Career & Professional Development

Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)

Located on the first floor of the Student Resource Building (Room 1215), the GSRC is a resource for graduate students seeking help with many aspects of graduate student life, including funding applications, writing and editing, and navigating the job search process. We also offer information and referrals to other campus entities that assist graduate students. For more information, contact Robert Hamm, Graduate Division’s Director of Graduate Student Professional Development.

To view a preview of professional development programming for the 2015-16 year, click here.

The GSRC is located in the Student Resource Building, Room 1215


    The Graduate Student Peer Advisors are available to meet with fellow grad students to discuss anything related to grad school at UCSB. For more information on the peer advisors, including a list of their current office hours, visit The GradPost website.


    Headquartered in the Graduate Student Resource Center, The GradPost is the go-to website for the latest and greatest news about graduate student life at UCSB, including information about events and workshops, graduate students profiles, and tools for academic success. To receive regular updates, sign up for The GradPost e-mail digest and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


    Read an archive of GradPost highlights and other Graduate Division communications to graduate students by clicking here.


    The Graduate Division offers regular programming ​to graduate students on topics such as professional development, career and job searching, finding funding, and writing support. Click here to view a current calendar of events and check out the GradPost event page for more information on upcoming events.


    The Graduate Student Support Network (GSSN) is comprised of various departments, offices, and units on campus that provide resources for graduate students. Read on below for a summary of their services and visit their websites to learn more about what they offer.

    Career Services
    Career Services provides one-on-one career counseling, a library of print and online career resources, quarterly career fairs, various workshops, a recommendation letter service, and more.

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    CAPS offers short-term individual counseling, group counseling on several topics including graduate student concerns, relaxation media and relaxation rooms, and workshops by request.

    Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) CSEP offers professional development seminars and workshops for science, engineering, and math students and postdocs on a variety of professional development topics. Graduate students can also serve as mentors and/or teachers for various outreach programs.

    Graduate Students Association (GSA)
    The GSA is the elected representative government for UCSB graduate students. ​Its leaders work to ensure that graduate student concerns are addressed in policy decisions, provide information concerning decisions that are relevant to student life, and offer social activities, including some in the GSA Lounge.

    Health and Wellness
    Health and Wellness offers weekend field trips, weekly drop-in centers with chair massages, and workshops on a variety of topics like healthy living, alcohol and drugs, sex and relationships, and wellness.

    Students living in on-campus single or family housing have access to a variety of social events and can participate in the Graduate Student Apartments Community Council. The Community Housing Office provides support for students who live off-campus.

    Instructional Development
    Instructional Development provides a variety of support services for teaching including the Teaching Assistant Development Program (TADP), the Summer Teaching Institute for Associates (STIA), a Certificate in College and University Teaching (CCUT), a Video and Consultation service, and other resources.

    The Library houses over 3 million print volumes and 30,000 online journals, provides graduate student designated study space, offers instructional classes and subject-specific reference support, and more.

    Office of Research
    The Office of Research provides access to funding search databases, offers funding workshops, and sponsors ethics lectures. The office also serves as the campus contact for human subjects and animal subjects research approvals and other research compliance issues.

    Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
    OISS serves the needs of international students and provides support related to immigration, employment, housing, health care, financial concerns, academic problems, travel, and personal issues. ​It also offers English Conversation classes, orientation activities, and other workshops.

    Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD)
    The RCSGD provides educational programming, social activities, advocacy, and consultation with the goal of enhancing safety, tolerance, and quality of life in the UCSB community.

    Student Health
    Student Health is a primary health care facility available to all UCSB students and hosts Gaucho Health Insurance (GHI), the campus-operated student health insurance plan.

    Women's Center
    The Women’s Center uses a feminist approach to provide support, advocacy, resources and education. Resources include regular workshops and support groups, a library and conference room, a non-traditional student lounge, and an annual graduate student symposium.