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Dean Antony provides regular updates and shares important information outlining campus resources relevant to graduate and professional students. The Graduate Division welcomes students to reach out at any time with questions or concerns.

 


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Latest Updates


COMMUNICATING YOUR RESEARCH WORKSHOP

December 6, 2021

Do you ever struggle to explain complicated concepts related to your research? The grAdvantage program is offering a multi-day online workshop, "Communicating Your Research", which will be led by faculty and instructors from the UC San Diego Theatre & Dance Department. Participants will enhance their ability to articulate their research and inspire audiences. All UC San Diego graduate students and Postdoctoral Scholars are welcome, but spots are limited, so register asap.

DATES: December 14, 15, and 16, 2021

TIME: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT

REGISTER: TINYURL.COM/CYRFALL21


GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOURS

December 6, 2021

The Graduate Division hosts Open Office Hours during which graduate and professional students are welcome to ask questions of and share ideas with members of the leadership team: 

  • James Antony, Dean
  • Judy Kim, Associate Dean
  • April Bjornsen, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Erica Lennard, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Tamara Schaps, Assistant Dean of Graduate Strategic Initiatives
  • Tiffany Swiderski, Director of Graduate Student Financial Support

LAST FALL 2021 SESSION

Monday, December 13, 2:30-4:30PM PT | Register: bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs121321

*Following a caution we received at the beginning of the quarter, we’re doing them via Zoom only.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

December 6, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Ten

View the archives here


CHANCELLOR'S CHALLENGE - BOOSTER SHOTS

December 2, 2021

Chancellor Khosla has pledged $50K to the Basic Needs Hub - in support of food security, housing resources, and financial wellness. You can support health and well-being for ALL Tritons by getting your booster, and helping us reach our gal of 10,000 boosted students before the new year.

If you get you booster from another provider, you can upload your vaccination info into MyStudentChart to be counted amont the 10K. If it's been at least six (6) months since your last Pfizer/Moderna dose or two (2) months since your single J&J dose, you're eligible to receive a booster shot. 

Schedule your booster shot ASAP!


LET'S TALK FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

December 2, 2021

Did you know that UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers informal one-on-one consultations for issues such as stress/worry, sleep, motivation, focus recovering from setbacks, work/life changes, and relationships (personal and professional)? Let's Talk provides practical strategies, information and support for general well-being issues.  Sessions are still going on through Friday, December 10. See the schedule and instructions for signing up here.


COURSE DESIGN WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS

December 2, 2021

The Course Design Series by the Teaching + Learning Commons Engaged Teaching Hub focuses on designing, redesigning, or updating an existing course. Beginning with the end in mind, we integrate Backwards Design as the overall framework to guide educators through the process of developing an inclusive course with student-centered learning outcomes, aligned assessments, and active learning experiences. 

View upcoming opportunities in Dec, Mar, and Jun here.


2021-22 UCSD HEERF III GRANT

November 22, 2021

As announced to all graduate and profesional students via email on 11/12/21, UC San Diego received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) monies designated for students who have exceptional financial need. Grants have already begun being dispursed, but are still available, and the link to apply is under Financial Aid in TritonLink. See FAQs and more info here.


GRAD LIFE WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS

November 15, 2021

Starting Winter 2022 on weeks 2, 4, and 6, Grad Life will be hosting workshops for you to present your research to your peers. Come get some valuable practice at presenting your research AND FREE LUNCH! Learn more and register here. 


DISSERTATION WRITER'S WORKSHOP 

November 1, 2021

The Dissertation Writer's Workshop is a program specifically intended for ABD graduate students who are in the process of writing their dissertations. The program consists of 4 sessions, each designed to demystify the dissertation and give advanced graduate students time and space to write in the company of their peers. The workshop was recently converted to an online, self-paced learning resource that you can use asynchronously at a time/space that works for you.


EXTENSION OF TELEPRESENCE EXCEPTION FOR MASTER'S & DOCTORAL EXAMS

October 28, 2021

We're pleased to share that the Graduate Council has approved The Graduate Division's request to further extend the temporary option for graduate programs to allow either remote (via live video teleconference) or in-person master's and doctoral examinations through Spring Quarter [June 10, 2022]. We hope that this continued flexibility for remote exams will be helpful to students and faculty.


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FALL 2021 UPDATES (cont.)

STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

December 2, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Eight & Nine

View the archives here


THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY CLOSURE

November 22, 2021

Please be advised that The Graduate Division office will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Holiday closures for this academic year can be found on the Academic and Administrative Calendar 2021-2022 here.

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday break!


AFTER HOURS NURSE LINE

November 22, 2021

Any time Student Health Services is closed, as it will be Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, you can call the Student Health Services regular phone number 858-534-3300, and select the option, "After Hours Advice" to speak with a registered nurse who will assist you in obtaining the appropriate care. This service is free to all UCSD students.


UC GRADUATE STUDENT VIRTUAL SPEED NETWORKING-UC, WELLBEING MATTERS!
DATE: Tuesday, November 16
TIME: 5:15 - 6:30PM PT
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE BY FRI, NOV 12.

*UC Health Promotion Collaborative (UCHPC) is a practice-based network of UC campus professional health promotion leaders who combine their expertise to advance UC system-wide projects and initiatives that are informed by health promotion principles. UC HPC aims to promote forward thinking opportunities and solutions that best serve all UC students, build upon existing strengths across campuses and advance the value of health promotion across the UC landscape.

**ACHA-NCHA III Spring 2021 survey for Graduate/Professional Student


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

November 15, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Six & Seven

View the archives here


GRAD LIFE UCSD LIBRARY SERVICES WORKSHOP

November 15, 2021

Join us to learn more about the wide array of services provided by the UCSD libraries. 

DATE: Wednesday, November 17
TIME: Noon - 1:00 PM PT
JOIN REMOTELY HERE 


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

November 15, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Six & Seven

View the archives here


GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOURS

November 10, 2021

The Graduate Division hosts Open Office Hours during which graduate and professional students are welcome to ask questions of and share ideas with members of the leadership team: 

  • James Antony, Dean
  • Judy Kim, Associate Dean
  • April Bjornsen, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Erica Lennard, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Tamara Schaps, Assistant Dean of Graduate Strategic Initiatives
  • Tiffany Swiderski, Director of Graduate Student Financial Support
Upcoming sessions:

*Wednesday, November 17, 11:00AM-1:00PM PT | Register: bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs111721

*Monday, December 13, 2:30-4:30PM PT | Register: bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs121321

*Following a caution we received at the beginning of the quarter, we’re doing them via Zoom only. 


NEW INIATIVE: UC, WELLBEING MATTERS!

November 10, 2021

In spring 2021, more than 46% of graduate/professional school students nationwide reported feelings of loneliness and/or social isolation**. UC Health Promotion Collaborative (UCHPC)* is pleased to announce its inaugural launch of UC, Wellbeing Matters! This innovative initiative brings students from across all UC campuses together, virtually, to collectively support students’ whole self and their well-being. Together, they aim to foster health promoting skills; and form a UC community where our mutual connection becomes a source of strength to optimize students’ health, growth, and resilience throughout their academic journey and beyond.


FREE INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE TEACHING COURSE

November 8, 2021

If teaching will be an important part of your career, consider taking advantage of the free Teaching + Learning Commons 10 week course, "Introduction to College Teaching", which started the week of January 3 and ends the week of March 7. Note: it fulfills teh Padagogy Training component part 1 for the ongoing Recognition of Expertise in Equitable and Evidence-Based Teaching program.

DAYS/TIMES: select from Tuesdays 3:30pm-5:15pm (primarily in-person), Tuesdays 7:30pm-9:15pm (Remote), or Wednesdays 9:00am-10:45am (primarily in-person)

REGISTER HERE (until early Dec or until classes are full)


SUMMER GRADUATE TEACHING SCHOLARS PROGRAM

November 8, 2021

Nominations are due Friday, November 12 for the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) program, which provides an opportunity for graduate students to teach as Instructor-of-Record at UC San Diego, with intentional faculty mentorship and professional development to support you in the experience. Graduate students teaching in this program will receive the regular Summer Session salary as Associates-In and a $1,200 payment for participation in the training program. Faculty mentors will receive a $500 payment to a research account.


This program is ideal for graduate students who
* have an interest in teaching and would benefit from having Instructor-of-Record experience
* are ready to learn and reflect within a teaching community in preparation for and during teaching
* will have advanced to candidacy by February 4, 2022
* will be serving as Associates-In for the first time (priority given for first-time Associate-Ins)


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

November 8, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Five

View the archives here


UC SAN DIEGO VETERANS RECOGNITION CEREMONY

November 3, 2021

The 22nd Annual UC San Diego Veterans Staff Association Veteran Recognition Ceremony is coming up. The event is open to the public. This year’s ceremony theme is “Finding Meaning in Your Service.” See more about the honorees here and see more details below.

DATE: Tuesday, November 9
TIME: 11:30AM - 1:00PM PT
LOCATIONSupercomputer Center Auditorium 
RSVP BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 HERE


FALL COMPOSITION JURY CONCERT

November 3, 2021

On November 4 at 5pm PT the UC San Diego Music Palimpsest Ensemble, conducted by Distinguished Professor and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick, returns LIVE with four world premiere compositions by UC San Diego Music graduate students Erin Graham, Ioannis Mitsialis, Alex Taylor, and Jonny Stallings Cárdenas, as well as a special performance of Rebecca Saunders's Fury II, a concerto for double bass performed by Kathryn Schulmeister. See details here, but the concert will be performed LIVE from UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall or see livestream link below.

DATE: Thursday, November 4
TIME: 5:00PM PT
WATCH LIVESTREAM HERE


NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH (NAHM) 15TH ANNIVERSARY

November 1, 2021

Every November, the Intertribal Resource Center leads a campus committee in recognizing the achievements and contributions of Native American people and tribes. The committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff, all committed to increasing the Native American presence on campus, supporting Native American students and honoring our local tribal communities.

See the Native American Heritage Month Featured Events here, including the Kickoff Celebration on Thursday, November 4, 10:00-11:30am PT. 


2ND ANNUAL DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM

November 1, 2021

The Diversity and Science Lecture initiative is convening its second annual symposium November 8 - 10, 2021. Look forward to the following.

  • 20 talks from a diverse array of junior and senior scientists about their backgrounds and research
  • 3 panels on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM
  • Networking events and round table discussions to foster productive conversations about inequalities in STEM
  • A keynote address by David Asai, Senior Director for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Register by clicking on the link in the upper right-hand corner titled "Register" on their website. 


 STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

November 1, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Four

View the archives here.  


