Grad Weekly - March 8, 2012



  • “Write to Change the World” Seminar - Los Angeles, April 1, 2012  - DATE CHANGE - See Below for more information 


  • California Community College Internship Program (CCCIP) - March 9, application Deadline
  • TA Professional Development Award - Nomination process now open - see below for more information - April 9, 2012 nomination Deadline
  • AGS - Vice President of Administrative Affairs (VP Admin)  Position Available - see below for more information
  • CARE Office (Student Center G320) -20 minute individual appointment with a  representative from UCI PD and CARE - Monday March 12th from 12-1pm - see below for more information
  • “Pause for a Cause” - March 14, 2012 Deadline
  • TLTC Workshop: Technologies for Communicating More Efficiently And Effectively with Students - March 14, 2012 - See below for more information
  • Science Outside the Labe - April 2, 2012 application Deadline
  • GRC Workshops and announcements - see below for upcoming workshops and events


  • 2012-2013 UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation 2012-13 Funding Competition - March 9, 2012 Deadline
  • UCSF IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program -March 14, 2012 Deadline
  • 2012-2013 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS) - March 14, 2012 Deadline
  • 2012 ACLS Public Fellows Program - March 21, 2012 Deadline
  • Penn Predoctoral  Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity - April 15, 2012 Deadline
  • Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program Postdoctoral Recruitment - May 7, 2012 Deadline

In This Issue


“Write to Change the World” Seminar, February 25, 2012 - CHANGED TO APRIL 1, 2012

  • Los Angeles, April 1, 2012
    • 10am-5pm
    • Ms. Magazine, 433 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    o Ends March 8: $295
    o Ends March 29: $345
    o Regular Registration: $425
  • The OpEd Project would like to announce our upcoming “Write to Change the World” Seminar in partnership with Ms. Magazine, this April 1, 2012! 
  • This full-day seminar, which you can register for here, focuses on expertise, thought leadership and impact
  • For any additional information regarding the seminar, please click the link below or contact Chelsea Carmona

About THE OP-ED PROJECT—featured by The New York Times, Katie Couric on her CBS "Notebook" series and The San Francisco Chronicle—is a social venture founded to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world

  • A starting goal is to increase the volume of women thought leaders in key commentary forums to a tipping point  
  • Working with top universities, think tanks, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations across the nation, we scout and train women and other under-represented experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields (op-eds and much more)
  • We connect them with our national network of high-level media mentors; and we vet and channel the best new experts and ideas directly to media gatekeepers in all platforms.  More information is available here.  


Graduate student TAs Nominate a professor, lecturer, or Academic Coordinator for the TA Professional Development Award  

The recipient of the TA Professional Development Award will have gone beyond informal TA supervision or occasional TA meetings. Evidence of excellence should cite several means by which the nominee provides TA professional development for teaching. Examples may include that the nominee

  • provides teaching-related workshops
  • engages TAs in discussions of the pedagogical literature in the discipline
  • observes the TAs' teaching & provides feedback
  • serves as an excellent role model, demonstrating innovative & effective teaching methods & tools
  • encourages & rewards TAs for trying new instructional strategies & tools
  • supports TAs' continuing professional development by encouraging them to use campus & other teaching resources
  • fosters TAs' interest in teaching as well as research; and
  • helps prepare TAs for their multiple roles as future faculty.
  • Nomination Deadline April 9, 2012

This award is presented at the annual Celebration of Teaching which will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 4:30-6:30 in Doheny Beach A&B at the Student Center.

Recipients of the award receive a $1000 contribution to their professional development accounts and an engraved glass award from the Teaching, Learning & Technology Center.

To nominate an individual, please use the form provided.  Links to the form can also be found on EEE and on the Teaching, Learning & Technology website. 

For more information, please contact Dr. D. Gallow  or via phone, (949) 824-6189.  

