Weekly Announcements, February 15–21

GSA Announcements:

  1. GSA Fee Referendum Announcement
  2. Last Call: IGPS Submissions
  3. Graduate Ally Coalition Winter Seminars
  4. Call for Nominations: Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students

Service:

  1. Survey for STEM Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars: Are You Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers Working on Writing Projects?
  2. Apply for Campus Wide Committees for 2016–2017
  3. GSA Committees Now Open

Events:

  1. Call for Papers: 5th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium
  2. Aggie Dollars and Sense Week
  3. Call for Abstracts: 2016 UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium
  4. 2016 Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology
  5. Graduate Student Mixer, February 18
  6. 44th Annual Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry Colloquium
  7. International Café, February 17
  8. Free On-Campus Tax Preparation

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. UC MEXUS-CICESE Short-Term Research & Training

Professional Development:

  1. CEE Teaching Consultations
  2. Using Failure Productively: A Panel
  3. Preparing for Your Qualifying Exam: Strategies for Success in any Department
  4. Upcoming Center for Educational Effectiveness Workshops
  5. Stand and Be Heard: Becoming an Effective Public Speaker and Adapting to Time Constraints
  6. Apply for Professors for the Future
  7. Science and Scientists Informing Public Policy in California, February 24
  8. Careers Beyond Academia: Humanities and Social Sciences Alternative Academic Career TREK

GSA Announcements:

1. GSA Fee Referendum Announcement

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A referendum on raising the GSA Fee will be held on February 22–26. If the fee measure is approved, the GSA fee would rise from $12.00 per quarter to $17.15 per quarter beginning in the 2016-2017 academic school year. At least twenty percent of all GSA members (approximately 900 graduate and professional students) must participate for the referendum results to become binding.

Important Links:

  • Voter’s Guide: Facts about the Referendum, along with Pro and Con arguments
  • Ballot: This is where you will go to vote. The page will open February 22 at 12:01 a.m.
Questions? Contact the GSA Elections Committee (gsaelections@ucdavis.edu) or the Chair of the Graduate Student Funding Initiative Committee (gsatreasurer@ucdavis.edu).

2. Last Call: IGPS Submissions

There is less than one week left to submit your abstract to the 2016 UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS)!
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.
Submission Deadline: February 19, 2016 
IGPS 2016 UPDATED Official
Please click here to submit your abstract today!
We look forward to your submission.

3. Graduate Ally Coalition Winter Seminars

GAC Winter Seminar LogoGraduate Ally Coalition Seminars: Attend any or all
Food Provided
All Seminars are Thursdays from 3-5PM

2/18/2016: Demystifying the HDAPP Process (The Harassment & Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program at UC Davis supports the University’s commitment to a discrimination-free work and learning environment)
Location:  SCC Room E

2/25/2016: Bystander Intervention by CARE (Center for Advocacy Resources and Education)
Location:  SCC Room E

Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) Website

4. Call for Nominations: Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students

Do you know someone who is just plain good to graduates? Someone who helps you be a super scholar? The Graduate Student Association wants to know about it! Nominations for the 2016 GSA Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students (AESGS) are open until 12:00 a.m. on February 25. We will be giving away up to 2 prizes, one for a faculty member and one for staff or administrators. AESGS winners will also receive a plaque recognizing their hard work from the GSA. Nomination form (need to be logged in to your UC Davis email which you can do through the myucdavis portal. Questions? Contact Katrina Brock gsavicechair@ucdavis.edu.

Service:

1. Survey for STEM Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars: Are You Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers Working on Writing Projects?

Do you mentor undergraduate researchers working on writing projects? Please fill out this brief survey.

This survey is part of a graduate student project for the Professors for the Future Program at UC Davis.

The information collected in this survey will be used to evaluate the needs of current STEM graduate and postdoctoral scholars mentoring undergraduate researchers. I am interested in assessing: (1) whether mentors provide feedback on undergraduate writing projects in their lab, and (2) whether or not mentors have received (or are interested in receiving) formal training on writing instruction.

The survey should take 2-3 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your time and participation!

*Please note: I will not contact you directly if you participate in this survey, unless you indicate (on one of the survey questions) that you would like me to send you additional information.

Contact: Anna Perry, ancperry@ucdavis.edu

2. Apply for Campus Wide Committees for 2016–2017

Serving on a committee can help you improve life on campus for yourself and for fellow graduate students. Committee service also allows you to gain valuable experience interacting with the university administration. Best of all, you can add committee work to the service section of your CV. Apply here: http://goo.gl/forms/SWD2ulgkww

3. GSA Committees Now Open

Events:

1. Call for Papers: 5th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Due: March 5, 2016
5th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium
Transitioning from the Fifth Sun: Global Indigenous Movements
May 5-6, 2016
UC Davis

We are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium, to be held on the UC Davis campus on May 5-6th, 2016. We welcome proposals from current graduate students whose research critically addresses the issues, concerns, and lives of Indigenous peoples worldwide.

