Graduate Division

Grad Weekly Update

Section 1


January 16th, 2020

Summary

New This Week

Decade Roundtable lunch with Bellevue College

Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are invited to attend a roundtable lunch discussion with Bellevue College representatives during their visit to UC Irvine on Friday, January 24th.

Bellevue College currently has job openings available for in a variety of fields.  This visit will serve as an opportunity for students and post-docs to learn about teaching internship opportunities at Bellevue College, ask questions regarding current job listings, and gain a better understanding of the institution and their commitment to equity and diversity in hiring.

Lunch will be provided

Date: Friday, January 24th

Time: 12-1:30pm

Location Gradute & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center

RSVP: https://forms.gle/Tq5TB9qjh5WrnXpH9

A general information session will follow the roundtable lunch discussion

Grant Writer Seminar and Workshops: Write Winning NIH Career Development Awards for Grad Students and Postdocs

Event sponsored by GPS-STEM 

Friday, February 14, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This seminar is for Career Development Award (CDA) candidates, in particular, those writing NIH K99/R00, K08, K23 and NRSA (F30, F31, F32) proposals. This workshop emphasizes the partnering between the candidate, mentor, and institution that is necessary to make these proposals successful, resulting in protected time for research. Content of the seminar includes tips and strategies on getting reference letters, selecting and getting the most from a mentor, how to review criteria can be used to inform the writing of a CDA, and the kinds of research and training that should be proposed.  Details and registration

Workshop attendees are expected to be familiar with the basic components and strategies of writing NIH applications. Attendance at NIH Grant Writing Basics “pre-GWSW seminar” is highly suggested to obtain this foundational information. This workshop is on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am.  Details and registration  

 Questions? Contact Mary Frances Ypma-Wong at mypmawon@uci.edu

Advanced Health Policy Elective

Health policy is an important and often forgotten topic within medical education, and health professional students are left without the full context of the socioeconomic and political landscapes that guide health care delivery. We now seek to fill this gap with the new two-week Advanced Health Policy Elective for medical students and allied health professional students at the University of California, Irvine. All are able to join our afternoon and evening sessions and students outside of the School of Medicine will be offered Certificates of Recognition for engaging with the course. 

 The course will be held April 13-24, 2020. Our schedule is yet to be finalized but a rough draft can be found below. You can also find us on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/HealthPolicyUCISOM/?eid=ARAwAb8Vz-snxpPHLgw8I7bte8kmYllIzh5ijV7uVYthz9PEOioTnvnuJQHQdSVjdMSlfjKJlo6nbgeD

 

April 13-24, 2020

Afternoon (1-5PM)**

Evening (6-7:30PM)**

week 1:

health policy and insurance basics

M

Course Intro, US Health Policy, Affordable Care Act

Tu

Medicare, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)

Special Populations*

W

Medicaid/MediCal, Children/s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)

Special Populations*

Th

Safety net,  Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

Special Populations*

F

Private/Employer-based insurance, Insurance Marketplace

Special Populations*

week 2:

pricing models and special populations

M

Cost, Payment Models

Special Populations*

Tu

Quality, Pharmaceutical Industry, Veteran’s Affairs, Indian Health Service

Special Populations*

W

Long-term Care,

Disabilities, “Dual Eligibles’

Panel: Patient and Family Experiences with disabilities

Th

Local Community, Special Populations*

Special Populations*

F

Special Populations*, Wrap-Up

 For more information please contact John Billimek: jbillime@hs.uci.edu

S.K.Y. | CAMPUS HAPPINESS PROGRAM

Stress Management and self development.

Jan. 24th, 25th, 26th   FRI: 6pm-10pm    SAT-SUN: 10am-5pm

  • Stretch your body & your mind
  • Breathe and clear your mind, uplift your mood
  • Meditate and learn to center & relax
  • Focus and improve focus

APPLY NOW: http://tiny.cc/skyuciapply  |   www.skymeditation.org  |  Facebook: skyuci   |  Instagram: skyatuci      

Funded by: SKY MEDITATION AT UCI

NSF I-Corps Bootcamp

NSF I-Corps is a four week, immersive boot camp that teaches researchers how to
conduct market research and find product-market fit for their great ideas. This program meets once a
week and is designed for researchers doing work in the STEM fields.
I-Corps is designed to help you:

  •  Kick start your innovation with up to $2000 in funding
  •  Successfully translate university research to technologies in the market
  •  Obtain skills and training essential for professional development
  •  Explore alternative career paths (entrepreneurship, business, marketing)

January 23, 2020 – Mandatory orientation (link)
January 31, 2020 – Application deadline (link)
Cost: FREE!
For more information and dates: http://innovation.uci.edu/programs/i-corps/
Any questions, please contact: sophia.lin@uci.edu or doug.crawford@uci.edu

SBIR/STTR Workshop at UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Calling all women entrepreneurs and researchers! Join us for W.SPARKSBIR, the first in a series of workshops that walks you through the steps to writing and submitting a well-crafted SBIR/STTR grant application for the upcoming April and June 2020 NSF and NIH deadline! 

Dates: February 11, February 18, February 25, and March 3, 2020

Time: 9 AM – 11 AM

Location: 5270 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617

About: Workshop topics include:

  • Eligibility for SBIR/STTR grants
  • Company formation and important registrations
  • Sections of the SBIR/STTR grant application
  • Identifying the most appropriate federal agency
  • Budgeting
  • How to conduct market research
  • Second submissions
  • We will cover all the how-tos, common mistakes, and tips and tricks to make your application competitive

Application link for complimentary admission for students only: https://uci.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1LCxokjcMoKWuu9

Application deadline: February 3, 2020

For more information, please see our WEBSITE or contact Sophia Lin at sophia.lin@uci.edu if you have any questions. 

Events

SBIR/STTR Workshop at UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Calling all women entrepreneurs and researchers! Join us for W.SPARKSBIR, the first in a series of workshops that walks you through the steps to writing and submitting a well-crafted SBIR/STTR grant application for the upcoming April and June 2020 NSF and NIH deadline! 

