(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
7/30/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
It is great to be “back.” I hope you didn’t miss me too much, or maybe you didn’t even know I was gone. For those of you who don’t know, I was out on vacation a couple of weeks ago and the last message you received was from Associate Dean Rodrigo Lazo. I missed writing to you, but one of the biggest reasons I was able to miss it was because I got a break from it. We all need a break sometimes, no matter how much you love your research or job. I mentioned this quote a few messages ago, but I’ll bring it up again. Sociologist Charles Horton Cooley once said, “To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self.”
Whether it’s physically traveling somewhere or just shutting things down for a week, it makes a huge difference. I can’t tell you how many faculty and staff said “wow Gillian, you look extra happy this week.” It must be the post vacation glow people often talk about. Sometimes you don’t realize just how much you needed the break until you come back from it. I say all of this to say, please take some time for yourself. We’re about to turn the page to August, and before you know it classes will be back in session again. In fact our MAT students are already back in session, while law students are back next week. You have all year to help change the world with your research. Hit the pause button at least once this month if you can. Your future self will thank you. Ok, enough with the mom talk and on to this week’s announcements.
Patron Drive Purchasing
Did you know that the UC libraries use an approach to purchasing that depends in large part on what their constituents (you) ask them for?
- Here is more about that approach generally: https://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/keeping_up_with/pda
- And here is how you can make a suggestion to UCI: https://www.lib.uci.edu/collection-suggestion
Temporary Change to UCI’s Zoom Recording Retention Policy
UCI’s current retention policy for Zoom Cloud recordings is 365 days, after which files are automatically deleted on a rolling basis. Due to the unprecedented and ongoing use of Zoom, OIT has decided to pause the deletion of recordings per the Zoom Cloud Recording retention policy until September 10, 2021, allowing additional time to review recordings and either download them to keep, or delete those that are no longer needed.
On September 10, 2021 all Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 recordings will be deleted from Zoom Cloud Recordings and we will resume our normal 365 day retention policy.
More details about managing recordings can be found on the OIT Zoom Support site.
Next Graduate Division Town Hall
September 3 | 3 pm - 4 pm PT - Fall 2021 Back to School Readiness
- With a panel of UCI experts, you will learn about the new practices and procedures implemented since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to the present. We will also answer any questions pertaining to safety, public health, travel, and much more.
- Register: https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nAm45swVTiaiDt-UyHI0WQ
- Gillian Hayes, Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Education
- Mike Dennin, Vice Provost & Dean, Office for Teaching and Learning
- Sonia Lepe, Senior Employment and Fellowship Analyst, Graduate Division
- Dr. Frances Diaz, Director, Student Counseling Center
- Marcela Ramirez-Stapleton, Director, Cross-Cultural Center
- Tim Trevan, Exec. Director of Student Housing
- Dr. Albert Chang, Medical Director, Student Health
- Archana Sheth, Interim Associate Director, International Center
- David Souleles, Director of the COVID-19 Team, Public Health
Please register! Current registrants are 90% faculty and staff, and we really want YOU, our wonderful students and postdocs, to be there and asking your questions!
Question, Persuade, Refer Gatekeeper Training (Suicide Prevention Training) - Multiple Opportunities!
The UCI Counseling Center is providing a brief 90-minute training for faculty, staff, and students called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training in an effort to educate us on suicide prevention. For more information and times to sign up and attend the training, click here: https://counseling.uci.edu/outreach/suicide-prevention-training.html
Become a UCAN Student Ambassador
The UC Office of the President is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 UC Advocacy Network (UCAN) Student Ambassador Program. Student ambassadors will push for lawmakers to provide additional investments for UC in the state budget and advocate for Congress to increase funding for federal financial aid, as well as help advance state and federal legislation that would benefit the UC community. This program is a great opportunity for students who want to flex their political power and influence state and federal higher education policies, share the student perspective with lawmakers, and develop resume-building experience in public affairs and advocacy. The program is open to all UC undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
Applications are due on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
Students may apply here: http://bit.ly/UCANapply
Learn more about the program here: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/we-need-your-voice-join-our-team-uc-student-advocates
2021 Grant Application Open Now for Horowitz Foundation
The application for the 2021 Horowitz Foundation grant cycle is open. Applications from Ph.D. students doing dissertation work that addresses contemporary issues in the social sciences and has social policy application are encouraged.
The grants are for between $7,500-12,500 and are unrestricted. To learn more about eligibility and past recipients visit their website here: https://www.horowitz-foundation.org/ .
UC Center Sacramento is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award.
This award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students. The winner(s) will receive $1,000 for research support and -- should their bill advance through the legislative process –travel expenses covering a trip to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff.
Submissions will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on October 22nd, 2021 and applicants will be notified of their status in December 2021. Further information is available at UCCS STEM Solutions or on the UCCS website (uccs.ucdavis.edu).
Torrey Pines Leadership Development Program at Stanford Burnham Prebys
This premier leadership development program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is designed for early career PhDs. In this program, participants will learn more about their leadership styles and preferences, and the leadership styles and preferences of others, towards understanding how they and their future teams can succeed. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete all program requirements. Click here for more information: http://sbpleaders.org/SitePages/Home.aspx
Online SKY Campus Happiness Retreat
Sign up for a 3-day virtual retreat which trains participants in the evidence-based SKY meditation practice, breathwork practices, social connection, emotional intelligence, and mindful leadership. SKY has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and depression, lower stress markers, and increase wellbeing, focus and optimism.
The program is available to all UCI students, staff, and faculty members. The scholarship is available through funds raised by the club. There are limited spots for the program and availability is first-come, first-serve. Attendance is mandatory for all the 3 days.
Apply and learn more here: http://tiny.cc/applyskyuci
Upcoming Fulbright US Student Program Information Sessions
The prestigious Fulbright US Student Program allows for fully funded, individually designed study/research or English Teach Assistantships in over 140 countries during one academic year. UCI has had many successful graduate students win a coveted Fulbright, and we want you to know about the programs and resources at the Graduate Division so you can make the most competitive application possible.
In addition to the timeline below, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center will be holding the following workshops:
Fulbright: Statement of Grant Purpose Tips and Peer Editing Workshop
August 5, 2021
11 AM -12 PM
Important Note for Applicants
All UCI Fulbright applicants MUST submit this Fulbright Interest form before tomorrow (July 31st), to be considered for an institutional endorsement. If you are interested in applying, please fill out this form as soon as possible. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the UCI Graduate School Fulbright Program Advisor, Kayleigh Anderson-Natale (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additionally, all UCI applicants must adhere to the following internal deadlines (below).
UCI Fulbright Student Program Internal Due Dates
- July 31st, 2021: Notify Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale of intention to apply by filling out the Fulbright Interest Form.
- August 23rd, 2021: UCI Internal Deadline. Applicants must submit all of the following through the online submission portal by 11:59 PM
- Personal Statement
- Statement of Grant Purpose
- Language Evaluation
- Letters of Recommendation
- Letter of Affiliation
- Supplementary Materials (award specific)
- September 6-17, 2021: Anticipated interview dates
- Applicants may request to have their materials “unsubmitted” in order to make revisions based on interview feedback. Deadline to request “unsubmit” is September 17th
- October 8, 2021: UCI Deadline for resubmissions. Applicants must have all of their application materials resubmitted by October 8 at 11:59 PM.
Upcoming Alum Webinars
Our Graduate Alums Talk Summer Webinar Series is in full swing and these virtual webinars are open and free for all graduate students and postdocs. This summer we welcome back three incredible UCI graduate alums to share their graduate journeys and give career advice. There’s still time to sign up for our final talk of the summer!
August Talk Track: Lessons Learned
Featuring Renee Reid, MHCID, ‘19
Manager, UX Design Research at LinkedIn
Thursday, August 19, 2021 | Noon – 1:00 pm PT
Register Now: https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eXdsOUR1Tge0Qt_fMW1QBA
Owning Your Journey: A dynamic presentation by Renee Reid about the importance of embracing the zig-zags of a career and academic journey, while leveraging what makes you unique in order to be a culture add and not a culture fit.
Graduate Student Career Development Series
UCI’s Division of Career Pathways is in the middle of a 5-week summer career series to jump-start your career search! These workshops are designed specifically for graduate students and will help get you on the right track before the fall rush. Below are some of the workshops still available.
Thursday, August 5th at 12:00 PM
Feeling nervous about virtual interviews? Come learn key strategies for acing your next virtual interview and rise above the competition.
Thursday, August 12th at 12:00 PM via Zoom
Salary negotiation can be intimidating, but it is one of the most important conversations to have at the beginning of your career. Learn preparation tactics, practical behavioral strategies and receive additional resources to help you prepare and feel more confident.
Students Enrolling in Duo
As many of you have probably seen, DUO is becoming mandatory for students beginning October 18, 2021. DUO is a multi-factor authentication tool that adds an extra layer of account security. Passwords are becoming increasingly easy to compromise. They can be stolen, “phished”, guessed, and hacked. Duo makes stolen passwords useless. Even if someone has stolen your username and password, they would need your mobile device to access your account. To sign up for DUO visit: https://duo.oit.uci.edu/
Upcoming Office Hours
Monday August 2: 8:30AM with me - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Friday August 6: 8:30AM with me - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Monday August 9: 8:30AM with me - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Friday August 13: 8:30AM with me - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Maya Angelou famously said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” We have been on a wild journey together this last year and a half. That journey is not over, but I have spent a lot of it telling you things. I have filled your inboxes with stories, advice, and information. You might have forgotten much of it, but hopefully what you do remember is the feeling of being connected. You are connected… to me, to Graduate Division, and to each other. And the things you tell me (and yes even the critiques and complaints) make me feel connected to you. We are coming back to campus, and we are going through a lot of challenges. New variants mean you are probably taking strong precautions again, and we may well ask you to take more. A tough economy means a tough job market, and housing costs continue to soar. We see and hear all of that. I am both nervous and excited to see what we can do to support you in those challenges as we start the 2021-22 school year. Thank you for your continued passion and reminding all of us at Graduate Division of our mission. I hope you will come to virtual office hours soon and I hope we will see you in person too. I am renewed and ready to work together to solve our biggest challenges. We just had a great retreat in Graduate Division, and I can tell you that everyone else is ready too.
On behalf of the Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division