GSA Weekly Announcements: 3/18 – 3/22

GSA related/sponsored

  1. Patient Advocate
  2. NO CBDD or Yoga this week or next!
  3. Committee positions open *some new*
  4. Special Projects Fund
  5. Student Activism Fund


  1. 2019 UC Davis Plant Science Symposium *GSA-funded event*
  2. “STAT” Madness competition: help UC Davis research get recognized.

Advocacy and Outreach

  1. Team Grad School: volunteer opportunity *GSA-funded event*
  2. Presidential Policy on Open Access Theses and Dissertations Comment Form Open

Positions and Opportunities

  1. 2019 WRRC Summer Graduate Research Award
  2. Insight Fellowship


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

GSA related/sponsored

1. Patient Advocate *

The GSA provides the service of a patient advocate for graduate students. A patient advocate is a person who helps one navigate hospital/medical bureaucracy, conversations with doctors and medical professionals, research and education on illness, and other tasks that may be daunting or overwhelming for a patient.

Kim Mcilnay is “our” patient advocate, and can be reached for a consultation at either (916) 500-4195 or

*The GSA can only pay Kim for services for graduate students.

2. 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.
There are also positions open on the internal GSA Elections Committee.
Additionally, there is an opportunity to serve on the Global Education for All Student Advisory Committee.

We’re seeking undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are enthusiastic about global/intercultural learning from each school/college, starting early spring quarter through the 2019-2020 academic year. Participation involves two meetings per month for undergraduates and one or two meetings per month for graduate/professional students. Professional development and networking opportunities will also be provided.

If interested, please submit a short application by Friday March 22!

To nominate yourself to the Graduate Council committees or the elections committee, please send an email to ( with your name and department. Please direct your questions or comments to the same email address.

3. 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.

4. 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.


2. 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

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!

2. “STAT” Madness

A recent publication in Cell Reports from the Olson Lab (Chemistry) has been selected by STAT Magazine and is representing UC Davis as one of the most impactful biomedical research of 2018. They have made it into Round 3 of voting (best of 16, ends March 21st 9 PM PDT) and continue to need our support! Voting takes less than a minute and can be done by everyone, so share it with your Aggie family!
To support this research in STAT Madness, please vote here!
To read more about this research, please click here:

Advocacy and Outreach

1. Team Grad School

Join TEAM GRAD SCHOOL and help us INSPIRE the next generation of graduate students!

Volunteer a few hours on Sat., April 6th at UC Davis for the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education


Questions or Comments –  Contact Grad Student Diana Lizarraga:

team grad school

*This event provides critical info about graduate school through application workshops, faculty panels, a graduate school fair, etc.

*Over 1,000 first-gen & non-traditional undergrads (all majors) will be attending this event.
*Team Grad School is a group of graduate students that will be answering questions about our campus, validating participants aspirations to apply to graduate school, serving as role models to share our graduate student experiences with undergrads, and helping with activities.
*Grad students receive a free t-shirt & Panera lunch

2. 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.

Positions and Opportunities

1. 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.

2. Insight Fellowship –deadline soon

This is a reminder that the Insight Fellowship application deadline is approaching. Information from the company is below:

Insight is now accepting applications from graduating students (must have completed all coursework by June 3rd in order to participate full time) for our summer sessions in:

– Artificial Intelligence (for all degree levels)

– Data Engineering (for all degree levels)

– Data Product Management (for all degree levels)

– Data Science (for PhDs & Postdocs)

– DevOps Engineering (for all degree levels)

– Health Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)

Upcoming Deadlines & Start Dates:

– Toronto programs application deadline: March 11 (session begins May 13)

– U.S. programs application deadline: March 25 (session begins June 3)

Learn more & apply:

Not ready to apply? Sign up for our notification list:

Questions? Email us at


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 has moved to the information desk in the MU!

Also check out 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