To submit your abstract, please click here.

For more information, please visit our website: http://davisnasgrads.weebly.com/

2. Aggie Dollars and Sense Week

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UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships will be hosting Aggie Dollars and Sense Week February 16-18, 2016. Staff from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will be available to help answer any questions at all the events listed below:

FAFSA/Dream Act Application Nights

  • Tuesday, February 166-8 p.m. in the Segundo Computer Center
  • Wednesday, February 17: 6-8 p.m. in the Tercero Computer Center
  • Thursday, February 18: 6-8 p.m. in the Tercero Computer Center

For additional information and a list of items to bring to this event, please visit our website.

Tax Basics 101 Workshop

  • Tuesday, February 166-8 p.m. in the ARC, Meeting Room 1

Where’s Gunrock Kickoff: Come enjoy snacks and prizes while learning about financial literacy resources!

  • Wednesday, February 171:15-3:15 p.m. at the Cross Cultural Center

Tax Preparation help for incomes under $54,000

  • Wednesday, February 17:  6-8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Garrison Room, 2nd floor

Money Management Workshop: Building a Great Credit Score

  • Thursday, February 18: 1:15-2:15 p.m. at the Student Community Center, Meeting Room A

3. Call for Abstracts: 2016 UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium

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For more information: http://plantbreeding2016.ucdavis.edu

4. 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. 

5. Graduate Student Mixer, February 18

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6. 44th Annual Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry Colloquium

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The 44th Annual Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry Winter Colloquium is co-sponsored by the UC Davis Graduate Student Association. 

7. International Café, February 17

Last International Café of the quarter on Feb. 17th

Please come by for our last International Café of the quarter.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

2:00 -4:00 pm
Student Community Center, Room D
Theme: Games

Join this relaxing monthly social. Enjoy free refreshments and participate in crafts or activities with a theme. Meet international and domestic students, scholars, staff, faculty, and families.

Contact: Jeremy Truong, jgtruong@ucdavis.edu.

8. Free On-Campus Tax Preparation

Davis Students in VITA is a non-profit student organization that offers free tax assistance to the low-income community. Our IRS-certified interns provide free income tax preparation to individuals and families in the Yolo County area that earned under $54,000 in 2015. We are having two On-Campus Tax Sites for people who would like to file their tax returns. You can schedule an appointment on our website, www.sivdavis.org. If you are not available for the On-Campus Tax Sites, you can make an appointment for our regular sites.

On-Campus Tax Sites:

Wednesday, 02/17, at 6:00 – 9:00 PM in UC Davis Garrison Room & Smith Room
Tuesday, 03/01, at 6:30 – 9:30 PM in UC Davis Garrison Room & Smith Room

Regular Sites:
Mondays and Fridays, at 5:00 – 8:00 PM in New Harmony Community Center
Saturdays, at 10:00-1:00 PM in Mary Stephens Library

Our Website
Our Facebook Page
On-Campus Tax Sites Facebook Event Page

If you have any questions or require any more information, please feel free to contact us at ucdvita@gmail.com or find us at www.sivdavis.org.

Funding & Fellowships:

1. UC MEXUS-CICESE Short-Term Research & Training

The call for proposals for the UC MEXUS-CICESE short-term research and training program is now available! This program supports CICESE graduate students who want to advance their academic training at any of the ten UC campuses, as well as UC students seeking training at CICESE. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.

Please visit www.ucmexus.ucr.edu for details.

Contact: Veronica J. Sandoval, veronica.sandoval@ucr.edu.

Professional Development:

1. CEE Teaching Consultations

Do you want to build a competitive CV? 

Are you 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!

2. Using Failure Productively: A Panel

February 18, 2016
2:00-4:00pm
126 Voorhies

Join a panel of five interdisciplinary faculty members as they share their experiences with failure, how they coped, and how they were able to use failure productively.

Featuring: 
Kris Fallon, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Media
Paul Hastings, Professor of Psychology
Alessa Johns, Professor of English
Claire Waters, Professor of English
Philipp Zerbe, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Crachiolo, PFTF Fellow, ecrachiolo@ucdavis.edu

Sponsored by Professors for the Future

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

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.

