DEAN'S MESSAGE

DEAN'S MESSAGE

The new academic year is here and I would like to extend a special thanks to all of you who helped with our New Graduate and International Student Orientations. Both events were successful, with more than 700 new master's and doctoral students attending the daylong Campus-wide Orientation and nearly 400 international students participating in our International Orientation.

As we continue to recruit the best and brightest scholars to UC Irvine, I’m pleased to announce that several of our incoming doctoral students were recipients of new awards including 20 students who received Provost Ph.D. Fellowship awards.

In addition, our students continue to demonstrate considerable success in obtaining prestigious national fellowships.  Eight outstanding UC Irvine scholars have been awarded fellowships in the 2016 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs, which is administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies.  The programs seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s colleges and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

I would like to congratulate the following UC Irvine scholars:

Predoctoral Fellowships:

Gabriela Gonzalez, Criminology, Law & Society

Michael Leo, Education

Dissertation Fellowships:

Kyndra Cleveland, Psychology & Social Behavior

Santina Contreras, Planning, Policy & Design

Sean Drake, Sociology

Yader Lanuza, Sociology

Rolando Ruiz-Vega, Biological Chemistry

Burrel Vann, Sociology

Finally, I’m pleased to announce the recipient of the prestigious 2016-2017 Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship, which is endowed by a generous gift to support outstanding students in completing their graduate degrees. At UC Irvine, one graduate fellow is selected annually based on their accomplishments, their enthusiasm for excellence, vitality, ingenuity, and their leadership potential. This year's recipient is Dominique Ingato in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science). We congratulate Dominique and all of the other excellent nominees for this award. We are fortunate to have such outstanding students in our campus community.

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In This Issue

GRADUATE WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

CAMPUSWIDE GRADUATE WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

At our eighth annual Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation, we welcomed over 700 students to our bright and sunny campus.  Here are some highlights from the event:

  • Dean Leslie welcomed the students to campus on behalf of the faculty and administration and highlighted how graduate students can set the stage for success
  • Students learned how to build and sustain health and wellness in graduate school with Phong Luong, Psy.D., Graduate Division Academic Counselor
  • New for this year, students chose from tailored sessions for Master’s or PhD tracks including writing, professional development, mentoring, and funding in the morning
  • Throughout the day, students chose from 26 concurrent sessions addressing academic success, professional development, student life and health & wellness
  • Over 60 speakers including faculty, staff, and alumni provided their insight and perspective to help prepare graduate students for the road ahead
  • Director of Graduate Alumni Relations and Student Affairs Raslyn Rendon encouraged early career planning and shared an overview of the Graduate Professional Success initiative and the Graduate Resource Center
  • Graduate alumni participated in panels throughout the day and attended the Anteater Launch Party participating in Speed Mentoring with students

We are in the process of reviewing attendance statistics and student evaluations for the event.  Be sure to visit our website for post-Orientation information for you and your students.

This is the largest event Graduate Division hosts every year and it could not be done successfully without the hard work and dedicated help of the many staff who volunteer their time to help set-up, work registration and move hundreds of students to and from on the day of the event. To all who volunteered, a special THANK YOU from the planning team and the Graduate Division! 

Coming Soon: The save-the-date for the 2017 Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation!

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

At our sixth annual International Graduate Welcome and Orientation, we welcomed incoming international Master’s and PhD students with an event that focused on their unique academic and transitional needs. Highlights from this event included:

  • Students were welcomed by Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division, Frances Leslie
  • Associate Dean Lee Swindlehurst and Faculty & Chair Andre van der Hoek shared advice for a smooth academic transition including the importance of communicating with faculty, maintaining timely academic progress, and navigating the U.S. classroom culture
  • New for this year, students chose from concurrent sessions addressing verbal communication, making effective transitions, foundations of writing, and life in OC
  • 47 Graduate InterConnect peer mentors who have been communicating with the incoming students all summer long played a crucial part in the program answering questions, facilitating discussions to create a more intimate, student-focused experience, and creating a supportive environment

We are in the process of reviewing attendance statistics and student evaluations for the event.  Be sure to visit our website for post-Orientation information for you and your students.

We deeply appreciate the support from the faculty, staff and students who participated in this event and gave international students a glowing welcome to campus. The time and insight they shared made this event a huge success!

Coming Soon: The save-the-date for the 2017 International Graduate Welcome and Orientation!

