Weekly Announcements: November 9–15

GSA News:

  1. GSA Travel Awards
  2. GSA Orientation Fund
  3. Elections Announcement: GSA Treasurer
  4. Graduate Disability Committee Information & Recruitment Session
  5. Grads Have Debt2 Call Congress Day, November 18
  6. Graduate and Professional Student Policy Journal, Volume 1


  1. “Underwater Dreams” Film Screening & Dialogue
  2. Grad Student Mixer (LGBTQIARC & WRRC) :: Thursday Nov 12th 5-7pm :: DeVere’s
  3. GSA Bar Night, November 11
  4. 6th Annual Davis Mathematics Conference

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. Call for Proposals: 2016 Mellon Public Scholars Fellowships
  2. Boren Fellowships & Scholarships for International Study
  3. Position Available: Graduate Student Peer Adviser (STEM)
  4. Basic Health Science Council Research Social Poster Competition

Professional Development:

  1. Cultivating Academic Honesty in the Classroom and Research Settings
  2. Workshop: Teaching Troubling Topics
  3. FUTURE: Career Workshops for Graduate Students in Health-Related Science Research
  4. PhD Connector: Network with UC Davis PhD STEM Alumni in a Broad Range of Careers
  5. CEE TA Consultant Info Session
  6. Equity in STEM
  7. Getting the Most Out of Your Mentorship By Becoming a Great Mentee
  8. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, November 12
  9. Assessing Your Multilingual Students’ Learning, November 10


  1. Open Committee Positions
  2. Foundations in LGBTQIA Allyship

GSA News: 

1. GSA Travel Awards

Applications are now available for the GSA’s bi-annual Travel Awards program.

Graduate students traveling for educational or professional reasons are eligible to apply for reimbursement. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of your peers for relevance and value. Please make sure to communicate these points in your application!

The Fall award will apply to any travel between July 1st and December 31st, 2015.

Apply Here: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/funding/travel-awards/

2. GSA Orientation Fund

Applications are now available for the GSA’s Orientation Fund.

This award supports graduate department and graduate group orientation activities. The event must have served incoming graduate students and must have occurred between September 1 and October 15.

Apply Here: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/funding/orientation-fund/

3. Elections Announcement: GSA Treasurer

From the GSA Elections Committee:

Following the events of the lost June 2015 General Assembly Meeting minutes, the GSA officer position of Treasurer is vacant. The GSA Elections Committee is hereby calling for an election for the Treasurer position scheduled for the December 2nd General Assembly Meeting.

Nominations opened during the October Meeting of the GSA General Assembly. Nominations will close during theDecember 2nd GSA General Assembly Meeting and elections will immediately follow.

To nominate an individual, please submit their name and email to gsaelections@ucdavis.edu. The nominee must accept their nomination.

To self-nominate, please submit your name to gsaelections@ucdavis.edu.

All nominees who are nominated prior to the General Assembly Meeting on December 2nd will be expected to write a short paragraph on why they are seeking the Treasurer position to be published on the GSA website.

The duties of the Treasurer are:

      1. Present to the Assembly a summary of the financial activities of the Association at every meeting,
      2. Prepare the current year’s budget for presentation at the first Assembly Meeting,
      3. Prepare a preliminary budget for the following year to guide the Treasurer-elect, to be presented at the May meeting,
      4. Represent the Association in financial dealings with the University and other campus organizations,
      5. Represent the Association on the Student Services and Fees Advisory Committee,
      6. Compute annually Association membership for the purposes of determining the number of Assembly Representatives for each graduate program committee,
      7. Supervise the administration of the Association funds according to the By-Laws and procedures established by the Association and in conjunction with the Accounting Office,
      8. Hear all grievances that may arise in the administration of the funds and to make recommendations to the Executive Council concerning their adjudication,
      9. Review and periodically update the administrative procedures of the funds,
      10. Chair the Travel Awards Committees, and
      11. Convene and chair as necessary the Treasurer’s Advisory Committee

Additional information: average 10 hours a week of active duty and knowledge of finance helpful but not required

Questions or comments can be directed to gsaelections@ucdavis.edu.

4. Graduate Disability Committee Information & Recruitment Session

Are you a Graduate or Professional Degree student?

Are you interested in disability advocacy?

Would you like to know how you can make UC Davis better for your fellow students?

