Weekly Announcements, January 25–31

GSA Announcements:

  1. GAC Winter Seminar – Week 4: Creating Space for Social Identities in Graduate School
  2. Roommate Request
  3. Sacramento Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  4. GSA Movie Night, January 29


  1. First Friends Program for First Year Graduate Students


  1. Graduate Student of Color Leadership Retreat
  2. Mardi Grad: Grad Student Mixer, February 6

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. UC Davis Student Life Centers Hiring for 2016-2017
  2. UCHRI Call for Graduate Student Proposals
  3. SRRC Winter 2016 Grants
  4. 2016 Migration and Health Graduate Student Fellowship

Professional Development:

  1. CEE Workshop: Diversity as a Dynamic Tool for Student Success
  2. CEE Teaching Consultations
  3. Rock the Talk(s): Preparing for Grad Slam, the IGPS, and the Postdoctoral Research Symposium
  4. 2016 GradSlam Competition
  5. Online Panel: Careers in Business for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

GSA Announcements:

1. GAC Winter Seminar – Week 4: Creating Space for Social Identities in Graduate School

Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) Seminar on Graduate Allyship – Week 3: Creating Space for Social Identities in Graduate School

Thursday, January 28 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Memorial Union, MU II

This week, we continue to explore the ways in which our social identities make an impact on our graduate school experience.

Contact: Erica Vonasek-Eco, elvonasek@ucdavis.edu.

2. Roommate Request

A scientist from Egypt will be visiting UCD from May 1st 2016 to October 31st 2016 and is looking for housing:

I’m looking for a graduate student who will have me as a roommate during my stay at UCD.
I’m male, Muslim, non-smoking, non-drinking.  My preference is to stay with a Muslim male roommate, non-smoking, non-drinking, and at reasonable distance from UCD campus, and near a campus line bus stop.

Contact: Dr. Nabil Anwar, nabilmanwar@hotmail.com

3. Sacramento Coffee Bagel Donut Day

Sacramento_CBDD_2Mark your calendars! The Graduate Student Association now hosts a monthly Coffee Bagel Donut Day on the Sacramento campus.

All events are held on the 2nd floor bridgeway of the Medical Education Building between 8:30am and 10:30am.

Dates for Winter 2016:
Wednesday, January 20
Wednesday, Februrary 3
Wednesday, March 2

4. GSA Movie Night, January 29

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Rock Hall, January 29, 7:00 PM

After finding out he has an STI, Dylan must get back in touch with his previous partners to break the bad news in this hilarious comedy. We’ll be screening the first season which is comprised of several short episodes. Check out the trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjIB1E8nH7w

Post-doctoral students, spouses, and significant others are welcome!


1. First Friends Program for First Year Graduate Students

First Friends Program
For Graduate and Professional Students

The clock is ticking! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to join a program of current graduate students, “First Friends” providing mentorship, opportunities for intercultural awareness and exchange, and access to a vibrant multicultural community for graduate students. Want to gain some experience and become a mentor? Click here for more information to apply!

Contact: Josephine Moreno, mjmoreno@ucdavis.edu


1. Graduate Student of Color Leadership Retreat

Missed the Bodega Bay Writer’s Retreat? Attended the Writer’s Retreat and loved it?

Apply to attend our:

Graduate Student of Color Leadership Retreat
Walker Creek Ranch, February 12-14th!
Applications are due January 29 at 12:00 PM!

Graduate Students are constantly in and surrounded by the Ivory Tower of the higher education system, and unfortunately they may succumb to what is called the Imposter Syndrome. The Imposter Syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy, particularly around one’s academic or professional abilities.

This retreat is to combat those feelings, to empower graduate students to recognize that their presence alone is activism in of its self. Many graduate student often do not recognize that the positionally they hold, and this retreat is a space in order for them to reflect on their identities and their role within the Ivory Tower and the greater world.

Here’s the application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gsoc-lr

Any questions? Please contact Marcela Alvarez mrcalvarez@ucdavis.edu

2. Mardi Grad: Grad Student Mixer, February 6 

12573171_10153360935806538_4578107019036060320_nCome out and meet new people from various UC Davis graduate and professional school programs! This mixer is a great way to shake up your social bubble and will feature:

♦ Indoor Beer Pong
♦ Drink specials all night: $3 wells, $3 select beers, $6 teas
♦ DJ Dr J to get you moving on the dance floor


Invite your UCD grad/professional colleagues to help make this event as great as it can be!
This is a 21+ event. Friends and significant others welcome and encouraged to attend.

