Graduate Division

Grad Weekly Update

Section 1


May 24, 2018

Summary

Events

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES PRESENT: MFA THESIS EXHIBITIONS, PART 2 - THROUGH JUNE 2
 

The Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to present the solo exhibitions of MFA candidates Rachel Borenstein, Niloufar Emamifar, Miranda Javid, Joshua Ross and Eva Słapa. This is the second round of 2018 MFA thesis exhibitions.

Memory Palace
Rachel Borenstein — Contemporary Arts Center Gallery (Front)

Memory Palace is a series of works that navigates the space between memory and matter, winding a pathway through the murky zone that lies between internal and external realities.  Mediated through the language of collage, the works in this show reenact the procedure of remembering through repeated gestures of disassembly and reassembly, order and collapse. Paint and photographs, standing in as records, are pushed, wound and scraped across multi-faceted surfaces, jutting forward with soft borders, encroaching into space and becoming tangled.

 

Public Air
Niloufar Emamifar — Contemporary Arts Center Gallery (Back)

Public Air examines how the liminal manifests itself in multiple registers of potency. It began with a series of interviews Niloufar Emamifar conducted with the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning regarding the trade and commercialization of “air rights” and the legal status of blue property lines that are used to illustrate boundaries on Zone Information and Map Access System (ZIMAS). The resulting project aims to explore the induction of “non-space” into the legal representation of the governed structures and its relationship with the concept of the public. In a parallel work, Emamifar uses the aporia of Kaspar Hauser to examine the tenuous liminal space within alternating frameworks of representation, such as linguistic structures and surveys prospective notions of collapse. 

 

Smoke’s Last Thought
Miranda Javid — University Art Gallery (Back)

Smoke’s Last Thought is a hand-drawn, animated musical film, chronicling the journey of a rapidly diminishing wisp of smoke, rising through Los Angeles and into the ether beyond. The story describes the physical threshold between interior angst and the pluralized complexities of the community outside of the individual. Told through the experience of the amorphous figure of The Smoke, the film asks what permeation is possible. Can we inhabit and know unfamiliar bodies?

 

Gold Is To Be Seen In Darkness
Joshua Ross
— University Art Gallery (Front)

The title Gold Is To Be Seen In Darkness makes reference to Junichiro Tanizakis essay, "In Praise of Shadows," a speculative writing that explores the development of China and Japan without Western influence. This exhibition is the first presentation of an ongoing series of performative photographs and drawings, which takes as a central point of interrogation, the physical and social construction of garments. Within the work, fabric is broken down and assembled into base structures that are then organized in alternative compositions that amplify the voice of dress. The works installed explore ideas of agency, intimacy, desire, and the ongoing interrelationships within identity itself.

 

"Drunkard’s Walk"
Eva Słapa — Room Gallery

While humans, as well as other vertebrates, have a closed cardiovascular system, some invertebrate groups have an open cardiovascular system. Chickens, like humans, have a closed cardiovascular system. When a chicken’s head is chopped off, the system is interrupted, yet some bodily functions remain. The headless chicken keeps on running in circles and flapping its wings. That is because the nervous system still bares the traces of living. Living is a temporal process. Losing all the traces of life by the corpse is a temporal process. A corpse is a process. One of the traces of life in the body is heat. Bodily heat can be left on a chair in the waiting room.

 

NI DE AQUÍ, NI DE ALLÁ - MAY 25

"Ni de Aquí, Ni de Allá" is a full length play, and new work, inspired by the stories from various 1st generation, 1st generation college, undocumented, and DACA Latinx college students on the campus of UC Irvine. The play follows two students who have grown up under the stress of having undocumented family members and even being undocumented themselves. What happens when the fear of deportation becomes real?

Performance Dates: Friday, May 25th at 8PM; and Saturday, May 26th at 2PM and 8PM. 

Location: The Little Theatre (Humanities Hall 161)

Or Email: brownbagtheatre@gmail.com

For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ni-de-aqui-ni-de-alla-tickets-44935123163

 

UNIX SHELL- MAY 30

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 1:00pm-5:00 pm

Where: Langson Library, Rm 570.

The Unix shell has been around longer than most of its users have been alive. It has survived so long because it’s a power tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks so they aren’t typing the same things over and over again.

To Register: Click here

Contact: Danielle Kane, kaned@uci.edu

 

Announcements

SIGN UP TO PERFORM AT ONE WORLD CONCERT - MAY 25

One World Concert is around the corner. Make sure to sign up to show your talent.

Concert date June 1st; Deadline to sign up as a performer May 25th.

Website for more info:

AGS website: https://www.ags.uci.edu/ 

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/175764913141920/

Form to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/XR8ScsJfVavtvRAg1

Contact: Kasra Moazzemi (moazzemi@uci.edu)

 

SUMMER DATA SCIENCE FELLOW AT THE DATA INCUBATOR - JUN 6 THROUGH AUG 10

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2018-06-18 to 2018-08-10.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply?ref=wbXNjaHRlaW5AdWNpLmVkdQ==

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

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LAST CHANCE REGALIA - JUNE 13 FROM 10-6PM

Wednesday, June 13 2018
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Newkirk Alumni Center

Did you miss our Grad Expo? Not to worry! Before commencement, Last Chance Regalia will be the final opportunity you can purchase a cap, gown, tassel, and hood (for masters & doctorate). Tell a friend who might need to know!