LATINX SPOTLIGHT SERIES

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October 26, 2021

Dean Antony was featured in the Latinx Heritage Month Spotlight Series posted by the Institute of Arts & Humanities here on Instagram. Learn more about the Institute and Chicanx and Latinx Studies here.

 


WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HISPANIC, LATINO AND LATINX?

October 25, 2021

Take a look at the UC News article by Antonio Campos in which he explains, "How one identifies [ethnically] is a lifelong journey that lends itself to nuance, and not necessarily a fixed construct." He also collaborated on this video featuring UC Berkeley associate professor Cristina Mora:

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STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

October 25, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Two & Week Three

View the archives here.  


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

October 11, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Two

View the archives here.


FALL QUARTER WRITING HUB OFFERINGS

October 11, 2021

The Writing Hub is offering a number of services to graduate students this quarter, including the following.

One-on-one and small-group writing consultations
Five-day writing retreats for making progress on long writing projects
A virtual writing room for making writing a daily habit
Writing workshops on the following topics:

     Reading in Graduate School
     Writing in Graduate School
     Writing in Your Own Voice
     Getting Good Advisor Feedback
     Achieving Style and Clarity
     Engaging and Effective Cover Letters
     PhD Program Statements of Purpose
     Framing Your Research
     Research Proposals
     Research Statements for the Academic Job Market
     Teaching Statements for the Academic Job Market
     Diversity Statements for the Academic Job Market
 
NOTE: All Writing Hub graduate student services are being offered remotely in Fall 2021.

 LET'S TALK: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

October 11, 2021

Student Health and Well-Being in partnership with the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) are offering weekly Let's Talk sessions this quarter for International Students

 DAYS/TIME: Mondays 3:30-4:30PM PT

Join them for informal support for international students with general wellness-related issues such as stress, adjustment, cross-cultural challenges, motivation, focus, and relationships. Let's Talk sessions are designed to provide practical strategies, information, and support.


CCST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY POLICY FELLOWS

October 11, 2021

Each year the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) Science & Technology Policy Fellows program recruits and trains a cohort of fifteen PhD scientists and engineers to spend one year working in Sacramento, directly serving decision makers within the California State Legislature and Executive Branch. The application will open December 1, 2021 for the cohort that will begin November 1, 2022.

Over the course of a 3-part webinar series, you can learn about the Fellowship program, what Fellows do on a day-to-day basis, the impact that the program will have on your career, and how to navigate the application and interview process through conversations with Fellows, alumni, and staff. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from Fellows’ personal experiences.

Why the CCST Fellowship?
DATE: Thursday, October 14
TIME: 11:00AM - Noon PT
REGISTER HERE

Life As A Fellow
DATE: Thursday, December 16
TIME: 11:00AM - Noon PT
REGISTER HERE

Navigating The Application
DATE:
Thursday, January 20
TIME: 
11:00AM - Noon PT
REGISTER HERE


TELL ME A STORY: CULTURA Y ESPERANZA (CULTURE AND HOPE)

October 11, 2021

To celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, Muir College will host an event for students, staff, and faculty to share their stories, called Tell Me A Story: Cultura Y Esperanza (Culture and Hope)Contributors will share about piece(s) of their Latinx heritage, how it gives them hope or what they hope for. “Tell Me a Story” will fill the Quad outside of the Middle of Muir (MOM).

DATE: Tuesday, October 12
TIME: 4:00 - 5:30PM PT
LOCATION: The quad outside of the MOM's Cafe (Muir Woods Coffee Shop)

We're proud that the contributors will include two of The Graduate Division's staff: Edgar Beas and Sinai Cota!


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

October 4, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week One

View the archives here


CAMPUS ZOOM SPACES

September 30, 2021

If you need to find space on-campus to attend fully remote calsses or need quiet place to Zoom between in-person classes, check out this list of Campus Zoom Spaces and check back periodically as it will be updated when more spaces become available.


RESOURCES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS & POSTDOCS

September 30, 2021

Hey, do you even KNOW how many amazing resources are offered by The Teaching + Learning Commons, particularly for graduate students and postdocs who are teaching? For instance, take a look at their Engaged Teaching Hub, or better yet, join their listserv by filling out this Google form


FALL GRAD DISSERTATION/THESIS SUBMISSION & FORMATTING WEBINAR

September 30, 2021

Graduate Division Academic Advisors will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting. The webinar is mostly aimed at students who are planning to file for graduation in Fall 2021 or Winter 2021. 

DATE: Wednesday, October 6
TIME: 10:30am PT
REGISTER:  bit.ly/ThesisWorkshopFall21

PREWORK: Please review the Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Manual.

Preliminary and Final appointments may be scheduled through the Graduate Division Academic Affairs calendar here and general info can be found on Preparing to Graduate here.


PRESIDENT'S AND CHANCELLOR'S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAMS

September 21, 2021

Did you know that by applying for the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Pogram (PPFP), you will also be considered for the UC San Diego's Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CPFP) as well? 

PPFP was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply here. The application deadline for the 2022-23 fellowship is November 1, 2021. And learn more about CPFP here.


RESOURCES FOR FALL

September 21, 2021

As we come back to campus, the following might be helpful. 

Return to Learn Website is always a great place to find the most up to date info on anything related to COVID-19 here at UC San Diego. The Return to Learn program began in May 2020 as a strategic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the goal of the ongoing initiative is to return to in-person teaching, research and service in the safest way possible. For instance, learn about the Fall 2021 Plan here.

Student Housing Safety Rules apply to all students who live in UC San Diego-provided student housing, which includes HDH Graduate and Family Housing.

The Student COVID-19 Compliance team, in collaboration with the Office of Student Conduct, provides leadership for promoting student compliance with the UC San Diego COVID-19 Testing Program, UC San Diego Facial Coverings Policy, UC Vaccine Mandate, and other, COVID-19 related student policies. Our office receives and processes reports of student non-compliance with COVID-related policies, and offers consulting and advising to the greater UC San Diego community on the enforcement of such policies. We meet with students to resolve incidents of non-compliance and answer their questions about the student conduct process. Additionally, we train and educate staff, faculty, and students about COVID-19 related student policies.

Review the Testing and Screening details, but in short, the testing requirements are as follows.

Vaccinated students: Weekly testing required for the first four weeks of the quarter
Unvaccinated students: Ongoing twice weekly testing required
Vaccinated employees: Weekly testing encouraged
Unvaccinated employees: Ongoing twice weekly testing required

And here is your Graduate and Professional Student Association President, Brian Lattimore, explaining why wearing masks keeps the entire Triton community safer.


TRITONS CARE

September 21, 2021

Tritons, Student Health and Well-Being and Student Affairs have launched a new platform called Tritons Care: your online wellness magazine just for UC San Diego students. Each month, it will offer info to help you succeed...and make sure you enter this month's drawing and be entered to win a $50 gift card!

Want info on the go? Download our free mobile app to get wellness content straight to your phone!


GRADUATE ADMISSIONS WALK-IN HOURS

September 17, 2021 

 While there is a lot of great info on the Admissions pages on our website, you might have admissions questions that you can't answer there. The Graduate Admissions team is available to assist walk-in students during the following times.

Mondays: 10:00-Noon and 1:00-3:00pm PT
Tuesdays: 10:00-Noon and 1:00-3:00pm PT
Wednesdays: 10:00-Noon and 1:00-3:00pm PT

Students should just knock on the front door of the Graduate Division Office located on the 4th floor of the Student Services Center.  


INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT TEACHING SYMPOSIUM

September 17, 2021

 Instructional Assistants will find tremendous resources at the Fall 2021 Instruction Assistant Symposium. All events will be held remotely via Zoom. See full information about the various session and the registration links on the website here.

DATE: Wednesday, September 22
TIME: Various sessions 9:00 to 1:45pm PT
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE


CATALYZING ADVOCACY IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEEERING REMOTE WORKSHOP

September 3, 2021

Each year the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) convenes a workshop that provides exciting opportunities to learn from science policy and advocacy experts about the role of science in policymaking and the federal policy-making process. The Workshop, which will be virtual this year, empowers participants with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. Learn more about the workshop and register on their website here. 


16TH ANNUAL BOUCHET NATIONAL GRADUATE FORUM

September 2, 2021

As an institutional partner, UC San Diego students, faculty, and university community are invited to attend the 16th Annual Bouchet National Graduate Forum: Disciplines-in-Dialogue in the Public Sphere. See the flyer here for details of the sessions and speakers.

DATE: Thursday, September 9
TIME: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT
REGISTER HERE


GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL OPEN OFFICE HOURS - REMOTE ONLY

September 1, 2021

In light of events temporarily not being allowed the first few weeks of the quarter and in an abundance of caution, we'll be convening the Graduate Division Open Office Hours via Zoom only. See more details here. 


FALL 2021 VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR SERIES

August 24, 2021

Check out the upcoming Fall 2021 Virtual Career Fair Series from the Career Center

Science and Technology
Thursday, October 7
10:00am - 2:00pm
Register Here

All Majors
Tuesday, October 12
10:00am - 2:00pm
Register Here

Graduate and Professional Schools
Thursday, October 14
10:00am - 2:00pm
Register Here

SUMMER 2021 UPDATES

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FALL 2021

August 24, 2021

The Division of Student Affairs is helping to (re)welcome you to UC San Diego with timely updates, tips, and guidance. See the first edition here.


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS RESOURCES

August 9, 2021

The UC San Diego Teaching + Learning Commons (aka The Commons) has terrific resources for students and instructors such as the following.

Introduction to College Teaching – registration now open for Fall 2021!
Will teaching be an important part of your career? Ready to consider the art and science of teaching? Develop expertise in evidence-based and equitable teaching practices, and create instructional material to use in your discipline. Free course from the Teaching + Learning Commons (2 hours class time/week for 10 weeks) open to UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs preparing to teach as part of their careers. More information can be found on the course syllabus.
NOTE: This course fulfills the Pedagogy Training component part 1 for the Recognition of Expertise in Equitable and Evidence-Based Teaching program (bit.ly/ethteach). 
DATE / TIME: You can select from: Mondays 3pm-5pm, Mondays 7:30pm-9:30pm, or Tuesdays 11am-1pmThe class starts the week of Sept 27th and ends the week of Nov 29th.
REGISTER HERE (open until mid-Sept or when class sessions are full)

See their website for more offerings!


MAKE A FREE VACCINATION APPOINTMENT

August 9, 2021

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Price Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site to all UC San Diego students, faculty and staff (including Health). Please make an appointment before arriving. Vaccination remains one of the most important ways to keep our community healthy, and all who can be vaccinated should do so as soon as possible.

GENTLE REMINDERAll students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus by Sept. 6, 2021, per a new University of California policy.  

