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Important University Dates

Table of Contents (Updated December 1, 2021)

General Announcements


Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Opportunities


Important University Dates 2021-2022

The fee payment deadline for WINTER QUARTER 2022 is DECEMBER 15TH.  The deadline to pay your fees to avoid loss of student status is January 21st. 

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.




Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology: Message from Student Participant & WISE Wednesdays (EVENTS from 5-6pm)


Hi fellow SE grads,

My name is Jocelyn, and I am a 4th year Psych Science student involved in the SE Wellness Initiative (WISE,, a Social Ecology program to support student wellness. We kick-started efforts just in the past academic year. While we have a wonderful team of undergraduates leading undergraduate efforts, we are hoping to really expand our graduate efforts and work collaboratively with existing student resources on campus. 

For many of us, we are getting adjusted to being (somewhat) back to in-person activities. I wanted to do a resource highlight to share upcoming events as well as introduce resources accessible to graduate students. These may be relevant to new as well as senior graduate students. For this Fall quarter email check-in we're going to highlight AGS and UCI BASIC NEEDS/FRESH.

Associated Graduate Student (AGS) Health & Wellness - Basic info on counseling and accessing health services on campus. Check out their website if you are interested in the Associated Graduate Students/being involved.

UCI Basic Needs [Link to the sites are in the title]
  • FreshHub Life Skills Workshop - Virtual cooking workshops every even week Thursday 2-3pm (Week 6, 8, 10)! Their workshop series also covers interesting ways to make new dishes with what's available in your pantry.
  • Diaper Bank - FRESH has a partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC). The Diaper Bank at the FRESH Hub provides student parents with a monthly supply of diapers or pull-ups.
  • Short-term Emergency Transportation - Students may apply for short-term transportation support for any of the following areas: medical and mental health appointments, grocery store access, transportation issues (ex. car repair), other transportation needs.
  • Food Pantry - The UCI Food Pantry at FRESH provides emergency food and toiletries to UCI students experiencing basic needs insecurities. Details about registering or accessing are on the website linked in the title.
  • CalFresh - CalFresh is a nutritional assistance program by the USDA. For more details on eligibility and applying, the Basic Needs site offers FAQs as well as appointments to ask about details. 

If you are interested in being involved in the Wellness Initiative or want to learn more about it, feel free to reach out.

Best, Jocelyn


Fall Quarter Event Schedule

Wednesday, December 10th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm

CLS Doctoral Student, Khirad Siddiqui


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


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

Career Resources Handout

  • Coming Soon for Winter 2022
  • UCI’s Big Interview platform: Students can learn about and practice interviewing for a variety of different industries and positions, including academia.  Below is a link to a flyer regarding mock academic interview prep on Big Interview.  Students can access Big Interview with their UCI email address:




DECADE Community Announcements


The Graduate Postdoctoral & Scholar Resource Center (GPSRC) is providing several opportunities for students.  You can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a mentor to help you with your fellowship applications.  Book your appointment here:  Students can also schedule a career advising check-in on AppointmentPlus

DECADE is a multi-departmental collaborative meant to facilitate a warm, inclusive climate for all UCI students.  It is made of student representatives and faculty mentors!  Find your representative and your mentor and connect with them about upcoming events or even joining DECADE!



  • Coming Soon for Winter 2022


What is DECADE?  The Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) program is multi-departmental collaborative meant to facilitate a warm, inclusive climate for all UCI students.  It is made of student representatives and faculty mentors, both of whom work together to organize events, assess/improve the climate in their departments, and maximize cohesion within their programs. 

Please be on the lookout for DECADE events, both in-person & virtual, this upcoming quarter!  Follow DECADE on Twitter (@UCI_DECADE) and on their Instagram for updates on programs and events!  Sign up for the listerv to make sure you don't miss a thing! 

Don't know your DECADE mentor? Use this link and locate the mentor that belongs to your program or school:


The Justine Lambert Graduate Paper Competition (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 2/4/2022)


CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program


Summer Opportunities at RAND (APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12/1/2021)

  • Current graduate students (2nd year or later) enrolled in doctoral or professional degree program; some exceptions for certain types of master's degrees—see detail below. Residency in the U.S. (excluding U.S. territories) is required for the 2022 program.
  • December 1, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time


COVID-19 federal vaccine requirement
  • As a federal contractor, RAND is mandated by Executive Order 14042: Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. Effective December 8, 2021, all RAND employees must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption that has been approved by Human Resources. Please refer to the FAQs for additional details.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Graduate Award Winners!