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Important University Dates

Table of Contents (Updated October 12, 2022)

General Announcements


Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Opportunities

Current and Former Students, Staff, and Faculty in Action


Important University Dates 2022-2023

The fee payment deadline for FALL QUARTER 2022 is SEPTEMBER 15. The deadline to pay your fees to avoid loss of student status is October 14.

If you are a doctoral student supported by a fellowship, or employed as a GSR or Teaching Assistant, please enroll in courses prior to the fee payment deadline to ensure your tuition and fees are processed.




The CIRTL Network: Research, Teaching, and Learning Resources for Graduate Students

CIRTL offers a range of online programming to the cross-Network learning community.  The majority of [CIRTL's] programming is open to members and non-members alike, though STEM/SBE graduate students and postdocs from member institutions are given priority when a program is over-capacity.  This cross-Network programming comes in addition to what [CIRTL's] member institutions offer locally for their own students.  Read more about [CIRTL's] offerings below:

The CIRTL Network Website



Division of Career Pathways (DCP) Announcements




Save the dates! DCP will be hosting 4 Career & Graduate School Fairs in Fall:

  • UCI’s Big Interview platform: Students can learn about and practice interviewing for a variety of different industries and positions, including academia.  Below is a link to a flyer regarding mock academic interview prep on Big Interview.  Students can access Big Interview with their UCI email address:
  • If you are seeking guidance on career exploration, UCI has access to 3 great online resources to help jumpstart the process.
  • Workshop & Panel Recordings can be accessed on our website: Webinar Video Library – UCI Division of Career Pathways
  • Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate: The Division of Career Pathways is providing graduate students/postdocs with free access to this career development platform designed specifically for them. Aurora is a professional development tool where postdocs and graduate students can explore career options and learn job search strategies.
  • Handshake: the UCI Division of Career Pathways’ comprehensive online job search platform. This online resource allows students to find jobs and internships, employer information sessions, career fair participants, workshops, and schedule career counseling appointments. Students can store multiple resumes, cover letters, and other documents to use for internship and job searches.


DECADE Community Announcements


The Graduate Postdoctoral & Scholar Resource Center (GPSRC) is providing several opportunities for students.  You can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a mentor to help you with your fellowship applications.  Book your appointment here:  Students can also schedule a career advising check-in on AppointmentPlus

DECADE is a multi-departmental collaborative meant to facilitate a warm, inclusive climate for all UCI students.  It is made of student representatives and faculty mentors!  Find your representative and your mentor and connect with them about upcoming events or even joining DECADE!







Graduate Student Disability Support Group

Being a graduate student is challenging- but it can be even more isolating if you have a disability, chronic illness, or mental health condition. This support group is here to support, advocate for each other, and share resources.

This group will be meeting every other Monday, via Zoom. Please contact Stella Moon ( for more information.






What is DECADE?  The Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) program is multi-departmental collaborative meant to facilitate a warm, inclusive climate for all UCI students.  It is made of student representatives and faculty mentors, both of whom work together to organize events, assess/improve the climate in their departments, and maximize cohesion within their programs. 

Please be on the lookout for DECADE events, both in-person & virtual, this upcoming quarter!  Follow DECADE on Twitter (@UCI_DECADE) and on their Instagram for updates on programs and events!  Sign up for the listerv to make sure you don't miss a thing! 

Don't know your DECADE mentor? Use this link and locate the mentor that belongs to your program or school:


Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) Announcements

Pedagogical Fellow Program (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 10/22/2022)

The Pedagogical Fellow Program is a nationally recognized “preparing future faculty” program, designed to provide Fellows with the following:

  • Evidence-based teaching knowledge and skills
  • Personalized assistance with preparing for the academic job market
  • An interdisciplinary community that emphasizes professional and personal support
  • A stipend of $2500

