Weekly Announcements, February 1–7

GSA Announcements:

  1. Call for Submissions: IGPS 2016
  2. Bar Night, February 3
  3. Call for Graduate Student Policy Journal Editors
  4. GAC Winter Workshop: Power, Privilege, and Positionality, February 4
  5. 2016 Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology

Service:

  1. First Friends Program for First Year Graduate Students

Events:

  1. Decolonize Your Diet
  2. Documentary Screening: How to Die in Oregon
  3. Graduate Student of Color Mixer, February 2
  4. Sacramento Coffee Bagel Donut Day, February 3
  5. Mardi Grad: Grad Student Mixer, February 6
  6. Social Justice Zumba, February 5

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. 2016 Tinker Foundation Summer Field Research Grants

Professional Development:

  1. Preparing for Your Qualifying Exam: Strategies for Success in any Department
  2. Rock the Talk(s): Preparing for Grad Slam, the IGPS, and the Postdoctoral Research Symposium
  3. CEE Teaching Consultations
  4. Cultivating a Positive Learning Environment in the Classroom, February 2
  5. Lesson Planning for Student Success, February 9

GSA Announcements:

1. Call for Submissions: IGPS 2016

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2. Bar Night, February 3

Bar Night_2_Gravity_SMALLBring your friends to The Graduate for bar night! Open to all graduate and professional students. Post-docs and significant others welcome.

Wednesday, February 3, 8:30pm-10:30 PM

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

3. Call for Graduate Student Policy Journal Editors

ucsa-logoThe UC Student Association Graduate and Professional Student Committee seeks editors for it’s upcoming Graduate Student Policy Journal, Volume II. Policy Journal editors may be any Graduate or Professional student enrolled at a UC. Being a student editor does not preclude a student from also submitting to the policy journal. Editors will be broken into two teams to avoid any conflict of interest in reviewing their own submission.

An honorarium of $175 will be awarded to each student editor upon publication of the journal.

Student Editors will be asked to participate in 3 phone calls; an onboarding call where they will be briefed on the editing process and rubric that will be used to evaluate the submissions, a call to check in on the progress of the editing process and make cuts as necessary, and a call to finalize the selected submissions and come to a decision on who will be awarded as an outstanding submission.

The Graduate committee hopes to receive at least 25 submissions for this year’s volume of the Policy Journal. Each Editor will receive access to about 10 anonymized submissions after the closing date of April 29th. Between April 30th and May 15th the editors will be asked to provide copy and content suggestions for the pieces they were assigned, and to use the rubric to evaluate the submissions quantitatively. Submitters will have from May 15th to May 27th to respond to these suggestions. On the final call of the editorial team, editors will be asked to select a top submission from all submissions; this piece will receive an award for outstanding submission.

Apply today by visiting: http://ucsa.org/submit-journal/

Questions? Please contact gpdirector@ucsa.org

4. GAC Winter Workshop: Power, Privilege, and Positionality, February 4

GAC Winter Seminar LogoPlease join us for this week’s Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) Seminar as we discuss how to negotiate power, privilege, and positionality.

Student Community Center, Room A
Thursday, February 4, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

GAC Seminar Website: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/gac/gacseminar/
Contact: Erica Vonasek-Eco, elvonasek@ucdavis.edu

 

 

5. 2016 Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology

9th Annual UCD Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology (GSSE)

Saturday, 20 February 2016
Giedt Hall, UC Davis

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Erika Zavaleta, UC Santa Cruz

Click here to register for the 2016 Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology

(You must register even if you only plan to attend the symposium. We use these numbers to plan meals.)

Priority Registration Deadlines: This year the GSSE will accept registration on a rolling basis, however we will prioritize those abstracts which are submitted prior to the deadline.

Talks:  8 February 2016
Posters:  15 February 2016

EGSA’s annual Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology,  is a unique forum for sharing research ideas across these graduate programs, departments, and labs, and fostering new collaborations. With at least 17 graduate programs and departments at UC Davis that conduct ecological research, the Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology provides an ideal place for graduate students to practice giving scientific presentations to the broader ecological community on campus. Each year the symposium features talks and posters from UC Davis graduate students working in any field of ecology, a prominent, student-nominated ecologist as keynote speaker, and a photo contest.

