(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
2/12/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Post-Docs,
Nónglì xīnnián kuàilè
새해 복 많이 받으세요
Saehae bog manh-i bad-euseyo
Chúc mừng năm mới
This is a wonderful weekend to celebrate the Year of the Ox (https://chinesenewyear.net/ ), Valentine’s Day (https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2 ), and President’s day (https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day ). If you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary to do, I was sent this event by a student, and I must admit, I am intrigued: https://globaljews.org/events/kabbalat-shabbat/lunar-new-year-kabbalat-shabbat-1/
I encourage you all to use a three day weekend to rest in addition to any celebrations. I am planning to get some good sleep this weekend myself, as I have been abysmal at it this past week! I am told that Matthew McConaughey sleeps 9.5 hours a night, every night. I am putting that on my life goals, alongside drinking more water.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021
- Provides $22B in financial support for colleges and universities.
- UC campuses qualified for $391M in support, $130M of which must be used for emergency grants to students.
- This is the same level of support required under the CARES Act of 2020.
- The Department of Education established a CRRSAA website with a Q & A. Guidance differs somewhat from the CARES Act emergency grants, but the delivery method will be the same.
- Money will be distributed through Financial Aid, but the exact mechanisms are yet to be determined.
- Money that has been authorized by Congress takes TIME to come to the campus, and not all UC’s will get their money in the same time frame.
- We do not yet have a timeframe for the distribution of funds.
- The CRRSAA appears to eliminate the requirement that students be Title IV eligible to receive emergency grants, but the new Department of Education has yet to issue guidance.
- The new Department of Education has not released guidance on whether or not the CRRSAA emergency grants can be issued to international students.
- We will keep you updated as we learn more.
In response to the challenges of 2020 and early 2021, we are deploying a wide variety of support. To save you from having to dig out those old emails, here is the list with the contact information and link to apply for each fellowship or support program. You can find the details of each of these here: https://grad.uci.edu/services/COVID-19-Campus%20Health%20Updates%20Archive/ContinuingCOVIDReliefFellowships202021.php
Our normal continuing student fellowships (e.g., PDY, FMP) will happen as usual for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications will open on their usual schedule in March.
External Funding Opportunities
- Stanford Introductory Studies Fellowship to Diversify Teaching and Learning.
Deadline Feb 16: https://apply.interfolio.com/81824
- Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Funding Opportunity
Deadline March 15, 2021: https://sigmaxi.fluidreview.com/
- Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
Deadline May 5, 2021: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr/
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Deadline April 5, 2021: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html
- Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant
For more information on our offerings for students and faculty visit our Academic Programs page
- PHI BETA KAPPA International Scholarships
Deadline April 16, 2021: https://grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/phi-beta-kappa.php
- Dan David Prize
Deadline is March 10, 2021: https://www.dandavidprize.org/
Announcing New Summer 2021 NSF Mothods CAMP (Cultural Anthropology Methods Program: Advanced Research Training for PhD Students)
Summer program offers a 3-week intensive methods training for PhD students, featuring instruction by leading methodologists.
- Application deadline is March 15, 2021
- Click here for more information: https://methods4all.org/camp/
Call for Members! Graduate Student Career Advisory Board
The Division of Career Pathways (DCP) and Graduate Division's GPSRC are teaming up to develop an amazing group of graduate students to help us shape career development opportunities at UCI!
- Advisory board appointees will help us to develop better career and professional development programs by providing feedback from the UCI graduate student population. Appointees will provide insight into student trends regarding careers and strategies for reaching graduate students. This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in service, and add to their CV.
- Apply Now! Please complete the quick google form to express your interest.
- Deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 2 by 5 pm: https://forms.gle/zfTvmQjGsq39idzq5
- More information: Contact Laruen Lyon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grad Slam is Back!
Date: March 4, 2021 | 5 pm – 7 pm PT
Description: Join us for a unique virtual opportunity to see some of UCI's top graduate scholars show off their impressive research in a competition setting. Even though the competition will look a little different this year in a virtual format, we want YOU to be here! We started off with 50 impressive semifinals contestants and now we're down to the final 10!
Congratulations to our 10 Grad Slam Finalists!
