faculty advisor for IAs in the Division of Biological Sciences, contribute to the BGGN 500/BISP 195 course on inclusive teaching.


Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

AWIS is a professional society committed to supporting the advancement of women in science and science-related fields by providing professional networking, mentoring, and leadership activities.

Men are welcome to volunteer here too!

  • Get involved by becoming a member or chair for a committee, such as the Outreach Committee, or write for the newsletter.
  • Other committees include the Scholarship Committee to choose awardees and the Public Relations Committee for experience in business-related matters.
  • The WIB (Women in Biosciences) conference that takes place once every 2 years is always exceptional. You do not need to be a member to attend.

Biology Education and Art for Science Innovation (BioEASI)

BioEASI is a team of Biological Sciences graduate students whose mission is to facilitate the interaction between scientists and the public through outreach, education and the arts to increase public interest in and support for basic scientific research, and to enhance the communication and creative thinking skills of scientists.

BioEASI believes that by achieving these aims, we can help further scientific innovation, recruit the next generation of diverse young people into scientific careers, and increase scientific literacy among the general public.

BioEASI is always looking for volunteers who are willing to commit a few hours to one of our specific projects. 

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)

EYH is an annual day-long conference specially designed for middle and high school girls that offers hands-on explorations in science, engineering, math and technology designed to spark a continued interest in the sciences.

Create your own EYH event!

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

GSA reps serve the biology graduate students. The GSA has committees that address various campuswide issues like housing and student retention. Graduate students may serve on one of these committees without being a representative.

GradWISE – Graduate Women in Science and Engineering

GradWISE is an official graduate student organization. It addresses issues important to graduate women in science and engineering in a supportive environment and promotes programming on related topics of interest to both its members and the campus community.

You can volunteer to be a member or simply subscribe to their email list to stay informed about their programs.

Find out more on their website.

Preuss School Tutoring

Each quarter, the Preuss school looks for dedicated members of the community to volunteer as tutors. Preuss School is a charter school on the UCSD campus, so it’s close and convenient.

Tutors usually come in for 1.5 hours, twice a week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday), and it's close and convenient, right on campus.

Mentors are paired with one student and they meet on the school's campus either during lunch or the advisory period, at least once a week for 30 minutes.

Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS)

Mentor a student’s summer research project in the lab.

Get paid to be a Graduate Advocate, which involves overseeing a group of STARS students and attending weekly meetings.

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