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Table of Contents (Updated 7/15/19)

Summer Career Services from UCI's Division of Career Pathways

UCI Academic Testing Center, Scanning Guide for Social Ecology Instructors & TAs

Congratulations to the Social Ecology Graduate Student Softball Team!  UCI's Spring 2019 CHAMPIONS!

Important University Dates

Summer 2019 Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Funding Opportunities

AGS Summer Travel Grants (Deadline 7/19/19)

Pedagogical Fellows Program 2020 - Applications Now Open!

GRC Summer NSF-GRFP & Ford Fellowship Workshops

Refernce Materials for Students Seeking Non-Academic Careers

UCI's Science In Action (SIA) - Promoting Graduate Student Professional Success

2018-2019 Graduate Student Awards List


Summer Career Services from UCI's Division of Career Pathways

Dear Colleagues,

At DCP, we want to share with you the resources we are continuing to offer through Summer as well as some exciting events to look forward to in Fall.


  • 1-1 appointments will continue and are available to your students through Handshake
  • Drop-In advising (10-15 minute, first-come-first serve) will continue to be held at the Graduate Resource Center (GRC) on Tuesdays from 10-12
  • Career Development Workshops will be held throughout summer at the GRC (see attached)


  • Save the Dates!
    • Our Fall Career Fair has been moved to Week 0 this year and will be on Wednesday, September 25th at the Bren (see attached). Due to the date and venue change, I’d ask that you help promote this to your students as early as possible. Last Fall Fair we had several employers looking to hire our grad students and I wouldn’t want them to miss out!
    • The annual STEM Fair will be on Thursday, October 17, 2019
    • Both events are live on Handshake 


UCI Academic Testing Center, Scanning Guide for Social Ecology Instructors & TAs

UCI's Academic Testing Center (ATC) has updated their Scantron Scanning Guide for Social Ecology.  The guide is available through the link below.

ATC Scanning Guide


Social Ecology Softball Team Takes 2019 Championship!

The UCI School of Social Ecology intramural softball team — Jennie’s Minions — recently clenched the championship.

Jennie’s Minions beat Blue Wave in the championship game with a final score of 11-9.  Blue Wave previously was undefeated, having beat Jennie’s Minions in the season opening game and beating all other opponents by a combined score of 86-20 this season.  

“As far as we know, no social ecology team has ever won any IM championships, although we have played in a handful of championship games,” said Dmitry Tsukerman, psychological science doctoral student and team captain. “This was also the final IM game for several of our team members who have played every year since they began their program, and have now earned both their Ph.D. and an IM championship to take with them.”

He said the team was down 8-3 coming into the final inning of the championship game, when they scored six runs to take the lead.

“In the bottom of the inning, Blue Wave scored a run to tie the game and sent it into extra innings,” he recounted. “We then scored two more runs in the top of the extra inning, and shut out Blue Wave in the bottom of that inning for the win!”

The team members: psychological science grad students Tsukerman, Marie Cross, John Hunter, Desiree Chase, Jared Celniker, Brett Mercier, Becky Grady, John Michael Kelly and Yasmin Kofman; criminology, law and society grad student Kasey Ragan; sociology grad student Mikaela Smith; and three undergrads — Mylei Hong (psychological science), Hazel Jackson (cognitive psychology) and Will Lyles (computer engineering).

Tsukerman said the team is named for Jennifer Craig Welti, director of graduate affairs for the School of Social Ecology. “With Jennie offering to sponsor a Social Ecology softball team, I thought it would be a fun name since Jennie is always looking after her students in one way or another. Plus, the little yellow minions made for a great mascot with Jennie as our leader.”



Important University Dates 2019-2020

The fee payment deadline for Fall 2019 is 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.*




Summer 2019 Writing Workshop for Doctoral Students

Dear UCI Doctoral Student or Postdoc,

Lead Researcher Barbara Sarnecka and researchers from the Cognitive Sciences and Philosophy Departments at the University of California, Irvine are recruiting participants for a research study about  the effectiveness of a summer seminar in academic writing for doctoral students and postdocs. This study may help us to better understand how universities can help people become successful  academic writers.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are at least 18 years of age or older and are a PhD student or postdoc at UCI. The Summer 2019 workshops will be tailored to those in behavioral and social sciences (including education) and humanities.

Participants will attend seminar meetings on the UCI main campus, and fill out three online surveys (one each at the beginning, middle and end of the summer). You will not be paid for your participation in this research.  Participating in this research may benefit your academic writing productivity and writing quality.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click the link below for more information or contact the lead researcher, Prof. Barbara Sarnecka at

Thank you very much for your time.


AGS Summer Travel Grants (Deadline 7/19/19)


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


GRC Summer NSF-GRFP & Ford Fellowship Workshops


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



UCI's Science In Action (SIA) - Promoting Graduate Student Professional Success

SIA provides opportunities for graduate students to develop leadership, mentoring and communication skills, and a deeper understanding of ethical issues within research and relationships.  These competencies will be essential as students move forward in their career, either in or outside the academy.  SIA has been developed at UCI by a partnership between faculty and student ambassadors in the School of Ecology and School of Physical Sciences and the Graduate Division and embodies the recommendations by the NASEM Report on Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century.  The applications for 2018-2019 SIA have closed for this year.  Please check back later for the 2019-2020 cohort application. Questions? Contact Mary Frances Ypma-Wong, PhD.

Event/Workshop Topics

  • Diverse career trajectories
  • Success beyond graduate training
  • Effective graduate writing
  • Keys to finding research funding
  • Other SIA, professional development, certificate series events/workshops and more!

SIA Info & Events


Social Ecology Graduate Student Awards, 2018-2019

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