Graduate Research Advocacy Day

Every year, graduate students from each UC campus gather in Sacramento to educate lawmakers about the importance of graduate research and its contribution to California’s economy and progress.

March 12, 2014 marked the fifth annual Graduate Research Advocacy Day. Twenty-two students — four from UCLA (UCLA has more than double the number of legislative representatives than any other campus) and two from the other nine campuses — were selected by their graduate deans as advocates for the research being done by graduate students across the state. The students and deans met with legislators from their local districts to advocate on behalf of UC graduate studies and research.

In addition, UC President Janet Napolitano and Nobel Laureate Professor Randy Schekman, of UC Berkeley, also joined the delegation to advocate for the importance of graduate research and public higher education. In addition to the meetings with state legislators, two students were selected to accompany President Napolitano and Professor Schekman to meetings with members of Governor Brown’s staff.

Resources that support their efforts and tell the story of graduate research at UC:

GRAD participants 2014

President Napolitano and Professor Schekman with graduate students and deans at the
2014 Graduate Research Advocacy Day in Sacramento