Weekly Announcements: November 16–22


GSA Announcements:

  1. GSA Travel Awards
  2. GSA Orientation Fund
  3. Elections Announcement: GSA Treasurer


  1. Open Committee Positions
  2. Graduate Disability Committee Information & Recruitment Session
  3. Foundations in LGBTQIA Allyship
  4. Survey to Provide Input for Dean – College of Biological Sciences


  1. Sacramento Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  2. “Underwater Dreams” Film Screening & Dialogue
  3. Grads Have Debt2 Call Congress Day, November 18

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund Dissertation Completion Awards 2016
  2. Funding Strategies: Crafting Winning Applications
  3. Position Available: Graduate Student Peer Adviser (STEM)
  4. Basic Health Science Council Research Social Poster Competition
  5. OneStart Accelerator Program

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. Workshop: Promoting Multilingual Learner Participation in the Classroom
  9. Rock the Talk: Preparing for Grad Slam and the IGPS
  10. Schmooze or Lose: The Mindset and Mechanics of Working a Room 

GSA Announcements: 

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:

  • Present to the Assembly a summary of the financial activities of the Association at every meeting,
  • Prepare the current year’s budget for presentation at the first Assembly Meeting,
  • Prepare a preliminary budget for the following year to guide the Treasurer-elect, to be presented at the May meeting,
  • Represent the Association in financial dealings with the University and other campus organizations,
  • Represent the Association on the Student Services and Fees Advisory Committee,
  • Compute annually Association membership for the purposes of determining the number of Assembly Representatives for each graduate program committee,
  • 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,
  • Hear all grievances that may arise in the administration of the funds and to make recommendations to the Executive Council concerning their adjudication,
  • Review and periodically update the administrative procedures of the funds,
  • Chair the Travel Awards Committees, and
  • 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.


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
Open Until Filled

Travel Awards Committee
Join the GSA Travel Awards Committee! See what your peers are doing, and help assess their travel award applications.
One hour time commitment.

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. 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.

3. 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

4. Survey to Provide Input for Dean – College of Biological Sciences

UC Davis has launched the search for the new Dean of the College of Biological Sciences. As part of the process, executive search firm Isaacson, Miller team has created a survey to collect your feedback.  We ask your help in encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to complete this survey as their feedback is very important in ensuring a successful outcome. The survey may be found at this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3C7LPMM


1. Sacramento Coffee Bagel Donut Day

The Graduate Student Association presents Sacramento Coffee Bagel Donut Day.

Please stop by anytime and grab a pastry and some coffee as we bring one of the main campus’s popular events to the Sacramento campus!

When: Thursday, November 19th 8:30 to 10:30 am

Where: Medical Education building 2nd floor Bridgeway

Who: All Graduate Students Welcome!

Would you like to be informed of future events and resources on the Sacramento campus? If so, please sign up for the Sacramento graduate student list serve here: http://goo.gl/forms/NyzOYVSefs

2. “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

3. 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.

Funding & Fellowships:

1. Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund Dissertation Completion Awards 2016

The Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund provides dissertation write-up grants to PhD candidates in humanities.  Grants are awarded to bring about the completion of the dissertation. Grants are available only to applicants who are in financial need as determined by the Trustees upon review of the applications. Lewis Fellows are awarded a stipend up to $27,000  plus coverage of some registration/tuition fees.  Eligibility is limited to PhD candidates at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University who are  completing a dissertation whose focus is humanistic.

To complete an application, please visit https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6716

Application materials:

Curriculum vitae

Full project description (in no more than 1,000 words) including a summary of work completed to date and an estimate of time required to complete the dissertation

Research budget for the grant period (12 months) specifying all probable costs by category such as registration fees, books, rent, food, transportation

Three letters of recommendation including one from the dissertation director and two from other recognized scholars

Application deadline: January 18, 2016

Contact: Monica Wheeler, mmcleodlewis@yahoo.com

2. Funding Strategies: Crafting Winning Applications

Please join your fellow graduate students in attending an upcoming workshop, Funding Strategies: Crafting Winning Applications. The discussion will be held Tuesday, November 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in Room 1291 in the Social Sciences and Humanities Building.