California Community College Internship Program (CCCIP)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 9, 2012

Are you interested in gaining teaching experience at the community college level? If so, the California Community College Internship Program (CCCIP) may be the internship opportunity for you.

  • A traditional graduate degree from a research institution generally does not provide the student adequate preparation for a career choice of teaching in a community college. The CCCIP addresses this need and gives students an opportunity to experience firsthand what teaching in a community college environment is all about.
  • The CCCIP also offers graduate students interested in pursuing an academic career in teaching, policy development, or administration, the opportunity to learn about faculty life, governance and teaching at a local community college.

More information about the CCCIP, including the application process, is available on the Graduate Division website. Please contact Andrea Anderson for more information.

AGS Administrative VP and Other Positions Available

AGS is looking for applicants interested in serving as the Vice President of Administrative Affairs (VP Admin) for the remainder of the academic year. The VP Admin:

  • Keeps AGS running in an efficient and organized manner
  • Is responsible for maintaining all AGS documents and website materials
  • Manages minutes and agendas for Council meetings
  • Chairs the Communications Committee
  • This position carries a monthly stipend of $550

AGS is a great way to get involved in the graduate community at UCI, and holding an elected position is a great way to build your résumé. AGS elections are happening in May, and there will be many additional staff positions to fill.

If you are interested in the VP Admin position, or want more information, please contact Payel

Campus Assault Resources and Education Office (CARE) is supporting Voices

  • This story project aims to collect personal accounts of dating abuse and sexual assault survivors at UC Irvine
  • Statistics show that 20-25% of college women will have experienced attempted or completed sexual assault by the time they graduate and this project is vital in providing awareness about this epidemic
  • Each survivor's story will contribute to healing and awareness for others, as well as for the survivor

Mission of CARE:UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) supports the goal of providing an educational environment free from violence and discrimination. Guided by the values of respect for diversity, human rights and community responsibility, the CARE office provides comprehensive programs to serve those affected by sexual assault, relationship abuse and stalking.  CARE offers counseling, advocacy, prevention education, leadership and training opportunities, while working closely with the community on collaborative response and policy development.

Mission of Voices: The goal of Voices is to collect student survivors' stories that can be shared with others as a means of support and education through the CARE
Office. With this collection of student stories, survivors can gain information and build a community with those who share similar experiences. With the trauma of sexual assault and dating violence leaving many survivors feeling isolated from their former lives, the stories in Voices will provide examples of healing and hope for another survivor.


Questions about reporting and the legal process?

  • UCIPD CAREs is a collaboration between Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) and UC Irvine Police Department (UCI PD) where students, faculty and staff can ask questions or gather information about reporting options related to relationship violence and sexual assault.
  • Through UCI PD CARES, participants can obtain answers to their questions about reporting or get responses to real or hypothetical scenarios.
  • Monday March 12th from 12-1pm in the CARE Office at Student Center G320, you now have the opportunity to schedule a 20 minute individual appointment with a  representative from UCI PD and CARE.
  • This offers you a confidential time to address any concerns or questions you have regarding the reporting process. In order to schedule an appointment, please call the CARE Office directly at (949) 824-7273.
  • Appointments will take place between noon and 1:00 pm. This safe space provides an opportunity to learn about different options for participants or their loved ones, while allowing participants to make their own decisions about next steps to pursue.
  • For more information or questions please call:
    • Detective Lori Teves (949) 824-2648
    • Detective Jon Sloan (949) 824-5223
    • CARE Office (949) 824-7273
  • Or visit our website 

“Pause for a Cause” 

  • Express your creativity. 
  • Inspire your peers to stand up for the environment and promote health. 
  • Submit a 3 minute video* demonstrating the impact tobacco has on the environment. 
  • Participate for a chance to win $500 and county-wide exposure of your video. 
  • The winning video will be selected by your peers.  
  • DEADLINE to submit video is Wednesday, March 14th.
  • Co-sponsored by START, Health Education Center, and TGIF.
  • *Typical rules of broadcasting apply.
  • For information or rules, visit the Health Education Center.

