Graduate Division

Science In Action (SIA)

Science In Action(SIA) (Title1)

SIA provides opportunities for graduate students to develop leadership, mentoring and communication skills, and a deeper understanding of ethical issues within research and relationships. These competencies will be essential as students move forward in their career, either in or outside the academy.

SIA has been developed at UCI by a partnership between faculty and student ambassadors in the School of Ecology and School of Physical Sciences and the Graduate Division and embodies the recommendations by the NASEM Report on Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century.

The applications for 2018-2019 SIA have closed for this year. Please check back later for the 2019-2020 cohort application. Questions? Contact Mary Frances Ypma-Wong, PhD 

Science in Action Documents

SIA Core Curriculum and Practicum Guide- This outlines program requirements and steps to earn the SIA certificate

SIA Plan (fillable form to be completed annually by SIA students to plan professional development activities)

SIA Participation Log  (form to record participation and track hours)

SIA Contact List (Faculty and Student Ambassadors)

NCFDD* Mentoring Map- Helps trainees choose and coordinate mentorship.  .

*The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) provides professional development resources including webinars on a range of topics including meeting goals, improving writing regimens and balancing careers with children and other responsibilities. UCI students can sign up for a free institutional sub-account membership to the NCFDD using their UCI e-mail address.

Individual Development Plans

All graduate student are strongly encouraged to conduct a self-assessment and establish plans for improving specific competencies during their graduate years by completing an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with their research mentor. The IDP process guides the student on how to take advantage of UCI’s many resources as well as opportunities offered via the SIA program. Below are links to several templates and resources.

Outreach Opportunities at UCI and in the Community

All graduate students are encouraged to develop competencies in addition to their research skills.  SIA students focus on developing leadership, mentoring and communication skills, and understanding ethical issues in both research and relationships.  A list with numerous suggestions to develop these competencies at UCI and in the community can be downloaded here.

SIA Upcoming Events and Calendar

SIA- UCI Alumni Panel: Diverse Career Trajectories and Advice for Success Beyond Graduate Training- Register

Tuesday, February 26 - 10:30am - 12:30pm - SBSG 3260
This event will be interactive and student-centered, in which we are bringing UCI Alumni to share their experiences, and strategies for success beyond graduate school that can be applied in diverse settings. For this event we are happy to have the UCI Alumni listed below:  
Niaz Kasravi, Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society, UCI | Director and Founder of the Avalon Institute
Brian Hui, Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design, UCI | Special Service for Groups (SSG), Community Development Manager
Janice N. Phung, Ph.D. in Psychological Science, UCI | Visiting Assistant Professor at Pitzer College
Daniel S. Mann, Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, UCI | UCI Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation
Director of Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Instructional Development
Neda Moayedi, M.A. in Leadership Studies and Higher Education Leadership, USD
UCI Center for Educational Partnerships, Director, SAGE Scholars Program
Former Graduate Career Advisor, UCI Division of Career Pathways

Effective Grant Writing and Keys to Finding Research Funding- Register here 
Lori E. Greene, Ph.D. - Director of Research Development, School of Physical Sciences
Wednesday, March 6- 12:30-2:00pm
Graduate Resource Center, 3100 Gateway Study Center

This calendar includes SIA events as well as professional development events and certificate series that may be of interest to SIA students.