Summer Announcements: August 1st-16th

GSA Officer Announcements:

1. Updated Graduate Student Guide Now Available
2. GSA Office: Call for Art
3. Call for Graduate Student Committee Members

Orientation Announcements:

1. 2015 Graduate Diversity Orientation Program Registration
2. WOW Week & International Graduate Student Orientation Registration

Professional Development:

1. New Resource for Global Health Research
2. 2015-2016 GloCal Health Fellows
3. AAAS S&T Fellowship Information Session
4. CETL Summer Workshop: Developing a Teaching Philosophy
5. UC Davis Internship and Career Center: Resources for Graduate & Professional Students

Health and Wellness:

1. SHIP Waiver Now Available
2. Global Engagement Mondays (GEM)
3. 2015-2016 Campus Community Book Project


1. 8th and Wake (Graduate Student Housing)

 GSA Officer Announcements:

1. Updated Graduate Student Guide Now Available

The Graduate Student Guide has been updated for 2015!  Please find the new version on the Office of Graduate Studies website:

2. GSA Office: Call for Art

The UC Davis GSA has a new initiative to refurbish the GSA Office. As such, we are putting out a call for donations of art, especially that of Davis students and graduate students. Selected works will be displayed with the title, medium, and student’s name for the 2015-2016 year. The average weekly traffic we see in our office is 100-150 graduate students. There may be opportunities in the future to sell the artwork featured.


·      Pieces must be 2D and easy to install
·      Larger than 12’’x16’’
·      In line with our theme: bright, colorful, clean, and modern
·      Individuals may submit multiple works.
·      Artwork must be in Davis and ready to install by August 10th.

Interested parties will send the following information to for each piece of artwork submitted:

·      Jpegs of a maximum of 5MB
·      Titles and dimensions of the artwork

Deadline is August 10, 2015. For more information, please contact or Please circulate widely.

3. Call for Graduate Student Committee Members

Let your voice be heard! You have the opportunity to help make UC Davis a better place by representing your fellow graduate students on university committees. There are openings for graduate students on all of the committees below for the 2015-2016 academic year. If you are interested, fill out this brief application by August 17, 2015.

Academic Senate Committees

(More info here.)

Academic Freedom & Responsibility
Admissions & Enrollment
Affirmative Action & Diversity
Distinguished Teaching Award
Graduate Educational Policy
Graduate Student Support
Graduate Program Review
Public Service

Other Campus-Wide Committees

Graduate Student Mentorship (new!)
Walker Hall Graduate and Professional Students Center Committee

Recruitment Advisory Committees

Dean of the College of Biological Sciences Recruitment Advisory Committee
Dean of the Graduate School of Management Recruitment Advisory Committee

Internal Graduate Student Association Committees

Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students Committee
GSA Bylaws Committee
Graduate Student Disability Committee
Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium Planning Committee
Public Relations and Events Advisory Committee
Treasurer’s Advisory Committee

Graduate Student Association Position

Assistant External Chair – Please contact Jacqui Barkoski ( directly if you are interested in this paid position.

Orientation Announcements:

1. 2015 Graduate Diversity Orientation Program Registration

New graduate students at UC Davis are invited to attend the 2015 Graduate Diversity Orientation Program (GDOP) on September 9 -11 at the UC Davis main campus. This orientation focuses on diversity issues in higher education and success in graduate school. GDOP engages students committed to diversity, with issues they may experience in their first year and the changing demographics at UC Davis, in California, and the U.S. Through skill building workshops, interactive panels, and networking with diversity peers, faculty and staff, GDOP prepares students to successfully navigate graduate school while maintaining their commitments and becoming themselves resources and advocates for a diverse and inclusive campus community.

For more information about GDOP, please visit

2. WOW Week & International Graduate Student Orientation Registration

Registration for the International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) and the Week of Orientation and Welcome (WOW) will open next week. IGSO will be held from September 10 – 11 and is open to new incoming international graduate students. WOW will be held the following week, from September 14 – 18 and will be open to all incoming graduate students. Incoming students will receive a notification via email as soon as the registration opens up. If you have any questions, please email

Professional Development:

1. New Resource for Global Health Research

UCGHI is collaborating with UCGO, University of California Global Operations, a new resource for anyone doing or interested in global health research. Please check out the website and complete a brief survey that will improve the site for all users.

What is UCGO?

UCGO is a project developed through a multi-campus consortium and in collaboration with UC Office of the President (UCOP) which aims to develop centralized online resources to support global programs by all members of the UC community. UCGO was initially spearheaded by UCSF, UC Davis, UCLA Global Health Programs, and UC Global Health Institute.

Why is UCGO important?

If you are a UC researcher, student/trainee, faculty/staff, or an international collaborator and find it difficult to locate relevant resources to support your global health research, then UCGO will benefit you. This one-stop shop intends to make it easier for you to find relevant logistical information for your research, such as:

Medical clearance and travel vaccinations
Human studies regulations
Translation services
Budget management for travel
And more…

Who is the main audience?

