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UCLA Graduate Division

California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - AGEP Staff and Faculty

Principal Investigator – Robin Garrell

Robin Garrell Robin L. Garrell has been the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division at UCLA since 2011. In this role, she has campus-wide responsibility for all academic graduate programs, postdoctoral scholars, and visiting graduate students. A Michigan native, Garrell received her B.S. degree in Biochemistry with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh until 1991, when she joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She holds a joint appointment in Bioengineering and is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Garrellís research centers on understanding and applying physical phenomena that occur at liquid interfaces, such as adhesion and lubrication, electromechanical actuation, spontaneous emulsification, and dielectrophoretic levitation. Garrell and her collaborators have developed numerous applications of droplet microfluidics, a type of laboratory-on-a-chip, for biomedical diagnostics, tissue culture, and the synthesis of millimeter-scale fuel capsules for nuclear fusion energy production. Recognitions for her teaching and research include the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award, Benedetti-Pichler Award from the American Microchemical Society, UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, and UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize. She was Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate in 2009-10. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. She currently chairs the NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies Study Section and serves on the GRE Governing Board.

Phone: (310) 825-4383 / Email:

Faculty Advisor – Carlos Grijalva

Carlos Grijalva Carlos Grijalva is associate dean of the Graduate Division and professor of psychology and neuroscience. He is also a member of the Brain Research Institute, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his B.A. degree from the University of Arizona. He was a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellow and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He joined the Department of Psychology as a postdoctoral fellow in 1978 and was appointed to the UCLA faculty in 1982. He is responsible for graduate diversity programs and oversees the Graduate Division offices of Diversity, Inclusion and Admissions and Fellowships and Financial Services. He is a member of the steering committee of the California Alliance NSF-AGEP program. He previously served as the UCLA campus principal investigator for the UC-Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (UC-AGEP) and the Diversity Initiative for Graduate Study in the Social Sciences (DIGSSS) grants funded by NSF. He has served in a variety of administrative positions including Associate Dean for five years in the Division of Honors and Undergraduate Programs, College of Letters and Science; Vice-Chair of the Chancellorís Animal Research Committee; and as Interim Chair of the Cesar Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies. He is a 2005 recipient of the Department of Psychology's Distinguished Teacher Award and the 2012 Academic Senate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for his long-standing work in promoting and advancing diversity. He was recently named a life-time member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.


Program Director – Anne Dela Cruz

Anne Dela Cruz Anne Dela Cruz is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Admissions (DIA) with the UCLA Graduate Division. The DIA unit is responsible for graduate outreach, diversity, and admissions initiative, including the National Science Foundation's Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NSF AGEP) program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her current role with the UCLA Graduate Division, her experience within higher education includes Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and career coaching. She earned her doctorate in education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and holds an M.A. in English and an M.A. in TESOL from California State University, Los Angeles. Anne also earned her B.A. in English and a B.A. in Economics from UCLA, and she is an alumna of UCLA Anderson's Executive Program.

Phone: (310) 825-3829 / Email:

Program Coordinator – Sarah Valdovinos

Sarah Valdovinos Sarah Valdovinos, Coordinator of Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Professional Development in the UCLA Graduate Division, manages programming for Masterís, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral populations in the areas of career development, professional networking, and leadership and personal development. Sarah is the coordinator for the UCLA Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honors Society and works with initiatives for the California Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) at UCLA. Sarah received her B.S. degree with an emphasis in Education from the University of North Texas and her M.Ed. in Student Affairs from UCLA.

Phone: (310) 206-9789 / Email: