Grad Weekly - January 19, 2017

Summary

EVENTS

  • Water UCI Colloquium Series Collective Action by Contract: Prior Appropriation Property Rights and the Development of Irrigation in the Western United States feat. Prof. Gary Libecap of UC Santa Barbara | Jan 25
  • Strategies for Success in Academia: A Three Part Series | Jan 11-Mar 8
  • Water UCI Colloquium Series "Collective Action by Contract: Prior Appropriation Property Rights and the Development of Irrigation in the Western United States" feat. Prof. Gary Libecap of UC Santa Barbara
    | Jan 25
  • The Medical Humanities Initiative "Do No Harm: Obamacare in the Age of Trump Panel Discussion" | Feb 1
  • The Initiative to End Family Violence Survivor Series Lecture "Restoration of Inner-Strength and Spiritual Edification" feat. Coach Eric K. Dixon | Feb 9

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

  • Center for Engaged Instruction 2017 Winter Workshop Series: Course Design Certificate Program | Feb 2-23
  • Mandatory Online Training for all enrolled UCI graduate students
  • 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
  • Library Student Video Contest now open | Dec 1- Feb 7
  • Science Outside the Lab Washington DC Experience | Mar 29
  • Student Opportunity: Climate Communications Position
  • Research and Innovation Fellowship for Agriculture (RIFA) Now Accepting Applications! | Feb 6
  • H20 Outreach recruiting new members for public outreach and education in water issues 
  • Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee (SHIAC) Graduate Representatives Needed
  • 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  

  • 2016-2017 AERA Research Grant | Jan 25
  • Chateaubriand Fellowship 2017-2018 | January 27, 2017
  • UCI OCEANS Initiative 2017 Graduate Student Fellowship | Feb 7
  • 2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship | Feb 15
  • Embark on a Science Policy Experience in the California State Legislature as a CCST Science Fellow | Feb 28
  • Rotary Global Grant Scholarships $30,000 per year for student research/travel | rolling deadlines
  • Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity at Weizmann Institute of Science
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowships and grants | deadlines between Nov 15, 2016 and January 1, 2017
  • The HENAAC Scholarship | January 2017
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship Competitions are Now Open
  • Learn2Success Learning Center Looking for Experienced SAT Instructors | immediately

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



Events

WATER UCI COLLOQUIUM SERIES COLLECTIVE ACTION BY CONTRACT: PRIOR APPROPRIATION PROPERTY RIGHTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF IRRIGATION IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES FEAT. PROF. GARY LIBECAP OF UC SANTA BARBARA

Dr. Gary Libecap will analyze the economic determinants and effects of prior appropriation water rights that were voluntarily implemented across a vast area of the US West, abruptly replacing common-law riparian water rights. The analysis reveals institutional innovation that informs both our understanding of the development of property rights, prior appropriation, and contemporary water policy.

When: Jan 25: 12:30-2:00pm, Bren Hall, room 6011. Light lunch served at 12:00pm.

More Info: Visit the website 

Contact: Alyssa Sanchez; alyssa.sanchez@uci.edu

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

Session 1- Setting up Your Own Lab
UCI faculty will discuss who to hire and how to make the big decisions for an optimal start. Wednesday, January 11, 2017. 5:30-7:00PM   Register

Session 2- Grant Management Congrats, you got the grant...now what? UCI faculty will share their insights. Wednesday, February 8, 2017. 5:30-7:00PM   Register 

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 SERIES "COLLECTIVE ACTION BY CONTRACT: PRIOR APPROPRIATION PROPERTY RIGHTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF IRRIGATION IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES" FEAT. PROF GARY LIBECAP OF UC SANTA BARBARA

Dr. Gary Libecap will analyze the economic determinants and effects of prior appropriation water rights that were voluntarily implemented across a vast area of the US West, abruptly replacing common-law riparian water rights. The analysis reveals institutional innovation that informs both our understanding of the development of property rights, prior appropriation, and contemporary water policy.

When: Jan 25: 12:30-2:00pm, Bren Hall, room 6011. Light lunch served at 12:00pm.

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: Alyssa Sanchez; alyssa.sanchez@uci.edu

THE MEDICAL HUMANITIES INITIATIVE "DO NO HARM: OBAMACARE IN THE AGE OF TRUMP PANEL DISCUSSION

"Do No Harm" brings together a panel of distinguished faculty experts from a range of fields to explore the fate of the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) in the new administration of President Trump. UCI Panelists include Dr. Matthew Beckmann, Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Howard Federoff, Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and CEO, UCI Health System, and Dr. Mirelle Jacobson, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Douglas Haynes, Director of the Medical Humanities Initiative.