Dates: February 11, February 18, February 25, and March 3, 2020

Time: 9 AM – 11 AM

Location: 5270 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617

About: Workshop topics include:

  • Eligibility for SBIR/STTR grants
  • Company formation and important registrations
  • Sections of the SBIR/STTR grant application
  • Identifying the most appropriate federal agency
  • Budgeting
  • How to conduct market research
  • Second submissions
  • We will cover all the how-tos, common mistakes, and tips and tricks to make your application competitive

Application link for complimentary admission for students onlyhttps://uci.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1LCxokjcMoKWuu9

Application deadline: February 3, 2020

For more information, please see our WEBSITE or contact Sophia Lin at sophia.lin@uci.edu if you have any questions. 

Decade Roundtable lunch with Bellevue College

Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are invited to attend a roundtable lunch discussion with Bellevue College representatives during their visit to UC Irvine on Friday, January 24th.

Bellevue College currently has job openings available for in a variety of fields.  This visit will serve as an opportunity for students and post-docs to learn about teaching internship opportunities at Bellevue College, ask questions regarding current job listings, and gain a better understanding of the institution and their commitment to equity and diversity in hiring.

Lunch will be provided

Date: Friday, January 24th

Time: 12-1:30pm

Location Gradute & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center

RSVP: https://forms.gle/Tq5TB9qjh5WrnXpH9

A general information session will follow the roundtable lunch discussion

Grant Writer Seminar and Workshops: Write Winning NIH Career Development Awards for Grad Students and Postdocs

Event sponsored by GPS-STEM 

Friday, February 14, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This seminar is for Career Development Award (CDA) candidates, in particular, those writing NIH K99/R00, K08, K23 and NRSA (F30, F31, F32) proposals. This workshop emphasizes the partnering between the candidate, mentor, and institution that is necessary to make these proposals successful, resulting in protected time for research. Content of the seminar includes tips and strategies on getting reference letters, selecting and getting the most from a mentor, how to review criteria can be used to inform the writing of a CDA, and the kinds of research and training that should be proposed.  Details and registration

Workshop attendees are expected to be familiar with the basic components and strategies of writing NIH applications. Attendance at NIH Grant Writing Basics “pre-GWSW seminar” is highly suggested to obtain this foundational information. This workshop is on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am.  Details and registration  

 Questions? Contact Mary Frances Ypma-Wong at mypmawon@uci.edu

UCI-GPS STEM Career Transitions Biomedical Industry Site visits

Interested in learning different aspects of medical device industry & how to get involved? Come take a tour of Biomedical Device Company Medtronic. 

Feb. 13th, 10:00am - 1:00pm 5290 California Ave, Irvine 92617

Take a tour & participate in break-out session on:

Research & Development : Marketing, Medical Affairs : Buisiness Development & Strategy

What to expect from this site visit

  • Opportunities to view life science research industry
  • Learn about what it takes to work in a biomedical company
  • Broaden your understanding of medical device industry
  • Connect and network with industry professionals
  • Ask any specific questions from the professionals

Limited spots, RSVP now : https://TINYURL.COM/MEDTRONICSITEVISIT

Got more questions? Contact GPS-STEM Program Director, Harinder.Singh@uci.edu

UCI-GPS STEM Department of Chemistry Life Beyond PhD Seminar Series

Whether you are interested in setting up your own lab, work in an industry setting or starting your own company, it is essential to learn from experiences of alumni. This event will feature a speaker who recieved his PhD in Molecular Biology & BioChemistry (UCI) & currenly runs a start-up focusing on synthetic biochemistry.

Speaker: Tyler Korman, PhD - Director of Research & Development INvizyne Technologies, Inc. UCI Alumnus

What will you learn from this seminar and Q & A session?

  • Career journey & life after PhD
  • How to plan for a career in industry, academe or in both at the same time
  • Intricate details of the life sciences start-up world
  • Industry vs Academe: similarities & differences

January 23rd @12:00pm-1:15pm in Natural Sciences-II #2201

RSVP https://tinyurl.com/LifeBeyondPhD

More Infor: Harinder.Singh@uci.ed 

Announcements

Dear UCI Community,

Because of the recent events this past week, we understand that some of our Iranian and Iranian-American students could be under extra stress or experiencing fear.

The Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture would like to provide a space for students, faculty and staff to gather for tea/coffee and support. We are coming together on Monday, January 13th at 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture, 1st floor Lobby of the Humanities Gateway Building.

You are all welcome here as a valued member of our campus community.

Touraj Daryaee
Maseeh Chair in Persian Studies & Culture
Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
University of California, Irvine
1st Floor Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697-3370

Advanced Health Policy Elective

Health policy is an important and often forgotten topic within medical education, and health professional students are left without the full context of the socioeconomic and political landscapes that guide health care delivery. We now seek to fill this gap with the new two-week Advanced Health Policy Elective for medical students and allied health professional students at the University of California, Irvine. All are able to join our afternoon and evening sessions and students outside of the School of Medicine will be offered Certificates of Recognition for engaging with the course. 

 The course will be held April 13-24, 2020. Our schedule is yet to be finalized but a rough draft can be found below. You can also find us on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/HealthPolicyUCISOM/?eid=ARAwAb8Vz-snxpPHLgw8I7bte8kmYllIzh5ijV7uVYthz9PEOioTnvnuJQHQdSVjdMSlfjKJlo6nbgeD

 

April 13-24, 2020

Afternoon (1-5PM)**

Evening (6-7:30PM)**

week 1:

health policy and insurance basics

M

Course Intro, US Health Policy, Affordable Care Act

Tu

Medicare, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)

Special Populations*

W

Medicaid/MediCal, Children/s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)

Special Populations*

Th

Safety net,  Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

Special Populations*

F

Private/Employer-based insurance, Insurance Marketplace

Special Populations*

week 2:

pricing models and special populations

M

Cost, Payment Models

Special Populations*

Tu

Quality, Pharmaceutical Industry, Veteran’s Affairs, Indian Health Service

Special Populations*

W

Long-term Care,

Disabilities, “Dual Eligibles’

Panel: Patient and Family Experiences with disabilities

Th

Local Community, Special Populations*

Special Populations*

F

Special Populations*, Wrap-Up

 For more information please contact John Billimek: jbillime@hs.uci.edu

S.K.Y. | CAMPUS HAPPINESS PROGRAM

Stress Management and self development.

