Graduate Division

Grad Weekly Update

Section 1


April 18, 2019

Summary

Events

Pathways to Cures: Translational Science Research Day

May 1, 2019 | The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation

Announcing the 2019 Clinical Translational Scientist Career Achievement Award Recipient:

Frances Leslie, Ph.D.

This award honors the career accomplishments of an investigator who embodies excellence in the broad spectrum of translational science from basic and applied research to implementing biomedical discovery to clinical practice. The common theme of this award is the consistent and outstanding achievement in translational innovation that benefits human health.

Dr. Frances Leslie is a Professor in Pharmacology, with a joint appointment in Anatomy & Neurobiology in the UCI School of Medicine. She is also the Dean of the Graduate Division in the School of Medicine. Having published more than 120 papers in prestigious journals, she is the recipient of many awards and distinctions, including Most Highly Cited Original Publication of 2004, and the 2018 Women of Influence Orange County Lifetime Legacy Award. Dean Leslie received her doctoral degree from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, where she played a role in landmark studies on the identification and mechanism of the action of enkephalin, the first endorphin to be discovered. With over three decades in academia at UCI, Dr. Leslie’s research centers primarily on the effects of drug abuse on the developing brain, largely during the prenatal and adolescent periods. Although the group has worked extensively with other abused drugs (cocaine and amphetamine), the current emphasis is on nicotine, the psychoactive component of tobacco, and nicotine’s effect on the adolescent brain. Their groundbreaking studies suggest that many abused drugs have unique effects during this maturational period, that is, that brief exposure of adolescents to nicotine enhances the rewarding properties of other drugs.

In addition to her scientific contributions, Dean Leslie has been a pioneer and innovator in graduate education. Being Dean of the Graduate Division of the Medical School since 2009, she has spearheaded innovative programs within graduate education and diversity campaigns to foster equity and access for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She was instrumental in the unveiling of the Graduate Research Center (GRC), one of the first in the nation to support graduate student professional, career, and personal development through a range of workshops and events. She has also established several new competitive fellowship award programs during her tenure. Having been awarded the 2018 UCI Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Mentoring of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Leslie has earned every bit of the recognition and stature she has achieved during her distinguished career.

Join us in celebrating Dr. Leslie at the 11th Annual “People who Make a Difference in Human Health”
ICTS Awards Dinner

Register now as space is limited

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation
5141 California Avenue, Suite 250 Irvine, CA 92617

Event Website | Register Here

MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Part I Opening Reception

Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

UAG / ROOM Gallery | Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine, California 92697

The Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to present the solo exhibitions of MFA candidates Maximilian Karnig, Charisse Pearlina Weston, Yubo Dong, Brandon Davis, and Anna Ialeggio. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 27th from 2–5 pm.

Clean Energy Revolution presented by the Association of Energy Engineers

April 24th at 5:30 pm | Pacific Ballroom AB, Student Center

The first half of the event will be presentations by industry professional from Altura Associates, Inc as well as Southern California Edison. The second half will be networking with food and non-alcoholic beverages provided. This event is open to both undergraduates and graduate students! Graduate students from the UCI Advanced Power and Energy Program will also be attending and open to questions about graduate school or the energy industry.

Please use the Link to RSVP. Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

Graduate Alumni Speaker Series: Lessons Learned

Oscar Gonzalez, Ph.D. Alum ‘11 Time Can Never Be Replaced and the Human Element is Everything

Wednesday, May 8 | 1:00 pm in the GRC

Captain Oscar Gonzalez is a Research Psychologist recently assigned to  U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC. He was previously stationed at the Uniformed Services University which is a health science university of the U.S. federal government. Dr. Gonzalez earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, with a focus on psychopathology.

Tides of Change: Challenges of Doing History

Annual UC Irvine History Graduate Student Association Conference  

Friday, April 19th, 2019 | 10 am to 4 pm in HG 1030

Historians are constantly forced to reshape their methodological tool-kits and conceptual approaches as the currents of time wash ashore new challenges and obstacles. Today’s historians must skillfully navigate through the “tides of change,” treading in a churning sea of sources, methods, historiographical interventions, theoretical frameworks, and historical questions. At this year's HGSA conference, we have encouraged participants to share the fruits of their research with us, but also to join in a conversation about the historical, historiographical, or methodological problems that their work confronts. How have you utilized new materials to answer new questions? How have you looked at old materials in a new light? As historians living in the present, how do we challenge ourselves to move historical research into the uncertain future? It is imperative to critically reflect on the scholarship we produce as the stakes of historical production have never been higher.