Science Outside the Lab - Application Deadline April 2, 2012

A policy immersion program in Washington, D.C., for science and engineering graduate students

  • For STP, STS, and HPS Students:
    Monday June 4 - Friday June 15, 2012 (arrival on Sunday June 3; departure on Saturday June 16)
  • For Science and Engineering Students:
    Monday June 18 - Friday June 29, 2012 (arrival on Sunday June 17; departure on Saturday June 30)

What is it?
Science Outside the Lab, presented by Arizona State University's Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), explores the relationships among science, policy, and societal outcomes in a place where many important decisions about these things are made - Washington, D.C. During the two-week workshop, students will meet and interact with the people who fund, regulate, shape, critique, publicize and study science, including congressional staffers, funding agency officers, lobbyists, regulators, journalists, academics, museum curators and others.

With the intersections between science, politics and society making the headlines every day, it is more important than ever for scientists and engineers to know how the decisions that affect them are made. Washington, D.C., where the $140 billion of federal science money and countless policy decisions originate, is the perfect setting to delve into the complicated world of science policy. Junior scholars who understand the goals and implications of publicly funded science will likely have an advantage when seeking jobs and funding. This program also will explore numerous careers in the science policy realm.

Who should attend?
Doctoral students who are interested in how the decisions about science funding, regulation and policy are made will benefit from this program. Graduate students interested in careers in science policy also will find this to be an excellent opportunity to learn about important fellowships and meet current science policy professionals.

What to expect?
Arizona State University hosts the program at its Washington Center and meetings take place in locations throughout the Washington, D.C., area, which allow the students to experience many facets of the Nation's Capital. This is not a two-week lecture series. It includes discussions, hands-on experiences and on-location learning. It is designed not just to teach how decisions are made but to give the participants a chance to try their hands at them as well. The primary component of the program is the discussions the students will have with people throughout the District of Columbia. All presenters are asked to limit their opening comments to fifteen minutes. This leaves plenty of time for conversation. This opportunity, of course, comes with a significant responsibility. The success of the course will rest on the participants' ability to ask probing questions and explore the subtler facets of policy. The goal is to expose participating graduate scientists and engineers to as many different viewpoints as possible and help them understand how the people and institutions in Washington, D.C., both influence and learn from science. Participants live in dormitories at George Washington University - walking distance to Georgetown and a Metro ride away from all the major sites in D.C.

Option 1 (with lodging): $3,500, includes all program activities and materials, shared lodging for 13 nights in the George Washington University dorms, 13 breakfasts, 10 weekday lunches, and local transportation via the metro while in Washington, D.C. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Washington, D.C., as well as their own lunches during the weekend and all dinners.

Option 2 (no lodging): $2,500, includes all program activities and materials, 10 weekday lunches, and local transportation via the metro while in Washington, D.C. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Washington, D.C., and making their own lodging arrangements for the duration of the program, as well as their own lunches during the weekend and all dinners. Note: Hotels in the Washington metro area can run $200+ per night during the early summer.

How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted January 15 - April 2, 2012

  • download application PDF 
  • download application DOC 

Questions? Contact Andra Williams 

TLTC Workshop: Technologies for Communicating More Efficiently And Effectively with Students

  • On Wednesday, March, 14th, 2-4pm: the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center (TLTC) will host a workshop: "Technologies for Communicating More Efficiently And Effectively with Students"
  • Room 1030 of the Anteater Instruction & Research Building
  • Effective faculty-student contact has been connected with a number of positive outcomes for student learning, persistence in the major, and emotional well-being.  But as both faculty and students have felt more pulls on their time, communication between the two has become more difficult. 
  • Participants in this workshop will experience first-hand a number of new technologies that have promise for increasing the  quality and quantity of faculty-student communication.
  • Click here to register. 