Jan. 24th, 25th, 26th   FRI: 6pm-10pm    SAT-SUN: 10am-5pm

  • Stretch your body & your mind
  • Breathe and clear your mind, uplift your mood
  • Meditate and learn to center & relax
  • Focus and improve focus

APPLY NOW: http://tiny.cc/skyuciapply  |   www.skymeditation.org  |  Facebook: skyuci   |  Instagram: skyatuci      

Funded by: SKY MEDITATION AT UCI

Applications for Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentors are now available online.

Apply to be a Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentor. From April 2020 – December 2020, take part in mentoring, leadership, and cross-cultural training and help support a group of incoming international graduate students successfully transition to campus as part of the Graduate InterConnect Program. GIC offers opportunities for international students to network, develop support networks through Peer Mentors, improve communication skills, and learn about American life and culture to ease the transition to UC Irvine and the graduate experience.

GIC Peer Mentors from all disciplines and backgrounds are assigned to mentor a group of incoming international graduate students from summer through fall quarter. They engage with pre-arrival and first quarter communications, plan and facilitate fall events, and participate in Graduate Welcome and Orientation. Peer Mentors are eligible for a stipend up to $600 upon completion of program. More details about the position and the commitment can be found on the online application.

APPLY NOW: https://tinyurl.com/2020NewGICPeerMentors

The application requires a UCI email address (Google Account)

DUE THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

For questions about the position or the program, please email gradinterconnect@rgs.uci.edu.

Register for DTEI Winter 2020 Workshops!

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is proud to offer workshops throughout the Winter quarter. Topics for quarter creating an assessment mosaic to encourage spaced learning, using alternative ways of incorporating instructional technology beyond iClicker, and approaching various ability types in designing lesson plans. If you're interested, please RSVP. To find out more about how these can count towards the Certificate in Teaching Excellence, click below!
Link: http://dtei.uci.edu/workshops-and-colloquia/

Academic Interviewing

Improve your interview skills and build confidence for your upcoming academic interviews! 

This assignment is a customized mock interview for college professor positions. Record your responses and use the self-review feature to evaluate the interview. We also encourage you to send you interview videos to others (peers,faculty, mentors, etc.) for feedback.

1. Log on to Big Interview at uci.biginterivew.com

2. Click the "Assignments" tab on the top navigation bar & enter the Assigment Code: ddac9c

3. Complete mock interivew and utilize the "self-review" and "share" feature to evaluate your interview!

California Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Call for Judges

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS, https://www.jshs.org) is a national program for high school students who have completed some original research. The students have to write and submit a research paper plus an abstract to be considered to participate. This is not a typical science fair event. For JSHS, the students are judged on both their ability to present their work in a scientific research paper and accompanying abstract, and on their ability to explain their work during a 12 minute oral presentation followed by questions from the judges.

UCI Irvine hosts 2 symposia, one for Northern and one for Southern California.
Students papers are submitted to one of the following categories, and where possible present within these categories.
1. Environmental Science
2. Biomedical Sciences; Molecular/cellular
3. Life Sciences
4. Medicine & Health/Behavioral Sciences
5. Engineering and Technology
6. Math and Computer Science
7. Physical Sciences, including Physics, Astronomy, Internet of Things
8. Chemistry, including Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, Alternative Fuels, Geochemistry

The symposium has a two-step process.
1) Qualified scientists (graduate level and above) review the papers. The reviewers select papers for participation, and provide suggestions for improvement where appropriate.
2) Selected students present their research before a panel of science judges whose knowledge base most closely matches the area of science that the student researched. The judges select two students to move forward to a second round later that day. For the second round the earlier selected students present before a panel of judges with a variety of science backgrounds. Three scholarship winners are selected to receive $2000, $1500, and $1000 in undergraduate, tuition
scholarships the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, outreach programs. 

Any high school student, grades 9 - 12, from California and Western Nevada is eligible to apply to submit a paper on an original research project The 2020 event(s) are to be held on Saturday January 18th and February 15th, 2020. Both follow the same format, and are hosted at the Beckman Center, Irvine.

Morning session: (7:00a.m.to noon), breakfast and lunch are provided and,
Afternoon sessions: noon to 4pm, lunch is provided.
Judges can participate in morning or afternoon sessions or both.
Each session involves 6 to 8 papers with the am meetings being discipline specific, and the pm
session with 1-2 students from each of the am sessions.

For judges California JSHS uses Navy personnel, UCI research scientists and graduate students. The graduate students returning over several years and often become the lead judge for a room. UCI faculty, graduate students, and research personnel interested in supporting the students participating in this program by being judges should contact Ann Miller (amiller@uci.edu), Director of the California JSHS (https://sites.uci.edu/jshs/).

Grand Challenges Initiative Teaching and Research Fellows, August 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Schmid College of Science and Technology and Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering at Chapman University invite applications for their groundbreaking postdoctoral teaching and research fellows program. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman can be found at www.chapman.edu/diversity

Appointments will begin in late summer 2020 for one year with up to two-years of extension contingent on performance. Fellows are outstanding early-career scientists who provide innovative teaching and mentorship to undergraduate students in our Grand Challenges Initiative (http://www.chapman.edu/GCI), as well as advance independent research in collaboration with a member of the faculty. Fellows are offered a competitive annual salary ($57,000), benefits, annual research support ($5000), and personalized professional development in teaching and research.

Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs. The university is a nationally ranked R2 research institution with a commitment to excellence through world-class research and innovative teaching. Science and engineering programs at Chapman are growing rapidly and are now housed in the brand new Keck Center for Science and Engineering. More information is available here: www.chapman.edu/keckcenter

QUALIFICATIONS

Postdoctoral Fellows must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent of a doctoral degree by the beginning of employment at Chapman University. The doctorate or equivalent must have been awarded within the last five years and candidate must not have exceeded five years of prior postdoctoral experience.

We invite candidates from the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science and policy, math, physics, food science, computational science, computer science, data analytics, electrical engineering, and computer engineering to apply. 

Candidates should submit the following electronically via Academic Jobs Online:
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15505

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program: Call for Applications for 2020-2021

The California State University (CSU) is seeking applications for the 2020-2021 Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP). The purpose of the Program is to increase the number of individuals who demonstrate potential as doctoral students and who may be interested in applying for future CSU instructional faculty.

