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Important University Dates

Table of Contents (Updated 10/15/19)

Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Funding Opportunities


Important University Dates 2019-2020

The fee payment deadline for Fall 2019 was Monday, September 16thThe deadline to pay your fees to avoid loss of student status is Friday, October 18th

*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.*



2019 Social Ecology Poster Session!

Hello all,

It’s that time of year – the 5th Annual Social Ecology Poster Session!

Like last year, the purpose of the Poster Session is twofold:

1)      Help our master’s and PhD students practice for future talks and conference presentations

2)     SHOWCASE research being conducted in Social Ecology and RECRUIT prospective applicants

The Poster Session will take place during our second annual Graduate Preview Day on Friday, November 1, 2019. We have invited current UCI undergraduate students and prospective applicants for this all-day event and we are featuring the research being done by our graduate students from 11:30am-1:00pm in SBSG 1517.

If you are a Social Ecology graduate student and would like to participate, please register using this link:

The top three best poster winners will be awarded a gift card!

Additionally, the Social Ecology Dean’s Office will reimburse poster printing costs (one poster per student) after the student has participated in this event. 

It has come to my attention that the newest trend is printing on fabric and there are several companies with affordable options, like Spoonflower: email me ( for additional details. 

We will also provide lunch for all registered participants and their guests.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

Thank you,



Pedagogically Intensive Teaching Assistant (PITA) Certificate Program for Social Ecology Teaching Assistants - Fall 2019!

The UCI School of Social Ecology, in partnership with the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI), is offering the Pedagogically Intensive Teaching Assistant (PITA) Certificate Program exclusively for SE TA's in writing and teaching-intensive courses.


1) Attend two DTEI-sponsored workshops (

2) Submit a .5-1 page reflection on each workshop attended (total of two reflections, due at the end of the quarter to The reflection should include what you learned from the workshop and how you can integrate this into your own teaching.

3) Schedule and complete a teaching consultation with DTEI staff (

***Program components must be completed at the end of the quarter in which a student registers.***


•             Receive training and feedback from pedagogical experts

•             Improve your teaching skills inside and outside of the classroom

•             Receive certificate of completion when all program components are completed


Must be a current graduate student in Social Ecology with a TA appointment in a course that is writing-intensive ("w" designation), a course in which the TA is expected to lead discussion sections, or a course in which an active learning classroom is used.

To register, please contact Irice Castro, Assistant Director of Graduate Affairs:


Wednesday Wellness Walks Return for Fall - Center for Wellness & Health Promotion

Research shows that being connected to and experiencing nature contributes to your mental health and emotional well-being. UCI has several beautiful places on or near campus where students, faculty and staff can connect with and experience the natural beauty of our environment and ecosystem.

The Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion continues their “Wednesday Wellness Walks” each quarter, which allows UCI students, faculty and staff to enjoy a guided walking tour of five of these natural resources … and it’s absolutely FREE!

The walks take place on Wednesdays of Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 every quarter. Each walking tour includes a mindfulness/meditation component (provided by Natalie D’Azzo, Wellness Programs Manager in the Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion), and/or an ecological education component (provided by Dr. Peter Bowler, professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Director of the UCI Arboretum).

The Fall 2019 schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, October 9: UCI Aldrich Park
Wednesday, October 23: Mason Park
Wednesday, November 6: UCI Arboretum
Wednesday, November 20: Sea & Sage Audobon Area
Wednesday, December 4: UCI Ecological Preserve

All walks will begin by meeting outside of “Zot N Go” at 11:30AM and will conclude by 1PM. No registration is necessary.

Cancellations or changes will be announced on our website:

For more information, contact:
Doug Everhart, Director
Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion
Phone: (949) 824-2296


Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Humanities Gateway 1010

This workshop will offer tips and guidelines for maximizing the impact of your responses to written assignments. Workshop facilitators will present and discuss different strategies for responding to student work that will both (1) get your students’ attention and (2) challenge them to take ownership of their learning and writing.

Please RSVP at by Monday, October 21, 2019. Lunch will be served.

We hope to see you at the workshop!

UCI Office of the Campus Writing & Communication Coordinator



Meet Your AGS Representatives!


Graduate Resource Center (GRC) - Fall Quarter Announcements


Happy fall quarter GradEaters! Take a look below to check out all the exciting opportunities being offered at the GRC this quarter.
Thursday, October 17th at 1:00 PM in the Graduate Resource Center
Come get an insider’s perspective from one of our own. UCI Grad Alum, Ty Woolworth, MBA alum ’13 will share his journey during his talk, “How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Journey.” 

Register HERE
Thursday, November 21st at 1:00 PM in the Graduate Resource Center
Our second Alumni Speaker event of the Fall will feature UCI Grad Alum, Brett Goldsmith, PhD alum ’08. He’ll share his journey during his talk, “Building a New Industry After your PhD.” 
Register HERE
There’s still time to register for our fantastic certificate programs!
Activate to Captivate
Tuesdays, October 8 to November 26 from 10:00 AM – Noon
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  
Register HERE
Foundations of Graduate Health and Wellness
Wednesdays, October 16 to November 20 from 10:00 AM – Noon
Maintaining overall health and well-being are key to graduate success. This is a 6-session program focuses on skills and resources related to health and wellness. This certificate program is intended for those who are:
• Curious about the connection between physical health, mental well-being, and professional success
• Interested in resources, strategies and tools to thrive in a demanding work environment
• Seeking to improve work-life balance and professional development
Improv for Teaching
Tuesdays, November 6 to November 26 from Noon – 2:00 PM
Facilitated by Activate to Captivate’s Bri McWhorter, this new 4-session communication program is for postdocs and graduate students. This highly interactive program will help participants learn to: 
• Think on their feet
• Engage in active listening techniques
• Create a collaborative learning environment
• Expand their imagination to lead a dynamic classroom
Register HERE
Preparing for the Academic Interview - Panel 
Tuesday, October 22 from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Learn about the various types of positions available, where to look for positions, and get an overview of the entire academic job search process. This session is full of tips and resources to help you successfully navigate the academic job search.
Register HERE
CAREER EXPLORATION SESSION: Opportunities with the California State Auditor
Thursday, October 24, Information Session: Noon – 1:00 pm
Individual Appointments with the recruiter 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t about accounting practices! This unique opportunity puts you face to face with a recruiter searching for problem solvers from ALL DISCIPLINES. Come out for the info session or book a one-on-one appointment and learn what it takes to land a job on this unique team!
Register HERE
Thursday, November 7 from 10:30 AM – Noon
The key to interview success is preparation and practice. It’s not necessarily the most qualified who gets the job, but the person who knows how to make a great impression. Discover the techniques to rise above the competition and lower interview anxiety by preparing well with some practice!
Wednesday, November 13 from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Learn research and understand the job market. Discover how to narrow your search, locate jobs and develop an action plan to get you started.
Are you looking for career support?! Take advantage of one-on-one time with Lauren Lyon.
Career Drop-in Advising
On Tuesdays from 10:00 AM – Noon, Lauren Lyon from the Division of Career Pathways provides career advising for both academic and non-academic positions. No appointment necessary; first come, first served.
Fellowship Application Advising
Make an appointment with Kayleigh Anderson to discuss your fellowship application questions and receive feedback.
Writing ConsultantsAppointments available daily from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
GRC writing consultants can review academic publications, dissertation/thesis materials, and provide feedback on job application materials (ex. CV, resume, cover letter). Schedule an appointment by clicking here or calling 949-824-3849.

  • The GRC hours are Monday – Thursday from 9AM-7PM and Fridays from 9AM-5PM.