When: Feb 1: 5:00-6:00pm Reception; 6:00-8:00pm Panel Discussion, Calit2 Auditorium.

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: Alyssa Sanchez; alyssa.sanchez@uci.edu

THE INITIATIVE TO END FAMILY VIOLENCE SURVIVOR SERIES LECTURE "RESTORATION OF INNER-STRENGTH AND SPIRITUAL EDIFICATION" FEAT. COACH ERIC K. DIXON

The abusive childhood and teenage years Coach Eric Dixon endured gave him a firsthand insight into the psychology of abuse victims. Despite the abuse, Coach Dixon was able to create a psychological path to positive living. Coach Dixon is a sought-after track coach for all ages training and mentoring kids despite his abusive upbringing.

When: Feb 9: 12:00-1:00pm, EDU 1111. Light lunch served at 11:30am.

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: Alyssa Sanchez; alyssa.sanchez@uci.edu

 

Announcements

CENTER FOR ENGAGED INSTRUCTION 2017 WINTER WORKSHOP SERIES | COURSE DESIGN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

This certificate program covers the foundations of successful course design. Participants will practice "backwards, integrated course design" by establishing goals for student learning and aligning assignments and assessments with these goals. Participants will leave this program with a certificate in course design, a syllabus for a course they may teach in the future, and strategies for teaching that course. Participation in all (3) sessions, plus the completion of a syllabus are required to attain the certificate.

Intended for graduate students and postdocs, but open to all instructors

When: Thursdays-February 2, February 9, February 23, 2017, 3:00-5:00PM

Where: AIRB, Rm 1030

Facilitator: Matthew Mahavongtrakul, Senior Pedagogical Fellow

Contact: To register, please e-mail cei3000@uci.edu with the following information: Name, Teaching Title, and Department.

MANDATORY ONLINE TRAINING

In early January, all enrolled UCI graduate students will be receiving an email from Campus Clarity with a link to "Think About It," UCI’s online sex offense prevention course.

· Each of links will be unique, and this training is not available via the UC Learning Center. This mandatory online course, which takes approximately one hour to complete, is one of the many ways that UC Irvine ensures that every member of the University community has the tools to identify, prevent, report, and seek assistance regarding sexual harassment and sex offenses.

· All graduate students must complete this annual training no later than Monday, February 20, 2017. Please note that failure to complete the training by this date will result in a hold being placed on students’ registration for Spring Quarter. 

· Sexual harassment and sex offenses impact students’ ability to feel safe on our campus and to achieve their greatest potential in the classroom. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns regarding sex offenses please visit the website for more information or contact the confidential CARE office at 949-824-7273.

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.

LIBRARY STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST NOW OPEN

We invite all graduate students to create a two-minute video that tells us YOUR library story! All entries must include the word, “favorite,” incorporated in any way you choose. Two students, one for Judges Pick and one for Audience Award, will win a brand new GoPro Hero + LCD HD Video Camera!

When: Entries will only be accepted December 1, 2016 - February 7, 2017.

More Info: Visit the website 

Contact: Cynthia Johnson, cynthiaj@uci.edu, 949-824-0081

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

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP FOR AGRICULTURE (RIFA) NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

This is a graduate student fellowship program that provides funding for student fellows to work overseas for 2-6 months on research or projects in agriculture, food systems or related social, economic and environmental issues.

When: February 6th, 2017

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: gdmiller@ucdavis.edu Phone: 202-833-4613

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.

STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SHIAC) GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVES NEEDED

The Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee (SHIAC) is a campus committee that
oversees matters relating to the student health insurance plan (GSHIP) and healthcare.
The Associated Graduate Students (AGS) are seeking individuals interested in health
policy, student governance, and student welfare to represent graduate students on the
SHIAC for the 20162017 academic year. Students will be a part of a committee that
makes decisions about the current and future health insurance plans. This is a great
opportunity to learn more about graduate student health insurance and the UCI student
health system. Students selected for this committee will be expected to attend regular
biweekly meetings. Grad students who are interested in issues of student healthcare
and GSHIP are encouraged to contact the AGS Campus Organizing Director
at cod@ags.uci.edu for information about participating in SHIAC.

More Info: Visit the website 

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

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
01/19/2017

SPECIAL EVENTS
Foundations of Leadership: PBS SOCAL’s CEO Andy Russell

Friday, January 27 at 12:00PM
Success in any dynamic field – whether in industry, academia or public sector – hinges on creativity and innovation. Andy Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal, the flagship
PBS station for Southern California serving 18 million viewers, will share insights from a wide range of experience – including with PBS, Disney, Google, MIT, and Accenture. This interactive session will spark your thinking about successful careers, leadership and innovative endeavors.
Register today as space is limited.