Need a quiet place to study or have a group meeting? The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) is a great place to read, write or review information because it is fully equipped with wireless internet, laptop charging stations, tables and more. 

Upcoming events in the GRC
Wednesday, 3/14 at 3pm Career Advising with Christine Kelly
Drop-in - No appointment required
Thursday, 3/15 at 9am Dissertation Writing Group Dissertation Writing Group
Open to all disciplines

The full listing of workshops can be found on the Graduate Division Calendar of Events.  Participants are encouraged to register for workshops and services by contacting the GRC via:

  • PHONE: 949-824-3849
  • E-MAIL 


  • Whether you are a first-year graduate student exploring how to create a professional identity in graduate school or a seasoned postdoctoral scholar brushing up for a new opportunity - Christine Kelly can help you. 
  • She specializes in the needs of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and provides career guidance for job searches in academia, industry, government, and other paths.
  • Visit the Graduate Resource Center (GRC) on Wednesday between 3 – 4pm to find out how Christine can help you succeed.

WINTER WRITING TUTOR PROGRAM – Writing Tutors, Weekly Workshops and Dissertation Writing Group

  • Did you know the GRC writing tutors represent the STEM and non-STEM disciplines?
  • Our writing tutors review academic papers, dissertation or thesis proposals and application essays for fellowships and post doctoral programs.
  • Writing tutors are available Monday – Friday (except Tuesdays) from 10am to 4pm. Make an appointment today by calling the GRC at 949-824-3849.
  • If you are writing your dissertation/thesis, drop by the GRC on Thursdays from 9am – 10:30am to receive feedback & support from the Dissertation Writing Group.
  • This group welcomes students from all disciplines.
  • In addition to one-on-one appointments with the writing tutors, you can also improve your writing skills by attending a Writing workshop. 
  • This group welcomes students from all disciplines.
  • Learn more about these workshops on the Graduate Division Calendar of Events.

"Chapters and figures are proper nouns, and should be capitalized in the text.” – BIRG

CHECK IT OUT: Based on recommendations from faculty and current students, the GRC Resource Library recently added new books including:

The Academic Game: Psychological Strategies for Successfully Completing the Doctorate, by Elaine R. Parent

Participants are encouraged to register for workshops and services by contacting the GRC via:


2012-2013 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS)

  • IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-13 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission.  Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.
  • For 2012-13, applicants may apply for placements in the following countries and fields. Detailed information on each of the topic areas can be found in the application instructions on the IREX website.
  • Armenia
    USAID Mission, Yerevan: Media; Politics; Think Tanks; Migration
  • Azerbaijan
    U.S. Embassy/USAID Mission, Baku: Youth/Civil Society
    U.S. Embassy, Baku: Economics/Banking Sector; Agriculture; Economics/Tax Code
  • Georgia
    U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi: Media; Public Administration; Public-Private Partnerships
  • Kazakhstan
    U.S. Embassy, Astana: Economics; Religion
  • Kyrgyz Republic
    USAID Mission, Bishkek: Public Health/Business; Governance; Migration
  • Russia
    USAID Mission, Moscow: Islam/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Gender/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Youth/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation
    U.S. Embassy, Moscow: International Trade; Economic Growth
  • Tajikistan
    U.S. Embassy, Dushanbe: Education/Religion; Education/Governance; Youth; Agriculture
  • Turkmenistan
    U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat: Islam; Rural Life; Clan Structures
  • Ukraine
    USAID Mission, Kyiv: Health Reform; Anti-Corruption; Energy
    U.S. Embassy, Kyiv: Law Enforcement; Property Rights; Public Health
  • Technical Eligibility Requirements: Scholars and professionals who hold advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and are US citizens are eligible to apply for the this program.
    Application Materials and Information 
  • Deadline:  5 p.m. EST on March 14, 2012
  • Contact: By email or by telephone at 202-628-8188
  • We encourage all applicants to read our recommendations for writing successful international research proposals, found here.

