Graduate Division

Grad Weekly Update

Section 1

July 18th , 2019



New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Did you know that UCI is home to its own summer Shakespeare festival? Check out our beautiful open-air, Elizabethan-style New Swan Shakespeare Theater next to Langson Library.

This year’s productions are Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice.

Students are eligible for free student rush tickets (any unsold seats, available the night of the performance). Please line up outside New Swan at 7:00. Tickets will be distributed after 7:30 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Shows run Tuesday through Sunday, until August 31. Full schedule available at


Law School Research Assistant Postion open to Graduate Students 

Professor DiMento (School of Law) is seeking two research assistants for the 2019-20 academic year, beginning this summer if possible. The positions are for approximately 10 hours per week and are open to 2L and 3L law students and masters and PhD level students. The pay rate is $14.50 per hour.

Project Number 1 includes research and writing summary reports on international environmental law and policy with a specific focus on the Arctic. A facility with social and environmental science research is a plus but not essential. Familiarity with data management such as EXCEL is a plus.

Project Number 2 includes research and writing summary reports on land use and development control law and policy. Among the topics explored are: land use and homelessness, fair housing, affordable housing, cannabis use legalization, adult uses, takings, and first amendment challenges.

Research assistants will begin with an orientation to research activities with our UCI Law librarians.

Interested students should submit a resume, brief cover letter, and an unofficial transcript. Please indicate for which project you are applying. The position will remain open until filled. Materials must be submitted online at

Please note: the successful candidate must complete the employment onboarding procedures prior to commencing work, per UC employment policy. Staff Human Resources Manager, Wendy Garmendez (, coordinates the hiring process. If hired, please contact Wendy directly to make an appointment.

Apply now for the 2020 Pedagogical Fellows Program

Brief description: Fellows receive a $2000 stipend, advanced pedagogical and professional development, and a supportive interdisciplinary community. We strongly encourage you to review the application early in advance to compile the necessary materials, including a letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor, before the application deadline.

Key dates/deadlines: October 18, 2019 by 6:00 PM.

Website for more info:

Contact person: Dr. Danny Mann at

Announcement to Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Regarding Elsevier 

The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January, but until now the publisher continued to allow access to 2019 articles via ScienceDirect. As of Wednesday, July 10, 2019 UC’s direct access to new Elsevier articles has been discontinued.

What is affected: Members of the UC community no longer have direct access to:

  • 2019 articles in all Elsevier journals
  • Older articles in certain journals (download the list)

What is not affected: Articles published before 2019 in most Elsevier journals (covering about 95% of historical usage) should continue to be available via ScienceDirect.

Please note that the process for discontinuing access is complex, so access to specific journals or articles may fluctuate until Elsevier's rollout of these changes is complete. 

The systemwide faculty Senate has encouraged stakeholders across UC to use alternative access methods or contact their campus library for assistance in obtaining articles, and to refrain from any new independent subscriptions to Elsevier journals at this time. “By ‘holding the line,’” the Senate leadership writes, “the UC can help change the system of scholarly communication for the betterment of all.”

How to get the articles you need

Information about other ways to access Elsevier articles is available on the library’s website and summarized below. There are several options — plus, the library is always here to help.

 Use tools like Google Scholar, Unpaywall and Open Access Button to quickly find open access copies, when available.

What happens next?

We will be carefully evaluating the impact of losing access to new articles on ScienceDirect over the coming months, and will do our best to ensure that you have access to the articles you need. Meanwhile, UC is hoping to reenter formal negotiations with Elsevier if the publisher indicates that they are willing to discuss a contract that integrates our goals of containing costs and facilitating open access to UC research.

If you have any questions or need help accessing an article, please don’t hesitate to contact John Renaud (Associate University Librarian, Research Resources; -- at any time.

