Grad Weekly - February 23, 2017

Summary

EVENTS

  • 2017 GradSlam: Save the Date | April 11
  • Initiative to End Family Violence Workshop "Creating Safe Spaces: Why Trauma-Informed Care is Crucial to Teen Health" | Feb 23
  • UC Irvine School of Medicine Annual Diversity Week | Feb 25 - March 3
  • Water UCI Special Guest Lecture "Healing the Enlightenment Rift: Rationality, Spirituality, and Shared Waters" | March 2
  • Initiative to End Family Violence Distinguished Lecture "Interviewing Children to Obtain Reliable Evidence: Considerations and Challenges" | March 8
  • Strategies for Success in Academia: A Three Part Series | Mar 8
  • Water UCI Colloquium "InSAR Measurements of Subsidence in the Central Valley, California from 2007-Present" feat. Dr. Tom Farr of Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Mar 10
  • Data Science Initiative "Symposium on Machine Learning and Human Behavior" | Mar 10
  • UCI-CIRTL-GPS Upcoming Intercultural Training! | Mar 13

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Financial Workshop Series on Investment Opportunities for Graduate and Professional Students | March 7
  • Data Science Certificate Program | Feb 3, 21, March 2, 3
  • Student Poster Session, Headwaters to Oceans (H2O) Conference | Feb 24
  • ComSciCon 2017 Communicating Science Workshop | June 8-10 / Apply by March 1
  • Mailing list for graduate students interested in CIRTL teaching and research training
  • UC Women and Minorities in STEM Mentorship Program
  • Climatepedia Weekly Meetings Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. in ICS 213
  • The Center for Engaged Instruction is now offering Certificate in Teaching Excellence Course as Pre-requisite for Pedagogical Fellows Program, Winter and Spring 2017
  • Science Outside the Lab Washington DC Experience | Mar 29
  • Student Opportunity: Climate Communications Position
  • H20 Outreach recruiting new members for public outreach and education in water issues 
  • Sign Up For Career Development Workshop Series
  • The Counseling Center is offering a drop-in Dissertation group on Fridays from 10 to 11 AM
  • The Los Angeles Community College District is now accepting applications for the 2016 Project MATCH Faculty Internship Program
  • Call for Papers [Working Title] Ethnographic Writing Workshop
  • Share Your Research with the Local Community 
  • Discount Arts card for CTSA productions/events/performances
  • Nuclear Policy Working Group (NPWG) at UCI
  • GRC Updates

FUNDING  

  • UC Presidential Fellowship for Undocumented Graduate Students | March 3
  • Embark on a Science Policy Fellowship with the California State Legislature | Feb 28
  • ARL Distinguished Post-Doctoral Fellowships (ARL) | Feb 1 - May 7
  • Rotary Global Grant Scholarships $30,000 per year for student research/travel | rolling deadlines
  • The Horizons Fellowship | Rolling deadlines
  • Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity at Weizmann Institute of Science
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship Competitions are Now Open | March
  • The HENAAC Scholarship | April 30
  • Learn2Success Learning Center Looking for Experienced SAT Instructors | immediately

For more detailed information on events, announcements and funding, please see below: 



Events

2017 GRAD SLAM

It’s GRAD SLAM time again!
The road to campus finals begins with semifinals on March 16, 2016 at the Graduate Resource Center.  In order to advance, contestants will be scheduled to compete in one of the following heats:

Session 1: 10:00AM – 11:30PM
Session 2: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Session 3: 2:00PM – 3:3PM

GRAD SLAM CAMPUS FINALS

Save the Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 3:30PM – 7:00PM
Where: The Newkirk Alumni Center        

Contestants will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Students may use up to three PowerPoint slides, with rules governing their use listed on the UCOP Grad Slam website.  All are invited to attend, but audience members will be expected to stay for the entire event.  The winner will go on to represent UC Irvine at the UC system-wide finals on May 4th.

