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Six PhD students off to new adventures

The 2018 cohort of PhD students is starting new positions at top universities and in Silicon Valley

Six of the 32 graduate students of our program have accepted intriguing placements, reaching from universities in Singapore, Austria, U.S., and China, to Facebook in neighboring Silicon Valley.




Saifuddin (Saif) Ahmed has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. NTU has been ranked 11th in the world and 1st in Asia in the latest 2018 QS World University Rankings. Being a recognized expert in political communication in Asia, Saif is leaving UC Davis with an impressive list of 19 publications, and almost 150 citations.


Grace A. Benefield, who completed both her undergraduate and graduate education at our Dpt of Communication and is a recognized UCD swimmer, has accepted a position as User Experience Researcher on Facebook's News Feed Team. Grace had previously completed three internships at Facebook in Menlo Park, starting as User Experience (UX) Research Intern on the Messenger team in Fall 2016. 


Meng Chen accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the School of Media Communication Program at Webster Vienna Private University. Webster is an international university with more than 100 campuses in 7 countries on 3 continents, serving over 20,000 students worldwide.


JooYoung Jang accepted a position as Lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Houston-Victoria.


Wenjing (Adrien) Pan is becoming an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Renmin University of China. Often referred to as RUC or colloquially Renda is entitled 25 national key disciplines, ranks No.5 of China, 13 national key research bases of humanities and social sciences, ranks No.1 of China, and 6 national teaching and research bases of fundamental arts disciplines, ranks No.1 of China.


We are proud of them and look forward to see much more from them in the future as new colleagues in our quickly growing field