Lorelei Tanji, University Librarian
Prof. Linda R. Cohen (Chair, UCI Academic Senate)
Prof. James Steintrager (Chair Elect, UCI Academic Senate)
Prof. Jeffrey Barrett (Chair, Council on Research, Computing and Libraries)

Delta Science Fellowship Application Period Opens August 2019

The Delta Science Program, in collaboration with California Sea Grant, is excited to announce another round of Delta Science Fellowships! In addition to providing funding for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, for the first time, this fellowship is also available to masters students. The goal of the Delta Science Fellows Program is to bring together early-career scientists with senior research mentors and Delta agency scientists to work collaboratively to advance the state of knowledge of high priority science actions that impact the California Bay-Delta.

Estimated Timeline:

Request for applications published: Early August 2019
Applications due: Late September - Early October 2019
Fellowships start: January 2020
Fellowships end: January 2022

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize competition

Application deadline is September 27, 2019

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a national invention competition that recognizes individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions and teams of undergraduate students with a tested prototype of one invention. The prize is conducting their nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students to compete for the 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

The competition recognizes students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcare, food/water, and agriculture, transportation and mobility, and consumer devices. Inventions are not limited to class projects or thesis work, and any side/personal projects could also be considered. Patents are encouraged but not required. In each of the four categories, graduate students are awarded $15,000 and undergraduate teams are awarded $10,000.Students can begin filling out the application now and complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements are available here.


The Graduate Division is looking for a current graduate student to fill a special position that will aid greatly in developing and maintaining a broad spectrum of communications projects for prospective graduate students, current graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars as well as graduate and postdoctoral alumni. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting, work with various professional staff with responsibilities across multiple disciplines, and contribute to major campus initiatives that will have a broad and visible impact.

The Social Media GSR, under the direction of the Director of Communications, will have a key role in informing the social media strategy, website and CRM campaigns – three critical avenues of communication for the Graduate Division – to ensure all are highly engaging and appropriately reaching the various populations we serve. Finally, the Social Media GSR will also staff the graduate student based Social Media Workgroup.

This is a 50% position and is eligible for full fee remission. Eligible students will be in good academic standing and available for a full 50% GSR for the duration of the position. Performance in the role will be evaluated quarterly. Academic performance during employment is also evaluated to ensure satisfactory academic progress.

Successful candidates for this position will begin in Summer 2019.

Selected Duties:

Assists in implementing the Graduate Division social media strategy

Assists in developing social media content

Manages social media calendar and organic postings

Ensures an updated Graduate Division website as well as a highly dynamic and engaging interface across the website.

Constant review of the website for current information, relevance, and accuracy paying special attention to creating and suggesting engaging content

Ensures prospective students, program participants, and others are responded to in a prompt and timely manner following various CRM campaigns

Maintains and grows the Social Media Workgroup

Administer and facilitate regular group meetings and interactions

Assure timely follow-up of action items established by the group

Administers an active social media campaign during Graduate Division events

Other related duties as assigned following project development

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience implementing a social media strategy in a professional setting and/or for non-personal purposes

Demonstrated experience in managing the following: Facebook fan page, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn groups.

Strong written communication skills

Strong ability to communicate across various professionals, peers, and in mixed settings

Moderate level knowledge or above of current social media trends and best practices

Strong desire to learn various new skills in a professional setting

Teamwork oriented attitude and the ability to be flexible with shifting goals, priorities and direction

Self-starter and motivated to take an active role on a team

Excited by a high level of task variation 

Interested? Please contact Derrick Fazendin and send your professional resume to for more information.

Call for Applications: Graduate Division Communications GSR

The Graduate Division is looking for a current graduate student to fill a special position that will aid greatly in developing and maintaining a broad spectrum of communications projects for prospective graduate students, current graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars as well as graduate and postdoctoral alumni. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting, work with various professional staff with responsibilities across multiple disciplines, and contribute to major campus initiatives that will have a broad and visible impact.