The UCGO website leverages expertise from across the state wide system to create a go-to resource for international researchers and students, allowing the UC system to build off of its combined expertise.

Where can I take the survey?

Please visit the site at and take the survey to provide helpful feedback that will improve the site for all users. Your input is valuable!

Questions? Contact:

2. 2015-2016 GloCal Health Fellows

UCGHI is proud to announce the 2015-2016 GloCal Health Fellows and a leadership training opportunity hosted by the UCGHI Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment this Fall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Announcement | 2015-2016 GloCal Health Fellows

The UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship provides global health research training opportunities for U.S. postdoctoral fellows, professional students, doctoral students, and junior faculty, as well as international postdoctoral fellows. This fellowship program, funded by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is now in its fourth year. Fellows come from any of the 10 UC campuses or 27 partnering international institutions. This year’s fellows will be carrying out their fellowship research projects in diverse settings in lower-to-middle-income countries around the world, including Chile, Mexico, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Peru. Applications for 2016 will be available in fall 2015.

Course Announcement | Women’s Health, Masculinities, and Empowerment: Advocacy and Leadership Training in Nairobi, Kenya

When: September 1-16, 2015
Where: Nairobi, Kenya

Hosted by: UCGHI Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment & Sonke Gender Justice

Funding: Limited scholarships are available

Application Deadline: Early bird deadline – July 24, 2015 | Final deadline – August 10, 2015

This new and intensive short course highlights the intersection of women’s health empowerment and male engagement. Through interdisciplinary case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to build women’s empowerment and gender norms transformation into health programs and advocacy activities to maximize their effectiveness.

Questions? Contact:

3. AAAS S&T Fellowship Information Session

Chat with AAAS S&T Fellows: Ask Questions to Learn How You Can Be a Fellow — For Program Year 2015-2016

Thursday, 20 August 2015 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm (eastern time)

The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships are open to doctoral level degree holders in any of the following:

  • Medical and Health sciences
  • Biological, Physical or Earth sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computational sciences and Mathematics
  • Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).

Are you interested in connecting your background in engineering, computer science and/or math to public policy? Want to transform your career by using your training to address societal challenges? This is your chance to ask questions and learn more about the fellowships. Please visit for more information.

Hear how engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians have enhanced policy and transformed their career path through a one-year public service and professional development fellowship in science policy. Join us on August 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a one-hour live chat session where you’ll learn how fellows impact policy initiatives on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, and the judicial branch — and how you can apply your science and engineering background to transform your career. Have your questions answered by fellows and chat with S&T program staff about the application process and requirements.

4. CETL Summer Workshop: Developing a Teaching Philosophy

Build your teaching skills: CETL Summer workshops for AIs and TAs

Workshop 6: Developing a Teaching Philosophy

Thursday, August 6th from 2:10pm-4:00pm

What is your philosophy on teaching? Has it changed since the first day you stepped into a classroom? An individual’s teaching philosophies develop over time and reflect personal growth and continued professional development.  How you view teaching will influence how you approach course design. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on material covered in previous workshops as well as their teaching experience, and to begin forming their Statement of Teaching Philosophy. Many academic jobs and fellowship applications require a SoTP, so this workshop will familiarize participants with the basic elements of a teaching philosophy statement and how to get started writing one.

Registration Required:

5. UC Davis Internship and Career Center: Resources for Graduate & Professional Students

Resources for master’s & Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral scholars:

Drop-In Advising Hours Starting on August 6th

Drop-in advising will now be offered to graduate students and postdocs (Thursdays, 1:00pm to 3:00pm) in South Hall. Need help with your account in Aggie Job Link? Want a final review of your LinkedIn profile? Have a question about your resume or cover letter? Quick questions answered. No appointment necessary.

Need an Appointment? We are open this summer!

Need help getting started on career planning and setting goals or developing your resume, CV or cover letter? Want to hold a practice (mock) interview? Our career advisors work with master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral scholars who are interested in exploring careers both within and beyond academia. Schedule a 30 minute, confidential one-to-one appointment.

Call (530) 752-2258 (press 7 to speak with reception or leave a message) or email

Hold the dates!

