Graduate Division Dean's Update: 2/23/24

Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,

I want to start off today’s message with a reminder that the easiest way to get in touch with grad division leadership is office hours. You might wonder… why, given we send out office hours every two weeks and have for years, am I putting this up front. Well, I am no fool. I know how much email you get and how overwhelming it is. Just in case you don’t read these emails beyond whatever your email client shows in the preview, every now and again, we are going to pop those office hours right up front. Come see us if we can help, you want to share good news or bad, or you just want to connect. The most current schedule of office hours are always located at the bottom of this page as well. 

They are always first come first serve, but we rarely have too much of an issue. They are 30 minutes each time and at https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057 

Monday, February 26: 12:30 pm
Tuesday, February 27: 11:30 am
Tuesday, March 5: 11:30 am
Friday, March 8: 2:30 pm

Speaking of other dates you should save, friend of UCI and a new member of my Dean’s Leadership Council, Christine Duque is offering a complimentary ebook download of her new book “Walking in My Shoes: Shattering Glass Ceilings in Corporate America”. From March 8th to March 12th, all UCI graduate students are eligible to receive a free copy of the ebook. Christine will also be celebrating International Women’s Day by making an appearance at the UCI Bookstore (The Hill) on March 8th, from 1 pm – 4 pm PT. Feel free to stop by and say hello. Her story is an inspiring one and I know a lot of our graduate students will resonate with.

Now on to this week’s news and events. 

Attend Across the STEMverse: A GWIS-LA Industry Careers Conference
For the first time again after the COVID pandemic, GWIS-LA is proudly hosting its 7th annual Across the STEMverse event in person. The goal of this women focused STEM career conference is to give scientists in the LA-wide area the opportunity to meet, seek advice, and to network with experienced professionals working outside of academia. The conference also aims to connect individuals from different fields, schools, and backgrounds to foster collaboration.

Click here for more information on how to attend 

UCI Psychological Services Center is Now Open
The UCI PSC is the official training clinic for doctoral students in clinical psychology at UCI. Under the supervision of licensed psychologists, PSC trainees provide low-cost evidence-based psychotherapy for individuals 18 and older. Quality mental health care is sorely needed and often out of reach for many residents of Orange County due to the high costs of services. The UCI PSC offers in-person (located in SE1) and online therapy that will increase accessibility to the gold standard treatments for depression, anxiety, trauma and stressor-related disorders, and other mental health concerns. For more information, you can reach them at 949-824-5411 or visit their website at https://sites.uci.edu/psychologyclinic/.

Attend PhD and Master’s Virtual Career Expo
Date: March 6, 2024
Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm PT
Location: Virtual on CareerEco
Register: careereco.com/events/gcc

More Info: PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Expo
Who: PhD, Master’s, Postdocs, and Alumni from STEM, Humanities, and Social Sciences. What: Connect directly with a range of leading employers seeking advanced-degree candidates for full-time positions, internships, fellowships, and postdocs.

  • 1-1 meetings
  • Resume sharing
  • Q&A
  • Interviewing

2023-24 Research Justice Workshop Series & Certificate in Community-based Research for Graduate Students
More Info: Research justice workshop series 
What: Nine workshops with experiential learning activities and training in Community-based Research methods. Participants will also build community, develop research practice commitments, and experiment with meta-principles for Community-based Research and pedagogy. 

When: 2023-24 academic year
Register: click here

Take Advantage of Division of Career Pathways’ Professional Photo Booth
The Division of Career Pathways (DCP) is pleased to introduce our all-new Professional Photo Booth, a complimentary, walk-in service at the Division of Career Pathways offering FREE professional headshots for UCI students, staff, and faculty. These professional headshots are perfect for your LinkedIn/ Handshake/ Zoom profile, department website, and also works for UCI Digital ID photo requirements. 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES 

Internal Fellowships

Graduate Division Completion Fellowship
The past few years have had a significant impact on everyone’s lives. Many of you have faced extreme health and research-related challenges that have considerably affected your academic progress. If these issues have delayed your progress, you may apply for a Completion Fellowship to receive one-quarter of funding. This quarter must be in the 2024-2025 academic year (excluding the summer), and cannot be combined with other UCI stipends or appointments. The fellowship aims to provide a final quarter of funding to help you finish your dissertation. Priority will be given to those who are receiving an additional quarter of support from their school – if more than one quarter is needed. Additionally, students can plan to combine the fellowship quarter with an additional quarter, during which they can go on filing-fee status, for up to three-quarters of work leading to the completion of their degree. If you need an additional quarter of NRST funding, it will be included with the Completion Fellowship.

