DEAN'S MESSAGE

DEAN'S MESSAGE

As we bid farewell to summer, we look forward to welcoming another cohort of new students. Later this month, we will be welcoming approximately 300 new international graduate students to campus during the New International Graduate Student Orientation on Thursday, September 15.

The following day, on Friday, September 16, we will welcome all 670 new master’s and doctoral students to the campus wide New Graduate Student Orientation.  Once again, we will be hosting both events at the Bren Center.  This daylong event is a supplement to school/department-based orientations, and is designed to provide all new graduate students with an opportunity to connect with students across other disciplines and to learn about the diverse campus resources that are available to them during their graduate careers. Please ensure that your new graduate students will attend.

Also in this issue of the Graduate Monthly Update are highlights from our Summer Research Symposium.   This year, a record number, 70 outstanding undergraduate, master’s and incoming doctoral students from UC Irvine and other institutions throughout the country presented their summer research during the 2016 Summer Research Program Symposium.  By providing talented students the opportunity to work with faculty at the forefront of their fields and to integrate classroom knowledge with practical application, these research projects play a key role in positioning students for future scholarly achievement. Thank you to all who came out in support of this impressive event. Highlights from the combined research symposium for these summer programs can be found below.

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In This Issue

GRADUATE WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

The Graduate Division will be hosting two orientations next month for incoming doctoral and masters students:

-          International Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Thursday, September 15, in the Bren Events Center

-          Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation: Friday, September 16, in the Bren Events Center

These events are designed to cover common aspects of the graduate student experience at UCI including graduate support services, professional development, health and wellness, and academic success.  Students will be given the opportunity to connect with other new graduate students, faculty, and staff from across campus.

To help students prepare for the event, fellow graduate students shared there tips on how to make the most of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt7GTA9I1NA

This event is NOT intended to replace or overlap with current department- or school-based orientations; rather, it is designed to provide a unified welcome and message on topics that apply to all graduate students.  We ask that all academic units refrain from scheduling any discipline-based orientation events on these dates so students can attend these campuswide event(s).

Volunteers for the 2016 Graduate Welcome and Orientation

We need enthusiastic volunteers for this event.  Participants serve in different roles to ensure smooth operation of the event.  We need volunteers on the following dates:

  • Pre-Event Preparation – Graduate Resource Center (3100 Gateway Study Center)
    • September 7-8, 2016
  • Day-of Event Support – Bren Events Center
    • International Graduate Welcome & Orientation: September 15, 2016
    • Campuswide Graduate Welcome & Orientation: September 16, 2016

If you are would like to volunteer, please sign up using this
short survey.

NATIONAL POSTDOC APPRECIATION WEEK AND UCI POSTDOC RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Every year the National Postdoc Association sponsors Postdoc Appreciation Week to spotlight the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Several events are planned at UCI throughout the week of September 19-23 culminating in “Postdocs at the Forefront”  Research Symposium at UCI Applied Innovation.  The research symposium includes “Ted Talk” style presentations by select Postdocs and Dean Frances Leslie speaking on “Career Pathways for Postdocs”.  There will be two poster sessions with refreshments, followed by an awards ceremony for top talks and posters.  All postdocs, faculty and the UCI community are invited to attend the symposium and can register here.

For more information regarding UCI Postdoc Appreciation Week and the Research Symposium, contact Dr. Mary Frances Ypma-Wong at 949-824-5196

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.

SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS

The Summer Research and Competitive Edge programs culminated in a research symposium on August 11 in the Student Center. 74 outstanding undergraduate, master’s and incoming doctoral students from UCI and other institutions throughout the country presented their summer research during the 2016 Summer Research Program Symposium.  By providing talented students the opportunity to work with faculty at the forefront of their fields and to integrate classroom knowledge with practical application, these research projects play a key role in positioning students for future scholarly achievement. Thank you to all who came out in support of this impressive event.

GRADUATE APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS

  • Beginning September 1 application Fee Waivers will be processed for the Fall 2017 application cycle. We offer fee waivers to U.S. citizens, permanent resident or DACAS 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 gradwaiver@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.

DECADE FALL WELCOME

SAVE THE DATE: 

  • The DECADE Fall Welcome will take place on Thursday, September 29th at 12:00 pm at the University Club.  Please encourage all students and fellow faculty to attend.
  • All are invited to welcome the incoming group of DECADE scholars as well as to network with current DECADE participants.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Questions about the DECADE Fall welcome should be directed to: Jason Cruz, X4-1281.

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.

FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM

The UCI Graduate Division supports submission of Fulbright U.S. Student Program applications. Students are encouraged to apply for this prestigious fellowship program, which supports travel and living expenses for a year of research abroad in over 160 countries. Students should begin gathering letters of affiliation and recommendation this summer.

UCI’s internal Fulbright application deadline for graduate students is September 5, 2016.

For more information, visit: http://dev.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/international/fulbright.php.

The Fulbright Program Advisor for UCI Graduate Students is Dr. Sandra Loughlin (loughlin@uci.edu).

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: FLETCHER JONES FELLOWSHIP

The UC Irvine Fletcher Jones Fellowship is a highly prestigious award made available through funding from the Fletcher Jones Foundation. It is competitively awarded to an outstanding doctoral student who has advanced to candidacy and demonstrates financial need. The award of a one-year fellowship of $19,039 is intended to assist with doctoral degree completion.

Each School may nominate one student for this award, and nominations are due to the Graduate Division by 5pm on Thursday, September 1, 2015. Graduate students interested in this opportunity should consult with their program’s graduate affairs staff regarding internal deadlines.

The call for nominations and eligibility information can be found at http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/fletcher-jones.php.

Please contact Kate Triglia at ktriglia@uci.edu or 949-824-9031 with any questions.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: SIGMA XI GRANTS-IN-AID OF RESEARCH PROGRAM

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922.  By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.  Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.  Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi.  Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

Application deadlines are March 15 and October 1 annually.

See more at: https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid

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).

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).

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. This includes a variety of programs:

  • Peer Mentors: 47 graduate student mentors are matched with incoming international graduate students to help support their transition from summer to the end of fall quarter.
  • Weekly Email Communications – Peer mentors send weekly informational emails to the incoming cohort of 600+ graduate international students throughout summer and fall quarter.
  • Graduate InterConnect Blog - Each week, a peer mentor writes a blog post to provide additional insight on the UCI graduate student experience and resources from an insider’s perspective. (https://ucirvinegradinterconnect.wordpress.com/)
  • International Center’s Social Security Shuttle – If international students are employed for fall quarter and need to apply for a Social Security Number, they are highly encouraged to sign-up for the free shuttle to the Mission Viejo Social Security Office on Wednesday, September 7, 2015, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM. A complete registration form is necessary (More information can be found on the website: http://www.ic.uci.edu/Programs/ssnshuttle.php. Space is limited.
  • 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.
  • 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

Any questions about the program can be sent to Gabriella Pham at x4-9295.

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 new 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 – 5 PM

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 by visiting here.

  • Mentoring Excellence Program – Thursdays from 3 – 5 PM

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.

Writing Consultants: Students can get a head start on fellowship applications or academic job application materials. The GRC writing consultants are available to assist with fellowship applications, manuscripts and research proposals for the upcoming academic year. Writing consultants are available in the GRC Monday – Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Students can schedule an appointment by clicking here or calling: 949-824-3849.

Communications Consultants

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 with Dr. Sandra Loughlin

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 with Neda Moayedi

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.

Looking for additional information contact the GRC:

     EMAIL      GRC@uci.edu

     PHONE     949-824-3849

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