The Communications GSR, under the direction of the Director of Communications, will have a key role in updating the Grad Division Website, constructing graphics using various Adobe Creative Suite Software and taking part in photo/video projects.

This is a 25% position. Eligible students will be in good academic standing. Performance in the role will be evaluated quarterly. Academic performance during employment is also evaluated to ensure satisfactory academic progress.

Successful candidates for this position will begin in Summer 2019.

Selected Duties:

Assisting in the design and creation of electronic and printed information, including the Graduate Division website

Designing and producing print media including posters, brochures, annual reports and other publications for the Graduate Division

Designing and executing the technical aspects of the layout of such publications to prepare them for printing

Develop multimedia content for the website and social networks, including the in-house filming and editing of videos

Other duties necessary for the fulfillment of departmental communications needs

Accomplishing strategic communications goals using Internet-based tools.

Desired Qualifications:

Advanced Ph.D. or M.F.A. student

Expert level experience with Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign or comparable products

Experience with accomplishing strategic communication goals using Internet-based tools such as websites, wikis, blogs, social networking sites, and custom applications

Attention to the aesthetic and technical aspects of the layout

Demonstrate creative aptitude in graphics and communicative projects

Ability to function both within a team unit and with minimal supervision

Interested? Please contact Derrick Fazendin and send your professional resume to for more information.

Calling All Student Innovators and ANTrepreneurs!

Do you have a great idea for a business, startup or product but need some financial help to get your idea off the ground? Our Student Startup Fund offers micro-grants to UCI students and alumni to help them develop their innovative ideas. Applications are now open and are accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here to apply.

Request for Proposals | 2020 UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program

UC Research Initiatives (UCRI) has announced the 2020 Request for Proposals for the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program. This year’s competition offers two distinct funding opportunities:

  1. The UC Multicampus-National Laboratory Collaborative Research and Training (CRT) award
    Proposals in this category must focus on collaborative research and training activities in one of the following three targeted areas:
    • Accelerator research ⚬ Quantum information science ⚬ Wildfire-related research
  2. The UC-National Laboratory In-Residence Graduate Fellowship

    UC Research Initiatives is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for The 2020 UC-National Laboratory In-Residence Graduate Fellowship, a funding opportunity for UC graduate students in any field of research that aligns with the missions of Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The RFP for this opportunity is attached, and available on our website. Please circulate this RFP widely to UC faculty and graduate students who may be interested.

Click the hyperlink(s) above for the full Request for Proposals (RFP) for each opportunity.

Workshops/Info Sessions:

CRT Program

To support the development of proposal ideas and collaborative teams, UC campuses are organizing one workshop for each thematic topic of the CRT RFP. Please visit the workshop webpage for event information and locations*.

*Attendance at the workshops is not a requirement for submitting a proposal, and the workshop organizers may limit attendance based on space or budget constraints.

Fellowship Program

Two informational webinars have been scheduled for the Fellowship program, featuring current Fellows and national laboratory liaisons to provide first-hand information about the fellowship, training opportunities at the national labs, and how the In-Residence Fellowship fits into a UC doctoral program. Dates and registration links are available on the program website.

Brews and Brains- Opportunities to Speak

Are you passionate about science communication and outreach? Do you want to engage with the Orange County community and enhance public understanding of science? Join us at Brews & Brains! Brews & Brains is a UCI graduate student-led research communication group with over 2,000 local members. We are committed to engaging with the broader public through providing UCI researchers from all disciplines with the skills and a venue to hone their public speaking skills.

We meet every other Tuesday to hear from a UCI trainee about their latest cutting-edge research on nearly every topic imaginable, from how artificial intelligence can learn to detect lung cancer, how butterflies see the world, why meth-addicted rats can’t get through rehab, and why the data show it really was a bad idea for your teacher to give you detention back in the 8th grade. Our upcoming events can be seen here:

We are always welcoming speakers. Contact Sarah Cross (, Ted Yoo ( or Charlie Smith ( for more information.

