GSA Weekly Announcements: 12/3 – 12/7

We are trying out a new method of organizing the weeklies, in which everything is subdivided under subject headings. The categories might be subject to change for a few weeks until the best system/order is nailed down.

GSA related/sponsored

  1. LGBTQIA + GSA Yoga
  2. Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  3. Travel Awards
  4. Special Projects Fund
  5. Student Activism Fund


  1. GAAAP/WRRC Writing and Grading Day
  2. UCOP hosted webinar via Zoom: Suicide Stigma and Suicide Prevention

Advocacy and Outreach

  1. Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas
  2. Equal Pay for Equal Work petition

Positions and Opportunities

  1. California Senate Fellows Program application open
  2. Mellon Public Scholars application open
  3. STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award
  4. Assistant prof. position: CSUCI


  1. Food Access Resources
  2. Mental Health Resources

GSA related/sponsored

1. GSA + LGBTQIA Resource Center Yoga

Yoga classes for graduate students are provided by the GSA with the LGBTQIA Resource Center on Friday mornings, starting at 7:30 a.m. and lasting until 9. Classes will be in the Student Community Center, meeting room D.

*This is the last yoga class of the quarter!


2. Coffee Bagel Donut Day

Join us for Coffee, Bagels, and Donuts this Friday in the GSA Office (253 South Silo) from 8:30-10:30!

*This is the last CBDD of the quarter!


3. Travel Awards

Travel awards are open! Go to the page below and CAREFULLY read all instructions for the application. Applications are open until January 15th.

4. Special Projects Fund

Departments and other groups seeking funds in order to host events or projects for graduate students can apply to the GSA Special Projects fund. Instructions for the application are on the linked webpage—be sure to proofread your budget and carefully read the guidelines for reimbursement.

5. Student Activism Fund

The Student Activism Fund is a source of funding for graduate student-initiated activism projects of significant interest or value to graduate students across campus. The GSA budget allocates over $3,000 each year for such projects; the amount offered to any one project is limited to $500.

You can find the application here.


1. GAAAP/WRRC Grading and Writing Day

The GAAAP and WRRC are hosting a Grading & Writing Session on Wednesday, December 5th from 10-2pm in the SCC, Meeting Room E. Coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided! Come by to grade and get caffeinated (or not!) with other grad students.

Please contact Alicia Garcia ( with any questions.

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2. UCOP webinar on Zoom: Dr. Steven Korn, Suicide Stigma and Prevention

On Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Steven Korn will lead a discussion of stigma around suicide and its effects on survivors and at-risk persons.

To join, use the meeting ID 510 987 9443. More information for those who cannot read the associated graphic can be obtained from Maura McLoughlin (


Advocacy and Outreach

1. Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas

The University of California, Washington, DC Office is looking for stories of international students, and how a proposed change in the Student Visa rules, from valid for “duration of status” to a fixed time period would affect you.
If you or anyone you know is willing to contribute stories, please email Nichole Holm at

2. Equal Pay for Equal Work Petition

There is a petition calling to attention the discrepancy in summer pay for TAships. There is a link here for those interested or concerned, regardless of TA status.

For further information, contact Duane Wright ( or your union representative.

Positions and Opportunities

1. California Senate Fellows Program application open

The following is a press release/announcement from Bill Dodd’s office. Graduate students are eligible for this fellowship.

California Senate Fellows Program Application Period Opens

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today applications are now being accepted for next fall’s California Senate Fellows program, an 11-month, on-the-job training opportunity for college graduates offering valuable legislative experience and excellent preparation for many public- and private-sector careers.

“Being a fellow gives you a front-row seat on the biggest stage in California government,” Sen. Dodd said. “It is an excellent opportunity to learn what we do in the Capitol while kick-starting a rewarding career in public service. Many fellows have gone on to leadership roles in the Legislature, Congress, the judiciary and other elected positions. It is truly a great place to start.”

The application deadline for the 2019-20 class is Feb. 11.

Eighteen fellows will be selected to start work in October 2019. They will be placed on a state senator’s personal or committee staff and participate in a broad range of activities including policy research, constituent casework, drafting speeches and writing press releases. Fellowships are preceded by a five-week orientation providing background on state government, the legislative process and major policy issues.

Fellows receive a $2,698-a-month stipend plus health, dental and vision benefits. The program is jointly operated by the Senate and the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University, which awards six units of graduate credit to fellows.

Applicants must be at least 20 years old and be a graduate of a four-year college or university by Sept. 1, 2019. No specific major is required. People with advanced degrees and mid-career candidates are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be selected in May after initial screening and panel interviews.

For more information, including brochures and applications,  go to

2. Mellon Public Scholars applications open.

The UC Davis Humanities Institute invites graduate students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences to join the 2019 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. Twelve successful applicants will work with a faculty partner to develop a community-based research project and receive a $7,500 stipend (with the possibility of supplemental project funds) to support the project over summer 2019.

The full call and project descriptions can be found on our website:

To learn more about the program and how to craft a strong application, please visit either of our informational events:

  • Tuesday, November 27 at 12:10 pm in Voorhies 228
  • Thursday, December 6 from 3:30-5:30 pm at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame

Please contact Interim Program Manager Samantha Snively ( with any questions.

3. STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award

STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition

Attention UC Graduate Students in STEM fields: have you ever thought, “There ought to be a law…”?

UC Center Sacramento announces the inaugural 2019 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition. The award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California state legislation from University of California Graduate Students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). The winner will receive a $750 research stipend and – should their idea advance through the legislative process – confer with legislators and/or legislative staff in Sacramento and potentially testify before legislative committees.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday December 14, 2018 and should include the following elements:

  • An abstract of the proposed law, its purpose, and the underlying science or impact on scientific research (<=250 words);
  • “There Ought to Be a Law” application form (see
  • Current CV

Completed applications should be sent to Questions regarding the competition can be addressed to Cindy Simmons, UCCS Associate Director, at

4. CSUCI assistant prof. position

California State University Channel Islands is searching to fill an assistant professor position:  Environmental Data Analytics & Visualization expert to join the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program. In brief, they are calling for someone who fits the following criteria:

Has two or more of the following disciplinary interests: coastal zone management, energy systems, climate science, big data, visual rhetoric, atmospheric science, water resource management, ecotoxicology, environmental justice, sustainability science, or conservation technologies. Candidates should have strong digital/methodological skills spanning both proprietary (Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, Tableau, Matlab, Flourish, etc.) and open source (R, GitHub, MySQL, D3.js, Audacity, etc.) platforms, as well as experience or substantial interest in interpreting California’s coastal zone.

A Ph.D. or terminal degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Geosciences, Hydrology, Anthropology, Applied Statistics, Digital Design, Data Journalism, or a related field is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will join us for our Fall 2019 semester.

Please see this link for further information on the position:


1. Food Resources

Several resources exist for students who are having difficulty affording healthy food.

You may be eligible for CalFresh, which can give up to $190/month to help with groceries.

The Pantry in 21 Lower Freeborn Hall provides food for students, as does Fruit and Veggie Up at the Aggie Compass in the MU on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

2. Mental Health Resources

SHCS has added a new service, accessible to graduate students: for the duration of Fall quarter 2018, there will be FREE counseling, psychiatric, and medical services through the online service provider Live Health Online. This is free for the fall regardless of SHIP or insurance status. It is considered an off-campus referral and access is granted via a coupon code each time. Information and access are linked below: