GSA Weekly Announcements: 4/8 – 4/12

GSA related/sponsored

  1. GSA @ Davis Farmer’s Market
  2. Patient Advocate
  3. LGBTQIA + GSA Yoga
  4. Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  5. Special Projects Fund
  6. Student Activism Fund


  1. Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar: #3, Student Affairs
  2. GradPathways: Graduate Student Career Exploration Group

Advocacy and Outreach

  1. Presidential Policy on Open Access Theses and Dissertations Comment Form Open *deadline this week*
  2. Student Mental Health Coalition recruitment
  3. UC Center: STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award

Positions and Opportunities

  1. 2019 WRRC Summer Graduate Research Award
  2. Summer GSR- computer materials engineering


  1. Food Access Resources
  2. Mental Health Resources
  3. Sacramento Graduate Student listserv

GSA related/sponsored

1. GSA @ Davis Farmer’s Market

gsa farmer market sq 2019

Please join the GSA for an evening at the Davis Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, April 10th from 5-7 PM in Central Park. Bring a folding chair or blanket to set up on the lawn to enjoy the live music and the company of grad students from diverse fields across the university!
The GSA will provide Mr. Pickles sandwiches, chips, cookies, as well as sodas and waters.
[Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available!]

2. 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.

3. 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 spring 2019

4. Coffee Bagel Donut Day

Join us for Coffee, Bagels, and Donuts this Friday in the GSA Office (253 South Silo) from 8:30-10!

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. Chancellor’s Leadership and Development Seminar: Student Affairs


Are you a student trying to get more involved on campus? Would you like to reach someone in charge but you don’t know who is responsible for solving the issues you are having? Do you have questions about food insecurity, healthcare or other issues under the Office of Student Affairs? Join us for the next Chancellor’s Leadership & Development Seminar with Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Emily Galindo. RSVP:

The seminar is April 16th, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Western Conference Room of the Alumni Center. There will be snacks!

Emily Galindo has been at UC Davis for a long time and is a valuable resource for almost any issue in which you might be interested. Please email with any questions about the seminar.

2. GradPathways: Graduate Student Career Exploration Group

Do you want to gain clarity on your professional goals? Are you wondering what career options are a better fit given your strengths and values? Would you like to be part of a small, supportive group of other graduate students similarly wanting these things? If so, consider the 6 sessions of GCEG, starting April 18th from 10-10:30 am, which is based on best practices in vocational psychology. If the meeting times work for you, email Karen Miller your name and student ID number:

Graduate Student Career Exploration Group:
This group is co-sponsored by GradPathways and is for graduate students who want explore their career related preferences, identify the comparative fit of career options of interest or expand their consideration of possible careers. Group members will integrate data from their personal strengths, work and family perspectives, and career assessments with occupational information. Group members are asked to increase their exposure to occupational information and opportunities over the course of the term.

Please note total cost of assessments is $20 (as $25 of the total $45 fee is paid for by Grad Studies) and expected time commitment for activities outside of the 1.5 hour, 6 session group time is approximately 1-2 hours per week.

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. Student Mental Health Coalition

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The Student Mental Health Coalition (SMHC) is made up of representatives from student and mental health organizations around campus to collaborate and advocate for issues of mental health and mental health care at UC Davis. This organization is for all students (undergrad, grad and professional) and needs more graduate student representation! If you are interested in learning more about SMHC or would like to take on a leadership role, please contact the SMHC leadership ( or the current grad student representative Elyssa Fogleman (, and see the SMHC form due by April 5th (here) *the deadline is past but if you’re interested, still contact SMHC or Elyssa Fogleman*

3. STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award

UC Center Sacramento is pleased to announce the STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award.

This award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students. The winner(s) will receive a $250 research stipend and – should their bill advance through the legislative process – will travel to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff (expenses covered by UCCS).

Submissions will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on June 14, 2019. Further information is available at UCCS STEM Solutions or on the UCCS website (

Positions and Opportunities

1. Summer GSR for Computer Materials-related engineering student

Possible GSR opportunity:

For continuing graduate students pursuing research in engineering, or continuing students from other disciplines, who are developing new computer-related applications and methods, such as materials science and nanotechnology, computational science, bioinformatics, and information technology. Visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies website for more information.


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. 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