Website: http://egsa.ucdavis.edu/symposium/
Contact: ecology.symposium@gmail.com

The Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology is co-sponsored by the UC Davis Graduate Student Association. 

Service:

1. First Friends Program for First Year Graduate 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

Events:

1. Decolonize Your Diet

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/2016DYD

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DYD Bonus Date:

Friday, Feb. 19 – Decolonize Your Diet: Afro-Caribbean style! 12:00 – 1:30 pm in SCC Kitchen, Part of Black Family Week

2. Documentary Screening: How to Die in Oregon

The UC Davis Master of Public Health Program is hosting a free documentary screening of How to Die in Oregon, which explores the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. The event will be held in 1010 Gladys Valley Hall on Thursday, February 4th, from 6-8 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and light refreshments will be provided. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548802135436843/

Synopsis: In How to Die in Oregon, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.

3. Graduate Student of Color Mixer, February 2

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4. Sacramento Coffee Bagel Donut Day, February 3

Sacramento_CBDD_2Please stop by anytime and grab a pastry and some coffee!

When: Wednesday, February 3, 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 listserv here: http://goo.gl/forms/NyzOYVSefs

5. 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

Tickets are $8 presale online (+ site service fee) or $10 at the door. Buy early to gaurantee entrance!
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2491672

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/

6. Social Justice Zumba, February 5

Social Justice Zumba!
Dates: 2/5/2016 & 3/11/2016
Cost: FREE
Time: 4-5 PM (all dates)
Location: Meeting Room D, SCC (all dates)
Who: All students, staff, faculty, and community members welcome.
Social Justice Zumba RSVP Link

Funding & Fellowships:

1. 2016 Tinker Foundation Summer Field Research Grants

The UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas is accepting proposals for the 2016 Tinker Foundation Summer Field Research grants. The grants range are for pre-dissertation field research and range from $500 to $2,000.

For application instructions: http://hia.ucdavis.edu/graduates
Contact: Chuck Walker, cfwalker@ucdavis.edu

Professional Development:

1. Preparing for Your Qualifying Exam: Strategies for Success in any Department                                                                    

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Noon – 1:30 pm
MUII, Memorial Union (2nd floor)

For many graduate students the qualifying exam is one of the most uncertain, stressful, and time consuming aspects of their graduate education.

Although the content and structure of qualifying examinations varies widely by discipline, this workshop focuses on universal “strategies for success” that will be valuable to graduate students in all departments. Professor Emeritus Louis Grivetti will present a one hour lecture followed by examples and questions.

Sponsored by

GradPathways

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

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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

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3. 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

4. Cultivating a Positive Learning Environment in the Classroom, February 2

February 2nd: 1:10-3:00pm

Positive learning environments promote academic success by allowing students to feel safe and comfortable enough to actively participate and take intellectual risks in class. The benefits of establishing a positive learning environment include: students actively participating in the learning process; student collaboration; and increased enthusiasm for learning.   Like a successful garden, such an environment needs to be deliberately planned and periodically tended to by the course instructor. In this workshop, we will discuss what a positive learning environment looks like, the benefits of having this environment in the classroom, and a number of concrete strategies and principles that instructors can use to foster these qualities in their classes.

Contact: Christy Cahill, ccahill@ucdavis.edu

5. Lesson Planning for Student Success, February 9

February 9th: 1:10-3:00pm 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of material you have to cover within 10 weeks? Would you like to learn how to create efficient lessons that will help students meet specific learning goals? In this workshop, we will introduce the concept of backward design, a lesson planning approach focused on engaging students and aligning learning objectives and assessments with classroom activities. Using this approach, participants will create their own lesson plan based on a class they are or will be teaching.

Contact: Christy Cahill, ccahill@ucdavis.edu

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