UCSF IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

  • March 14, 2012 Deadline
  • CALL FOR APPLICATIONS -- IRACDA Scholars in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

UCSF is one of 17 universities in the United States to offer postdoctoral fellowships through the Institutional Research and Career Development Award (IRACDA/ NIH/NIGMS). Postdocs in all IRACDA programs nationwide receive not only conventional mentored research training, but also training in pedagogy, including actual teaching experience with a mentor at a minority-serving institution (MSI).

Through offering this unique combination of research and teaching experience, IRACDA programs aim to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral scholars toward successful careers in academia; to motivate the next generation of scientists from historically underrepresented populations; and to promote linkages between research-intensive institutions and MSIs that will lead to further collaborations in research and teaching.

The IRACDA Scholars in Science (ISIS) Program at UCSF is a unique four-year fellowship program offering:

  • extensive mentored-research experience with a top-ranked principal investigator at UCSF
  • intensive mentored-teaching experience with a master teacher at San Francisco State University, UCSF's MSI partner institution, where postdocs themselves will be inspiring role-models for future scientists
  • invaluable career-enhancing professional development workshops and one-on-one career counseling
  • a way to make a significant, tangible contribution to diversity efforts in the sciences
  • the promise of a fulfilling academic career that combines research and teaching.


ISIS Fellows at UCSF receive a generous benefit package including support to attend the annual IRACDA conference and at least one other scientific or professional meeting per year, as well as a $5,000 annual allowance for research. All UCSF Postdocs are entitled to a competitive benefits package including:

Full medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance; accidental death and dismemberment and workers' compensation policies. Spouses and children of postdocs are also eligible for health and dental benefits.

* 24 days of paid time-off per appointment year plus all observed holidays
* 12 days of sick leave per appointment year
* Childbearing, parental, and family and medical leave
* Jury and military leave
* Membership in the Graduate Division Alumni Association after leaving UCSF
* Participation in UC's Defined Contribution Plan for pre-tax retirement savings


The ISIS Fellowship Program provides four full years of support. In the first year, the PI funds the Fellow's salary, and the ISIS Program provides funding for travel and research as outlined above. In years two through four, the ISIS Program picks up the full salary. Rate of compensation from the Fellowship follows the NIH/NSRA scale. The ISIS Program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Division of the National Institutes of Health.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted through March 14, 2012 for postdocs starting in Fall 2012 or later. Application may be downloaded here.  

  • In order to qualify for the ISIS Fellowship, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must also have completed a doctoral degree before they begin the program.
  • Applicants must be committed to increasing diversity in academia and must be able to demonstrate past experience in diversity efforts. 

2012 ACLS Public Fellows Program

ACLS invites applications for the second competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 13 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. The positions and organizations are listed below. The program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

In 2012, the ACLS Public Fellows will be appointed to the following positions:

  • Carnegie Mellon University – Assistant Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Consumers Union – Policy Analyst
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) – Global Projects Manager
  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) – Program Coordinator and Analyst, Anvil Academic Publishing
  • Forum on Education Abroad – Associate Director
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States – Program Officer, Leadership and Alumni Development
  • Human Rights Watch – Human Rights Researcher/Advocate
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Associate Development Officer
  • National Conference of State Legislatures – Legislative Studies Specialist
  • Newberry Library – Assistant Director, Digital Initiatives and Services
  • New York Public Library – Special Projects Coordinator
  • Oxfam America – Policy and Research Advisor
  • Union of Concerned Scientists – Democracy Analyst

Apply via website by March 21, 2012. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly. Applicants must have received their degrees in the last three years and aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences. Applicants must possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status; have a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 2009 and the application deadline; and not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2011-2012 competition year, including the New Faculty Fellows program.

The UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation 2012-13 Funding  Competition - March 9, 2012 deadline 

  • The deadline to apply is March 9, 2012, 5 p.m. PST.
  • The application and full details may be found here.  IGCC will award funds to graduate students, post-docs, and faculty in the following categories:

For Students

  • Download the Dissertation Fellowship RFP.

IGCC Dissertation Fellowship

  • This fellowship offers up to $18,000 in stipend, research, and travel support.
  • These fellowships consist of a nine-month stipend of $15,000 (October to June) to defray living expenses and an additional award of up to $3,000 in justified research and travel support.
  • Doctoral students enrolled in the University of California, including J.D./Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and M.D. with thesis, are eligible to apply for the IGCC dissertation fellowship.
    Applicants must advance to candidacy by June 30, 2012, to receive funding. U.S. citizenship is not required.

International Nuclear Security Dissertation Fellowship

  • These fellowships are funded by the National Nuclear Security Association (NNSA) via the National Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) and consist of a nine-month stipend of $20,000 (October to June) to defray living expenses.
  • Doctoral candidates enrolled in the University of California or at a consortium university (Michigan State University, Washington University, and University of Nevada Las Vegas) including J.D./Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and M.D. with thesis, are eligible to apply for the international security dissertation fellowship.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must advance to candidacy by June 30, 2012, to receive funding. Additional restrictions apply to this category. Please see the RFP for details.

For Faculty and Post Docs

  • Download the Faculty Grant RFP 

IGCC Project Development Grants

  • UC faculty is eligible to apply for our Project Development Grants. IGCC seeks to award five grants at $25,000 each for intra-campus or multi-campus long-term project development in areas of interest to IGCC.
  • See research themes in the RFP. These grants can serve as seed money for larger, catalytic research programs or foci that could tie in to IGCC’s long-term institutional interest. They can also be used to fund small conferences, policy briefings or other programmatic activities.

NSSC Nuclear Collaborative Research Grants (Pool of $25,000 available)

  • UC and consortium university faculty and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply for our Nuclear Collaborative Research Grants.
  • These grants are funded by the National Nuclear Security Association (NNSA) via the National Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) and are intended to support cross-campus, social science research collaboration on nuclear security.
  • Interdisciplinary science – social science projects are also eligible. These grants can serve as seed money for larger, future research programs. They can also be used to fund research trips or assist in covering other research costs, such as graduate student research support, publication costs, etc.
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Consortium universities include Michigan State University, Washington University, and University of Nevada Las Vegas. Additional restrictions apply to this category. Please see the RFP for details.

Nuclear Campus Programming and Educational Project Grants (4 grants at $10,000 each available)

  • UC and consortium university faculty and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply for our Nuclear Campus Programming and Educational Project Grants.
  • These grants are funded by the National Nuclear Security Association (NNSA) via the National Science and Security Consortium (NSSC).
  • Applicants for these grants must apply under theme three only. Examples of such programming include nuclear security public lectures, symposia, or workshops. We encourage applications for programs that are geared toward undergraduates in order to help broaden the pipeline of students preparing for graduate work in nuclear sciences and social sciences.
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Consortium universities include Michigan State University, Washington University, and University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Visit our website.

UC/ACCORD (All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity)  Dissertation Fellowship & Faculty Grant Opportunity

  • Application submissions open March 7 and close April 18th at 5pm.    

UC/ACCORD All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity announces a call for proposals in two categories. UC/ACCORD was established to engage UC scholars in research that will support and inform efforts to replace prevailing patterns of schooling inequality and disparities in access to higher education with equitable conditions and outcomes for children from all sectors of our diverse state. UC/ACCORD is interested in increasing the number of graduate students and faculty within the UC system who are working in areas that inform its goals.

It also supports scholars who have been working in this area for whom additional funding can support a better connection with UC/ACCORD activities.

While UC/ACCORD will consider all research proposals that are consistent with the goal of making a college education possible for all of California's students, and increasing diversity within its institutions of higher education, this call focuses on three research categories.

