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Important University Dates

Table of Contents (Updated 2/11/20)

General Announcements


Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Funding Opportunities


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.*




UCI Sustainability Resource Center - Winter 2020 Sustainability Salon Speaker Series


UCI Wellness Walks - Winter 2020


Research shows that being connected to and experiencing nature contributes to your mental health and emotional well-being.  UCI has several beautiful places on or near campus where students, faculty and staff can connect with and experience the natural beauty of our environment and ecosystem. 

The Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion continues their “Wednesday Wellness Walks” series each quarter, allowing UCI students, faculty and staff to enjoy a guided walking tour of five of these natural resources … and it’s absolutely FREE!

The walks take place on Wednesdays of Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 every quarter.  Each walking tour includes a mindfulness/meditation component (provided by Natalie D’Azzo, Wellness Programs Manager in the Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion), and/or an ecological education component (provided by Dr. Peter Bowler, professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Director of the UCI Arboretum).

The Winter 2020 schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 15: UCI Aldrich Park
  • Wednesday, January 29: Mason Park
  • Wednesday, February 12: UCI Arboretum
  • Wednesday, February 26: Sea & Sage Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wednesday, March 11: UCI Ecological Preserve

All walks will begin by meeting outside of “Zot N Go” at 11:30AM and will conclude by 1PM.  No registration is necessary. 

Cancellations or changes will be announced on our website:

For more information, contact:

Doug Everhart, Director

Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion


Phone: (949) 824-2296


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:


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

February 27th - National Institute of Justice: Funding Opportunities & Tips for Success

12:30-2:00 PM (Location, SSPA 2112)

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Rodriquez, Professor, Criminology, Law & Society, UCI and former Director of the National Institute of JusticeOrganized by Dr. Holly Hapke, Director of Research Development, Social Sciences and Social Ecology


March 5th - NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

2:00-3:30 PM (Location, SBSG 1321)

Introduces participants to the NSF DDRI funding opportunity, with special focus on programs in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. It explains NSF’s mission, organizational structure, and merit review process and provides guidance on how to prepare a competitive proposal. Appropriate for both graduate students and their advisors.

Presenter: Dr. Holly Hapke, Director of Research Development, Social Sciences & Social Ecology


March 17th - Effective Grant Writing and Keys to Finding Research Funding in STEM

12:00-1:30 PM (Location, GRC)

Presenter: Dr. Holly Hapke, Director of Research Development, Social Sciences & Social Ecology

Organized by Dr. Kayleigh Anderson (, Postdoctoral and Professional Development Manager, Graduate Division


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.


GPACS Annual Graduate Student Conference (DEADLINE, February 22, 2020; EVENT, Thursday, March 5, 2020)


Dynamic Presentations with Bri McWhorter (EVENT, February 27, 2020)

Social Ecollolgy's Office of Communications is sponsoring a special Dynamic Presentations Workshop, specifically for Social Ecology graduate students!  Bri McWhorter, an expert presentation coach, specializing in public speaking and interpersonal communications, will offer tips on giving dynamic presentations, such as job talks and conference keynotes.  Using acting tools, Bri will teach the techniques that all the best public speakers use to craft a dynamic and compelling presentation.

Dynamic Presentations Workshop for Grad Students

  • Thursday, February 27th
  • 12:00 to 12:30pm — Complimentary lunch
  • 12:30 to 2:30pm — Workshop
  • SBSG 3260
  • RSVP by Friday, 2/22/2020



Come Learn About the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (EVENT, March 2, 2020)


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) - Winter 2020


Winter 2020 Career Fairs

  • Prepare for the Virtual Career Fair Workshop - To help prepare for the upcoming virtual career fair, join us Thursday, February 20, from 1pm - 2pm at the GPSRC (formerly GRC)
  • PhD & Master's Virtual Career Fair - A unique online recruiting event for Master and PhD students on Wednesday, February 26, from 1pm – 2:30pm
DCP Programming & Events
  • Donuts with DCP  – Event for students to become more familiar with DCP services and programs and enjoy a donut on DCP – Tuesday, February 11, from 10 am – 12 pm (Division of Career Pathways Patio)
  • Career Discovery Series– Series of career panels with professionals from different industries from January 30 through February 26
  • Job Shadow Program – Program that pairs students with professionals during spring break to learn more about the industry, occupation, and professional environment.  Student applications open up in winter quarter. 

Winter 2020: Summary of Events

Events Calendar

DCP Winter 2020 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.


