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Grad-to-Grad Support

Do you feel like you need some extra support with all the challenges we've been facing? Are you striving to find some balance between staying productive in your research, teaching, being present for your friends and family, and finding some space to de-stress?

Wouldn't it be nice if you could talk to someone about it who understands? Well guess what -- you can! Log onto Zoom and talk to some of our friendly graduate student staff members.

Topics of conversation include:

  • troubleshooting teaching issues
  • navigating your professional relationships
  • support with switching advisors and/or committee members
  • learning about campus resources available to support you

Our team is composed of current graduate students with a range of expertise in mentoring, teaching strategies, professionalization, and much more. Please note that students may make a maximum of two Grad-to-Grad appointments per week. The link to join your Zoom appointment can be found in the bio of the grad student you're meeting with when you make your appointment.

Schedule Appointment

Here is an overview of the Grad-to-Grad Support Hours the GradSuccess staff offer throughout the quarter. Click on the name you want to know more about!

  • SAMANTHA: Mentoring, Conferencing, Organization & Time Management, STEM

    Samantha is a sixth year PhD candidate in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and the STEM Coordinator of the Graduate Student Mentorship Program. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between embryos and their parents in placental livebearing fish. Samantha spends her free time with her horses and cats. Her Fall 2021 office hours are Mondays 10-11am.

  • BRYAN: Teaching/TAing, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Navigating Professional Relationships, STEM

    Bryan is a PhD Candidate in Physics and Astronomy and the Teaching Assistant Development Program Lead Consultant. Bryan's research primarily focuses on a technique called intensity mapping, which can improve our understanding of the large scale structure of the universe as well as the properties of dark matter and dark energy. Outside of research, Bryan works to make astronomy a more inclusive and welcoming community through local and national efforts. He enjoys travel, language learning, and photography. His Fall 2021 office hours are Mondays 1-2pm.

  • NATHALY: Campus Resources, Work/Life Balance, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Social Sciences

    Nathaly is a doctoral student with a focus on higher education administration and policy and the Graduate Student Resource Center Lead Consultant. In addition to working in multiple student affairs roles and being a student, Nathaly is passionate about being involved in the City of Riverside and issues pertaining to student engagement, social justice advocacy, access, diversity, and inclusion of students of color in higher education. During her free time she enjoys spending my time reading, exercising, traveling, and watching movies with her dog Honey. Her Fall 2021 office hours are Thursdays 11am-12pm.

  • BRITTANY: Teaching/TAing, Mentoring, Presenting/Public Speaking, Humanities

    Brittany is a PhD candidate in English and the Coordinator of the University Teaching Certificate program. She came to UCR after double majoring in math and English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. Her research focuses on the relation between literacy and numeracy as an integrated form of quantitative literacy in Victorian literature and ephemera. She was part of the Winter/Spring 2021 UTC cohort. Her Fall 2021 office hours are Tuesdays 11am-12pm.

  • JUDY: International Students, Mentoring, Work/Life Balance, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Judy Zhu is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education specializing in Higher Education Administration and Policy and the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education Coordinator of the Graduate Student Mentorship Program. Judy's research focuses on race and racism in U.S. higher education, particularly on the racialized experiences of Asian American college students. In her free time, Judy loves to go on little adventures with her friends and her fur babies! Her Fall 2021 office hours are Wednesdays 1-2pm.

  • CARLOS: Teaching/TAing, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, First Generation Students, Social Sciences

    Carlos is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education Administration and Policy and the Teaching Assistant Development Program Coordinator. His research efforts focus on tenure and promotion for faculty of color, college access and equity for underserved youth, and higher education governance. In his free time, Carlos is an avid soccer fan. His Fall 2021 office hours are Wednesdays 10-11am.

  • YI: International Students, Sociocultural Stress, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Yi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program and the Graduate Student Resource Center Lead Consultant. She earned a Master's of Education from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked as university staff in both China and the U.S. before pursuing her doctoral degree. Yi’s research focuses on the internationalization of higher education, international students’ experience, and diversity/inclusion in higher education. Her Fall 2021 office hours are: Tuesdays 3-4pm.

  • NINA: Special Topics Peer Mentor in Communication and Early Career Development

    Nina is a fourth year PhD student in School Psychology and our Special Topics Peer Mentor for Professional Communication and Early Career Development.  Her research focuses on the successful integration of evidence based online resources into education training and professional development.  Prior to coming to UCR, Nina received her B.A. from Columbia University in Psychology and Business Management. Her Fall 2021 Office Hours are Thursdays 4-5pm.

  • HANNAH: Special Topics Peer Mentor in Mental Health and Wellness

    Hannah (she/her) is a second year Ph.D. student in Plant Pathology and our Special Topics Peer Mentor in Mental Health and Wellness Resources. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of Peronospora destructor, the causal agent of downy mildew on onions, in southern California. Hannah enjoys spending her free time enjoying nature or exploring the city. Her Fall 2021 office hours are Mondays 2-3pm.