Our Staff

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Dr. Yelda Serin, Graduate Student Resource Center Coordinator

Yelda worked as a research scientist before she moved into graduate student services. She received her B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from The Ohio State University, and her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi. Combining her experiences in research and graduate student services, Yelda supports graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their academic and professional development as well as their physical and mental well-being. At UCR GradSuccess, Yelda manages the Graduate Student Resource Center and GradQuant. She enjoys reading, baking, and watching Star Trek (DS9 is her favorite).

Graduate Student Resource Center Coordinator, Dr. Yelda Serin, holds weekly office hours for graduate students and postdocs every Tuesday, 3-5pm. Stop by to talk to her about careers in STEM, individual career development plans (myIDPChemIDPImaginePhD), career development in graduate school and beyond, and international graduate student/postdoc concerns. No appointment needed. 



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Kristoffer Ekroll, Graduate Student Resource Center Lead Consultant

Kristoffer is a third year PhD student in English literature and culture. His research examines haunted house narratives by looking at architecture’s influence on the human mind and body. Kristoffer is from Norway and knows well some of the challenges of adapting to American academia. Although most of his time is wrapped up in writing, he loves mountain hiking, cafés, galleries, and museums.

Kristoffer holds grad-to-grad peer-support office hours every Tuesday, 10-11am in Fall, starting on October 6, 2020. Stop by to talk to Kristoffer about graduate studies in humanities and social sciences, teaching/TAing, networking, international student concerns, and work/life balance. Schedule an online appointment with Kristoffer here.