GSA Announcements: 1/14 – 1/18

GSA related/sponsored

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


  1. Grad Slam sign-up open till the end of the week

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. Professors for the Future
  2. Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award nominations open


  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.

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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!


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. Grad Slam registration OPEN Jan. 7 – 18

As a grad student, you’re well on your way to becoming an expert in your field of study, but can you summarize your research for potential employers, the media, or the mayor? Put your communication skills to the test by participating in Grad Slam, the annual UC-wide contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students– in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to the arts humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience. This year’s campus champion will win $2,500. Register by Jan. 18 at

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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 + Workshops

In previous weeklies, I sent out information about links to a survey on proposed changes to Title IX policies. While that survey is closed, public comments can still be made to the Department of Education.

Public comments can be submitted to the federal government HERE. Keep in mind that the federal government shutdown might lead to problems with the website.

ASUCD Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Committee is holding two workshops to discuss how to format and submit comments:

  • Jan 16th, 6-8 p.m., 1303 King Hall (law school)
  • Jan 22nd, 6-8 p.m., WRRC Conference Room North Hall

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Positions and Opportunities

1. Professors for the Future

Nominations and Applications Now Being Accepted for the Professors for the Future program:

Professors for the Future is a competitive, year-long fellowship designed to recognize and develop the academic leadership skills of outstanding PhD candidates and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity and academic service.

Created in 1992, the UCD Professors for the Future program was one of the first professional development programs for future faculty in the nation.  This unique program is sponsored by Graduate Studies and involves workshops, coursework, informal collaborations, and project-based learning.

The program’s primary goal is to help prepare fellows for leadership roles in academia and to assist their professional development.  All fellows receive a $3,000 stipend if selected for the program.

An information session will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd from Noon-1:30pm in Room D, SCC.  PFTF co-directors Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, Associate Dean, and Teresa Dillinger, Academic Administrator, will discuss the application process and current PFTF fellows will discuss their experiences with the program.

Registration and more information at

2. Nominations open: Graduate & Postdoctoral Mentorship Award

Nominations are open for the 2019 Distinguished Graduate & Postdoctoral Mentorship Award. These awards are offered to recognize the vital role mentoring plays in the academic and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of California, Davis.  A certificate and $1,000 education enrichment fund will be conferred to each awardee.


All faculty members of graduate programs (department-based and graduate group) consistent with Graduate Council policy who are currently employed by UC Davis and who have a minimum of four years of service at UC Davis may be nominated.

Who May Nominate

UC Davis faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students are invited to nominate a distinguished mentor of graduate students or postdoctoral scholars for this award.


Nominees must have an outstanding record of mentoring graduate students or postdoctoral scholars. Selection will recognize the following principles:

  • An outstanding mentor maintains high ethical standards and guides mentees to emulate such standards.
  • An outstanding mentor fosters the development of oral and written communication skills required for mentees to be successful in their professional careers.
  • An outstanding mentor provides career guidance applicable to professions both inside and outside of academia, and helps mentees network with other scholars and practitioners in their field.
  • An outstanding mentor demonstrates sensitivity to the unique needs of individual mentees and adjusts his or her guidance accordingly.
  • An outstanding mentor is accessible and communicates effectively and respectfully to all.
  • An outstanding mentor recognizes that mentoring is a lifelong activity that does not end with commencement or the completion of a postdoctoral appointment.
  • An outstanding mentor has assist the student through the three critical transitions in the career of a graduate student: applicant to student, coursework to research, and research to professional career.
  • An outstanding mentor has prepares postdoctoral scholars to become mentors themselves, and how the mentor has assisted scholars in building and managing their own independent research activities.


Initial nomination materials consist of:

  • A nomination letter from a current or recent mentee or group of mentees and/or faculty member or program chair. The nomination should describe the nominee’s record of exemplary mentorship, especially related to the criteria above.
  • A letter of support from a colleague or chair familiar with the nominee’s qualifications for the award which notes the candidate’s graduate and professional affiliations.

Nomination Deadline:  February 15, 2019


Selection of finalists and recipients will be made by the Graduate Council’s Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Welfare Committee.


1. Food Access 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 options for online counseling, medical, or psychiatry appointments through UC SHIP. You can find preliminary information here.