Graduate Division

Grad Weekly Update

Section 1

February 14, 2019



DECADE Speaker Series |Terrance Mayes, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
College of Health Sciences
University of California, Irvine
When: Tuesday, February 26th at 10:30am
Where: Graduate Resource Center
Contact: Claudia Campos

Higher education institutions around the country are grappling with ways to address the apparent mental health crisis facing graduate education. A recent study revealed that graduate students are more than six times as likely to experience depression and anxiety as compared to the general population. Other studies have shown that women, minorities, and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals are most vulnerable to declining mental health and well-being during graduate training. Combating this rapidly growing crisis on college and university campuses requires an ‘all-hand on deck’ approach. This discussion will explore some of the promising practices towards building a culture of wellness and resilience among graduate and professional degree students in all academic disciplines.

Reboot and Refresh - A mid-week workshop for student wellness

Wednesday & Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 PM Building 313 Paul Merage School of Business

Every Wednesday & Thursday we host an hour long rest and relaxation hour from 1:00-2:00 pm called R&R where students can come into our office to make arts & crafts and enjoy some light refreshments!

The activities for upcoming R&R's are as follows:

Week 6: Valentine's Day Crafts

Week 7: DIY Soap 

Week 8: Wind chimes

Week 9: Candles

Department of Art MFA 2nd Year Exhibition, University Art Gallery & Room Gallery
Opening Reception February 23rd, 2–5pm

Spa Day - Featuring works by MFA 2nd years David Chen, Caleb Engstrom, Christine Dianne Guiyangco, Christine Hudson, Jackson Hunt, Ethan McGinnis, Morgan Cuppet-Michelsen, Gabby Miller, Joaquin Palting, Ellen Schafer, Jean Shon, Chris Warr.

712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697-2775

Social Hour At The UClub

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 5 - 8 pm

Join your colleagues for a social hour at the UClub.

The Division of Finance and Administration will host soft drinks and light appetizers. Discounted beverages and additional appetizers will be available for purchase.

UClub Bistro | 801 E. Peltason Drive

Register for DTEI Winter 2019 Workshops!

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is proud to offer workshops throughout the Winter quarter. Topics for the remainder of the quarter include involving yourself in the classroom learning environment and reasons why we should not teach to the "average" student. If you're interested, please RSVP. To find out more about how these can count towards the Certificate in Teaching Excellence, click below!

NASA Postdoctoral Program’s fellowship
Application deadline: March 1, 2019

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:

For further information and to apply, visit:

Send questions to

School of Biological Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

Body-on-a-Chip: The New Frontier in Drug Discovery

Featuring Christopher C.W. Hughes, PH.D., Chair and Professor Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 • 4:00 PM Crystal Cove Auditorium, UC Irvine Student Center

Reception to follow the lecture at 5:00 PM

Register here

How to Engage with Community Research Partners: A Science Policy Workshop for Graduate Students

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 9:30am-11:30am - Newkirk Alumni Center, Den (Mesa Drive) Breakfast at 9:00am - Register here

At this workshop, participants will learn how to prepare for a meeting with policymakers. We welcome all disciplines, as well as faculty, staff, and undergraduate students who do research. Researchers studying water issues are especially encouraged to attend. Please email Kimberly at if you have any questions

UC MEXUS - CONACYT: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Mexican Ph.D.s at University of California Campuses
and for UC Ph.D.s at Mexican Institutions

Application Deadline: Feburary 25, 2019

The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) and Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) are pleased to announce a joint program to support postdoctoral researchers at the University of California or at Mexican institutions of higher education or research. Students must have received their Ph.D. by May 3, 2019. For more information, see: 

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute 2019 Community Lecture Series

850 Health Sciences Road, Irvine, Cavanaugh Conference Room 3rd Floor | Friday, Feb. 22

Myopia Progression in Childhood  - Join us for our free seminars where you will learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment of eye-related conditions. Our goal is to further educate the public on eye health and related topics to help improve our community’s overall health and well-being.

RSVP: | 949-824-7243



  • Congratulations to the 10 students who have advanced to the UCI Grad Slam Campus Finals on Friday, March 8th from our original 45 student pool! The University of California’s Grad Slam systemwide competition showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This is an annual competition that challenges students to communicate their research concisely and clearly to a general audience.  Champions will be identified at each UC campus and then go on to compete against each other at a systemwide event held in San Francisco on May 10th. Contestants receive advanced communication skills training and a competitive CV/resume line. Additionally, winners will receive cash prizes up to $5,000!