At this year's conference we will hear from young scholars representing a variety of research interests and methodological approaches. Please join us in HG 1030 on Friday, April 19th as we listen to them present their fascinating research.

Announcements

CSULB/UCI PRE-Professor Program (PREPP) Information Session

May 1, 2019, 12-1pm | Graduate Resource Center

The PRE-Professor Program (PREPP) is designed to support the University of California, Irvine (UCI) doctoral students’ and postdoctoral scholars’ transition to a faculty position by engaging them in a semester-long program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). In addition, PREPP is a blueprint to support CSULB’s efforts to foster a pipeline for prospective new faculty. The goal of PREPP is to immerse participants in the life of a faculty member at a comprehensive master’s granting institution. PREPP fellows will have individual mentorship from an experienced Faculty Mentor in two broad categories: Instruction and Understanding the Campus Culture and Service. For fall 2019 we are only accepting applications from candidates with expertise in health related fields (broadly defined to include biomedical and behavioral sciences, such as biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, health disparities, health science, kinesiology, psychology, etc.). Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.

The session will provide an overview of the program and application process.

Please sign-up here for the workshop.

Request for Proposals | 2020 UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program

UC Research Initiatives (UCRI) has announced the 2020 Request for Proposals for the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program. This year’s competition offers two distinct funding opportunities:

  1. The UC Multicampus-National Laboratory Collaborative Research and Training (CRT) award

    Proposals in this category must focus on collaborative research and training activities in one of the following three targeted areas:
    • Accelerator research ⚬ Quantum information science ⚬ Wildfire-related research
  2. The UC-National Laboratory In-Residence Graduate Fellowship

    UC Research Initiatives is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for The 2020 UC-National Laboratory In-Residence Graduate Fellowship, a funding opportunity for UC graduate students in any field of research that aligns with the missions of Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The RFP for this opportunity is attached, and available on our website. Please circulate this RFP widely to UC faculty and graduate students who may be interested.

Click the hyperlink(s) above for the full Request for Proposals (RFP) for each opportunity.

Workshops/Info Sessions:

CRT Program

To support the development of proposal ideas and collaborative teams, UC campuses are organizing one workshop for each thematic topic of the CRT RFP. Please visit the workshop webpage for event information and locations*.

*Attendance at the workshops is not a requirement for submitting a proposal, and the workshop organizers may limit attendance based on space or budget constraints.

Fellowship Program

Two informational webinars have been scheduled for the Fellowship program, featuring current Fellows and national laboratory liaisons to provide first-hand information about the fellowship, training opportunities at the national labs, and how the In-Residence Fellowship fits into a UC doctoral program. Dates and registration links are available on the program website.

Brews and Brains- Opportunities to Speak

Are you passionate about science communication and outreach? Do you want to engage with the Orange County community and enhance public understanding of science? Join us at Brews & Brains! Brews & Brains is a UCI graduate student-led research communication group with over 2,000 local members. We are committed to engaging with the broader public through providing UCI researchers from all disciplines with the skills and a venue to hone their public speaking skills.

We meet every other Tuesday to hear from a UCI trainee about their latest cutting-edge research on nearly every topic imaginable, from how artificial intelligence can learn to detect lung cancer, how butterflies see the world, why meth-addicted rats can’t get through rehab, and why the data show it really was a bad idea for your teacher to give you detention back in the 8th grade. Our upcoming events can be seen here: https://www.meetup.com/Brews-and-Brains/

We are always welcoming speakers. Contact Sarah Cross (crosssj@uci.edu), Ted Yoo (yooty@uci.edu) or Charlie Smith (cgeater@uci.edu) for more information.

STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award

UC Center Sacramento is pleased to announce the STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award.

This award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students. The winner(s) will receive a $250 research stipend and – should their bill advance through the legislative process – will travel to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff (expenses covered by UCCS).

