May 2017

DEAN'S MESSAGE

Congratulations to Megan Newcomb, Chemistry, who is UCI’s 2017 Grad Slam champion and who will compete in the UC system-wide competition this week.  We will be livestreaming the Grad Slam Finals at the GRC on May 4 from 10:30AM-1:30PM, so make sure to stop by.

In the 2016 system-wide competition UCI’s Mallory Hinks, Chemistry, placed second and the year before that, Ashley Fong, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, won first place in the inaugural competition.  UCI is the only UC campus to “place” both years, which reflects our commitment to professional development training of our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in public communication.  Let’s win again!!

As a reminder, the Graduate Division will once again host a workshop for the upcoming IIE US Student Fulbright competition to discuss the program and application process. It will be held Wednesday, May 17 at noon at the GRC, Third Floor Gateway Center. Please encourage your students to attend and submit an application for this prestigious fellowship if they plan to do international research. Although the deadline is not until fall, it takes many months to develop a strong proposal and gather the required documents.

The Graduate Division is proud to once again host the Celebration of Graduate Success on Friday, June 9, 2017. This day-long forum focuses on the professional success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni. The Celebration of Graduate Success continues campus-wide efforts to recognize the outstanding success of our graduate alumni and to highlight the role of the alumni in our expanding graduate professional development efforts. We encourage all faculty and faculty administrators to sit with us at the table as we convene for a set of robust discussions on June 9. Details in this issue

In This Issue

YEAR-END GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT PROCESSING

FISCAL CLOSE DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

In order for Graduate Division to complete fiscal close processing, any graduate student fellowships, employment-related remission, changes or adjustments that are expected or needed by campus departments must be input into FWA, Payroll, or communicated to the Graduate Division in writing so we can process it through our Grad Aid database no later than Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  The Graduate Division must make substantial revisions to block and other student support funding sources managed by our office at the end of each fiscal year; therefore, we will not process any student support transactions initiated after this date.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAMS

Competitive Edge Summer Research Program

The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program (June 26 – August 18, 2017) is part of the DECADE initiative.  Competitive Edge provides diverse students with a rigorous introduction to graduate research at UCI. Participants in the Competitive Edge Summer Research Program will conduct research under the direct supervision and guidance of a UC Irvine faculty member. The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program features workshops and seminars designed to acquaint participants with campus resources, professional development, and academic strategies to enhance the graduate education experience at UCI.  For specific questions about the Competitive Edge Summer Research Program, contact Jason Cruz at x1695.

Summer Research Program 

  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, UC LEADS, the CSU Pre-doctoral Program (CPDP), Cal Bridges program, the UCI HBCU Initiative and a grant from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology combine to form one Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduate and master's students. This year, we will host more than 55 diversity students from around the U.S.
  • Host schools and departments will receive further information from the Graduate Division.
  • As a reminder, the Summer Research Program (SRP) is an eight-week faculty-mentored, graduate preparation research experience. Students will take part in a rigorous course of workshops designed to help prepare them for graduate school. All student participants reside in on-campus housing for the duration of the summer program.

For specific questions about the Summer Research Program, contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.

DECADE

  • DECADE Faculty Mentor presentations: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 3-5PM in HIB 135
    • All are invited to hear the 2016 DECADE Faculty Mentors that received the Mentor Graduate Diversity Awards last year speak about the progress of their program and how it has improved the climate for a diverse student population.
  • Journal Club: Wednesday, May 17, 2016 from 1-3PM in the GRC
The DECADE Journal Club encourages scholarly discussion between faculty and students on issues pertaining to diversity in higher education by focusing on peer-reviewed academic journal articles that study these issues.  Come and participate in this open forum.

FMP/PDY/GDDF

  • The nomination submission deadline has now passed and the FMP, PDY, and GDDF applications are currently undergoing the review process.
  • Fellowship awardees will be announced to the campus in mid-May.
  • For specific questions regarding the FMP/PDY fellowships, please contact Daniel Fabrega at x48730.
  • For specific questions regarding the GDDF fellowship, please contact Jason Cruz at x41281.

INTRODUCING THE FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

Date: May 17th

Time: 12-1pm

Purpose: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed student and research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. Informational workshop to learn more about how Fulbright fellowships cover expenses for a year of research or teaching in a foreign country.

GRADUATE HOODING CEREMONY

Save the Date: 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 4:30 PM, Bren Events Center
  • The office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs will be coordinating the 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. 
    For more information please email the commencement team.

OFFICE OF POSTDOCTORAL AFFAIRS (OPA) - LAUNCH OF CRITICAL DISCUSSION GROUPS

Critical Discussion Groups (CDG) - Postdoctoral scholars are invited to an organizational meeting during which postdocs will discuss goals and plan meeting schedules.  

Wednesday, May 10, 5:30-7:00pm.  Register 

Where: Graduate Resource Center

More Info: Visit the website

Save the Date: ”A CAREER IN BIOTECH/ PHARMA: IT IS A RIGHT FIT FOR YOU?”

The UCI Center for Virus Research has invited a panel of speakers who will discuss careers in these exciting fields. Tuesday, May 23, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: UCI Applied Innovation@The Cove, 5141 California Avenue, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92697

More Info: Visit the website

Save the Date: “TRAINING FOR TOMORROW”- RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTING NSF-GRFP SCHOLARS

NSF-GRFP awardees, their mentors, research groups, and UCI faculty are invited to research symposium including “Science Blitz” talks and poster presentations, followed by lunch and presentation of awards. Register.