INITIATIVE TO END FAMILY VIOLENCE WORKSHOP "CREATING SAFE SPACES: WHY TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE IS CRUCIAL TO TEEN HEALTH" FEAT. CANDACE W. BURTON, PH.D., RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, NURSING SCIENCE, UC IRVINE

Intimate partner violence has been shown to correlate with numerous mental and physical health conditions, but the behavioral and biologic pathways that lead to these conditions are not yet well elucidated. This talk will introduce some of the possible pathways by which traumatic experiences lead to long-term health problems, as well as the principles of trauma-informed care. Finally, a brief introduction to screening for abuse and violence will be provided.

When: Feb 23, 2017: 12:00-1:00PM, EDU 1111, UCI. Light lunch served at 11:30AM

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: endfamilyviolence@uci.edu

UC IRVINE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE ANNUAL DIVERSITY WEEK

As America undergoes health care reform, it’s important to consider what "universal access" means in a country undergoing significant demographic change. For health care experts, these changing demographics underscore the importance of cultural diversity in a profession where the patient-provider relationship is key to determining the quality of care. Interacting with a health care professional is such a personal relationship that it’s important that the provider you have understands the values and beliefs of the individual with whom they are working. Keynote speaker: Dr. Heidi Yeh, MD from MGH and Dr. Charles Modlin MD, MBA Cleveland Clinic

When: February 25 through March 3.

More Info: RSVP on the facebook event page

Contact: Contact the Diversity Week Committee: Faith Chibugo Njoku, Shawna Chan, Ryan Nguyen, Phuong Anh Le at SOMDiversity@hs.uci.edu

WATER UCI SPECIAL GUEST LECTURE "HEALING THE ENLIGHTENMENT RIFT: RATIONALITY, SPIRITUALITY, AND SHARED WATERS

Featuring Aaron Wolf, Ph.D., Professor of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. Dr. Wolf is a renowned authority on negotiating solutions to international water conflicts.

Water management is, by definition, conflict management. Whether in the Western US or internationally, competing stakeholder interests include domestic users, agriculturalists, hydropower generators, recreators, and environmentalists - any two of which are regularly at odds, and the complexity of finding mutually acceptable solutions increases exponentially as more stakeholders are involved. This presentation will discuss conflict and cooperation over shared water resources internationally and in the US West, and reflect on processes of conflict transformation, including lessons from both Western and spiritual models of dialogue.

When: March 2, 2017: 5:30-7:00pm followed by a reception; Calit2 auditorium

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: academic-initiatives@uci.edu

INITIATIVE TO END FAMILY VIOLENCE DISTINGUISHED LECTURE "INTERVIEWING CHILDREN TO OBTAIN RELIABLE EVIDENCE: CONSIDERATIONS AND CHALLENGES FEAT. JODI A. QUAS, PH.D., PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND NURSING SCIENCE, UCI

Unfortunately, children, like adults, can be victims of or witnesses to crime, and as a result, be questioned about their memory and perceptions of what occurred. The accuracy of the information children provide has profound implications for the progression and eventual outcome of any ensuing legal intervention. An impressive body of scientific research has revealed that how children are questioned directly affects the accuracy and completeness of the information they provide. In this presentation, Dr. Jodi Quas will review findings from this work regarding best-practice interviewing strategies that (a) increase children’s initial willingness to disclose negative experiences, (b) increase the amount of detail children provide about those experiences, and (c) reduce children’s tendency to err. She will also describe ongoing controversies regarding interviewing practices and children’s reporting tendencies. The research presented is relevant to a range of legal, scientific, and other professionals who work with children and who are charged with the sometimes task of obtaining reliable and useful information from children about their knowledge, needs, or experiences.

When: March 8, 2017: 4:30-6:00pm, EDU 1131, UCI

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: endfamilyviolence@uci.edu

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN ACADEMIA: A THREE PART SERIES: Postdocs, Grad Students and Junior Faculty Invited

Session 3 - Keeping a Healthy Balance Faculty will discuss their strategies of maintaining a healthy balance between personal and professional lives. Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 5:30-7:00PM   Register 

Where: Graduate Resource Center

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: Mary Frances Ypma-Wong, m.ypmawong@uci.edu, 949-824-5196

WATER UCI COLLOQUIUM "InSAR MEASUREMENTS OF SUCSIDENCE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA FROM 2007-PRESENT" FEAT. DR. TOM FARR OF JET PROPULSION LABORATORY