Can't make it out to Last Chance Regalia? Send a friend! All they need to know is your height, school, degree, ID number and contact information. Gown sizes are limited. No Cap & Gown packages and individual items (tassel, cap, hood) walk-up sales prior to June 13.

Why come to Last Chance Regalia?

  • Order AND leave with your cap and gown in hand.
  • Join the Alumni Association with a cap and gown membership package and receive a complimentary license plate frame!

 

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. 

 

TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS AT BELLEVUE COLLEGE - VARYING 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 FacebookTwitter, or via email at spg@uci.edu .

 

UCI-GPS-CIRTL LISTSERV RESOURCE AVAILABLE FOR PROFESSIONAL AND PEDAGOGICAL SUCCESS

UCI-GPS-CIRTL is a partnership between the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), UCI Graduate Division and the Division of Teaching and Learning centered on professional and pedagogical development and success. 

You can sign up here for the UCI-GPS-CIRTL listserv to receive information about professional development opportunities through CIRTL! We anticipate sending approximately one e-mail per week or less with updates.

Contact: For further inquiries, please e-mail gps-cirtl@uci.edu.

 

OPPORTUNITY: TEST PREP INSTRUCTOR POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Are you looking for a way to further develop your teaching experience and earn extra pocket money? Apply today to be a LSAT test prep instructor (LSAT/Law experience not required)! This new service offered by the Division of Continuing Education (DCE), in partnership with Educational Testing Consultants, is perfect for you because the curriculum is already established, and just needs you to bring it to life. 

To apply online to be a LSAT instructorClick here

Contact: for more information, please contact Amy Bue at abue@uci.edu

 

LEAD2SUCCESS LEARNING CENTER LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED SAT INSTRUCTORS

What: Lead2Success Learning Center is seeking highly motivated, organized, and experienced instructors to teach SAT prep courses.

When: Position requires availability in the mornings and afternoons on weekdays and Saturdays.

 

MAILING LIST FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN CIRTL TEACHING AND RESEARCH TRAINING

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

More Info: Sign up for general updates and information on CIRTL at UCI on the website Students from all disciplines are welcome to participate, though the majority of examples will be STEM-focused.

Contact: During Winter quarter, Dr. Adrienne Williams from the Division of Teaching and Learning is meeting with grads and postdocs interested in helping develop the Teaching as Research program at UCI. If you want to participate or have additional questions about CIRTL, contact her at adriw@uci.edu.

 

DROP-IN DISSERTATION GROUP FRIDAYS AT THE COUNSELING CENTER FROM 10 - 11AM

What: The group is designed for graduate students to obtain support and to address dissertation challenges. Education will be provided regarding typical dissertation challenges and coping strategies.

When: Fridays from 10 - 11AM

More Info: contact yulil@uci.edu

DISCOUNT ARTS CARD FOR CTSA PRODUCTIONS/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 info.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: GRADUATE DIVISION SOCIAL MEDIA 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 broad and visible impact.

The Social Media GSR, under the direction of the Director for Graduate Student Affairs and Alumni Relations and in consult with the Graduate Alumni Relations and Student Affairs, Communications, and Outreach, Recruitment and Retention teams, 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 reach 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 2018.

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 growns 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 fanpage, Twitter, You Tube, 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? Fill out an online application ( http://bit.ly/socialmediaGSR) and don’t forget to email your professional resume to rrendon@uci.edu.

Questions? Contact: Raslyn Rendon, rrendon@uci.edu.


SUMMER DATA SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.


Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session .


Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City

  • San Francisco Bay Area

  • Seattle

  • Boston

  • Washington, DC.


Dates: All sections will be from 2018-06-18 to 2018-08-10.


Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply?ref=wa2h1aWVAdWNpLmVkdQ==


Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast . Signup soon as space is limited.


Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times , LinkedIn , Amazon , Capital One , or Palantir . To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog . To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat , The Next Web , or Harvard Business Review .


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 PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2018 due dates of June 30, September 30, and December 31. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and our program is found at www.mdanderson.org/CPRITTRIUMPH . Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at ksavannah@mdanderson.org.


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GRADUATE RESOURCE CENTER (GRC) UPDATES

5/24/2018


ADVANCED TRAINING BOOT CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS

Be sure to take advantage of the professional development opportunities still remaining this remaining this quarter. Register NOW!





ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTING

GRC writing consultants can review publications, funding applications, and job application materials. One-hour appointments are available daily from 9:00AM – 7:00PM. Click here to schedule your appointment.

On Tuesdays from 10:00AM – 12:00PM with Neda Moayedi from the Division of Career Pathways provides career advising for both academic and non-academic positions. No appointment necessary, first come, first served.


If you are applying for fellowship funding, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), Fulbright U.S. Student Program or Ford Foundation Fellowships, Dr. Sandra Loughlin can answer questions about the application process and provide feedback on application materials. Click here to schedule your appointment.


Come meet with a peer communication consultant to get strategies to help you deliver more impactful talks about their research, prepare for interviews, or help with reducing anxiety when speaking. Appointments are 30 minutes. Click here to schedule your appointment.


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


GRC HOURS

  • Spring quarter the GRC will be opened from Monday-Thursday from 9:00AM – 7:00PM and Friday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM.


Need additional information about GRC workshops and events:

EMAIL: GRC@uci.edu

PHONE: 949-824-3849

Funding

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 PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2018 due dates of June 30, September 30, and December 31. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and our program is found at www.mdanderson.org/CPRITTRIUMPH. Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at ksavannah@mdanderson.org.

 

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 graduted) an undergrad or graduate university program
    • Submission of 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 fellows 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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