Join us on Friday Nov 20, 2015 from 3-4pm in South Silo 253 to find out more about what the GDC will be doing in the upcoming year, and how you can become a member! Graduate and professional degree students of all abilities are welcome.

5. Grads Have Debt2 Call Congress Day, November 18

Grads Have Debt2 Call Congress Day November 18th: please email gsaexternalchair@ucdavis.edu if you would like to participate! Call info will be posted on the GSA website and social media.

Do you want to network with other graduate student advocates on campus?  Are you interested in learning about what issues affect grad students at UCD, across the UC and nation? Email Jacqui at gsaexternalchair@ucdavis.edu to sign up to be a part of a GSA advocate network this academic year.

 6. Graduate and Professional Student Policy Journal, Volume 1

The University of California Student Association is pleased to release Volume One of the Graduate and Professional Student Policy Journal.

Read Volume One HERE.


1. “Underwater Dreams” Film Screening & Dialogue

Underwater Dreams “is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.” (www.underwaterdreamsfilm.com)

Monday, November 16, 2015
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room
6:30-9:00 p.m. 

Website: www.cdd.ucdavis.edu/events

Join us for a film screening and moderated dialogue, presented by AB540& Undocumented Student Center, Campus Dialogue & Deliberation, CALESS, College of Engineering, Cross Cultural Center, and Sustained Dialogue @ UCD

2. Grad Student Mixer (LGBTQIARC & WRRC) :: Thursday Nov 12th 5-7pm :: DeVere’s 

Join fellow graduate and professional students for a mid-quarter social at De Vere’s Irish Pub on Thurs. Nov.12 5pm-7pm. Hosted by the WRRC and LGBTQIARC–appetizers provided. Bring your friends, partners, children, or just bring yourself. All are welcome!

Contact: Mayra Sánchez, mgsanchez@ucdavis.edu

 3. GSA Bar Night, November 11

Bring your friends to The Graduate for our monthly bar night! Open to all graduate and professional students.

(Event Flier: http://wp.me/p6qFCD-gD)

November 11th
8:30pm-10:30 PM

Drink Specials!

$2 off Singles, Doubles, and Pints
$3 off Big Beers
$6 off Pitchers

4. 6th Annual Davis Mathematics Conference

November 10
Mathematics Sciences Building 1147
The 6th annual Davis Mathematics Conference is a day long series of seminars showcasing Davis graduate students and professors in Math and related disciplines such as statistics and physics.

Funding & Fellowships:

1. Call for Proposals: 2016 Mellon Public Scholars Fellowships

The UC Davis Humanities Institute invites applications for the first cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. This program is aimed at introducing graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing, and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Ten successful graduate student applicants will participate in a quarter-long, two credit seminar in spring 2016. Each student will be matched with a faculty mentor to develop a community-based research project, and will receive a $7,500 stipend to support the project that summer. Also intended to support faculty and their community-engaged research, the Mellon Public Scholars Program will award each faculty mentor $2,000 in research funds for providing guidance and consultation to students developing community-based projects.

There is no expectation that fellows will have a fully developed project or a community partner and faculty mentor at the time of application. Rather, the program will assist students in such an endeavor, helping them to broaden their scholarship both beyond the university and within it, developing relationships with faculty outside of their discipline.

To answer questions and provide more details about the program, the Humanities Institute will host two information sessions: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 12:10 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 12, 4:10 p. m. in Voorhies 228 (DHI’s conference room). We encourage both faculty and students interested in the program to attend. Lunch and snacks provided. Please RSVP to Rachel Reeves, rlreeves@ucdavis.edu

2. Boren Fellowships & Scholarships for International Study

Information Meeting
November 12, 2015, 12:10-1:15PM
UCD Student Community Center, Room D

Keynote Speaker:  Katie Davis, Program Officer, Global Scholarship and Exchange Programs
Institute of International Education (IIE)

Please join us for a general overview of the application process and advising tips on how to write a competitive application. No RSVP required


Campus Deadline: January 15, 2016, 5pm
Sponsor:  National Security Education Program
Camus Representative:  Deborah McCook, dlmccook@ucdavis.edu

Boren Fellowships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion, providing U.S. graduate students (Masters or Ph.D. level) the opportunity to add an important international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellows may propose research/study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information about the application process:  http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/how_apply.html


Campus Deadline: January 15, 2016, 5pm
Campus Representative:  Scott Palmer,scpalmer@ucdavis.edu

Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. For more information: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/competitive_application.html

3. Position Available: Graduate Student Peer Adviser (STEM)

Graduate Student Peer Adviser (STEM)
Internship and Career Center

Career Services for Master’s and Ph.D students, and Postdoctoral scholars (ICC-MPP)
Apply via UC Davis Aggie Job Link (AJL)
Login to https://icc.ucdavis.edu/students/ajl.htm, search for AJL #80268

Open only to current UC Davis Master’s or Ph.D. students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Closes November 23, 2015. $15.25/hour. Variable 10 hours per week.