Subsidence caused by groundwater pumping in the rich agricultural area of California’s Central Valley has been a problem for decades. Over the last few years, interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) observations from satellite and aircraft platforms have been used to produce maps of subsidence with cm accuracy. At JPL we have processed InSAR data from multiple satellites spanning the period 2007 – present. As multiple scenes were acquired during these periods, we can also produce histories of subsidence at selected locations and transects showing how subsidence varies both spatially and temporally. Maps and Geographic Information System (GIS) files have been furnished to decision-makers at the California Department of Water Resources to enable better management of groundwater resources and for further analysis of the 4 dimensional subsidence time-series maps.

When: March 10, 2017: 12:00-1:30pm; Light lunch available at 11:30am; Emerald Bay Room A, UCI Student Center

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: academic-initiatives@uci.edu

DATA SCIENCE INITIATIVE "SYMPOSIUM ON MACHINE LEARNING AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR"

The last few years have seen an avalanche of new data sources providing scientists with a unique opportunity to study human behavior. In fact, much of the data now labeled as "Big Data" is generated by us, humans, as a result of our interactions with other people and our technologies. As we incessantly, tweet, email, or make online purchases, we also create new and insightful datasets. This symposium is meant to bring together leading researchers from machine learning and the social sciences, each working at the interface between these disciplines to help us understand new opportunities and methodologies for better predicting human behavior.

When: March 10, 2017: 1:15-6:00pm, Calit2 auditorium

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: academic-initiatives@uci.edu

UCI-GPS-CIRTL - UPCOMING TRAINING!

UCI is now partnered with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a learning community of 43 universities across North America. UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between the UCI Graduate Division and the Division of Teaching and Learning centered on professional and pedagogical development and success.

Graduate students and postdocs can choose to participate in CIRTL programming at several levels, depending on their interests and career goals. Students can earn certificates which document their mastery of CIRTL core ideas, including evidence-based teaching, diversity, and teaching as research. Create a CIRTL account today to register for upcoming events!

Intercultural Communication and Teaching: Understanding Each Other
When: Monday, March 13th, 2017 from 8-9am PST
Registration required: Register online

More Info: Visit the graduate division CIRTL page and the CIRTL website

 

Announcements

 

FINANCIAL WORKSHOP SERIES ON INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

AGS will be hosting a financial workshop series for graduate and professional students on how to manage their finances, with free pizza
provided!
The series' short presentations will be geared towards students who are interested in investing now, or planning for their future. Also, students will benefit from the opportunity to learn tips on debt reduction, some easy steps to take to get a head start on securing financial independence, and some common mistakes to avoid. Presentation sessions expected to continue through the end of the quarter, and local financial consultants will also provide free one-on-one advising at UCI throughout the week.

When: Starting Tuesday March 7th, with sessions at 2, 3, and 4pm (one hour session)

More Info: http://www.ags.uci.edu/services/financialworkshop (website will be up soon!), or check out the AGS Social Events page www.facebook.com/groups/agssocial/

Contact: Aaron Friedman, AGS Campus Organizing Director, cod@ags.uci.edu

DATA SCIENCE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Skills in Data Science are in high demand in both industry and academia. The short courses offered by the Data Science Initiative form a basic foundation in modern tools and techniques. Graduate Division will award students and postdocs who complete all requirements with a certificate in Data Science. To qualify for the certificate, students will complete short courses and assist in teaching one class. Specific requirements are listed on the Data Science Initiative website or email datascience-initiative@uci.edu

Awardees will have core skills, including:

-calculating summary statistics
-data cleaning and filtering
-data visualization
-regression models
-classification models

And familiarity with tools:

-R
-python
-Julia

This quarter, the following training sessions will be offered:

Feb 21 – Topics in R
March 2 – Advanced Predictive Modeling with Python
March 3 – Natural Language Processing with Python

Snacks are served during registration for each session.