This exemplary program has been in existence for over 30 years and has resulted in the hiring of 800 CSU faculty members in a wide range of disciplines. Currently, more than 35 CSULB faculty members are former recipients of this competitive award.

The program is open to applicants who will be new or continuing full-time students in doctoral programs with a research focus at regionally accredited universities anywhere within the United States. Applicants are not required to have attended the CSU or to have been accepted in a doctoral program at the time of their application. The CDIP program offers:

* Mentorship
* Loan
* Professional Development
* Dissertation fellowship

The CDI loan is $10,000 per year for three years and forgivable for those with full- or half-time teaching appointments at a CSU campus. Recipients must be CSU employees in order to receive loan forgiveness. Being awarded the CDI loan is not a guarantee of employment at the CSU.


Each applicant is required to have a full-time tenure/tenure track CSU faculty advisor who will provide professional mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the student's educational experience.

Applications are available from the Chancellor's Office website only: www.calstate.edu/

CDIP http://www.calstate.edu/HR/CDIP

The campus deadline for application submission to InfoReady is Saturday, February 1, 2020. Applicants should upload all application material to InfoReady by 11:59PM that day.


Further information on the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program may be obtained from the website www.calstate.edu/HR/CDIP<http://www.calstate.edu/HR/CDIP

City Internships Intern and Study Abroad Programs

I am pleased to announce the application process for our 2019/20 Intern and Study Abroad Programs has launched as of Sunday 27th October.

I am also excited to communicate the addition of 11 new cities for students to select from, which embodies our drive to expand horizons and opportunities for those who join a City Internships Program.

Students may now join one of our Programs that offer a guaranteed internship in their choice of the following locations and career fields.

Program locations:

> London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco,  Medellin, and Santiago.

Internship placement career fields: 

> Banking & financial services, Consulting & Professional services, Marketing, Advertising & PR, Law & Politics, Media, Entertainment & Journalism, Art, Fashion & Design, Start-ups & Entrepreneurship, Technology & Engineering, and Charities, Non-profits & NGOs.

In the meantime, I have provided a brief overview of our approach and Program offerings below, with a link to request a more detailed prospectus. In addition, you may also find a PDF, printable noticeboard flyer here.

You can apply now at: https://city-internships.com/apply

I look forward to working with you on one of our Programs.

Josh

Joshua Edgley-Smith

General Manager of Programs, City Internships

joshua.edgley-smith@city-internships.com

+1 310 438 5329

929 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

www.city-internships.com

Middle Tennessee State University Faculty Position openings

Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee’s best regional comprehensive university, is located on our beautiful 550 acre campus, about 35 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee in the city of Murfreesboro (named one of the 15 Fastest Growing Cities by the U.S. Census Bureau as well as one of the 20 Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine, 2018). 

MTSU has approximately 22,000 students and offers through eight colleges, The College of Graduate Studies, and thirty-nine academic departments, baccalaureate instruction in the liberal and fine arts, the sciences, education, business, media and entertainment as well as a variety of other fields. Programs in the College of Graduate Studies are offered at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.

Currently, we’re seeking applicants for faculty positions for the 2020-2021 academic year who are committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.

Grad Slam is back and we want YOU to bring the Slammy back to UCI!

What is Grad Slam?
Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This competition not only highlights the excellence, importance and relevance of UCI graduate scholars and their research, but it is also designed to increase graduate students' communication skills and their capacity to effectively present their work with poise and confidence. It is an opportunity to share accomplishments with the campus, friends of UCI, the local community, and the broader public.

Learn more about the competition and what it takes to become a Grad Slam Champion by attending one of our two information session by clicking below or the button above.

Both sessions will take place inside the Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center

Information Session 1: Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 2 pm - 3 pm 
Information Session 2: Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 am - 11 am


Questions? Contact Turner Dahl at tdahl@uci.edu.

Academic English 23ABC Graduate Level Communications Courses

Program in Academic English is offering graduate-level communication courses (AC ENG 23A, 23B, and 23C) in Fall 2019. These courses are designed to assist with graduate students’ command of oral communication skills.
Are you looking to :

  • Develop greater confidence for internship and job interviews?
  • Prepare to work as a teaching assistant at UCI?
  • Enhance your English presentation skills?
  • Pass TOEP or SPEAK faster?
  • Recieve individualized feedback on your speaking and pronunciation?

Course Offerings for Fall 2019:

  • Academic English 23A – Pronunciation
    • 20156 TuTh 11-12pm
    • 20157 TuTh 9:30-10:50am
  • Academic English 23B - Conversation & English Stress, Rhythm and Intonation
    • 20158 TuTh 3:30-4:50pm
  •  Academic English 23C – Langauge and Presentations (to enroll please contact Neda Sahranavard nsahrana@uci.edu)
    • 20160 TuTh 12:30-1:50pm

All Classes are 2 units Pass/No Pass only and can be repeated for credit!

For more information

CLICK HERE

or email

academicenglish@uci.edu

CUNY School of Medicine Cancer Research Training Internships in Global and U.S. Minority Settings

THE CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY EDUCATION IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS (CEESP) PROGRAM
CEESP provides funding for students to travel and conduct summer research in U.S. minority and global settings. Amount awarded is based upon each applicant's research project and its associated costs for a period of up to 15 weeks during the summer of 2020 . The program provides a stipend/subsistence to cover travel and living expenses in the domestic or foreign research sites. Previous internships have been conducted in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Morocco, Vietnam, Kenya, Egypt Tunisia, Zambia, Cyprus, Peru, Mexico & the United States. CEESP is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute.
You can check CEESP at: https://ceesp.ccny.cuny.edu/

For more information on this competitive program, please contact:
The CEESP Director,
Dr. Amr Soliman:
asoliman@med.cuny.edu

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2020

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 https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/DiMento2019-20.

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 (wgarmendez@law.uci.edu), coordinates the hiring process. If hired, please contact Wendy directly to make an appointment.

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; jrenaud@uci.edu) -- 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)

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. To apply

CLICK HERE

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. For more information and locations

CLICK HERE 

*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.

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

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. 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.

