Graduate Division

Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center

Dedicated to supporting the academic and professional success of all UC Irvine graduate students and postdoctoral scholar, the Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center (GPSRC) has everything you need to succeed. The GPSRC offers workshops and programs designed to support professional development; writing support; communication; preparation of grant and fellowship funding applications; wellness and work-life balance; mentoring and much more!

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Stop by to explore the many resources we have to offer or contact us by phone 949-824-3849 or email

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Contact Us: Hours & Location

The Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center (GPSRC) is open:

  • Monday through Thursday from 9AM - 7PM
  • Fridays from 9AM - 5PM

The GPSRC is located on the third floor of the Gateway Study Center - in between the Langson Library and the Cross-Cultural Center, directly across from Aldrich Hall. The main entrance is located at the rear of the building (facing Aldrich Park). Click here for a map to the GPSRC.

CONTACT US:

Phone     949-824-3849

Email      GPSRC@uci.edu

Academic Courses and Certificate Programs

The GPSRC hosts academic courses and certificate programs throughout the year. Here's what the GPSRC has going for Winter 2020. Click below to sign up.

Communication Skills for Academics

Thursdays, January 9 to March 12 from 2:30 – 4:30PM

Your research is fascinating, important. . . and perhaps a bit technical. How can you craft a compelling talk about your work for a general audience? Sandra Tsing Loh, writer, performer, and host of the NPR podcast The Loh Down on Science, leads a 10-week hands-on workshop to hone graduate student written and performance skills. The term culminates in your presentation of a 90-second radio spot and six-minute “mini-TED” talk about your research, both of which will be videotaped (with green-screened images) for your personal use. Click here to register. 

Activate to Captivate

Tuesdays, January 14 to March 3 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM or 
Wednesdays, January 15 to March 4 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Public Speaking:Activate to Captivate is an 8-week communication certificate program for postdocs and graduate students. Participants will learn and practice strategies to craft a dynamic and compelling presentation including:

• Overcoming anxiety
• Commanding a room
• Communicating effectively with an audience of any size

Click here to register.

Mentoring Excellence Program 

Thursdays, January 23 to February 27 from 10:00 AM – Noon 

Effective mentoring is a crucial part of the academic experience. This six session program focuses on skills and resources related to mentorship. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is intended for those who are:

  • Curious about becoming a mentor
  • Current mentors who want to expand their skills
  • Interested in having a stronger relationship with their own mentor
  • Thinking about becoming a mentor in any Graduate Division program

Click here to register.

Communication Support

Excellent communication skills are essential to professional success. This includes public speaking, interpersonal communication,, interview techniques, and the ability comfortably to a variety of audiences. Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

  • Communication Skills for Academics - Certificate Program
  • Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate
  • Interview Skills Boot Camp
  • Public Speaking Boot Camp
  • Communications Consultants
  • Quarterly workshops:
    • Networking Step 1: Introducing Yourself
    • Communicating with Confidence
    • Crafting a Persuasive Research Statement for the Job Search
    • One Hour Presentations: Public Speaking Strategies for Job Talks, Colloquia, and Lab Meetings
    • Effective Communication: Persuading Others
    • Presentation Fundamentals: Giving a Good Talk

Writing Support

The need for writing assistance is a top priority for grad students and post docs. Writing support is offered in a variety of areas including:

Schedule a writing consultant appointment online or call the GPSRC at 949-824-3849.

Workshops

The GPSRC works with faculty and campus resource centers to offer in-depth workshops on topics including professional development, writing skills, work-life balance, and funding opportunities including:

  • $mart $tart - Salary Negotiation Skills
  • How to Work with Others without Losing Friends
  • Imagine Yourself Outside of Academia
  • Communicating with Confidence

Upcoming workshops can be found on the Graduate Division calendar. Click here for a look at the complete listing of GPSRC workshops.

Register for workshops online or by contacting the GPSRC via:

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Resource Library

To support the academic and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, the GPSRC manages a resource library filled with books on topics including:

  • Scientific writing and communication
  • How to conduct research
  • Writing for non-native English speakers
  • Career options outside of academia