DEAN'S MESSAGE

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 15-16, including:

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

Also, I’m pleased to announce that the Graduate Division has received the Nevin Graduate Endowment in the amount of $2,659,481, that will be used forrecruitment of highly qualified and diverse graduate students that have strong competitive offers. 

In other news, we have 21 students ready to compete in our Grad Slam semifinals on February 25. Their TED-style research presentations give a brief glimpse of the exciting research being done in the various graduate programs on campus.  I encourage you all to join us during these semifinals at the GRC (3100 Gateway Study Center).  The morning session will start at 9 and the afternoon session will start at 2.

Finally, as most of you know, our new Yield brochures are available.  I hope that you will use them as a tool in recruiting the strongest applicants.  If you would like some for your program please send an email to diversity@rgs.uci.edu, providing information as to  how many you need and your department ZotCode.

In This Issue

GRADUATE APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS UPDATE

  • Application Fee Waivers are being processed now for the fall 2016 application cycle through March 4, 2016.
  • We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and DACA/AB540/130/131 eligible students who participated in a graduate preparation program, can demonstrate financial need, or are U.S. 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 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 however, the graduate program application deadline will supersede the Graduate Division’s deadline for fee waiver submission. Applicants should be sure the Graduate Division has all supporting documentation required before the program deadline.
  • Once we receive supporting documentation, an approval/denial decision is made within one business day; It will then take up to three business days for this to be reflected in the admissions system.
  • Students are notified when their fee waiver has been approved/denied.
  • Any questions you have, or may receive from students, should be directed to: Megan Story or Daniel Fabrega. (To help maintain our internal process, please do not e-mail Megan or Daniel directly.

GRADUATE GROWTH INCENTIVE AWARDS – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

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 up to one year of graduate student support from the following eligible applicant groups:

EXTRAMURAL FUNDING

Faculty establishing new collaborative initiatives for extramural support (e.g., federal, state, foundation, private sector, etc.) of graduate students are eligible to apply. Those who are preparing training grant proposals that would provide significant extramural funding are particularly encouraged to apply. Faculty proposing new Research Centers may also submit proposals but must clearly indicate their center’s impact on graduate student support. GgIA proposals should focus on a financial strategy to achieve long-term increments in extramural graduate student support.

NEW GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Faculty who plan to establish a new doctoral or MFA program are eligible for support through the GgIA program. Interdisciplinary program proposals are particularly encouraged. Note that GgIA funds can no longer be used to develop new masters programs (other than MFAs), concentrations or emphases.

Additional Information

For instructions on submission, please review the GgIA Call for Applications and FAQs, available at http://www.grad.uci.edu/academics/program-development/ggia.html. The deadline to apply for AY 2016-2017 support is Friday, March 11, 2016 at 12:00pm.

CONTINUING FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION SESSION

The Continuing Fellowships Information Session for Faculty and Staff will be offered on:

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Graduate Resource Center, Gateway Study Center 3100

This presentation will cover continuing fellowships administered by the Graduate Division including, but not limited to, Faculty Mentor Program, President’s Dissertation Year , Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, Public  Impact, and Fulbright

We encourage at least one representative per graduate program to attend the above meeting to hear updates and get a refresher on the process. Familiarity with the process will help us all save staff time and can expedite decision turnaround time.

No RSVP is required.

The deadlines for the 2016 Diversity Fellowships and Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship cycles are available here.

For questions about the following fellowship programs, please e-mail or call:

  • Jason Cruz  at x41281 about the Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF)
  • Sandra Loughlin at x45179 about the Public Impact and Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants
  • Daniel Fabrega at x48730 about the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) & President’s Dissertation Year (PDY)
  • Katherine Triglia at x49031 about the Chancellor’s Club and Fletcher Jones Fellowships

RECRUITMENT FELLOWSHIPS

The Graduate Division is offering seven recruitment fellowships for AY 15-16:

  • Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
  • Provost PhD Fellowship
  • Graduate LEAD Fellowship
  • Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship
  • Nevin 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 2016 application cycle through March 4, 2016.
  • We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens or permanent resident 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: Megan Story at 40490 or Daniel Fabrega at x48730. (To help maintain our internal process, please do not e-mail Megan 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: 2016 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, 4:30 PM, Bren Events Center
  • The office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs will be coordinating the 2014 Graduate Hooding Ceremony.  For more information please email visit the commencement webpage

DECADE

DECADE Speaker Series with Dr. Roberta Espinoza – Pivotal Moments: How Faculty-Student Relationships Shape Career Aspirations and Success

February 9th (Tuesday) at 11:00 AM in the Graduate Resource Center

Dr. Espinoza will present her “Pivotal Moment” framework to illustrate how academic interventions alter students’ educational trajectories by transforming their social and psychological orientations toward academic achievement.  She will share data on how these moments augment the accumulation of academic knowledge (cultural capital) and relationship-building skills (social capital) that facilitate school success for underrepresented minority students.  Please RSVP by clicking here.

