Weekly Announcements, February 29–March 6

GSA Announcements:

  1. GSA Fee Referendum Results
  2. Last Call: Campus-Wide Committee Applications
  3. Invitation to Present: UCSA Graduate Research Symposium


  1. Survey for STEM Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars


  1. Free Tax Preparation Assistance
  2. Therapy Fluffies, March 8
  3. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, March 2
  4. Grad Yoga and Zumba
  5. Multicultural Night, February 29
  6. Bar Night at the Grad, March 2
  7. Student Parent Circle, March 4

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service (ELIPPS) Fellows Applications
  2. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Workshop

Professional Development:

  1. Virtual Career Fair for Ph.D. & Master’s Students
  2. Teaching Political Controversies Workshop, March 4
  3. Developing Project Management Skills, March 8
  4. Educational Workshop on Diversity & Inclusion
  5. New Course: Introduction to Graduate School Writing

GSA Announcements:

1. GSA Fee Referendum Results

LogoResult: Measure Failed to pass due to insufficient voter turnout

Votes in Favor: 578 (71.98%)
Votes Against: 225 (28.02%)

Valid Voter Count: 803 (18.0%)
Voter Turnout Required to Pass: 892 (20%)

2. Last Call: Campus-Wide Committee Applications

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).

3. Invitation to Present: UCSA Graduate Research Symposium

When: April 16th – 17th, 2016
Where: Sacramento, CA at our Student Lobby Conference
Why: This is an opportunity for Graduate Students to share their research with their peers and undergraduate students from across the UC system. The symposium will provide a space where ideas can be shared and explored by civic-minded students who are attending the conference.
Please share this invitation with your peers who may be interested in presenting as well. There is no registration fee for presenters, but we encourage those who are interested in attending the conference to reach out to your campus EVP Jacqui Barkoski and apply to be part of your campus delegation.
Please apply here → http://ucsa.org/researchsymposium/ by March 15th
Contact: Toni Gomez, gpdirector@ucsa.org


1. 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


1. Free Tax Preparation Assistance


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. Therapy Fluffies, March 8

Therapy Fluffies

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.

Contact: Joan Palmiter Bajorek, gsapro@ucdavis.edu

3. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, March 2


Wednesday, March 2
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. 

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

4. Grad Yoga and Zumba

Free Grad Yoga_Winter Schedule_2016_II


And Coming Soon…. GSA Zumba Class!

5. Multicultural Night, February 29

Multicultural Night flyer

Contact: Joshua Wild, jtwild@ucdavis.edu

6. Bar Night at the Grad, March 2

Bar Night_2_Gravity_SMALLBring your friends to The Graduate for bar night! Open to all graduate, professional students, and postdocs. Significant others and spouses welcome.

Wednesday, March 2, 8:30pm-10:30 PM

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

7. Student Parent Circle, March 4

Friday March 4 3-5:30pm
Solano Park Community Center

Meet other student parents and their children in a kid-friendly environment.  Opportunity to learn about relevant local family resources. 

Partners and children welcome! 

RSVP encouraged.


Funding & Fellowships:

1. Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service (ELIPPS) Fellows Applications

Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service (ELIPPS) CA Fellows 2016 –Application Open Until March 25, 2016 by 5 pm PST 
Thanks for your interest in the Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service (ELIPPS) CA Fellows program. This program will offer selected candidates an opportunity to do a summer public policy fellowship in either a state agency or state legislature or a non profit or one of the policy centers listed in the questionnaire (see below). Please review the checklist below carefully before you fill out the questionnaire.
  • Currently pursuing a Masters/PhD degree/JD/DVM  in College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, School of Education, School of Veterinary Medicine, or School of Law (Open to both domestic and international students)
  • Would be willing to work for a total of 240 hours over the summer during the period of fellowship in the recruiting agency/center
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in public or science policy after graduation
Application: All application materials should be submitted to Amandeep Kaur at ackaur@ucdavis.edu byMarch 25, 2016 by 5 pm PST 
  • Statement of Intent: Why would you like to apply for ELIPPS Internship Program ? Please provide your statement of intent in MS Word describing your interest in public and science policy (up to 700 words)
  • A current CV in MS Word format
  • 2 letters of recommendation including one from your PhD/thesis advisor (in case you are pursuing a PhD or an MS with a thesis plan)  should be submitted to Amandeep Kaur at ackaur@ucdavis.edu
  • A completed questionnaire (which contains info on the placements) at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ELIPPSFellows2016

Contact: Amandeep Kaur, ackaur@ucdavis.edu

2. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Workshop

UC Davis will be sponsoring two students to participate in a workshop in Washington, DC sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) called “Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering” (CASE). Additional information on the program can be found at: http://www.aaas.org/program/catalyzing-advocacy-science-and-engineering

In order to be eligible, you must:

  • Have limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy
  • Demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills
  • Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate (upper-class) or graduate degree program (including double majors) in one of the following fields: Biological, physical, or earth sciences;    Computational sciences and mathematics; Engineering disciplines; Agricultural and environmental science disciplines; Medical and health sciences; and Social and behavioral sciences
  • Be available to travel to DC from April 17-20, 2016

Students from foreign countries are eligible if they are studying here in the U.S.

In order to be considered for this great opportunity, please send a brief statement of your interest and background (no more than 250 words) to bjminto@ucdavis.edu by Friday, March 11th.

Contact: Brandon Minto, bjminto@ucdavis.edu

Professional Development:

1. 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

2. Teaching Political Controversies Workshop, March 4

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

3. 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

4. Educational Workshop on Diversity & Inclusion

Principles of Community Week 2016

UC Berkeley Interactive Theater: Presents an Educational Workshop on Diversity & Inclusion-No Right Answers 

Wednesday-March 2
6:30 – 8:30 PM Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center-AGR Room

UC Berkeley Interactive Theater Program (ITP) presents an educational workshop on diversity & inclusion designed to address problematic encounters among faculty, students, and staff. The workshop combines live performance and audience participation. At the end of each performance audience members have the opportunity to ask questions of the characters, followed by a facilitated discussion. All staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by: Office of Campus Community Relations, Student Assistants to the Chancellor

5. New Course: Introduction to Graduate School Writing

12345STEM Graduate Students: CRN 62209 – Meets Tuesdays

Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Graduate Students: CRN 62210 – Meets Thursdays

UWP 298 – Register for 4 units – both sections meet in 396 Voorhies,1:10-4:00pm

This course will introduce new graduate students to two of the most important written graduate school genres.  Students will choose a topic of interest, conduct library research, and write two genres vital to graduate students: the annotated bibliography, and literature review.  The class will focus on how the rhetorical concepts of audience and purpose lead to specific linguistic choices in each genre.

Topics covered include:

  • Audience and purpose in academic writing
  • A language approach to academic writing
  • Writing summaries
  • Writing critiques
  • Article Analysis
  • Writing and revising literature reviews
  • Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of one’s own writing and providing revision advice to other writers

Instructors: Brenda Rinard (STEM section) and Allison Bright (HASS section)

Sponsored by the University Writing Program: Writing Across the Curriculum Program and GradPathways

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