- Daniel Azzam, MD/MBA
- Ashley Hope, MD
- Tauhid Sayeed Bin Kashem. Political Science, PhD
- Leslie Heid, Mathematical, Computational & Systems Biology
- Poonam S.Ahuja, MSBA
- Sirui Wan, Education, PhD
- Sharin Rawhiya Jacob, Education, PhD
- Jessica Vidmark, Biomedical Engineering, PhD
- Ying Huang, Materials Science and Engineering, MS
- Hamsi Radhakrishnan, Neurobiology and Behavior/Mathematical Computational and Systems Biology
UCI Grad Alums Talk | Transitions With Jill Pestana, MS ‘15
Date: February 18, 2021 | 11:30 am – 12:30pm PT
Description: Our next UCI Graduate Alums Talk is right around the corner and we want you to be a part of it! This month will feature Jill Pestana, MS' 15. She'll speak about how she found her purpose and moved her professional life in a positive direction in the midst of a year that was anything but normal.
Heritage Museum of Orange County Presents a Live Stream Lecture Featuring Dr. S. Ama Wray.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Check out the website for more details: https://heritagemuseumoc.org/. The event is free, but registration is required.
Winter Recharge is Underway! Brought to you by the GPSRC
Winter Recharge is intended for you to reconnect with yourself and each other. This series of programs allows you to focus on your personal and professional growth.
- Attend one event or attend them all. For each event you attend, you will be entered into the Winter Recharge Raffle! Raffle winners will be drawn Tuesday, February 23 at 4:45PM at a live Zoom party. The raffle includes gift cards totaling $500!
- In addition to the events, you can participate in the Collaborative Recipe Book and the Positive Affirmation Corner. A submission to the Recipe Book will also earn you a raffle entry!
- For detailed event information: Winter Recharge Details
- Stretch and Release Yoga & Meditation – Friday, February 5 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
- Letter to Self – Monday, February 8 from 4:00 – 4:30 PM
- Recharge Your Goals and Create A Vision Board – Wednesday, February 10 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM
- Recharging Your Professional Network – Wednesday, February 17 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Releasing Expectations and Going with the Flow – Improv Games with Bri – Monday, February 22 from 1 – 2:30 PM
- Show and Tell Your Pet (Therapy Dogs with a Twist) – Tuesday, February 23 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
- Collaborative Mind Map Journey – Tuesday, February 23 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM
- Winter Recharge Raffle Zoom Party – Tuesday, February 23 at 4:45 PM
Like every week, I along with my two associate deans will hold office hours next week.
All office hours are 30 minutes long EXCEPT JAYMI’S THIS WEEK.
This week, Jaymi is hosting a special PANDEMIC PARENTING office hour 12PM-1PM on Thursday. Please join to share tips with fellow parents, share information about what UCI can do to better support you, and just chat about how you are doing.
- Monday Feb 15 - No Office Hours, President’s Day
- Tuesday Feb 16 - 10AM Dean Hayes - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
- Wednesday Feb 17 - 1PM, Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
- Thursday Feb 18 - Noon, Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith - https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918 Theme: Parenting During COVID-19
- Friday Feb 19- 3PM Dean Hayes - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Everyone loves listicles right? I thought I would highlight a few that I have found to be true for graduate school and that might be helpful to you:
And if you don’t want to actually click into all those listicles, let me summarize a few things for you.
First, a lot of these lists talk about community. This came up in a reading group I was in today, in which we were discussing Bettina Love’s newest book “We want to do more than survive: abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom” (side note: really well written, highly recommended, https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/622408/we-want-to-do-more-than-survive-by-bettina-love/ ). Community is so important, and it means a lot of different things: learning communities, your family-both blood and not, your friends, if you are spiritual it could mean a spiritual community, professional networks, your academic community, and more. The point here though is to connect. I continue to be incredibly impressed with the way in which you are making and remaking communities on our campus even with the tough year we have all had.
Second, a lot of these lists talk about staying organized. This is even more important right now. It can be so easy for Zoom to Zoom to drift together, for home life and work life to blend, to lose track of what you are doing. We have all hit a wall, and keeping it together can seem impossible. Sometimes the act of tidying your desk can feel like a radical rebellion. Sometimes it can feel like even that is just too much. The more you can stay organized the better though, through all of grad and postdoc life.
Finally, these lists talk a lot about pain being temporary. There is no doubt that the life of a grad student and a postdoc is difficult-more so now. It is temporary though. And while the academy certainly has work to do to make it less painful, whatever else happens, it will end. You will get through this tough time.
And so with my own little three item listicle behind us all now, I urge you to go forth and enjoy your three day weekend. Reach out to your communities, get organized, and take some deep breaths.
On behalf of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division