  • Critical transitions in the lives of underrepresented students
  • Critical conditions for enhancing college opportunities for underrepresented students
  • Critical issues related to making higher education accessible to all Californians

Awards are available for:

  • One Year Dissertation Fellowships
  • Faculty Research Seed Grants

For more detailed descriptions of the grants program, application procedures and additional information, consult the UC/ACCORD website.

Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program Postdoctoral Recruitment

The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS)program is a diverse training program bringing together more than thirteen Departments, predominantly from the Stanford Schools of Medicine and Engineering, in order to train the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders in molecular imaging. Oncologic molecular imaging is a rapidly growing area within molecular imaging which combines the disciplines of chemistry, cell/molecular biology, molecular pharmacology, physics, bioengineering, imaging sciences, and clinical medicine to advance cancer research, diagnosis and management.

  • The goals of SMIS are to train postdoctoral fellows through a diverse group of over 40 basic science and clinical faculty mentors representing 8 program areas, incorporating formal courses in molecular imaging, molecular pharmacology, cancer biology, cancer immunology, virology, and gene therapy, with a clinical component including hematology/oncology rounds.
  • Applications are now being accepted for a start date in September 2012
  • Application deadline: May 7, 2012

Penn Predoctoral  Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity

  • The University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the first Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity. 
  • This program is designed to provide mentorship and access to Penn’s resources for doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences, enrolled at universities other than Penn, as they complete their dissertations.
  • It supports scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of Penn and the higher education community. 
  • The Fellowships support graduate students in the final stages of dissertation research or writing for residency at Penn for an academic year, normally September through August.
  • They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan an academic career to take advantage of Penn programs and faculty expertise and to have access to libraries and the resources of the Philadelphia region.   Each scholar will be hosted by a department or program and assigned a faculty mentor.  Recipients can be in the stage of either dissertation research or writing. 
    The Fellowship provides a stipend of $27,000, health and dental insurance, office space, library privileges, and a $3000 research and travel fund. 
  • The application deadline is April 15, 2012.
  • This year, three of these new Fellowships will be awarded.  Candidates must:
    • Be a U.S citizen or permanent resident.
    • Be enrolled in a PhD program in the humanities or social sciences at an institution other than Penn, have passed their PhD qualifying examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal.
    • Be a student of exceptional academic merit who belongs to a group underrepresented in higher education;  and/or comes from a socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged background or have faced other significant personal obstacles; and/or pursues academic research on cultural, societal, or educational problems as they affect disadvantaged segments of society.

Applications consist of:

  • A personal statement describing the student’s work, dissertation, and any other information that the student would like to present to the selection committee.  The statement should begin by addressing the importance of the student’s topic and approach and then explain the dissertation’s aims, methodologies (how the student will conduct the research), originality, and contribution to its field. 
  • A dissertation abstract.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one which must come from the dissertation advisor, commenting on the student’s performance, potential, and expected time to degree.  At least one of the letters must address the student’s contribution to diversity in higher education.  These can be sent separately by the recommenders.
  • Official graduate transcript(s).
  • Current curriculum vitae.

These materials should be sent to Stephanie King in the Office of the Provost.  They can be transmitted in more than one email.  Statements of endorsement, reference letters and transcripts should be sent as PDFs.  Correspondence must be signed and on official letterhead. 

Questions can be addressed to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty.

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This compilation of graduate student-related announcements is brought to you by the Graduate Division. Please check out  the Graduate Division Calendar for information on additional/campus wide events.

We hope you find this weekly message useful and informative. Questions? Concerns? Comments? Looking to contribute an announcement for a future issue? Please send an e-mail to: Camerone Thorson.

The UCI Grad Weekly is now available on the Graduate Division website on Thursdays and includes upcoming academic and social events as well as ongoing fellowship opportunities. 

Next Posting: March 15, 2012