STUDENT POSTER SESSION, HEADWATERS TO OCEANS (H20) CONFERENCE

Students are invited to share their research on coastal and watershed issues in a poster session at the upcoming Headwaters to Oceans (H2O) Conference at the Beckman Center (May 23-24, 2017). H2O seeks to promote integration across disciplines, sectors, organizations, and institutions for common interests related to water, oceans, coastal environments, resilience, and terrestrial interfaces with marine systems.

When: The conference itself is May 23-24, 2017. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 24th.

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: Interested students can send their poster title and contact information to Dr. Jessica Debats at jdebats@uci.edu.

COM-SCI-CON 2017 COMMUNICATING SCIENCE WORKSHOP

To all graduate students in STEM and related fields:

Applications are still open for ComSciCon 2017, the 5th annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 8-10th 2017. Graduate students at U.S. institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application closes on March 1st.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. In additional to panel discussions (on topics such as Media and Journalism, Science Advocacy, and Diversity in Science Communication), ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.

You can follow the link below to submit an application or learn more about our workshop programs and participants. You can also follow us on Twitter (@comscicon) and use #comscicon17 !
Contact: comscicon17@comscicon.org if you have any questions or concerns
Learn More and Apply: Visit the website

MAILING LIST FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN CIRTL TEACHING AND RESEARCH TRAINING

UCI has recently joined a nationwide network of research universities that support improved teaching skills for graduate students and postdocs. The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) provides online courses and supports on-campus communities for future faculty interested in evidence-based STEM teaching and education research.

More Info: Sign up for general updates and information on CIRTL at UCI on the website
Students from all disciplines are welcome to participate, though the majority of examples will be STEM focused.

Contact: During Winter quarter, Dr. Adrienne Williams from the Division of Teaching and Learning is meeting with grads and postdocs interested in helping develop the Teaching as Research program at UCI. If you want to participate or have additional questions about CIRTL, contact her at adriw@uci.edu.

UCI WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN STEM MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Undergrads and grad students of UCI: are you looking to break stereotypes and climb to the top of your field? Please fill out this form to sign up to be either a mentor or mentee for this new mentorship program designed to increase visibility of scientists that look like you! The first 30 people to respond will get a "This is what a scientist looks like" t-shirt. (All fields are welcome!)
Contact: E-mail Linh Anh at lcat@uci.edu

More Info: Register on the website

CLIMATEPEDIA WEEKLY MEETINGS

Climatepedia is a UCLA and UCI student-led initiative dedicated to spread awareness about climate change. We are currently looking for talented individuals to collaborate with us for our website and upcoming climate change documentary.

When: Join us on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at ICS 213 to learn how you can help the environment!

More Info: For more information, email gianna@climatepedia.org or visit our website

THE CENTER FOR ENGAGED INSTRUCTION IS NOW OFFERING CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING EXCELLENCE AS PRE-REQUISITE FOR PEDAGOGICAL FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Center for Engaged Instruction is offering its Certificate in Teaching Excellence to provide extended pedagogical training and experience for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The Certificate will meet the requirements to become a CIRTL Associate, and starting this year, the Certificate will be a pre-requisite for eligibility for the Pedagogical Fellows Program. One of the simplest ways to earn the Certificate is by enrolling in University Studies 390A Section B (available in Winter and Spring 2017). Graduate students can add the Winter course using course code: 87901.

For more information, including alternative methods of attaining the Certificate, visit the website or contact Dr. Danny Mann at dmann@uci.edu.

SCIENCE OUTSIDE THE LAB WASHINGTON DC EXPERIENCE

Science Outside the Lab, presented by Arizona State University, fulfills the NSF grant requirements and qualifies for funding from Engineering Directorate, Division of Chemistry, Office of Integrated Activities. Science Outside the Lab provides graduate students with real workforce involvement, training, and mentoring in a short-term experience. During the two-week Washington DC experience, students explore the relationships between science, policy and societal outcomes, interacting with people who fund, regulate, shape, publicize and study science.

  • This program is for doctoral students interested in science funding, regulation and policy, benefiting from the opportunity to expand knowledge, learn about fellowships, and meet with current science policy professionals.
  • The program fee ($4000) covers all activities, local transportation, lodging, as well as breakfast and lunch. Dinner and transportation are not included but generally do not exceed $1000 over the course of the two-weeks.