The UC policy allows for medical exceptions as well as accommodations based on disability or religious belief; deferrals are also available for those who are pregnant. Those approved must follow campus guidelines, including masking, testing and daily symptom and exposure screening. Learn more about how to request an exception or deferral, which should be submitted no later than Sept. 2, 2021. 


RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

August 5, 2021

UC San Diego is aware of the struggles that some international students are facing in obtaining their F-1 visas etc. The delays that are being encountered are, no doubt, distressing so we just wanted to post a reminder that the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) is an excellent resource. They continue to monitor developments and post updates here on their website.

If you still have questions, feel free to contact them to learn more.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

August 4, 2021

As explained in the Chancellor's campus notice yesterday, UC San Diego is implementing the University of California's approved vaccine mandate policy. 

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. Full compliance with the policy is required by September 6, 2021, two weeks before the start of the fall term.

You will need to be fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after your final dose of vaccine) by September 6, 2021. The process for documenting your vaccination status – or applying for an exception or deferral – can be found in the sections below. Please submit requests for exceptions or deferrals as soon as possible and no later than September 2, 2021, in order to comply by September 6, 2021.

Please see the message that went out to students today from Vice Chancellor Satterlund (Student Affairs) about the vaccine documentation process, exceptions and deferrals, and more.


CONVERSATIONS FOR COLLEGE MEN'S MENTAL WELL-BEING

August 2, 2021

Check out the 3rd episode of "Talk It Out", the NEW monthly video series from UCSD Health Promotion Services promoting men's health with a focus on mental and emotional well-being for college men. This episode features the host, Christopher Spurling (UCSD Health Promotion Services), and special guest, Dominic Denning (UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment & Research Program). They discuss eating disorders, body image, ways to get involved in research. This series explores common men's mental health concerns, common issues college men report, and some of the services available to UCSD men.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: CHANCELLOR'S POSTDOC AWARDS

July 22, 2021

As was announced last month, the Office of Postdoctoral Scholar Affairs (OPSA) has relocated to The Graduate Division. We're so pleased to welcome our new team members.

Please help spread the word: OPSA is now working on the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring and Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar. The nomination period is open and the deadline for receipt of complete nomination packets is 5:00pm on Monday, August 2, 2021. Find more information or nominate a candidate here.

2021 Chancellor's Awards graphic

Finalists will be recognized and honored and the 2021 recipients for these awards will be announced at the virtual Awards Ceremony during Postdoc Appreciation Week on Thursday, September 23, 2021.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ISSUES FINAL COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

July 19, 2021

After an extensive consultation period that found strong support within the university community for moving forward with a COVID-19 vaccination requirement, UC’s final policy regarding required COVID-19 vaccinations has been approved. See the campus announcement about it here.

Students should review the frequently asked questions for students about UC's COVID-19 vaccination policy for more information. There is also a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions about the policy for employees that address many questions and concerns.

Guidelines for how the policy will be implemented system wide are being finalized and are expected to be issued by the Office of the President in the next few weeks. Compliance plans for each campus will then be finalized. Compliance action steps for UC San Diego employees and students will be disseminated in the weeks following. 


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PLANNING FOR FALL 2021

July 19, 2021

Last week's Return to Learn Weekly newsletter had some questions and answers that are likely to be of interest to our international students. 

QUESTION: Will there be remote courses or sections available for international students who cannot arrive in time for Fall Quarter due to visa or travel restrictions?
ANSWER: Yes. We are carefully monitoring the visa situation and making adjustments to our plans in order to ensure that international students are provided options that will enable them to make academic progress at UC San Diego. In some cases that may require students to make adjustments to their academic plans in consultation with their academic advisor; for instance, they might need to change the sequence in which they take certain courses. We urge all students with potential visa complications to communicate with their advisors and through the International Students and Programs Office (ISPO) about their needs. 

QUESTION: Will international students be eligible to receive a free vaccine in the Fall term at UC San Diego?
ANSWER: Yes, UC San Diego students will have access to free vaccination in the fall term. We will provide vaccinations to students who arrive who are not yet vaccinated. Learn more on the Vaccination webpage
.
QUESTION: If students have a choice between getting vaccinations in their home country or delaying until they arrive in the U.S., what is UC San Diego’s recommendation?
ANSWER: We encourage students to take advantage of vaccines which are available in their home country rather than delaying until arrival at UC San Diego.


 For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.


RESOURCES OFFERED BY THE COMMONS

July 19, 2021

The Commons is a terrific resource for graduate and professional students. 

Check out the Course Design Series - Aug 2-6, 2021.

Additionally, Self-Paced Online Workshops are now being offered. 

ONLINE Dissertation Writers Workshop
Part 1: The Genre, Audience, and Purpose of a Dissertation
Part 2: A Story Structure for Dissertations
Part 3: Creating Coherence between Your Chapters
Part 4: Strategies for Getting it Done
View the workshop modules here.

ONLINE Academic Job Market Workshop Series
Preparing for the Academic Job Market
Research Statements
Teaching Statements
Diversity Statements
Academic Cover Letters
View the workshop modules here. 

Each workshop will entail a combination of videos and optional worksheets and exploration exercises. You can engage with these resources at a time, place, and pace that’s right for you. We will resume offering in-person sessions of these programs next year. 

There are also Grad Writing Retreats coming up.

Grad Writing Retreats combine short workshops with dedicated writing time across five 4-hour sessions. Retreats give you structured time and space to make progress and present a variety of skills and strategies for sustaining long-term and/or high-stakes writing projects. 

Summer Retreat Dates
(5-Day): Monday-Friday, July 19-23, 1:00pm-5:00pm
(5-Week): Wednesdays, August 4-September 1, 9:00am-1:00pm
(5-Day): Tuesday-Monday, *September 7-13, 1:00pm-5:00pm
*This retreat starts on Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday
Sign up for the Grad Writing Retreats here. 

If you are interested in teaching development, sign up for their newsletter here.


SUMMER GRAD DISSERTATION/THESIS SUBMISSION & FORMATTING WEBINAR

July 8, 2021

Graduate Division Academic Advisors will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting. The webinar is mostly aimed at students who are planning to file for graduation in Summer or Fall 2021. 

DATE: Wednesday, July 14
TIME: 10:30am PT
REGISTER:  bit.ly/ThesisWorkshopSummer21

PREWORK: Please review the Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Manual.

Preliminary and Final appointments may be scheduled through the Graduate Division Academic Affairs calendar here and general info can be found on Preparing to Graduate here.


STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING COMMUNITY FORUMS - SUMMER QUARTER

July 6, 2021

Community Forums offer a space where we can focus on building connections, sharing and exchanging ideas, and learning from each other. These forums are offered for free throughout the quarter for all registered UCSD students.

  • ADHD Support Forum for Graduate & Professional School Students
  • Grief and Loss Support Forum for Graduate and Professional Students
  • LGBTQ Community Forum for Graduate and Professional Students
  • Graduate Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum

For details about dates, times, and descriptions please visit the webpage here


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ADVOCATES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (updated)

July 6, 2021

The University of California system and UC San Diego are actively advocating for international students so they can arrive in the U.S. to start and/or continue programs in the Fall 2021 term. Here are ways that the University of California Office of the President and UC San Diego are supporting students:

  • The University of California is working with several higher education organizations such as the American Association of Universities (AAU), American Council on Education (ACE), and NAFSA: Association of International Education to advocate for international students and scholars. For example, on June 10, the AAU, ACE, NAFSA and 38 other U.S. higher education organizations sent an​ ​​advocacy letter requesting a briefing from the Department of State officials on the implications of Presidential Proclamation 10043, "Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People's Republic of China, " for international students and scholars. This letter raises concerns about the reports that the proclamation is being applied very broadly and is causing delays in academic careers and critical projects.
  • The 4/30/2021 UCOP advocacy letter to the Departments of State and Homeland Security advocates for international students and scholars who may be impacted by the continuing visa delays and travel restrictions. The letter, signed by President Drake and all 10 Campus Chancellors, sends a clear message that the UC system supports and welcomes international students and scholars to our institutions. It also advocates for the re-opening of consular posts around the world as local conditions permit, an allocation of additional resources to address the long visa appointment wait times, and flexibility in the visa application process.

TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS RESOURCES

July 6, 2021

The UC San Diego Teaching + Learning Commons (aka The Commons) has terrific resources for students and instructors such as the following.

See their website for more!


ANTI-RACIST PEDAGOGY FELLOWS: CALL FOR GRADUATE STUDENT PROPOSALS

July 6, 2021

You are invited to apply for the 2021 Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning community (ARPLC) Fellowship! The purpose of this Fellowship is to support graduate students who have an interest in learning about and employing anti-racist practices into their teaching. Please visit the website for complete program and application details. Applications accepted through July 21, 2021.
Please note: 
The program is a two-quarter commitment and is open to all full-time UC San Diego graduate students who will be enrolled through the 2021-2022 academic year. 

And if you know Faculty that are interested in Community Engaged Learning or Anti-Racist Pedagogy, please feel free to spread the word that there are fellowships open to faculty as well. 


RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

June 22, 2021

 UC San Diego is working toward a primarily in-person instruction for Fall 2021 based on current public health guidance. We understand that there are serious concerns about the visa processing delays and how this may impact academic programs.

At this time, the campus is planning to offer remote coursework for key gateway courses so that students impacted by visa or travel restrictions can still make progress in their academic programs. Please contact your department/program--the Graduate Coordinator in your dept/program is a terrific starting point--if you need guidance on your enrollment and/or academic plans. Campus updates will also be announced via email and posted on the UC San Diego Return to Learn website so please check periodically for more information.

The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) continues to issue Form I-20s and DS-2019s to support students with their visa application and entry process. They will also provide updates as they become available via various tools:

ISPO Advisors are also available to meet with new and continuing students via Zoom drop-in advising. Please visit the ISPO Contact page for more information on those and more.


PRICE CENTER COVID-19 VACCINATION SITE

June 14, 2021

The Price Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site is open. Free COVID-19 vaccines are available to UC San Diego students and employees (including Health) as well as students enrolled at other University of California campuses. Members of the public are not eligible. Appointments are requiredLearn more on the Return to Learn Vaccincation page here.

Note: The University of California Office of the President is finalizing COVID-19 vaccine policy in the coming weeks.


CAREER RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

June 14, 2021

The UC San Diego Career Center has terrific resources for graduate and professional students. You might also want to check out grAdvantage, which empowers graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to achieve professional success by building community, developming career competencies and confidenc, and exploring diverse pathways to employment.Triton Tools and Tidbits podcast graphic

This episode of the Triton Tools and Tidbits podcast offers insight on career search and the graduate school application process from alumni and career services professionals.

The University of California Alumni Career Network is a high-impact, online series designed to provide UC alumni and community members with the insights, information, and connections to launch, grow and expand your career opportunities. For instance, you might want to check out this one.

    Acing the Interview - UC Alumni Network graphic


STUDENT RESEARCHERS UNITED REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION

June 14, 2021

As posted elsewhere on this site on June 3, 2021, please see the notice of request for recognition by Student Researchers United here. Should you have any questions, please contact Labor Relations at laborrelations(at)ucsd.edu.


2021 JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

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June 11, 2021

The annual holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, is coming up and the UC San Diego Black Staff Association (BSA) is hosting a virtual program that will celebrate the vibrancy and creativity of Black culture and express appreciation for the Black Excellence exemplified by Black staff across campus. 

You are invited!

The event is open to the entire UC San Diego community of staff, faculty, students, friends and supporters.

EVENT: Juneteenth Celebration and Black Excellence Awards
DATE: Thursday, June 17
TIME: 2:30 - 4:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE  


CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2021

June 10, 2021

We at The Graduate Division send out heartfelt congratulations to The UC San Diego Class of 2021! We appreciate your diligence and applaud your achievements during these extraordinary times. We trust that you have confirmed your plans for Commencement. We look forward to seeing any of you that will be at Triton Track on Saturday, and we’re pleased that others may share in the virtual ceremony broadcast via commencement.ucsd.edu.

GENTLE REMINDER FOR GRADUATES ATTENDING IN-PERSON: You must bring your guest(s) into the venue WITH you when you enter, show your ticket, and complete the health screening, etc. Guests are only allowed to enter WITH their graduate, and graduates are not allowed to re-enter if they leave the venue. No exceptions.

Additionally, if you haven’t already, check out the articles celebrating a few of our outstanding graduate grads: Sean Bearden-Physics doctoral recipient, Banah Ghadbia-Ethnic studies doctoral recipient, and Aleena Arakaki, Biomedical sciences doctoral recipient.


PLANNING FOR FALL QUARTER 2021 Q & A

June 7, 2021

Wondering what campus operations will look like this fall now that we know that the intention is for teaching to be primarily in-person in the fall? Check out this Q&A with Vice Chancellor Gary Matthews during which he discusses how he and his team are making plans for a safe campus

Also, take a look at the plan for Summer 2021 here on the Return to Learn website, which is a terrific resource.

SPRING 2021 UPDATES

STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

May 28, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Nine

View the archives here.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES AVAILABLE

May 24, 2021

As we approach the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder, UC San Diego has made resources and tools available for students and staff to utilize.

For instance, a processing space will be held for students to join in discussion and community on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder. The space will be co-led by Student Affairs Case Management staff Ana Bowens and Jacque Tejada.

EVENT: One Year Later: George Floyd Processing Space
DATE: Tuesday, May 25
TIME: 6:00-7:00pm PT
ZOOM LINK: Can be found in this document.

 

UPCOMING CAPS COMMUNITY SUPPORT FORUMS

  • Outside the Box Forum
    Thursday, May 27 3:30-5 p.m. (Contact cathompson(at)ucsd.edu for Zoom link)
  • UC San Diego Black Women's Collective
    Thursday June 3, 3:30-5 p.m. (Register at tinyurl.com/SQBWC)

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

In addition to the above, CAPS is always available for counseling appointments, no-cost
daily drop-in workshops and group forums. International students may utilize My Student
Support Program, at any time that is convenient.

Please see this document for more resources and reference materials.


VIRTUAL WEBINAR: CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ACCROSS US SAN DIEGO

May 18, 2021

The committee for UC San Diego’s Understanding and Protecting the Planet initiative invites members of the UC San Diego community to a virtual webinar that will explore how to connect people working in climate and environmental justice across UC San Diego.

Environmental and Climate Justice Work at UC San Diego: Past and Present

DATES/TIMES: Monday, May 24 from 3:00-5:00pm PT and Tuesday, May 25 from 4:00-6:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE


RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT CALFRESH

May 10, 2021

Folks at The HUB Basic Needs Center have partnered with San Diego County for a virtual clinic where you can apply for CalFresh directly with county workers and have any eligibility question answered. Financial Aid will also be present to assist with documents and questions. All undergrad and graduate students are welcome.

DATE: Tuesday, May 11
TIME: 1:00-3:00pm PT
REGISTER: bit.ly/spring-clinic

DATE: Friday, May 28
TIME: 1:00-3:00pm PT
REGISTER: bit.ly/spring-virtualclinic

Learn more about CalFresh, California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) here.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

May 10, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Six

View the archives here.


WALK-UP VACCINATION NOW AVAILABLE AT RIMAC

May 10, 2021

Please see the campus notice from Chancellor Khosla to learn more about how appointments at the RIMAC Vaccination Station are no longer required for UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. See station hours etc in the notice. We encourage all employees and students to get vaccinated as quickly as possible in order to protect the health and well-being of our campus community and our regional population. Please note the RIMAC site closes on June 1st, at which time a site at the Price Center will open up for UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff.


COMMUNICATING YOUR RESEARCH WORKSHOPS

May 3, 2021

The grAdvantage Communicating Your Research team will be offering stand along workshops in spring quarter on May 13 and June 3, followed by a 3 day workshop in mid-June.  Students can choose to take 1 or more of these sessions to improve their research communication skills.

MAY 13 - 10:00am-1:00pm PT: Building the Story of Your Research - Registration: tinyurl.com/cyrbsyr21

JUNE 3 - 10:00am-1:00pm PT: Metaphors and Analogies - Registration: tinyurl.com/cyrmas21

JUNE 15-17 - Time TBA: Communicating Your Research - Registration: tinyurl.com/cyr3dayspring


MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

May 3, 2021

Join Student Health and Well-Being (Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Promotion Services, and the Tritons Flourish Initiative) and our campus partners for virtual programs supporting mental health and well-being throughout the Month of May! For a complete list of online events and workshops, please visit: caps.ucsd.edu/may


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

May 3, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Five

View the archives here.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ADVOCATES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

April 30, 2021

We recognize that our international students are facing extraordinary challenges due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We wanted to share with you that  President Michael Drake and the 10 University of California chancellors have just sent a letter to the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security today advocating for our "over 43,000 international student and scholars that contribute to the vitality of U.S. education, research, culture, and innovation". Please read the letter for details.


WELCOME NEW GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

April 29, 2021

We're so pleased to be welcoming new Tritons to UC San Diego. By the way, if you have any questions related to your programs, a great resource is to ask your program's Graduate Coordinator. Their contact information can be found on this page.

New International Students, please also be advised that the International Students & Program Office (ISPO) will be a terrific resource throughout the course of your studies at UC San Diego. For instance, please see their resources for newly admitted International Graduate Students here. For instance, they have pre-arrival webinars.


GRADSERU CLOSING SOON

April 28, 2021

The Graduate Student Experience in the Research University (gradSERU) is only available through this Friday, April 30. Please make sure your voice is heard! 

The goal of the survey is to find out more about graduate and professional student experience and satisfaction.  Earlier surveys contributed to the University’s understanding of the graduate student experience and directly impacted policy and supportive programming across campus.  For example, the Triton Food Pantry was established in part based on results from the Well-Being Survey conducted in 2016.  Additional counselors with more diverse backgrounds were hired at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  The Division of Global Education created graduate student specific programming to enhance community building.

To encourage participation, 36 prizes are being randomly awarded [gift cards from $250 to $3000 in value].


RETURN TO LEARN STUDENT TOWN HALL COMING UP

April 29, 2021

Next week, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Alysson Satterlund is hosting a Return to Learn Student Town Hall. Ebonee Williams, Director of Virtual Experience and Peer Engagement Initiatives for Student Affairs, will host and Associate Dean Judy Kim will represent the Graduate Division for the Q&A portion of the Town Hall. Please join us if you can live, or a recording will be posted on this page afterward.

DATE: Tuesday, May 4
TIME: 6:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE


SAN DIEGO INTERCOLLEGIATE POWWOW

April 27, 2021

The Native American communities at UC San Diego and San Diego State University are hosting the first San Diego Intercollegiate Virtual Powwow. It will feature traditional Native American dancing and drums, introduction to the UC San Diego Powwow Princess, a frybread demonstration and celebrations of Native American cultures.

DATE: Saturday, May 1
TIME: 10:00am - 2:00pm PT
SEE MORE DETAILS HERE


UC STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN ZOOM CHATS

April 26, 2021

Insurance coordinators are available three days a week to answer questions.

Mondays: 11:00am-Noon (Zoom link here
Wednesdays: 11:00am-Noon (Zoom link here
Fridays: 11:00am-Noon (Zoom link here


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

April 26, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Four 

View the archives here.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA REVIEWING POLICY REQUIREMENTS

April 23, 2021

As stated in campus notices etc, the University of California and UC San Diego encourage members of our communities to get vaccincated as quickly as possible to protect against COVID-19. Additionally, the University of California is reviewing a proposed policy on COVID-19 vaccination "as part of its engagement with its community as it joins the California State University in supporting immunizations as part of an expected return of students, faculty, academic appointees and staff to in-person instruction across the state this fall." See more details and a link to the proposed policy here.


2021 GRADUATING MFA EXHIBITION

April 21, 2021

In Measurements of Progressthe graduating students of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts delve into the incremental steps of human progress from a historical, contemporary, and speculative vision. While humans strive for success, it is evident that the human struggle for peace, liberty, and justice is a process, not the endgame. The only constant in an ever-changing culture and global perspective is the requirement of creative solutions. This is why the role of art in society has been so important for thousands of years.

See details and how you can schedule a visit to this exhibit April 23 - May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute at Balboa Park here.


UC SAN DIEGO VIRTUAL GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE

Virtual Open House graphic

April 21, 2021

Help spread the word! If you know of anyone interested in purusing a PhD or a Masters, invite them to attend this virtual open house. They can gain insights into what constitutes a strong candidate for graduate school, as well as learn more about the amazing programs we have here at UC San Diego. Check out all the details on the event website here. 

 

DATES/TIMES: Thursday, April 29, 9:30am - 5:00pm PT and Friday, April 30, 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
WEBINAR: STUDY COORDINATOR 101

April 21, 2021

The UC San Diego Research Compliance and Integrity Office (RCI) is pleased to offer the Research Compliance Hot Topics and Training Program (Program) to all UC San Diego faculty, staff and students.  The Program will offer training through a variety of forums, including workshops, videos, newsletters and other activities, and is designed to serve as an educational resource to assist the UC San Diego research community with the complexities of conducting research.  Below is the information for the next session.

SESSION TITLE:  Study Coordinator 101
DATE:  Wednesday, May 19, 2021
TIME:  11:00 am to 12:30 pm
REGISTRATION (by May 17, 2021):  
To register, please click on this UC Learning Center link to directly register for the session.  Select Register in the dropdown menu.  Select Add and click Register in the lower right corner of the page. You will receive an email registration confirmation. 

