Weekly Announcements: October 12–18

GSA News & Events:

  1. National Message Congress Day, October 14
  2. Coffee Donut Bagel Day Presents: UC Davis Graduate Diversity Officers
  3. The PHD Movie, October 23
  4. Grad Yoga
  5. Graduate Ally Coalition Fall Workshop
  6. Open Committee Positions

Writing Resources:

  1. Fall 2015 Graduate Writing Consultations
  2. Graduate Writers Retreat
  3. Writing a Dissertation or Thesis: Getting Started – Getting Done!


  1. Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) Grants
  2. 2016 Ford Foundation Fellowship Program: UC Davis Applicant Information Meetings


  1. Community Service Resource Center Mentor/Tutor Program

GSA News & Events:

 1. National Message Congress Day, October 14

WE NEED YOUR HELP to keep graduate education affordable!

Join graduate and professional students from across the country to message your elected representatives on Twitter and Facebook. See the GSA website for a list of representatives and sample tweets and messages: http://wp.me/p6qFCD-dZ

2. Coffee Donut Bagel Day Presents: UC Davis Graduate Diversity Officers

This week, CBDD welcomes UC Davis Graduate Diversity Officers Steve Lee and Josephine Moreno.

Friday, October 16, 8:50-10:50 am
South Silo 253

For more information about graduate diversity initiatives at UC Davis, see our event flier: http://wp.me/p6qFCD-el

3. The PHD Movie, October 23

Come see PhD The Movie – Parts 1 and 2!
All graduate students and postdocs are welcome to come to this free movie night!

Friday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Rock Hall

Check out the Trailers: phdmovie.com

Event Flier: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/events/phd-the-movie/

This event is co-sponsored by the GSA and GradPathways.

4. Grad Yoga

This week’s grad yoga class will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 6–7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room D of the Student Community Center.

Please bring your own mat or towel.

Fall quarter yoga schedule: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/yoga/

Grad Yoga is co-sponsored by the GSA and the LGBTQIA Resource Center

5. Graduate Ally Coalition Fall Workshop

The Graduate Ally Coalition is presenting a Fall Workshop entitled An Introduction to Graduate Allyship on Saturday October 24 from 8:30am-4:00pm in the Student Community Center MPR Room. We will be covering an introduction to allyship, including core topics that affect graduate and professional student retention, and core skills and resources. We will be providing breakfast and lunch.

We encourage all graduate and professional students to join us in building common knowledge, skills, and resources to support each other during our graduate careers!

For more information, including schedule: gsa.ucdavis.edu/gac
To register for the event: http://tinyurl.com/gacworkshopreg

Contact: Erica Vonasek-Eco, gradassistant@ucdavis.edu

6. Open Committee Positions

Graduate Council Planning and Development Committee
One meeting per month
Nominations close October 26th

Academic Senate Executive Council
One meeting per month
Nominations close October 26th

Health Fee Oversight Committee
One meeting per quarter
Nominations close October 12th

GSA Elections Committee
One committee meeting and one General Assembly Meeting per election
There will likely be 2-3 elections this academic year plus possible fee referendum.
Nominations close October 19th

IGPS Planning Committee
Periodic meetings in Fall and Winter quarter, more responsibilities in weeks leading up to the symposium.
Nominations close October 26th

GSA Treasurer’s Advisory Committee
One meeting per month
Nominations close October 26th

If you would like to nominate someone else, please send Katrina Brock (gsavicechair@ucdavis.edu) a short paragraph (1-5 sentences) with the nominee’s qualifications for serving.

Writing Resources:

1. Fall 2015 Graduate Writing Consultations

Sponsored by the University Writing Program: Writing Across the Curriculum Program

Mondays: 1:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.
Mondays: 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. (virtual)
Tuesdays: 9:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
Tuesdays: 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
Thursdays: 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Thursdays: 3:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M.

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What we offer:

Our graduate writing fellows offer one-on-one writing consultations with enrolled UC Davis graduate students and postdocs.

Consultations offer graduate students and postdocs opportunities to:

  • Engage in a conversation about their writing.
  • Receive feedback on the clarity of their thoughts, the organization of their ideas, or their approach to a particular writing task.
  • Identify patterns of error in writing.
  • Work on writing in a low-stakes, low-stress environment space with a peer going through the same process.

