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Table of Contents (Updated June 22, 2020)
- Graduate Resource Flyer
- Fall 2020 Academic English Course Offerings for Gradaute Students
- Coronavirus Updates and Resources
- The CIRTL Network: Research, Teaching, and Learning Resources for Graduate Students
- Pedagogically Intensive Teaching Assistant (PITA) Certificate Program for Social Ecology Teaching Assistants
- Division of Career Pathways (DCP) Announcements
- DECADE Community Announcements
- UCI FRESH Hub Volunteering (6/24)
- UCLA Working Group
- UCI Dismantling System Racism Work Group
- Study Regarding COVID-19 and Students' Well-Being
- Graduate Student-Parent Advisory Meeting
- and more!
- Graduate Division Counselors & Appointments
- PIVOT - UCI's Funding Database
- 2019-2020 Graduate Student Awards
Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Funding Opportunities
Important University Dates 2020-2021
The fee payment deadline for Fall 2020 is SEPTEMBER 15TH. The deadline to pay your fees to avoid loss of student status is October 23rd.
*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.*
Graduate Resource Flyer
Fall 2020 Academic English Course Offerings for Gradaute Students
For course questions, please email AcademicEnglish@uci.edu.
AE 29 (Thesis/Dissertation Writing for Graduate Students) is designed to help graduate students in the preparation of a thesis/dissertation (or proposal). This course would be most helpful for those who are in the process of preparing a thesis/dissertation (or proposal).
AE 29 (Graduate Writing for Scholarly Publication) is designed to help graduate students in the preparation of a conference paper or journal manuscript for publication. This course is most helpful for those who are in the process of preparing to publish.
AE 23A, B, and C (Graduate-Level Oral Communication Courses) are designed to assist with graduate students’ command of oral communication skills.
Coronavirus Updates and Resources
In a rapidly developing environment, the School of Social Ecology is doing our best to support our student communities. Below are links to helpful information and resources regarding COVID-19 - also known as the "Coronavirus."
- UCI's official portal for campus messages, latest news/updates, and services. There is a useful FAQs page as well as information on university operations.
- The LATEST MESSAGES link is particularly helpful.
- School of Social Ecology's general resource page for Coronavirus.
- UCI Health infectious disease experts are assisting with statewide and national efforts to track the outbreak and contain the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.
- Specific information for our international students and the impact of COVID-19 on travel, online enrolment, document processing, and more.
- UCI's remote teaching support for faculty. Is also a good resource for graduate student Teaching Assistants and Associates. UCI DTEI's Pedagogical Continuity website provides equally beneficial/complimentary information.
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:
- CIRTLCast series
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- TAR capstone series
- Journal club
- Summer institutes
- Online learning communities
- Network Exchange Program
Pedagogically Intensive Teaching Assistant (PITA) Certificate Program for Social Ecology Teaching Assistants
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 (http://dtei.uci.edu/workshops-and-colloquia/)
2) Submit a .5-1 page reflection on each workshop attended (total of two reflections, due at the end of the quarter to email@example.com). 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 (http://dtei.uci.edu/teaching-consultations/)
***Program components must be completed at the end of the quarter in which a student registers.***
a) Receive training and feedback from pedagogical experts
b) Improve your teaching skills inside and outside of the classroom
c) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Ecology’s Tranquil Thursdays with MLFP Student Saradia
PIVOT - UCI's Funding Database
Please take a moment to explore UCI OIR's Proquest Pivot funding opportunities database. Proquest's Pivot database is a powerful tool for sorting funding opportunities relevant to you!
Division of Career Pathways (DCP) Announcements
PROGRAMMING & EVENTS
"BIG INTERVIEW": A NEW RESOURCE FOR ACADEMIC INTERVIEWING
In an effort to customize Division of Career Pathways resources for graduate students, DCP is happy to announce a new customized mock interview for graduate students preparing for faculty interviews. This highly customized assignment will help our graduate students improve their interview skills, build confidence, and practice common academic interview questions. This resource is offered through the Division of Career Pathways resource, Big Interview. We encourage students to utilize the “self-review” feature to evaluate their mock interviews and track progress. In addition, students can opt to send their videos to others (peers, faculty, mentors, etc.) for additional feedback.
(Click link in text above for the Assignment Code)
VIRTUAL DROP-IN ADVISING HOURS
Wednesdays, 1pm to 3pm, via Zoom. Make an appointment on Handshake (uci.joinhandshake.com)
ONLINE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH CAREER SUPPORT:
Comprehensive online career services platform in which students can search for and apply to jobs and internships, register for DCP events, schedule career counseling appointments, and much more.
Offered through both Zoom (video and chat) and phone - Student can sign up through Handshake.
Offered through VMock, this online system enables students to upload a PDF version of their resume and receive feedback in real time 24 hours a day (Note – it does not review CVs, students should schedule career counseling appointments for CV reviews).
All of our normally scheduled workshops, including those reserved for graduate students only, are now offered through Zoom. Please see attached promotional flyer.
Students can land opportunities to build valuable work experience through micro-internships (short-term, paid, project-based assignments that are similar to those given to interns).
GRADUATE-SPECIFIC ONLINE RESOURCES:
Online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars (open access)
Offers first-hand advice about nonacademic careers for STEM PhDs (currently open to those with a UCI email address)
RESOURCES FOR STAFF & FACULTY:
We are offering all of our normally available workshops through Zoom for your classes, programs, and student groups. We welcome you to submit a request and we will coordinate with you.
