Weekly Announcements: October 19–25

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GSA News:

  1. The PHD Movie, October 23
  2. Graduate Ally Coalition Workshop, October 24
  3. Coffee Bagel Donut Day (Hours Change)
  4. IGPS Information Form
  5. Open Committee Positions

Writing & Teaching  Resources:

  1. Workshop: Writing a Dissertation or Thesis
  2. Writing a CV and Cover Letter Workshop
  3. CEE Teaching Consultations

Professional Development:

  1. Call for First Year Students: Chancellor’s Graduate & Professional Student Advisory Board
  2. Mentoring at Critical Transitions Workshop: Setting Expectations and Giving Feedback to Graduate Students
  3. Global Engagement Mondays (GEM)
  4. Dialogues With the Dean: Open Access
  5. Research Opportunities in Japan
  6. Navigating the Job Market: A Brownbag Workshop for Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Students
  7. FUTURE: Career Workshops for Graduate Students in Health-Related Science Research

Campus Announcements:

  1. Women’s Resources & Research Center Empowerment Conference
  2. Call for Applications: M.E.N.T.O.R. Program
  3. Free Preschool Program for Income-Qualified Student Families
  4. Cool Campus Challenge

GSA News:

1. 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.

2. Graduate Ally Coalition Workshop, October 24

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

3. Coffee Bagel Donut Day (Hours Change)

Coffee Bagel Donut Day will now be starting ten minutes earlier at 8:50 a.m. All graduate and professional students are welcome!

South Silo 253, Fridays 8:50am-10:50am

4. IGPS Information Form

Interested in presenting your research in a safe, friendly environment? Do you want to learn about colleagues’ and fellow UCD students’ research and academic endeavors? 

Please consider applying to our annual IGPS!

If you want more information about the GSA’s annual Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS, April 7-8, 2016), please fill out the following form: https://docs.google.com/a/ucdavis.edu/forms/d/1OIFBqz5iwt1rrn2CMAF5qSM1QcSC3U7zeLwvEKZ74pE/viewform?usp=send_form.

Once you fill out this form, we will send you reminders about deadlines and further details about the IGPS application process. Don’t worry, we will not bombard you with emails! 

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the actual application. This is simply to let us, the IGPS 2016 Planning Committee, know who is interested in participating in this year’s symposium.

4. 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

Academic Freedom and Responsibility
One meeting per quarter plus e-mail discussions.
Nominations close November 2nd

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

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

Writing & Teaching Resources:

1. Workshop: Writing a Dissertation or Thesis

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.

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

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

2. Workshop: Writing a CV and Cover Letter

Writing a Curriculum Vitae and CoverLetter for Academic, Research and Teaching Positions

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
229 South Hall

Are you applying for a tenure-track faculty position, adjunct, or teaching position? Or preparing materials for a postdoc or research position or grant? If you answered yes to any of these, then you will need to develop a curriculum vitae (CV).

In this workshop we will review the goals, format, content and purpose of the CV. We will discuss effective ways to modify your CV depending on the type of position you are applying for. We will also review cover letters, which will emphasize different work experiences and skills depending upon the type of institution and position for which you are applying.

Questions? Contact Gwynn Benner (wlbenner@ucdavis.edu), Career Adviser, Master’s and Ph.D. Students, and Postdoctoral Scholars, UC Davis Internship and Career Center.

 3. CEE Teaching Consultations

Are you interested in improving your teaching?

Do you want to improve your teaching evaluations and enhance your qualifications for the job market?

Are you interested in getting feedback from your students while you can still make changes this quarter?

If you answered positively to any of these questions, schedule a *free* and confidential consultation with a Teaching Assistant Consultant! We offer several types of consultations that can help you improve your teaching effectiveness: mid-quarter inquiries, video recording sessions, presentation skills, statement of teaching philosophy, and general consultations.  See our attached flyer for more information on who we are and what we do.

We will also be offering a Fall Workshop series to help you improve your teaching effectiveness to diverse groups of students, including multilingual learners. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement with details!

Contact: Christy Cahill, ccahill@ucdavis.edu

Professional Development:

1. Call for First Year Graduate Students: Chancellor’s Graduate & Professional Student Advisory Board

Are you a first year graduate or professional student who is interested in honing your leadership skills, cares about making an impact in the lives of your fellow peers, and wants to gain an insight into how UC Davis administration works? Apply to be a member of Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board (CGPSA)! Deadline to apply is Friday October 23, 2015. More information and the application can be found at: https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/about-us/chancellors-graduate-professional-student-advisory-board

2. Mentoring at Critical Transitions Workshop: Setting Expectations and Giving Feedback to Graduate Students

Mentoring at Critical Transitions (MCT) is a seminar series offered by Graduate Studies to enhance the mentoring skills of UC Davis faculty with their graduate students and postdocs.

Setting Expectations and Giving Feedback to Graduate Students

Giving effective feedback is one of the most challenging and important parts of any faculty-student relationship.  Faculty need to effectively give both positive feedback, and feedback when change is desired. In addition, we will discuss how to set clear expectations, a critical foundation for productive working relationships.  The workshop will include opportunities to practice and discuss specific situations.

Speaker: Chris Golde, PhD

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
12:00 to 1:30 pm
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room (2nd floor)

Register – http://tinyurl.com/MCTChrisGolde

3. Global Engagement Mondays (GEM)

If you are a lifelong American resident and you enjoy meeting new people from other cultures and learning about different perspectives, apply to be a GEM facilitator!  It’s a great way to get to know members of the UC Davis international community and develop new skills in intercultural communication and group facilitation at the same time!

When:  GEM will occur every Monday night in November from 5:30-6:30pm.

