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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, providing information as to how many you need and your department ZotCode.
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:
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.
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:
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:
The Graduate Division is offering seven recruitment fellowships for AY 15-16:
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.
Save the Date: 2016 Graduate Hooding Ceremony
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
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.
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
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.
WRITING SUPPORT SERVICES
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.
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.
The Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC) is an intensive weekend writing opportunity for the dissertation writing process which provides:
SPACE IS LIMITED. Students can register by contacting the GRC.
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.
Writing groups encourage accountability, expand feedback opportunities, and provide valuable support. Open to all disciplines, the GRC offers three writing groups:
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.
Graduate Career Counselor Neda Moayedi hosts weekly drop-in career advising for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for:
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:
PHONE 949-824-3849GRADUATE 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).
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.