RSVP HERE

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write to us:

Harinder Singh, PhD
Associate Director,
GPS-BIOMED Program
University of California, Irvine
Harinder.Singh@uci.edu

Graduate Students Support Group 

Pre-group Meeting Required.

Mondays 3:00pm-4:30pm6c4c64f7a3&e=5c267d1f60

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

www.counseling.uci.edu

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 AccessNYT.com

2. Create a NYTimes.com account using your school email address.

3. Download your free NYT mobile app at nytimes.com/mobile

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 cynthiaj@uci.edu. To begin setting up your account

CLICK HERE

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 (crosssj@uci.edu) or Ted Yoo (yooty@uci.edu) 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 spg@uci.edu.

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 gps-cirtl@uci.edu.

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 adriw@uci.edu.

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. To take the survey

CLICK 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: https://goo.gl/forms/YWCa6jDCR4lNm0iL2"

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 and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center Update

Happy Winter quarter GradEaters! Take a look below to check out all the exciting opportunities being offered at the GSPRC this quarter. 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

MENTORING EXCELLENCE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Thursdays, January 23rd to February 27th 10:00 am – Noon
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
• Thinking about becoming a mentor in any Graduate Division program
*Thinking of applying to mentor SURF, DECADE PLUS, Grad InterConnect or Competitive Edge students? Now is a good time to
complete the MEP program and complete this requirement early!

PUBLIC SPEAKING: ACTIVATE TO CAPTIVATE

Two sessions offered
Tuesdays, January 14th to March 3rd from 9:30am to 11:30am
Wednesdays, January 15th to March 4th from 9:30am to 11:30am
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

COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS FOR ACADEMICS

Thursdays, January 9th to March 5th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
This course is about the development of effective communication skills, oral and written presentations. Topics range from the art of
creating keynote slides to strategically crafting a personal story, culminating in a live presentation to an invited audience.

ADVANCED TRAINING & CAREER WORKSHOPS

Grad Slam Video Boot Camp

Tuesday, January 14th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
This boot camp will give you the know-how and comfort you need to speak in front of any camera with confidence and clarity about
your work. This session is part of the Grad Slam Mini-Series. (Bonus: By the end of this boot camp you will have a recorded presentation
you will be able to submit for Grad Slam! Book your spot today, get over the jitters, and get your video submission – for any purpose –
done!)

Dissertation Boot Camp

Friday, January 31st - Saturday, Febrauary 1st from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, February 2nd from 9:00am to 1:00pm
The Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC) is an intensive 3-day writing opportunity for graduate students writing in the dissertation phase of
their program. The DBC helps writers overcome blocks, make significant progress in a short period of time, and develop skills for future
academic writing. Space is limited and fills early. Reserve your spot today, and get that dissertation done!

Special Event - Winter Recharge

Sponsored by Associated Graduate Students
Every Wednesday in February! (February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) from 9:00am to 5:00pm
It is time to RECHARGE! Winter quarter is tough and we have a solution. Join us each Wednesday in February for a full day of activities
that touch on every aspect of your student experience: your health and wellness, professional development, and school/life balance.

Interview Skills Boot Camp

Tuesday, February 18th from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
This one-day boot camp provides the tools for participants to enter any interview situation with confidence, including how to:
• Adapt to changing circumstances and handle surprises with confidence
• Practice effective small talk
• Interview in any setting including with an individual, a panel, during a meal, and on Skype

Special Event- Home Stretch: Finals Week Workspace

Monday - Thursday, March 16-19th from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Home Stretch provides a dedicated, quiet individual workspace for participants to be productive during finals. Drop in throughout each
day or stay all day long! Writing consultants will be available for drop-ins from to assist you.

Resume & CV Lab

Monday, January 13th from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Drop-in any time during this lab for hands-on help with your resume and/or CV! Whether you’re writing your first resume/CV or just need help with tailoring it to a specific job, Division of Career Pathways staff will be available to answer questions and provide feedback on content and formatting. Be sure to bring your laptop or a printed draft.

OPTIMIZE YOUR JOB SEARCH

Tuesday, January 28th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm,
With countless resources available online to assist you on your career journey, it’s hard to know which ones are worthwhile. Come learn about useful career related resources available to you as a UCI student! This session will feature an overview and demo of career technologies and one-on-one assistance from Division of Career Pathways staff to help get you started. Topics will include: Big Interview, VMock, ImaginePhD, Versatile PhD, and more. Be sure to bring your laptop!

DINE FOR SUCCESS

Monday, February 10th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Proper etiquette is essential for making a favorable impression. Whether interviewing for an academic job, networking at a conference, or simply having lunch with future employers, knowing the basics of dining etiquette can help alleviate some of the stress and nervousness you may be feeling. Come and learn helpful tips on how you can make the most of these opportunities!

PREPARE FOR THE VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR

Thursday, February 20th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
The virtual Career Fair (VCF) is a one-day online career fair specifically for Ph.D. & Master’s students, postdocs, and alumni and offers the opportunity to connect with employers. These employers represent a range of career fields and are all seeking advanced-degree candidates. Learn how to navigate the virtual chat rooms with employers and develop a strategy for a successful virtual career fair experience.

CAREERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION PANEL

Tuesday, February 25th from 1:30 to 3:00pm
Interested in working in higher-ed but are unsure of what opportunities there are outside of tenure-track faculty positions? Join us for a panel discussion to learn about career alternatives within higher education! Panelists will share about their own career journey, give advice for new and recent graduates wanting to work in higher education, and be available to answer your questions. This session will also include an opportunity for you to chat one-on-one with the panelists to receive more personalized insights!

LUNCH AND LINKEDIN LAB

Wednesday, February 5th from 12:00 to 1:00pm
Does your LinkedIn profile need a reboot? Bring your laptop and lunch for hands-on help with your profile!

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTING
 
Are you looking for career support?! Take advantage of one-on-one time with Lauren Lyon.
 
Career Drop-in Advising
On Tuesdays from 10:00 AM – Noon, 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.
 
Fellowship Application Advising
Make an appointment with Kayleigh Anderson to discuss your fellowship application questions and receive feedback.
 
Writing Consultants – Appointments available daily from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
GPSRC writing consultants can review academic publications, dissertation/thesis materials, and provide feedback on job application materials (ex. CV, resume, cover letter). Schedule an appointment

CLICK HERE 

or

call 949-824-3849.
 
GPSRC HOURS

  • The GSPRC hours are Monday – Thursday from 9AM-7PM and Fridays from 9AM-5PM.

 
The Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center (GPSRC) is located on the third floor of the Gateway Study Center.
 
Need additional information about GPSRC workshops and events?
     EMAIL:       GSPRC@uci.edu
     PHONE:     949-824-3849

Funding

NSF I-Corps Bootcamp

NSF I-Corps is a four week, immersive boot camp that teaches researchers how to
conduct market research and find product-market fit for their great ideas. This program meets once a
week and is designed for researchers doing work in the STEM fields.
I-Corps is designed to help you:

  •  Kick start your innovation with up to $2000 in funding
  •  Successfully translate university research to technologies in the market
  •  Obtain skills and training essential for professional development
  •  Explore alternative career paths (entrepreneurship, business, marketing)

January 23, 2020 – Mandatory orientation (link)
January 31, 2020 – Application deadline (link)
Cost: FREE!
For more information and dates: http://innovation.uci.edu/programs/i-corps/
Any questions, please contact: sophia.lin@uci.edu or doug.crawford@uci.edu

CARE-UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
2020 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The CARE-University of California Innovation Fellowship Program is a UC graduate student research and training opportunity with CARE USA. The fellowship is a six-month commitment from April to September 2020, during which time the fellow will be working on a project with professional staff at CARE in one of four priority areas: migration and the U S/Mexico border; reimagining the INGO; addressing poverty and social injustice in the U.S.; or a student proposed project that aligns with CARE’s strategy. The fellowship begins with a 2.5-day orientation in April 2020, requires a full-time commitment during the summer months, and includes a two- to four-week in-country placement between June 22-August 14, 2020 (specific dates and locations vary by project). Fellows receive a $9,000 stipend plus travel and accommodation for the in-country experience.


The Fellowship is open to UC graduate students in good academic standing from any discipline or degree program. It offers a unique opportunity to align practical experience with their academic interests and conduct applied research in collaboration with CARE staff in the countries where it operates.
Fellowship Overview and Priorities


The CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship is a research and training opportunity established by CARE USA’s Innovation Team and the University of California, in collaboration with the UC Blum Center Network. The Fellowship is intended to strengthen the workforce pipeline of expertly-trained individuals whose training and expertise can alleviate poverty and improve human conditions in California, regionally and internationally. University of California graduate students will obtain tailored training and experience through a partnership with CARE, whose humanitarian mission and global footprint provide opportunities to explore applications of research and innovation in real-world settings.
This is an exciting opportunity to help advance the pace and scale of impact that CARE seeks to create in the world. The Fellowship is designed to address capacity and knowledge gaps necessary to advance key innovation and programmatic priorities at CARE and engage the Fellows in advancing real-world solutions to poverty alleviation. The alignment with CARE’s organizational goals ensures the Fellowship provides a meaningful, engaging, and enriching professional development experience for Fellows and an opportunity to advance their graduate work. The Fellowship comes with high expectations regarding performance and professionalism.


The Fellowship is open to UC graduate students in good academic standing from any discipline or degree program at any UC campus. Applications undergo a competitive review process and Fellows are selected based on merit and alignment with CARE and UC program priorities outlined in this RFP. The Fellow is expected to take part in orientation and planning activities during the spring, and commit full-time during the summer months. The fellowship will culminate in a fall “showcase” event in September. Please review the expected activities, outputs, and requirements for the Fellowship in developing your proposal. Students are encouraged to discuss the benefits of this opportunity with their faculty or program advisor, and are responsible for conferring with their campus graduate fellowship office to address any potential conflicts with existing funding.


Key Dates
Final RFP release: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Applicant info-sessions: Monday, December 16 at 12:00 noon Pacific Time
Thursday, December 19 at 12:00 noon Pacific Time
Friday, January 10 at 10:00am Pacific Time
pC application system opens: Monday, January 6, 2020
Proposals due: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 12:00 noon Pacific Time*
Interviews with Finalists: March 16-20, 2020 one-hour video interviews with finalists
Notification of review outcome: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (expected)

Orientation / Kick-off Event: Required 2.5-day meeting, April 24-26, 2020, Location TBD
Summer In-Country Experience TBD: Two to four weeks between June 22-August 14, 2020
Showcase presentation and wrap-up September 2020 (TBD) at a UC campus
Please see our website for program info-session and program info-session registration links.
*Campus approvals are required for submission, as described below. Please plan accordingly

SFARI 2020 Bridge to Independence Award

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce the 2020 Bridge to Independence Award request for applications (BTI RFA).

The BTI Award program engages talented early-career scientists in autism research by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships. Fellows receive a commitment of $495,000 over three years, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship at a U.S. or Canadian research institution.

One of the most salient milestones in a scientific career is the transition from formal mentorship to an independent position. Unfortunately, this transition has become increasingly tenuous in recent years, in part because of the decreasing number of tenure-track faculty positions, which has been compounded by the increasing number of Ph.D. graduates and postgraduate traineeships. SFARI created the BTI Award program to address this issue and to encourage continued excellence in the autism research field.

This RFA is aimed at Ph.D. and M.D. – holding scientists who are currently in training positions but intend to seek tenure-track research faculty positions during the 2020–2021 academic year. The program’s selection process is uniquely designed to enhance the BTI fellow’s job prospects by specifying SFARI’s financial commitment contingent upon successful transitions to tenure-track research faculty positions.

We welcome applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI normally supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science. While we encourage applications from scientists who are working on autism-related projects, we would like to stress that this award is also open to researchers who are not currently working on autism but who are interested in starting research projects in this area and have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

The deadline for Letters of Intent and letters of recommendation is March 2, 2020. Detailed information and application instructions are available here.

UC Mexus-Conacyt Grants and Postodocs 2020 call for proposals

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Calls for Proposals for the following programs are now available on our website at: www.ucmexus.ucr.edu 

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Research Grants http://ucmexus.ucr.edu/funding/grant_collaborative.html

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowships http://ucmexus.ucr.edu/funding/fellowship_post_doc.html

The online application site is also now available on our website.