UC terminates subscriptions with Elsevier in the push for open access to publicly funded research

As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals. The Academic Senate issued a statement endorsing UC’s position. Learn more.

Financial Aid Introduces Qless: Virtual Lines 

Effective March 1, 2019, The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships introduced 'QLess', an online check-in system that will reduce your waiting time to speak to a Financial Aid representative. No more waiting in long lines!

QLess will provide you with text updates on where you are in line and will predict wait time so you only need to be in the office when they are ready for you. QLess allows you to add yourself to the line from virtually anywhere so you can wait wherever you want, receive wait time updates, and get notified when it’s your turn.

Three ways to join the line:

  • Download the QLess app onto your electronic device

o Apple App Store (iOS)

o Google Play (Android)  

  • Text 'UC Irvine' to 949-304-5853
  • Go Online to join the line from any computer

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Program

“The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Since the first round of competition in 1981, more than 1,200 Newcombe Fellows have been named. Fellows from early years of the program are now senior faculty members at major research universities and selective liberal arts colleges, curators and directors at significant scholarly archives, and leaders and policymakers at nonprofit organizations and in cabinet-level government agencies. In the past decade, national honors such as the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize in History, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences have been accorded to more than a dozen Newcombe Fellows—a number that will continue to grow as more and more Fellows enter the most productive phases of their careers.”

Save the Date for the 2019 Conte Center@UCI Annual Symposium

DTEI's Course Design Certification Program Offered Twice This Summer!

There will be two sessions of the Course Design Certification Program: one in July and one in September. Both of these will be two-day intensive programs with lunch provided! This certificate program covers the foundations of successful course design. Participants will practice ‘backwards, integrated course design’ by establishing goals for student learning and aligning assignments and assessments with these goals. Participants will leave this program with a certificate in course design, a draft syllabus for a course they may teach in the future, and strategies for teaching that course. To get the certificate, full attendance and participation is required for both days. Space is limited, so register quickly!
Key dates: 
July Session: Monday and Tuesday, July 15th-16th from 10am-2pm in AIRB 1030. 
September Session: Thursday and Friday. September 12th-13th from 10am-2pm in AIRB 1030
Contact: Matthew Mahavongtrakul (

Public Policy Prep (P3) Program

This year, GPS-BIOMED's Public Policy Prep (P3) program members visited Capitol Hill. The visit was sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) and organized by American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).
The visitors actively engaged with state legislators in campaigning for various issues surrounding, effective science funding, policies on STEM funding and many more. 
Before the start of the visit, AIBS organized a communications boot camp for our members to help them learn the basics of communication with politicians. 

Based on their visit, all of the members decided to give a recap of their experiences, lessons learned to train and organize working groups for future policy enthusiasts. Their input will also help in preparing and training the students/postdocs interested in visiting their local offices to campaign for various science, health, education-related issues. 

Part 1 (June 12): All the visitors, Evelyn Valdez-Ward, Maria Montchal, and William Pandora will share highlights from their visit and discuss lessons learned for science policy enthusiasts and future Capitol Hill visitors. RSVP NOW!!! 
At the end of the event, we will form working groups to discuss various scientific policy issues (topics will be announced before part 1) for the next event. 

Part 2 (June 19): Training Session- After part 1 event, the groups will come together for the next workshop to discuss various assigned topics. This workshop/working group discussion will be moderated by P3 program members including 3 of our panelist from part 1 event. RSVP link with discussion topics coming soon. 

Part 3 (TBD): After this training session, we will select 5-8 candidates who showed interest in visiting their local offices (Irvine Council, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Newport...) to campaign for the topics discussed in the part 2 workshop.
The exact dates for this visit will be decided very soon based on appointments from local offices (Time for the visit ~1-2 hours total including the travel).

