Graduate students are integral to the work of the university. Selected for their talent, their willingness to work hard, and their commitment to their disciplines, they represent the future of their chosen fields. And their contributions, as illustrated in the video below, begin while they are on campus.
In labs and classrooms, in publications and at conferences, graduate students are crucial to productivity, research, and innovation. They partner with faculty members, putting in long hours, inspired energy, and fresh ideas. Their teaching, research, and mentoring enhance the educational experience for undergraduate students, too.
The most talented graduate students — those most likely to profoundly influence their specialties — are highly sought after, and they often go to schools that offer them attractive financial packages, which free them to devote themselves wholly to their work. The little funding available from departments and grants is not enough; private philanthropy to support graduate scholarships, or fellowships, builds the bridges that will bring the best to UCLA. And raising money for this important purpose is a Centennial Campaign priority.
Behind nearly every accomplishment in the academy is a faculty member backed by a graduate student backed by generous funds from donors like you.
Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Published September 2017