GradEaters Conversations: The Presidential Inauguration
Friday, January 20 from 12:00 – 1:00PM
A brown bag lunch to come together, listen and share dialogue about the state of America following the Presidential Inauguration. This chat will focus on how your voice and efforts can be used to move forward. The GRC provides a safe space for facilitated and open communication for our graduate and postdoc community. Bring your own lunch.

SYSTEMWIDE COMPETITION
Grad Slam

Applications and video submissions due February 3
Grad Slam is a system-wide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. Record a three-minute video of yourself explaining your research and its significance as if speaking to an audience of people without academic experience in your field.
Complete the Grad Slam Application Form.

WINTER CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Due to popular demand, Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate certificate program will be offered twice during the winter quarter.

This six-week series focuses on skills and resources related to effective mentorship. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is intended for those who are:

-Curious about becoming a mentor
-Current mentors who want to expand their skills
-Interested in having a stronger relationship with their own mentor
-Those interested in becoming a Mentor in any Graduate Division program, including DECADE PLUS, Graduate InterConnect, SURF, or Competitive Edge.

Register here.

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.

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 a 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.

SAVE THE DATE

Special Event – Winter Recharge
Monday, February 6 from 9:00AM – 7:00PM
Time to RECHARGE! Winter quarter is tough and we have a solution. Join us for a full day of activities in the GRC that touch on every aspect of your student experience: health and wellness, professional development, and school/life balance. Drop in or attend a scheduled session – there is something for everyone and no shortage of skill-building, giveaways, and fun!

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

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

Need additional information about GRC workshops and events:

     EMAIL:       GRC@uci.edu

     PHONE:     949-824-3849

GRADUATE DIVISION MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce two upcoming opportunities for graduate students to become a mentor! The Graduate InterConnect Program and DECADE PLUS work to provide quality mentoring to unique student populations on campus. Both programs are looking for graduate students who have a strong interest and passion for helping other students succeed. More information regarding recruitment and the hiring process will be forthcoming.  Until then, find out more about these programs and opportunities below:

Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentors
Spring 2017-Fall 2018
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.
For questions about GIC, please email Gabriella Pham.

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.  

For questions about DECADE PLUS, please email Amy Bue.

Funding

2016 AERA RESEARCH GRANT | Jan 25

The AERA Grants Program announces its Research Grants competition. The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-­scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance.

Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. Applicants for Research Grants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Non-­U.S. citizens working at a U.S. institution are also eligible to apply. Applicants must have received the doctoral degree by the start date of the grant. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

When: The next application deadline is Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
More Info: Please visit the website.

CHATEAUBRIAND FELLOWSHIP 2017-2018

The Chateaubriand Fellowship call for applications is now open. Complete applications must be submitted by January 27, 2017

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries. The program is divided in two sections:

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Health

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. The Chateaubriand Fellowship supports PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory.

This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in Washington in partnership witwith universities and research organizations in France and the United States. It is a partner of the National Science Foundation’s GROW program.

HSS: Humanities and Social Sciences

The Chateaubriand fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. The HSS program targets outstanding Ph.D. students enrolled in American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The HSS Chateaubriand program is supported by the Campus France agency which provides a welcome package and assistance to Fellows upon their arrival. Social networking opportunities are also offered by the Fulbright program in France.

ELIGIBILITY

• Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D. • Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university. • Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please contact your supervisor in France as early as possible.

For more specific eligibility criteria please visit our website.

BENEFITS

• A monthly stipend • Health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship • A round-trip ticket to France

SELECTION CRITERIA

• Academic relevance of the research project • Student’s command of the subject • Benefits of a research trip to France for the future of the collaboration • Background of the research collaboration • Contribution of the project to France/U.S. academic exchange

CONTACTS

• STEM Chateaubriand Program: stem.coordinator@chateaubriand-fellowship.org • HSS Chateaubriand Program : hss.coordinator@chateaubriand-fellowship.org

More Info: WEBSITE & APPLICATION

UCI OCEANS INITIATIVE 2017 GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP

UCI OCEANS is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for graduate students interested in coast- and oceans- related research. This is the second year of the UCI Graduate Student Fellowship program. Proposals will be accepted from any graduate student in good standing at UC Irvine who is studying oceans, coastlines, or beaches. Awards will be made in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Application materials will include a brief proposal describing how the funds will be used and a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae. 