What:  GEM provides an opportunity for both domestic and international students, scholars, and spouses to discuss a variety of topics in a creative and safe environment. Topics during previous quarters varied from discussing experiences with cross-cultural greetings to discussing personality types and how they impact everyday life. You can read more about the program on the SISS website. Last spring, we averaged an attendance of 30-40 people each Monday!

Fall 2015 – GEM Topics:

Nov. 2nd:           Food – Yuck and Yum
Nov. 9th:            Music & Arts
Nov. 16th:          Autumn & Winter Holidays
Nov. 23rd:         Health & Wealth
Nov. 30th:          Travel

Interested in being a GEM Discussion Facilitator? Sign up on our website.

4. Dialogues With the Dean: Open Access

Dialogues with the Dean is a quarterly event where graduate and professional students together with the Dean of Graduate Studies have dialogue on a topic of interest. The fall quarter Dialogue will focus on Open Access policies and how it impacts us in our graduate student careers. Lunch will be provided!

Dialogues with the Dean on Sacramento Campus
Friday October 30th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm
UCDMC Campus, Education Building Room 2206
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/qjo2dj2 

Dialogues with the Dean on Davis Campus
Friday November 6th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm
UC Davis, Memorial Union De Carli Room
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/peq2qft

5. Research Opportunities in Japan

Please join us for a discussion about research opportunities in Japan.

Friday, November 6th, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Founders Room, Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center
RSVP: jknorene@ucdavis.edu

Guest speakers will include:

  • Dr. Sc. Mitsuaki Nozaki, Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • Former JSPS fellow, Christoph Lossin, Ph.D.

Light refreshments will be provided. Open to the public.

Contact: Jennie Konsella-Norene, International Funding Analyst, Global Affairs, (530) 754-9403, jknorene@ucdavis.edu

6. Navigating the Job Market: A Brownbag Workshop for Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Students

Please join us in discussing job market strategies for graduate students working in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The workshop will highlight strategies for those whose teaching and research integrates women, gender, and transnational/comparative topics.

Rachel Jean-Baptiste, Associate Professor of African History
Marian Schlotterbeck, Assistant Professor of Latin American History

Thursday October 22
12:00 – 1:00pm
228 Voorhies

7. FUTURE: Career Workshops for Graduate Students in Health-Related Science Research

What is FUTURE? A new program designed to enhance the professional skills of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences to better prepare them for a wide range of career options both within and beyond academia. FUTURE is funded by the NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) initiative which aims to support the development of a broadly skilled biomedical research workforce.

What is the goal? Our ultimate goal is to help UC Davis life science trainees acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to successfully transition into careers of their choice.

Who is eligible? UC Davis PhD graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the biomedical sciences are invited toparticipate.

Want to know more?  Attend one of these information sessions:

§  October 14 (Wednesday): 11 – 12pm, 114 South Hall
§  October 19 (Monday): 11:30 – 12:30pm, 2204 Med Ed (UCDMC)
§  October 21 (Wednesday): 12:10-1:00pm, 114 South Hall
§  October 26 (Monday): 4:10 – 5:00 pm, 114 South Hall
§  October 28 (Wednesday): 4:10 – 5:00pm, 2205 Med Ed (UCDMC)
§  October 30 (Friday): 12 – 1pm, 114 South Hall
§  November 2 (Monday): 2 – 3pm, 2433 Tupper Hall
§  November 10 (Tuesday): 12 – 1pm, 2204 Med Ed (UCDMC)
§  November 16 (Monday): 12 – 1pm, 114 South Hall

Website: FUTURE.ucdavis.edu

Campus Announcements:

1. Women’s Resources & Research Center Empowerment Conference

The 2015 Empowerment Conference “Not Vanishing: I am Still…” aims to engage participants in learning more about self-empowerment, activism, and gender equity.

We will focus on the book by Chrystos’, “Not Vanishing”, which aims to highlight the existence and experiences of marginalized communities.

We hope you will join us!

November 7, 2015
Student Community Center (SCC)

Participant Registration Form:

Workshop Proposal Form:

2. Call for Applications: M.E.N.T.O.R. Program

The M.E.N.T.O.R program aims to pair a seasoned graduate student with an undergraduate student or incoming graduate student in order to offer students more guidance and support on their pathway to obtaining a graduate level degree.

Application for undergraduates and first year graduate students seeking mentorship
GAAAP M.E.N.T.O.R. Program: Mentees

Application for graduate students who want to offer mentorship
GAAAP M.E.N.T.O.R.: Mentors

Applications due October 31. For additional information about M.E.N.T.O.R, please contact Bonnie Xu at bonxu@ucdavis.edu.

3. Free Preschool Program for Income-Qualified Student Families

My name is Angeline Tabay and I am the Children’s Center Director for Davis Joint Unified School District. The Children’s Center offers free preschool program for children and their families who are income-qualified and are in need of our services. When the children’s center first opened almost 30 years ago, many of our families that we served had parents that were UC Davis students. I would like to reach out to the families on the Davis Campus to make aware that there is high quality program that their children could benefit from at no cost.


Angeline Tabay
Children’s Center Director
Davis Joint Unified School District
530-759-2127 x 104

4. Cool Campus Challenge

The Cool Campus Challenge is an online learning experience and competition between UC campuses running from October 6 to December 10, 2015. It’s designed to motivate and reward staff, faculty and students who take steps to reduce their carbon footprints and help the UC system reach Carbon Neutrality by 2025. It’s a big, daring goal, but we can get there if we all work together as a community to make it happen. The good news is that UC Davis is currently #1 and the competition is on across all the campuses. Log into your account at CoolCampusChallenge.org to start participating.

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