DECADE Journal Club
February 17th (Wednesday) at 3:30 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.

GRADUATE RESOURCE CENTER (GRC)

NEW TO THE GRC: Transitions to the Nonacademic Workforce

Four-week certificate program starting Wednesday, February 17

Increase your career potential by exploring possibilities beyond academia. This new certificate program connects you with experienced professionals who provide insight into this arena. Discover strategies including:

-          How to conduct a successful non-academic job search and avoid common pitfalls

-          Advice regarding for profit vs nonprofit organizations

-          How to convert your CV to a resume

As well as navigating the application process, the series will cover networking, recruiter considerations, interviewing, and salary negotiation.  The program will end with mock interviews with panelists in the program. *SPACE IS LIMITED* Click here to access the application form.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Exploring Opportunities with Community Colleges - Thursday, February 4th from 3PM – 4PM

With more than 120 locations in California alone, community colleges can be an excellent opportunity for students to gain professional development as well as future employment. Participants will learn about the California Community College Internship Program (CCCIP) and several community colleges in the area. Click to Register

START SMART: Salary Negotiation Training

Thursday, February 11 from 3 – 6PM

Co-sponsored by the AAUW & WAGE PROJECT

$tart $mart is an interactive workshop designed to give participants the confidence and skills needed to earn fair compensation. This workshop provides benchmarks for salary and benefits, offers salary negotiation skill-building exercises, and teaches participants how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs. Grad students, postdocs, faculty and staff can register here.

WORKSHOPS

WRITING SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Write-In – February 5 (Friday) from 9AM – 5AM

Write-ins provide dedicated times for students to set writing goals and keep one another accountable to their goals. Write-ins promote the development of healthy writing habits—students are often surprised by how much they can accomplish when they are free of distractions. SPACE IS LIMITED. Students can register here for the Write-In.

  • NEW: Master’s Thesis Boot Camp – February 19 (Friday) from 9AM – 5PM

The Master’s Boot Camp is a day-long writing opportunity specifically for writing a Master’s thesis. Facilitated by a writing consultant, students will set goals and learn strategies for developing long-term writing habits. SPACE IS LIMITED. Students can register here to participate.

  • Dissertation Boot Camp – February 26-28 from 9AM – 5PM

The Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC) is an intensive weekend writing opportunity for the dissertation writing process which provides:

  • Three days of structured writing time in a quiet, distraction free setting
  • Short, daily lessons on time management, goal setting, maintaining personal wellness and more
  • Individualized consultation with writing consultants to address specific writing needs 
  • Free food (coffee, breakfast, lunch, and snacks)

SPACE IS LIMITED. Students can register by contacting the GRC.

  • 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 9AM – 7PM.  Students can schedule an appointment by clicking here or call: 949-824-3849.

  • GRC WRITING GROUPS

Writing groups encourage accountability, expand feedback opportunities, and provide valuable support. Open to all disciplines, the GRC offers three writing groups:

  • Wednesdays from 9AM – 12PM
  • Wednesdays 3 – 5PM
  • Fridays from 1:30 – 3PM

OUTREACH SERVICES

Communication consultants are a great resource for those who are preparing for Grad Slam or other public speaking events. Communication consultants provide strategies to deliver more impactful talks about research and career goals. Appointments are 30 minutes long and available daily. Students can click here to schedule an appointment.

  • Career Drop-in Advising with Neda Moayedi - Tuesdays from 10AM – 12PM

Graduate Career Counselor Neda Moayedi hosts weekly drop-in career advising for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for:

  • Reviewing CV, resume or other job application materials
  • Discussing job search strategies
  • Preparing for interviews

The career advising services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No appointment needed.

Looking for additional information about GRC workshops and events. Contact the GRC to register for these workshops:

     EMAIL       GRC@uci.edu

     PHONE     949-824-3849

GRADUATE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentor Program – We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic graduate students who are interested in helping incoming international graduate students transition to our campus and local community to join the Graduate InterConnect Program as a Peer Mentor. Applications will be available mid-February. For more information contact Gabriella Pham for details (949-824-9295).

 

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. Changes to Faculty/Staff should be emailed to Megan Story in Graduate Division.

Next Posting: March, 2016