4. Basic Health Science Council Research Social Poster Competition

The health sciences area of the campus has been holding occasional events that bring  grad students  and post docs together for an informal breakfast gathering to meet and view 3-4 posters displayed by their peers.  The idea is to promote  exchange between people from different departments and programs and also provide a forum where one can get  experience in discussing one’s research in a relaxed setting.

This year we are excited to announce the Research Social & Post-doctoral Poster Competition.  Awards will go towards travel for the postdoctoral trainee to present the poster at a scientific conference.

1st prize will provide $400
2nd prize will provide $200

The posters will be presented at the Research Social on November 19th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility Lobby.

Please let us know if you are interested in presenting a poster.  Abstract submission is due on November 16th.

Any questions, please contact Paula Krakowiak, MS, PhD  pkrakowiak@ucdavis.edu or Beverly Bock babock@ucdavis.edu.

Professional Development:

1. Cultivating Academic Honesty in the Classroom and Research Settings

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Noon-1:30pm   |   PES 3001

Please Register: http://tinyurl.com/F15AcademicHonesty

Whether you are a teaching assistant, a mentor for students in research settings, or plan to become a faculty member, you will need to become familiar with practices that encourage academic honesty.

Some campuses have an honor code, while others, like UC Davis, have a code of conduct and an adjudication process for students referred for suspected cases of misbehavior.

In this 90-minute workshop you will learn more about the student conduct process and discuss practical strategies to encourage academic honesty in the classroom and research settings.

Lunch will be served to those who register.
Workshop Instructor: Colette D. Nuño, Assistant Director, Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs

2. Workshop: Teaching Troubling Topics

Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are invited to attend “Teaching Troubling Topics” on Friday, November 20th, from 2:10-4p.m. in 248 Voorhies Hall. During this workshop, we will ask the question, “How can instructors challenge and inform students while still remaining responsive to the psychological needs of a diverse undergraduate population?” Panelists will discuss strategies for addressing potentially disturbing subject matter in the classroom, including information on campus counseling resources. Please see the attached flyer for further details. For all other questions and concerns, contact Jordan S. Carroll at jscarroll@ucdavis.edu.

3. 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:

§  November 10 (Tuesday): 12 – 1pm, 2204 Med Ed (UCDMC)
§  November 16 (Monday): 12 – 1pm, 114 South Hall

Website: FUTURE.ucdavis.edu

4. PhD Connector: Network with UC Davis PhD STEM Alumni in a Broad Range of Careers

Wed, 11/18/2015 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Registration Required: http://tinyurl.com/PhDConnector2015

At Ph.D. Connector, you’ll learn about non-academic career options from UC Davis S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) Ph.D. alumni and professionals, including: science policy, industry research, science communication, business of science, science writing, and public health. You’ll have your questions answered, network with professionals, and get advice on how to launch your career. Co-sponsored by the Internship and Career Center, FUTURE, GradPathways (Graduate Studies).

5. CEE TA Consultant Info Session

Are you a graduate student who wants to develop your skills as a college instructor?  Do you enjoy collaborative work and value diverse learning environments?  If you answered yes, the Teaching Assistant Consulting program may be for you.  TA Consultants facilitate workshops and provide consultations for TAs and graduate student instructors. They also receive a monthly fellowship and gain valuable professional experience.

The TAC program is a place to practice and develop skills in cultural competence, effective communication, leadership, and student-centered teaching practices.

The program will accept applications beginning in late November for the fellowship period which runs from Spring 2016 through Winter 2017.  To learn more, please join us for a brown bag information session on Nov. 16 or 19 from 12:00-1:00 in Surge III 1360.  At the info sessions you’ll be able to learn more about the program, hear from current TACs and get your questions answered.

