Weekly Announcements, January 18–24


  1. Feedback Requested: Statement of Principles Against Intolerance


  1. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, January 21

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. UCHRI Call for Graduate Student Proposals
  2. Now Hiring for 2016–17: Student Recruitment and Retention Center
  3. $1000 SRRC Winter 2016 Grants
  4. Now Hiring for 2016–17: Cross Cultural Center

Professional Development:

  1. 2016 Grad Slam Competition
  2. Writing A Literature Review, January 13
  3. Networking Workshop
  4. Preparing for the Interview for Teaching Positions in Academia, January 19
  5. Online Panel: Careers in Business for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  6. Student-Centered Teaching: Benefits and Strategies, January 19


1. Feedback Requested: Statement of Principles Against Intolerance

Dear Aggies,

Welcome back from your break. I hope your winter quarter has gotten off to a great start. You may be aware that the University of California Board of Regents has assembled a working group to draft a UC-wide Statement of Principles Against Intolerance to address acts of bias and intolerance on campus.

As part of this process, I have been asked to seek student input at UC Davis. I invite you to share your opinions on the following questions:
1) Is there value in creating a UC Statement of Principles Against Intolerance?
2) Are there particular forms or instances of bias and intolerance that the working group should keep in mind?
3) What is the best way to make the statement inclusive?

Whatever the scope or substance of your thoughts, we want to hear from you.

Please email your comments to studentaffairs@ucdavis.edu by Friday, January 22, 2016. In the subject line of your email, write “Comment to Working Group on Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.” Your comments will be forwarded to the working group. Thank you in advance for your feedback, and I wish you much success throughout this academic year.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity


1. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, January 21

Graduate Writer’s Retreat


Thursday, January 21, 2016
9:00 am-12:00pm | 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.

Additional Winter Quarter 2016 Retreats:

·       Mon., Feb. 8,              10:00-1:00pm,          SCC, Meeting Room E
·       Tues., Feb. 23,             9:00-12:00pm,        SCC, Meeting Room E
·       Wed., Mar. 2,            12:003:00pm,           SCC, Meeting Room E 

Sponsored by the University Writing Program, GAAAP at the SRRC, and GradPathways

Funding & Fellowships:

1. UCHRI Call for Graduate Student Proposals

Click on the links below to view the complete Calls for Proposals. Please view the Frequently Asked Questions for general application guidelines, and the Terms and Conditions for information on the guidelines governing UCHRI funding and grant administration.

Additional supplemental graduate student funds are available for programs marked with an asterisk.  These funds provide financial resources to create or augment support of research-driven, graduate student engagement in UC-wide research projects. For more information, please visit: Supplemental Graduate Student Funding.

NEW: Graduate Student Dissertation Support
(UCHRI) Deadline: February 12, 2016

Medicine & Humanities: Andrew V. & Florence W. White Graduate Student Scholarship
(UCHRI) Deadline: February 19, 2016

UCHRI Humanists@Work
Graduate Advisory Committee

(Humanists@Work | humwork.uchri.org) Deadline: April 15, 2016

2. Now Hiring for 2016–17: Student Recruitment and Retention Center

Dear Campus Community,
The Student Recruitment & Retention Center is hiring for 2016-2017 positions!
We are seeking self-motivated, accountable, and professional leaders.
Applications and more information is available at our Hiring site HERE
Application Deadline is Monday, February 1st.  Contact Mayra Llamas, mllamas@ucdavis.edu for questions.

3. $1000 SRRC Winter 2016 Grants

The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) Grant provides funding for programs that support and promote outreach and retention to students of historically underrepresented, low-income, or educationally disadvantaged communities.

Grant Application Deadlines Winter 2016

​Check our website for detailed information​
​For any questions please contact RROC Financial Chair,  at srrc.grants@gmail.com.​

4. Now Hiring for 2016–17: Cross Cultural Center

The UC Davis Cross Cultural Center is HIRING for student coordinator positions for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Please go to ccc.ucdavis.edu/opportunities for more information about the respective positions and to apply.

Contact: Nathan Ellstrand, nellstra@ucdavis.edu

Professional Development:

1. 2016 Grad Slam Competition

What is Grad Slam?


·         It’s a competition to find the best three-minute research presentation given by a UC Davis graduate student! 

·         Students should present the significance and fundamental points of their work at UC Davis in a clear, direct, and interesting manner. Presentations should be prepared for a diverse audience comprised of students, faculty, and community members. Judges will strongly consider clarity and effectiveness of the presentation by a general university audience. 

·         This is a wonderful opportunity to practice your communication and presentation skills, and helps you to clarify your research and to present to broad audiences.

When does the competition take place?

·         Qualifying rounds will be held on March 1, 2016 from 9:00am – 5:00pm (depending on the number of rounds needed).

·         The Final round will occur on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 1:30-3:30 pm in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium.  The winner will receive the grand prize of $1,000, in addition to an all-expense paid trip (travel & hotel) to the UC – wide competition! 

·         The UC system-wide competition takes place on Friday, April 22, 2016.  The winner will receive a $6,000 prize awarded by UC President Janet Napolitano.

How do I apply?

·         Follow this link and apply by Monday, February 1, 2016! 

For additional resources on how to prepare for the competition, rules, & eligibility, visit:

2. Writing A Literature Review, January 13

Writing a Literature Review

Image source: blog.thinkbuzan.com/training/trainer-showcase-mind-mapping-for-university-students

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. Networking Workshop

Networking Workshop
Wednesday, February 24th 
GBSF 1005 & lobby
Come and learn how to cultivate your professional network!
3:30-4:30pm Panel discussion on how to network (in both academia and industry).
4:30-5:30pm Guided networking exercises with your peers. Light refreshments served.
5:30pm-> Informal social
Workshop is open to postdocs, grad students and non-faculty research staff.
Registration for this workshop is required: http://goo.gl/forms/BRoIfMWLtQ
Organized collaboratively by:
Postdoctoral Scholars Association,
Internship and Career Center,
Equity in STEM and Entrepreneurship (ESTEME),
Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE),
Postdoc Entrepreneurship Club
For more information, please contact kkajala@ucdavis.edu

4. Preparing for the Interview for Teaching Positions in Academia, January 19

Preparing for the Interview for Teaching Positions in Academia

Tuesday, January 19, 3:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
114 South Hall

This workshop will help you prepare for the screening interview (conference, online and phone) as well as the campus visit. We will review the process, expectations, timing and best practices when interviewing for a tenure-track or adjunct teaching position. We will also explore the differences in approach when interviewing at a research one, liberal arts, state university and community college.

Questions? Contact Gwynn Benner (wlbenner@ucdavis.edu), Internship and Career Center.

5. Online Panel: Careers in Business for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Careers in Business discussion panel on the Versatile PhD website for Grad Students and Postdocs in the Humanities and Social Sciences*

Monday, January 25 – Friday, January 29

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Versatile PhD will host a free web-based asynchronous panel discussion on Careers in Business, January 25-29. Panelists:

  • An English PhD who went into training, learning and development in the corporate sphere and is now Senior Director, Leadership and Organizational Development for 7-Eleven
  • A Communication Studies PhD who went into consulting, then sales, and is now Sales Strategy and Development Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • A recent English and American Literature PhD (2011) who left adjuncting to join the Internal Communications Team at Nestle Purina Petcare
  • A History and Philosophy of Science PhD who after a few years as postdoc and adjunct, got into market entry planning and is now Partner in a consulting firm that focuses on the U.S. renewable energy market

Get started at our VPhD access portal: http://vphd.info/UCD_go Find the discussion in the Humanities/Social Science forum. Interact with panelists throughout the week on the site, or follow the discussion via email. All questions welcome, from the most general to the very specific.

6. Student-Centered Teaching: Benefits and Strategies, January 19

T.A. Assistant Workshop: Student-Centered Teaching: Benefits and Strategies

January 19th: 1:10-3:00pm

Just what is a TA’s role in a classroom or lab?  The “guide on the side,” the “sage on the stage,” or something in between? This workshop will help you consider the answer that’s right for you, by concentrating on student-centered teaching. A research-based practice that focuses on student outcomes and performance, student-centered teaching offers conceptual and practical tools to make your class or lab more engaging and effective. You’ll leave this workshop with concrete strategies to increase your students’ agency, investment, and success.

Contact: Christy Cahill, ccahill@ucdavis.edu

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