Message from the Graduate Vice Chair

Welcome from the Graduate Vice Chair

This handbook was written to give you an idea of what it is like to be a math graduate student at UCSD. It contains information about the people (grad students, staff, faculty), Department policies, exams, coursework, funding, and campus life.

The UCSD Math Department currently has 110 PhD students and 25 MS students. About 20% of the PhD students are women. The Department has 53 permanent faculty members, 7 of whom are female. On average over the last five years, we have graduated 12 new PhDs per year. A large percentage of our PhD students complete the program within five years. Most go on to successful careers in academia, government, or industry, with about 75% choosing academic positions.

Our department is very strong in most areas of pure and applied mathematics. Among our faculty, we have a Fields medalist (generally considered to be the equivalent of a Nobel laureate in mathematics), two members of the National Academy of Science, and many awardees of prestigious fellowships, such as Guggenheim Fellows (four) and Sloan Fellows (eight). Our department has been ranked as #7 among public universities in the US News and World Report rankings of 2014.

We close with a few words about UCSD. The university is situated on 12,000 acres of La Jolla coastland with a lovely view of the Pacific ocean. The average high/low temperatures are 78/67 in August, and 66/49 in January. UCSD has roughly 24,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 grad/med students. Although it has only been in existence since 1960, UCSD has already emerged as one of the outstanding universities in the country.

Hans Wenzl

Graduate Vice Chair
August, 2014