Submissions will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on June 14, 2019. Further information is available at UCCS STEM Solutions or on the UCCS website (uccs.ucdavis.edu).

Take your Great Idea to the Marketplace (NSF I-Corps Entrepreneurship Training Program Spring 2019 – Now Accepting Applications)

NSF I-Corps trains researchers to take their great ideas from the lab to the marketplace. The four-week, immersive entrepreneurship training program meets once a week and helps researchers find product-market fit. The program is open to all participants in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

I-Corps is designed to help you:

  • Kick start your innovation with up to $2000 in funding
  • Successfully translate university research to technologies in the market
  • Obtain skills and training essential for professional development
  • Explore alternative career paths (entrepreneurship, business, marketing)

Key dates/deadlines:

Website for more infohttp://innovation.uci.edu/programs/i-corps/

Contact person name/email/phone: For any questions, please contact: sophia.lin@uci.edu

SDSC's Annual High-Performance Computing and Data Science Summer Institute

August 5 - 9, SDSC
This annual week-long workshop focuses on a broad spectrum of introductory-to-intermediate topics in High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Data Science. The Institute welcomes researchers from academia and industry, especially in domains not traditionally engaged in supercomputing, or who have problems that cannot typically be solved using local computing resources. This year’s Summer Institute continues SDSC’s strategy of bringing HPC to the ‘long tail of science”, i.e. providing resources to a larger number of modest-sized computational research projects that represent, in aggregate, a tremendous amount of scientific research and discovery. See applications details and scholarship support.
Application due by May 5

UC terminates subscriptions with Elsevier in the push for open access to publicly funded research

As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals. The Academic Senate issued a statement endorsing UC’s position. Learn more.

FINANCIAL AID INTRODUCES QLESS: VIRTUAL LINES

Effective March 1, 2019, The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships introduced 'QLess', an online check-in system that will reduce your waiting time to speak to a Financial Aid representative. No more waiting in long lines!

QLess will provide you with text updates on where you are in line and will predict wait time so you only need to be in the office when they are ready for you. QLess allows you to add yourself to the line from virtually anywhere so you can wait wherever you want, receive wait time updates, and get notified when it’s your turn.

Three ways to join the line:

  • Download the QLess app onto your electronic device

o Apple App Store (iOS)

o Google Play (Android)  

  • Text 'UC Irvine' to 949-304-5853
  • Go Online to join the line from any computer

CHARLOTTE W. NEWCOMBE DOCTORAL DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

https://woodrow.org/fellowships/newcombe/

“The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Since the first round of competition in 1981, more than 1,200 Newcombe Fellows have been named. Fellows from early years of the program are now senior faculty members at major research universities and selective liberal arts colleges, curators and directors at significant scholarly archives, and leaders and policymakers at nonprofit organizations and in cabinet-level government agencies. In the past decade, national honors such as the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize in History, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences have been accorded to more than a dozen Newcombe Fellows—a number that will continue to grow as more and more Fellows enter the most productive phases of their careers.”

Save the Date for the 2019 Conte Center@UCI Annual Symposium


DIVISION OF TEACHING & EXCELLENCE FALL WORKSHOPS

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is proud to offer workshops throughout the Winter quarter. Topics include using multiple forms of assessment, involving yourself in the classroom learning environment, and reasons why we should not teach to the "average" student. In addition, we will have an information session for graduate students and postdocs covering our most popular programs! Lastly, we will be offering the Course Design Certification Program as well. So RSVP and find out more about how these can count towards the Certificate in Teaching Excellence, click below! 

http://dtei.uci.edu/workshops-and-colloquia/

Contact Person: Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul at mmahavon@uci.edu

OUTSTANDING PAPER IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

With proceeds from the National Academy of Sciences William and Katherine Estes Award for her work on nuclear weapons, Etel Solingen, the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies and Distinguished Professor of political science, has established a new graduate award.

The Outstanding Paper in International Relations award is open to all UCI graduate students working in that field. Eligible papers must be of publishable quality, of the caliber that would be expected in a major International Relations journal. Papers completed between December 1st, 2017 and December 1st ,2018 are eligible, including those already published or in the press. Nominations will be accepted only from members of faculty, in formal memo or letter format, and should include sufficient detail to enable evaluation of the paper's strength and originality.