When: Applications will be accepted through March 29. Two policy workshops are being offered in 2017:

Monday, May 29th to Friday, June 9th
(Arrival is on Sunday, May 28th with departure on Saturday, June 10th)

Monday, June 12th to Friday, June 23rd
(Arrival is on Sunday, June 11th with departure on Saturday, June 24th)

More Info: You can find more information about the program and the application for Science Outside the Lab at the website.  There is a one page flyer available for download that you can share with qualified students.

Contact: Andra Williams at andra.williams@asu.edu if you have questions or need more information.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: CLIMATE COMMUNICATIONS POSITION

Work on a website to promote and build an interactive forum for UC faculty working on climate- and sustainability-related topics. The student will be responsible for following up and developing articles for a web-based project related to the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Student must have excellent writing skills with the ability to work independently under minimal supervision. Demonstrated knowledge in sustainability/climate change. Background in design desirable, but not required.

When: Begin immediately; End Date: Flexible – at the latest June 10, 2017

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: Diana Lofflin; dlofflin@uci.edu; 949-824-1445

H20 OUTREACH RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS FOR PUBLIC OUTREACH AND EDUCATION IN WATER ISSUES

Do you want to help empower local students to fight the drought and succeed in STEM? 
Join H2Outreach! 
H2Outreach volunteers provide public outreach and education to local students about California's drought, urban water sustainability, and other water-related issues. We are recruiting new members, and graduate and undergraduate students from all majors are welcome! 

Contact us at h2outreach@uci.edu if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list.

DROP-IN DISSERTATION GROUP FRIDAYS AT THE COUNSELING CENTER FROM 10 - 11AM

What: The group is designed for graduate students to obtain support and to address dissertation challenges. Education will be provided on typical dissertation challenges and coping strategies.

When: Fridays from 10 - 11AM

More Info: contact yulil@uci.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS: [WORKING TITLE] ETHNOGRAPHIC WRITING WORKSHOP

What: [Working Title] is currently looking for graduate student presenters and
discussants for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017! Please email if you are interested in this
opportunity, or visit our website to learn more! [Working Title] is a UC Irvine
Anthropology graduate student-led workshop for sharing and getting feedback on
ethnographic—or ethnographically inspired—writing. The workshop provides a space to
make draft deadlines, give critical feedback, share research experiences, and build
academic networks of knowledge production. In the past, [Working Title] has included
an interdisciplinary community of scholars, with ties to History, Informatics, Art History,
the Graduate Feminist Emphasis, the Critical Theory Institute, and more. The building
continues in 2016-2017!

How it works: The protocol is pretty simple: the presenter pre-circulates a chapter- or
article-in- progress one week before the meeting. During the [Working Title] workshop, a
discussant offers prepared oral feedback, similar to the role of a discussant on a
conference panel. Everyone else reads the paper and is welcome to provide feedback
or ask questions during the workshop. The format is flexible and informal; there is no
"presentation" required—just a paper and a community of readers. Papers can be on
any topic, but should be based on ethnographic field research or inspired by
ethnographic theory.

When/Where: The workshop generally meets once a month on Tuesday or Thursday
afternoons/evenings in SBSG 3323. We are now seeking presenters and discussants
for November-June. Best meeting times will be coordinated between the presenter, the
discussant, and the [Working Title] coordinators.

Contact: If you're interested in presenting a paper or serving as a discussant this year,
or would like more information, please email the coordinators: Danica Loucks, Jen
Zelnick, Sandy Wenger, Oviya Govindan, or Anissa Gastelum at workingtitleuci@gmail.com

SHARE YOUR RESEARCH WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

What: Are you looking for professional development and leadership opportunities? Do you want to meet and collaborate with UCI students from all degree programs? Are you interested in leading and participating in local outreach projects?

Become a member of Discover Science Initiative (DSI)!

Discover Science Initiative (DSI) is a STEAM outreach organization funded by DECADE at UCI. The DSI vision is to provide an avenue for UCI students and faculty to engage with the local community through workshops and presentations on interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art STEM research unique to UCI. Members of DSI have access to opportunities in professional development, outreach, leadership, and funding. Our primary outreach venue is the Discover Cube of Orange County.

