Weekly Announcements, October 31st -November 7th

GSA Announcements:

  1. Student Housing Task Force
  2. Mellon Public Scholars Program
  3. Presidential Management Fellows Program
  4. Grant Writing Support Workshop
  5. Foundations in Teaching Workshop
  6. Graduate Writing Consultations
  7. Sacramento Campus Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  8. Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  9. Grad Yoga and Zumba
  10. GSA Bar Night

GSA Announcements:

1. Student Housing Task Force


Apply here!

The housing crisis is a pervasive problem facing all students, undergrads and grads. The vacancy rate is 0.2% and with a growing population, finding a place to live will get harder and harder. Increasing rents will also make the student experience more difficult.

This task force organized, by both ASUCD and the GSA, will be responsible for researching the housing situation present at Davis. It will be composed of 5 undergraduates and 5 graduates.

The task force will be created to provide policy and action recommendations to student leaderships. The ultimate goal of this task force is to draft a report by the end of year that outlines housing trends within Davis.

2. Mellon Public Scholars Program

Call for Proposals:
2016-17 Mellon Public Scholars Program

Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

The UC Davis Humanities Institute invites applications from doctoral and MFA students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences to join the 2016-2017 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. This program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing, and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Ten successful graduate student applicants will participate in a quarter-long, two-credit seminar in spring 2017. Each student will work with a faculty mentor to develop a community- based research project and receive a $7,500 stipend to support the project over summer 2017.

Because this program is intended to acknowledge and draw on the community-engaged scholarship of our faculty, faculty mentorship is an integral part of the summer projects. Applicants do not need to have a mentor at the time of application. The Public Scholars Program encourages students to consider mentors outside of their department as a way to broaden their interdisciplinary network. The role of the faculty mentor includes: offering guidance as the student develops the community project, helping the student to develop individual goals for their project so that the experience can be integrated into their graduate training, and debriefing on outcomes of the project upon completion. Each faculty mentor will receive a $2,000 stipend.

The Public Scholars Program invites applications that address the university’s commitment to diversity. This may include: public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented; research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBTQI issues; and applicants who offer perspectives of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

New this year: Original Projects or Pre-established Projects with Community Partners

Applicants may choose to propose an original project (of their own) or be considered for one of four pre-established projects with community partners (listed below). Students may apply to either or both of these tracks. If applying to both, please submit a separate application for

each. We ask that, if a student chooses to apply for an established project, she or he only apply for the one that best fits her or his interests and background. Please contact our program manager with questions rather than the host organizations directly.

Information Sessions

To answer questions and provide more details about the program, the UC Davis Humanities Institute will host two information sessions: Thursday, October 27 at 12:10 p.m. and Wednesday, November 2 at 4:10 p.m. in Voorhies 228 (DHI’s conference room). We encourage both faculty and students interested in the program to attend. Lunch and/or snacks provided. Please RSVP to Mellon Public Scholars Program Manager, Rachel Reeves (rlreeves@ucdavis.edu).


We welcome doctoral and MFA students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences at any stage in their graduate training. Among the criteria for selection is the proposed project’s relevance to the humanities and arts, areas of particular interest to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Anyone with an interest in public scholarship and community-engaged research is encouraged to apply, whether or not that interest is explicit in their dissertation research.

Application Materials

  • CV (2 pages max.): Please include contact information, academic department, relevant employment history, academic accomplishments, and academic advisor’s name.
  • Proposal Narrative (3 pages max., at least 11-point font): The narrative should address your interest in this program and your ability to plan and carry out an intellectually grounded, mutually beneficial arts- or humanities-based project with a community partner. Please discuss what role a faculty mentor might play in this effort. If you have discussed this project with a potential faculty mentor or community partner, please list them. If you are interested in working on one of the pre-established projects described below, outline your qualifications for that project. Each application should address your general suitability for the program and ability to carry out the project in question (please see criterion below for further guidelines).


To submit your proposal online, please go to http://dhi.ucdavis.edu/funding/ and complete the online application form. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on January 4, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered. Fellows will be announced by early February. Please contact Program Manager Rachel Reeves (rlreeves@ucdavis.edu) with any questions.

Application Review

Please keep in mind the following criteria when developing your proposals.

Criteria for Pre-established Projects with Community Partners:

  • The impact and value of the applicant’s experience for the selected community partner, including personal, professional or academic backgrounds.
  • The applicant’s potential to execute community-engaged work, expressed as desire and/or track record. Examples: Volunteer work, internships, community organizing, and/or political activism.
  • The intellectual foundation of the application: its significance to humanities scholars and/or artists, general audiences, or both. Examples: Placing a project within a broader scholarly context such as environmental justice, gender studies, bioethics, and access to the arts.
  • The applicant’s potential to contribute to the university’s commitment to diversity (including service, research, and perspective). Please refer to the third paragraph in this call.Criteria for Original Projects:
  • The impact and value of the applicant’s experience for a community partner, including personal, professional, or academic backgrounds.
  • The applicant’s potential to execute community-engaged work, expressed as desire and/or track record. Examples: Volunteer work, internships, community organizing, and/or political activism.
  • The intellectual foundation of the application: its significance to humanities scholars and/or artists, general audiences, or both. Examples: Placing a project within a broader scholarly context such as environmental justice, gender studies, bioethics, or access to the arts.
  • The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, including, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans. Examples: A rough timeline for completion of the project. Plan for identifying and reaching

intended audience.
• The applicant’s potential to contribute to the university’s commitment to

diversity (including service, research, and perspective). Please refer to the third paragraph in this call.

Review and Selection Process:
An advisory board of faculty will use the above criteria when evaluating applications. The advisory board will also consider factors in addition to the criteria above, such as the distribution of disciplines, project areas, and communities served. For pre-established projects, the community partner will choose from among finalists recommended by the advisory board.