The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) is located on the third floor of the Gateway Study Center.
Need additional information about GRC workshops and events?
     PHONE:     949-824-3849




Graduate Division - Foundations of Graduate Health and Wellness Certificate Program (10/16 to 11/20)

The graduate experience is often characterized by tremendous personal and professional growth, but it can also present formidable challenges.  These challenges can sometimes impact student well-being.  Maintaining overall health and well-being are important in successfully managing the graduate experience.  To support this effort, UCI Graduate Division offers a certificate program focused on the topics of physical health, mental wellness and awareness, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, insurance access, and the art of happiness.

The six week series will meet every Wednesday from 10/16/19 to 11/20/19 from 10am to 12pm at the Graduate Resource Center (GRC).  Participants who complete all requirements will receive a Graduate Health and Wellness Certificate.  To register, contact Phong Luong at


Division of Career Pathways - Fall Quarter Grad Career Announcements

Fall Career Fair

Fall Quarter Events

CV to Resume

How to Handshake




DECADE Community Announcements

Dear DECADE Graduate Students & Community,

We hope that your summers are going well.  Please see below for a few community announcements that you may find of interest.


Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) Certificate Program

The Office of Inclusive Excellence has recently announced the launch of the new Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) Certificate Program for 2019-2020. The program is open to all UCI faculty, staff, and students. The purpose of the OIE Certificate Program is to equip faculty, staff, and students with skills to build and sustain a campus community where all expect equity, support diversity, practice inclusion, and honor free speech. Please consider participating in this opportunity. For more information, please see the program website HERE.

Health Disparities Job Position – California State University, Long Beach

Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach announces a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in Fall 2020 in Health Disparities/Health Psychology. Requirements include PhD in Health Psychology or related discipline; evidence of teaching at the college level; an active program of research, and peer-reviewed publications. Duties include teaching in specialty area, conducting research that incorporates students, and service. For complete position description with details on Required and Preferred Qualifications, Duties, Required Documentation, etc., see Application review begins September 16, 2019.

Critical Mentoring

Torie Weiston-Serdan is a scholar and practitioner with over eleven years of teaching and youth programming experience. She received her Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University and has dedicated her life and career to teaching and mentoring young people in her community. She does extensive work with community-based organizations in support of their youth advocacy efforts, specializing in training mentors to work with diverse youth populations; i.e. Black, Latinx, LGBTQQ, First Generation College Students and Low-Income Youth. For more information about Dr. Weiston-Serdan and her work, please visit -

A link to her TedTalk and book are below-

DECADE Faculty Mentor List (2019-2020)

Not sure who your DECADE Faculty Mentor is?  An updated list of DECADE Faculty Mentors for the 2019-2020 academic year is available HERE.  DECADE Mentors are friendly (yes, really!) and want to hear from you. Feel free to reach out and set up a date to chat about DECADE and find out how you can expand you involvement.

Free Speech Resources

UC Irvine actively creates opportunities that promote fruitful and respectful discussions on campus. DECADE and the Graduate Division are only two of several offices on campus that contribute to this effort. Students are encouraged to visit the following websites for more information and resources regarding Free Speech: &


Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships in STEM

The Institute for Broadening Participation’s mission is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. They design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first generation college students, and students from underserved communities.

They recently shared that early Fall deadlines for many undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships are rapidly approaching. Students can use the searchable online directory to find STEM funding opportunities below:

Undergraduate Scholarships – 30+ opportunities from a variety of private and federal funders for students pursuing STEM

Graduate Funding for Masters Students – 40+ funding opportunities for Masters-level students in STEM

Graduate Funding for PhD Students – 40+ funding opportunities including funding from NSF, NASA, and NIH.

Finally, they also have some nice resources on how to build a strong application.

Feel free to share with your students! They can contact Liv Detrick directly at with any questions on how to use their online search to find funding opportunities. To learn more about The Institute for Broadening Participation, visit:

Emotional Support Animals in Housing Interim Policy

UCI has published its Emotional Support Animals in Housing Policy. The Policy can be found at: and:

Explains the specific requirements that apply to an individual's use of an Emotional Support Animal in UCI Housing;

Applies solely to Emotional Support Animals that may be necessary in UCI Housing;

Stipulates that the approval to have an Emotional Support Animal in UCI Housing does not extend to other UCI locations;

Includes procedures to request an Emotional Support Animal in UCI Housing; and

Does not apply to Service Animals.

