GSA Weekly Announcements: 12/10 – 12/14

GSA related/sponsored

  1. Travel Awards
  2. Special Projects Fund
  3. Student Activism Fund


  1. Mendeley, EndNote, and Zotero classes from UC Davis library

Advocacy and Outreach

  1. Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas
  2. Equal Pay for Equal Work petition
  3. Title IX Public Comments OPEN

Positions and Opportunities

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


  1. Food Access Resources
  2. Mental Health Resources
  3. Food Access Research Collaboration

GSA related/sponsored

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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. Mendeley, EndNote, and Zotero classes at UC Davis library.

The following workshops are available –please use the links to register. Dates are: December 12th, 13th, 18th, and 19th.

Mendeley for Lunch: Using Mendeley with the UC Davis Veterinary, Medical, and Public Health Databases
December 12 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Carlson Health Sciences Library, Room 128

EndNote Workshop
December 13 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Shields Library, Room 165

EndNote Introduction for Science Researchers
December 18 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Shields Library, Room 165

Zotero for Lunch: Using Zotero with UC Davis Veterinary, Medical, and Public Health Databases
December 19 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Carlson Health Sciences Library, Room 128

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 AIs. There is a link here for those interested or concerned, regardless of TA status.

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

Update: the announcement previously referred to TA pay, not AI pay, and has been corrected. The General Assembly voted to endorse the views expressed in the petition on December 5th, 2018.

3. Title IX Public Comments OPEN

Please find two links below regarding the proposed Title IX rules released recently by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) that address how schools must respond to sexual harassment, including sexual assault.

  1. An op-ed from President Napolitano in the Washington Post (link here), and
  2. An online survey (link here) that you and other members of the UC community can use to provide comment on the proposed Title IX rules to the UC Systemwide Title IX Office.

The UC Office of the President (UCOP) is asking for UC community feedback on the proposed changes to the Title IX rules. It is critical that UCOP submit comments to the DOE, and in compiling those comments, UCOP will evaluate responses from all members of the UC community.

PLEASE take the time to give just a few comments, so that graduate student concerns are included in the UC response to this possible change. Responses are due by DECEMBER 21.

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 *Due this week

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:


1. Food Access Research Collaboration

Julia Krieger, Nutrition Student Coordinator at SHCS, is collecting data on food insecurity within the UC Davis community, especially the impact of CalFresh limitations. Anyone in the graduate school community working on food security is encouraged to contact her at

2. Writing Group Formation

Gillian Irwin is forming a writing group that would tentatively meet every other week. The group is intended to be interdisciplinary and focus on writing accountability and progress. Email if you are interested in joining and/or helping organize the group.