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Important University Dates

Table of Contents (Updated September 21, 2020)

General Announcements

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.*

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

FILING DEADLINES


 

UCI Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion - Consultations

Consultations consist of a 30 – 60 minute one-on-one confidential appointment with a health educator.  Please call 949-824-9355 to make an appointment.

Consultation Topics

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco (i.e. smoking cessation, vapes)
  • Other Drugs (i.e. marijuana)
  • Sexual Health
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Wellness

 

Graduate Resource Flyer


 

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."

UC IRVINE'S CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION HUB

  •  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.

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL ECOLOGY - CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES AND UPDATES

  • School of Social Ecology's general resource page for Coronavirus.

UCI HEALTH COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

  • 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.

UCI INTERNATIONAL CENTER - COVID-19

  • Specific information for our international students and the impact of COVID-19 on travel, online enrolment, document processing, and more. 

UCI TEACH ANYWHERE - REMOTE TEACHING RESOURCES

  • 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.

 

Updated Fall 2020 Academic English Course Offerings for Graduate Students

AE 23A, B, and C (Graduate-Level Oral Communication Courses) are designed to assist with graduate students’ command of oral communication skills.



*NEW* AE 29 (Introduction to Graduate Research Writing) is designed to help new graduate students develop a fundamental understanding of graduate writing necessary for tasks such as academic publishing and thesis/dissertation writing.



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 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).


 

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.

Responsibilities

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 irice.castro@uci.edu). 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.***

Benefits

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

Eligibility

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: irice.castro@uci.edu


 

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) - Mellon ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships (DEADLINE: 10/28/2020)

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $35,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000
  • Tenure: one year beginning summer 2021
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship administration system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 28, 2020.
  • Notifications will be sent via email in late March 2021.

LINK TO APPLICATION & INFO


 

2021-2022 GloCal Fellowship Application Now Open! (DEADLINE: 11/2/2020)

The GloCal application for 2021-2022 fellowships is now open!

’19-20 GloCal Fellow Sarah Coates with Drs. Miriam Laker-Oketta & Patrick Musinguzi at IDI Dermatology Clinic in Kampala, Uganda

UCGHI’s GloCal Health Fellowship provides aspiring global health researchers with outstanding interdisciplinary education and training in innovative research designed to improve health for populations around the world.

Now accepting applications for its 2021-22 program, GloCal is recruiting individuals interested in HIV research, non-HIV-related mental health research and other global health priority research areas such as women’s health, planetary health and non-communicable diseases. The fellowship is designed for: US doctoral students, professional students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as foreign postdoctoral fellows from affiliated international sites in low- and middle-income countries.

A 12-month mentored research fellowship, GloCal Health Fellowship has four principal components:

  • Research project – 12 months, at 1 of 20 international partner sites
  • Mentorship – a strong, interdisciplinary mentored research experience
  • Global health education – online or onsite courses
  • Career development – to attain short-term goals and transition to the next stage 

Fellowships begin in July 2021 and provide:

  • 12 consecutive months stipend support
  • Health insurance (for U.S. trainees)
  • Modest research funding ($15,000)
  • Travel costs to and from international field site
  • Support for online courses
  • A week-long orientation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, DC. 

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center (FIC) and UCGHI, the GloCal Health Fellowship supports awarded fellows from all 10 UC campuses as well as 20 affiliated international sites across 17 countries.

Interested applicants are encouraged to explore past GloCal Research and learn about the application process.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS NOVEMBER 2, 2020.

For questions, please contact Kimberly Bale.


 

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!

PROQUEST PIVOT DATABASE


 

Division of Career Pathways (DCP) Announcements

PROGRAMMING & EVENTS

EVENTS CALENDAR

"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.

BIG INTERVIEW

(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:

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).

GRADUATE-SPECIFIC ONLINE RESOURCES:

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)

RESOURCES FOR STAFF & FACULTY:

REQUEST A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

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.

CAREER-RELATED ASSIGNMENTS

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.

INCORPORATING CAREER READINESS INTO YOUR SYLLABI

Learn how to easily incorporate career readiness competencies in your course syllabi and student job descriptions and see examples of other syllabi.

CAREER CONVERSATIONS MODULES

An overview of the career development process and the many resources and programs available to students.

HELPFUL HANDOUTS

CV to Resume: Differences & Conversion Tips

Handshake: Explanation & Getting Started


 

DECADE Community Announcements

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES

TBA

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

DECADE MENTOR FEEDBACK

All graduate students are invited to provide positive or constructive feedback about their DECADE Mentor and the DECADE Mentor Program overall. We are interested in knowing what you appreciate about the program and your DECADE mentors as well as what you feel can be improved. All feedback and submissions are anonymous..

Please submit your responses here - https://forms.gle/xknQmUQ9YAXhGrz36

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 (angela.changpey@gmail.com)

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 mjafari@uci.edu. 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 family@ags.uci.edu.

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.

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

UCI POLICE DEPARTMENT ANONYMOUS COMPLAINT FORM

Members of the UCI community may now submit anonymous complaints and feedback regarding the UCI Police Department. To submit an entry, please visit-  https://tinyurl.com/ycqvg84v and feel free to share this link widely.

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/7277477057Our office hours for this week are TBD.

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.

DROP-IN GROUPS AND WORKSHOPS

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/

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 - https://www.torieweiston.com/

Links to her TedTalk and book are below,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QICreEHuuMQ

https://www.amazon.com/Critical-Mentoring-Practical-Torie-Weiston-Serdan/dp/1620365529


 

Graduate Division Counselors & Appointments


Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Graduate Award Winners!