If you have any questions, please contact the RCI Office at (858) 822-4939 or rci(at)ucsd.edu.


GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOURS

April 20, 2021

The next session of Open Office Hours is coming up in one week! All graduate and professional students are welcome to attend. Use the link you'll receive upon registration to drop in any time during the session to ask questions of and share ideas with members of the leadership team: 

  • James Antony, Dean
  • Judy Kim, Associate Dean
  • Emily Roxworthy, Associate Dean
  • Mary Allen, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
  • April Bjornsen, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Tamara Schaps, Assistant Dean of Graduate Strategic Initiatives
  • Tiffany Swiderski, Director of Graduate Student Financial Support
Remaining Spring Quarter Open Office Hours:

Tuesday, April 27, 10:00am-Noon PT | Register: bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs42721

Wednesday, May 26, 9:00-11:00am PT | Register: bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs52621


COMMUNITY SPACE TONIGHT: UNPACKING RACIAL INJUSTICE

April 21, 2021

The Center for Student Involvement is convening a community space this evening. *Dialogue Ambassadors and students in attendance will create a space to be in community and discuss personal reactions to the Derek Chauvin trial, as well as our feelings around policing in this country and racial injustices. This space will be facilitated by UCSD student Dialogue Ambassadors and supported by staff from both UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services and the National Conflict Resolution Center. [This dialogue topic has changed from sustainability stories to be in response to the continuing injustices against Black people and murder of Daunte Wright.]
DATE: Wednesday, April 21
TIME: 6:00 - 7:30pm PT
*Dialogue Ambassadors co-facilitate Circle Dialogues, known as community building circles, to provide a structured environment to generate dialogue among participants on a specific topic. Circle Dialogues foster open and supportive spaces for people to talk about differences, develop empathy and enhance perspectives.

This community building circle is a workshop listed within the iLead Program, hosted by the Center for Student Involvement. iLead is a drop-in workshop program that provides students the flexibility to choose workshop sessions on various communication and leadership topics that align with your individual interests and schedule. Full attendance at this workshop will grant you 2 stamps for the iLead Program. For more information, visit: ilead.ucsd.edu
VIRTUAL SPACE TO PROCESS CHAUVIN TRIAL VERDICT 

April 20, 2021
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Affairs Case Management is providing a space to process the verdict of the Derek Chauvin's Trial. The space will be facilitated by a CAPS Counselor and Student Affairs Case Manager and Outreach Specialist, Andrew Hua. We welcome individuals who are seeking an environment of support and would like to guidance and resource that can help individuals navigate these challenging times.
DATE: TODAY, Tuesday, April 20
TIME: 6:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE
STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

April 19, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Three 

View the archives here.


STUDENT VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS

April 19, 2021

Students are eligible for vaccination at any county vaccination site, including UC San Diego Health's Vaccination Station at RIMAC. to schedule your appointment, click "Register and check my eligibility on California's My Turn website. Complete the "Confirm eligibility" screen and then enter the La Jolla campus zip code 92093 when projmpted. Scroll to "Other locations" to find the RIMAC vaccination site. Follow the prompts to schedule your appointment. Students can also make appointments here.

(From Student Health and Well-Being) Key steps we need you to take:

Log in to your MyStudentChart account. 

From your desktop: Go to the “Visits” icon and then to “Schedule an Appointment.” Select “Tell us why you’re scheduling” and you will see “COVID-19 Vaccine 1st Dose.”

From your mobile app: Go to “Appointments” and then to “Schedule an appointment.” Select “Tell us why you’re scheduling” and you will see “COVID-19 Vaccine 1st Dose.”

Patients should take the first available appointment offering the vaccine that is appropriate for their age, regardless of brand.

If you don’t have a MyStudentChart account, you can go to our COVID-19 vaccine page and click on the self-scheduling link to make an appointment. 

Patients ages 16 and 17 can only be given the Pfizer vaccine and will need to bring a parent or guardian to their appointment.

See more details about vaccination on the Return to Learn website.


VIRTUAL SPRINGFEST 2021

April 19, 2021

After a very long feeling gap year, the UC San Diego Department of Music’s beloved Springfest event is (sort of) back! This year's Springfest will feature a weeklong series of virtual releases and events by UC San Diego graduate students, including virtual installations, live streaming performances, and digital premieres. See the full schedule and more details on the Facebook event page here.

Most days of the festival will feature video releases in the morning and both live and prerecorded virtual concerts in the evening. 

Scheduled premieres and live events will be hosted on the UC San Diego Department of Music's YouTube channel https://youtube.com/ucsdmusic.


PRESIDENT DRAKE'S MESSAGE: SEXAUL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

April 15, 2021

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THANK YOU TO GRADUATE DIVISION STUDENT WORKERS & INTERNS

April 15, 2021

UC San Diego employs over 10,000 students and while we MIGHT not be completely objective, we think our student workers and interns are the best! 

Our student workers assist with administrative work across all units including: communications, marketing, social media, video editing, website updating, supporting special events, conducting research and outreach, and managing special projects in support of graduate education. 

Graduate student interns provide high-level programmatic support to staff in the following areas: prospective student outreach and recruitment, professional development, student affairs, graduate education pipeline and student success programs, as well as the campus community centers. 

Our student employees also offer unique skills and knowledge stemming from their areas of academic interest and provide valuable input based on their perspectives as current students. 

Thank you, Jesse, Claudia, Stephen, Tenzin, Erik, Deborah, Johnny, Ana, and Khanh!!!


COMMUNICATING YOUR RESEARCH WORKSHOP: COMMUNICATION BEYOND FLUENCY

April 15, 2021

Do you feel anxiety or nerves around the thought of presenting your research in English? If you do…
The Communicating Your Workshop Team has designed a workshop for YOU. "Communication Beyond Fluency" focuses on strengthening your ability to talk about your research in English. In our single-day, 3 hour workshop, you will practice techniques for clearer communication and exercises designed to connect you with your most authentic voice. This workshop stems from the belief that, when we speak from our authentic self, we are able to communicate clearly with our audience.

This workshop is designed for graduate students for whom English is not their native language. It can be taken with the other workshops in the series or independently. Participants must commit to attending the full three-hours in order to fully benefit from the training. Priority will be given to applicants who certify in advance that they will commit to attend the full workshop without any conflicts. Please contact gradvantage(at)ucsd.edu with questions.

DATE: Thursday, April 22
TIME: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT (attendance for the entire session is strongly recommended)
REGISTER HERE


STUDENT VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS OPEN TODAY

April 15, 2021 (updated)

See Chancellor Khosla's campus notice about details of San Diego County opening up COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 16 years of age and older TODAY, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Students are eligible for vaccination at any county vaccination site, including UC San Diego Health's Vaccination Station at RIMAC. Students can make appointments here.


SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH 2021

April 15, 2021

April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Sexual assault is an issue that affects our entire community. The goal of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals about their role in prevention. SAAM has been recognized at UC San Diego since 2007 with efforts led by CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center and campus partners. Learn more about all the SAAM Events this month here such as the following.

NOTE: UNFORTUNATELY, IT APPEARS THAT THIS EVENT WON'T BE HAPPENING AFTER ALL. "Crafting with CARE" Want to find out more about how you can support survivors and respond to disclosures of violence with care? Join CARE at SARC and the Graduate Professional Student Association(GPSA) for Crafting with CARE as we craft responses to survivor disclosures and use them to construct a unique art project.

DATE: Friday, April 23
TIME: 6:00pm PT
REGISTRATION IS TBD, SO CHECK THE EVENTS PAGE. 


WHAT'S UP WITH 2021 COMMENCEMENT?

April 14, 2021
See Chancellor Khosla's recent announcement about the 2021 commencement speaker being UC San Diego Alumna Alicia Garza etc, and visit the Commencement 2021 website for details and registration. 

ANNUAL INTEGRITY AWARDS

April 14, 2021

Each year, on the third Wednesday of the Spring quarter, UC San Diego recognizes campus community members who have made substantial contributions to academic, research and professional integrity over the previous 12 month period. The event is organized by the Research Ethics Program and the Academic Integrity Office in collaboration with the Executive Vice-Chancellor's Office.

DATE: Wednesday, April 21
TIME: 3:30-4:30pm PT
REGISTER HERE 
CALFRESH BASICS WEBINAR

April 14, 2021

CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is federally mandated and in California, is state-supervised and county-operated.

The HUB Basic Needs Center is hosting a CalFresh Basics Webinar that will cover what CalFresh is, how to apply and get assistance from their team, and cover all of the basics. 

DATE: Monday, April 19
TIME: Noon PT
REGISTER HERE: bit.ly/cf-basics


VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR FOR ALL MAJORS

April 14, 2021 (updated)

It’s never too early (or late) to explore career opportunities! The Career Center’s Team works with leading employers from every industry to bring internship and job opportunities to students and alumni through Virtual Career Fairs. Attend UC San Diego Virtual Career Fairs where you can meet with employers through the Handshake Virtual Platform TOMORROW, Thursday, April 15, 2021.


CONGRATULATIONS: GRAD SLAM CAMPUS WINNERS

April 9, 2021

Last night the UC San Diego Campus Finals for Grad SLAM, a competition where students showcase the impact of their research in 3 minutes or less, were held. Check out the video recording here.

Each finalist met the challenge of giving a substantive, concise presentation that engaged the audience despite the remote environment.

  • Daril Brown – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Alec Calac – Public Health
  • Chelsea Chapman – Public Health
  • Brittany D’Ambrosio – Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use
  • Mohan Gupta - Psychology
  • Adrielly Hokama Razzini – Structural Engineering
  • Qishan (Lisa) Liang – Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Shijia Liu – Biological Sciences
  • Kevin Rychel - Bioengineering
  • Haleh Yazdi – Psychology


Congratulations to the top three:

THIRD PLACE: Adrielly Hokama Razzini, who presented, "Aircraft Structural Monitoring".

SECOND PLACE: Daril Brown, who presented, "From Singing to Speaking: Making a Brain-to-Tweet Interface".

2021 UC SAN DIEGO CAMPUS CHAMPIONHaleh Yazdi, a PhD student in Psychology, who presented, "Why Can't We All Be Friends? Complexities of Childhood Prejudice".


Finalists took home $500 to $5000, and the UC San Diego Campus Champion will go on to compete against other campus champions in the UC-wide finals on May 7.


WEBINAR: EXPERIMENTAL SOUND AND MEDIA ART OF MARYANNE AMACHER

April 9, 2021

The Art Science Connect: An initiative of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York presents "Unnamed Sensibilities: Experiemental Sound and Media Art of Maryanne Amacher" featuring UC San Diego Assistant Professor of Music Amy Cimini.

