Announcements, March 7–27

GSA Announcements:

  1. Therapy Fluffies, March 8
  2. Spring 2016 GSA Travel Awards

Events:

  1. CFP: UCSA Graduate Policy Research Symposium
  2. CFP: 5th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium
  3. Film Screening: B-More, March 11–13
  4. Peer Education Symposium in Prevention of Sexual Violence
  5. 2016 Dickens Graduate Conference, March 18–19
  6. GSA Zumba Class
  7. Save the Date! GSA Movie Night, April 22
  8. Brain Awareness Week Public Seminars, March 12
  9. CFP: 5th Annual UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Workshop
  2. Call for the Allen G. Marr Distinguished Dissertation Award
  3. Reader needed for FMS 120: Italian – American Cinema
  4. Spring 2016 Graduate Studies Travel Awards

Professional Development:

  1. Developing Project Management Skills, March 8

GSA Announcements:

1. Therapy Fluffies, March 8

Therapy Fluffies

Tuesday, March 8th, GSA Office (South Silo), 1:30-3:30pm

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

Contact: Joan Palmiter Bajorek, gsapro@ucdavis.edu

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association

2. Spring 2016 GSA Travel Awards

The UC Davis Graduate Student Association is accepting applications for its Spring 2016 Travel Awards. Travel Awards are used to help graduate and professional students attend conferences or professional development opportunities.

Application Information: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/funding/travel-awards/
Contact: Patrick Dolan, gsatreasurer@ucdavis.edu

Events:

1. CFP: UCSA Graduate Policy Research Symposium

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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

 

2. CFP: 5th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium

5th Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium (Flyer)
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. Film Screening: B-More, March 11–13

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Wright Hall Arena Stage
March 11-13 @ 7:30PM
March 13 @ 2PM

Description: Departing from where the headlines and media coverage left off, Greg Pierotti’s B-More asks residents of Baltimore to tell their stories. A multitude of perspectives from youth, elders, activists, educators, police officers, and the friends and neighbors of Freddie Gray all examine, defend, or defy the racist structures that caused the death of yet another black American in an incident of police violence in their community.

4. Peer Education Symposium in Prevention of Sexual Violence

A Symposium on Peer Education in Prevention of Sexual Violence will be held at UC Davis on Sunday, April 3rd. The symposium will provide a comprehensive, analytical view of peer education regarding awareness and prevention of sexual violence. Delegates from every UC campus will be present to discuss our respective programs and strategies.

If you, or anyone in your constituency, would like to participate, please complete the application at the link below:

Applications are due Monday, March 7th:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMQR79V

Contact: Ralph Washington, Jr. (gsachair@ucdavis.edu)

5. 2016 Dickens Graduate Conference, March 18–19

The UC Davis English Department would like to invite anyone interested in the nineteenth-century to the 2016 Dickens Graduate Conference, to be held on March 18 and 19th in Voorhies 126. Despite its title, this conference will feature papers on a range of topics related to nineteenth-century British and American literature and culture. Covering topics as varied as life insurance advertisements, auto insurance quotes comparison, American imperialism, Egyptian travel narratives, and ecological specters, this conference will be of value to scholars interested in media studies, book history, science and technology studies, and ecocriticism, regardless of period or discipline. Drawing together faculty and graduate students from across the country, the Dickens Graduate conference is also a great opportunity to network with scholars from outside the UC Davis community. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the conference’s graduate student coordinator, Michael Martel (mmartel@ucdavis.edu). We hope to see you in March 18-19!

From the conference committee (Kathleen Frederickson, Elizabeth Miller, and Michael Martel)

Co-Sponsored by the UC Davis Graduate Student Association

6. GSA Zumba Class

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Our first class will be held on Tuesday, March 29th, 3:30-4:30pm in the ARC!

Contact: Joan Palmiter Bajorek, gsapro@ucdavis.edu

7. Save the Date! GSA Movie Night, April 22

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Princess Bride & Pixar Shorts
Rock Hall, April 22, 7pm

This is a family-friendly GSA Movie Night. Children, significant others, spouses and post-doctoral students are invited!