More Info: There are no member fees and the time commitment is entirely up to you. All UCI students are welcome. For more information and our meeting schedule, please visit the website. To learn how you can get involved and join the mailing list, contact Jennifer Schuler at jschuler@uci.edu.

DISCOUNT ARTS CARD FOR CTSA PRODUCTIONS/EVENTS/PERFORMANCES

What: Claire Trevor School of the Arts offers a Student Arts Pass to full-time UCI registrants, pre-loaded with discounted tickets to the performances of your choice*. Get $5 off the regular student price with a 5-ticket Student Arts Pass ($50); $15 off with a 10-ticket Arts Pass ($95); or $45 with a 20-ticket Pass ($175) – a savings of 10-20%! Purchase your Student Arts Pass at the Arts Box Office or online. Call (949) 824-2787 or email for more info.

NUCLEAR POLICY WORKING GROUP (NPWG) at UCI

What: Nuclear Policy Working Group (NPWG) is a research-based, educational programming effort that bridges the technical and social science fields to address contemporary issues in nuclear security policy through a multidisciplinary lens. The future of domestic and global nuclear security depends on today’s university students and young professionals feeding the pipeline to supply the requisite scientific workforce. To develop the next generation of nuclear security experts, universities must not only train students in technical nuclear science but also provide a comprehensive educational platform including nuclear energy and weapons policy in the context of the current political science architecture. NPWG is based at UC Berkeley, and a satellite chapter is starting at UCI this Fall!

When: NPWG@UCI meets for discussion on Thursdays from 5-6pm in Engineering Hall 2430. All majors are welcome. Both undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral students are welcome. No prior knowledge or experience in nuclear security is required. 

More Info: To join the mailing list email Jill Pestana at pestanaj@uci.edu. For more information visit the blog and the website. NPWG@UCI is looking for leaders, presenters, and students interested in publishing papers on topics related to nuclear security. 

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GRADUATE RESOURCE CENTER (GRC) UPDATES

02/23/2017

HOMECOMING – “Party in the Park”
Saturday, February 25, 3:00PM - 7:00PM

For more information, Homecoming Festival activities and events, visit alumni.uci.edu/homecoming.

Wanna Play? Come hang out with Graduate Division and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities with friends and family. This is a great opportunity for current grads to connect with UCI graduate and postdoctoral alumni. Attendees will be able to participate in the Homecoming Festival with programs and attractions hosted by various campus resources and programs. Of course, be sure to stay for the big Men’s Basketball game vs. CSUN. Current grad students with a UCI student ID and kids 12 and under are FREE. Be sure to register early and check your email for more updates.

We hope to see you there!

ADVANCED TRAINING BOOT CAMPS

Winter 2017 is packed with a variety of boot camps, workshops, and events hosted in the GRC.  Be sure to check out Appointment Plus and register early for upcoming events related to career development, communication skills, and life skills.

  • Write-In – Friday, February 24 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM

  • Tips for Live Presentations Monday, February 27 from 5:30PM – 6:30PM
    (For beginners and those interested in a refresher of Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate)

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTING

  • Writing Consultants
    GRC writing consultants can review publications, funding applications, and job application materials. One-hour appointments are available daily from 9:00AM – 5:00PM. Click here to schedule your appointment.

  • Communications Consultants
    Meeting with a Communication Consultant can help you deliver an impactful talk whether you are preparing for a conference, job interview, or small presentation.
    Click here to schedule your 30-minute appointment.

  • Career Drop-in Advising
    On Tuesdays from 10:00AM
    12:00PM, Neda Moayedi from the Career Center provides career advising for both academic and non-academic positions. No appointment necessary, first come, first served.

The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) is located on the third floor of the Gateway Study Center.

The GRC is open Monday – Thursday from 9:00AM – 7:00PM and from 9:00AM – 5:00PM on Fridays.

In observation of President’s Day, the GRC will be closed Monday, February 20.

