The Graduate Division Alumni Association (GDAA) serves alumni of UCSF's graduate and postdoctoral programs. The GDAA provides constituents with opportunities to reconnect with friends, labmates, classmates, and colleagues, make contact with colleagues around the country, and get to know current UCSF students, postdocs and faculty. Our mission is to support a strong community among the researchers trained at UCSF.


UCSF Discovery Talks

UCSF Discovery Talks are short, TED-style talks by renowned UCSF innovators.  Discovery Talks take place during Alumni Weekend. Visit for more information. To see past Discovery Talks, visit

Library Resources for Alumni

The UCSF Library has developed a website to facilitate access to these resources for our alumni. Read More

Graduate Division Alumni Association Board of Directors

The volunteer-led GDAA board organizes events, develops programs to promote interaction between students, postdocs and alumni, and co-sponsors Alumni Weekend. The GDAA is always looking for new volunteers and ideas. The board includes an Executive Committee (see below), alumni from a wide variety of UCSF graduate programs, current students and postdocs, and representatives from the Graduate Division and Alumni Relations staff.   

Karen Ring, PhD '12 (Biomedical Sciences)

Past President
Donna Barnes, PhD ’92 (Sociology)

President Elect
Tiffani Quan, PhD, Postdoc Alumna

Carla Washington, PhD '95 (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)

To learn more about serving on the Graduate Division Alumni Association board, please contact:

Alumni Relations
Angie Dalfen, Director of Alumni Relations 
Tel:  415-502-5820
Graduate Division Alumni Association
Campus Box 0970
745 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143-0970
Tel: 415-502-1887

Membership Dues and Online Giving

  • Annual dues for the Graduate Division are $40. You can pay online by clicking here. To make an additional gift, simply select "Other Amount" and enter your total.

    Social Science Students Carry Out Crucial Research for Graduate Division

    The Graduate Division owes a lot to the brains and hard work of Rosenberg-Hill and Graduate Division Research Fellows, who conduct studies that will benefit graduate students and postdocs at UCSF for years to come. The Fellows, who are all in one of UCSF's social science PhD programs, also benefit from their time working in the Graduate Division offices. In addition to getting financial support for their studies, they also gain research experience and an insider’s view of the workings of a research-intensive institution, which helps prepare them for academic careers. Read more.