Friday, May 26, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: UCI Applied Innovation@The Cove, 5141 California Avenue, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92697

More Info: Contact Mary Frances Ypma-Wong, PhD

SAVE THE DATE: CELEBRATION OF GRADUATE SUCCESS

The Graduate Division is proud to once again host the Celebration of Graduate Success on Friday, June 9, 2017. This day-long forum focuses on the professional success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni. The Celebration of Graduate Success will focus on growing and developing the role of the alumni in our expanding graduate professional development efforts. We encourage all faculty and faculty administrators to sit with us at the table as we convene for a set of robust discussions on June 9.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 9 at the Newkirk Alumni Center.
More information is forthcoming. For questions, please contact Casey Lough at clough@uci.edu.

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 GRADUATE WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

Both of these events will take place in the Bren Events Center.

We ask that all academic units refrain from scheduling any discipline-based orientation events on this date so that students can attend these orientation events.

As a reminder:

  • These events are not intended to replace or overlap with current department- or school-based orientations; rather, they are designed to provide a unified message on topics that apply to all new graduate students.
  • These events cover common aspects of the graduate student experience at UCI.
  • This includes sessions on graduate support services (GRC, Career Center, CEI, Counseling Center, etc.), as well as administrative topics to help with success, such as the function of the Graduate Division, an introduction to UCI senior administration, and health insurance.
  • Graduate Orientation also proves to be a successful way for fostering relationships among students who may not otherwise meet or communicate.
  • Please Note: The days of the week that these events traditionally take place have shifted in 2017 to accommodate religious holidays.

More information will be forthcoming. Please contact us with questions: 2017 Graduate Welcome and Orientation

GRAD SLAM FINALS

On Tuesday, April 11, the UCI Grad Slam Champion was named! Congratulations to Ph.D. Chemistry student, Megan Newcomb, for beating out the other 8 finalists with her winning “Nature’s Climate-Saving Machines” presentation.

Megan will defend our campus at the systemwide finals on Thursday, May 4 at the LinkedIn campus in San Francisco. There, she will compete against the nine other UC campus winners. This year you can follow the competition in two ways:

  1. Tune-in to the Grad Slam finals livestream beginning at 10:30am
  2. Attend the Watch Party in the Graduate Resource Center from 10:30AM-12PM

Whatever you do, don’t forget to Vote for Megan for the People’s Choice Award! Online voting will open immediately following all of the talks and will close after 40 minutes. The People’s Choice winner will receive a $1000 prize, so be sure to submit your vote!

Congratulations again and good luck, Megan!  Zot! Zot! Zot!

CALL FOR APPLICANTS FOR THE STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS WORKING GROUP

The Graduate Division is seeking applicants for an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to generate ideas, feedback, and light content for our strategic communications practices.  Please share this information with students you think might be interested.  We are seeking a balanced group of Masters and PhD students, as well as post-doctoral scholars. Ideal applicants will:

  • Work well with others
  • Enjoy brainstorming and generating ideas
  • Have interest in social media and strategic communications practices

Graduate students will also be receiving a call for participation. For questions or additional information, graduate students can email The Graduate Division Social Media GSR, Jenny West, at jswest@uci.edu.
Interested students can apply through the online application: http://bit.ly/GDStuCom

INTRODUCING: NATURE MASTERCLASS

Through a new institutional subscription sponsored by the Ayala School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine, all UCI faculty, students, postdocs and researchers now have access to the Nature Masterclass online course in scientific writing and publishing. With over 30 editors from more than 20 Nature journals serving as instructors, we encourage ALL graduate students, postdocs, researchers, and faculty to participate in this valuable resource. These experts will take you through the entire scientific publishing process. Although this is presented by Nature, the tools and training the Masterclass provides is beneficial for all scholars at any stage of writing for publication – everyone can benefit!

Course objectives for the 15 modules:

  • How to get the most out of the writing process
  • Submission procedures and cover letter tips
  • How the manuscript selection process works at top journals
  • What happens to papers once they’ve been submitted
  • Explaining what it takes to get published in top journals!

A launch event will be held on campus this month. Nature editors will explain how to sing-up, access the Masterclass, and answer your questions. More information forthcoming with time and location – so stay tuned!

GRADUATE RESOURCE CENTER (GRC)

ADVANCED TRAINING BOOT CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS:

Please spread the word to students – spring quarter is off to a great start and promises to be a packed quarter of many professional and personal development opportunities and special events. Students can register here for advanced training boot camps and workshops.

WRITING SUPPORT SERVICES:

  • Write-InFriday, May 12 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Write-ins provide dedicated times for participants to set writing goals and promote the development of healthy writing habits in a distraction-free environment.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Participants can register here for the next Write-In.

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTING:

  • Writing Consultants

The GRC Writing Consultant program includes four trained writing consultants who review academic papers, fellowship applications, and provide feedback on job materials (ex. CV, cover letter). Appointments are available daily from 9:00AM – 7:00PM. 

Students can schedule an appointment here or call 949-824-3849.

To improve confidence with conference presentations, teaching, job interviews, and networking opportunities, the GRC provides one-on-one advising with a certified communications consultant. Appointments are 30 minutes long.

Students can click here to schedule an appointment.

  • Fellowship Application Advising

If students 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.

Appointments are available by clicking here or calling 949-824-3849.

  • Career Drop-in Advising

Graduate students and postdocs should prepare now for the upcoming academic job season. Neda Moayedi reviews CVs and other job materials and provides tools for the competitive job market.

The drop-in services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM.

Need additional information? Contact the GRC:

     EMAIL      GRC@uci.edu

     PHONE     949-824-3849

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

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