Need additional information about GRC workshops and events:

EMAIL:      GRC@uci.edu
PHONE:     949-824-3849

MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES – Don’t Miss Out!  The application deadline is approaching!
The Graduate Division wants to help you develop your mentoring skills, expand your professional development, and get you involved in the campus community!  Apply TODAY to put your passion for helping other students into action through DECADE PLUS or the Graduate InterConnect Program
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, February 27 at 8:00 AM

DECADE PLUS Leadership Coaches Spring 2017-Spring 2018 DECADE PLUS is a mentorship program for undergraduate Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars.  Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars are identified by the University as high-achieving, incoming undergraduate students from across California who demonstrate great intellectual and academic promise.  This program is a partnership between the Graduate Division and the Division of Undergraduate Education.  DECADE PLUS is the Graduate Division’s most intensive mentoring opportunity and requires a full calendar year commitment. Leadership Coaches will work both independently and as a part of a mentoring team to ease students’ transitions to campus and through their undergraduate career. Review the application using the following link

Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentors
Spring 2017-Fall 2017
The Graduate InterConnect Program (GIC) supports the successful transition of international graduate students. This program offers opportunities for international students to network with others, improve communication and English skills, and learn about American life and culture to ease the transition to UC Irvine. GIC Peer Mentors will be assigned to a group of incoming international students to assist with pre-arrival communications, plan and facilitate fall welcome events, and provide critical support during the New International Graduate Student Orientation. Review the application using the following link

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS:
The International Center is hosting a few events that can help you plan and prepare for the tax season and job searching. SIGN UP HERE.

Life Beyond F-1 or J-1: Options for Future Employment in the U.S. – Wednesday, March 1 from 2:00PM – 3:30PM
Location: Emerald Bay B, UCI Student Center
Presenter: Attorney Adam Green
This workshop is designed for students and scholars in F-1 or J-1 visa status who want to learn about future visa options including H-1B visa, F-1/H-1B Cap-Gap Relief, Green Card, changing immigration status, and more. Join the International Center and an immigration attorney to outline options available to you after completing your program.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS WORKING GROUP
Interested in expanding your involvement on campus and strengthening your CV? The Student Communications Working Group offers an opportunity to work with other members of UCI’s graduate community to develop and assess best practices for the Graduate Division’s strategic communication, particularly across social media platforms.  For more information and to apply, click here.

Funding

UC PRESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIP FOR UNDOCUMENTED GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce a new fellowship for undocumented graduate students. This fellowship is intended to fill a critical gap in graduate and professional student support. For the purposes of this fellowship, eligible students will include undocumented students who qualify for DACA, AB540, or neither of these programs. Priority for funding will be given to those who are not eligible for other sources of support. Eligible graduate students, including professional school students, are invited to apply for this fellowship. Up to four $5,000 need-based fellowships will be awarded for the period of April 2017 through June 2017. For more information, please visit the website

When: Applications are due March 3

EMBARK ON A SCIENCE POLICY EXPERIENCE IN THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE AS A CCST SCIENCE FELLOW

CCST is seeking scientists and engineers for a year of public service and government leadership training in Sacramento. The California Council on Science and Technology is still accepting applications for the 2018 Class of the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship.

The CCST Science Fellows program is open to those holding a PhD or equivalent degree in science and engineering, and in social science fields such as economics. Applicants range from new graduates, postdoctoral scholars, tenured faculty, and industry staff. Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found on the website.

As CCST Science Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. Working as legislative staff in the State Senate or State Assembly, they get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California --- a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world.

Our Fellowship is an incredible opportunity to transform a scientist’s professional path. In fact, about 50 percent of CCST Science Fellows have been hired by the California State Legislature or state agencies since completing their fellowship. Other alumni return to academia, nonprofits, or industry with a deeper understanding of how science informs policymaking, enhancing their career as researchers, professors, consultants, and leaders.

So join us. Read reflections from current and former CCST Science Fellows, and see how our program has changed their lives and careers. Then tell a friend, or apply for the program yourself --- and help make California’s policies stronger with science.

When: Completed applications are due on February 28th, 2017.