  • Award: Amount varies 
  • Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • Application Form: https://cglink.me/2eo/s82431
  • Questions? Contact: Jaymi Smith @ jaymis@uci.edu

Tom Angell Fellowship
This fellowship is intended to honor Tom Angell’s contributions as our Graduate Counselor to graduate student wellness and retention.  Nominations are open to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated excellence in mentorship in the UCI community. 

  • Award:  Three awards in the amount of $500 will be made to one graduate student, faculty and postdoctoral scholar
  • Deadline:  March 1, 2024
  • Nomination Form (nominate your fellow Anteaters):  https://forms.office.com/r/veRWnaTrBt

Katherine & Robert Phalen Endowment
The Katherine and Robert Phalen Endowment is intended to highlight and support doctoral students whose current laboratory research shows future promise for preventing, treating, or understanding human disease.  This award, in the amount of a $1,000 stipend, is open to doctoral students in the Program in Public Health and the School of Medicine.

Waffarn Family Maternal Child Health Endowment
The Waffarn Family Maternal Child Health Endowment recognizes Ph.D. students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement and provides financial support, in the amount of a $750 stipend, for their educational and academic advancement in the area of maternal/child health.

Dean’s Leadership Council – Community Impact Fellowship (new)
The Community Impact Fellowship highlights and supports doctoral and MFA students whose current research shows substantial impact in the immediate vicinity of Orange County. Ideal candidates will be involved in research designed to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Orange County residents or improve the impact of Orange County organizations.

External Funding Opportunities

These programs are external and have varied deadlines.  Application support is available for postdocs interested in applying; email Turner Dahl (tdahl@uci.edu).

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
This program seeks to increase diversity in the professoriate by supporting early career researchers of exceptional promise.  All HHMI initiatives foster equitable and inclusive scientific environments where everyone can thrive regardless of background, disability, gender, ethnicity or race.

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Program
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.  The For Women in Science program was created out of a simple belief: the world needs science, and science needs women because women in science have the power to change the world.

  • Award:  You could be awarded $60,000 for research in a STEM field
  • Deadline:  February 16, 2024 by 5:00pm ET
  • Application:  https://lorealfwis.aaas.org/

NHMA & HHS Fellowship Opportunity 
The Hispanic Leadership Development Fellowship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health. The fellowship is offering current graduate students and recent graduates a paid 9-month leadership opportunity to prepare for career opportunities within public health agencies and increase awareness and competency in health equity knowledge and practice.

Application Deadline is April 1, 2024

More information is located on the Current Fellowships page and 2023-24 Funding Timeline.  Additionally, please reach out to Turner Dahl (tdahl@uci.edu) with any questions you may have.

Dreams for Schools Hiring Part Time Instructors 
Dreams for Schools has hired over 500 college students with STEAM backgrounds over the past 6 years, and over 90% have said that this opportunity contributed to their overall professional development and growth. There are many soft skills (leadership, communication, project management, etc.) that this position offers and can translate well to any technical role. We provide all curriculum and training for our classes which can range from Coding with Scratch, building engineering projects, Arduinos, mobile app development, and more. 

  • Application Link: https://www.dreamsforschools.org/workwithus
  • More information on the position (dates/locations/classes to teach): Here
  • Pay: Starting at $19/hr
  • Deadline: March 13, 2024 (applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, applicants are encouraged to apply earlier)

Graduate Student Therapy Group

  • Every Tuesday | 9:30 AM – 11 AM PT
    A process-oriented therapy group for graduate students who would like to receive/provide support, learn about self and others, share their experiences, and discuss possible ways to cope with struggles. 
  • The focus of the group will be determined by the members; possible topics may include academic distress, personal growth, relationships, and work-life balance.
  • Pre-group screening required. Contact the Counseling Center at 949.824.6457 to schedule.

In Closing:
In honor of last night’s super fun grad student bowling social, I thought I would share some wisdom with you from Earl Anthony, a professional bowler (arguably one of the best ever):

“It’s the bowler who makes the least number of mistakes that prevails; a perfectionist doesn’t exist.”

In this way, grad school and postdoctoral training is a lot like bowling. Perfectionism does not exist. Just do the best you can, and learn from your mistakes when you make them. Oh, and go bowling with your friends.

On behalf of the Graduate Division,

Gillian Hayes
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division