- LGBTQIA + GSA Yoga
- Coffee Bagel Donut Day
- GSA Bar Night
- Committee positions open
- Special Projects Fund
- Student Activism Fund
- Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar #2: Maximizing Professional Development at UC Davis
- Professional Development Fair for Graduate Students and Postdocs
- GAAAP + WRRC Winter Quarter Grading and Writing Sessions
- SVSH: discussing the #MeToo movement as grad students
Advocacy and Outreach
- Presidential Policy on Open Access Theses and Dissertations Comment Form Open
- Title IX Public Comments OPEN
- Hispanic Serving Institution Public Forum and Public Comment Form
- Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas
- Equal Pay for Equal Work petition
Positions and Opportunities
- Professors for the Future
- Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award nominations open
- Emerging Scholars Award
- Insight Fellowship: approaching deadlines!
- Food Access Resources
- Mental Health Resources
- Sacramento Graduate Student listserv
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.
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. GSA Bar Night
Please join us this Friday the 8th at the Graduate for free food, sponsored by the GSA
4. Committee positions open
- GC Courses
- GC Educational Policy
- GC Academic Planning & Development
- Courses of Instruction: https://academicsenate.ucdavis.edu/committees/courses-of-instruction
- Academic Freedom and Responsibility: https://academicsenate.ucdavis.edu/committees/academic-freedom-responsibility
5. 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.
6. 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.
1. Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar
Join us to learn how about the future of Grad Pathways and how to create a professional development plan for you.
2. Professional Development Fair
GradPathways is holding a professional development fair aimed at graduate students and postdocs.
The fair will be Tuesday the 12th from 2 to 4 p.m., and will have:
- Free professional head shot photos – photographer on site
- Raffle prizes including: UCD business cards (printed for you), gift cards, stainless steel mugs, USB drives, portable power banks, networking lunch, and more
- Light refreshments
- Resources to help you succeed -all in one place
4. GAAAP + WRRC Winter Quarter Grading and Writing Sessions
The WRRC will be partnering with GAAAP this quarter to host three writing and grading sessions. The dates will be:
- February 4th (1-4 PM, meeting room D in the SCC)
- February 27th (9 AM-2 PM, meeting rooms A,B,C,E in the SCC)
- March 11th (9 AM-2 PM, meeting room D in the SCC)
Food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please RSVP for the lunch.
4. The #MeToo movement in relationship to graduate students
The Cross Cultural Center and the WRRC are holding a meeting to discuss the impact of the #MeToo movement on graduate students as scholars, workers, and community members.
Please join the conversation on February 5th at the SCC.
Advocacy and Outreach
1. Comments on Open Access Theses and Dissertations OPEN
The Office of the President invites comments on a revised proposed Presidential Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations. The Policy is new and includes the following key issues:
- There is currently no systemwide uniformity or policy for ensuring open access to UC graduate students’ theses and dissertations. This policy will provide systemwide consistency for these works.
- Allowance for embargoes that delay the date theses or dissertations are made available in an open access repository.
All relevant documents are available here.
Any comments have to be submitted by email: submit comments and feedback on the proposed draft policy to ADV-VPCARLSON-SA@ucop.edu by April 10, 2019. Questions may be directed to Patricia Osorio-O’Dea at Patricia.Osorio-Odea@ucop.edu or (510) 587-6147.
2. Title IX Public Comments
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.
3. Hispanic Serving Institution Public Comments
Following UC Davis’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, there is public comment form that can be accessed at this page, designed to help the public provide feedback and insight on how UCD moves forward in serving its Hispanic students and other community members.
4. Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas
5. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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.
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.
3. Emerging Scholars Award
The UC Center Sacramento annually awards a graduate student whose research has direct impact on public policy. The awardee receives a $500 prize and gives a public policy lecture at UCCS, with an audience of 100-150, consisting of legislators, legislative staff, state agencies, consultants, faculty, graduate students, and other researchers.
Please forward the call to any departments or units you may feel would be interested in this opportunity. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.
For more information about the award, please visit uccs.ucdavis.edu/public-policy/emerging-scholars.
Contact Sandra Wilson (email@example.com) with any questions.
4. Insight Fellows Program
Insight Data Science is offering fellowships to graduating students in a wide range of fields. Their deadlines are:
- February 4th for March sessions
- February 11th for June sessions
The award is a 7-week, full-time training fellowship that will end in interviews with top companies: e.g., LinkedIn, Slack, Facebook, The New York Times, Microsoft, etc.
You can apply here: https://apply.insightdatascience.com/start
They are accepting applicants in the following fields:
- Data Science (for PhDs & Postdocs)
- Health Data Science (for PhDs & Postdocs)
- Data Engineering (for all degree levels)
- Artificial Intelligence (for all degree levels)
- Data Product Management (for all degree levels)
- DevOps Engineering (for all degree levels)
- Decentralized Consensus (for all degree levels)
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.
2. Mental Health Resources
SHCS has options for online counseling, medical, or psychiatry appointments through UC SHIP. You can find preliminary information here.
3. Sacramento Graduate Students listserv
For students who work primarily on the Sacramento campus, or those who simply are interested to be more connected to what is happening in Sacramento, there is a listserv for you. Sign up for firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have ideas for events on the Sacramento campus, please contact Marwa Zafarullah, Sacramento Services Coordinator, at email@example.com.