This workshop will be a place to discuss fruitful strategies for crafting winning grant and fellowship application packages. The discussion will cover UC Davis internal fellowships offered through Graduate Studies and Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) as well as external fellowships such as NSF and Ford.

We are fortunate to have representatives from both DHI and Graduate Studies joining us for this workshop to offer their valuable insight.

Panelists at the workshop will be:
Steven Albrecht (Grad Studies, Director of Graduate Student Financial Support)
Kristin Provost (Grad Studies, External Fellowship Analyst)
Molly McCarthy (DHI, Associate Director)

All graduate students are invited to attend the event, which is hosted by the Graduate Sociology Students Association’s Professional Development Committee. If interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing Christopher Lawrence (cjlaw@ucdavis.edu).

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.

5. OneStart Accelerator Program

Students at UC Davis are invited to participate in OneStart, the world’s largest life sciences and healthcare accelerator program.

Founded in 2012, the program is free for applicants and offers a grand prize of $150K USD in non-dilutive funding, free lab space and ongoing professional services support. Students from other disciplines, including business, law, engineering, and computer science are encouraged to get involved through the program’s Co-Founders Hub.

All semi-finalists will receive extensive mentorship from sponsors, including McKinsey & Company, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche, Takeda Ventures, and more.

Conctact: John Daley, john.daley@oxbridgebiotech.com or visit the website onestart.co

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 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. Workshop: Promoting Multilingual Learner Participation in the Classroom

Wednesday, November 18th from 10am12noon in Hunt 241

The number of international undergraduate students at UC Davis increases every year. This workshop is designed for TAs and AIs seeking strategies to foster class participation and engagement among all of their students, including multilingual learners. Participants will collaboratively reflect on how international classroom norms affect student engagement and participation in classroom and lab settings. Join us to learn and apply concrete teaching techniques to enhance student engagement in any classroom or lab!

Workshops are hosted by the Teaching Assistant Consultants and the UCD Center for Educational Effectiveness. Learn more about the services and programs run by CEE and the TA Consultants here. Please contact the Teaching Assistant Consultants by emailing cee@ucdavis.edu with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you soon!

9. Rock the Talk: Preparing for Grad Slam and the IGPS

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
5:30-7:00pm | Meeting Room D, SCC

Please register at: http://tinyurl.com/GradSlamIGPS
Event Flyer

Do you want to tell an audience about your research in a memorable and exciting way?  Come learn how during this workshop!

This 90 minute workshop will focus on two speaking completions for UC Davis graduate students – the Grad Slam and the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS).

Participants will learn how to connect with their audience, communicate key concepts, and leave a lasting impression. The workshop will also cover some basic public speaking principles including anxiety, body language, and visual aids.

Instructor: Margaret Swisher Mantor, PhD

10. Schmooze or Lose: The Mindset and Mechanics of Working a Room 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

2:00-3:30pm | Meeting Room D, SCC
Please register:

Chances are you wouldn’t even consider beginning research projects without the right preparation.  The same principle holds when it comes to networking and working a room.

It takes confidence to make the most of business/social events. Walking into a room full of strangers produces anxiety in the best of us.  The people who make it look easy usually are those who have done the most preparation.  Confidence comes from:

  • Preparation – what to ask yourself before you arrive
  • Knowing appropriate etiquette to meet and greet others – introductions, handshaking, business cards, and follow up
  • Knowing how to make conversation
  • Knowing how to handle Miserable Moments – including forgetting names, intrusive questions, alcohol protocol, breaking into and away from groups

In this 90-minute, interactive workshop, Mary M. Mitchell will cover these topics and more, ensuring that, wherever you go, you will be invited back.  Mary will give you an opportunity to practice these skills, as well as providing tips for following up with new contacts.

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