(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
3/12/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Post-Docs,
For those of you in Orange County, it RAINED this week. This means mudslides in parts of the state, so don’t forget to reach out for emergency funding if you have been affected: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19BkCpFXVis9FXY1uO-74J2DcniJ7x2Us7JHclbklmuo/viewform?edit_requested=true. For me, safe here in Irvine, rain means seeing flowers bloom and the grass grow and afternoons snuggled up on the couch reading a book. For my kids, it means talking me into freezing outside while they splash in puddles. It seems we are going to get rain again early next week too. Whatever rain in SoCal means for you, I hope you stay safe and enjoy what you can of the change in weather.
If nothing else, perhaps the darker skies and soothing sounds might help you sleep more. We know most of you need more sleep. It’s science! And it turns out that too little sleep is really really bad:
Grad school is a time of a lot of stress, and this year has made it worse. Lack of sleep will make it even worse. We will do our best on our end to alleviate what stress we can to make you able to sleep, and we hope you will do what you can to rest.
We have also gotten a lot of questions about federal covid relief funds.
- The second stimulus passed in December, often called CARES2 or HEERF
- Although the government allocated these funds in January, it takes a long time to make it to the campuses. We are currently in the process of figuring out how these will be distributed. I know this is frustrating because other campuses have already begun disbursing, but each campus gets the money at their own times and has to deal with unique student bodies and constraints. Financial Aid, as before, will take the lead on this process.
- Some additional articles on that relief package:
- Just yesterday, a third stimulus act was passed. We don’t know much yet about how things will go to universities or what we will be able to do once money gets here. We will update you as we can. In the meantime, here are some links that give you hints about what is to come personally and whether you are eligible for certain kinds of relief:
Updated COVID-19 Information
Orange County will move into the Red Tier within the next week or so if case counts continue to decrease. When this happens we will follow up on how this will affect campus procedures. For now, please continue to follow Purple Tier guidelines and all prevention measures.
We anticipate new grad and family housing guidelines to be out very soon (possibly even tonight, but more likely early next week). When they do come out, please know this is just a step along a road towards “normal.” As the state updates their guidance, we will continue to update ours.
Information you may have gotten from housing today:
- During finals week, the Student Health Center and all Covid testing sites will remain open with regular hours of operation. During spring break, SHC will be open on Monday 3/22, Weds 3/24 and Thursday 3/25, and the DCE and Plaza Verde testing sites will be open M-F 8-4:30 and Sat at DCE from 9-1. The VDC site will be closed for the week.
- If you live or work on campus and you travel over the break, you will be required to get a COVID test within 48 hours of your return to campus, test again seven days later, and sequester for 10 days. Those remaining on campus will have no sequestering or additional testing requirement beyond regularly scheduled weekly testing.
- Your Winter Quarter Recurring Appointments will end on March 20. Spring Quarter recurring appointments begin during the week of March 22nd. Be sure to schedule your Spring Quarter Recurring Appointments at your earliest convenience by going to the Student Health Portal: https://osh.chs.uci.edu.
Counseling Center Groups and Workshops for Spring Quarter
Graduate Student Workshop Series (Tuesdays 4-5pm)
This is a four-week workshop series for graduate students and each week will have a topic such as:
- stress management
- imposter syndrome
- time management
- navigating academic relationships.
This workshop series will be provided TWICE this spring, from 4/6 (Week 2) to 6/1 (Week 10) (*there will be no workshop on 5/4 (Week 6).
2. Graduate Student Therapy Group (Tuesdays 10:30am-Noon)
This is a process-oriented therapy group for graduate students who would like to receive/provide support, learn about self and others, share their experiences, and discuss possible ways to cope with struggles in a safe space.
- If you are interested, please call the Counseling Center and express interest in the group: (949) 824-6457
- Please note that due to the nature of the therapy group, students likely won’t be accepted after the group starts. So, please show interest before the start date of the group (which is 4/13/2021).
Modules for Confronting Anti-Blackness
The virtual modules engage all to prevent anti-Blackness by understanding it. Each five-hour module includes weekly moderated discussions that are supplemented by reading and viewing resources.
- Module 1: Anti-Blackness in the U.S.: Black Protest Tradition - 12 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 30-April 27
- Module 2: Anti-Blackness in the U.S.: Structures and Mechanisms of De-Valuing Black People - 12 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 4-June 1
- Module 3: Anti-Blackness in the U.S.: Change the Culture through Personal, Professional and Institutional Accountability - at 1 p.m. on Fridays, April 2-April 30 and May 7-June 4.
To register, please click and submit at: https://uciadvance.wufoo.com/forms/q20hp391mqr2yk/.
Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program
These courses will include 10 sections that are 60 minutes each. Participants who successfully complete the core course plus at least one of the electives will receive an Inclusive Excellence certificate.
- Core Course: UCI as a Minority Thriving Campus - 1 p.m. on Thursdays, April 1-June 3
- Elective: Community - 3 p.m. on Thursdays, April 1-June 3 or 11 a.m. on Fridays, April 2-June 4.