4. Upcoming Center for Educational Effectiveness Workshops

Facilitating Dynamic and Engaging Discussions

February 16th: 1:10-3:00pm 

Have you ever asked a question in class only to be greeted by silence? Would you like to foster discussions in which students are challenged to think critically about course material? In this workshop, we will discuss factors that might affect student engagement. Based on participants’ own experiences and research-based methods, we will collaborate to come up with concrete strategies to encourage students to participate in class discussions.  Participants will leave with the tools to plan, facilitate and wrap up engaging and dynamic discussions.

Fostering student motivation to enhance learning
February 23rd: 1:10-3:00pm.

Students and instructors come into each classroom with distinct motivations.  Learn how to tap into each student’s potential by considering how their interests, academic goals, and educational background influences them and motivates them to succeed.  Together we will explore pedagogical strategies such as Universal Design for Learning and active learning that you can apply in your classrooms to enhance motivation and promote student learning.

Questions? Contact Christine Cahill, ccahill@ucdavis.edu.

5. Stand and Be Heard: Becoming an Effective Public Speaker and Adapting to Time Constraints

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 3:30 – 5:00 PM – PES 3001

or
Friday, February 26th, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – PES 2005

Same workshop – two dates and times offered for your convenience!

Public speaking is a necessary skill for many, offering opportunities for grad students and post docs to disseminate important details of their research to both professionals and lay audiences alike. However, the prospect of standing before a crowd induces debilitating anxiety in many, and many of those who can speak still fall victim to damaging speaking habits and poor preparation. This interactive workshop will discuss methods for addressing fears of public speaking, avoiding distracting speaking habits, and constructing and delivering short (3-5 min.) speeches, in preparation for events like Grad Slam. This workshop offers opportunities for students of all skill levels, whether you are an experienced speaker or new to public speaking.

Workshop Organizer: Marc Pollack, PhD Candidate in Microbiology and Professors for the Future fellow (mepollack@ucdavis.edu)
Sponsored by Professors for the Future and GradPathways.

6. Apply for Professors for the Future

ProfFutureDeadline approaching for applications and nominations to the 2016-17 Professors for the Future program:

A Professional Development Program for Ph.D. Candidates and Postdoctoral Scholars

The Professors for the Future (PFTF) program is a competitive, year-long fellowship program designed to recognize and develop the leadership and academic skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service.  The program consists of professional development training through participation in monthly meetings and workshops, a seminar in college teaching, and a seminar on ethics and professionalism in the university.

Visit http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/pftf/  for more information and application forms.
All application materials are due Friday February 26, 2016

7. Science and Scientists Informing Public Policy in California, February 24

“Science and Scientists Informing Public Policy in California”
A Professional Development Workshop (Event Flyer)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
UC Davis Student Community Center, Room D

Networking Social to Follow
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub, 217 E Street, Davis

RSVP to help us plan: http://goo.gl/forms/NbLO0zvWlI

We invite you to a lively panel discussion with staff members and consultants from the California State Legislature specializing in policies relating to health, environmental safety, natural resources, and other topics. Our panelists will share their experiences and tips on how scientists can better communicate their research—and make broader impact for public good.

The event is free and open to anyone interested, and we especially encourage attendance by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty researchers. If you can’t make the workshop, be sure to join us for our Networking Social afterwards in Downtown Davis.

Contact: Jacqueline Barkoski, jmbarkoski@ucdavis.edu 

8. Careers Beyond Academia: Humanities and Social Sciences Alternative Academic Career TREK

Careers Beyond Academia: Humanities and Social Sciences Alternative Academic Career TREK
Friday April 8, 2016 | 10:00am-5:00p.m. | Downtown Sacramento
Concerned about the academic job market?
Interested in learning more about job opportunities beyond the academy?
The Internship and Career Center is organizing a career exploration opportunity, “TREK”, for Master’s, PhD, and Postdoctoral scholars visiting: the California State Archive, Crocker Art Museum, and California Endowment. Scholars will have the opportunity to hear from and engage with PhDs who have meaningful and vibrant careers using their degrees in exciting ways. This opportunity will allow students to gain a better understanding of the wide range of career opportunities available following graduation, and to network with employers!
The trek is open to Humanities and Social Sciences Master’s, PhD students, and Postdoctoral scholars. Transportation and lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited! To reserve your spot, register here by March 25th
Questions? Having difficulties registering? Contact, Jeanelle Hope (iccmpphss@ucdavis.edu), PhD candidate in Cultural Studies and Peer Adviser, UC Davis Internship & Career Center.
For other upcoming ICC workshops and events for graduate students and postdocs, please visit: http://icc.ucdavis.edu/graduates/Events.htm.

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