GSA Weekly Announcements: 3/4 – 3/8

GSA related/sponsored

  1. LGBTQIA + GSA Yoga
  2. Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  3. GSA Bar Night
  4. Committee positions open
  5. Special Projects Fund
  6. Student Activism Fund


  1. Navigating Graduate School with a Proactive Mindset (mini conference)
  2. GAAAP + WRRC Winter Quarter Grading and Writing Sessions
  3. 2019 UC Davis Plant Science Symposium *GSA-funded event*

Advocacy and Outreach

  1. Presidential Policy on Open Access Theses and Dissertations Comment Form Open
  2. Hispanic Serving Institution Public Forum and Public Comment Form

Positions and Opportunities

  1. Professors for the Future
  2. Emerging Scholars Award
  3. 2019 WRRC Summer Graduate Research Award


  1. Food Access Resources
  2. Mental Health Resources
  3. Upcoming UC Davis Health survey
  4. Sacramento Graduate Student listserv

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.

gsa yoga winter 2019

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!

3. GSA Bar Night

The winter quarter Bar Night is this Friday, March 8th! Please join the GSA for free appetizers at the Graduate starting at 5 p.m.

gsa bar night march 8 wq 2019

4. Committee positions open

The following committee positions at the Graduate council are available:
  1. GC Academic Planning & Development
  2. Academic Freedom and Responsibility:
In addition to the above, a nomination is needed to serve on the recruitment advisory committee that will oversee the national search for the dean of the Division of Continuing & Professional Education.
To nominate yourself please send an email to ( with your name and department. Please direct your questions or comments to the same email address.

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.

You can find the application here.


1. I Am First: Navigating Grad School With a Proactive Mindset

PFTF Fellows Destiny Garcia and Melissa Patiño Vega will host a half day empowerment conference for graduate students! First generation graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend. The conference will include key workshops including: Explaining your graduate journey – to family and loved ones; Every Penny Counts: funding graduate school; Mental Health workshop: de-stress; and Real Talk: a student & faculty discussion panel. A light breakfast, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

PFTF Project 1

2. 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)

copy of grading & writing winter

Food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please RSVP for the lunch.

3. UC Davis Plant Science Symposium

The 8th UC Davis Plant Science Symposium on April 8th, 2019 at UC Davis Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center is now accepting registration and abstract submissions!

Please visit to register to attend this FREE event in-person or via online streaming. *Abstract submission for poster/oral presentation closes March 1, 2019.

This symposium is part of the Corteva Agriscience Plant Science Symposia Series, started in 2008 as student-run symposia at universities around the world. UC Davis has been involved since 2012, and this is our 8th year running. In the past years, we have seen steady growth, attracting attendees from both academia and industry.

plant science 2019 flyer

This year’s featured speakers include:

José Dinneny,

Brandon S. Gaut,

Michael Gore,

Robin Hopkins,

Sue Rhee,

Radu Totir,

Diane M. Beckles,

Amélie Gaudin,

Mohsen Mesgaran, and

Abraham Morales-Cruz

If you would like to support the symposium, or have any questions, please kindly contact the organizing committee. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the symposium!

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 by April 10, 2019.  Questions may be directed to Patricia Osorio-O’Dea at or (510) 587-6147.

2. 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.

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. 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

Contact Sandra Wilson ( with any questions.

3. 2019 WRRC Summer Graduate Award

The Women’s Resources and Research Center is pleased to announce the availability of summer awards for UC Davis graduate students. We invite applications from students with marginalized gender identities (such as women, transgender, non-binary, and nonconforming) whose research projects promote gender equity.

Proposals should approach the study of gender and promote gender equity described as follows:

  • Bring visibility to marginalized gender identities
  • Question or unsettle gender norms
  • Assess and challenge gender inequalities
  • Examine the intersection of gender with other identities
  • Envision gender equity
  • Engage with feminist theories and methodologies

Funding may be used to support research-related expenses such as materials or travel; and/or living expenses for writing.

Application Deadline: April 5th, 2019

Award Announcement: Early May 2019

Funding Time Frame: June 15, 2019 – September 23, 2019

Award Amount: $500 to $1000

Who Can Apply:

  • UC Davis graduate students completing their terminal degrees (MA, MS, PhD and MFA) at any stage in their graduate studies
  • Must graduate no earlier than December 2019
  • Previous WRRC Summer Graduate Research Award recipients are not eligible.

Review and Selection Process:

Proposals will be reviewed by Summer Grant committee (composed by WRRC professional and student staff, and one external member) and ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of research question and relevance of project to academic field
  • Feasibility and appropriateness of proposed plan of work to be carried out during the summer (e.g., field research, data analysis, dissertation writing, etc.) and how these relate to broader timeline
  • Potential to contribute to broader social impact and further gender equity
  • Interdisciplinary work

Awarded graduate students are expected to present their summer work at a small colloquium organized by the WRRC early Fall 2019.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit the following documents via email to with the subject line “2019 Graduate Summer Fellowship Application”:

  • Proposal Narrative (max 700 words) Describe your project, and the work to be carried out in summer 2019. Describe how these activities relate to gender equity. Explain how the summer project would overall research agenda, the relevance of your research to a field of study, and the potential for broader social impact. Share how your personal background and identity relate to your research proposal.
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Budget (max 1 page) Provide itemized budget and brief narrative of how funds will be used to carry out research work, travel, or writing in summer 2019.


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.

3. Upcoming UCD Health Survey

Student Health and Counseling Services wants to hear from you! Help us better understand your health and wellness needs.You may receive an invitation to take the UC Davis Health and Wellness survey. The first 50 students to submit proof of completion will receive a $10 CoHo gift card. Additional details will be in the email you receive. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey!

UC Davis Health Survey (1)

Hopefully any graduate students who receive the survey will take the time to fill it out so that our issues can be counted and recorded by the university.

4. 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 If you have ideas for events on the Sacramento campus, please contact Marwa Zafarullah, Sacramento Services Coordinator, at