Established Projects with Community Partners:

Community Partner: Yolo County Food Bank Project Title: Hidden Hunger
The Mellon Public Scholar will design and implement a data collection method to assess the gaps in Yolo County’s emergency food system. The goal of this project is to identify populations and areas within the county not receiving/accessing food assistance resources. Additionally, this project will identify barriers that prevent food-insecure residents from accessing services (e.g., scheduling conflicts, transportation, stigma, lack of awareness).

Community Partner: California Arts Council
Project Title: Arts Program Evaluation
The CA Arts Council (CAC) is a state agency dedicated
to advancing California through the arts and creativity.
One of the primary ways that it serves the arts and
culture field is through its eleven competitive grant
programs. The CAC has a standard evaluation process
for all of its grant programs, and invites a Mellon Scholar to dive deeply into an evaluation of one of its grant programs, based on expertise and interest of the scholar. Potential projects could focus on: CAC’s arts education program, a creative placemaking grant program, or CAC’s support for rural and underserved communities.

Community Partner: California Department of Education
Project Title: High School Ethnic Studies Resources

This September, the California Department of
Education became the first statewide agency in the
nation to start developing a model for a high school
ethnic studies curriculum. This guide will offer a
flexible framework on which districts can build
meaningful, interdisciplinary courses relevant to their students’ experiences. The Mellon Public Scholar will join this effort by reviewing current high school and undergraduate course offerings in ethnic studies and identifying appropriate teaching resources. Strong candidates will be familiar with ethnic studies and curriculum development, and be adept at analyzing online resources. The CDE will help the Scholar develop a working familiarity with state statutes that govern the use of instructional materials in California’s public schools.

Community Partner: California Humanities
Project Title: Humanities Field Mapping
California Humanities is an independent non-profit
partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
To illustrate the rich landscape of humanities
organizations and their work throughout the state,
California Humanities seeks to elaborate on efforts to
“map” existing networks of humanities-related
organizations. The Public Scholar will define and
identify humanities hubs and then map the networks among these organizations in a publicly accessible, easily maintained form. This project will involve planning, review of existing lists of humanities organizations, evaluation of available mapping databases and software, and visualization and design for illustrating California’s humanities networks.

3. Presidential Management Fellows Program

 Information Session

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
12:00pm – 1:00pm
2306 King Hall, UC Davis Law School 

Join us to learn more about the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program for graduate and professional degree students.

Timothy S Griffiths
UC Davis School of Law

This rigorous, two-year Fellowship is paid and includes a path to permanent employment with the U.S. federal government. Fellows work on challenging mid-career assignments, accelerated promotions, with opportunities to network between agencies. Presidential Management Fellows are hired by federal government agencies, primarily located in the Washington, DC area, and work on domestic and international issues in public administration, technology, science, criminal justice, health, financial management and many other fields. More info, here: http://pmf.gov/becomeapmf/index.aspx

ALL Disciplines are encouraged to attend! Co-sponsored by the UC Davis School of Law and Internship and Career Center.

4. Grant Writing Support Workshop


Please RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/MkbIqMnva0X4Melr2

5. Foundations in Teaching Workshop

Foundations in Teaching Workshop Series

Opportunity to Earn a Teaching Certificate! 

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

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

Effective facilitation of classroom and lab sessions can immensely impact undergraduates’ learning, retention, and performance.  This experiential workshop series offers practical, evidence-based methods of classroom and laboratory education that you can immediately apply in your classes. Participants will leave with the building blocks to design a course, tools to effectively engage all students, and increased student confidence and enthusiasm in the classroom. The series is designed for those who are just starting out and for those looking to reinvigorate their 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

6. Graduate Writing Consultations

Graduate Writing Consultations

All graduate and professional students at UC Davis–at any stage in their graduate careers–are invited to schedule an appointment a writing fellow. The writing fellows are graduate students who are trained to coach writing projects across the disciplines. Students are encouraged to make 30-minute to one-hour appointments at any stage of the writing process. Bring questions, doodles, or drafts. During a consultation, you can work on generating and focusing a topic, organizing and clarifying ideas, enhancing persuasiveness, adapting your style for a specific audience or publication, and overall strengthening your writing skills. Your writing coach will not edit your work for grammatical errors, but will discuss techniques for improving your writing and writing style.

During fall quarter, the writing fellows will be holding consultation hours at the following times. You can visit our website to make an appointment: http://writing.ucdavis.edu/programs-services/graduate-writing-consultations

Fellow Hours Location
Tori Monday 10-12 181 Voorhies Hall
Jing Jing Monday 12-2 181 Voorhies Hall
Matt Tuesday 1-3 181 Voorhies Hall
Mitchell Wednesday 9-11 181 Voorhies Hall
Julia Friday 9-11 181 Voorhies Hall
Sarah Friday 12-2 Administrative Support Building (ASB) room 2323 (on the Sacramento Campus)

7. Sacramento Campus Coffee Bagel Donut Day

The GSA will host a Coffee Bagel Donut Day at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, this upcoming Friday, November 4th, 8:30 – 10AM, at the 2nd floor breezeway of the Medical Education Building.


8. Coffee Bagel Donut Day

Coffee Bagel Donut Day Friday November 4th 8:30 -10:30 am South Silo! Come get your fill of coffee, donuts, bagels, watermelon, bananas, make your own oatmeal, and tea!


9. Grad Yoga and Zumba



10. GSA Bar Night

Bring your friends to The Graduate for our monthly bar night! Open to all graduate and professional students. Post-docs and significant others are welcome also.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 8:30pm-10:30 PM

Drink Specials!

$2 off Singles, Doubles, and Pints

$3 off Big Beers

$6 off Pitchers

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