Weekly Announcements: November 23-29

GSA Announcements:

  1. Seeking Input on Faculty-Graduate Student Mentorship
  2. Bar Night at the Grad, December 2
  3. GSA Travel Awards
  4. GSA Orientation Fund
  5. Elections Announcements: GSA Treasurer
  6. Food Security Resources


  1. Open Committee Position
  2. Survey: Dean of College of Biological Sciences

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund Dissertation Completion Awards 2016

Professional Development:

  1. Rock the Talk: Preparing for Grad Slam and the IGPS
  2. Schmooze or Lose: The Mindset and Mechanics of Working a Room
  3. Final Grad Writer’s Retreat, November 24

GSA Announcements:

1. Seeking Input on Faculty-Graduate Student Mentorship

The Graduate Student Association is seeking your input to provide the UCD administration with recommendations for improving mentorship on campus. Below are two ways to provide input. Both are anonymous, but not confidential. This means that we will be keeping a record and sharing your concerns, issues, and ideas, but the names, departments, or other identifying details of students will be redacted.

CBDD_Logo_Red_GravityMentorship Forum at CBDD

All graduate students are invited to participate in a community forum on graduate student mentorship. This event will be held at the December 4th Coffee Bagel Donut Day, 8:30am-10:30am in the GSA office in South Silo. Event Flyer: http://wp.me/p6qFCD-iu

Online Form

If you are unable to attend the forum or prefer to submit your thoughts in writing, please fill out this questionnaire. Feel free to answer as many or as few questions as you would like.

2. Bar Night at the Grad, December 2

Bar Night_2_GravityBring your friends to The Graduate for our last bar night of the quarter! Open to all graduate and professional students.

December 2, 8:30pm-10:30 PM

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


3. 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/


4. 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/


5. Elections Announcements: GSA Treasurer

The GSA officer position of Treasurer is vacant. The GSA Elections Committee is calling for an election for the Treasurer position to be held at the December 2nd General Assembly Meeting.

Elections Announcement: http://wp.me/p6qFCD-hA


6. Food Security Resources

The Pantry

The GSA proudly supports the Pantry, a student-run organization that provides up to three meals or personal items a day for UC Davis students who show a UC Davis identification card. A variety of nutritious meal selections and common personal items are available.

The Pantry is housed in the basement of Freeborn Hall, Room 21, and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am – 1:00pm and Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

For more information, visit: http://thepantry.ucdavis.edu/

Fruit and Veggie Up!

Stop by the Student Health and Wellness Center to pick up your free fruits and vegetables. You’ll also get a chance to learn how to prepare, cook, and store the produce you get.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Davis Community Meals

Davis Community Meals (DCM) provides three free meals a week at St. Martins Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis. Everyone is welcome. Website: http://daviscommunitymeals.org

UC CalFresh

UC CalFresh provides assistance to low-income households and can help buy nutritious foods for better health. For CalFresh Information, call 1-877-847-3663 or go to the CalFresh Websitemaintained by the State of California Department of Social Services.


1. Open Committee Position

Admissions and Enrollment Committee
One meeting per month
Open until filled

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. Survey: Dean of 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

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

Professional Development:

1. 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

2. 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.

3. Final Grad Writer’s Retreat, November 24

On Tuesday – get a little writing done before you dive into your Thanksgiving holiday!

Tuesday, November 24, 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.

Last Graduate Writer’s Retreat of the Quarter – Don’t Miss It!

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