Three faculty members will serve on the selections committee.

The award amount is $1,000; the 2018-19 winner will be recognized during the School of Social Science Order of Merit ceremony in June 2019.

Click here for more details.

GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPPORT GROUP

Pre-group Meeting Required.

Mondays 3:00pm-4:30pm

Saimir Thano, Ph.D.

This is a graduate student process-oriented support group that focuses on increasing insight in order to better understanding self and others. Through the interactive nature of the group members may engage in discussion and explorations of diverse topics including academic concerns, personal growth, and varies relationships, such as family, academic, professional, and romantic. Giving and receiving of interpersonal feedback is also an important component of this group.

203 Student Services I

Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-6457

www.counseling.uci.edu

INVENTION TRANSFER GROUP FELLOWSHIP

Fellowships with the Invention Transfer Group (ITG) offer UCI graduate or professional students, or postdocs a hands-on introduction to university technology transfer and intellectual property management. Technology transfer is a mix of science, business, and law. Under the direction of a Licensing Officer at ITG, fellows will assist in conducting technology assessments, prior art searches, writing invention summaries, and initiating market research of UCI inventions. This opportunity gives fellows experience analyzing innovative technologies, and an understanding of the patenting and commercialization processes, while providing an excellent resource to the UCI inventor community.  This fellowship is part-time and paid.

Qualifications:

  • UCI graduate-level (Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.D. or J.D.) student or postdoctoral scholar
  • The student should have completed at least one year of graduate studies, and, if a Ph.D. student, have passed their qualifying exams
  • Scientific background in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences, or medicine
  • Must have excellent written communication
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines
  • Requirements:
    • Submit resume and questionnaire to ITG@uci.edu
    • Applicants invited for interviews will be assigned a short case study to be completed within 1 week
    • Approval from faculty advisor, if the fellow is a graduate student or postdoc. Postdocs may be required to reduce their appointment if adding this fellowship would bring them over 100% appointment
    • Ability to devote 5-8 hours per week to the program (some assignments may be completed remotely)
    • Minimum six-month commitment

UCI STUDENTS: GET AN ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION TO NEW YORK TIMES COURTESY OF UCI LIBRARIES

UCI is the only UC Campus to give online subscriptions to their students, staff, and faculty. In order to activate your account, please follow these steps:

1. While on campus and connected to UCI’s network, visit AccessNYT.com

2. Create a NYTimes.com account using your school email address.

3. Download your free NYT mobile app at nytimes.com/mobile

The expiration of your pass will be shown to you upon activation. You may renew your complimentary pass upon expiration.

To activate, you must be an eligible student, faculty, or staff member at UCI. Does not include e-reader editions, Times Insider Content or digital versions of the New York Times Crossword. Mobile apps are not supported on all devices. Users receive unlimited access to archived articles outside of the date range 1923-1980; articles within that date range are subject to limited access. Other restrictions apply.

For more information, please contact cynthiaj@uci.edu. To begin setting up your account, see this link: http://nytimesineducation.com/access-nyt/

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Solicitation 1.  Applications are due 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.  

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2019 Solicitation 1 cycle, for project periods beginning anytime between October 28, 2019, and March 2, 2020.

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov

OFF-CAMPUS ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE UCI LIBRARIES

The UCI Libraries hope that the winter recess is a time of rest and rejuvenation. If, for some of you, rejuvenation includes leaving campus and doing research while visiting family or friends, or at a workshop or conference, please remember that you can access the Libraries’ electronic full-text journals, e-books, and other electronic resources using UCI’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). We recommend the software version.

And the UCI Libraries participate in a reference consortium that provides chat reference assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week when we’re not available to help you.

Brews and Brains- Opportunities to Lead and Speak

Are you passionate about science communication and outreach? Do you want to engage with the Orange County community and enhance public understanding of science? Join us at Brews & Brains as we expand our leadership team! Brews & Brains is a UCI graduate student-led research communication group with over 2,000 local members. We are committed to engaging with the broader public through providing UCI researchers from all disciplines with the skills and a venue to hone their public speaking skills.