Contact: Joan Palmiter Bajorek, gsapro@ucdavis.edu

8. Brain Awareness Week Public Seminars, March 12

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Co-Sponsored by the UC Davis Graduate Student Association

9. CFP: 5th Annual UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium

5th Annual UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium
“Breeding for Stress Resilience”
April 18th, 2016
at the UC Davis Conference Center
plantbreeding2016.ucdavis.edu 

**Call for Abstracts**

This year the Plant Breeding Symposium will feature a poster session for students and postdocs to present their plant science related research. There will also be two 10-minute graduate student talks during the symposium selected from submitted abstracts. This is a unique opportunity to present your research alongside leaders in the field. To apply, submit your abstract here by March 15. 

**Call for Volunteers**

Graduate student volunteers are needed to help with running the symposium, including running the registration desk, food transportation and lunch set up, as well as assistance with sound and projection. To volunteer, please email Cintia at chdsagawa@ucdavis.edu.

-Symposium Program-

Keynote Speakers:

Jill Farrant (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
“Resurrection Plants as Models for Production of Extremely Drought Tolerant Crops”

Luis Herrera-Estrella (LANGEBIO, Mexico)
“Engineering Plants to Develop Novel Phosphorus Fertilization Systems”

Jean-Luc Jannink (USDA-ARS, Ithaca, NY)
“Genomic Selection in Cassava”

Julia Bailey-Serres (University of California, Riverside)
“Waterproofing Crops”

Luca Comai (University of California, Davis)
“Technologies and Prospectives for Accelerating Plant Breeding”

Renee Lafitte (DuPont Pioneer)
“From Physiological Traits to Stress-resilient Maize” 

+Catered Lunch

+Student Speakers

+Panel Discussion

+Poster Session

Register for free today at plantbreeding2016.ucdavis.edu

The Symposium is made possible through sponsorship from DuPont Pioneer, the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, the Plant Breeding Center, and the Graduate Student Association.

Funding & Fellowships:

1.  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

2. Call for the Allen G. Marr Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are invited for the Allen G. Marr Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the call for the 25th annual Allen G. Marr Prize for the most distinguished dissertation. The fields of competition for the 2016 award are 1) Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering and 2) Social Sciences.

The Allen G. Marr Prize was established in honor of Allen G. (Jerry) Marr’s 20-year contribution as Dean of Graduate Studies. The prize is patterned after the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

The recipient of the Allen G. Marr Prize will be awarded a $500 prize at the Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony and will be the campus’ nominee for the CGS/ProQuest award consisting of an honorarium of $2,000 and a certificate of citation.

In order to be eligible, the nominee’s effective date of degree award, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must fall in the period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.

The deadline for nomination packets is Monday, April 4, at 9 a.m.

Please see our website for details: https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/current-students/commencement/marr-prize.

3. Reader needed for FMS 120: Italian – American Cinema

There is a position open for a reader for Juliana Schiesari who is teaching FMS 120 in spring.  The class is entitled Italian – American Cinema.  The job involves screening movies on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and correcting papers. There will be three papers over the quarter and one take home final. It is important that this person be adept at grading papers because that will be the biggest job.  There are currently 53 students registered.

Please send your CV to Professor Schiesari (jkschiesari@ucdavis.edu) if you are interested.

4. Spring 2016 Graduate Studies Travel Award

Graduate students who have traveled, or will be traveling, to present at meetings of nationally and international recognized professional societies between January 1 through December 31, 2016 may now apply for the Graduate Studies Spring Travel Award.  The award is for students who are near the completion of their degree who have not previously received the award.  Students must be in good academic standing, registered in full-time status, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The application deadline for students is March 15, 2016.  Applications must be submitted to the student’s graduate program for first review.  Awards will be announced the week of May 16, 2016.

Please see the attached announcement and the Graduate Studies website (http://gradstudies.ucdavis. edu/current-students/ financial-support/internal- fellowships/travel-awards) for details concerning the award and application process.

Contact: Ruth Lee, rlee@ucdavis.edu.

Professional Development:

1. 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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