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Important University Dates

Table of Contents (Updated May 7, 2021)

General Announcements


Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Funding Opportunities


Important University Dates 2020-2021

The fee payment deadline for Spring 2021 is MARCH 15TH.  The deadline to pay your fees to avoid loss of student status is April 16th. 

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.




COVID Asymptomatic Testing Update from UCI Vice Chancellor Banks

Below are a few key points from Vice Chancellor Banks' recent email.

  • Upload your vaccination record — If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccine, or once you receive it, please upload your vaccination record by visiting the UCI Student Health Center Patient Portal.  Step-by-step instructions for uploading your vaccination record can be found here. If you need assistance uploading your vaccine record, contact CTVNS at 949.824.2300.  While vaccines are not mandatory at this time, the campus anticipates that our ability to open the campus for Fall 2021 will be contingent on the number of vaccinated students.
  • Testing exemption — Effective April 26, students who are fully vaccinated (14 days after their last shot) and upload their vaccination records are no longer required to participate in the Asymptomatic Testing Program. Students should expect to receive verification of their test exemption from the UCI Student Health Center (SHC) via secure messaging. The ZotPass will also reflect your exempt status within 24 hours of your verification. Students should continue testing until they receive verification from the SHC. Student athletes may still be required to test regularly based on their rules and regulations for competition. Student athletes should check with the UCI Intercollegiate Athletics for additional guidance on testing.


Social Ecology WISE Wednesdays (5pm to 6pm)!


Upcoming Events Hosted by UCI's Office of Inclusive Excellence

UCI Great Big Read - Do More

Facilitated conversations on building care and community to counter anti-Asian racism

  • Monday, May 10th from 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Panelists: Wenbo Li (Ohio State University), Marcelle Hayashida (Wellness, Health & Counseling Services), Thuy Vo Dang (Southeast Asian Archive)


Advancing Equity Talks

TED-style talks from UCI members addressing equity during COVID-19

  • Thursday, May 13th from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Presenters: Pavan Kadandale (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry), Graeme Boushey (Political Science), Laura Enriquez (Chicano/Latino Studies), James Lee (Asian American Studies), Candice Taylor Lucas (Pediatrics), Bill Maurer (School of Social Sciences), Mandy Mount (CARE), Virginia Parks (Urban Planning & Public Policy)


For ongoing programs, please view our OIE webpage:  We look forward to seeing you there!

Office of Inclusive Excellence Team


UCI Humanities Center Presents, "Demystifying the Journal Publishing Process" (EVENT: 5/7/2021)

UC-affiliated faculty, who are or have been journal editors, offer insight into the academic journal publishing process. Following a one-hour panel discussion on all aspects of the publishing process, participants will join 25-minute discipline-specific (and interdisciplinary) breakout sessions.

Friday, May 7, 2021, 12:00-1:30 PM PST, via Zoom


Panel presentations (Zoom Webinar):
  • Where are journals going?  Erich van Rijn, director of journals and open access, UC Press
  • How to identify a journal in which to publish?  Melissa Wilcox, professor of religious studies, UC Riverside
  • How do you know when your work is ready to submit?  Sven Spieker, professor of Germanic and Slavic studies, UCSB
  • Contacting editors, timelines, and the mechanics of submission.  Brad Prager, professor of German studies and film studies, Missouri University
  • What do these reviews mean? What does “revise and resubmit” mean? What does “reject” mean?  Sander Goldberg, distinguished professor of classics, UCLA
  • How should I handle conflicting reviews?  Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor's Professor of English and informatics, UCI 
  • How to promote the publication?  Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, professor of Asian American studies, UC Irvine.
  • Student support strategies.  What are the general expectations for publication rate and when to publish?  What have the surprises been thus far?  Rena Goldstein, Ph.D. candidate, philosophy, UC Irvine; Mads Larsen, Ph.D. student, Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies, UCLA
Breakout Sessions (Zoom) (subject to change):
  • Art History: Sven Spieker 
  • German, Film Studies, Open Source: Brad Prager
  • Classics: Sander Goldberg
  • English, Sexuality Studies: Jonathan Alexander
  • Religious Studies, Queer, Trans, and Gender Studies: Melissa Wilcox
  • Asian American Studies, Women’s Studies, History: Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
  • Publishing with UC Press: Erich van Rijn
  • Strategies and Advice from Advanced Graduate Students: Rena Goldstein and Mads Larsen

This event is jointly sponsored by the UC Davis Humanities Institute, the UC Irvine Humanities Center, and the UC San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities.


UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Workshop (EVENT: 5/20/2021)

Dear colleagues,

The Office of Inclusive Excellence invites doctoral and professional students, and those who support them, to learn more about the prestigious University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) and the UCI Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CPF).

This workshop provides maximum planning time to help individuals through the application process, providing important tips and opportunities to hear directly from program participants about their strategies for application submission and fast-tracking career success. The UC PPFP/CPF is open to applicants with terminal degrees in any field (Ph.D., J.D., M.F.A, M.D., or Ed.D.) as long as they are preparing for careers in university teaching and research.

We invite all interested graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty mentors, and administrators at UCI to join an informational workshop about this funding call from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, via Zoom.

RSVP to receive the zoom link for the May 20 workshop at:

The application deadline for the 2022-23 cycle is November 1, 2021. Eligible applicants need to receive a terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of the fellowship (typically July 1), and be able to present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Further PPFP eligibility details and Frequently Asked Questions may be found at:

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop on May 20 from 3-4:30 pm.


Take the Pledge


Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D. (Pronouns: he/him/his)
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
Director, ADVANCE Program
Professor of History


UCI Libraries - Spring Events

Creating An Effective Data Management Plan for Your Grant Proposal

Thursday, May 13 at 1 – 2 p.m.

Need to create a data management plan to meet funder requirements, and wondering where to start? This workshop will provide an overview of data sharing and management requirements from public and private funders, including NSF and NIH. Attendees will learn about the main components of data management plans, look at examples, and learn about resources, such as the DMPTool, that can help craft an effective data management plan. This virtual workshop is open to UCI faculty, researchers, staff, and students. A recording of the workshop will be made available to those who register and cannot attend the workshop.

For more information, please contact Data Curation Librarian, Wasila Dahdul, at

Version Control with Git Workshop

Monday, May 17 – Sunday, May 30

This is a 2-week asynchronous course held in Canvas from May 17th at 12 a.m. through May 30th at 11:59 p.m. The total amount of participation time is approximately 3 hours. Drop-in help sessions will be available along with ways to receive help within Canvas. Version control is the lab notebook of the digital world: it is what professionals use to keep track of what they have done and to collaborate with other people. Every large software development project relies on it, and most programmers use it for their small jobs as well. And it is not just for software: books, papers, small data sets, and anything that changes over time or needs to be shared can and should be stored in a version control system. This Carpentry based workshop will cover setting up Git, tracking changes, and collaborating with others. Registered participants will receive invites to the Canvas workshop before the May 17th start date.

For more information, please contact Computational Research Librarian, Danielle Kane, at

Social Media Analytics: Session 1 of 2

Thursday, May 20 at 2 – 3 p.m.

Join UCI Libraries Digital Scholarship Services for an overview of the concepts, methods, and tools involved in text mining. This virtual workshop is open to UCI faculty, researchers, students, staff, and alumni. A calendar invite with Zoom info will be sent to registered participants.

For more information, please contact Digital Scholarship Services Librarian, Shu Liu, at or 949-824-8781.

Social Media Analytics: Session 2 of 2

Thursday, May 27 at 2 – 3 p.m.

Join UCI Libraries Digital Scholarship Services for an overview of concepts, methods, and tools involved in social media analytics. Part 2 focuses on exploration of SMA tools. This virtual workshop is open to UCI faculty, researchers, students, staff, and alumni. A calendar invite with Zoom info will be sent to registered participants.

For questions, please contact Digital Scholarship Services Librarian, Shu Liu,
at or 949-824-8781.


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


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 (

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.***


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:


UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society: 2020-2021 Research Justice Workshops in Community-based Research for Graduate Students


Call for Graduate Division Mentoring Opportunities (DEADLINE: 5/21/2021)

Dear Graduate Students,

We are now accepting applications for mentoring positions for the Graduate Division Summer Research Programs. Graduate Division hosts two summer programs for diversity students to conduct faculty mentored research. The mentoring opportunities below are open to PhD and MFA students in all disciplines. Students can apply to multiple positions.

UPDATED DATES: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SUR ) (June 21st - August 13th, 2021)

  • Eight-week summer research program for visiting diversity undergraduate and master’s students interested in pursuing a PhD at UCI.
  • Seeking Graduate Student Mentors and Graduate Student Leads to support undergraduate students in the areas of academic writing and graduate preparation.
  • More information about these opportunities is available here:

Competitive Edge Summer Research Program (August 2nd -September 10th, 2021)

  • Six-week summer research program focused on preparing incoming UCI graduate students for the start of their graduate programs in the fall.
  • Seeking Graduate Student Peer Mentors to support mentees regarding all aspects of life as a graduate student. 
  • More information regarding this opportunity is available here:

*If selected for one of the above mentoring positions, you are expected to successfully complete the Mentoring Excellence Program. For more information please visit -

Application and materials for both opportunities are due by Friday, May 21st at 12:00 PM (NOON).

To apply, please visit:

Questions? Email

Thank you,

Mariela Menendez and Craig Farmer


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




Overview of major programs and events:


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)


Wednesdays, 1pm to 3pm, via Zoom.  Make an appointment on Handshake (

  • HANDSHAKE: 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.
  • VIRTUAL CAREER COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS: Offered through both Zoom (video and chat) and phone - Student can sign up through Handshake.
  • VIRTUAL RESUME REVIEWS: 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).
  • WEBINARS: All of our normally scheduled workshops, including those reserved for graduate students only, are now offered through Zoom. Please see attached promotional flyer.
  • MIRCO-INTERNSHIPS: 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).
  • IMAGINE PHD: Online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars (open access)
  • VERSATILE PHD: Offers first-hand advice about nonacademic careers for STEM PhDs (currently open to those with a UCI email address)

CV to Resume: Differences & Conversion Tips

Handshake: Explanation & Getting Started


DECADE Community Announcements



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.


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.


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: &

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Graduate Award Winners!