Weekly Announcements, February 22–28

GSA Announcements:

  1. GSA Fee Referendum: Vote Now!
  2. Graduate Ally Coalition Winter Seminar: Bystander Intervention
  3. Call for Nominations: Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students
  4. GSA Art Event, February 24


  1. Apply for Campus-Wide Committees, 2016–2017
  2. Graduate Student Association Committee Openings
  3. Survey for STEM Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars
  4. Design the Future of Shields Library, February 22


  1. Free On-Campus Tax Preparation
  2. Call for Papers: 5th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium
  3. Call for Abstracts: 2016 UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium
  4. GSA Therapy Dog Event, March 8
  5. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, February 23
  6. Family Activities Night, February 24
  7. Faith Non-Faith Dialogue, March 2

Professional Development:

  1. CEE Workshop: Fostering Student Motivation to Enhance Learning
  2. Stand and Be Heard: Becoming an Effective Public Speaker and Adapting to Time Constraints
  3. Last Call: Apply for Professors for the Future
  4. Science and Scientists Informing Public Policy in California, February 24
  5. ISS/DHI Dissertation Retreat: Call for Applications
  6. Virtual Career Fair for Ph.D. & Master’s Students
  7. Workshop: Teaching Political Controversies
  8. Developing Project Management Skills, March 8

GSA Announcements:

1. GSA Fee Referendum: Vote Now!


The Graduate Student Association is currently holding an online referendum to increase the GSA fee by $5.15 per quarter. If the referendum 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. The GSA fee has not been changed since 2002. Over the past fourteen years, the graduate and professional student government budget has decreased significantly in real dollar terms.

Online voting is currently open! The voting period began on Monday, February 22nd at 12:01 a.m. and concludes on Friday, February 26th at 11:59 p.m.

For students without internet access, polling stations will be available at Coffee Bagel Donut Day on February 26.

Important Links:

  • Voter’s Guide: Facts about the Referendum, along with Pro and Con arguments.

  • Ballot: This is where you will go to cast your vote online. (Please Note: You MUST log into the ballot with your ucdavis.edu email account. Private gmail accounts are not compatible with this form!)

Questions? Please contact the GSA Elections Committee (gsaelections@ucdavis.edu), your GSA representative, or the Chair of the Graduate Student Funding Initiative Committee (gsatreasurer@ucdavis.edu).

2. Graduate Ally Coalition Winter Seminar: Bystander Intervention Cancelled

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Food Provided
Thursday from 3-5PM

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


Location:  SCC Room E

Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) Website

3. 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.

4. GSA Art Event, February 24

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, GSA Office, 3:30-5:30pm

Take a breather and come make art! Light refreshments, coloring books, music and art supplies. Gluten free, vegan, and dairy free food options available.

And Coming Soon…. GSA Zumba Class!


1. Apply for Campus-Wide Committees, 2016–2017

Graduate and professional students are needed to serve on Academic Senate Committees for the 2016-2017 Academic Year!

Serving on a committee can help 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

Please submit your application by March 1st, 2016. If you have any questions, contact Katrina Brock (gsavicechair@ucdavis.edu).

2. Graduate Student Association Committee Openings

3. Survey for STEM Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars

Survey for STEM Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars:

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

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.

*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

4. Design the Future of Shields Library, February 22

Have ideas on how to improve Shields and the other campus libraries? This is your chance!

The University Library is embarking on a multi-year project that could lead to renovations and reconfigurations of library space! Student input is crucial; we need the help of students to craft the vision of the Library’s future.

Over 1.5 Million students come through Shields’ doors every year, and that number is growing. The Library wants to know how to improve your experience.

Come to this event to learn how you can get involved!

When: Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Where: Student Community Center – Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)



For any questions and concerns, please contact Robyn Huey (rfhuey@ucdavis.edu).


1. 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:

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.