Please visit our website to learn more about the TAC program.

Please join the info sessions anytime between 12:00-1:00 PM.

12:00 – 12:20: Presentation about the program
12:20 – 12:40: Hear from current TA Consultants.
12:40 – 1:00: Q & A

6. Equity in STEM

ESTEME is an outreach and leadership training program, under the Biotechnology Program, that teaches valuable skills to emerging graduate student leaders.  Our vision is to help facilitate an increase in underrepresented professionals in leadership positions.

This year, we plan to host a series of workshops/meetings designed to discuss disparities in leadership roles in a professional setting and to prepare for ESTEME events.  ESTEME events for the year include workshops at elementary schools in Winters, where 70% of the student population receives free to reduced lunches and are English language learners. At the end of the school year, we plan to hold our annual panel session in conjunction with a biotechnology colloquium, where professionals from industry and academia will discuss issues that hinder diversity in the workplace.

Through the organizational workshops, networking events, outreach activities, and the colloquium, we hope to provide you with opportunities to improve your leadership skills so you can go after management positions in the future, as well as to collaborate with other graduate students from diverse backgrounds. We need your help to make these ESTEME events happen!

We are having our first meeting on November 17 at 5:30 pm in Plant and Environmental Sciences 2005.  We will be discussing our plans for the year and prepping for our first outreach event!  Please join us!

Questions or Comments? Contact us at ESTEME.ucd@gmail.com

7. Getting the Most Out of Your Mentorship By Becoming a Great Mentee

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Meeting Room D, Student Community Center

Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/GreatMenteeF15

A great mentorship experience can have far-reaching benefits that may help a graduate student not only to succeed, but also excel!  Yet few know how to successfully tap into this unique relationship or how to get the most out of this experience by being a great mentee.

Join us for this 90 minute workshop which will help you unlock the many benefits and strategies of becoming a great mentee.  Together we will examine what makes a strong mentor-mentee relationship and how you can build this relationship in a way that will create long-lasting benefits for both you and your mentor.

Instructor: Josephine Moreno, Ph.D.

Josephine Moreno, Ph.D., is the Graduate Diversity Officer for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) at UC Davis

8. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, November 12

Thursday, November 12, 2015
1:00-4:00pm | Meeting Room E, 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.

9. Assessing Your Multilingual Students’ Learning, November 10

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 12noon – 2pm in Hunt 241

Have you ever had students enthusiastically nod their heads during lab or section, but then fail an exam? Do you wonder about the most effective and equitable ways to grade assignments from multilingual learners? The growing number of multilingual students with different cultural backgrounds requires that educators understand how cultural and linguistic differences influence teaching and learning. This workshop focuses on assessment, or evaluating what students have and have not learned, to enable participants to gauge student understanding across cultural and linguistic differences.  Participants will learn how cultural differences relate to assessment, and learn practical strategies to assess their students in more equitable and accessible ways.

Advance registration is encouraged for all workshops, but is not required. Click here to register.


1. Open Committee Positions

Recruitment and Retention Organizing Committee
Weekly meetings 9am-11am on Fridays
Open Until Filled

Athletics Advisory Committee
The AAC advises the Chancellor and the Davis Division of the Academic Senate on development and implementation of policies primarily relating to intercollegiate athletics. Typical areas of advisement include, but are not limited to, student athlete academic performance and welfare, admissions of student athletes, financial aid for student athletes, student athlete eligibility, general trends in funding for intercollegiate athletics, and campus governance of intercollegiate athletics.
One 1.5 hour meeting per month.
Open Until Filled

Admissions and Enrollment Committee
One meeting per month
Nominations close November 9th

Travel Awards Committee
Join the GSA Travel Awards Committee! See what your peers are doing, and help assess their travel award applications.  The commitment is minimal: roughly one hour of your time.

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.​

2. Foundations in LGBTQIA Allyship

Training for Graduate Students:
This training covers foundational information about sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation in a socio-historical context. Participants have the opportunity to examine their knowledge and beliefs and begin the process of critiquing paradigms and systems that are harmful to LGBTQIA people.

We will also begin to consider the ways in which we can facilitate supportive learning environments that challenge cis-sexism and heterosexism.

Thursday November 19th 4-6:30pm
Please register at: www.tinyurl.com/LGBTQIAGradFoundations
Contact: eaboylan@ucdavis.edu

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