Welcome to UCI BioSci

We are delighted that you have chosen the UCI School of Biological Sciences to call home the next few years! Although we cannot welcome you in person this year, please enjoy these video messages from your BioSci leadership team, Dean Frank LaFerla and Associate Dean Raju Metherate. We look forward to meeting you in person in the future!

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“You have chosen to help shape the future of humanity and our planet.”

A Message From Dean LaFerla

Greetings New Anteaters!

Welcome to UCI BioSci. You are among the very select group of students who have been accepted and enrolled here. Founded in 1965, our campus is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. We take pride in being a center for quality education that has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for academic achievement, premier research and innovation. The New York Times named UCI the #1 college doing the most for the American Dream and in 2019, Money Magazine ranked UCI as #1 best college in the nation.

This is a time of great change in the educational experience due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, yet the very factors causing this situation are the same ones that make it a great time to be a biology major and to be working on your degree here at UCI BioSci. You are pursing what we believe is the most important, exciting and meaningful scientific focus: the study of life. You have chosen to help shape the future of humanity and our planet.

Our school’s foundational theme is MIND | BODY | WORLD. You will see these three words frequently in our communications. Everything in our world begins with life. And life is interconnected. For most of us, a healthy mind requires a healthy body, which in turn requires a healthy world. Today, those three words inspire us to explore solutions to coronavirus, climate change, dying coral reefs, Alzheimer’s, cancer and many more challenges to life. As you begin your studies here, you are on your way to becoming an innovator who can make a powerful difference in health, energy production, agriculture and much more.

In entering UCI BioSci, you join the sole biology school in Orange County at an R1 university, which has the highest-level research activity. We are the premier life sciences institution here that is creating new knowledge. The school’s founders created departments based on different levels of analysis instead of taxonomy. Today most schools of biological sciences are organized like ours. And we were the first school in the world to create an academic department devoted entirely to the study of the brain.

As an undergraduate, you bring intellect and energy to power our mission in shaping the world for the better. You may not be physically in classrooms or labs now, but our outstanding faculty and caring staff are here for you virtually until we can welcome you back to campus.

Please take advantage of everything the school and university offer to further your success. I look forward to getting to know you in the coming months, even if it’s via one of our virtual events.

Stay healthy,

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Frank M. LaFerla, Ph.D.
Dean, UCI School of Biological Sciences

“You have chosen to help shape the future of humanity and our planet.”

A Message From Dean LaFerla

Greetings New Anteaters!

Welcome to UCI BioSci. You are among the very select group of students who have been accepted and enrolled here. Founded in 1965, our campus is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. We take pride in being a center for quality education that has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for academic achievement, premier research and innovation. The New York Times named UCI the #1 college doing the most for the American Dream and in 2019, Money Magazine ranked UCI as #1 best college in the nation.

This is a time of great change in the educational experience due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, yet the very factors causing this situation are the same ones that make it a great time to be a biology major and to be working on your degree here at UCI BioSci. You are pursing what we believe is the most important, exciting and meaningful scientific focus: the study of life. You have chosen to help shape the future of humanity and our planet.

Our school’s foundational theme is MIND | BODY | WORLD. You will see these three words frequently in our communications. Everything in our world begins with life. And life is interconnected. For most of us, a healthy mind requires a healthy body, which in turn requires a healthy world. Today, those three words inspire us to explore solutions to coronavirus, climate change, dying coral reefs, Alzheimer’s, cancer and many more challenges to life. As you begin your studies here, you are on your way to becoming an innovator who can make a powerful difference in health, energy production, agriculture and much more.

In entering UCI BioSci, you join the sole biology school in Orange County at an R1 university, which has the highest-level research activity. We are the premier life sciences institution here that is creating new knowledge. The school’s founders created departments based on different levels of analysis instead of taxonomy. Today most schools of biological sciences are organized like ours. And we were the first school in the world to create an academic department devoted entirely to the study of the brain.

As an undergraduate, you bring intellect and energy to power our mission in shaping the world for the better. You may not be physically in classrooms or labs now, but our outstanding faculty and caring staff are here for you virtually until we can welcome you back to campus.

Please take advantage of everything the school and university offer to further your success. I look forward to getting to know you in the coming months, even if it’s via one of our virtual events.

Stay healthy,

frank LaFerla Signature v2

Frank M. LaFerla, Ph.D.
Dean, UCI School of Biological Sciences

“Your education here will not only launch you on the path of your dreams, it will prepare you to help shape a better world for all who inhabit it.”

A Message From Associate Dean Metherate

Greetings!

It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to UCI BioSci. Although we are all disappointed you are not here in person, you are still going to be taking new courses, making friends via virtual introductions, getting to know your faculty, and experiencing many new things for the first time. It’s going to be an exciting challenge and yes, at times it will be stressful.

For both exciting and stressful times, please know that you have advocates in our BioSci Student Affairs team. We are here to help you navigate your courses and even just to chat when you need support. I welcome your emails and hopefully in the not too distant future, we will welcome you back to campus where you can often catch me outside at our BioSci Starbucks.

I hope you will find we are a community of people passionate about biology’s leading role in solving life’s most compelling issues, from coronavirus to climate change. Your education here will not only launch you on the path of your dreams, it will prepare you to help shape a better world for all who inhabit it.

I encourage you to take advantage of all of the resources we offer to help in your success, such as academic counseling, peer tutoring, mentorships and much more. Be sure to sign up for virtual events like “Donuts with the Dean” and “Dean’s Distinguished Lectures.” Rest assured that our goal is for you to explore the spectrum of possibilities open to you and to achieve your full potential.

We are here for YOU, new Anteaters! Please keep in touch with us!

Yours truly,

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Raju Metherate, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
UCI School of Biological Sciences

“Your education here will not only launch you on the path of your dreams, it will prepare you to help shape a better world for all who inhabit it.”

A Message From Associate Dean Metherate

Greetings!

It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to UCI BioSci. Although we are all disappointed you are not here in person, you are still going to be taking new courses, making friends via virtual introductions, getting to know your faculty, and experiencing many new things for the first time. It’s going to be an exciting challenge and yes, at times it will be stressful.

For both exciting and stressful times, please know that you have advocates in our BioSci Student Affairs team. We are here to help you navigate your courses and even just to chat when you need support. I welcome your emails and hopefully in the not too distant future, we will welcome you back to campus where you can often catch me outside at our BioSci Starbucks.

I hope you will find we are a community of people passionate about biology’s leading role in solving life’s most compelling issues, from coronavirus to climate change. Your education here will not only launch you on the path of your dreams, it will prepare you to help shape a better world for all who inhabit it.

I encourage you to take advantage of all of the resources we offer to help in your success, such as academic counseling, peer tutoring, mentorships and much more. Be sure to sign up for virtual events like “Donuts with the Dean” and “Dean’s Distinguished Lectures.” Rest assured that our goal is for you to explore the spectrum of possibilities open to you and to achieve your full potential.

We are here for YOU, new Anteaters! Please keep in touch with us!

Yours truly,

R. Metherate Sig_Blue

Raju Metherate, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
UCI School of Biological Sciences