Weekly Announcements, October 17 – 23

GSA Announcements:

  1. GSA Travel Awards
  2. Grad Studies Travel Award Link
  3. Orchard Park Redevelopment
  4. GradPathways Internship and Career Fair
  5. Women in Science Meeting Group: Diversity and Inclusion
  6. Foundations in Teaching Workshop Series
  7. UCSA Students of Color Conference
  8. FUTURE Program
  9. Campus Community Book Project
  10. StateOf!
  11. The Asian/Pacific Islander-American Graduate Student Group
  12. La Mexican Graduate Student Association
  13. The Latinx Graduate Student Association
  14. The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association
  15. Grad Student Halloween Mixer
  16. Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  17. Grad Yoga and Zumba

GSA Announcements:

1. GSA Travel Awards

Travel Awards …AGAIN

Please forgive my faux pas: if you applied for a travel award before October, we DID NOT collect your identifying information! Please email the treasurer (gsatreasurer@ucdavis.edu) to ensure your travel award application information is complete.

Orientation Fund Application Closing OCTOBER 30th.

2. Grad Studies Travel Awards Link


3. Orchard Park Redevelopment

Orchard Park Redevelopment:
Mithun Student Family Housing Workshop

October 24 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Memorial Union II

Join us for the Orchard Park Redevelopment Mithun Workshop, the second Workshop with the architect and graduate students.

The workshop will take place at MU II and be led by a consultant team from Mithun. It will consist of a group exercise to gather information on the importance of specific potential design amenities for a new campus community at Orchard Park.

Pizza and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP by October 18 with your childcare needs so that we can make arrangements for care. Children of participants that RSVP after October 18 are welcome to bring their children, but they will need to stay with their parents.

Learn more and register at orchardpark.eventbrite.com.

4. GradPathways Internship and Career Fair

Featured Event:
Internship and Career Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
ARC Pavilion

5. Women in Science Meeting Group: Diversity and Inclusion

WiSci is a women in science group for the bio research communities at Davis. This group is an informal opportunity for students, postdocs, staff, and faculty to get together in a supportive and fun environment to discuss various topics surrounding women in science such as negotiating, work-life balance, improving diversity in the workplace, and mentoring. For more information, please visit http://wisci.ucdavis.edu/.
This quarter WiSci will meet at 12pm on the third Thursday of every month to discuss diversity and inclusion in academia. Most WiSci meetings will be open to the whole community, and we welcome people of all gender identities.
Our first meeting will be at noon on Thursday, October 20th in the Tropical Room (2346A Storer Hall). The topic is: “Blinded by our privileges, hurt by our labels; exploring implicit biases and how they influence our interactions.”
If you are not already on the mailing list and would like to stay informed of future WiSci events, or if you are interested in becoming more involved in WiSci, please email nanchen@ucdavis.edu. Please share this email with others who may be interested in joining WiSci.

Fall schedule:

October 20: Exploring implicit biases and how they influence our interactions
November 17: Cross cultural dialogue and building empathy
December 15: How and why we make decisions when hiring

6. Foundations in Teaching Workshop Series

Foundations in Teaching Workshop Series

Earn a Certificate to Build Your CV & Job Market Portfolio!

Tuesdays from 10-11:50am beginning October 18th

Space is limited: Register your interest for each workshop soon! 

Refreshments Provided!

The effective facilitation of classroom and lab sessions can have immense effects on undergraduates’ learning, retention and performance.  This experiential workshop series offers practical, evidence-based methods of classroom and laboratory education that you can apply in your classes right away.  Participants will leave with the building blocks to design a course, tools to effectively engage any group of students, and increased confidence and enthusiasm for their role in the classroom.  The series is designed for those who are just starting out and for those looking to reinvigorate your teaching. The workshops can be attended as stand-alone or as a series. Those who attend five out of the six workshops will earn a teaching certificate.

All sessions are sponsored by the Center for Educational Effectiveness and are facilitated by the Teaching Assistant Consultants.

Beyond Grades: Assessment and Feedback for Student Learning

Tuesday, October 18th from 10:00 – 11:50 am

Student Community Center, Room D

Keep Them Engaged! Active Learning for Student Success

Tuesday, October 25th from 10:00 – 11:50 am

Memorial Union II

The Goal is the Guide: Effective Lesson Planning

Tuesday, November 1st from 10:00 – 11:50 am

Student Community Center, Room D

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Diversity and Access in Education

Tuesday, November 8th from 10:00 – 11:50 am

Student Community Center, Room D

Goggles, Check! Effective Lab Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, November 15th from 10:00 – 11:50 am

Memorial Union II

Building Supportive Learning Environments for Critical Conversations

Tuesday, November 22rd from 10:00 – 11:50 am

Student Community Center, Room D

Center for Educational Effectiveness

Undergraduate Education

University of California, Davis

The Grove (Surge III), Room 1342

(530) 752-6050



7. UCSA Students of Color Conference


The Students of Color Conference (SoCC) is UCSA’s oldest and largest conference, and will be hosted this year by UC Irvine. More information about SoCC, including the full conference schedule and FAQs, can be found on the UCI website. The UC Davis GSA can provide travel and hotel for a few graduate students to attend as part of our delegation.  If this interests you please email gsaexternalchair@ucdavis.edu by Friday the 21st to get involved!

