(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
2/19/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
It’s Friday! Last week was the 10th anniversary of the viral pop song “Friday” from right here in Irvine. Many of you probably remember that moment, and perhaps you now feel a bit old like I do to realize it was 10 years ago. That moment, and the artist’s comments on it now that she is 10 years older reflecting on dealing with a life of sudden fame and infamy as a 13-year-old is well worth the read: https://www.stereogum.com/2115729/rebecca-black-friday-10-years-remix-100-gecs-dorian-electra/interviews/qa/
May we all remember that there are real people on the other side of those Internet personalities, job titles, and more.
Happily, while I expected to get some negative feedback on this piece I wrote for Inside Higher Ed asking for more flexibility in grad education, I have largely only gotten support or kind and helpful critique. https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2021/02/17/more-graduate-schools-should-allow-students-earn-stackable-degrees-opinion
Maybe the Internet really is becoming a kinder, gentler place. Of course, I didn’t have a viral video at the age of 13 either.
[Side note, no the Rebecca Black who is a professor at UCI is not related to the viral music video Rebecca Black. Sorry to disappoint.]
Special support for our Anteaters in Texas and surrounding areas:
As many of you know, Texas and surrounding areas have been buried under a wicked winter storm.
We do have students and colleagues trapped in that mess of a storm, and faculty are working to be as flexible as possible during this difficult time. In recognition of these challenges, we also want to remind you that limited Emergency Funds for disasters are available through Grad Division. Please fill out the form here if you need help: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19BkCpFXVis9FXY1uO-74J2DcniJ7x2Us7JHclbklmuo/viewform?edit_requested=true
Orange County is still not on Phase 1B, but plans to advance there as early as next week (You probably saw Provost Stern's message earlier this evening. I encourage you to read it if you haven't). We do feel certain that higher ed will be counted as “education” when we get to 1B. Some of you have heard from your departments about plans. Those of you who have not heard, this does NOT mean you are forgotten. We are watching out for all grad students and postdocs centrally as well as from departments, regardless of whether you are a TA, GSR, on fellowship, or self-pay. Bear with us as we continue to work with the county and state to develop plans. Additional vaccine information for Orange County:
We are less than two months out from tax time! Here are some resources that might help you:
Register for New Venture Competition Presented by UCI Paul Merage School of Business
- Teams compete for $100,000 in cash prizes
- Click here for more information: https://merage.uci.edu/research-faculty/centers/innovation-entrepreneurship/new-venture-competiton.html
Arts Talk With Dean Barker: Leading the Arts Through a Pandemic
In the sixth episode of ArtsTalk, Dean Barker sits down with two M.F.A. students in the Department of Art, Ivy Guild (’21) and Gosia Wojas (’22) to learn more about what led them to UC Irvine, their interdisciplinary and critical practices, and what the future holds for them.
ArtsTalk is a series of interdisciplinary conversations with Dean Stephen Barker and CTSA students, faculty and staff across the four departments of Art, Dance, Drama and Music
Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txiLVM_zKQk&feature=youtu.be
Join us for our PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Expo put on by the Division of Career Pathways
- Wednesday, March 3
- UCI will participate in this virtual career expo where over 45 organizations and employers have registered to meet and hire our grad students!
- Learn more here: https://www.careereco.com/events/gcc
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 Lauren Lyon at email@example.com.
Register for Grad Slam
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!
Click here to learn more about our 10 incredible finalists!: https://grad.uci.edu/gradslam/GradslamFinalists2021.php
I had a student come to office hours this week who wanted my advice on how I balance things: admin work, mentoring my own students and conducting research, raising (and teaching) two little kids, etc. It made me think that it was time for me to give all of you a little speech I have given lots of times before: There is no such thing as balance! There just is not. There will be days when your family needs everything you have. There will be days when your job does. There will be days when your body is screaming out for rest. If you go into a job--like academia, but also lots of others--in which your one job is actually three or four different types of work, things will be distributed amongst them. There will never truly be “balance,” and it’s why I hate the term. The beauty of having a full life, filled with learning and teaching and mentoring and caring and writing and all the rest is that the days change, and if you like variety, that’s great. But do not beat yourselves up because you feel off kilter. There is no such thing as work-life balance. There is only having different things that feed you and also take from you at different times and in different ways. And just in case you are wondering, no I am by FAR not the only person to say so:
And my FAVORITE advice, from now Professor Emerita Judy Olson, have a “no buddy.” This is someone who will celebrate with you when you say no to something you really wanted to do. Because saying no to one obligation is saying yes to all the things you already committed to and all the things you might commit to in the future and the notion of just having quiet time to yourself. Come to office hours, and I promise to tell you about the embarrassing thing that happened with me and my “no buddies.”
FELLOWSHIP DEADLINES ONE WEEK AWAY:
As a reminder, we have a ton of fellowships for summer and to deal with the challenges of 2020.
- You can find the list of them here: https://www.grad.uci.edu/services/COVID-19-Campus%20Health%20Updates%20Archive/ContinuingCOVIDReliefFellowships202021.php
- They are ALL DUE next Friday Feb 26.
- We highly recommend that if you have questions or want feedback before you submit, you come to the office hours for the Associate Deans: Rodrigo Lazo and Jaymi Smith, as they are the ones administering most of them. See office hour times later on in this message.
External Funding Opportunities
- Dan David Prize
Deadline is March 10, 2021: https://www.dandavidprize.org/
- Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Funding Opportunity
Deadline March 15, 2021: https://sigmaxi.fluidreview.com/
- 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
- Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
Deadline May 5, 2021: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr/
Announcing New Summer 2021 NSF Methods 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/
Monday Feb 22: 5PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday Feb 23: 4PM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday Feb 24: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday Feb 25: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday Feb 26: 5PM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
I am writing to you as usual from my closet-turned-home office, which is cozy and tiny, and I can touch all four walls while seated. BUT I am lucky and happy to have that private space. I know that many of you are not so lucky. I was super amused, however, to learn of this closet-turned-theater, which is so very much cooler than my home office:
We are nearing the end of this difficult year. While the challenges remain, and many of us are still unsure how we will dig back out from such a rough time, the ingenuity that drives turning a closet into a theater is in us all. It is by keeping that spirit alive that we may one day see some benefit to all of this pain, some meaning in all of the difficulty, and we may find ourselves in a better post-pandemic world.
On behalf of the Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division