2020 i3 PhD Fellowships

The University of Pittsburgh's School of Computing and Information seeks four doctoral students to serve as Teaching Fellows at the upcoming 2020 iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3).

i3 is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Each year 20-25 undergraduate students from across the country are selected to become i3 Scholars. Those students undertake a yearlong experience that includes two summer institutes held at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information and a team research project.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has supported i3 with four grants totaling more than $2.89 million. Additional support has come from the iSchools Caucus (www.ischools.org), a consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information sciences as a broad, interdisciplinary field. Select partner iSchools have created scholarship offerings for i3 Scholars applying to their respective graduate programs.

JOB DUTIES

Teaching Fellows will co-teach a two-week module to the 2020 cohort of i3 Scholars (25 students). Two Teaching Fellows will be selected to co-teach a two-week Research Design Module introducing students to key research elements (e.g. formulating research questions, choosing between qualitative and quantitative methods, coordinating a research study, data collection, data analysis, presentation of findings). An additional two Teaching Fellows will be selected to co-teach a two-week Computational Thinking & Tools Module introducing students to tools and practices that they can use in the process of conducting research and succeeding in graduate school.

Inside the classroom, PhD Teaching Fellows are responsible for teaching their respective module content 1.25 hours per day for 10 days across the two week period. Additional time will be required for instructional preparation, follow-up with i3 Scholars, and feedback from i3 Leadership. Teaching Fellows may also attend any of the other i3 events, speakers, or tours included in the Introductory Institute.

The summer institute schedule, a detailed curriculum outline, and teaching resources will be provided by i3. With assistance from i3 Faculty and Staff, Teaching Fellows will be responsible for developing and delivering syllabi, as well as the daily, in-class content of their respective modules.

Because i3 is an immersive, community-oriented program, we strongly encourage Fellows to engage in i3 activities, such as meals, evening activities, and weekend trips, and participate in both structured and unstructured interactions that develop naturally as part of living on-campus alongside i3 Scholars and Leadership. The most successful Teaching Fellows have been those who are present throughout the program outside of their regularly scheduled teaching time.

Fellows also have the chance to foster meaningful connections with i3 Faculty, visiting Research Advisors, i3 presenters, and leadership at one of the many academic institutions that call Pittsburgh home through optional scheduled meetings.

TEACHING FELLOW DATES: 

Arrival to University of Pittsburgh: June 18, 2020
Departure from University of Pittsburgh: July 3, 2020
Teaching Modules: June 22 – July 3, 2020

Application packages should include a cover letter, CV, and sample course evaluations or a letter from a faculty member attesting to the applicant's teaching excellence. Applicants should indicate in their cover letters their preferred teaching module (i.e. Research Design or Computational Thinking & Tools).

Application packages should be submitted online. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Applications will only be considered once all items have been received. Preference will be given to applications submitted by March 1, 2020.

Please direct all questions to Kayla Booth at kbooth@pitt.edu. For more information: http://www.i3-inclusion.org/phd-fellows/

Presidential Graduate Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Fellowship

The University of California Washington Program (UCDC) announces its first annual GOLD Fellowship opportunity. This opportunity will offer selected graduate students an opportunity to spend a quarter, semester or summer term in residence in Washington, DC for the purpose of conducting public policy research on issues of national significance and assist in providing professional development training to undergraduate students. Fellowship recipients will receive a TAship, which includes payment of California Resident Tuition and Student Services Fees in addition to free housing at the UC Washington Center. Selection will be based on a combination of demonstrated interest in public policy and/or public service; academic accomplishment and potential for a career in public policy or public service.
Submissions should include:
• Statement on public policy research interest and proposed research
• Current CV
• Recent teaching evaluations
• Abstract of dissertation
• Transcript with current GPA
• Two faculty letters of recommendation (one must be your dissertation advisor)
Please submit all materials to:

https://ucdcwashingtoncenter.wufoo.com/forms/pmat3mg1b8j435/

L'Oréal Opens Women in Science Applications

L'Oréal USA has opened the application period for the 2020 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science program, the US component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards program. The national fellowship recognizes and rewards women researchers at a critical stage in their careers for their scientific contributions, as well as their commitment to mentoring the next generation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Each year, L'Oréal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to identify five exceptional US-based female postdoctoral scientists who are granted $60,000 each to advance their research. Over the last 16 years, the L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 80 postdoctoral women scientists over $4 million in grants.
In addition to providing $60,000 to advance their research, For Women in Science fellows receive mentorship, career coaching, media training, and access to a robust network of fellow female scientists. 

The For Women in Science Fellowship welcomes applicants from across the scientific spectrum. The 2019 fellowship recipients were honored last month for their important research across a wide range of fields including neuroscience, biomedical engineering, paleoceanography, materials science and RNA biology.

The 2020 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship application period begins on December 2, 2019 and runs until Jan. 31, 2020. Applicants should have exceptional academic records, clearly articulated research proposals with the potential for scientific achievement, outstanding letters of recommendation from advisors and demonstrated success or interest in supporting women and girls in STEM through community service or outreach initiatives.

The application and additional information are available at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers 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 on-line: https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/

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: https://npp.usra.edu/

Send questions to npphelp@usra.edu

The Digital Life Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 

The Digital Life Initiative (DLI; dli.tech.cornell.edu) at Cornell Tech invites applications for its 2020 postdoctoral research fellowship supporting research in ethics, politics, and quality of life in digital societies, on topical issues such as algorithmic decision systems, bias and unfair discrimination, privacy, AI and ethics, and civil society. We welcome applicants from wide-ranging disciplines -- computer and information sciences, law, philosophy, data science, media studies, public policy, and social sciences. For one of the positions, demonstrated interest in contextual integrity is a plus.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.dli.tech.cornell.edu/postdocs

Applications will be considered beginning January 6, 2019 until positions are filled.

Grand Challenges Initiative Teaching and Research Fellows

The Schmid College of Science and Technology and Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering at Chapman University invite applications for their groundbreaking postdoctoral teaching and research fellows program. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman can be found at www.chapman.edu/diversity

Appointments will begin in late summer 2020 for one year with up to two-years of extension contingent on performance. Fellows are outstanding early-career scientists who provide innovative teaching and mentorship to undergraduate students in our Grand Challenges Initiative (http://www.chapman.edu/GCI), as well as advance independent research in collaboration with a member of the faculty. Fellows are offered a competitive annual salary ($57,000), benefits, annual research support ($5000), and personalized professional development in teaching and research.

Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs. The university is a nationally ranked R2 research institution with a commitment to excellence through world-class research and innovative teaching. Science and engineering programs at Chapman are growing rapidly and are now housed in the brand new Keck Center for Science and Engineering. More information is available here: www.chapman.edu/keckcenter

Qualifications

Postdoctoral Fellows must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent of a doctoral degree by the beginning of employment at Chapman University. The doctorate or equivalent must have been awarded within the last five years and candidate must not have exceeded five years of prior postdoctoral experience.

We invite candidates from the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science and policy, math, physics, food science, computational science, computer science, data analytics, electrical engineering, and computer engineering to apply.

Candidates should submit the following electronically via Academic Jobs Online:
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15505

Applications for CCST's Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in Sacramento Now Open

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | CONTACT: Jeffery Song

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Class of our CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows. Completed applications are due by 11:59 pm PST on March 1st, 2020.

The CCST Science Fellows program is open to those holding a PhD or equivalent degree in science, engineering, or social science fields such as economics, sociology, or psychology. Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found at ccst.us/ccst-science-fellows-program.

As CCST Science Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving in the California State Legislature or within a California state agency. Working as staff in the State Assembly, State Senate, or state agency they get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of decision making in the State of California — a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world.

Our fellowship is an incredible opportunity to transform a researcher's professional path. In fact, more than 50 percent of CCST Science Fellows have been hired by the California State Legislature or state agencies since completing their fellowship. Other alumni return to academia, nonprofits, or industry with a deeper understanding of how science informs decision making, enhancing their career as researchers, professors, consultants, and leaders. 

Read reflections from current fellows and alumni at our CCST Science Fellows blog. See how the CCST Science Fellows program has changed their professional path — and helped make California's policies stronger with science!

About the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

The CCST Science Fellows program trains scientific thinkers to be policy-savvy, while helping equip California's decision makers with science-savvy staff. The program was established in 2009 with funds from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and other generous friends. Discover how our CCST Science Fellows make a difference in California's policy arena at ccst.us/ccst-science-fellows-program

ETS 2020 Internship and Fellowship Programs

ETS's Research & Development (R&D) division is now accepting applications for the 2020 ETS Internship and Fellowship Programs.

We are seeking graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program and early-career scientists who are interested in research opportunities in the field of educational research, assessment, learning or related fields. Areas of emphasis include the following:

  • Assessment, measurement and psychometrics: assessment design, validity, fairness, psychometric modeling
  • Education: higher education, career and technical education, teacher education, English as a second or foreign language
  • Natural language processing and computational linguistics
  • Psychology: cognitive psychology, educational psychology, industry-organizational psychology
  • Speech recognition and processing
  • Statistics and data science: machine learning, causal inference, computational statistics, hierarchical modeling

Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

This program focuses on major research activities that will occur in 2020. Selected interns conduct research under the guidance of mentors at ETS offices in Princeton, N.J. Graduate students who are currently enrolled in full-time doctoral programs in the areas listed above and who have completed a minimum of two years of coursework toward their Ph.D. or Ed.D. prior to the program start date are eligible to apply.

Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program

Application Deadlines: December 31, 2019 (preliminary) and February 14, 2020 (final)

This program seeks graduate students who have completed their doctoral coursework and are at the dissertation stage of their program, working on a dissertation related to statistics, psychometrics, educational/psychological measurement or quantitative methods. Selected fellows study at their universities and carry out research under the supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with an ETS researcher or psychometrician.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Application Deadlines: March 1, 2020 (preliminary) and April 15, 2020 (final)

This program provides opportunities for early-career scholars to work with ETS researchers on a variety of cutting-edge topics, including foundational research as well as research embedded in real-world testing programs. Selected fellows work on research projects and conduct independent research that is relevant to ETS's goals under the mentorship of research scientists or psychometricians in Princeton, N.J. Candidates must have received their doctorate within the past three years. This year, ETS is seeking applications in the following areas of expertise: measurement, psychometrics and statistics; process data modeling and analysis; and artificial intelligence.

Please take a moment to consider which qualified individuals would benefit from these opportunities and encourage them to apply. Share this information with your colleagues; complete program details and application instructions are available. Visit our website to get started.

If you have any questions about the programs, please send an email to internfellowships@ets.org. For information, newsletters, research reports and more, join our mailing list.

The Institute for Broadening Participation Funding Resources

The Institute for Broadening Participation’s mission is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. They design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first generation college students, and students from underserved communities.

Students can use the searchable online directory to find STEM funding opportunities below:

Undergraduate Scholarships – 30+ opportunities from a variety of private and federal funders for students pursuing STEM

Graduate Funding for Masters Students – 40+ funding opportunities for Masters-level students in STEM

Graduate Funding for PhD Students – 40+ funding opportunities including funding from NSF, NASA, and NIH.

As well as resources on how to build a strong application. 

Please contact Liv Detrick directly at ldetrick@ibparticipation.org with any questions on how to use the online search to find funding opportunities.

To learn more about The Institute for Broadening Participation, visit: https://www.PathwaysToScience.org

Dan David Prize Call for Nominations 2020

The Dan David Prize is an international initiative, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at the Tel Aviv Univeristy. Three prizes of US$1,000,000 each are awarded anually in selected fields representing the three time dimensions - Past, Present and Future. 

The Dan David Prize is awarded each year to those who have made groundbreaking discoveries or outstanding contributions to humanity. We invite nominations of individuals and organizations that are making a major impact in this year's chosen fields. 

Call for Scholarship Applications 2020

Ten Percent of the Prize is donated by the laureates as scholarships to outstanding young researchers, doctoral and postdoctoral students, studying topics related to the chosen fields. 

Each year 20 scholarships of US$15,000 are awarded - 10 to scholars from universities all over the world and 10 to scholars from Tel Aviv University. High-achieving doctoral and postdoctoral students whose research relates to the fields chosen for this year are invited to apply for the 2020 Dan David Prize Scholarship

Application Deadline is March 10, 2020 

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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