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write to us:
Harinder Singh, PhD
Associate Director,
University of California, Irvine

Outstanding Paper in International Relations 

With proceeds from the National Academy of Sciences William and Katherine Estes Award for her work on nuclear weapons, Etel Solingen, the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies and Distinguished Professor of political science, has established a new graduate award.

The Outstanding Paper in International Relations award is open to all UCI graduate students working in that field. Eligible papers must be of publishable quality, of the caliber that would be expected in a major International Relations journal. Papers completed between December 1st, 2017 and December 1st, 2018 are eligible, including those already published or in the press. Nominations will be accepted only from members of faculty, in a formal memo or letter format, and should include sufficient detail to enable evaluation of the paper's strength and originality.

Three faculty members will serve on the selections committee.

The award amount is $1,000; the 2018-19 winner will be recognized during the School of Social Science Order of Merit ceremony in June 2019.

Click here for more details.

Graduate Students Support Group 

Pre-group Meeting Required.

Mondays 3:00pm-4:30pm

Saimir Thano, Ph.D.

This is a graduate student process-oriented support group that focuses on increasing insight in order to better understanding self and others. Through the interactive nature of the group members may engage in discussion and explorations of diverse topics including academic concerns, personal growth, and varies relationships, such as family, academic, professional, and romantic. Giving and receiving of interpersonal feedback is also an important component of this group.

203 Student Services I

Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-6457

Invention Transfer Group Fellowship 

Fellowships with the Invention Transfer Group (ITG) offer UCI graduate or professional students, or postdocs a hands-on introduction to university technology transfer and intellectual property management. Technology transfer is a mix of science, business, and law. Under the direction of a Licensing Officer at ITG, fellows will assist in conducting technology assessments, prior art searches, writing invention summaries, and initiating market research of UCI inventions. This opportunity gives fellows experience analyzing innovative technologies, and an understanding of the patenting and commercialization processes, while providing an excellent resource to the UCI inventor community.  This fellowship is part-time and paid.


  • UCI graduate-level (Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.D. or J.D.) student or postdoctoral scholar
  • The student should have completed at least one year of graduate studies, and, if a Ph.D. student, have passed their qualifying exams
  • Scientific background in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences, or medicine
  • Must have excellent written communication
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines
  • Requirements:
    • Submit resume and questionnaire to
    • Applicants invited for interviews will be assigned a short case study to be completed within 1 week
    • Approval from faculty advisor, if the fellow is a graduate student or postdoc. Postdocs may be required to reduce their appointment if adding this fellowship would bring them over 100% appointment
    • Ability to devote 5-8 hours per week to the program (some assignments may be completed remotely)
    • Minimum six-month commitment

UCI Students: Get an Online Subscription to New York Times Courtesy of UCI Libraries 

UCI is the only UC Campus to give online subscriptions to their students, staff, and faculty. In order to activate your account, please follow these steps:

1. While on campus and connected to UCI’s network, visit

2. Create a account using your school email address.

3. Download your free NYT mobile app at

The expiration of your pass will be shown to you upon activation. You may renew your complimentary pass upon expiration.

To activate, you must be an eligible student, faculty, or staff member at UCI. Does not include e-reader editions, Times Insider Content or digital versions of the New York Times Crossword. Mobile apps are not supported on all devices. Users receive unlimited access to archived articles outside of the date range 1923-1980; articles within that date range are subject to limited access. Other restrictions apply.

For more information, please contact To begin setting up your account, see this link:

Off-Campus Online Resources Available Through the UCI Libraries 

The UCI Libraries hope that the winter recess is a time of rest and rejuvenation. If, for some of you, rejuvenation includes leaving campus and doing research while visiting family or friends, or at a workshop or conference, please remember that you can access the Libraries’ electronic full-text journals, e-books, and other electronic resources using UCI’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). We recommend the software version.

And the UCI Libraries participate in a reference consortium that provides chat reference assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week when we’re not available to help you.

