Starting a new phase of your life in an unfamiliar environment can be stressful in even the best of times, but especially during a time like this.

The UCLA Division of Physical Sciences wants you to know that we provide a supportive, welcoming community with resources and people ready to help you succeed.

Dean of Physical Sciences Miguel García-Garibay invites you to join him at

How to Thrive in the Sciences at UCLA and Beyond

A getting-to-know-you event connecting you to your new Physical Sciences community through casual, candid discussions with Physical Sciences alumni, faculty, and current undergraduates.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

6:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Join us if you’re interested in any of the following majors or areas of research:

atmospheric and oceanic science | atmospheric and oceanic Sciences-Mathematics | climate sciences
(Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences)

biochemistry | chemistry | chemistry-materials science
(Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry)

geology | geology-engineering geology | geophysics
(Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences)

math | applied math | math-economics | data theory
(Department of Mathematics)

physics | astronomy and astrophysics | biophysics
(Department of Physics & Astronomy)

statistics | data theory
(Department of Statistics)

environmental science
(Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)

  • Meet professors you’re most likely to learn from during your first year
  • Talk with older undergraduates who were in your shoes not long ago about their experiences with research, classes, and student life
  • Make connections with alumni who’ve gone on to a wide variety of careers thanks to their undergraduate degree in the Physical Sciences
  • Cultivate new friendships with fellow new students!

Students who attend will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle for a special event with Dean Miguel García-Garibay.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Use the form below to sign up!

Before you attend…

These new student welcome events will take place using Hopin. We encourage you to click here to sign up for a free account before your event and take some time to explore the information below:

Within 48 hours of your chosen event, an attendee guide will be available with instructions on how to log in to the event and use Hopin. Click here to find the guide for your events.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Garibay at

More resources for you

Read our FAQs to find answers to some of the questions you may have about majoring in the Physical Sciences.

Download our guide to remote learning, full of advice on staying organized, making the most of videos, time management, working with others virtually instead of in person, new strategies to try, and more.

Watch highlights from previous new student welcome events. During these panel discussions, Physical Sciences alumni shared thoughtful advice about finding support, overcoming challenges, and applying what they learned at UCLA to a wide variety of career paths.

Watch students and faculty talk about the impact and opportunities offered by UCLA’s new Climate Sciences degree within the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences:

Learn from students and faculty about how UCLA’s new Data Theory degree – a joint program from the departments of Mathematics and Statistics – empowers students to be leaders in this critical field:

Interested in joining a student organization? Check out what the Physical Sciences has to offer.

The RISE Center at UCLA has created a series of short videos with tips for student health and wellbeing. Click here to view their playlists of videos about mindful eating, coping with COVID, meditation, daily self-care, and more.