Presented by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2017

Event Facbook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/124776171233062/

Funding & Fellowships:

1. UC Davis Student Life Centers Hiring for 2016-2017

UC Davis Student Life Centers are hiring for the 2016-2017 academic year
-AB540 & Undocumented Student Center-
-Center for Student Involvement-
-Cross Cultural Center-
-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center-
-Student Recruitment and Retention Center-
-Women’s Resources and Research Center-
Hiring Info Nights featuring all CRRCs
Tuesday, January 19th, 6:00PM-7:30PM at SCC Meeting Rm D
Monday, January 25th, 6:00PM-7:30PM at SCC Meeting Rm D
AB540 & Undocumented Student Center
We’re hiring for the 2016-2017 academic year! 
Each position is a year commitment. 
Every position is open!
Applications are due on Feb 4, 2016.  
Center for Student Involvement
Center for Student Involvement is looking to hire 5 Peer Advisors for the 2016-2017 school year. 
Peer Advisors provided administrative support for 750+ student organizations; assist with campus wide events like The BUZZ, Involvement Fair, and Picnic Day; and develop new leadership and professional development programming.
Applications due on February 9
Questions? Email Jaime Allen (jnallen@ucdavis.edu)
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.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center
Apply here by Monday, Feb 1st, at 4PM
For more information email Assistant Director, chaz walker-ashley: chzwa@ucdavis.edu
Student Recruitment and Retention Center
The Student Recruitment & Retention Center is hiring for 2016-2017 positions!
We are seeking self-motivated, accountable, and professional leaders.
Applications and more information are available HERE
Application Deadline is Monday, February 1st.  
Contact Mayra Llamas (mllamas@ucdavis.edu) with any questions.
Women’s Resources and Research Center
Applications are due to Aggie Job Link (#803593) on January 28th.
Contact heather c. lou (she/her/hers) with any questions at hclou@ucdavis.edu.

2. 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

3. 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. 2016 Migration and Health Graduate Student Fellowship


2016 Migration and Health Graduate Student Fellowship
DEADLINE: January 29, 2016 11:59pm PST



The UCGHI’s Center of Expertise on Migration and Health invite graduate students to apply to this fellowship. This program aims to provide graduate students throughout the University of California system an opportunity to work on migration and health projects. The objective of the Migration and Health Student Fellowship is to encourage UC graduate students to engage in activities that will enhance the understanding and health outcomes of migrant populations around the world.

Two types of awards are available:

Conference and/or travel awards
These awards will range from $500 – $1,000.

Research awards
These awards will range from $2,000 – $5,000.

Multiple fellowships of each type of award will be granted on a competitive basis to students enrolled in graduate or professional programs on any of the 10 UC campuses to support scholarly migration and health activities during spring quarter 2016 or during the summer months of 2016.

Application Deadline:
Friday, January 29, 2016 11:59pm PT
Learn more about this funding opportunity

Questions? Contact: ucghi@globalhealth.ucsf.edu

Professional Development:

1. CEE Workshop: Diversity as a Dynamic Tool for Student Success

January 26th: 1:10-3:00pm
Both academic and mass media outlets are taking note of the changing nature of the concept of diversity and the role of diversity on college campuses worldwide. The notion of diversity is evolving from one based on “fixed” characteristics to one that is less constrained and includes experiences, perspectives, and ideas.  In this workshop, participants will develop a working definition of diversity and will discuss how diversity affects teaching and learning in their classroom (you may be surprised to learn ways that diversity already affects your classroom!).  Participants will leave with concrete strategies for engaging with diversity to promote student success and learning.
Contact: Christy Cahill, ccahill@ucdavis.edu

2. CEE Teaching Consultations

Do you want to build a competitive CV?
Looking for ways to make teaching more exciting for you and your students?
Do you want to improve your teaching and enhance student learning?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, request a consultation with the Teaching Assistant Consultants today! 

The Center for Educational Effectiveness offers free and confidential consultations to graduate students and postdocs to help improve their teaching effectiveness. You do not need to be a current TA or AI to benefit. TAs and AIs often find that their student evaluation scores go up after working with a teaching consultant because they can make changes before the course is over, and students appreciate their TA/AI’s extra effort. Working with a teaching consultant is also great to include on a CV to demonstrate professional development in teaching.

Consultation types available: 

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Mid-Quarter Inquiry
  • Video Recording or Classroom Observation
  • Presentation Skills
  • General or topical consultation

Click here to learn more about our consultations and to request a consultation!

Contact: Christy Cahill, ccahill@ucdavis.edu

3. Rock the Talk(s): Preparing for Grad Slam, the IGPS, and the Postdoctoral Research Symposium


Image source: markgoode.co.uk/category/news/the-bugs-group/ 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
5:30-7:00pm | PES 3001

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 competitions for UC Davis graduate students – the Grad Slam and the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS).  The Postdoctoral Research Symposium (PRS) will also be covered.

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

Dr. Swisher completed her PhD in Geography from UC Davis and was a Professors for the Future (PFTF) fellow.  During her PFTF fellowship year, she designed and taught a graduate-level course to help other graduate students and postdoctoral scholars overcome the debilitating effects of public speaking anxiety.  Her motivation arose out of her own experience with public speaking anxiety and the desire to master this common fear and become a successful presenter.  She now enjoys teaching and giving presentations in academia and to non-academic audiences and looks forward to sharing what she has learned and helping you overcome your anxieties related to public speaking.

Sponsored by


4. 2016 GradSlam 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:

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.

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