The Policy is being implemented on an interim basis. You are invited to submit comments about the Policy until March 18, 2020, by email to


2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) Program (DEADLINE, 10/24/19)

Dear Social Ecology Graduate Students,

Are you planning to apply for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) program?  If so, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the resources provided by both the School of Social Ecology and UCI's Graduate Division. 

  • Please pay special attention to the information regarding Social Ecology's NSF-GRFP Review Committee!

The deadline to apply is October 24, 2019

Resources to support you through this application process: 

  • NSF GRFP website:
  • Social Ecology Webinar recorded in 2018 (note that the application deadline this year is October 24, 2019):
  • Social Ecology NSF GRFP Review Committee:  SE Graduate Students who were awarded NSF GRFP or who received honorable mention will review your essay and provide you with feedback in approximately 48 hours.  This service will be available from 9/20/2019 to 10/19/2019.  To receive feedback, you main email your draft essays to:
  • Your advisor should be a key resource.
  • Dr. Sandra Loughlin is also available to answer questions about the application process and provide feedback on materials for the NSF-GRFP, the Fulbright, or Ford Foundation Fellowships. Please email to inquire about availability.    
  • If you are looking for other external fellowship opportunities, please note that the Graduate Resource Center also provides assistance with applications:

Best of luck!

A note from Holly Hapke, Director of Research Development -

Here is the link to a possible resource for students applying to the GRFP program. It’s a website created by an individual who received this award in 2010 and contains links to other resources as well as examples of successful essays. It’s also set up so that others may upload their essays.


The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Dissertation Fellowships (DEADLINES, 10/15/19 and 11/15/19)

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has opened its 2020 competition for several fellowships that support either dissertation completion or junior faculty progress toward tenure. Recipients not only receive support for their work, but also join a 75-year-old network of some 27,000 Woodrow Wilson Fellows—a select group with an impressive collective record of scholarship, teaching, service, and public influence. Thank you for your consideration; we look forward to hearing from any excellent candidates whom you might help us to identify.

For doctoral candidates completing dissertations:

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in fields across the humanities and social sciences, the 2020 Newcombe Fellowships are available to Ph.D. and Th.D. candidates who expect to complete their dissertation between April and August 2021. Download the program flyer here. The competition deadline is November 15, 2019. Questions may be directed to

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies 

Designed to encourage research about women and gender that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Recent Fellows have explored such topics as reproduction in the context of chronic disease, algorithmic detection of child abuse images, and changing feminist visions at the UN from 1975 to 1995. Download the program flyer here. The competition deadline is October 15, 2019. Questions may be directed to


Pedagogical Fellows Program 2020 - Applications Now Open!

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation invites graduate students who are passionate about teaching and mentorship to apply for the 2020 Pedagogical Fellows (PF) Program. The PF Program is a nationally recognized “preparing future faculty” program; selection is competitive, based on a record of excellent teaching, promising scholarship, and service. The Program is 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 $2000 fellowship

For more information about the program and the application link, visit Application Deadline: October 18, 2019 by 6:00 PM.

If you have any questions, please email the Director, Dr. Danny Mann at


University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (DEADLINE, 11/1/19)

Intersted individuals can also sign up for a UC PPFP application workshop on 10/3.




AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research (DEADLINE, 11/1/19)

Now accepting applications

Deadline: November 1, 2019

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.


Each fellowship award is for 1 year, beginning July 1, 2020 or later, and is nonrenewable. This fellowship program is intended as a write-up fellowship. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research conducted under faculty sponsorship in any accredited university in the United States. The AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research provides funding for up to $19,000 for a 1-year project and $1,000 reimbursement to attend the AERA Annual Meeting. Fellows are required to participate in a mentoring and career development workshop and present their research in an invited poster session during the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.


