February 2017

DEAN'S MESSAGE

As we settle into the New Year, we are now in the midst of another busy admissions season.  The Graduate Division is offering seven recruitment fellowships for AY 17-18, including:

  • UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
  • Provost PhD Fellowship
  • Graduate LEAD Fellowship
  • Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship
  • Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowship

I’m also pleased to announce the 2017 call for nominations for the Chancellor’s Club Fellowships. Six Chancellor's Club Fellowship recipients will be awarded a three-month stipend for a total of $6,000 this spring; more details on this and other awards are in below.

Finally, I want to remind you that the 2017 systemwide Grad Slam competition will be held on April 11.  The Graduate Division will be accepting applications and video submissions, due on February 3, to identify talented students who do research with a strong public impact. I hope that you encourage qualified scholars to apply.  More details below.

In This Issue

GRAD SLAM 2017 – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 3RD!

The 2017 systemwide Grad Slam Competition will be held on May 4th. In 2015, UCI won first place in the systemwide competition, and in 2016, UCI won second place! In an effort to bring home a prize again, the Graduate Division will be accepting applications and video submissions, due February 3rd, to identify talented students who do research with a strong public impact. Complete an application here!

CHANCELLOR’S CLUB FELLOWSHIPS

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the 2017 call for nominations for Chancellor’s Club Fellowships. Six Chancellor's Club Fellowship recipients will be awarded a three-month stipend to total $6,000 in Spring 2017.

Each school may nominate two outstanding graduate students that meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Plan to complete their Ph.D. or MFA degree by the end of fall quarter 2017
  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  • Be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. or MFA degree
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be willing to present their dissertation research at a Chancellor's Club event
  • Exhibit excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities
  • Be a first-generation college student, with neither parent having received a four-year degree

All nomination materials must be received by the Graduate Division no later than Friday, February 17th at 12:00pm. More information can be found here.

GRADUATE GROWTH INCENTIVE AWARDS

The GgIA program was established in 2010 to encourage development of innovative new graduate programs and collaborative initiatives to increase long-term extramural funding to support graduate academic students. The goal of these “venture funds” is to draw students to new and relevant graduate programs, and to increase the availability of extramural funding to support the graduate student population. The GgIA program will provide direct funding support for graduate students, targeted in the form of seed grants to graduate faculty.

It seeks applications for one-year graduate student support from the following eligible applicant groups:

1)   Faculty establishing new collaborative initiatives for extramural support (e.g., federal, state, foundation, private sector, etc.) of graduate students are eligible to apply.

2)   Faculty who plan to establish a new doctoral or MFA program are eligible for support through the GgIA program.

Applications are due by Friday, March 11, 2017 at 12pm. More information can be found here.

FULBRIGHT-HAYS DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH ABROAD PROGRAM

Deadline: Applications must be received internally by the UCI Graduate Division AND submitted through the G5 system by 12 noon, February 13, 2017.

Duration of the fellowship: Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months.  The fellowship may not be renewed.

Eligibility: Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies must apply through the institution in which they are enrolled.  A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he/she is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the U.S. who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution; is planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation; and possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Please see the Federal Register Notice for eligible geographic regions and priority languages; read carefully for page limits and other formatting requirements:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/13/2017-00747/applications-for-new-awards-fulbright-hays-doctoral-dissertation-research-abroad-fellowship-program

Application Requirements and Submission: Applications are required to be submitted electronically using the Department of Education’s G5 system: https://www.g5.gov/.  AND a PDF copy of all submission materials must be emailed to gina.anzivino@uci.edu.  Both electronic and email submissions are due by  12 noon, February 13, 2017.

For complete information about the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, please visit https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html.  If you have questions or plan to apply, please contact Gina Anzivino at gina.anzivino@uci.edu

RECRUITMENT FELLOWSHIPS

The Graduate Division is offering seven recruitment fellowships for AY 17-18:

  • UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
  • Provost PhD Fellowship
  • Graduate LEAD Fellowship
  • Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship
  • Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowship
  • All of the fellowship nomination forms are can be found here:
  • If you have any questions about any of the material covered, please feel free to contact Daniel Fabrega  at x48730, or Jason Cruz at x41281.