Brews and Brains- Opportunities to Lead and Speak

Are you passionate about science communication and outreach? Do you want to engage with the Orange County community and enhance public understanding of science? Join us at Brews & Brains as we expand our leadership team! Brews & Brains is a UCI graduate student-led research communication group with over 2,000 local members. We are committed to engaging with the broader public through providing UCI researchers from all disciplines with the skills and a venue to hone their public speaking skills.

We meet every other Tuesday to hear from a UCI trainee about their latest cutting-edge research on nearly every topic imaginable, from how artificial intelligence can learn to detect lung cancer, how butterflies see the world, why meth-addicted rats can’t get through rehab, and why the data show it really was a bad idea for your teacher to give you detention back in the 8th grade.

We are looking for social media, campus, and community coordinators, as well as a treasurer. We are always welcoming speakers too.  Contact Sarah Cross ( or Ted Yoo ( for more information.

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions at Bellevue College - Vary Deadlines

Interested in a faculty career at a teaching institution and finishing your Master's or Doctoral degree? Bellevue College near Seattle, Washington is currently recruiting for tenure-track faculty positions in Art, English, History, Mathematics, and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Please visit Bellevue College’s employment webpage for more information on the open faculty positions and how to apply.

The Science Policy Group at UCI is Looking for Members 

The Science Policy Group at UCI is an active association of students interested in science policy and advocacy. All graduate students are welcome. Our mission is to encourage discussion, education, and involvement in and around issues of the interactions between science, governance, and policy-making. We also help members find opportunities to get hands-on experience working for policy-makers, nonprofits, and other groups related to their interests. We meet once every two weeks and usually have a guest speaker working in the field.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or via email at

CIRTL-For Graduate Students Interested in Developing Teaching/Pedagogical and Education Research Skills 

UCI is a member of Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a nationwide network of research universities that support pedagogical development (improved teaching skills) for graduate students and postdocs. Via this network, CIRTL provides online courses and supports on-campus communities for future faculty interested in evidence-based STEM teaching and education research.

At UCI, UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between the UCI Graduate Division and the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI). UCI graduate students (and postdocs) can take advantage of CIRTL resources in two ways: 1) enroll in workshops and programs here on campus, and 2) utilize CIRTL network/online courses and resources. Students can earn CIRTL certificates (Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar); these certificate levels are described on this webpage.

You can sign up here for the UCI-GPS-CIRTL listserv to receive information about professional development opportunities through CIRTL!  Trainees from all disciplines are welcome to participate, though the majority of examples will be STEM-focused. We anticipate sending approximately one e-mail per week or less with updates. For general inquiries, e-mail

Contact: During Winter quarter, Dr. Adrienne Williams from the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is meeting with grads and postdocs interested in pursuing a Teaching as Research (TAR) project. If you want to participate or have additional questions about CIRTL, contact her at

To receive updates regarding CIRTL Network (online) events, click here.

SEEDS Graduate Student Survey

The Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS - Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability - program is planning to develop workshops for graduate students, with priority to ESA SEEDS alumni and alumni of other diversity programs for underrepresented minority communities. Our goal is to develop the support network during the first few years of their MS or Ph.D. programs and to provide opportunities to deepen and enhance new professional and scientific skills. For the first workshop, we are looking to team up with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The mission of SESYNC is to bring together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems.

Take the survey here

Sign up for the Grad Eaters mailing list

"Grad Eaters! Are you a graduate student studying a food studies related topic? Are you hungry to connect with other grad students pursuing food-related research? Join Grad Eaters in Food Studies! Sign up for the mailing list here:"

Discount Arts Card for CTSA Production/Events/Performances 

What: Claire Trevor School of the Arts offers a Student Arts Pass to full-time UCI registrants, pre-loaded with discounted tickets to the performances of your choice*. Get $5 off the regular student price with a 5-ticket Student Arts Pass ($50); $15 off with a 10-ticket Arts Pass ($95); or $45 with a 20-ticket Pass ($175) – a savings of 10-20%! Purchase your Student Arts Pass at the Arts Box Office or online. Call (949) 824-2787 or email for more information.