Graduate writing fellows do not proofread your work; we are not an editing service. However, we help students at any stage of the writing process and with a variety of documents, including:

  • Graduate-level seminar papers
  • Portions of a thesis or dissertation
  • Grant proposals
  • Abstracts
  • Conference proposals
  • Conference talks

Sign up for an appointment at http://writing.ucdavis.edu/gradconsults

2. Graduate Writer’s Retreat

Friday, October 9, 2015
2:00-5:00pm | Meeting Room C, SCC

All retreats feature a 3-hour drop-in consultation service and provide graduate students with writing assistance in an interactive and collaborative space with the help of a Graduate Writing Fellow.

Individuals, writing groups, and paired writing partners are all welcome and encouraged to join the retreat space to work together and with the Graduate Writing Fellow. Depending on the needs and interests of the group, the retreat may include some structured writing activities.

Now providing tea and snacks!  Please bring your own mug.

Additional Fall Quarter 2015 Retreats:

Thurs., Oct. 22,      2:00-5:00pm,       SCC, Meeting Room E
Mon., Nov. 2,         12:00-3:00pm,      SCC, Meeting Room E
Thurs., Nov. 12,     1:00-4:00pm,        SCC, Meeting Room E
Tues., Nov. 24,      1:00-4:00pm,         SCC, Meeting Room E

3. Writing a Dissertation or Thesis: Getting Started – Getting Done!


Saturday, November 7, 2015
12:30pm -5:00pm
2 Wellman

Please Register at: http://tinyurl.com/WritingDissertationF15

Tackling the difficult and sometimes lonely process of writing a dissertation or thesis?

This half-day workshop will provide you with the tools needed to get started or to make more efficient progress and get done!

University Writing Program faculty will discuss practical strategies for writing your dissertation/thesis including tactics for time management and organization, stages in the writing process, strategies for integrating material from sources, and techniques of maintaining momentum and a positive attitude. Breakout sessions to provide discipline-specific information about the dissertation/thesis writing process to help ensure your success.

Topics to be covered include:

·       What constitutes a dissertation or thesis

·       How to effectively manage a large project

·       Formulating, focusing, and developing your research question

·       Reviewing the Literature and Writing It Up

·       Faculty Advisor Feedback – How to Get What You Need in a Timely Fashion

·       And other resources to help you get started or finish up!

Light refreshments will be served – feel free to bring a brown bag lunch


1. Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) Grants

The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) Grant provides funding for programs that support and promote outreach and retention to students of historically underrepresented, low-income, or educationally disadvantaged communities.

Grant Application Deadlines Fall 2015

​Check our website for detailed information​

 2. 2016 Ford Foundation Fellowship Program: UC Davis Applicant Information Meetings

October 14, 2015* | 4:00-5:30 pm | Student Community Center, Room D

Workshop Leaders:  Dr. Josephine Moreno, Deborah McCook, Kristin Provost– Office of Graduate Studies

*Guest Speakers:  Jonathan Ashby, 2015 Postdoctoral Ford Fellow & Nancy Gallman, 2015 Ford Dissertation Fellow

 All potential applicants are invited to attend! We will present an overview of the program, application and review process, and offer advice on constructing a successful application. Current fellow(s) will also be on hand to offer their testimony to the writing of a successful application.

 The Ford Foundation offers fellowship support for predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral scholars to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Additional information including selection criteria and eligibility is available at the Ford Foundation website:


1. Community Service Resource Center Mentor/Tutor Program

The Tutor/Mentor program application is open for the 2015-2016 school year!! The Community Service Resource Center’s Tutor/Mentor program is an opportunity for UC Davis students to tutor and mentor students in the Davis community at a variety of local elementary, middle and high schools. In order to maintain continuity and foster relationship development, we request that UC Davis students commit to volunteering for the entire school year. Tutors are asked to volunteer for 2-3 hours per week. This year, we are partnering with several schools in Davis provide their students with tutors/mentors; however, the school with the highest demand for tutors is the Davis School of Independent Study. If you are interested in participating, please complete the online application as soon as possible. If you want to learn more about our program, please visit our website or email the program coordinator, Jaime Hamilton, at jhami@ucdavis.edu with your questions and comments.

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