(Click link in text above for the Assignment Code)


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

Need more time than a drop-in?  Make an appointment on Handshake (


CV to Resume: Differences & Conversion Tips

Handshake: Explanation & Getting Started


DECADE Community Announcements




Your research is fascinating, important… and perhaps a bit technical. How can you craft a compelling talk about your work for a general audience?

Sandra Tsing Loh, writer, performer, and host of the NPR podcast The Loh Down on Science, leads a 10-week hands-on workshop to hone graduate student written and performance skills. The term culminates in your presentation of a 90-second radio spot and six-minute “mini-TED” talk about your research, both of which will be videotaped (with green-screened images) for your personal use.

When: Every Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The first meeting is January 9, and the last meeting is March 12.

Where: Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center

To register for the program, please complete the interest form at:



MEP is a six session training program that prepares graduate students and postdoc scholars to become effective mentors. Participants will acquire critical skills to support and connect students to academic and campus resources to aid in the students’ success. Interested in signing up? Complete and submit the MEP Interest Form.


The 3nd annual Winter Recharge is a full day of fun and stress-free events  to help you recharge in order to power through winter quarter on a full battery! This year Winter Recharge is not just one day, it is every Wednesday in the month of February!

See the attached flyer for a full list of events.

REGISTER: AppointmentPlus or email








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 - or contact Dan Gardner (


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


UCI has published its Emotional Support Animals in Housing Policy. The Policy can be found at: 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




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.


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:


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: &


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 -

Links to her TedTalk and book are below,


The CIRTL Network: Spring 2020 Programming

The CIRTL Network Newsletter

This spring the CIRTL Network's online programming includes 1 course, 1 MOOC, 4 workshops, 3 event offerings, and 1 peer-led learning community. Schedules will be online and announced by the end of the year.

Courses, workshops, and our learning community require advance registration during defined registration periods; MOOCs and events do not. Registration will be processed on a rolling basis, and participants from CIRTL member institutions and in STEM/SBE fields will be given priority.

Questions about our programming? Contact us at

Spring 2020 Online Courses

Courses have live, real-time online sessions and require regular homework outside of those class meetings. Short courses typically meet weekly for one to two months, while full courses typically meet for two to three months. Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority.

Online Teaching Practicum
Schedule TBD
Learn how to develop a workshop for online audiences, and get the chance to pilot your workshop for the CIRTL Network, in this intensive 9-week practicum. Cap: 12.

Spring 2020 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

CIRTL MOOCs take place on the EdX platform and use video-based modules, discussion boards, and peer-reviewed assignments to teach participants about different aspects of evidence-based STEM teaching over the course of 8 weeks. Registration is required; there is no cost to participate and no enrollment cap. For more information, visit the CIRTL MOOC website.

Advancing Learning through Evidenced-Based STEM Teaching

Weekly asynchronous modules from 1/27 through 3/22
Learn about developing effective, evidence-based STEM teaching practices at your own pace through online video modules and discussion boards in this MOOC developed by CIRTL Network faculty. No cap.

Spring 2020 Online Workshops

Workshops have live, real-time online sessions and require independent work outside of those meetings. Workshops can have one, two, or three online sessions (multi-session workshops typically have one session per week). Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority.

Developing Equity-Minded Mentors among Faculty and Researchers

Thursday 2/27: 2-3:45PM ET / 1-2:45PM CT / 12-1:45PM MT / 11AM-12:45PM PT
Get an introduction to effective mentoring skills and learn how to apply an equity framework to mentor-mentee relationships in this one-part workshop. Cap: 40.

Facilitating Work-Life Balance and Resilience

Tuesday 2/18: 1-2:30PM ET / 12-1:30PM CT / 11AM-12:30PM MT / 10-11:30AM PT
Examine your own work-life balance, identify your support systems, and sketch out steps you can take to foster your own resilience in this one-part workshop. Cap: 40.

Writing a Diversity Statement

Wednesday 4/8 & 4/22: 12-1:30PM ET / 11AM-12:30PM CT / 10-11:30AM MT / 9-10:30AM PT
Draft a diversity statement - sought after in job applications - that incorporates your own experiences and helpful strategies in this two-part workshop. Cap: 50.

Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement

Monday 2/10 & 2/24: 12-1:30PM ET / 11AM-12:30PM CT / 10-11:30AM MT / 9-10:30AM PT
Draft a peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences in this two-part workshop. Cap: 40.

Spring 2020 Drop-in Events

Events have live, real-time online sessions; event series include a handful of events that revolve around a unifying theme in STEM teaching and learning. Events run on a drop-in basis and do not require advance registration. Participants can attend as many or as few events as they like in a given series.