Graduate Resource Center Update

Career & Professional Development Support

Throughout the summer on Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Graduate Career Educator Lauren Lyon from the Division of Career Pathways provides career advising for both academic and non-academic positions. No appointment necessary; first come, first served. Drop by anytime to ask Lauren questions about job search, resumes/CVs, interviewing, & more.

GRC writing consultants can review academic publications, dissertation/thesis materials, and provide feedback on job application materials (ex. CV, resume, cover letter). Schedule an appointment by clicking here or calling 949-824-3849.

Register Now: Summer Certificate Programs

Wednesdays, July 10 to August 14 from 3:00 – 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

Register here.

Mentoring Excellence Program

Wednesdays, July 24 to August 28 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

This six-week series focuses on skills and resources related to effective 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
  • Those interested in becoming a Mentor in any Graduate Division program, including DECADE PLUS, Graduate InterConnect, SURF, or Competitive Edge.

Register here.


  • GRC hours of operation during the summer are Monday – Friday from 9AM to 5PM.

The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) is located on the third floor of the Gateway Study Center.

Need additional information about GRC workshops and events:


PHONE: 949-824-3849


Pedagogical Fellows Program Taking Applications

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation invites graduate students who are passionate about teaching and mentorship to apply for the 2020 Pedagogical Fellows (PF) Program. The PF Program is a nationally recognized “preparing future faculty” program; selection is competitive, based on a record of excellent teaching, promising scholarship, and service. The Program is designed to provide Fellows with the following:

- Evidence-based teaching knowledge and skills
- Personalized assistance with preparing for the academic job market
- An interdisciplinary community that emphasizes professional and personal support
- A $2000 award

For more information about the program and the application link, visit Application Deadline: October 18, 2019 by 6:00 PM.

If you have any questions, please email the Director, Dr. Danny Mann at .

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers the U.S. and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current research opportunities can be viewed online:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation as well as subsidized health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional and programmatic travel. Applications are accepted three times each year:

• March 1

• July 1

• November 1

For further information and to apply, visit: Send questions to

Fellowship Opportunity: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented Ph.D. or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2019 due dates of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2019. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process and our program is found at Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at

The Lawrence Fellowship Program 

The Lawrence Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at LLNL that is open to all technical disciplines. Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four fellowships are awarded each year, and the awards are for three years. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. The fellows most often conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment.

Rotary Global Grant Scholarships $30,000 per Year for Student Research/Travel - Rolling Deadlines

The Rotary Global Grant Scholarships support graduate student academic and research endeavors in a foreign country. Awards are for $30,000 per year and students can receive multi-year awards. For more information go the website, click on service opportunities and Global Grant Scholars for scholarship objectives, selection process, selection criteria, schedule, and preliminary application. UCI students are encouraged to apply.

When: Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed as they are received.

The Horizons Fellowship - Rolling Deadlines 

The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. We have 4-month semester programs and 3-month summer programs in cities across the U.S.

The Horizons Mentor Network includes current/past employees of firms such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and more. As a Horizons student/graduate, you will have permanent access to this exceptional group of mentors to help with career choices, general mentorship, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We’ve welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.

Application Process/Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program

  • Submission of a resume and standardized test scores on the website

  • Series of fit and logic interviews

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity at Weizmann Institute of Science 

What: The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is interested in attracting the highest-achieving postdoctoral researchers from premier North American universities through the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program. For more information, please visit websites to learn more about the postdoctoral fellow's program at Weizmann Institute of Science and the Zuckerman ScholarsProgram websites.

How: Interested advanced doctoral students should contact Celina Mojica, Director of Diversity, Extramural Funding, and Postdoctoral Affairs.

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