When: Feb 7, 2017 by 5:00pm

More Info: Visit the website

Contact: Questions can be directed to Matthew Bracken (Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences; m.bracken@uci.edu), Kristin Davis (Henry Samueli School of Engineering; davis@uci.edu), or Lisa Naugle (Claire Trevor School of the Arts; lnaugle@uci.edu).

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT OPPORTUNITIES FOR UC GRADUATE STUDENTS

The University of California Global Food Initiative in collaboration with USAID is offering over 30 open positions with 21 different projects in 17 different countries under the RIFA program. Each fellowship covers stipend, travel, insurance and health coverage and lasts between 2-6 months.  Each project has an in-country mentor and a UC-based mentor that will provide support through the project period.

Projects address a wide variety of topics including agriculture, food and livestock systems, agroecology, biodiversity, capacity building and gender equity. Projects can be developed into theses, capstone projects, and are excellent ways of applying theory to practice to create global impact!

Project applications (letter of interest and cv) are due February 6thApplications for projects in Brazil are due February 21stSeveral more Brazil projects will be added to the catalog by the end of January. If you are interested in receiving an update on those new projects please add your contact information here.

Contact: For further inquiries please contact the program director, Elana Peach-Fine, at elana.ipo@gmail.com or (530) 768-7227.

Project Title Host Country
Assessing the Impact of Amazon Forest Conversion to Cattle Pasture on Microbially-Mediated Soil N Supply Brazil
Monitoring forest value chains in the Uatumã`s Sustainable Development Reserve Brazil
PEPEPRS - Teach, Research and Extension Program on Sustainable Rural Production in Amazonia Brazil
Process Evaluation of Food and Nutrition Security Intervention in West Africa Burkina Faso or Senegal
Livelihood Improvement of Smallholder Walnut Growers through Management of Root and Crown Rot Chile
"The First-Bend Herdsmen Experience" Capacity Building and Promotion Project China
Evaluating the Long-term Impact of Sustainable Agriculture Projects in Colombia Colombia
Rural Community Reinsertion through the Utopia program Colombia
Integrated Systems for Biogas Production on Family Farms in the Tropical Rain Forest of Costa Rica Costa Rica
Improved Nutrition through Food Fortification in the Gambia Gambia or Senegal
Production and Commercialization of Cacao in Q'eqchi Maya Communities in Northern Peten Guatemala
Soil and Irrigation Management at Peten's Indigenous School for Integrated Rural Development Guatemala
Assessing Soil Health Aspects in Potato-forage Intercropping Systems Kenya
Toward Sustainable Food Systems Profiles for Decision-makers Kenya (or other E. Africa country)
Nuru Ethiopia / Nuru Kenya - Smallholder Crop Insurance Solutions Kenya or Ethiopia
Identifying the Extension/Adoption Gap for Liberian Small-holder Farmers - A Gender Approach Liberia
Expanding Access to Affordable Agricultural Science for Myanmar’s Farmers Myanmar
Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement Project Tanzania
Rural Development, Alternative Food Movements, and Technological Innovations for Food Security The Philippines
Development and Assessment of Small-scale Irrigation Technologies for Smallholder Farmers Uganda
Agricultural Training and Sustainability at Lufubu Agricultural School Zambia

2016-2017 DANNON GUT MICROBIOME, YOGURT AND PROBIOTICS FELLOWSHIP

The Dannon Company is pleased to announce its 5th Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant opportunity for students in the sciences. Established in 2012, the Dannon Fellowship Grant has been expanded to include the gut microbiome in recognition of its remarkable potential on the human body. As part of their continued commitment to support scientists and advance research of the gut microbiome, The Dannon Company is offering two grants of $25,000 each to undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral scholars to enhance their academic path.

Grant applications are now being accepted, and must be submitted by February 15, 2017 to qualify.  For additional information, qualification requirements, and to download a copy of the application, please visit the website.

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.

More Info: Share this announcement: forward the link, Retweet us and download a printable PDF of this announcement.

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.

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.

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.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

Encourage your women graduate students and scholars to apply for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowship or grant! Deadlines for 2017–18 awards are fast approaching. Share these funding opportunities with your graduate students and scholars as well as the faculty and administrators who advise students.

SELECTED PROFESSIONS FELLOWSHIPS

Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine
Funding: $5,000–$18,000
Deadline: January 10

COMMUNITY ACTION GRANTS

Who may apply: Individuals, AAUW branches and states, and nonprofit organizations to fund innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls
Funding: One-year grant, $2,000–$7,000 Two-year grant, $5,000–$10,000
Deadline: January 15

Faculty and Staff: Serve on Our Panels
Help the next generation of women scholars and professionals and build your CV at the same time.
Apply by October 31 to serve on one of AAUW’s fellowship and grant selection panels.

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

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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