(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
4/9/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
On this day in 1959, NASA introduced America’s first astronauts: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-astronauts-introduced
NASA has often embodied the spirit of scientific innovation that so many of us crave. At the same time, those first seven astronauts were all white and all cis-het-men. It's amazing to see how far we have come while recognizing how far we still have to go. The new generations are mixing this up, expanding who can be scientists and astronauts, and many of you are a part of this. Keep it up, whether you are headed for Mars, digging into the historical archives, or climbing the corporate ladder.
Testing and Vaccines:
Weekly COVID testing continues:
- Scheduled in the Student Health Portal: https://osh.chs.uci.edu.
- Still weekly for now
- Beginning April 15th all individuals 16 and older will be eligible to receive the Covid vaccine in California.
- Vaccinations are not available at the Student Health Center
- See the 4/1/21 email from Vice Chancellor Willie Banks for nearby vax locations (including the Bren Events Center)
- The FRESH Basic Needs Hub is providing transportation support for students who face financial barriers accessing a vaccine site.
- State of California ‘My Turn’ Website: https://myturn.ca.gov/
- Orange County Health Care Agency: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-vaccine-resources
Housing has a new grad gatherings policy!
A few highlights of the new Grad Gatherings policy that align it with current state guidance on gatherings:
- Gatherings should be limited to no more than 3 households and no more than 2 hours.
- Event hosts are expected to collect the names of all participants in the event contact tracing is required.
- Gatherings are strongly encouraged to be outdoors in all tiers but required to be outdoors should we return to the purple tier.
- Households need to physically distance themselves from each other.
- Participants need to wear masks, except for when eating/drinking.
Other things to note about Grad Gatherings:
- Graduate and Family Housing residents are no longer required to register gatherings or essential workers.
- Per the Graduate and Family Housing guest policy, revised in April 2021, other guests are discouraged (change from prohibited) unless they are a member of your Grad Gathering group or an essential worker.
- Participants are expected to follow all standard COVID health and safety practices (conduct a daily symptom check prior to participating, wash hands frequently, limit sharing items, stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms).
- To the extent possible, participants in Grad Gatherings should maintain a stable group over time. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged given the increased risk of spreading the COVID virus.
Linked you will find the full Grad Gatherings policy. Housing will continue to monitor state guidance with the intention of relaxing the policy further when these standards permit.
If you have questions about the policy, feel free to contact your community housing office.
WEBINAR: THE ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH: EVALUATING POSITIONS AND NEGOTIATING OFFERS
Apr 12, 2021 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
Register and log in information will be provided to registrants one day before the event.
So you've got the faculty job offer! Now what do you do? In this workshop, learn what you should consider when beginning negotiations. Also, learn what you can and cannot negotiate and hear strategies for clearly articulating your wants and needs.
WEBINAR: SUCCEEDING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL (FOR FUTURE & EARLY GRADUATE STUDENTS)
Apr 14, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
Unlike undergraduate education, graduate school is often unstructured. You will be deciding how to spend your time, what lines of investigation to follow, and what skills you need to develop. You may have to create opportunities for yourself. This workshop will discuss strategies for thriving and achieving your goals in graduate school. This seminar is good for students transitioning to grad school and those in their first year(s).
WEBINAR: CAREERS IN INDUSTRY
Apr 16, 2021 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
the zoom link will be shared with you the day of the event.
Speakers: Dr. Barbara Helen Rath (Senior Scientist, Merck) Dr. Joseph Moon-Hee Lee (Senior Director at Rocket Pharmaceuticals) Dr. Kristie Adams (President and CEO of Steelyard Analytics)
This stellar panel of industry scientists will talk about their careers, likes, dislikes, and how to make it in the biotech world. Sponsored by the Felcom Career Development Committee.
Tax Webinar for International Students
Taxes are a pain no matter who you are, but especially for our international students. The International Center has put on this webinar and resource page that can assist in answering a lot of those frequently asked tax questions: https://ic.uci.edu/resource-pages/international-taxpayer-information.php
REMINDER: Tax Day is not April 15 in the US this year. It was delayed to May 17!
Reminder to Input Personal Email Address in UCPath
All Grad Students should input a personal (home) email (non-UCI) in UCPath if they do not currently have one. This will enable you to retain access in times when you are not on payroll status or after you leave UCI.
- Login to UCPath Online (ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu)
- On the left look for Employee Actions /Personal Information/Email Addresses or Dashboard Personal Information/Personal Information Summary
- If you only have Business then click Change Email Addresses to add a ‘home’ email address
Continuing Student Fellowships Applications/Nominations Now Open.
- Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)
- Presidents Dissertation Year Fellowship (PDY)
- Graduate Deans Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF)
For more information about these fellowships, please visit - https://grad.uci.edu/funding/
The Graduate Division deadline for completed nomination packets is 12:00PM (NOON) on Monday, May 10, 2021. Students should be aware of their own school’s internal deadlines to ensure submissions adhere to the Graduate Division’s final deadline. Instructions on submissions from students and schools can be found on the fellowship page and forms.
Questions about the FMP and PDY Fellowships? Contact Craig Farmer, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Questions regarding GDDF? Contact Gabriella Pham (email@example.com).
External Funding Opportunities
- 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.
Monday, April 12: 5PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday, April 13: 9:30AM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, April 14: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, April 15: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, April 16: 10:30AM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
I was struck today during the international student town hall (posted online here: https://www.facebook.com/154757707888315/videos/1165662197225934 for those who missed it but want to watch) that we are back in many ways to where we were in April of last year: the land of uncertainty. During the Spring last year, things kept getting worse. We were unsure what might happen next, and it felt like we were making plans only to have things get worse and need to remake the plans. We are now a bit in the reverse. The good news is that things keep getting better. COVID rates keep going down. Federal funds are flowing towards universities. Announcements about significant changes in structures and operations towards more just and equitable institutions seem to come at a regular clip, even if more slowly than many would like. The hard part though is we still just don’t know so many things. Consulates are still closed in many places around the world preventing our international students, postdocs, and faculty from arriving. Variants keep emerging, and while the vaccines have so far been working, there is always a part of us that worries-and plans for-the possibility of them not working in the future.
Uncertainty is so hard. Life as a grad student or postdoc is filled with uncertainty even in the best of times. There are tips and tricks out there to help:
And for me? My tip is take at least one day off this weekend. Below is the standard joke about grad students and weekends, but trust me, you need to decompress.
[alt. text cartoon of a man throwing papers in the air that reads “Thank goodness it’s Friday! Oh wait, I’m a grad student.]
Enjoy the weekend. Write me back and let me know what you did. I always need good ideas for relaxing and getting my head straight.
On behalf of all of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division