Eligible graduate students for the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research will be at the writing stage of their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. The dissertation study should focus on an education research topic such as high stakes testing; ethnic studies/curriculum; tracking; STEM development; measurement of achievement and opportunity gaps; English language learners; or bullying and restorative justice. Applicants can come from graduate programs and departments in education research, the humanities, or social or behavioral science disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields, such as economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.

Fellows are required to provide proof of advancement to candidacy at the beginning of the award period. Applicants must work full-time on their dissertations and course requirements and should be in the writing stage of their dissertation. This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders).

All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Direct any questions about the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research, eligibility requirements, or submission process to or 202-238-3200.


Open Society Soros Justice Fellowships - $57K Youth Activist Fellowship (DEADLINE, 11/20/19)

Open Society is inviting applications for its Soros Justice Fellowships. The program supports outstanding individuals poised to undertake a project that advances reform, spurs debate, and/or catalyzes change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. All projects must, at a minimum, relate to one or more of the following U.S. criminal justice reform goals: reducing the number of people who are incarcerated or under correctional control, challenging extreme punishment, or promoting fairness and accountability in our systems of justice. 

The foundation has identified the following three categories of fellowships:

  • Advocacy Fellowships — Grants of either $94,500 or $127,500 (depending on level of experience) over eighteen months will be awarded to lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation, to coalition building and grassroots mobilization, to policy-driven research.
  • Media Fellowships — Grants of either $63,000 or $85,000 (depending on level of experience) over twelve months will be awarded to writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues. The Media Fellowships aim to mitigate the time, space, and market constraints that often discourage individuals from pursuing vital but marginalized, controversial, or unpopular topics in comprehensive and creative ways.
  • Youth Activist Fellowships — In partnership with the Open Society Youth Exchange, the program will award $57,500 over eighteen months (the award is pro-rated for part-time or twelve-month projects) to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 for projects of their own design that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. Projects can range from public education and training to grassroots organizing and policy advocacy to social media campaigns and other forms of creative communications. Youth Activist Fellowships must be undertaken in partnership with a host organization.

The foundation strongly encourages applications for projects that demonstrate a clear understanding of the intersection of criminal justice issues with the particular needs of low-income communities, communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, women and children, and those otherwise disproportionately affected by harsh criminal justice policies. It especially welcomes applications from individuals directly affected by, or with significant direct personal experience with, the policies, practices, and systems their projects seek to address (e.g., applicants who have themselves been incarcerated, applicants who have a family member or loved one who has been incarcerated and whose fellowship project emerges from that experience, or applicants who are survivors of violence or crime).

Deadline Nov 20, 2019



Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships - $20K (DEADLINE, 2/12/2020)

Do you conduct research based in the LA region?

You are invited to attend information sessions about the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, led by the Administrative Director William Burke.

  • Information Session and Q & A on Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
  • Social Ecology I, Room 112
  • * These fellowships are for students who already have their dissertation topic approved and anticipate finishing in the next 18 months, but you are welcome to join even if you are not ready to apply yet.

If you plan to attend, please email Doug Colby as soon as possible:




Reference Materials for Students Seeking Non-Academic Careers

Below is some relevant literature regarding the non-academic career path for academics.  All are available on Amazon, as well for check-out with the Director of Graduate Affairs.  Enjoy!

Navigating the Path to Industry: A Hiring Manager's Advice for Academics Looking for a Job in Industry

By M.R. Nelson

So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside of Academia

By Susan Basalla & Maggie Debelius

The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

By Karen Kelsky, Ph.D.

Building a Career Outside Academia: A Guide for Doctoral Students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

By Jennifer Brown Urban & Miriam R. Linver

Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM

By Joseph Fruscione & Kelly J. Baker



Social Ecology Graduate Student Awards, 2018-2019

2018-2019 Graduate Student Awards List is now accessible online!