(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
3/25/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
You are getting this message early this week and it’s one of those weeks where we could all use an extra day. It’s been less than a week since the tragic shooting in Boulder, a place where many of us have friends and alumni who are now working and studying, less than two weeks since the shooting in Atlanta, and now tonight deadly storms are ravaging Alabama. Many of you may be feeling traumatized by these events, especially if you have experienced violence yourself. As always I want to remind you to seek help if you need, either through the counseling center: https://counseling.uci.edu/ or by reaching out to Phong Luong in our office: firstname.lastname@example.org Also, if you are experiencing financial difficulties due to any of these emergency events, especially those of you who may currently live locally to them, please remember to reach out for our emergency funding: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19BkCpFXVis9FXY1uO-74J2DcniJ7x2Us7JHclbklmuo/viewform?edit_requested=true.
For those wondering why you’re receiving this message early. Tomorrow is the day the University of California celebrates Cesar Chavez day. You might wonder why tomorrow? Isn’t the official holliday Wednesday March 31? Why yes it is, but this has some history that has to do with an existing holiday years ago, as so many things do. So, tomorrow (Friday March 26 not Wednesday March 31) Grad Division will be closed. Interestingly, lots of other folks celebrate on Monday March 29. Whatever day you celebrate, enjoy the day off, and take some time to read and reflect about the great man the day honors: https://chavezfoundation.org/about-cesar-chavez/ and https://www.history.com/topics/mexico/cesar-chavez
This week Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation both announced their winners and honorable mentions. First thing I want you to know is that I did not win either of these awards in grad school, and my career turned out just fine. If you have been disappointed by the results, do NOT let this one thing define you. On the other hand, if you were successful, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Enjoy it. And then, if you want to pay it forward, reach out to Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale at email@example.com about how you can become a peer mentor for people applying next year.
Congratulations also to all those who participated in the Postdoc Association Annual research day this week. I was only able to attend the first session, but it was SO GOOD!
Below is the link to the recording of all three sessions (1) as well as the keynote and awards ceremony (2):
- Sessions ABC @ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s8hxh8nq66PY3uKts01XmvJCkfhCTZU6/view?usp=sharing
- Keynote and Awards @ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1owVz_Bwr5xPyW73prYxVv5j1EGVt_V39/view?usp=sharing
Art of Healing from UCI Counseling Center
The University of California Irvine (UCI) Counseling Center invites all students to participate in the Virtual Art of Healing Showcase.
- Exhibits artwork created by UCI students
- Designed to help students empower themselves as well as others
- Resilience is the theme
- The Virtual Art of Healing Showcase will be held on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 via zoom from 5-6:30pm PST.
- Entry Deadline is Friday April 30th at 12:00pm PST: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQdAUGhp0iAjbbahCzV1OMJRoVEZZRPXJHO-jMwm1VaUyZAA/viewform
Webinar: Career Opportunities in Engineering & Scientific Consulting
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Time: 10 am - Noon PT
Link to view Webinar (Registration required for access): https://uci.zoom.us/j/91913120447?pwd=S2UwaUpxNVMyNGE0SjIrTkFIWW5xUT09#success
Interested in a career in engineering or scientific consulting? Exponent could be the company for you. You’re invited to join this free informational webinar hosted by Pasha Ameli, UCI PhD Alum ‘13. You’ll learn about different positions in the company and the plethora of opportunities available within the industry.
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/.
External Funding Opportunities
- 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/
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 29: 5PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday, March 30: 10AM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, March 31: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, April 1: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, April 2: 5PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
We have lost a lot this year, as the last two weeks have evidenced, but at these times, I am reminded of the words of Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher, who once said “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” Whether it’s violence, tragic weather, or even the seemingly small everyday experiences, all of us have felt loss. I hope when the pandemic ends, we still remember the worth of things, both the things taken from us and the things provided. Even beyond the big changes, everyday small things are worth noticing and celebrating. Perhaps we will find a way to live more kindly with one another, to still wear sweatpants every day, to appreciate teachers and caregivers more, to appreciate each other more.
And I hope we all keep fighting for the things we find worthy. However quietly sometimes, please know that we at Grad Division are always fighting for you.
Sending you all the best for this three day weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine, be safe, and see you soon.
On behalf of all of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division