On April 19, two Berkeley graduate students joined 18 peers, plus the Graduate Deans of all ten UC campuses and UC President Janet Napolitano to speak with state lawmakers in Sacramento. On this eighth annual Graduate Research Advocacy Day, the UC delegations educated elected officials and their staff about the importance and relevance of graduate research for California and beyond.
Esther Cho, a doctoral student in Sociology, explained her studies of how undocumented young adults navigate social and educational institutions in California and form their sense of belonging. Alexis Shusterman, a doctoral student in Chemistry, discussed her work on a low-cost, high density web of carbon dioxide sensors in the Oakland metropolitan area. Both students showcased how graduate education and research are engines for technological innovation and social understanding.
Promoting and training students in advocacy efforts is imperative for the future of university research. So many of our graduate students are deeply committed to improving life for others; communicating the results of their studies is vital for public support of the UC system and of graduate education.