August 2017

DEAN'S MESSAGE

Our summer diversity programs are currently in full swing with a record number of participants. This year, 116 outstanding undergraduate, master’s and incoming doctoral students from institutions across the country will present their summer research.  Please join us on Thursday, August 17 in the Student Center for our Summer Research Symposium.  This is a great opportunity to meet the students and discuss their innovation and passion for discovery.

In addition, you will find details about our summer and fall funding workshops, upcoming orientations, as well as several funding opportunities that will be available for your students.  

In This Issue

FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM

The UCI Graduate Division supports submission of Fulbright U.S. Student Program applications. Students are encouraged to apply for this prestigious fellowship program, which supports travel and living expenses for a year of research abroad in approximately 140 countries. Students should begin gathering letters of affiliation and recommendation this summer.

UCI’s internal deadline for applications is September 4, 2017. Interviews will be conducted on-campus in mid to late September, after which students will be given the opportunity to revise their applications. Revised applications must be submitted by October 2, 2017 at 5pm.

For more information, visit: http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/international/fulbright.php.

The Fulbright Program Advisor for UCI graduate students is Dr. Sandra Loughlin (loughlin@uci.edu).

CIRTL

This year, we created UCI-GPS-CIRTL, a collaboration between UCI and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). UCI-GPS-CIRTL is focused on Graduate Professional Success (GPS) that is brought to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars via UCI’s Graduate Division, Division of Teaching and Learning, Center for Engaged Instruction, and the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). The UCI Graduate Division kindly asks that you publicize the new UCI-GPS-CIRTL community to the graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in your programs.

UCI is a now a member of the national CIRTL community and is committed to providing resources and training for interested future faculty. After expansion to 43 of the country’s leading doctoral-granting institutions, CIRTL is gaining national recognition and is a great way for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to document their training in pedagogy. UCI offers numerous opportunities for students and postdocs to meet the CIRTL requirements for Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar levels.

UCI-GPS-CIRTL works with the national CIRTL network to provide programming for UCI graduate students and postdocs that meets the requirements for earning certificates in CIRTL’s Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar levels. Channeling CIRTL’s core values of evidence-based teaching, developing learning communities, learning through diversity, and teaching-as-research (TAR), we have worked closely with our UCI collaborators to identify already-existing programming and begin developing new programming that will offer opportunities for students to improve their teaching. For example, the Pedagogical Fellows Program and University Studies 390X course each satisfy the associate level requirements for the CIRTL certificate. Additionally, participation in the Mentoring Excellence Program, the Foundations of Teaching, and DECADE Plus contribute to the overall requirements to become a CIRTL Associate. Starting in fall, University Studies 395 will be offered by Dr. Adrienne Williams that is exclusively focused on principles of teaching-as-research (TAR), which helps students reach CIRTL’s Practitioner level. Dr. Williams will also be co-teaching the CIRTL TAR course at the national level.

This year, we awarded 89 Associate-level certificates to a combination of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UCI! Students and postdocs can also sign up here for the UCI-GPS-CIRTL listserv to receive information about professional development opportunities through CIRTL and at UCI! We anticipate sending approximately one e-mail per week or less with updates. For further inquiries, students and postdocs can e-mail gps-cirtl@uci.edu

OFFICE OF POSTDOCTORAL AFFAIRS (OPA)

PoWER GROUPS- POSTDOC WRITING EDITING AND REVIEWING

The Weekly Postdoc Writing Editing and Review (PoWER) group provides support for postdocs to maintain a disciplined writing regimen, obtain feedback early in the writing process and see how others write.

More Info: Visit the website

POSTDOC FOCUS SEMINARS

The Postdoctoral Scholar FOCUS seminar series allows postdocs to choose the format of the presentation/discussion (research talk, teaching demo, etc.); the audience includes colleagues from a range of disciplines.

3rd Thursday of the month; 12:00-1:00pm   

Where: Graduate Resource Center

More Info: Visit the website

“POSTDOCS AT THE FOREFRONT-2017”- RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 

UCI Postdocs are invited to submit an application to present a talk and/or poster.  The entire UCI community is invited to attend.

When: Thursday, October 5, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: UCI Applied Innovation, 5141 California Avenue, #200, Irvine

More Info: Visit the website

YOU’RE INVITED...SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAMS SYMPOSIUM

  • The Summer Research Program (SRP) and Competitive Edge Summer Research Program will culminate in a research symposium on Thursday, August 17, in the Student Center, Emerald Bay and Doheny Beach Rooms. All are invited to attend. Invitations will be distributed during the first week of August. Come out and support the work of our prospective graduate students and our incoming doctoral students!
  • This is a great recruitment opportunity for all departments as many of our SRP students have indicated that UCI is their top choice for graduate school.