FALL FUNDING WORKSHOP SERIES FOR STUDENTS

Based on the success of UCI's National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) initiative, the Graduate Division continues to offer workshops that support graduate students' efforts to apply for the 2017 GRFP.  Also included in the fall funding series is information on the Ford Foundation fellowship. Please encourage students to attend the workshops:

  • September 27 – NSF GRFP Information Session
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • September 28 – Writing for the NSF GRFP: “The Personal Statement"
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • September 29 – Writing for the NSF GRFP: “Research Essays”
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • October 3 – Introduction to the Ford Foundation Fellowships
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • October 4 – Advice from the Experts: NSF GRFP Faculty Reviewer Panel
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • October 5 – The Fellowship Application Experience

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

All workshops will be held in the Graduate Resource Center (3100 Gateway Study Center).

DAAD STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESEARCH GRANTS

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany.  Candidates who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate program completed in the home country.  DAAD Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master’s degree, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree.  Applicants for independent study/research should apply for a Research Grant. 

The UCI internal deadline for DAAD Study Scholarships and Research Grants is 12 noon, October 6, 2016.  More detailed information is forthcoming.  In the meantime, please contact the DAAD Campus Advisor with any questions (Gina Anzivino, gina.anzivino@uci.edu) or visit our website: http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/international/daad.php.

FUNDING

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals for their academic departments or funding agencies. The program seeks students who can strengthen their proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review. For more information, visit:

http://www.ssrc.org/programs/dpdf/

IIE Whitaker International Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 Whitaker International Program cycle. The Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad.  Full details can be found at:

 www.whitaker.org

NSF GRPF Initiative

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship

Due Date for 2017 Cycle:

    • October 24th, 2016 (Monday): Geo and Life Sciences
    • October 25th, 2016 (Tuesday): Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
    • October 27th, 2016 (Thursday): Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
    • October 28th, 2016 (Friday): Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy
    • November 3rd, 2016 (Friday): All reference letters due by 8:00 PM, EST

GRADUATE APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS

  • Application Fee Waivers are now being processed for the Fall 2017 application cycle. We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens, permanent resident or DACA eligible students who have participated in a graduate preparation program, who have demonstrate need and/or US veterans.
  • The email address for application waivers has changed to gradwaivers@uci.edu.
  • 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 for admission are NOT considered complete until we have received documentation for 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 or by March 4, whichever comes first.
  • Once we receive supporting documentation, an approval/denial decision is made the same 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/denied.
  • Throughout the application process, we will be forwarding information to programs on applicants that have been approved for a fee waiver.
  • Fee waiver applications are NOT guaranteed approval.
  • Please contact us with questions you may have.

DAAD STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS and RESEARCH GRANTS

Reminder: The internal deadline for DAAD Study Scholarships and Research Grants is 12 noon, Thursday, October 6, 2016.  Visit the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) website for more details and eligibility requirements: https://www.daad.org/

Applicants must submit an application through the DAAD portal prior to submission to Graduate Division in order to receive an application summary with all the uploaded documents (use the checklists provided by DAAD for application documents).  Submit three sets (one-sided, and not stapled) of the application summary (all uploaded documents) and one reference in a sealed envelope to Gina Anzivino in Graduate Division, 120 Aldrich Hall before the deadline.  Contact Gina with any questions: gina.anzivino@uci.edu or 949-824-8120.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS THE K. PATRICIA CROSS FUTURE LEADERS AWARD

Deadline for receipt of materials: October 3, 2016

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.

The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please go to the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders page for complete information.

Eligibility
All doctoral level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the Master's degree is the terminal degree, such as the MFA in art, are also eligible. (Nominees must hold student status in January 2017.) 

Applicants must demonstrate:

  1. Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning, with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility; and
  2. Leadership or potential leadership in the development of others as leaders, scholars, and citizens.

Nomination Process
A faculty member or administrator must nominate the student, with a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator. The following materials must be submitted for an application to be considered:

  1. a nomination letter from a faculty member or administrator;
  2. a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator;
  3. a statement from the student indicating how he or she meets the award criteria;
  4. a copy of the student's curriculum vitae.

Nominations can be submitted anytime, but no later than October 1, 2015. Nominees must also complete an online form with all contact information. Only complete nominations will be considered.

The Award
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards provide financial support for graduate students to attend AAC&U’s Annual Meeting. All award recipients are required to attend the conference.

