Weekly Announcements, January 11–17

GSA Announcements:

  1. UCSA Legislative Priorities Survey
  2. GAC Winter Seminar Series: Developing Graduate and Professional Student Allyship
  3. Holistic Health Initiative
  4. Grad Yoga Winter Schedule
  5. IGPS Application


  1. Manetti Shrem Museum Student Coalition
  2. First Friends Program – Call for Mentors
  3. Week of Orientation and Welcome, International Graduate Student Orientation Planning Committee Call
  4. Student Family Housing: Call for Graduate Student Volunteers
  5. UndocuAlly Program for Educators (UPE)

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. University of California Global Health Institute Funding Opportunity

Professional Development:

  1. National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
  2. Writing A Literature Review, January 13
  3. ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium, January 13
  4. Redefining Teaching: Student-Centered Strategies for Success

GSA Announcements:

1. UCSA Legislative Priorities Survey

Dear UC Davis GSA:

The legislative session in Sacramento begins on January 4 and we need to hear from you to direct our efforts in the coming year. Step #1 is taking our survey so we know what concerns you most on campus!

Click here to tell us what issues are on your mind!

Last year, UC students made great strides in Sacramento by winning numerous victories on issues such as the University of California budget, campus climate with AB 340 (Weber), and voter registration with AB 1461 (Gonzalez). Thank you for all of the calls, advocacy visits, emails, and letters. These actions led to real results in Sacramento, like the passage of stronger consent laws in California from SB 695 (De León).

The UC Student Association has a long history of progressive and forward thinking legislation to place California and its students on the leading edge of public policy, and we are not slowing down. In 2016, we will be headed to Washington DC to work on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act and tell Congress how to truly protect our students.

Take the survey to help identify our 2016 priorities!

After you take the survey, step #2 is to get involved!

  • Like us on Facebook to get accurate and quick information on legislation and UCSA campaigns or actions.
  • Find the Associated Students or Graduate Student Association on your campus and volunteer to help out.
  • Talk with your campus leaders and let them know you want to attend the UCSA Student Lobby Conference on April 16-18 in Sacramento!
  • Join a campus Lobby Corps program to get in the action!

Thank you for your support and advocacy. We could not do this work without all of you and your dedication.


Kevin Sabo, President
UC Student Association

2. GAC Winter Seminar Series: Developing Graduate and Professional Student Allyship

GAC Winter Seminar Logo

Come join us this quarter for a seminar on Developing Graduate and Professional Student Allyship. This once a week seminar will cover concepts and skills essential to being an effective graduate student ally. We are offering the seminar for one unit of 290 credit on P/NP basis- please see gsa.ucdavis.edu/gacseminar for more information.

What: Developing Graduate and Professional Student Allyship

When: Winter Quarter 2016, Thursdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Where: Varies by week- First seminar will be in Room E in the Student Community Center

Please see the syllabus posted to gsa.ucdavis.edu/gacseminar

3. Holistic Health Initiative

The Graduate Student Association is seeking graduate students who are interested in holistic health and who are motivated to help plan and develop the Holistic Health Initiative (HHI). HHI is in its initial stages and we would like the input of as many graduate students as possible, to ensure that we are inclusive of all students’ health needs and concerns. If interested, please email Joan Bajorek at gsapro@ucdavis.edu or Rebeca Figueroa at rfigueroa@ucdavis.edu.

4. Grad Yoga Winter Schedule

Through a partnership with the LGBTQIA Resource Center, the Graduate Student Association offers free weekly yoga classes to all graduate students. Classes are held Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. in Meeting Room D of the Student Community Center. Please bring your own mat or towel.

Schedule: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/yoga/

5. IGPS Application

The application for the 2016 UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) is now open!  

UC Davis Graduate and Professional students from all schools are encouraged to apply and participate! This year’s categories include: Art & Performances, Poster Session, Talk Session, Panel Session. For more information about IGPS, please visit our website


Early Bird Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016
Regular Submission Deadline: February 19, 2016 

Please click here to submit your abstract today!


1. Manetti Shrem Museum Student Coalition

The Manetti Shrem Museum Student Coalition strives for authentic representation of the UC Davis student body for the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, opening Fall 2016. Join the coalition and help shape student experiences at the museum, including events, student parties, and programs.

The coalition will collaborate with our diverse student community, sharing and drawing inspiration for new ideas from one another. Meetings take place in-person once a month (with free pizza) and online weekly in an open discussion forum that is always accessible to students. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors.

Share your vision for our future museum!

Meeting Times

Wellman, 6-8pm

| 1-13 | 2-17 | 3-9 | 4-13 | 5-18 |

|       Rm. 234       |    Rm. 230  |

Check out our online discussion forum!

Fridays, 12-1pm
Available all week!

Join the coalition on Facebook!

2. First Friends Program – Call for Mentors

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) and the Office of Graduate Studies in partnership with The Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC), are pleased to announce the First Friends Program for graduate students. This new program is designed to assist international, domestic, professional and undocumented graduate students with integration into the UC Davis campus and U.S. academic culture by connecting entering first-year graduate students with a continuing graduate student mentor.  Mentors serve as a resource and a “first friend” to entering graduate students, by answering questions, helping students understand and adapt to the UC Davis campus, and providing support, advice and friendship throughout the first year.

This program offers continuing graduate students a valuable opportunity to gain intercultural leadership skills and to understand their role in a global community. Graduate students from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply! There are no citizenship or residency requirements.

Applications are due on Friday, February 5th by midnight. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by mid-February.

For any questions, please contact Luis Garay (sissigsa@ucdavis.edu) or Erica Vonasek (gradassistant@ucdavis.edu)



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3. Week of Orientation and Welcome, International Graduate Student Orientation Planning Committee Call

Week of Orientation and Welcome (WOW) and International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) planning is gearing up for Fall 2016! The planning committees for both orientations are reaching out for volunteers to help plan and put on orientation for incoming graduate students.

No experience necessary. In winter and spring quarters, there is a 2 hour per month meeting commitment. Summer participation is optional. Availability to help with orientation in September would be helpful as well.

Contact for WOW: Erica Vonasek-Eco at gradassistant@ucdavis.edu

Contacts for IGSO: Luis (Tonio) Garay at lgaray@ucdavis.edu; Erica Vonasek-Eco at gradassistant@ucdavis.edu

4. Student Family Housing: Call for Graduate Student Volunteers

Graduate student advocates for student family housing are putting out a call for more volunteers to help with advocating for this resource and keep lines of communication open with the graduate student community.

General time commitment: 2-3 hours a week and a willingness to do outreach with grad groups and communities.

Contact: Erica Vonasek-Eco (Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor) at gradassistant@ucdavis.edu to volunteer

5. UndocuAlly Program for Educators (UPE)

The AB540 & Undocumented Student Center would like to invite all interested staff, faculty and graduate students interested in becoming stronger allies to undocumented students, to participate in the UndocuAlly Program for Educators (UPE).

UPE is a professional learning opportunity for educators to develop and enhance their working knowledge regarding supporting the undocumented student population at UC Davis.

Please click the link below for more details.  Participants only need to attend one session.

Register at: http://goo.gl/forms/jvIS3Wm34C

For any questions, please contact: Hector Gamero: hegamero@ucdavis.edu  (530)752-9538

Funding & Fellowships:

1. University of California Global Health Institute Funding Opportunity

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for new or existing Centers of Expertise (COEs).  The total award pool available is $400,000 per year, divided between two COEs.  The funding period will begin August 1, 2016.  Proposals may request up to three years of funding from UCGHI, but must meet requirements, priorities, and criteria as stated in the full RFP.

Letters of Intent (LOIs) to apply are due Friday, February 19, 2016. Full Proposals are due Friday, April 1, 2016. The LOI step is informative only and not an elimination step.  LOIs will be used to confirm eligibility and for administrative purposes to establish the size and scope of the review only.

Key Dates
Deadline to Submit Letter of Intent (LOI)
Friday, 2/19/2016 @ 12:00 noon Pacific Time

Deadline to Submit Full Proposal
Friday, 4/1/2016 @ 12:00 noon Pacific Time

Notification of Outcomes
Friday, 5/27/2016

Funding Start Date
Friday, 8/1/2016

Questions? Contact: ucghi@globalhealth.ucsf.edu
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Professional Development:

1. National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

We are pleased to announce UC Davis’ institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), an independent organization serving over 40,000 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members with professional development, training and mentoring.  With this membership, UC Davis joins a nationwide academic community that is committed to helping graduate students and postdocs make a successful transition to an academic or professional career.