NSF GRFP INITIATIVE

  • The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. The 2018 solicitation is now on the NSF GRFP website.
  • Graduate Division offers NSF GFRP support for through a fall workshop series (dates are below), writing consultants, and weekly fellowship advising hours. Please contact the GRC for more information (949-824-3849).
  • Fall Workshop Schedule at the GRC:
    • 9/26, 10:30AM -12:00PM: NSF GRFP Information Session
    • 9/27, 10:30AM-12:00PM: Writing for the NSF GRFP Personal and Research Statements
    • 9/28, 12:00PM-1:00PM: NSF GRFP Review Process
10/2, 12:00PM-1:00PM:  NSF GRFP Application Experience Panel

ANNOUNCEMENT: GRC FALL ADVERTISING IS COMING EARLY AS PROGRAMS BEGIN WEEK 2

Fall quarter is geared up to be filled with many professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs. We hope you encourage your students to participate in the upcoming certificate programs, advanced training boot camps, and professional services. You can expect to receive Graduate Resource Center fall programming flyers through intercampus mail immediately after Labor Day. Your support in advertising these programs ASAP is greatly appreciated.  

SHARE WITH INCOMING STUDENTS: GRADUATE WELCOME AND ORIENTATION!

We are looking forward to welcoming nearly 1,500 graduate students to campus this fall and helping them begin their graduate journey. Incoming students will soon be notified of registration opening. We ask that academic units support mandatory attendance to this event and do not schedule overlapping school/program orientations or specialized trainings so that students can make it their priority to attend. Self-supporting master’s program students will not attend this event.

Both of these events will take place in the Bren Events Center.

WE NEED YOU! Volunteer Today!!

Get to know what goes on behind the scenes of Graduate Welcome and Orientation.  There are a lot of options before and during the event. Many are needed. All are welcome!  Sign up now!

The Impact of Orientation and Why Students Need to Attend:

  • This once-a-year event covers common aspects of the graduate student experience at UCI and sets the tone for well-being and professional development, that all incoming students need to hear and experience.
  • The program includes sessions on graduate support services (GRC, Career Center, CEI, Counseling Center, International Center etc.), as well as administrative topics to help with success, such as the function of the Graduate Division, an introduction to UCI senior administration, and health insurance.
  • Over the course of the event, students are able to network and engage with others they may not otherwise meet or communicate with in a different setting.
  • This event is not intended to replace or duplicate current department or school-based orientations; rather, it is designed to provide a unified message on topics that apply to all new graduate students.
  • Incoming students will register online by invitation. Please encourage your students to register early.
  • Please Note: The days of the week that these events traditionally take place have shifted in 2017 to accommodate religious holidays.

More information will be forthcoming. Please contact us with questions: 2017 Graduate Welcome and Orientation

2017 GRADUATE INTERCONNECT PROGRAM

The Graduate InterConnect Program will continue in fall 2017 with a team of 49 graduate student peer mentors who will provide support and guidance to new international graduate students as they make their transition to the campus.  The Peer Mentors began communicating with the incoming students in July to help them prepare for their arrival, and will have regular communications with them throughout fall quarter.  They will also contribute to the Blog, host a selection of social events in the fall and will connect students to appropriate staff within their academic programs, to campus and community resources, and with fellow graduate students. Any questions about the program can be sent to Gabriella Pham at x49295.

CALL FOR APPLICANTS FOR THE STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS WORKING GROUP

Spots are still available! The Graduate Division is seeking an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to generate ideas, feedback, and light content for our strategic communications practices.  Please share this information with students you think might be interested.  We are seeking a balanced group of Masters and PhD students, as well as post-doctoral scholars. Ideal applicants will:

  • Work well with others
  • Enjoy brainstorming and generating ideas
  • Have interest in social media and strategic communications practices

Graduate students will also be receiving a call for participation. For questions or additional information, graduate students can email The Graduate Division Social Media GSR, Jenny West, at jswest@uci.edu.

Interested students can apply through the online application: http://bit.ly/GDStuCom

REMINDER: NATURE MASTERCLASS IS STILL AVAILABLE

Through a new institutional subscription sponsored by the Ayala School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine, all UCI faculty, students, postdocs and researchers now have access to the Nature Masterclass online course in scientific writing and publishing. With over 30 editors from more than 20 Nature journals serving as instructors, we encourage ALL graduate students, postdocs, researchers, and faculty to participate in this valuable resource. These experts will take you through the entire scientific publishing process. Although this is presented by Nature, the tools and training the Masterclass provides is beneficial for all scholars at any stage of writing for publication – everyone can benefit!

Course objectives for the 15 modules:

  • How to get the most out of the writing process
  • Submission procedures and cover letter tips
  • How the manuscript selection process works at top journals
  • What happens to papers once they’ve been submitted
  • Explaining what it takes to get published in top journals!

GRADUATE RESOURCE CENTER (GRC)

GRC SUMMER HOURS

    The GRC will be opened from Monday – Friday from 9AM – 5PM during the summer.

The GRC Writing Consultant program includes four trained writing consultants who review academic papers, fellowship applications, and provide feedback on job materials (ex. CV, cover letter). Appointments are available daily from 9:00AM – 5:00PM. 

Students can schedule an appointment here or call 949-824-3849.

If students are applying for fellowship funding, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), Fulbright U.S. Student Program or Ford Foundation Fellowships, Dr. Sandra Loughlin can answer questions about the application process and provide feedback on application materials.

Appointments are available by clicking here or calling 949-824-3849.

Career counselor Neda Moayedi reviews CVs and other job materials and provides tools for the competitive job market.

The drop-in services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM.

Need additional information? Contact the GRC:

     EMAIL      GRC@uci.edu

     PHONE     949-824-3849

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Next Posting: September, 2017