The awards include travel, lodging, conference registration, and a one-year affiliation with AAC&U, including subscriptions to all AAC&U periodicals. 

The awards are announced in December, and recipients of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards will be recognized at, and will participate in, AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting in January 2016.

Contact Information:
Please contact Suzanne Hyers at hyers@aacu.org or 202.387.3760 with any questions.

2016 GRADUATE INTERCONNECT PROGRAM

The Graduate InterConnect Program provides support and guidance to new international graduate students as they make their transition to the campus.

  • Taste of America – The Taste of America Program provides the opportunity for local residents to open their homes to international graduate students for cross cultural exchange. The program matches small groups of international students (2-5 per group) with local residents from October through November. The goal of the program is to ease international graduate students’ adjustment into UCI and American academic culture. Are you or someone you know interested in being a host? Simply fill out an application and be matched with students: https://goo.gl/forms/HozmUVCa5HkjDQUG2
  • Fall Quarter Events & Workshops – They will address some of the common issues and concerns of international graduate students and will help ease their transition to the U.S. Any questions about the program can be sent to Gabriella Pham at x4-9295.

FALL FUNDING WORKSHOP SERIES FOR STUDENTS

Based on the success of UCI's National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) initiative, the Graduate Division continues to offer workshops that support graduate students' efforts to apply for the 2017 GRFP.  Also included in the fall funding series is information on the Ford Foundation fellowship. Please encourage students to attend the workshops:

  • October 3 – Introduction to the Ford Foundation Fellowships
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • October 4 – Advice from the Experts: NSF GRFP Faculty Reviewer Panel
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • October 5 – The Fellowship Application Experience

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

All workshops will be held in the Graduate Resource Center (3100 Gateway Study Center).

FUNDING

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals for their academic departments or funding agencies. The program seeks students who can strengthen their proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review. For more information, visit:

http://www.ssrc.org/programs/dpdf/

IIE Whitaker International Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 Whitaker International Program cycle. The Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad.  Full details can be found at:

 www.whitaker.org

NSF GRPF Initiative

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship

Due Date for 2017 Cycle:

    • October 24th, 2016 (Monday): Geo and Life Sciences
    • October 25th, 2016 (Tuesday): Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
    • October 27th, 2016 (Thursday): Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
    • October 28th, 2016 (Friday): Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy
    • November 3rd, 2016 (Friday): All reference letters due by 8:00 PM, EST

NSF GRFP INITIATIVE

  • The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. The 2017 solicitation will be announced early August on the NSF GRFP website.
  • Graduate Division offers NSF GFRP support for through a fall workshop series (dates coming soon), writing consultants, and weekly fellowship advising hours. Please contact the GRC for more information (949-824-3849).

GRADUATE RESOURCE CENTER (GRC)

FALL CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS:

  • Foundations of Graduate Health and WellnessTuesdays from 10 AM – 12 PM

This six session program focuses on skills and resources related to maintaining overall health and well-being. This program is intended for those who are:

-       Curious about the connect between physical health, mental well-being, and professional success

-       Interested in resources, strategies, and tools to thrive in a demanding work environment

-       Seeking to improve work-life balance and professional development

Graduate students and postdocs can register by completing an interest form here.

  • Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate – Mondays from 3–5PM

Over eight weeks participants will learn:

-       How to overcome self-consciousness

-       Turn passive presentations into active ones

-       Use vocal variety to breathe life into a performance.

Proven effective, these techniques are a valuable asset in meetings, job interviews and presentations. The communication certificate program is open to PhD’s, Postdocs and Master’s students. Graduate students and postdocs can register here.

  • Mentoring Excellence Program Thursdays from 3–5PM

This six-week series focuses on skills and resources related to effective mentorship. Graduate students and postdocs can register by completing an interest form here.

ADVANCED TRAINING BOOT CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS:

  • Dissertation Boot CampOctober 21–23 from 9AM–5PM

The Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC) is an intensive weekend writing opportunity for graduate students at various stages in the 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)
  • Opportunities for continued, peer-driven dissertation writing sessions

Space is limited. Students can register by contacting the GRC.

  • Career Development Workshop Writing a CV Monday, October 10 at 1PM

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

Communication is essential to academic and professional development of grad 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 10AM-12PM.

Looking for additional information contact the GRC:

     EMAIL      GRC@uci.edu

     PHONE     949-824-3849

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