As recruitment season draws to a close, I urge you to continue your efforts to reach out to those excellent students who have not yet responded to your admissions offers. Given our campus enrollment growth goals, it is now more important than ever to make extra efforts to increase the yield of admitted students. It is very effective to have faculty make a personal phone call to students whom they would like to recruit. In addition, funds are still available for both the Graduate Dean’s Recruitment and Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowships.
I look forward to seeing you on April 11 at the Newkirk Alumni Center for our campus Grad Slam finals. The competition is from 3:00pm – 4:15pm and a special reception will follow, scheduled to end at 6:30pm. Come cheer on our GradEaters who will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The winner will go on to compete against the other nine UC campus representatives at the UC system-wide event at the LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco.
Our campus finalists are:
Finally, our students continue to do exceptionally well in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Scholars from our campus received 27 awards and 21 honorable mentions. Overall, we were ranked 13th nationally for awards. Congratulations to all the recipients and to those who helped with their applications. To view complete list, click here. The award includes an annual stipend of $34,000 for three years and a cost of education allowance. Many thanks to the faculty and staff who helped these students achieve their success.
Save the Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 3:00PM – 4:15PM
Where: The Newkirk Alumni Center
Contestants will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Students may use up to three PowerPoint slides, with rules governing their use listed on the UCOP Grad Slam website. All are invited to attend, but audience members will be expected to stay for the entire event. We also hope you can join us at the reception immediately following the competition. The winner will go on to represent UC Irvine at the UC system-wide finals on May 4, 2017.
SEMIFINALS: March 16, 2017 at the Graduate Resource Center
The road to campus finals begins with semifinals. In order to advance, contestants will be scheduled to compete in one of the following heats:
Session 1: 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Session 2: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Session 3: 2:00PM – 3:30PM
All are invited to attend as we determine who will move on to the next round.
The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the recipients of five internal fellowships to be awarded spring 2017.
Brython Davis Fellowship
Jacquelyn Boone, Public Health
Christie-Lynn Mortales, Medicine
Breauna Spencer, Social Sciences
Anita Marie Tsaasan, Information & Computer Sciences
James Harvey Scholar
Misty Knight-Finley, Social Sciences
Gordon Hein Scholarship
Karen Arcos, Social Sciences
Navjyoth Jayashankar Shobha, Engineering
La Verne Noyes Fellowship
Rebekah Dyer, Biological Sciences
William Hawkins, Humanities
Cory Windorff, Physical Sciences
Miguel Velez Scholarship
Clara Marques Caldeira, Information & Computer Sciences
Cristian Rodriguez, Social Ecology
Esmeralda Romero-Lorenzo, Engineering
Congratulations to all of the awardees!
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 one-year graduate student support from the following eligible applicant groups:
1) Faculty establishing new collaborative initiatives for extramural support (e.g., federal, state, foundation, private sector, etc.) of graduate students are eligible to apply.
2) Faculty who plan to establish a new doctoral or MFA program are eligible for support through the GgIA program.
Applications are due by Friday, March 11, 2017 at 12pm. More information can be found here.
The Graduate Division is pleased to announce a new fellowship for undocumented graduate students. This fellowship is intended to fill a critical gap in graduate and professional student support.
For the purposes of this fellowship, eligible students will include undocumented students who qualify for DACA, AB540, or neither of these programs. Priority for funding will be given to those who are not eligible for other sources of support.
Eligible graduate students, including professional school students, are invited to apply for this fellowship. Up to four $5,000 need-based fellowships will be awarded for the period of April 2017 through June 2017. Applications are due March 3rd.
For more information, please visit http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/index.html.
POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR ASSOCIATION (PDA) and OPA “STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN ACADEMIA” SERIES
Session 3- Keeping a Healthy Balance Faculty will discuss their strategies of maintaining a healthy balance between personal and professional lives. Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 5:30-7:00PM Register
Where: Graduate Resource Center
More Info: Visit the website
OPA “EARLY CAREER GRANT WRITING” SERIES
This series includes faculty and staff presentations, and the option for postdoctoral scholars to join a Postdoc Writing, Editing & Review (PoWER) Group. While some presentations are specific to the K99/R00 application, postdocs writing other grant applications are encouraged to attend pertinent presentations and take part in the PoWER group. This series is scheduled throughout March and April on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm.
Where: Telemedicine Theatre (B001), Medical Education Building
More Info: Visit the website
Eugene-Cota Robles & Graduate Opportunity Fellowships
CONTINUING STUDENT FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) & President’s Dissertation Year (PDY) Fellowships
For questions about ECR, GOF, FMP and PDY, please e-mail Daniel Fabrega at x4-8730.
