From the Graduate Division Dean and Vice Chancellor
of Student Academic Affairs, Elizabeth WatkinsElizabeth Watkins

Dear Students and Postdocs,

Welcome to the Graduate Division, home to 1,600 students enrolled in 31 degree programs and 1,100 postdoctoral scholars working in labs and departments all across our campus. As a graduate-only institution, UC San Francisco is dedicated to training tomorrow’s leaders in the health sciences. Our students and postdocs are integral to UCSF’s research mission and vital to our intellectual climate. They conduct research in the basic, translational, clinical, social, and populational sciences, with the goals of improving our understanding of the mechanisms of biology, analyzing the social, cultural, and historical determinants of health, alleviating human disease, reducing health disparities, and advancing health worldwide. They also serve with distinction as teaching assistants at UCSF and other Bay Area universities, as student government leaders, and as ambassadors for our outreach efforts. UCSF graduates go on to highly successful careers in colleges and universities, medical centers, business and industry, government, and the non-profit sector.
The Graduate Dean’s Office is staffed to meet your needs as a prospective student, current student, postdoc, or alumnus. We aim to ensure that our graduate students and postdocs have the best possible experience during their training at UCSF by building and sustaining an inclusive, supportive, and meaningful community, one that extends outward from San Francisco to embrace all of our alumni. I invite you to explore what the Graduate Division has to offer by navigating this website, calling or emailing our staff, and visiting our office on the third floor of the Rutter Community Center on the Mission Bay campus.

Elizabeth Watkins, PhD
Dean of the Graduate Division
and Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Affairs