Selection is competitive and based on a record of excellent teaching, promising scholarship, and commitment to service. To aid applicants in creating their application materials and to provide transparency in our selection process, please review our rubric for evaluating applications here. In order for your application to be complete, your Faculty Advisor must submit a letter of recommendation before the application deadline. Letters of recommendation may be submitted here. (You may optionally ask one additional professor to submit a letter of recommendation, if you have served as Teaching Assistant for them or if they have observed your teaching.)
Applications are due on October 22, 2022 by 6:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications can be submitted here. For more information about the program, please visit this site. If you have any questions, please email Charli Arhart at

Pedagogical Liaisons Program

The Pedagogical Liaisons Program is a flexible program that serves two goals a) to provide graduate students with an opportunity to fill a service need to the department, school, or university and b) to receive hands-on experience with pedagogy in action. 


The Pedagogical Liaison program provides an opportunity for graduate students to explore an aspect of pedagogical interest (e.g., course design, teaching training) while serving the UCI campus community. Furthermore, graduate students who complete the program are fast-tracked to the interview stage of the Pedagogical Fellowship application if they apply.

How to Apply

We accept applications year-round. Before applying to the Pedagogical Liaison Program, applicants should identify a plan for completing the required ten hours of service (see the website for ideas) as well as consider how the Program will help applicants further their career goals. If applicants intend to direct their pedagogical service outside of the DTEI, we recommend that applicants discuss and/or confirm their ideas with their department, school, and/or faculty collaborators before submitting an application. To apply, please download and complete the application form: Pedagogical Liaisons Application

For more information about the program, please visit this site.


PIVOT - UCI's Funding Database and Other Search Tools

Please take a moment to explore UCI OIR's funding search tools, including the Proquest Pivot funding opportunities database.  Proquest's Pivot database is a powerful tool for sorting funding opportunities relevant to you!



Social Ecology Graduate Student Association (SEGSA) Announcements

Check back for SEGSA news!


Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology (WISE) Graduate Student Announcements

The SE Wellness Initiative (WISE) is a Social Ecology program to support student wellness led by Jocelyn Lai, a 4th year Psych Science student. WISE kick-started its efforts just in the past academic year. While they have a wonderful team of undergraduates leading undergraduate efforts, they are hoping to really expand their graduate efforts and work collaboratively with existing student resources on campus.  For more information, please visit their website at!


Bagel Drop-in Hour: Thursday, October 13, 10:30-11:30 am



As a reminder, an overview of graduate student-related services are available on the Associated Graduate Student (AGS) page.

Phong Luong, Psy.D - Phong is the grad student counselor. He is helpful with navigating areas (e.g., self-advocating for your wellness at the university level). Phong can also help with communication and conflict with your faculty advisor(s). If you also don't know where to start, Phong is just a great person to talk to.

UCI Counseling Services - Here is a PDF file on how to navigate different options for counseling services. If you're feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to start, you can call (949-824-6457) and they can help set-up an in-take/initial assessment to figure out what services might best fit your needs. 

Long-term Therapy - You can access the UCI Shrink Space to look for nearby providers who take student insurance (Anthem), or go to the Anthem website to search for providers. If you find a provider who is taking new clients, you'll need to inform the student health insurance via phone or email (949-824-2388; before your first scheduled appointment. Here is a brochure to help figure out the procedure of finding a provider. I want to emphasize that for 2021-2022, we DO NOT need to pay co-pay and counseling services/long-term therapy should be fully covered under graduate insurance. 


Associated Graduate Student (AGS) Health & Wellness

Basic info on counseling and accessing health services on campus. Check out their website if you are interested in the Associated Graduate Students/being involved.

UCI Basic Needs [Link to the sites are in the title]
  • FreshHub Life Skills Workshop - Virtual cooking workshops every even week Thursday 2-3pm (Week 6, 8, 10)! Their workshop series also covers interesting ways to make new dishes with what's available in your pantry.
  • Diaper Bank - FRESH has a partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC). The Diaper Bank at the FRESH Hub provides student parents with a monthly supply of diapers or pull-ups.
  • Short-term Emergency Transportation - Students may apply for short-term transportation support for any of the following areas: medical and mental health appointments, grocery store access, transportation issues (ex. car repair), other transportation needs.
  • Food Pantry - The UCI Food Pantry at FRESH provides emergency food and toiletries to UCI students experiencing basic needs insecurities. Details about registering or accessing are on the website linked in the title.
  • CalFresh - CalFresh is a nutritional assistance program by the USDA. For more details on eligibility and applying, the Basic Needs site offers FAQs as well as appointments to ask about details. 


Annual Graduate Career Week Resources

Thank you to all who signed up for our career events and all of those who attended our workshop!

Slides for the workshop, "Setting Yourself up for Career Success," are available for download here.

You may also access the workshop recording at:


Graduate Division Office Hours

Dean Gillian Hayes and Associate Deans Jaymi Smith ( and Rodrigo Lazo ( have weekly office hours. Please feel free to drop by, even if it’s just to say hi. No appointment needed. All sessions are 30 minutes. 

  • Wednesday, October 12: 2 pm  - Associate Dean Lazo
  • Thursday, October 13: 4:30 pm - Dean Hayes


The Graduate Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series Featuring Jennifer Friend

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PT via Vimeo
Register here:

Graduate Division Dean Gillian Hayes is excited to continue her Graduate Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, with this next lecture featuring UCI Alum Jennifer Friend (’95) presenting on the topic of lifelong learning. This virtual event will air on Tuesday, October 18th from 6 pm – 7 pm PT. Jennifer will talk about her inspirational journey that took her from homelessness to CEO of the Project Hope Alliance. She will share the different ways her journey changed and how she learned to make positive adjustments to the challenges she faced. 

About Jennifer
Jennifer Friend, J.D. is Chief Executive Officer of Project Hope Alliance (PHA), which works to end the cycle of youth homelessness using a long-term, site-based model of providing whole-person care for youth experiencing homelessness in Orange County.

When Friend became CEO after serving on the board for many years, PHA supported one school and 65 kids. Under her leadership, the organization now serves more than 2,580 youth attending 43 schools, having built a nationally recognized model for ending homelessness, and achieving a high school graduation rate more than 20% above the national average. Friend’s personal experience as a homeless child fuels her passion for ensuring no child is limited by their parent's economic circumstances.

Prior to joining PHA, Friend was a partner at a large law firm practicing civil litigation and transaction law. Friend holds a J.D. from Whittier Law School, a B.A. in Criminology, Law, and Society from UCI and is a graduate of “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management” from Harvard Business School.

She currently serves in community roles including trustee of the UCI Foundation, appointed member of the University of California Fiat Lux Alliance; past president of the UCI Alumni Association and member of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute Advisory Board, to name a few. Jennifer lives in Costa Mesa with her fellow Anteater husband Rob Smith and their two children, Parker and Beck.


Faculty Application/Hiring Panel (October 25, 2022)

For those interested in faculty jobs, Graduate Division x DECADE are hosting a panel of faculty members that can speak to tips and tricks regarding faculty applications, faculty hiring processes, and what they would be looking for as faculty committee members! Panelists include: Professor Franklin Dollar, Professor Mu-Chun Chen, Professor Tim Tait, and Professor Mike Yassa.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, @ 11:00 a.m. You can register for this Zoom event here:


GPSRC Fellowship Workshops for Fall 2022

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Resource Center (GPSRC) is offering several fellowship preparation resources for Fall 2022.  You will find some general writing support in addition to workshops relating specifically to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.


DTEI Pedagogical Wellness Workshop (October 28, 2022)

Theresa Duong, the new Pedagogical Wellness Specialist with the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation, is hosting a new workshop titled, “Faculty and Student Wellness in the Classroom” on Friday, October 28, 2022 from 1-3 pm in AIRB 1030. This is a workshop catered to faculty and graduate students who are interested in integrating health and wellness into their course design and teaching style. We will discuss health & wellness pedagogy and share strategies to support both faculty and student wellness in the classroom. At the end of this session, faculty/grad students will walk away with a concrete plan for implementing wellness into their courses.

To register, please click here:











International Center Events

English Conversation Program (ECP)

ECP provides international students the opportunity to practice and improve their conversational English with the help of English speaking facilitators. Participants learn about different cultural perspectives, intercultural communication skills, and recognize the value of our diverse campus community. Students are paired in one-on-one conversations and participate in group activities.


Interested? Click here to submit an interest form to join our Fall 2022 course!

International Students Transitioning to Educational and Personal Success (I-STEPS)

I-STEPS is a 10-week course designed specifically for new, first-year, International students. This course provides them opportunities to:

  • Learn more about U.S. culture in a comfortable environment
  • Receive tips and suggestions on how to succeed academically and socially at UCI
  • Create a network of friends, staff, and faculty at UCI
  • Explore on-campus resources and services

Interested? Click here to submit an interest form to join our Fall 2022 course! Authorization Codes will be sent after completion of the Interest Sheet.


Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion Events

We're Open During the Summer!

All our services will still be offered during the summer months, so stop on by and grab some condoms, or take a moment to catch some Zen in our Wellness Room. We also offer 1-on-1 consultations in our topic areas if you need someone to talk to.

Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday  8:00am-5:00pm



Emphasis in Race and Justice Studies

The campus-wide Emphasis in Race and Justice Studies provides students with the opportunity to deepen their engagement with critical studies of race and the law; meet faculty across campus and the nation who engage questions of race in their scholarship; and meet other supportive students with shared interests. 

The Emphasis in Race and Justice Studies is comprised of three interconnected components: 1) a first-year proseminar (C260A-B-C); 2) interdisciplinary coursework and a writing workshop that emphasize cross-departmental interests and perspectives on critical studies of race; and 3) engagement with diverse audiences through traditional and innovative forms of research presentation. Students can complete these requirements over several years. 

Students from any UCI state-supported graduate or professional program, including PhD, M.A., and M.F.A. students in any discipline are eligible to apply to the Emphasis. The Emphasis includes students from Political Science, Visual Arts, Informatics, Critical Literature, Criminology, Law & Society, English, Public Health, and much more!

The first-year proseminar (C260A-B-C) will take place in-person this Fall Quarter 2022 at the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 3:00 – 4:30pm.
  • Wednesday, November 30, 3:00 – 4:30pm.

The proseminar meets a total of ten times over the course of the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. When students register for the proseminar in Fall and Winter, they will do so for zero credits. The credits will be awarded at the end of Spring quarter when all ten meetings are complete.

For Winter and Spring 2023, class will continue to be held on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30pm. Specific dates TBD. If an enrolled student’s schedule in the Winter or Spring quarter does not accommodate the Wednesday 3-4:30pm time, the professor may be able to accommodate the student so that they can receive credit for the full year. 

For more information, see: 

For questions, please contact Emphasis Director, Ana Muñiz, at  


UC GIS Week 2022: November 15-17

Register now for UC GIS Week conference from Nov. 15th - 17th!

The University of California GIS Week is an opportunity for you to learn and engage with experts and mapping projects across the UC system and beyond!



Introducing UC Immigrant Legal Services Center

The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center provides free immigration-related legal services to students (undocumented or otherwise), as well as their immediate family members (spouse, siblings, children, and parents). These services are free of charge. The UCI branch of the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center is located on the fourth floor of the Student Center South building, also known as the RISE Suite. For clarification on any of the services or if emergency legal assistance is needed, students can email the campus attorney Lucero Chavez Basilio at  or reach her by phone at 530-400-2062. Students can also make appointments for immigration relief screenings with the following link

  • Initial DACA applications: we will prepare and submit new applications but immigration has indicated that they will not process them until ongoing litigation is resolved.
  • DACA Renewals: If you have DACA and your current work permit expires five months from now, please schedule an appointment to renew, there may be funding available to cover the filing fee if you are a current student.
  • To book an appointment visit:
  • For general information on Initial DACA Applications, Advance Parole, and Employment-Based Options for immigration, check out the webinars on our website:
  • International Student? Reach out to the International Center
  • Important Note: Even though certain controlled substances are legal in CA, they remain illegal under federal law and are UNSAFE for non-citizens.


FRESH Basic Needs Hub Intake Survey

FRESH Intake Survey


American Council of Learned Societies Announces Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships, a new program designed to support emerging scholars as they advance bold and innovative research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. The program is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

The Dissertation Innovation Fellowship program will make awards to doctoral students who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions. The fellowships are designed to intervene at the formative stage of dissertation development, before writing is advanced, and provide time and support for emerging scholars’ innovative approaches to dissertation research – practical, trans- or interdisciplinary, collaborative, critical, or methodological. The program seeks to expand the range of research methodologies, formats, and areas of inquiry traditionally considered suitable for the dissertation, with a particular focus on supporting scholars who can build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable academy.

Each awardee will receive a $40,000 stipend for the fellowship year, as well as access to funding for research, travel, training, and other professional development activities. The award also supports additional mentorship for fellows, offering a stipend for external mentors who can bring critical perspectives to fellows’ projects. ACLS will also facilitate cross-cohort networking among fellows and advisors.

ACLS will begin accepting applications for the new Dissertation Innovation Fellowship in July 2022, with an application deadline in late October 2022. ACLS will host a series of webinars over the coming months and through September of this year.

Learn More About the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship and Sign Up for Updates


Virginia Tech’s Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

Virginia Tech has launched a new Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship program that will prepare postdocs for the next step in their careers, providing a two-year appointment with nationally competitive salaries and benefits. The next proposal deadline is Nov. 15.

The program will continue in 2023 with cycle application dates to be determined. Fellowships will be awarded in two tracks, each welcoming diverse applicants from various fields:

  • Research Frontiers
  • Cybersecurity

For more information and to apply visit:


Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 10/31/2022)

The Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as artificial intelligence (AI) and climate, carbon management, climate finance and risk, coastal viability, disaster resilience, energy storage, and the food transition. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies or are interested in developing cross-disciplinary approaches during their post-doctoral training will find unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.
Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute knowledge to addressing the climate crisis or contributing to global sustainable development and climate change. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding existing Climate School programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute and other research units. Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a mentor before applying. Potential mentors and their associated research projects are described online. Candidates are also encouraged to scope additional members of the Columbia Climate School who hold the rank of Assistant Professor / Research Scientist or higher.
The deadline to apply is October 31, 2022, for 24-month appointments starting in the fall of 2023. The salary is $71,640.
For more information about the program, email Videos of past research symposia are available here.



President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11/1/2022)


THE PROGRAM. The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.

AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at approximately $55,632 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.

ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. or terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

Download the Call for Applications

For more information and to apply, visit: 



Register for Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

The Division of Career Pathways is providing graduate students/postdocs with free access to a career development platform designed specifically for them called “Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate”! Beyond the Professoriate’s e-learning platform, Aurora, is a professional development tool where postdocs and graduate students can explore career options and learn job search strategies. Through the two programs of study (Academic Careers and Professional Careers), students are empowered to make informed decisions about their career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs. To log in simply visit Aurora, select University of California- Irvine, and enter your UCInetID.

Aurora benefits grad students/postdocs by:

  • Supporting career exploration
  • Providing accessible, well-curated resources for busy graduate students
  • Promoting engaging learning through reflective activities that encourage students to apply what they’ve learned
  • Offering recorded seminars, reflective prompts, and assessments that guide the student experience and foster user engagement. 

For questions, contact the Division of Career Pathways at


Employment Opportunity: Tenure-Track Position in Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University

The Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Criminal Justice at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2023. The areas of expertise for the position are open, but an identified area of need is Policing/Law Enforcement and related issues. A Ph.D. in Criminal Justice/Criminology or a related discipline is preferred at the time of appointment, but ABDs will be considered. A J.D. is not sufficient for this position. The teaching load is 3 courses per semester for faculty with an active research agenda.

Call for Applications

Job posting:


Employment Opportunity: Tenure Track Job in Criminology at the University of Southern Maine

A note from Brendon McQuade, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Southern Maine:

Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this email finds you well. I'm writing to share a job post in my department at the University of Southern Maine. Our primary teaching needs are crimes against the environment and methods but we are committed to hiring the best candidate and reconfiguring teaching responsibilities accordingly.  We're looking for a colleague who has a strong research profile, a critical orientation, and substantive engagement with and participation in social movements. Please forward this to any colleagues or students who might be interested in this position. The job ad is here:

A little more info: USM is a public teaching college. We have a 3-3 teaching load (but two preps). The criminology department is in the middle of a generational transition in the faculty. The department has always punched above its weight in terms of research. Piers Beirne who recently retired helped define the subfield of "green criminology" and founded the journal Theoretical Criminology. Sandy Wacholz, who just finished phased retirement, was also a founding figure for green criminology. Jim Messerschmidt, who also recently retired, is one of the leading scholars of gender and crime. Our current chair Dusan Bjelic is a major figure in Balkan studies and well known in critical theory circles. Our most recent hire Ragini Malhotra is a UMass Amherst sociology PhD who studies in informal settlements, informal economies and youth in Global South. I'm a historical sociologist and marxist that studies surveillance, policing, and abolitionist movements. None of the tenured or tenure track faculty have a degree in criminology. 

The University of Southern Maine has three campuses: Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn. Our department is in Portland. The city and region are very nice in terms of quality of life. The area is more diverse than you might think. Since the 1980s, the federal government has resettled lots of refugees in the area. There are now 40 languages spoken in Portland public schools. The politics of Portland are trending to the left. The DSA is a potent force and is out organizing the chamber of commerce on many fronts. Statewide the politics are interesting. The right trends more libertarian than christian cultural warrior/fascist. Last legislative session, we came 6 votes short in the senate of Oregon-style decriminalization of all drugs. Maine is also an easy place to become a big fish in a small pond. "Small town, large state" is the phrase used to describe the political scene here. I built my professional and political network quicker than anywhere else I have lived. I'm now very wrapped up in movement and legislative work related to surveillance, policing, youth incarceration, and decriminalization.  We're really hoping to hire someone with a similar commitment to doing radical scholarship in engagement with local and national struggles for abolition and systems transition.

Please share this post with anyone in your network who you think would be interested and please feel free to share this email address with anyone who wants to get in touch with me.

All the best,


Apply to become an EmPOWER Ambassador (Applications due: 9/7/2022)

Ever wanted to become a real superhero? The UCI Graduate Division and UCI CARE teams are combining to create the POWER Initiative: 

A core mission of both UCI Graduate Division and UCI CARE is to create a campus culture that fosters a safe and healthy community through personal empowerment and allyship. The POWER Initiative aims to further this mission by creating opportunities for UCI graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to engage in creating safe spaces that allow for individual growth and community connection by becoming EmPOWER Ambassadors. 

To learn more and apply to become an EmPOWER Ambassador, please visit:

Applications due: Wednesday, September 7, 2022, by 11:59PM

Apply here


Research Participation Opportunity: Mental Health Mobile App Study

UCI's School of Nursing has embarked on a NIMH-funded research study to try and develop a mobile app for college students struggling with mental health. The School of Nursing asks you to complete a short survey online, download this prototype application, and interact with it for a handful of weeks to help this team develop this mobile application. Students are eligible if they: a) are an undergraduate/graduate student at UCI, b) are between 18-30 years old, c) have experienced a low or depressed mood for at least two weeks, and d) speak/understand English. Participants will be compensated with Amazon gift cards as they hit different milestones in the project!

Download the flyer


Visit UCI's new Meditation Space

The Student Center Board of Advisors voted in support of a student proposal promoting the holistic wellness of the UCI community. With broad support guided by the university’s philosophy of developing the whole student and for keeping UCI well, a new Meditation Space has been designated an unplugged zone for quiet reflection.

The space complements the serenity of nearby Thomas & Lillian Ma Garden Study Atrium without everyday distractions, noise, conversation, or electronics. Electrical outlets have been removed as an invitation for students, faculty, and staff to make time in a productive day for self care, contemplation, meditation, reflection, or prayer.

Location: Level 1 · Room C138 (Located opposite the Courtyard Study Lounge near the Thomas & Lillian Ma Garden Study Atrium)

Hours: Open every day: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Closed during University holidays


Win $100 Amazon Gift Card by filling in the Graduate Entrepreneurial Survey

Are you working on a great idea? Do you see business potential in your research? Do you want to be an entrepreneur?
At the UCI AnTrepreneur Center, we are striving to help graduate students to become entrepreneurial leaders and create the next unicorn. To do this, we need your help. By taking part in the Graduate Entrepreneurial Survey, you will help us better understand the entrepreneurial awareness of graduate students at UCI, and to create programs and events that better serve you.
As a bonus, the following prizes will be awarded randomly to students who complete the survey. So click on the link below!
$100 Amazon Gift Card X1
$50 Target Gift Card X2
$20 Starbucks Gift Card X5
Click here to participate:


Current and Former Students, Staff, and Faculty in Action

2022 Tom Angell Mentoring Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to our 2022 Tom Angell Mentoring Fellowship winners! Each year, this award recognizes one graduate student, postdoc, and faculty member who have gone above and beyond their normal duties to embrace and amplify the importance of mentorship. All three of these individuals are wonderful mentors and great ambassadors for the School of Social Ecology and UCI. The three awardees are:

  • Graduate Student Awardee: Gabe Rosales, Criminology, Law & Society
  • Postdoctoral Scholar Awardee: Dr. Kelly Kazmierski, Psychological Science
  • Faculty Awardee: Dr. Brandon Golob, Criminology, Law & Society

The review committee was very impressed by the work of all of the nominated individuals and was excited by the outstanding mentoring being done across the campus. All awardees and nominees have been invited to Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence, a mentoring recognition event hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence on March 1.

Sara O'Connor, PhD Candidate in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy, recently authored an online op-ed for UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center entitled, "Seeds of Authoritarianism in America: Recognizing the Warning Signs." The Human Rights Center’s medium covers research, investigations, and action related to human rights and technology, health, law, journalism, business, social science, and more. Congratulations, Sara!

Genia Nizkorodov (PhD, Social Ecology 2020; MA, Social Ecology 2017) recently provided an update on her activities:

This year, I was selected as a finalist for the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship which places [predominantly STEM] PhDs in federal agencies to assist with pressing policy issues. I will be hosted by USAID as an Environment and Climate Justice Advisor for the 2021-2022 fellowship year. My role will be to holistically integrate considerations of social equity, climate resilience, and broader environmental considerations into the activities of the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. This is exactly the kind of applied work I envisioned doing after my Social Ecology, and I am so excited for this opportunity. They released a blurb about current fellows [recently] on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin:

Genia Nizkorodov- USAID-BHA post

The fellowship actually began in September, but I will be starting the position in January at the end of my maternity leave. My son, Nikolai (Niko) was born on October 1st. It's been a very busy and exciting time.

On a final note, the book that I've spent the last few years developing with Richard Matthew and his colleague, Crystal Murphy, is finally in the final stages of production. I was the lead point of contact and coordinator for the book, and this project feels like completing a second dissertation.

We wish you continued success in your life and career, Genia!

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Graduate Award Winners!