8. FUTURE Program

The FUTURE program, which is a NIH-funded career exploration program for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the biomedical sciences*, is launching “Campus-Side Chats”, a monthly informal meetup with Ph.D. professionals in non-academic/non-professoriate science careers. This is a great opportunity for students and postdocs to find out about internship/career opportunities, network, and learn about alternative career paths. (*Biomedical sciences is defined broadly as any research that is related to the advancement of health.)

Our first meet up will be on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Hot Pizza. Our featured guests are Drs. Janice Morand and Marjannie Akintunde, who will be talking about their careers in Graduate-level Career and Professional Advising.

Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Space for each meetup is limited so we strongly recommend that postdocs and Ph.D. students RSVP. Priority will be given to students and postdocs registered in the FUTURE program.

9. Campus Community Book Project

Stuffed and Starved, Raj Patel – Tuesday, October 18th, 12:00 – 1:00, MU

10. StateOf!

Share your story with StateOf!

StateOf  is a UC-wide Newspaper where students from across the campus can share their stories and experiences with each other. All UC members are welcome to participate! Check ’em out at http://stateof.org/

11. The Asian/Pacific Islander-American Graduate Student Group

The Asian/Pacific Islander-American Graduate Student Group is “a social/culture group to help Asian-Americans and PacificIslander-Americans find/build community and try to provide resources/events to help promote the grad school experience.”

This group is currently trying to recruit new members and rebuild its community, so there are currently no planned upcoming events. However, there is ample opportunity to get involved with the group!

For more information and/ or to get involved:
Contact Dan Fong: dfong@ucdavis.edu

12. La Mexican Graduate Student Association

La Mexican Graduate Student Association (MGSA) en UC Davis es  una  organización no lucrativa fundada en los años 60. La MGSA esta  conformada por estudiantes  de postgrado  que anualmente renuevan su mesa directiva.  Sin embargo, otros visitantes académicos y sus familias se unen con regularidad a los eventos de la asociación.

Entre las actividades de la MGSA se incluyen reuniones académicas periódicas formales, seminarios, talleres de intereses diversos y eventos sociales.

13. The Latinx Graduate Student Association

The Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA) at UC Davis seeks to promote the development and advancement of Latinx identifying individuals in higher education by providing resources and supports to help graduate and professional students thrive while at UC Davis.

To support this mission, it provides opportunities for personal, academic, and professional development for Latinx graduate/professional students as well as cultivating a community that celebrates Latinx culture. It is committed to affirming the multiple identities and experiences of the community and the richness of both its domestic and international students. LGSA is also committed to advocating for increasing campus diversity and increased participation in higher education

For more information contact:


206-2017 LGSA co-chairs: Vanessa Segundo & Carlos Ruvalcaba

Also join the Latinx Graduate Student Association at UC Davis Facebook page to connect with the wider community.

14. The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) at UC Davis nurtures the academic, professional, emotional, and social well-being of Black-identified graduate and professional students at UC Davis.

Under this mission, the BGPSA provides opportunities for community for black identifying graduate students in order to foster relationships and support during the graduate journey at UC Davis, including weekly social gatherings and stress-management activities. The BGPSA also participates in mentoring the next generation of students.

For more information, check BGPSA out here:

Twitter: @bgpsa_ucdavis

Instagram: @bgpsa_ucdavis

Website: bgpsa-ucdavis.weebly.com

Also join the UCD Black Graduate/Professional Students and Alumni Facebook page to connect to the wider community.

Or contact:

Email : bgpsa.ucdavis@gmail.com

Mayowa Adegboyega : otadegboyega@ucdavis.edu

Allie Igwe: aigwe@ucdavis.edu

15. Grad Student Halloween Mixer


16. Coffee Bagel Donut Day

Coffee Bagel Donut Day Friday October 21st 8:30 -10:30 am South Silo! Come get your fill of coffee, donuts, bagels, watermelon, bananas, make your own oatmeal, and tea!


17. Grad Yoda and Zumba