Graduate students are the backbone of UC research
Behind UC’s robust research enterprise lie hundreds of passionate graduate students dedicated to problem-solving and innovation. Their efforts helped spawn the biotechnology industry and led new developments in a host of industries crucial to California’s economy including electronics, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, nanotechnology and the special effects film industry.
But scientists, educators and industry leaders worry that budget cuts to higher education will reduce the spots available for graduate students, make it unaffordable for some, and drive away promising students and faculty when California can least afford a brain drain.
Graduate division deans and students from each of UC’s 10 campuses will be in Sacramento on Wednesday (May 12) to remind legislators of their important and historic role in research and urge them to adequately fund UC graduate programs.