Save the Date: 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony
Last week, Graduate Division and the Office of Inclusive Excellence honored faculty, post-docs, and graduate students at the Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence event. It was exciting to recognize the growing impact of mentoring on our diverse campus communities. Mentoring is especially important to graduate student success and enriches the graduate student experience. The Graduate Division is offering 2 opportunities for graduate students to become a mentor! DECADE PLUS and the Graduate InterConnect Program work to provide quality mentoring to unique student populations. Both programs are looking for graduate students who have a strong interest and passion for helping other students succeed. The application deadline for both opportunities has been extended to Friday, March 3 at 8:00 AM.
DECADE PLUS Leadership Coaches
Spring 2017-Spring 2018
DECADE PLUS is a mentorship program for undergraduate Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars. Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars are identified by the University as high-achieving, incoming undergraduate students from across California who demonstrate great intellectual and academic promise. This program is a partnership between the Graduate Division and the Division of Undergraduate Education. DECADE PLUS is the Graduate Division’s most intensive mentoring opportunity and requires a full calendar year commitment. Leadership Coaches will work both independently and as a part of a mentoring team to ease students’ transitions to campus and through their undergraduate career.
Graduate Interconnect Peer Mentors
Spring 2017-Fall 2017
The Graduate InterConnect Program (GIC) supports the successful transition of international graduate students. This program offers opportunities for international students to network with others, improve communication and English skills, and learn about American life and culture to ease the transition to UC Irvine. GIC Peer Mentors will be assigned to a group of incoming international students to assist with pre-arrival communications, plan and facilitate fall welcome events, and provide critical support during the International Graduate Welcome and Orientation.
The Celebration of Graduate Success ensures that graduate scholars from UCI are positioned to step into leadership roles across industries by bringing together some of our most talented and accomplished graduate alumni along with current graduate students, faculty, and senior leadership. This day-long forum focuses on the professional success of our graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni and provides a special opportunity for our alumni and current graduate student and postdoctoral scholar communities to forge stronger connections. The Celebration of Graduate Success continues campuswide efforts to honor outstanding members of the UC Irvine community, like Grad Slam and year-end events such as Lauds and Laurels.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 9 at the Newkirk Alumni Center.
More information is forthcoming. For question, please contact Casey Lough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both of these events will take place in the Bren Events Center.
We ask that all academic units refrain from scheduling any discipline-based orientation events on this date so that students can attend these orientation events.
As a reminder:
More information will be forthcoming. Please contact us with questions: 2017 Graduate Welcome and Orientation
The registration forms for our spring quarter certificate programs are now available online. Please inform your students and postdocs to register now. Spaces are limited for each of the following certificate programs.
Tuesdays, April 18 to June 6, 2:30 – 4:30PM
Anxious about the academic job market? Participants will explore job search strategies, have the opportunity to draft and workshop applications, develop and practice interview skills, and more. This program is geared towards advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Topics covered will include:
- Pathways to Employment
- Components of the Job Application
- Interview Skills and the Job Talk
- Transitioning to the Academic Workforce
Interested participants can register here.
Mondays, April 10 to June 5, 1:00 – 3:00PM
Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate is an 8-week communication certificate program for postdocs and graduate students. Participants will learn and practice strategies to craft a dynamic and compelling presentation including:
- Overcoming anxiety
- Commanding a room
- Communicating effectively with an audience of any size
Interested participants can register here.
2 Sessions offered for Spring 2017:
Tuesdays, April 18 to May 23, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
and Wednesdays, April 19 to May 24, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Effective mentoring is a crucial part of the academic experience. This six session program focuses on skills and resources related to mentorship. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is intended for those who are:
- Curious about becoming a mentor
- Current mentors who want to expand their skills
- Interested in having a stronger relationship with their own mentor
- And those interested in becoming a mentor in any of the Graduate Division mentoring experiences
Interested participants can register here.
WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: ADVANCED TRAINING BOOT CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS
**ATTENTION: Please spread the word to students – there are spots still available in the last few boot camps of winter quarter, but they need to act fast! Students can register here.
(For students preparing for Grad Slam)
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 9:00AM – 7:00PM. Students can schedule an appointment here or call 949-824-3849.
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.
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.
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 10:00AM – 12:00PM.
Need additional information? Contact the GRC:
SPRING BREAK HOURS:
Monday – Thursday 9AM – 5PM
The GRC will be closed on Friday, March 31 for the university holiday
During the quarter, the GRC is open Monday – Thursday 9:00AM – 7:00PM and from 9:00AM – 5:00PM on Fridays.
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