Use this link to access simple and effective career-related assignments for you to incorporate into your courses or programs to improve your students’ career readiness.
Learn how to easily incorporate career readiness competencies in your course syllabi and student job descriptions and see examples of other syllabi.
An overview of the career development process and the many resources and programs available to students.
DECADE Community Announcements
UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
UCI FRESH HUB VOLUNTEERING - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH
The UCI FRESH Pantry is looking for volunteers to help set up, distribute and clean up for their distribution on Wednesday 6/24. All volunteers will be required to wear face coverings (which will be provided) and all other proper safety precautions will be taken.
If you would be interested in volunteering, please email email@example.com by Tuesday, June 23 at 5 PM. Please indicate which of the following shifts works best for you in the email.
- Set-Up (8am-10am): 2 volunteers
- Distribution (12pm-2pm): 3-4 volunteers
- Clean-Up (2pm-4pm): 4 volunteers
UCLA WORKING GROUP
In response to LAPD’s use of UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium as a staging area for detaining #BlackLivesMatter protestors, a working group of UCLA graduate students and faculty formed to demand the university divest from local police and campus police. In the last month, we have researched past incidents of on-campus police brutality and discrimination and found the history to be shockingly lengthy. In addition, we have looked into the financial ties between our school and LAPD. This work informed a set of demands presented to the UCLA Chancellor with a Juneteenth deadline.
With the goal of making divestment from the police UC- and CSU-wide project, we would like to connect with folx already working on a similar project, or who are willing to begin working toward this goal with us. Elaine, please let me or Angela (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UCI DISMANTLING SYSTEM RACISM WORK GROUP
Members of the UCI community are invited to apply to join a working group and lend their voice, talent, and resolve to become part of the solution. Once group membership is finalized, each group will be tasked to meet and develop an action plan to address a key area of systemic racism on campus. Our team will provide tools, logistical support, and coordination to ensure all groups are able to meet their goals. A plan for how to move forward is also included at the end of the town hall report.
STUDY REGARDING COVID-19 AND STUDENTS' WELL-BEING
UCI Professor Mahtab Jafari is conducting a study on how COVID-19 is affecting students’ overall well-being. Students 18 years of age and older are invited to participate in the survey. Questions about this research should be addressed to Professor Mahtab Jafari by emailing her at email@example.com. The survey will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
GRADUATE STUDENT-PARENT ADVISORY MEETING
Associated Graduate Students (AGS) is partnering with the Graduate Association of Student Parents (GrASP) to develop a new Parenting Advisory Board. Members of the Parenting Advisory Board would coordinate with the AGS to advance initiatives designed to improve the student-parenting experience.
If you are interested in joining the Parenting Advisory Group, or would like more information, please contact Yenda Prado, AGS Family Engagement Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS IN HOUSING - INTERIM POLICY
UCI has published its Emotional Support Animals in Housing Policy. The Policy can be found at: http://www.policies.uci.edu/policies/pols/501-05.php 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.
END RACISM UCI WEBPAGE
Includes links to many books, videos, and educational resources in addition to meeting notes, slides and event reports - https://cnlm.uci.edu/endracism
DEAN'S VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS
You don’t have to have a question to stop by office hours, you can just come to chat. We had a couple of students stop by who just wanted to chat, and we got to learn about their research, and they got to learn about the career paths of two Grad Division staff. We also brainstormed some great ideas for supporting our students more broadly that we hope to roll out in the next few weeks. We thank them for their ideas!
All you need to do is click this link to join the virtual office hours and you’ll be in: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057. Below are our office hours for this week.
- Tuesday, June 23, 9:00am – 9:30am
- Wednesday, June 24, 11:00am – 11:30am
- Thursday, June 25, 9:00am – 9:30am
- Friday, June 26, 8:30am – 9:00am
HEALTH & WELLNESS PODCAST FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
The goal of this podcast is to introduce and discuss health related topics to promote well-being among graduate students and postdoc fellows in an effort to raise awareness of health services and encourage daily integration of health and wellness.
For more information visit - https://gps.bio.uci.edu/health-wellness-podcast/
Check out our full health and wellness podcast playlist here - https://soundcloud.com/gpsstemradio/sets/health-and-wellness-podcast
WELLNESS RESOURCES DURING COVID-19
The Counseling Center developed a new web-page up on called Wellness Resources During COVID-19. It includes various materials and information from stress management to social connection that can help students during this challenging time. For more information, visit - https://counseling.uci.edu/resources/Wellness-Resources-during-COVID-19.html
COUNSELING CENTER PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES
The UCI counseling center is still open remotely and offering telebehavioral health services via secure videoconference or phone to students. Drop in groups and workshops are also available.
Drop-in groups are great if a student wants to interact with other students who have similar experiences while pursuing personal growth. Meanwhile, Workshops are for students who wants to learn about certain topics related to mental health and well-being. Students can directly join both Drop-in groups and Workshops without prior screening or contacting the Counseling Center.
GRADUATE DIVISION PROGRAMS & EVENTS CALENDAR WEBPAGE
This Programs & Events Calendar will serve as a central location for all of our upcoming professional development workshops and events for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars. It will include programs organized by Graduate Division, as well as programs hosted by our campus partners such as GPS-STEM and Division of Career Pathways.
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: http://freespeech.uci.edu/ & http://inclusion.uci.edu/
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