Your Graduate Affairs News

During the academic year, the Director of Graduate Affairs releases information containing events, updates, and funding opportunities related to graduate students in the School of Social Ecology.  Save this page to the homepage of your desktop, laptop, or phone to stay in the loop!

Important University Dates

Table of Contents (Updated 4/2/20)

General Announcements

Events

Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Funding Opportunities


 

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.

 

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


 

UCI Canvas Quick Reference Guide for Teaching Assistants

Are you a Teaching Assistant?  Do you need assistance with Canvas?  Please see UCI's Canvas Quick Reference Guide for help!

CANVAS QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE


 

 

Important University Dates 2019-2020

The fee payment deadline for Spring 2020 is MONDAY, MARCH 16TH.  The deadline to pay your fees to avoid loss of student status is Friday, April 17th. 

*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


 

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


 

Save the Date: Upcoming Grant Proposal Writing Workshops for Graduate Students and Faculty

Grants 101: The Art of Grant Proposal Writing Part 1-How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal

May/June – Dates TBD  

Open to all graduate students, this workshop provides an overview of the grant proposal writing process. It will cover key components of competitive proposals, practical strategies for preparing proposals, and tips for writing budgets and budget justifications. The format is primarily instructional but will include short hands-on activities. Come with a computer or other writing device and ideas about a funding source to target.

Grants 101: The Art of Grant Proposal Writing Part 2-Workshopping Project Concept Papers

May/June – Dates TBD  

For 3rd-5th year students who have a specific research project in mind, this session focuses on the Project Concept Paper - a useful first step in developing a competitive grant proposal. Students will submit 1-2-page draft concept papers in advance and then "workshop" these through small group discussion and instructor feedback.


 

AGS Emergency Travel Grants

AGS has created a Travel Grant program to award graduate students small grants of up to $400 or $600 to help graduate students to offset the costs accrued while preparing for the changes brought about by Covid-19. If you have expenditures related to Covid-19 related travel, whether that be moving home, temporarily relocating, visiting family/friends you were concerned about, you are eligible to apply for Emergency Travel Grant funding. Awards are up to $400 for domestic travel and $600 for international travel. Receipts must be presented and must be dated no earlier than February 15.

Any questions about the Travel Grant program can be directed to travelgrants@ags.uci.edu.

In order to qualify for AGS Travel Grant funding, all of the following must apply. You must be:

  • Registered as a full time UCI graduate or professional student.
  • Verified travel within the provided time frame.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted

LINK TO APPLY


 

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

GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOPS & RESOURCES

WORKSHOPS  RESOURCES

"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)

DROP-IN ADVISING HOURS

Wednesdays, 1pm to 3pm at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center

Need more time than a drop-in?  Make an appointment on Handshake (uci.joinhandshake.com)

HELPFUL HANDOUTS

CV to Resume: Differences & Conversion Tips

Handshake: Explanation & Getting Started


 

DECADE Community Announcements

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES

TBD

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOIN SACNAS AT UC IRVINE!

MORE INFORMATION

iSCHOOL INCLUSION INSTITUTE

iSchool is an opportunity for graduate students to teach programming or research methods to an interdisciplinary group of undergrads over the summer.

For more information visit - http://www.i3-inclusion.org or contact Dan Gardner (dlgardne@uci.edu)

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.

The Policy is being implemented on an interim basis. You are invited to submit comments about the Policy until March 18, 2020, by email to ucipolicy@uci.edu.

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

WELLNESS ROOM

The Wellness Room is a peaceful space designed to help students relax and be mindful in order to reduce stress. Located in the UCI Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion, on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, near the Ring Road entrance.

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.

ZOT BITES

Created by the FRESH Basic Needs Hub, Zot Bites is a text-based notification system that invites students to be an after-event guest when a catered event is over and leftover food is available. By opting in, students will receive text messages informing them when and where food is available on campus.

For more information visit: https://zotbites.basicneeds.uci.edu/.

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


 

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation, Spouses Education Scholarship (DEADLINE, April 3, 2020)

This opportunity awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated African-American or Black students pursuing an associates, undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree.  Award amounts vary. 

UCI PIVOT LINK TO APPLICATION

CBC FOUNDATION LINK TO APPLICATION


 

Summer 2020 Graduate Student Researcher Position with the UCI Libraries (DEADLINE, April 3, 2020)

The UCI Libraries is hiring a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) for the 2020 academic summer session. The GSR will integrate oral narrative and digitized archival material to curate a digital exhibit about the life and career of Edward O. Thorp. As a UCI founding professor of mathematics, best-selling author, hedge fund manager and blackjack player, Edward O. Thorp’s diverse archival collection covers academia to the casinos of Las Vegas and the trading desks of Wall Street. Working closely with Special Collections & Archives librarians, archivists, and staff, the GSR will design and implement a digital exhibit, including execution of digitization activities and integration of reformatted legacy media, analysis of interview transcripts featuring Thorp, archival research, and constructing a curatorial narrative for incorporation into the California Digital Library.

This is a 3 month (July 1 – September 25, 2020) GSR V, 75% FTE appointment, which includes a professional development stipend to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria or similar training.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Curate a digital exhibit in the California Digital Library
  • Execute digitization of selected archival materials and integrate reformatted legacy media using specialized software, including some quality assessment and descriptive metadata
  • Perform close textual analysis of oral narratives and interview transcripts and create clips from raw audio
  • Identify areas for narrative enhancement in archival finding aids and links to digital content

Required Skills:

  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Familiarity with digital humanities, digital projects, and project management
  • Ability to work independently and productively with little direct supervision

Preferred Skills:

  • Interest in curatorial work, designing exhibits, working with archives, and digitization projects
  • Working knowledge or intellectual interest in probability, statistics, game theory, finance, and/or investment
  • Knowledge of audio editing tools such as Audacity, ffmeg, and/or Adobe Audition CC
  • Computer skills sufficient to work with word processing and database software, as well as web design and user experience best practices

To apply for the GSR position:

Submit a C.V. and a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant qualifications to Azadeh Vosoughian, Senior Personnel Analyst, at vosougha@uci.edu.

Applications will be received until 5 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020. Questions? Contact vosougha@uci.edu.


 

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - American Indian and Alaska Native Student Travel Scholarships (DEADLINE, April 15, 2020)

NIJ will support fifteen (15) American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate or graduate full-time students in attending major criminal justice-related conferences and explore the role of science in solving complex problems to increase public safety. 

The conference options are:

  • 3rd Annual National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference (MUPC), Sept. 22-25, 2020, Las Vegas
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) – 127th Annual Conference & Exposition, Oct. 17-20, 2020, New Orleans
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC) – 76th Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-21, 2020, Washington, D.C.
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) – 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Feb. 15-20, 2021, Houston

Priority will be given to students in STEM disciplines including (but not limited to):

  • Anthropology (Physical)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Mathematics
  • Pathology
  • Physics
  • Engineering

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

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National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - Graduate Research Fellowship Program (DEADLINE, April 15, 2020)

The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ’s mission.

The goal of the GRF program is to increase the pool of scholars engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels.

APPLICATION INFO


 

American Indian Graduate Center - Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students (DEADLINE, June 1, 2020)

American Indian Graduate Center offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA, and other professional degrees.

LINK TO FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES


 

Social Ecology Graduate Student Awards, 2018-2019

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