Our Staff

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Dr. Yelda Serin, GradQuant and 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).

Yelda holds weekly virtual office hours for graduate students and postdocs every Tuesday, 3-5 pm, starting on Tuesday, September 28th. 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. Email her at with any questions you may have. 

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Nathaly Martinez, Graduate Student Resource Center Lead Consultant

Fall 2021 Office Hours:
Thursdays 11 am-12 pm
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Nathaly earned her B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and her Master's in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She is a doctoral student with a focus on higher education administration and policy at the University of California, Riverside in their Education Department. In addition to working in multiple student affairs roles and being a student, Nathaly is passionate about being involved in the City of Riverside through multiple organizations. She is passionate about 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.


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Yi Zhou, Graduate Student Resource Center Lead Consultant

Fall 2021 Office Hours:
Tuesdays 3-4 pm
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Yi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program. 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 of higher education.