    2019 UCI Grad Slam Finalists 
    Karen Arcos
    Jessica Yaros
    Ronald Sahyouni
    Will Thrift 
    Michael Milgie 
    Mohammed Aghaamoo
    Rachel Rosenzweig
    Stephanie Hackey 
    Jenny Woo
    Irene Josemaria 

    • UCI Grad Slam Campus Finals at the Cove Friday – Friday, March 8
    • UC Grad Slam Systemwide Finals at LinkedIn San Francisco Campus – Friday, May 10

Newkirk Center for Science & Society Engagement Initiative:

Graduate Student Workshop Series on

Community Engagement Practices for Research Justice | Winter 2019

  1. How to Engage with Policymakers: a Science Policy Workshop for Graduate Students

At this workshop, participants will learn how to prepare for a meeting with policymakers. We welcome all disciplines, as well as faculty, staff, and undergraduate students who do research. Researchers studying water issues are especially encouraged to attend. Please email Kimberly at if you have any questions.

When: Friday February 15, 2019

Breakfast provided at 9:00am

Workshop 9:30am - 11:30am

Where: Newkirk Alumni Center, Den (Mesa Drive)


  • Parking Options: Free parking for Newkirk Alumni Center (limited spots) in Lot 14. Please tell Newkirk Center front desk which stall you parked in. You can also request parking via the RSVP which you would pick up at the Mesa Parking Structure.
  • Workshop participants get 1 free drink at the Science Policy Happy Hour later that day at 5:00pm - 6:00pm (2/15/19) at the Anteater Pub & Grille
  • Workshop participants are also eligible for a FREE trip to Sacramento to meet with policymakers. A maximum of two students and two respective community partners will be funded. Water Researchers Encouraged to Apply!
  • Sponsored by the Newkirk Center for Science & Society, Union of Concerned Scientists Science for Public Good Fund, and the Union of Concerned Scientists Western Water and Climate Campaign. Organized by Kimberly Duong, Dr. Victoria Lowerson Bredow, and Dr. Connie McGuire.

III. How to Set up an Agreement with a Community Partner

(e.g. Memorandums of understanding)

Date: March 2019 Date and Location TBD

  1. IRBs for Community Engaged Research

Date: March 2019 Date and Location TBD


Michelle Chan is a UCI graduate student in the nursing doctoral program. She is recruiting full time UCI graduate students to participate in her research study that explores the graduate student experience. The online survey is a 10-15 minute survey and asks about your mental, physical, and your use of complementary and alternative medicine. Participants will be given the opportunity to enter in a raffle for one of four $10 amazon gift cards. (Note: Research participation is not required to be eligible for the raffle; please contact the lead researcher for more information. Winning a prize is not guaranteed and the approximate chance of winning is 1 in 250.) If you are interested in participating in this study, please use this link to fill out the online survey:



“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

Conte Center@UCI Symposium

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gross Hall

Theme: Brain Circuit Development in Health and Disease: The Power of Cross-Species Approaches

Keynote Speaker:

Diego A. Pizzagali, PhD | Professor of Psychiatry

McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Multiple short talks, interactive Poster Presentation and Tour, and networking luncheon.

***$100 Amazon Gift Card for "Best Poster"***

All poster presenters will receive a participation gift.

Jr. Faculty, Post-docs, and Grad Students are invited to present your related work in the Poster Session. Send your abstract to Dina Jankowski at no later than February 25th.This event is free with RSVP and open to the public. RSVP to


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!

Contact Person: Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul at


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 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.


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 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


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.


  • UCI graduate-level (Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.D. or J.D.) student or postdoctoral scholar
  • 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
    • Applicants invited for interviews will be assigned a short case study to be completed within 1 week
    • Approval from faculty advisor, if 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 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

2. Create a account using your school email address.

3. Download your free NYT mobile app at

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 To begin setting up your account, see this link:

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 5:00pm 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:  

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


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 provideschat 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 ( or Ted Yoo ( for more information.


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 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


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

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

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 PhD 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


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.

Graduate Resource Center Update

Newkirk Center for Science & Society Engagement Initiative: Graduate Student Workshop Series on Community Engagement Practices for Research Justice

“How to Engage with Policymakers: a Science Policy Workshop for Graduate Students”

When: Friday, February 15, 2019

Breakfast provided at 9:00 am

Workshop 9:30am - 11:30am

Where: Newkirk Alumni Center, Den (Mesa Drive)


Please email Kimberly at if you have any questions.


The Graduate Division is searching for a current graduate student to fill a Communications GSR position. This person, under the direction of the Graduate Division Communications Director, will be responsible for fulfilling departmental communications needs including graphic design, photography, website maintenance, and videography. This position will also join the GD Communications team and aid in developing, launching and maintaining a broad spectrum of communications projects from the Graduate Division. Graduate Division Communications target a broad range of populations, including but not limited to prospective graduate students, current graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars as well as graduate and postdoctoral alumni. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting, work with various professional staff with responsibilities across multiple disciplines, and contribute to major campus initiatives that will have a broad and visible impact. This is also a great opportunity for those with an established creative and design skill set commonly used in communications work.