For more information, visit our events calendar:

2-Sep 2:30pm-4:00pm 3001 PES Academic Job Search Series, Part I: An Inside Look at a Faculty Search Committee — with faculty panel from UC Davis, CSU, Middlebury and Woodland Community College
9-Sep 10:00am-4:00pm Free, but registration required (opens August 15) Academic Job Search Series, Part II: Preparing an Application and Teaching Portfolio — with the UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness
TBD (week of Sep 14 or Sep 28) Info Session: Presidential Management Fellowship — with Imron Bhatti, UC Davis Alumni and PMF Fellow
21-Sep 8:30am-4:00pm Free, but registration required (opens August 15) Getting a Jump Start on Your Job Search — a comprehensive workshop covering career planning, applying, interviewing and negotiating a position

Health and Wellness

1. SHIP Waiver Now Available

This notice is to advise you that the online waiver application for the 2015-16 academic year is now available. The waiver is online at

 All UC Davis students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP each academic year. If you have comparable health insurance, and you do not wish to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you will need to submit a waiver application no later than these posted deadlines:

– The Fall Semester waiver deadline is August 10, 2015
– The Fall Quarter waiver deadline is September 10, 2015 

If you would like to remain enrolled in UC SHIP for the 2015-16 academic year, no action is required. To learn more about the benefits available to UC SHIP enrolled students, go to

NOTE: Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers care to all registered UC Davis students, regardless of their insurance coverage. To learn more about the services available through SHCS, go to

If you have any questions about the waiver process, UC SHIP, or the services available at SHCS, please contact the Insurance Services office at 530.752.6055 or via email at

If you have graduated or will not be a registered student for Fall term, you can disregard this message.

2. Global Engagement Mondays (GEM)

Do you want to share your experiences in a diverse setting?

Are you interested in hearing the unique perspectives of people from different cultures?

Do you want to share your American culture? Do you want to learn about American culture?

If you thought ‘yes’ in response to any of these questions, then Summertime GEM offers you the ideal environment to have great discussions and to meet new friends!

Global Engagement Mondays (GEM) is an opportunity for domestic and international students and scholars to share and learn about common topics of interest from different cultural perspectives. Participants engage in small group conversations on topics ranging from decoding American Slang to exploring the latest fads in pop culture. They can share their experiences with American culture, as newcomers or lifelong residents, and learn from each other’s stories and insight. We welcome all students, scholars, faculty, staff, and international spouses or partners to join and are always open to new topic ideas!

Please note: Summertime GEM is in a DIFFERENT location from GEMs during the normal school year.

Do you want to join the discussions as a participant? All students, scholars (international and domestic), faculty, staff, and international spouses or partners are welcome to join the discussion any or all Mondays. Just bring yourself and your insight!

Location: in the CoHo, next to Swirlz Bakery
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

August 2015 Dates and Topics

August 3rd:    Technology and Society
August 10th:   Trends in Clothing
August 17th:   Drink Culture: Tea, Coffee, Milkshakes and More

Questions? Contact Jeremy Truong:

3. 2015-2016 Campus Community Book Project

The 2015-2016 Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) will feature the New York Times Bestseller, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by investigative reporter and regular Rolling Stones magazine contributor, Matt Taibbi. Matt Taibbi will speak in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on February 3, 2016.

According to the Washington Post, “[Matt] Taibbi is a relentless investigative reporter.  He takes readers inside not only investment banks, hedge funds and blood sport of short-sellers, but into the lives of the needy, minorities, street drifters…to juxtapose justice for the poor and the powerful…The Divide is an important book.  Its documentation is powerful and shocking.”

Matt Taibbi’s book is the fourteenth Campus Community Book Project sponsored by the Office of Campus Community Relations. As with previous books, The Divide will provide the campus community a catalyst for exploring ideas and issues relevant to our contemporary lives.

In addition to The Divide, Matt Taibbi’s other books include Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History (2011) and The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics and Religion (2009).  He received the National Magazine Award for commentary in 2008.

Campus and community members are encouraged to incorporate the book into campus and community programs and to adopt the book for 2015-2016 courses across the disciplines.  Members of the University and greater community are also invited to be a part of the CCBP Program Planning Committee, which will convene in late July 2015.  If you are interested in being a part of the book project program planning team, please contact Mikael Villalobos, Chair of the Campus Community Book Project at

For more information about the Campus Community Book Project, please visit

The book will be available at the UC Davis Bookstore at a discounted price.  Limited copies will also be available for loan at the Office of Campus Community Relations.

Rahim Reed
Associate Executive Vice Chancellor
Office of Campus Community Relations


1. 8th and Wake (Graduate Student Housing)

Have you heard about 8th and Wake?!

8th and Wake is a newly-built housing community designed specifically for UC Davis graduate students!

Here are some things current residents are saying about their home:

Everyone has been excellent. Best place I’ve lived.”

Favorite things about 8th and Wake:

“The opportunity to meet other grad students”
“Reasonable rent; modern design and nice room layout”
“The building is energy efficient”
“Proximity to campus and grocery stores, quiet atmosphere, plenty of parking, feel safe”

Come visit us and find out if you’d like to be our neighbor!

(Please note: we are fully leased for Fall 2015, leasing starts in Spring for the ‘16-’17 school year)              530 298 7777            1440 Wake Forest Drive

For corrections or additions, please email


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