GRADUATE APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS UPDATE

  • The Application Fee Waivers are being processed now for the fall 2017 application cycle through March 4.
  • We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens, permanent resident, DACA, AB540 eligible   students who participated in a graduate preparation program, as well as those who demonstrate need. We are also now offering fee waivers to US veterans.
  • Only the Graduate Division can approve or deny a fee waiver. We require supporting documentation from those who are eligible for fee waivers, and it is important to note that applications are NOT considered complete until we have received AND have approved the fee waiver.
  • Fee waiver information needs to be submitted to the Graduate Division by the student within 7 days of submitting the application.
  • Once we receive supporting documentation, an approval/denial decision is made within one business day; it will then take three to five business days for this to be reflected in the admissions system.
  • Students are notified when their fee waiver has been approved or denied.
  • Any questions you have, or may receive from students, should be directed to: Turner Dahl at 40490 or Daniel Fabrega at x48730. (To help maintain our internal process, please do not e-mail Turner or Daniel directly.

UC-HBCU INITIATIVE

The UC Office of the President issued a call for new UC-HBCU proposals to create and strengthen ties with HBCU campuses in an effort to increase successful HBCU recruitment efforts.  More information for the upcoming competition can be found on the UCI ADVANCE website.

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 visit the commencement webpage.

DECADE

DECADE Journal Club

February 13th (Monday) at 12:00 PM in the Graduate Resource Center

The quarterly Journal Club encourages scholarly discussion between faculty and students of issues pertaining to diversity in higher education by focusing on peer-reviewed academic journal articles that study these issues.  Please encourage all students and fellow faculty to attend.  If you have questions or want more information, please email diversity@rgs.uci.edu.

DECADE Speaker Series with Dr. Rick Mintrop – Two Steps Forward One Step Back: Diversity, Equity and Practical Relevence in a Doctoral Program For Education Leaders at a Research-Focused University

February 23rd (Thursday) at 10:30 AM in Humanities Gateway (HG) 1030

The Doctoral Program in Leadership for Educational Equity is one of the largest and most diverse programs of study in the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley. For about a decade now, it has trained education leaders, mostly working in high-need school districts, in its signature pedagogy, called design-based school improvement for equity. A book about this approach, published in April of 2016, shows how school leaders can tackle equity-related problems of practice at a local level. Context-specific design steps provide concrete support for a leader’s intent on translating a deep commitment to educational justice into actions that change teachers’ practices and students’ lives and learning. In the talk, Rick Mintrop presents the main ideas of the approach, shares his experiences, and discusses how the approach could be used for effective social justice action at various levels of the educational system, including higher education. Please RSVP by clicking here.

POSTDOCTORAL AFFAIRS

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR ASSOCIATION (PDA) & OPA “STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN ACADEMIA” SERIES

Postdocs, Grad Students and Junior Faculty are invited to all sessions. Session 1 “Setting up Your Own Lab” was well attended last month.  

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

Session 3- Keeping a Healthy Balance Faculty will discuss their strategies of maintaining a healthy balance between personal and professional lives. Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 5:30-7:00PM   Register 

Where: Graduate Resource Center

More Info: Visit the website

OPA “EARLY CAREER GRANT WRITING” SERIES

This series includes six presentations and the option for postdoctoral scholars to join a Postdoc Writing, Editing & Review (PoWER) Group. While the series includes presentations specific to the K99/R00 application, postdocs writing other grant applications are encouraged to attend pertinent presentations and take part in the PoWER group.

More Info: Visit the website

No location on this because it is in two places.  Best that the reader go to the website.