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

Deadline: 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/

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

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4. GSA Therapy Dog Event, March 8

Therapy Dogs

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, GSA Office, 1:30-3:30pm

End of the quarter got you stressed? Come join us to experience some therapy fluffies! 3 dogs from “Lend A Heart” will be joining us at the event.

5. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, February 23


Tuesday, February 23, 2015
9:00-12:00pm | 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 Retreat: 

Wed., Mar. 2,        12:003:00pm,        SCC, Meeting Room E

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

6. Family Activities Night, February 24

Wednesday February 24 5-7pm
Multi-Purpose Room, Student Community Center
Students, Faculty, Staff and their families welcome!

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7. Faith Non-Faith Dialogue, March 2

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Professional Development:

1. CEE Workshop: Fostering Student Motivation to Enhance Learning

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.

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


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

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.

3. Last Call: 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

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


5. ISS/DHI Dissertation Retreat: Call for Applications

The Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) and the UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) are pleased to announce a call for proposals for a Dissertation Retreat, to be held on April 8-9, 2016. The retreat is open to advanced doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences at UC Davis.

Submission deadline: Thursday, February 25, 2016.
Dissertation Retreat, 2016
When: Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016
Where: Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City (Lake Tahoe), CA
All meals and lodging are included in the award. Transportation will be coordinated for participants if they so desire.

A total of 12 students will be selected to participate in this workshop, which will be co-led by David Biale, Director of DHI, and Joe Dumit, Director of ISS. Participants will be paired in advance of the retreat and will read a selection (no more than 25 pages) of their partner’s work. At the retreat, they will present each other’s work, followed by general discussion with the entire group.

The aim of the workshop is to provide feedback and guidance on student projects as well as broaden each participant’s intellectual cohort. Students from all disciplines may find that the opportunity to present their work in this interdisciplinary setting will reaffirm the cohesiveness and legibility of their research, especially to a broader audience.

The Dissertation Retreat is open to advanced graduate students from the humanities and the social sciences. We will consider applications not only from students in the College of Letters and Science, but also from those in social sciences and humanities-related disciplines from across campus. Applicants must have their dissertation proposals approved.

Should you have any questions, please contact ISS Assistant Director Vicky Austin at vsaustin@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-1751.

All materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Apply online.

6. Virtual Career Fair for Ph.D. & Master’s Students

Join UC Davis and over 40 other campuses nationwide for the online

for Ph.D. & MASTER’S


Graduate Students, Post-Docs, and Alumni Invited to Attend
Meet Recruiters Live Online – It’s easy & efficient!

Event FAQ’s                                                                                         See Employer List

7. Workshop: Teaching Political Controversies

debate-123Teaching Political Controversies

Friday, March 4, 2016
12:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
248 Voorhies Hall

Contact: Jordan S. Carroll, jscarroll@ucdavis.edu  

How should instructors address contentious topics in the classroom? What are the best strategies for fostering political debate while maintaining a welcoming classroom and furthering course goals? What are the limits of discussion in the classroom? When and how should an instructor present his or her views? This panel discussion will offer graduate students and other instructors resources for dealing with these and other questions concerning politics and pedagogy.

Guest speakers:

Simon Abramowitsch – Ph.D. candidate in English
Arnold J. Bloom – Professor of Plant Science
Christy Cahill – Ph.D. candidate in Political Science

Sponsored by the Professors for the Future program

8. Developing Project Management Skills, March 8

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Noon-2:00pm | Room D, Student Community Center

Please register at: http://tinyurl.com/W16PMSkillsCJustis

As a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar you need strong project management skills to complete your training and also to achieve your career goals.  In addition, many employers are seeking to hire applicants with project management skills.  Despite the value of these skills, very few grad students and postdocs receive any formal training in this area.

Join us for this two-hour workshop to explore current trends and best practices in project management styles and implementation! 

Lunch will be provided for those who register

Instructor: Cleveland Justis, Executive Director, Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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