We meet every other Tuesday to hear from a UCI trainee about their latest cutting-edge research on nearly every topic imaginable, from how artificial intelligence can learn to detect lung cancer, how butterflies see the world, why meth-addicted rats can’t get through rehab, and why the data show it really was a bad idea for your teacher to give you detention back in the 8th grade.

We are looking for social media, campus, and community coordinators, as well as a treasurer. We are always welcoming speakers too.  Contact Sarah Cross (crosssj@uci.edu) or Ted Yoo (yooty@uci.edu) for more information.

TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS AT BELLEVUE COLLEGE - VARYING DEADLINES

Interested in a faculty career at a teaching institution and finishing your Master's or Doctoral degree? Bellevue College near Seattle, Washington is currently recruiting for tenure-track faculty positions in Art, English, History, Mathematics, and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Please visit Bellevue College’s employment webpage for more information on the open faculty positions and how to apply.

THE SCIENCE POLICY GROUP AT UCI IS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS

The Science Policy Group at UCI is an active association of students interested in science policy and advocacy. All graduate students are welcome. Our mission is to encourage discussion, education, and involvement in and around issues of the interactions between science, governance, and policy-making. We also help members find opportunities to get hands-on experience working for policy-makers, nonprofits, and other groups related to their interests. We meet once every two weeks and usually have a guest speaker working in the field.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or via email at spg@uci.edu.

CIRTL-FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING TEACHING/PEDAGOGICAL AND EDUCATION RESEARCH SKILLS 

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

At UCI, UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between the UCI Graduate Division and the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI). UCI graduate students (and postdocs) can take advantage of CIRTL resources in two ways: 1) enroll in workshops and programs here on campus, and 2) utilize CIRTL network/online courses and resources. Students can earn CIRTL certificates (Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar); these certificate levels are described on this webpage.

You can sign up here for the UCI-GPS-CIRTL listserv to receive information about professional development opportunities through CIRTL!  Trainees from all disciplines are welcome to participate, though the majority of examples will be STEM-focused. We anticipate sending approximately one e-mail per week or less with updates. For general inquiries, e-mail gps-cirtl@uci.edu.

Contact: During Winter quarter, Dr. Adrienne Williams from the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is meeting with grads and postdocs interested in pursuing a Teaching as Research (TAR) project. If you want to participate or have additional questions about CIRTL, contact her at adriw@uci.edu.

To receive updates regarding CIRTL Network (online) events, click here.

SEEDS Graduate Student Survey

The Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS - Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability - program is planning to develop workshops for graduate students, with priority to ESA SEEDS alumni and alumni of other diversity programs for underrepresented minority communities. Our goal is to develop the support network during the first few years of their MS or Ph.D. programs and to provide opportunities to deepen and enhance new professional and scientific skills. For the first workshop, we are looking to team up with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The mission of SESYNC is to bring together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems.

Take the survey here

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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 information.

SKY CAMPUS HAPPINESS PROGRAM: APRIL 26-28th, 2019

SKY Meditation at UCI, a registered campus organization is organizing “SKY Campus Happiness Program” on the campus from April 26th to April 28th 2019.

The SKY Campus Happiness Program is 18 hours immersive, innovative life-skills training and self-development program. Through experiential learning, students gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal daily breathing and meditation practice, develop strategies for social connection and community building, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives.

SKY Campus Happiness Program introduces the SKY technique, a meditative breathing practice that can significantly increase one's well-being and calmness, reduces anxiety and stress markers and improve mental focus. The course features interactive group processes, experiential learning, breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, leadership and service.

The program is available to all UCI students, staff and faculty members. Full scholarship is available through funds raised by the club. There are limited spots for the program and availability is first come, first serve. The attendance is mandatory for all the 3 days.

Apply for a scholarship here: http://tiny.cc/skyuciapply

SCHEDULE:
April 26 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 27 and April 28 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

VENUE:
Newport Beach A, Student Center, UCI Campus

REFERENCE: www.skymeditation.org

www.iahv.org

Graduate Resource Center Update

Reserve your spot today for the upcoming GRC programs! The GRC has been buzzing so far this quarter—come be a part of the buzz!