HOMECOMING

Saturday, February 25

For more information: UCI’s Homecoming

We invite you to help us share the word with all of your graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni. This is a great opportunity to bring our alumni back to campus for a casual, family-friendly and fun event. Throughout the afternoon, attendees will be able to participate in various programs and attractions. The festival will transition into the highly-anticipated Homecoming Game, where participants can cheer on the men’s basketball team as they face off against California State University, Northridge.

We hope to see you and our graduate alumni there!

SAVE THE DATE 2017 GRADUATE WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

  • International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

GRADUATE RESOURCE CENTER

SPECIAL EVENT:

Monday, February 6 from 9:00AM – 7:00PM

Time to RECHARGE! Winter quarter is tough and we have a solution. Students and Postdocs can join us for a full day of activities in the GRC that touch on every aspect of their student experience: health and wellness, professional development, and school/life balance. They can drop in or attend a scheduled session – there is something for everyone and no shortage of skill-building, giveaways, and fun! Participants can register here.

Scheduled Events (Register here):

  • Yoga from 10:30AM – 11:30AM
  • Tasty Topics from 12:30PM – 1:30PM
  • Meditation from 2:30PM – 3:30PM
  • Professional Power-Up from 4:30PM – 5:30PM

All Day Events (No reservations needed):

  • Photo Booth
  • Coloring
  • Build-A-Healthy Snack
  • Affirmation Corner
  • Letter to Self
  • LinkedIn Photo Booth (11:00AM – 1:00PM)

ADVANCED TRAINING BOOT CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS:

Please spread the word to students – there are spots still available in the upcoming boot camps below, but they need to act fast! Students can register here for advanced training boot camps and workshops still to come in the quarter.

(For beginners and those interested in a refresher of Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate)

WRITING SUPPORT SERVICES:

  • Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC)SESSION FULL! But, we are taking names for a waitlist.  Please encourage students to consider registering for the Write-In!
    • Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM and Sunday, February 5 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.
    • Write-In – Friday, February 24 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 of distractions. SPACE IS LIMITED. Participants can register here for the next Write-In.

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTANTING:

  • 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.

Communication is essential to academic and professional development of graduate students and postdocs. 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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GRADUATE DIVISION MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce two opportunities for graduate students to become a mentor! The Graduate InterConnect Program and DECADE PLUS work to provide quality mentoring to unique student populations to this campus. Both programs are looking for graduate students who have a strong interest and passion for helping other students succeed. Applications are now live (and due Monday, February 27 at 8:00 AM)!

Graduate Interconnect Peer Mentors

Spring 2017-Fall 2017

The Graduate InterConnect Program (GIC) supports the successful transition of international graduate students. This program offers opportunities for international students to network with others, improve communication and English skills, and learn about American life and culture to ease the transition to UC Irvine.  GIC Peer Mentors will be assigned to a group of incoming international students to assist with pre-arrival communications, plan and facilitate fall welcome events, and provide critical support during the New International Graduate Student Orientation.

For more details, please review the application using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/Ltz9ceKW54vJbm0I3. For further questions about GIC, please email Gabriella Pham.

DECADE PLUS Leadership Coaches

Spring 2017-Spring 2018

DECADE PLUS is a mentorship program for undergraduate Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars.  Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars are identified by the University as high-achieving, incoming undergraduate students from across California who demonstrate great intellectual and academic promise.  This program is a partnership between the Graduate Division and the Division of Undergraduate Education.  DECADE PLUS is the Graduate Division’s most intensive mentoring opportunity and requires a full calendar year commitment.  Leadership Coaches will work both independently and as a part of a mentoring team to ease students’ transitions to campus and through their undergraduate career.

For more information, please review the application using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/TKu87my5ottPcDmF2.  For further questions about DECADE PLUS, please email Amy Bue.

HELP US KEEP IN TOUCH

Please let us know of any changes in your respective departments and schools so that we can insure we have the most current contact information for our electronic distribution lists, contact Kate Triglia.

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