To register, please click and submit at: https://uciadvance.wufoo.com/forms/qgax6wc0ld6cl2/.
We expect to notify students regarding the following fellowships in the next two weeks:
- Graduate Division Completion Fellowships
- Doc 2A NRST Support
- DTEI Graduate Fellows 2021 (may take a week longer)
- UCI Beall Applied Innovation’s Graduate Student Innovation Fellows Program (may take a week longer)
- Cascade Mentoring Program in Social Sciences and Humanities
- Telematic Bridges 2021 Fellowship
- LGBTQ+ Studies Fellowship
- Indigenous Studies Fellowship
- International Covid Response Award
- Caretaker and Parent Covid Response Award
- Summer Inclusive Excellence Grants
Both the President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship and the Faculty Mentoring Program are still happening this year. We expect to open those applications soon, so be on the lookout for notification.
In the meantime, there are many great external fellowships open right now to consider:
- Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Funding Opportunity
Deadline March 15, 2021: https://sigmaxi.fluidreview.com/
- Solutions that Scale Graduate Fellowships
Deadline is: March 19, 2021: https://sites.ps.uci.edu/solutions/
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Deadline April 5, 2021: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html
- Stanford PRISM
Deadline: April 12, 2021: https://postdocs.stanford.edu/PRISM
- 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/
5th Annual UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration
Wednesday, March 24 | 9 am - 4:30 pm via Zoom
Register to Attend: Register Here
Event Program: Symposium Program
Purchase a t-shirt: PDA T-Shirts
This year's theme "Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration" recognizes collaborative research efforts while also providing the opportunity to foster interdisciplinary collaboration by bringing scholars from different fields together! This year's research symposium features presentations from Postdocs at UC Irvine, other UC campuses and universities across the country, including Brown University and University of Washington. One Postdoc presenter will join us from ETH Zurich in Switzerland!
Learn about the cutting-edge research taking place to address complex issues across many fields. The Postdoc Association is excited to create a forum for many voices to come together as colleagues and share our passion for research with the larger community. This event is open to everyone.
2021 AGS (Associated Graduate Student) Virtual Symposium
When: Saturday, April 24th
Submit Your Proposal: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPcsy9qQzVNS18ZTGzu2F0m6kF5U9xMHdepO1YD9fxmgKEQA/viewform
What: The AGS Symposium is a competition hosted by
UC Irvine’s Associated Graduate Students. It showcases the research and accomplishments of all students in the graduate division. This year, we have over $6,000 in gift card awards for participants and raffles for audience members. Additionally, all participants will receive a complimentary $25 meal ticket for their participation. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to come together as a community and share their research with their peers, friends and family.
Applications for the 2021-2022 California Community College Internship Program (CCCIP) are due March 29, 2021
- $1,000 stipend will be provided to all selected interns that complete the program.
- Eligibility Requirements:
- For more details please visit https://www.grad.uci.edu/academics/programs-internships.php or contact Andrea Bannigan, CCCIP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Monday, March 15: 4PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday, March 16: 10AM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, March 17: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, March 18: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, March 19: 4PM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the WHO declaring a worldwide emergency due to COVID-19 and the CDC declaring an emergency here in the US. At the time, many of us had no idea what was to come. If you had told me I would homeschool my kids for a year, not see my PhD students for a year, not see my parents or hug my siblings, etc. I wouldn’t have believed you. It is unfathomable to imagine the loss. If you are reading this, you survived, but you may have friends and family who did not. Mourn those losses.
Despite all the loss, we have also done amazing things this year. If you would have told me we would rapidly convert our entire enterprise to online, that students would be graduating at almost the same rates as before, that dissertations would still be written and job offers received all during a year of physical distancing, I also wouldn’t have believed you. And to top it all off, we will have four or maybe even five vaccines in the next few months.
We’ve been through a lot: UCI put together a comprehensive summary of the last year https://news.uci.edu/the-year-of-covid/ and it is really incredible to read it, reflect, and think about our future.
Because the UCI news folks did such a good job of the serious reflection, I will close for you all with a little meme reflection. I especially hope the PhD students I advise enjoy them, because one of them told me today that they don’t read most of my emails but do scroll to the bottom to read this bit. Some of my favorites for the year:
[Alt text: Left meme is Oprah yelling “You get to homeschool! And you get to homeschool! Everybody gets to homeschool!” Middle meme is the black and white movie from Home Alone with a note above it “Ordering pizza during a pandemic.” and the caption “Leave it on the doorstep and get the hell outta here.” Right meme is Marty McFly and Doc from Back to the Future “Marty, whatever happens don’t ever go to 2020.”]
Enjoy them all. This weekend, for the students on quarters, try to relax and celebrate week ten being over or perhaps stress out and get those final papers and projects done. For the students on semesters, enjoy watching the quarter students wrap things up knowing you have several more weeks to go, but that soon you will be done, and they will still be in school.
Whatever you do, stay safe, be well, and be kind to yourself and others.
On behalf of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division