Click here to learn more and APPLY today!

Let’s be Social!

Have you connected with us on social media? If not, do it now! Follow us @UCIrvineGD and tag your posts #UCIGradLife. We share important information, updates, and news that you won’t want to miss out on. Plus, we want to hear what’s important to you – so get connected today.




Winter Recharge

Friday, February 22 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Have you registered yet?! We are two weeks away from GRC’s 3rd Annual Winter Recharge!

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!

    Phong Luong, Graduate Counselor / Certified Yoga Instructor
    Winter quarter got you tense? Learn yoga techniques that can help you de-stress and stay well. This session will also focus on poses that help those who spend long hours at a desk – perfect for graduate students and post-docs! Yoga mats will be provided for use.
  • LUNCH & LINKEDIN LAB from 12:00 – 1:00PM
    Representatives from the Division of Career Pathways
    Does your LinkedIn profile need a reboot? Bring your laptop and lunch for hands-on help with your profile! Get a quick overview on LinkedIn and stay for an informal, open working session to build your LinkedIn profile. Whether you are brand new to the platform or just need help with making your profile standout above the rest, this session is for you.
    Phong Luong, Graduate Counselor
    Meditate much? You should! Studies show meditation helps with concentration, sleep, productivity and more! This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about meditation, in a familiar environment and get a jump start on your own practice. All levels welcome!

Advanced Training Boot Camps


This session provides dedicated times for participants to set writing goals and promote the development of healthy writing habits in a distraction-free environment of distractions. SPACE IS LIMITED. Participants can register here for this boot camp.

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.


On Tuesdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 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.

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

Click here to schedule your appointment.


  • Winter quarter the GRC will be opened from Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • The GRC will be closed Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day

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

Need additional information about GRC workshops and events:


PHONE: 949-824-3849


Grad Division Grant Writing Series for Postdocs and Graduate Students  

Finding Funding Opportunities using PIVOT and other Databases -Register here
UCI owns a subscription to PIVOT, an extensive database; learn how to best search. Additional databases will also be discussed.
Attendees should bring their laptops to this workshop.
Wednesday, February 20, 12:30-1:30pm
Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Center

NIH NRSA Grant Review Process- Register here

Speakers: Vice Provost Frances Leslie and Marcelo Wood, Chair and Professor Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI.
This session will focus on what makes a strong and competitive application and the review process from a NIH NRSA faculty advisor and former application reviewer. More on NRSA awards here.
Wednesday, February 27, 12:30-2:00pm
Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Center

Effective Grant Writing and Keys to Finding Research Funding- Register here 
Lori E. Greene, Ph.D. - Director of Research Development, School of Physical Sciences
Wednesday, March 6- 12:30-2:00pm
Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Center

Optimize Your NIH NRSA F31 and F32 Applications- Advice from Awardees- Register here
This workshop provides a venue to discuss the NRSA application and how to frame your application. The panel includes several NRSA awardees.
Thursday, March 14, 12:00-1:20pm
Natural Science II, room 4201

NIH K Award Process -Register here

Speaker: Vice Provost Frances Leslie
Obtaining an NIH K award is a professional boost for early career researchers. Learn about the K awards and how best to apply from the perspective of an NIH grant reviewer. More on NIH K99/R00 awards here.
Wednesday, April 3, 3:00-4:30pm
Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Center

NIH K99/R00 Workshop with Faculty and Postdoc Panel- Register here
The K99/R00 award is a significant plus on your CV, including funding for your postdoctoral and early faculty research. This workshop provides a venue to discuss the application and how to optimize your application with awardees.
Wednesday, April 10, 12:30-2:00pm
Graduate Resource Center


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 PhD 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 Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at


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 strenth & preseverance to overcome. Please limit your essay to 2000 words.

Deadline: June 1st, 2019

Link to apply:


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 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant aims to recognize, support, and mentor diverse doctoral students as they complete their dissertation research in computing-related fields.  This grant is open to doctoral students in their fourth year or beyond, studying computing topics at universities in the United States, who are underrepresented in the field of computing which include those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or people with disabilities.  The program allows students to submit a grant proposal of up to $25,000 to support their dissertation research; grant recipients will also get to take part in a two-day career workshop at Microsoft Research Redmond this autumn. 

Deadline to apply: Grant proposals for 2019 are due on March 31.


More information and application instructions available online:

For questions, please contact


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 to have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. We have 4-month semester programs and 3-month summer programs in cities across the U.S.

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

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

Application Process/Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduted) an undergrad or graduate university program

  • Submission of a resume and standardized test scores on the website

  • Series of fit and logic interviews

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


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 ScholarsProgram websites.

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

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Next Posting: February 21, 2019