Advanced Training Boot Camps & Workshops

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Improv for Teaching

Mondays, April 29 to May 20 from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM                

Facilitated by Activate to Captivate’s Bri McWhorter, this new four-session communication program, Improv for Teaching, is for postdocs and graduate students. This highly interactive program will help participants learn to:

  • Think on their feet
  • Engage in active listening techniques
  • Create a collaborative learning environment
  • Expand their imagination to lead a dynamic classroom

Register here.

WRITING SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC) – Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM and Sunday, April 28 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM

This is an intensive 3-day writing opportunity for graduate students in the dissertation phase of their program. The DBC will help students overcome writer’s block, make significant progress in a short period of time, and develop skills for future writing.

Participants can email grc@uci.edu to register.

Mini Dissertation Boot Camps provide dedicated times for participants to set writing goals and promote the development of healthy writing habits in a distraction-free environment. Open to all students and postdocs working on any piece of writing, not limited to dissertations.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Participants can register here.

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTING

On Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM Lauren Lyon from the Division of Career Pathways provides career advising for both academic and non-academic positions. No appointment necessary; first come, first served.

Come meet with a peer communication consultant to get strategies to help you deliver more impactful talks about their research, prepare for interviews, or help with reducing anxiety when speaking. Appointments are 30 minutes.

GRC writing consultants can review academic publications, dissertation/thesis materials, and provide feedback on job application materials (ex. CV, resume, cover letter). Schedule an appointment by clicking here or calling 949-824-3849.

GRC HOURS

  • The GRC hours are Monday – Thursday from 9AM-7PM and Fridays from 9AM-5PM.

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

Need additional information about GRC workshops and events:

     EMAIL:       GRC@uci.edu

     PHONE:     949-824-3849

Funding

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers the U.S. and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current research opportunities can be viewed online: https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation as well as subsidized health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional and programmatic travel. Applications are accepted three times each year:

• March 1

• July 1

• November 1

For further information and to apply, visit: https://npp.usra.edu/ Send questions to npphelp@usra.edu.

Initiative to End Family Violence Graduate Student Fellowships 2019-20

IEVF Student Fellowships highlight and support graduate students whose research has the potential to prevent, intervene in, or end family violence. Ideal candidates will be involved in innovative research designed to further knowledge of and/or interventions in family violence.

IEFV Student Fellows will each receive up to $3,500 to support their research or conference travel expenses (for the presentation of research regarding family violence). IEFV Student Fellowships are intended to supplement, not replace, any funding that students may already be receiving.

More details -- including eligibility criteria and application instructions -- can be found online.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

LONG INSTITUTE 2019-20 Graduate Project Grant

The Long Institute is delighted to launch the Graduate Student Project Grant 2019-20 for UCI graduate students in support of their research on China.  The grant will provide funding for research projects focused on the social, economic, political, and/or legal aspects of contemporary China.  All UCI graduate students whose research projects fall within this scope are welcome to apply, except those who were awarded a grant more than twice in previous rounds.

The grant supports travel, data collection/analysis, fieldwork, and/or other costs directly related to ongoing research.  Support will be given for projects taking place from June 2019 to May 2020.

Award Amount: $1,500 cap per project

More details - including FAQs - can be found online.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2019

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: CANCER PREVENTION & RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented Ph.D. or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2019 due dates of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2019. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process and our program is found at www.mdanderson.org/CPRITTRIUMPH. Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at ksavannah@mdanderson.org

THE LAWRENCE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Lawrence Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at LLNL that is open to all technical disciplines. Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four fellowships are awarded each year, and the awards are for three years. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. The fellows most often conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment.

Scooters 'N Chairs Spring 2019 Student Scholarship

Scooters 'N Chairs present a scholarship of $1000 every semester to eligible students who are currently registered at an officially accredited University or College.

Please write an essay on an experience over the past semester that required your use of strength & perseverance to overcome. Please limit your essay to 2000 words.

Deadline: June 1st, 2019

Link to apply: https://www.scootersnchairs.com/pages/2019-student-scholarship

ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIPS $30,000 PER YEAR FOR STUDENT RESEARCH/TRAVEL - ROLLING DEADLINES

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 - ROLLING DEADLINES

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 graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program

  • Submission of a 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 fellow's program at Weizmann Institute of Science and the Zuckerman ScholarsProgram websites.

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

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