NCFDD offers a wide range of professional development resources including those tailored to graduate students.  You will find information on successful job searches, time management, writing, teaching, mentorship and other skill sets needed to transition to a professional career, including:

  • The Career Center – job listings and online workshops, such as “Demystifying the Academic Job Market”, “Getting the Job You Want by Perfecting Your CV and Cover Letter”, and “How to Negotiate an Academic Job Contract”
  • Tele-Workshops – hear from experts and dive into core curriculum “How to’s”,  including “How to Transition from Academia to Non-Academic Professions”, “How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities”, and “Writing Through Writer’s Block: How to Turn Research Obstacles into Insight”
  • Multi-week Courses – workshops on honing specific professional skill sets, such as “How to Craft and Submit a Winning Book Proposal in 4 Weeks”, “Teaching in No Time: How to Prepare for a Stress-free Semester”, and “How to Write a Grant Proposal: STEM & SBES”

UC Davis also offers many services for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, including our GradPathways program, which provides workshops, seminars and other activities to support professional and career development.

Please look for the introductory email from the NCFDD with instructions on how to enroll and set up your individual account in the coming weeks.

2. Writing A Literature Review, January 13

Writing a Literature Review

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
10:30 a.m.-Noon | 126 Voorhies

The literature review is one of the most important and prevalent documents in academic and professional writing. This workshop will provide an overview of why we write literature reviews, how to approach large research projects, and ways to organize articles for the review paper. Participants are invited to bring notes and drafts of articles they are currently working on for discussion and writing tips. Those who have not yet begun writing are also encouraged to attend as this workshop is designed to help writers get started on their papers.

Instructor: Katie Rodger is a lecturer in the University Writing Program where she regularly teaches Writing in the Sciences, Environmental Writing, and Advanced Composition. She has also taught Writing for the Health Professions. Katie has worked with scientists at Stanford University, San Jose State University, and UC Davis, co-teaching classes and writing collaboratively.

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

3. ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium, January 13

This symposium is presented to you by UC Davis ADVANCE and is open to faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral
scholars. The ADVANCE Scholar Awards is a prestigious award program and lecture series that encourages research
leadership and outreach to underserved communities and/or mentorship of underrepresented students, and highlights
and celebrates the contributions that women STEM faculty at the University of California, Davis have made to their
respective fields.

Student Community Center – Multi-Purpose Room
January 13, 2016 2:00-5:00PM
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

Please RSVP by January 6, 2016 at:


For additional information about UC Davis ADVANCE, please visit ucd-advance.ucdavis.edu

4. Redefining Teaching: Student-Centered Strategies for Success

The Teaching Assistant Consultants are pleased to announce the popular certificate-bearing Winter Workshop Series for the Winter 2016 quarter. We invite graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines to join us for this FREE workshop series. Earn a teaching certificate to build a competitive CV for the job market!

Mark your calendars–the workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 1:10 – 3:00 pm beginning January 19th.  Space is limited – please register in advance. View the attached flyer or visit this page to learn more.

Redefining Teaching: Student-Centered Strategies for Success

Are you interested in learning research-based approaches for teaching in a diverse, dynamic classroom? Do you want to build your CV by earning a teaching certificate? In this interactive workshop series, graduate students and postdocs will learn how to foster an active, engaged classroom or lab in any discipline using strategies grounded in research. Inclusive teaching practices are a central component to this pursuit, so participants will gain concrete strategies to best serve an increasingly diverse student population. Participants will leave with skills to motivate students and set themselves and their classes up for success. Participants who attend 5 out of 6 workshops and complete an assignment will earn a certificate.

Student-Centered Teaching: Benefits and Strategies
Tuesday, January 19th from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Diversity as a Dynamic Tool for Student Success
Tuesday, January 26th from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Cultivating a Positive Learning Environment in the Classroom
Tuesday, February 2nd from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Lesson Planning for Student Success
Tuesday, February 9th from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Facilitating Dynamic and Engaging Discussions
Tuesday, February 16th from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Fostering Student Motivation to Enhance Learning
Tuesday, February 23rd from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

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