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GRADUATE GROWTH INCENTIVE AWARDS

The GgIA program was established in 2010 to encourage development of innovative new graduate programs and collaborative initiatives to increase long-term extramural funding to support graduate academic students. The goal of these "venture funds" is to draw students to new and relevant graduate programs, and to increase the availability of extramural funding to support the graduate student population. The GgIA program will provide direct funding support for graduate students, targeted in the form of seed grants to graduate faculty. It seeks applications for one-year graduate student support from the following eligible applicant groups:

1) Faculty establishing new collaborative initiatives for extramural support (e.g.,federal, state, foundation, private sector, etc.) of graduate students are eligible to apply.

2) Faculty who plan to establish a new doctoral or MFA program are eligible for support through the GgIA program.

When: Applications are due by Friday, March 11, 2017 at 12pm.

More Info: Visit the website

ARL DISTINGUISHED POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) invites exceptional young researchers to apply for the ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship provides recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research while working alongside some of the nation’s best scientists and engineers. Applicants must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Successful candidates will have tackled a major scientific or engineering problem or will have provided a new approach or insight, as evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.

Eligibility criteria

    • Applicants must have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences, or engineering and must be within three years from the date of their degree at the time of application.
    • Selected fellows must pass a Department of Defense clearance process, requiring a background security investigation.
    • Applicants must demonstrate exceptional qualifications with respect to academic and scholarly achievement, as evidenced by research and publication.

Fellowship terms and benefits

    • A stipend of $100,000 annually
    • Health insurance (including dental and vision)
    • Paid relocation and a professional travel allowance
    • Appointments are for one year renewable for up to three years based on performance.
    • Fellowship appointments require a full-time commitment to the research program at ARL, and Fellows must be in residence at ARL during the entire period of the appointment.

Call for Applications: February 1 - May 7, 2017
More Info: call 202-334-3560 or visit the website
Contact: ARLDPF@nas.edu
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ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIPS $30,000 PER YEAR FOR STUDENT RESEARCH/TRAVEL

The Rotary Global Grant Scholarships support graduate student academic and research endeavors in a foreign country. Awards are for $30,000 per year and students can receive multi-year awards. For more information go the website, click on service opportunities and Global Grant Scholars for scholarship objectives, selection process, selection criteria, schedule and preliminary application. UCI students are encouraged to apply.

When: Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed as they are received.

THE HORIZONS FELLOWSHIP

The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. We have 4-month semester programs and 3-month summer programs in cities across the U.S.

The Horizons Mentor Network includes current/past employees of firms such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and more. As a Horizons student/graduate, you will have permanent access to this exceptional group of mentors to help with career choices, general mentorship, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We’ve welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.

Application Process/Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduted) an undergrad or graduate university program
  • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on the website
  • Series of fit and logic interviews
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR OPPORTUNITY AT WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

What: The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is interested in attracting the highest-achieving postdoctoral researchers from premier North American universities through the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program. For more information, please visit websites to learn more about the postdoctoral fellows program at Weizmann Institute of Science and the Zuckerman Scholars Program websites.

How: Interested advanced doctoral students should contact Celina Mojica, Director of Diversity, Extramural Funding and Postdoctoral Affairs.

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES (ACLS) FELLOWSHIP COMPETITIONS ARE NOW OPEN

What: ACLS offers fellowship programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at their website.

When: Application deadlines vary by program. See the schedule below for the appropriate application for you:

March 2017 (date TBA)
ACLS Public Fellows

THE HENAAC SCHOLARSHIP

The Great Minds in STEM Organization is offering the HENAAC Scholars Program that consists of three types of scholarships named as Corporate/Government Sponsored Scholarships, Special Recognition Scholarships, and In Memoriam and Personal Tribute Scholarships.  Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs.  The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0-grade point average or higher, to guarantee college graduation, and to contribute to Hispanic communities and securing the country’s place as the finest technological leader in the world.  The scholarships range in amounts from $500 to $10,000.

When: The 2017-18 Scholarship Application will open in January 2017.  The application deadline is April 30. 

More Info: Please visit the website for more information.

LEARN2SUCCESS LEARNING CENTER LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED SAT INSTRUCTORS

What: Lead2Success Learning Center is seeking highly motivated, organized, and experienced instructors to teach SAT prep courses.

When: Position requires availability in the mornings and afternoons on weekdays and Saturdays

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