All-Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations

Thursday 4/2: 5-6:30PM ET / 4-5:30PM CT / 3-4:30PM MT / 2-3:30PM PT
Hear grad students and postdocs from across the CIRTL Network share the results of their Teaching-as-Research projects in this stand-alone, drop-in online event. Interested in presenting? Sign up at Interested in attending? Register at

Exploring Careers in Teaching at a Community College

1-2:30PM ET / 12-1:30PM CT / 11AM-12:30PM MT / 10-11:30AM PT
Drop in on events in this three-part series to learn more about what it's like to work at a community college:
1/30: Introduction to Teaching at a Community College
2/27: Getting Hired at a Community College
3/19: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Teaching in the Community College Setting 

Lessons Learned In the Major Professor-Graduate Student Relationship: A Conversation

Spring 2020 Online Learning Communities

Learning communities have live, real-time online meetings and rely on participants completing related work outside of those meetings. Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority. Communities may have prerequisites that participants must meet in order to take part, and they may have an additional application process to confirm participants meet those requirements.

Peer-led Teaching-as-Research Learning Community
Schedule TBD
Implementing a teaching-as-research project is significant work, but being supported by a community of peers can help. If you're interested in taking part in an online learning community made up of students across the CIRTL Network let us know here by January 13: Pending sufficient interest, the learning community will launch in February. 

Resource Spotlight

CIRTL Help Desk: Trouble registering? Contact our help desk at for assistance.

Teaching & Learning Spotlight

The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc: Colleagues at BU, MSU, UW-Madison, and Northwestern are launching a MOOC tailored to the postdoc experience. Learn more, register and find local learning communities at the link above.

Job Postings

Assistant Biology Professor, Augustana University (Deadline: 2/15/20)

To view more postings or share a new one, join our Academic Careers & Job Postings online community.

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Using State Funding for Travel

As many of you prepare for conference travel, please keep the following in mind with regard to requesting reimbursements,

  • The university cannot use state funding for travel to states where there is,
    • Authorized discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; or
    • Repealed existing state or local protections against such discrimination.

Further information can be reviewed here,


NIH Career Development Award to Enhance Diversity (DEADLINE, February 12, 2020)

In 2020, NIH will accept applications for a new career development award: The MOSAIC K99/R00. This award will kickstart careers of investigators from diverse backgrounds.

For more information, visit -


Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships - $20K (DEADLINE, 2/12/2020)



CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship (DEADLINE, February 20, 2020)

CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship Program – Request for Proposals:

We are pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for The CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship opportunity. The CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship is a research and training opportunity established by CARE USA’s Innovation Team and the University of California, in collaboration with the UC Blum Center Network. The Fellowship is intended to strengthen the workforce pipeline of expertly-trained individuals whose training and expertise can alleviate poverty and improve human conditions in California, regionally and internationally. The Fellowship is open to UC graduate students in good academic standing from any discipline or degree program.

The RFP for this opportunity is attached, and available on our website.  The application due date is Thursday, February 20, 2020, and the Fellowship period is April-September 2020.

Three Applicant Information webinars provide interested applicants with more information about this opportunity:

  • Friday, January 10 at 10:00-10:45am Pacific Time

Please visit our website for webinar call-in information.

The RFP provides guidelines and information on the following: Program goals, guidelines, submission deadlines, and eligibility requirements;

For assistance with proposal development or campus guidelines related to the application process, please contact:

Please contact Dane Wetschler at for questions on CARE priorities and scope of the Fellowship.

Please review the RFP for additional information about this funding opportunity.  Updates and announcements will be posted on our website:


Tom Angell Fellowship for Excellence in Mentorship (DEADLINE, February 21st @ 12:00PM)

The link below will guide you to the call for nominations for the Tom Angell Fellowship. These awards recognize faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars for excellent mentorship. Nominations are due by Friday, February 21 at 12 pm (noon).  Please email your completed nomination to Turner Dahl at



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. 




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.




Reference Materials for Students Seeking Non-Academic Careers

Below is some relevant literature regarding the non-academic career path for academics.  All are available on Amazon, as well for check-out with the Director of Graduate Affairs.  Enjoy!

Navigating the Path to Industry: A Hiring Manager's Advice for Academics Looking for a Job in Industry

By M.R. Nelson

So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside of Academia

By Susan Basalla & Maggie Debelius

The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

By Karen Kelsky, Ph.D.

Building a Career Outside Academia: A Guide for Doctoral Students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

By Jennifer Brown Urban & Miriam R. Linver

Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM

By Joseph Fruscione & Kelly J. Baker


Social Ecology Graduate Student Awards, 2018-2019

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