DATE: Monday, April 12
TIME: 9:00am PT
REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE


IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION WORKSHOP

April 8, 2021

Last week the Office of the President announced a significant security incident involving UC employee information. An interactive workshop, hosted by campus and UC San Diego Health leadership and IT personnel will be held. Attendees will learn how to register for credit monitoring, how to use the credit monitoring service, and how to take other steps to protect themselves. All UC San Diego faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the workshop.

DATE: April 8
TIME: 2:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE

NOTE: See more information on this Blink page on Security, and a video recording of the workshop will be posted there.


CAPS PROGRAM: LET'S TALK

April 7, 2021

The UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has a virtual program called "Let's Talk",  designed to offer drop-in confidential consultation services to graduate and professional students seeking informal support and assistance with common issues such as anxiety, stress, relationships, sleep, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes… etc. Especially useful during this period of social distancing, graduate and professional students can gain practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues. 

While “Let’s Talk” does not constitute professional counseling or mental health treatment, Dr. Christina Lambert and Dr. Tyler Hatchel, will be available to help students access care at CAPS as needed. 

All Spring 2021 “Let’s Talk” sessions will be held via Zoom as follows:

Dr. Christina Lambert                   Wednesdays      9:00-11:30 AM
Dr. Tyler Hatchel                           Wednesdays      1:00-3:30 PM
Dr. Haim Shemer                          Thursdays          2:00-3:00 PM

Please look for an email from your graduate coordinator with more details, including the sign-up and Zoom links.


THE SQUAD: SCIENTIFIC QUEERS UNITED IN ACADEMIC DISCOURE

April 7, 2021

The SQUAD lecture series aims to highlight LGBTQIA+ members of the STEM community with the goal of sharing experiences growing up in STEM and the research being done by queer scientists. By sharing stories and journeys towards various research goals, SQUAD hopes to build community and showcase examples of how LGBTQIA+ individuals have persevered to thrive in our respective scientific fields. Each session will consist of a 30 min talk followed by a short Q&A session and is the first of many events planned by Grad oSTEM @ UCSD!

DAYS: Third Thursday of the Month
DURATION: 30 minutes
ZOOM LINK: bit.ly/SQUADoSTEM


FEDERAL FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

April 5, 2021

UC San Diego recently received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) monies totalling $52 million dollars with $17.4 million designated for direct grants to students and $2,791,000 designated for graduate and professional students.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) authorized the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) and directed institutions to use this new federal funding to provide direct emergency financial grants to students for expenses related to any component of their cost of attendance, including: tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health), and childcare. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional financial need.

UC San Diego will begin disbursing HEERF II funding as CRSSAA Grants TODAY: April 5, 2021.

SEE DEAN ANTONY’S EMAIL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR DETAILS ABOUT ELIGIBILITY AND HOW TO APPLY.


STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING RESOURCES

April 5, 2021

The Student Health and Well-Being Cluster which includes Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Promotion Services, offer UCSD students a wide range of services. These services range from Primary Care, Pharmacy, Optometry, Counseling, Psychiatry, Health Promotion, Nutrition Services and much more. Visit their newly designed website (studentwellbeing.ucsd.edu) for details of their services. 

For instance, Student Health Services is offering Spring Flu Clinics.

If you are coming onto campus for any reason you are required to show proof  of having had aflu shot. The good news is they have flu vaccines at no cost, regardless of insurance type! 

DATES: Friday, April 9, Thursday, April 15 & Friday, April 23 
LOCATION: The Price Center - Ballroom A
HOW: Self-Schedule a time via MyStudentChart and complete the pre-visit e-check in.

**Please Note** 
You must wait for 2 weeks both before and after a COVID vaccine before receiving another vaccine, please message ASK A NURSE in MyStudentChart if you have any questions.

And Top 10 Things to Know About the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

If you have questions about UC SHIP, you can now speak with insurance coordinators three days a week.

MONDAYS: 11:00am-Noon (Zoom Link)
WEDNESDAYS: 11:00am-Noon (Zoom Link)
FRIDAYS: 11:00am-Noon (Zoom Link)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Join an Instagram Live session between UC San Diego Care at Sexual Assult Resource Center (SARC) and UC San Diego Health Promotion Services for information about sexual assault at UCSD, prevention methods, and resources available for students. Bring any questions you may have and invite your friends!

DATE: Friday, April 16
TIME: Noon PT
INSTAGRAMS@UCSDhps and @UCSDcare


VISUAL ARTS REMOTE GUEST LECTURE

April 2, 2021

Troy Lamarr Chew II (b. 1992 in Los Angeles, CA, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) explores the legacy of the African Diaspora and its reverberations throughout American culture. His work looks methodically at systems of coded communication and how this is translated and mistranslated both within the Diaspora and the mainstream.

DATE: Friday, April 9
TIME: Noon PT
YOUTUBE STREAM

See the full schedule of remote lectures here.


CLIMATE CHANGE WEBINAR

April 2, 2021

The Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) is hosting a webinar on "Climate Change in the Deep Ocean: Why does it matter?" Multiple experts will speak from around the globe and a Q&A session will be moderated by deep-ocean experts Lisa Levin (of Scripps Oceanography/CMBC) and Moriaki Yasuhara. See the flyer here.

DATE: Wednesday, April 7
TIME: 2:00-3:00pm GMT=3:00-4:00pm BST (London)=7:00-8:00am PDT (San Diego)
REGISTER HERE


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

April 2, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a weekly Zoom seminar featuring exciting scientific advancements followed by an open-ended Q&A session. The next one is April 6, at Noon PT:

"Creating a Movement: The importance of LGBTQ+ visiblity in STEM"
Lauren Esposito, PhD (She/Her/They/Them) Curator and Schlinger Chair of Arachnology
Founder & Director of 500 Queer Scientists
California Academy of Sciences

See the DASL website for details such as how to get the Zoom link and passcode as well as the schedule of upcoming speakers.


CESAR CHAVEZ CELEBRATION MONTH

April 1, 2021

April is UC San Diego's 20th Anniversary César E. Chávez Celebration Month. This year's theme is "50 Years of Chicano Movement: Honoring the Legacy & Struggle", and one highlight will be the Kickoff and Awards Ceremony featuring keynote speaker Cheech Marin.

DATE: Thursday, April 8
TIME: Noon - 1:30pm PT
REGISTER HERE

See the full calendar of events planned this month here.


SPRING GRAD DISSERTATION/THESIS SUBMISSION & FORMATTING WEBINAR

April 1, 2021

Graduate Division Academic Advisors will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting. The webinar is mostly aimed at students who are planning to file for graduation in Spring or Summer 2021. 

REVIEW DETAILS ON THE WEBINAR FLYER 
DATE: Wednesday, April 7
TIME: 10:30am PT
REGISTERbit.ly/ThesisWorkshopSpring21

PREWORK: Please review the Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Manual.

Preliminary and Final appointments may be scheduled through the Graduate Division Academic Affairs calendar here and general info can be found on Preparing to Graduate here.


NEW SUPPORT SERIES FROM THE WRITING HUB
April 1, 2021
The Teaching + Learning Commons Writing Hub offers terrific resources for graduate students. A new offering this quarter focuses on Academic Job Market Support. The workshops in the series are on select Fridays, 1:00-3:30pm, (Zoom RSVP Required), but there's also a Writing Group; no RSVP required. See details on their website here.

SCHOOL OF GLOBAL POLICY & STRATEGY EVENTS
April 1, 2021
Check out the webinars offered by the School of Global Policy & Strategy, such as the Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) Speaker Series, which is a formal speaker series, sponsored by the Center for Global Transformation, for faculty and PhD students who are eager to engage with the world's leading scholars.

UC SAN DIEGO'S EARTH MONTH 2021

March 31, 2021

UC San Diego will be celebrating Earth Month in April and the theme this year is Resilience. Visit the website for a calendar of event that will be updated throughout the month.


GRADUATE STUDENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT UNIT TRANSITIONED TO SERVICE NOW

March 31, 2021

The Graduate Student Financial Support Unit within the Graduate Division office has transitioned to using the Student Support Portal in ServiceNow (SSO login credentials required). This will replace the various email addresses that were historically used to submit requests. (Emails already received are automatically being converted to tickets within the system.)
This will ensure relevant information is accessible which will expedite resolving issues related to:
  • Billing, account payments, and fee remissions
  • Refunds, financial aid disbursements, and fellowship stipends
  • Third Party/VA sponsorship payments
  • Student tax documents (Form 1098-T)
  • Campus ID cards
  • How to become an authorized payer on a student account
  • Health insurance waiver information
  • Visiting graduate student support
NOTE: The following will not be in the Student Support Portal.
Payroll/Timekeeping/UCPath questions. Those need to be submitted via the UCPath Portal.
GRAD SLAM CAMPUS FINALS COMING UP

March 31, 2021

Congratulations to the finalists who will be showcasing the impact of their research in 3 minutes or less during the UC San Diego Grad Slam Finals!

  • Daril Brown – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Alec Calac – Public Health
  • Chelsea Chapman – Public Health
  • Brittany D’Ambrosio – Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use
  • Mohan Gupta - Psychology
  • Adrielly Hokama Razzini – Structural Engineering
  • Qishan (Lisa) Liang – Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Shijia Liu – Biological Sciences
  • Kevin Rychel - Bioengineering
  • Haleh Yazdi – Psychology

Check out the live-stream of the event:

DATE: Thursday, April 8
TIME: 4:00pm PT
WATCH HERE

Winners will take home $100 to $5000, and the UC San Diego Campus Champion will go on to compete against other campus champions in the UC-wide finals on May 7.


OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK: SUICIDE PREVENTION

March 31, 2021

Members of the UC San Diego Community will be walking on May 1 to raise money for suicide prevention wth the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A team has been created called UCSD that students, staff, and faculty can join and fundraise for teh cause or you can create a team of your own and have individuals join. 
DATE: Saturday, May 1
TIME: Opening ceremony is at 9:00am PT
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE
SPRING QUARTER OPEN OFFICE HOURS

March 31, 2021

The Graduate Division hosts Open Office Hours during which graduate and professional students are welcome to ask questions of and share ideas with members of the leadership team: 

  • James Antony, Dean
  • Judy Kim, Associate Dean
  • Emily Roxworthy, Associate Dean
  • Mary Allen, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
  • April Bjornsen, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Tamara Schaps, Assistant Dean of Graduate Strategic Initiatives
  • Tiffany Swiderski, Director of Graduate Student Financial Support
Spring Quarter Open Office Hours:

Wednesday, April 7, 2:00-4:00pm PT | Register: bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs4721

Tuesday, April 27, 10:00am-Noon PT | Register: bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs42721

Wednesday, May 26, 9:00-11:00am PT | Register: bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs52621


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

March 23, 2021

 

Interactive Remote Teaching Webinar
Wednesday, March 31, 1:00-2:30pm PT - Register

Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions in the Classroom
Thursday, April 1, 11:00am-12:00pm PT - Register

Teaching What You Don’t Know 
Friday, April 2, 2:00-3:00pm PT - Register

Teaching for Equity: Strategies for the Classroom 
Monday, April 5, 3:00-4:30pm PT - Register

Facilitating Tough Conversations in DEI Courses 
Thursday, April 8, 11:00am-12:00pm PT - Register

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT FORUM FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

March 23, 2021

Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, April 6 - June 1

If you are a graduate or professional school student who wishes to work through grief and loss related to death of a loved one, you may benefit from participation in this forum, a caring space to share experiences; give and receive support; explore common physical and emotional reactions; honor the uniqueness of each person's journey; practice self-compassion; and develop emotional resilience.  

Conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Christina Lambert, CAPS Psychologist, Kennedy Middleton, Graduate Well-Being Associate, and Anja Payne, Graduate Well-Being Associate. To see if this forum is a good fit for you, please contact Dr. Christina Lambert at 858-534-3035 or cdlambert(at)health.ucsd.edu


CAMPUS-BASED LOAN 101 MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS

March 22, 2021

The SFS Loan Administration Team and UCSD's Campus Community Centers have partnered up to inform our UCSD students about the Campus-Based Loan Program. The purpose of this workshop is to provide our students with information about loans offered through the Campus-Based Loan program by UCSD. The first workshop will focus on all Campus-Based Loans awarded to any eligible UCSD student. The second workshop will focus on the Dream Loan which is awarded to all eligible Undocumented AB540 students. The topics that will be touched upon in this workshop will include the following:

  1. What loans are considered Campus-Based Loans?
  2. What is an Exit Counseling session?
  3. What other options are available to manage my loan account? 
  4. What are some proactive steps you can take? 

Campus-Based Loan Workshop Date & Time: Thursday, April 15 @ 11:00am PT RSVP by: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Dream Loan Workshop Date & Time: Tuesday, May 11 @ 1:00pm PT  RSVP by: Monday, May 10, 2021 

REGISTER HERE


GRAD LIFE WORKSHOP: MICROAGRESSIONS

March 22, 2021

Grad Life and the Cross-Cultural Center invite you to learn and discuss the importance of recognizing and responding to microagressions in the workplace, the classroom, and beyond.

DATE: Monday, April 12
TIME: 4:00-5:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE

Accommodations Info: cccenter(at)ucsd.edu


2021 BLACK STUDIES PROJECT GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AND TRAVEL GRANTS

March 17, 2021

The Black Studies Project is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants. The awards are intended to partially offset dissertation research and travel expenses incurred in the U.S. or abroad. Supported research must examine some element of the black experience and/or the social, political, cultural, or economic factors that have shaped conceptions of blackness in relation to racialized structures and phenomena. Although preference will be given to dissertations that center such questions and themes, applications will be accepted from any project that contains at least one chapter that falls under the category of Black Studies.

Awards are intended for research travel before November 1st, 2021 and will not exceed $5,000. Funds may be used for travel, accommodations, meals, research assistance, copies, and in some cases supplies such as cameras or recording devices.

Applications are due no later than Friday, April 23, 2021. Visit the Black Studies Project website for details such as selection criteria and application requirements.

WINTER 2021 UPDATES

RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

March 18, 2021

Please be sure to frequently check out the resources offered by the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO). For instance, in collaboration with the International Faculty & Scholar Office (IFSO), they've launched two new innovative tools to support international students and scholars in the job and internship search process. 

  1. Interactive Alumni Employment map that shows the U.S. employers who sponsored UC San Diego international students on Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Academic Training and STEM OPT in 2020. 
  2. Interactive H-1B Employer map that indicates ALL the U.S. companies who sponsored individuals for professional employment in 2020. 

Drill down on the interactive maps to see company name, address information, and geographical location.


TRITONS FLOURISH INITIATIVE

March 17, 2021

Tritons Flourish is an initiative for the Student Health and Wellbeing Cluster. Its mission is to develop and provide resources for UC San Diego students to improve mental health and increase well-being. Learn more about the resources offered by visiting the Tritons Flourish webpage.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

March 12, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Ten 

View the archives here.


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

March 11, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is March 16, at 12pm featuring:

Dr. Kenneth A. Skinner – Postdoctoral Scholar, Jain Lab
Title: “Functional profiling of endogenous lipids in neurological disorders

Dr. Lydia Daboussi, Postdoctoral Scholar, Pfaff Lab
Title: “Peripheral Nerve Maintenance After Injury And During Chronic Disease"

See their website for details such as how to get the Zoom link and passcode as well as the schedule of upcoming speakers.


SPRING BREAK 2021: STAY SAFER, STAY PUT

March 8, 2021

Divisions and departments from across the university have come together to offer a full schedule of enriching opportunities for students to learn new skills, make connections, and have fun. Please check the page often as new opportunities are being added such as free admission for UCSD students at the Birch Aquarium Mar 17-28. We are so excited to safely share our Spring Break with you, Tritons!


NIH RESEARCH DIVERSITY SUPPLEMENTS INFO SESSION

March 8, 2021

Did you know that the National Institutes of Health provides funding to attract minority trainees (graduate and undergraduate) to research careers? The Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, or "Diversity Supplements", provide additional funding for trainees and faculty to work on an existing NIH-funded project. Learn more about it at this info session featuring panelists from UC San Diego's Neuroscience program.

DATE: Wednesday, March 17
TIME: 5:30pm PT
ZOOM LINK will be posted the date of the event here.


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

March 8, 2021

SNEAK PEEK: Teaching in Higher Ed certificate - coming in Spring/Summer 2021!

This certificate will recognize graduate and professional students who have achieved core pedagogical competencies needed to teach effectively at UC San Diego and in future careers. The experiences involved in completing this certificate provide opportunities to explore and implement evidence-based teaching strategies, develop an equity-mindset in supporting the whole student, design a student-centered course, and reflect on teaching in a community of instructors. 

Stay tuned for more information! Details will be announced in Spring 2021, with completion components including Introduction to College Teaching (offered quarterly, spring registration open here until 3/15), participation in a reflective course design experience and teaching community (multiple options), a teaching experience, and development of a reflective teaching portfolio.

**Teaching a course this summer and interested in this certificate? Check out tinyurl.com/course-instructor for Introduction to College Teaching registration, Course Design options, and a Summer Teaching Community.

And as always, check out the Instructional Support of TAs and IAs offered by the Teaching + Learning Commons. Watch past seminars and find more resources at keepteaching.ucsd.edu and email engagedteaching(at)ucsd.edu for more info.


VISUAL ARTS REMOTE GUEST LECTURE

March 8, 2021

UCSD Visual Arts presents, "Postcommodity: A Conversation About New Work" via YouTube Stream.on Friday, March 12, at Noon PT.

Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.

See other Visual Arts news and events here.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

March 5, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Nine 

View the archives here.


EXCEL WITH INTEGRITY ART CONTEST

March 4, 2021

The Academic Integrity Office is accepting submission for their annual art contest. 

How do you ensure that you excel with integrity? Why is excelling with integrity important to you? Show integrity through your eyes -- create art to share your vision -- and win a prize!

See details and submit entries via this Google form. Submissions are due by 9:00am PT on Friday, April 2, 2021.


UC SAN DIEGO CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HERSTORY MONTH

March 3, 2021

This important observance and celebration of diversity will feature a wide-range of programs focused on the many contributions of women in history, culture, and society. This year’s theme is "Feminist Transformations" and includes many programs such as "A Bold Policy Agenda for Work-Family Justice and Gender Equity During COVID-19 and Beyond". To register for this event and to learn more information about Women’s Herstory Month programs, please visit the Women’s Center web page.


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

March 3, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is March 9, at 12pm featuring:

Theanne Griffith, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Physiology and Membrane Biology, University of California, Davis
Title: “Cool Sensations: A new role for Nav1.1 in mammalian thermosensation”

See their website for details like how to get the Zoom link and passcode as well as the schedule of upcoming speakers.


FULL STEM AHEAD: THE JOURNEYS OF UC SAN DIEGO WOMEN IN SCIENCE

March 2, 2021

Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla invites you to join us for Full STEM Ahead: The Journeys of UC San Diego Women in Science, our second virtual Evening of Nonconventional Wisdom event, highlighting the extraordinary achievements and experiences of our leading-edge students, alumnae, faculty and leaders.

UC San Diego consistently graduates more women in STEM fields than our peers nationally. And it’s not just our students and alumnae who stand out – groundbreaking women scientists also sit atop university ranks as professors, researchers, clinicians and administrators. True to our founding as an experimental campus by scholars who weren’t afraid to push boundaries, many women in STEM at UC San Diego have forged a nontraditional scholarly path. Full STEM Ahead will explore a few of their personal journeys.

DATE: Wednesday, March 24
TIME: 5:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE

ABOUT THE SERIES: Sixty years after its founding, UC San Diego continues to challenge expectations and meet society’s biggest challenges. To celebrate our 60th anniversary, we are hosting five virtual Evenings of Nonconventional Wisdom showcasing the global impacts, leading-edge research and Triton spirit that for 60 years has helped solve the great challenges of our day. Connect with — and be inspired by — what’s next from UC San Diego. Learn more at sixtieth.ucsd.edu.


TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH SYMPTOM SCREENER

March 2, 2021 (updated)

We were informed yesterday that a technical issue is affecting the Daily Symptom Screener for some students. IT is working on this issue, but an email was just distributed to all students explaining more. Please refer to it for details, but should students experience barriers to accessing services due to this issue, please email ucsdtha(at)ucsd.edu for assistance.


GPSA CAREER NIGHT COMING UP

March 1, 2021

GPSA Career Nights expose graduate students to UCSD alumni that have pursued a variety of careers after receiving a graduate degree. Programming is designed to shed light on the broad array of career opportunities before you, help guide you through your next stage of professional development, and provide an opportunity for you to network with like-minded graduate students and alumni. The next GPSA Career Night is, "Searching for Jobs During a Recession." See event flyer here.

DATE: Thursday, March 4
TIME: 5:30 - 7:00pm PT
REGISTER ON HANDSHAKE at bit.ly/3uwBGtf


WINTER QUARTER 2021 GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOURS

March 1, 2021

Drop in some time between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Friday for Open Office Hours with Dean Antony and members of his leadership team to ask questions or share ideas. All graduate and professional students are welcome!

DATE: Friday, March 5
TIME:
11:00am - 1:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE: 
bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs3521


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

February 26, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters.

Week Eight 

View the archives here.


WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS FOR NEWLY ADMITTED INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

February 25, 2021

The International Students & Programs Office is teaming up with The Graduate Division and others to offer a series of workshops and webinars for newly admitted international students. Visit their website here to see the full list of events--you'll note they are designated as (GRAD) and (UNDERGRAD) or (ALL) -- as well as to sign up.


 February 24, 2021

  • Writing Consultations
    From brainstorming ideas, to developing a draft, to finalizing a submission, a Writing Consultant can work with you at any stage of the process. Writing Consultants prioritize giving supportive, actionable feedback to keep you moving forward. Book a consultation at ucsd.mywconline.com
  • Grad Writing Workshops
    Upcoming Workshops (all workshops are 10am-12:30pm on Fridays)
    Week 8: Resumes for PhD Students
    Week 9: Engaging Cover Letters
    Week 10: Wreck Your Draft
    Sign Up Here 
Questions about Writing Hub support: Email with questions about Writing Hub support. writinghub(at)ucsd.edu

TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

Feburary 24, 2021

Check out the Instructional Support of TAs and IAs offered by the Teaching + Learning Commons such as: 

Designing a Student-Centered Syllabus- Thursday, February 25, 2:00pm-4:00pm- Register
Supporting Students While Preserving Yourself: Strategies for One-on-One Interactions- Tuesday, March 2, 11:00am PT - Register
Teaching for Equity: Course Policies and Communication During a Global Pandemic- Wed, March 3, 10:00am-12:00pm PT- Register
Allocating Class Time & Planning for Day 1- Thursday, March 4, 2:00pm-4:00pm PT- Registration coming soon

 

Watch past seminars and find more resources at keepteaching.ucsd.edu and email engagedteaching(at)ucsd.edu for more info.


EPIC BOOTCAMP FOR POSTDOCS

 February 24, 2021

Help spread the word and keep this in mind for future years:

The Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs (OPRSA) is offering the EPIC Postdoc Bootcamp. (EPIC: Explore - Prepare - Innovate - Connect) This 16 hour professional development event is designed for postdoctoral scholars at the beginning of their training to help them make the most of their postdoc experience and establish a foundation for their future career success. Designed to meet many of the NIH training recommendations for training grants, including preparation of an Individual Development Plan, as well as the core competency requirements of the National Postdoc Association, the upcoming spring bootcamp will be held online via zoom on March 15, 18, 22, & 25 from 12-4 pm each day.  This workshop is in its fourth year and is highly valued by participants from all disciplines across general campus, School of Medicine, and SIO.


SOCIETY FOR WOMEN IN CHEM & BIOCHEM GRADUATE STUDIES LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

February 24, 2021

UCSD's Society for Women in Graduate Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry is looking for volunteers to help facilitate a workshop for 6-7 graders and 8-10 graders on the chemistry of slime during the upcoming Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Virtual Conference on March 13. They'll need to fill several roles such as leading the slime workshop, leading the broader impact topic, and answering questions in the chat. They will confirm roles when they have a finalized list of volunteers. 

 If you're interested, contact Stephanie or Deborah by March 6. Volunteers will get a t-shirt!


WINTER QUARTER WEEKLY DROP-IN WORKSHOPS ON RELAXATION SKILLS

February 22, 2021

CAPS is offering DAILY drop-in workshops for all registered students. Come spend an hour on Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00pm PT learning a variety of basic relaxation skills that will deal with daily anxiety. You will leave with practical exercises you can apply immediately to manage and reduce the symptoms of stress in your life. Check out the flyer for more information as well as the Zoom link. 


GRADUATE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM & OPEN STUDIOS

February 22, 2021

Graduate Research Colloquium - PhD Program in Art History, Theory, and Criticism

Many PhD students are actively engaged in presenting their research to a wider world at conferences and symposia at other universities – but not their home institutions. The Graduate Research Colloquium is meant to overcome this atomization or privatization of intellectual work, in a forum where the excitement and energy of individual projects can become known inside the local community.

DATE: Friday, February 26
TIME: 1:30-5:00 PT
YOUTUBE STREAM
--and--
DATE: Saturday, February 27
TIME: 10:00am - 12:30pm PT
YOUTUBE STREAM

Visit the event site for the full schedule.

Graduate Open Studios - MFA + PhD Art Practice Candidates

This year's Open Studios will be entirely online, with virtual studios put together by the participating artists, along with a series of panel discussions, a screening program, and an online exhibition. Panel discussions will take place from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. and viewers can engage in Q&A through the YouTube chat.

DATE: Saturday, February 27
TIME: 2:00 - 6:00pm PT

All content will be viewable starting February 27th at: https://visarts.ucsd.edu/gradexhibitions

Visit the event site for the full schedule.


OPT AND BEYOND: NAVIGATING THE US IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WEBINAR

February 22, 2021

Sponsored by the International Faculty and Scholars Office (IFSO) and International Students and Programs Office (ISPO). The webinar will feature student and scholar advisors and Claudia Martorell, an immigration attorney with Larrabee Albi Coker LLP as they provide information related to OPT, STEM OPT, changing to H-1B. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend!

DATE: Tuesday, February 23
TIME: Noon - 1:20pm PT
SIGN UP HERE


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

February 19, 2021 (updated weekly)

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Masters Career Week graphic

MASTER'S CAREER WEEK 2021

February 19, 2021 (updated)

The grAdvantage Master’s Career Week starts next week and will provide workshops and events with alumni and employers to help you prepare for the job search. The events are designed for master’s students and recent master’s alumni but are open to all grad students and postdocs. Registration information is below.

Career & Professional Development Resources for Master's Students: Monday, February 22, 10:00-11:00am PT

Resume Writing for Master's Students: Tuesday, February 23, 3:00-4:00pm PT

Networking Naturally for Quality and Impact: Wednesday, February 24, 1:00-2:00pm PT

Office Hours with Recruiter from California State Auditor's Office: Wednesday, February 24, 2:00-3:00pm PT

LinkedIn Tips & Tricks for Online Networking Success: Wednesday, February 24, 3:00-4:00pm

Negotiating a Job Offer: Thursday, February 25, 11:00am-12:00pm 

Transitioning from Grad School to Your Future Career (Master's Alumni Panel): Thursday, February 25, 4:00-5:00pm

You can also search for these events on Handshake under Events, using the keywords "Master's Career Week." Questions? Email gradcareers(at)ucsd.edu. 


GRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AT DOE NATIONAL LABORATORIES

February 18, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program 2021 Solicitation 1. The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a  Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. 

They ask us to bring to your attention 4 transdisciplinary research areas for encouraging graduate training activities at the convergence of multiple disciplines and communities, including Microelectronics, Data Science, Conservation Laws and Symmetries, and Accelerator Science. They strongly encourage applications in these areas.  

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 5, 2021.


2021 TRITON LEADERS CONFERENCE: ADVANCING EQUITY

February 18, 2021 (updated)

The 2021 Triton Leaders Conference centered around Advancing EquityCheck out the speeches by extraordinary leaders like Chief Executive Director of the San Diego LGBT Community Center Cara Dessert ’05, Director of Athletics Earl Edwards, and distinguished social scientist Alondra Nelson ’94, PhD, the newly-appointed U.S. Deputy Director for Science and Society.


CALFRESH VIRTUAL CLINIC

February 18, 2021

County workers will be assisting students to apply for Calfresh and/or answer any eligibility questions they may have. Students are now also able to use the new temporary eligibility criteria below to qualify for CalFresh, which will allow many more students to receive benefits. There’s a current increase in max allotment benefits (through June 2021), which means if students apply and receive benefits, they can receive up to $234/month to spend on groceries. Financial aid will also be there to answer questions.

DATE: Wednesday, Feburary 24
TIME: Noon - 2:00pm PT
REGISTER HEREbit.ly/calfreshclinic

FYI NEW ELIGIBILITY:
CDSS released ACL 21-11 outlining new guidance on the relaxed CalFresh college student eligibility rules under the Consolidated Appropriations Act. These temporary changes will be in effect for applications until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted at the federal level and include:

  • Students who are eligible for federal or state work study are now eligible for CalFresh; they no longer have to anticipate working.
  • Students with a $0 EFC (Expected Family Contribution) can now also qualify.

GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

February 18, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, February 23, at 12pm featuring:

Andrea M. Gomez, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley
Title: “Alternative splicing choices for synaptic function”

See their website for details like how to get the Zoom link and passcode as well as the schedule of upcoming speakers.


GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM & POLITICS WITH ALICIA GARZA '02

Alicia Garza webinar graphic

February 12, 2021

ASUCSD External Affairs and UCSD Department of Political Science invite you to a conversation with Alicia Garza, who is a grassroots activist, Black Live Matter co-founder and a UC San Diego alum.

DATE: Wednesday, February 17
TIME: 6:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE

 


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

February 12, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, February 17, at 12pm featuring:

Jennifer Hope, PhD  Postdoctoral Fellow, Bradley Lab (SBP)
Title: “PSGL-1: Kicking our T cells’ metabolism into high gear

Judith Flores, Graduate Student, Devaraj Lab
Title: “Reconstitution of Diglycerol Kinase (DAGK) and other membrane proteins in artificial membranes"

See their website for details like how to get the Zoom link and passcode as well as the schedule of upcoming speakers.


UC PRESIDENT MICHAEL V. DRAKE REFLECTS ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 11, 2021

Screenshot of Pres Drake's Black History Month video 

UC President Michael V. Drake reflects on the Black workers, scholars, artists, and activists who have propelled the University of California – and the world – forward, and the work that remains to be done to achieve our ideals of equality, inclusion, and justice.

Check out the UC San Diego Black History Month events here.


10 TIPS FOR HANDLING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS AT WORK

February 11, 2021

The UC Alumni Career Network brought together a panel of UC experts to share their advice for better workplace conversations, including setting yourself up for success, navigating challenging topics, finding common ground and more.

Moderated by author Jaime Carias (’08, UC Santa Barbara), civic engagement coordinator and fellow, USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, this event featured:

  • Nicole Cox (’13, UCLA), manager, EY
  • Annalyn Cruz (’00, UC Santa Barbara), senior manager of leadership & management development, Electronic Arts
  • Sunny Lee (’97, UC Irvine), assistant vice chancellor & dean of students, UC Berkeley

SEE THE ADVICE HERE.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VACCINATION SITES

February 11, 2021

Volunteers are needed to help vaccination operations at UC San Diego’s RIMAC site as well as the Petco Park Vaccination Super Station, which is operated in cooperation with San Diego County and the San Diego Padres. Both non-medical professionals and licensed medical professionals are needed. Please note, employees need supervisor approval if volunteering during work hours. Learn more about volunteering here.


WEBINAR: AT A GLANCE PROPOSAL GRAPHICS

February 10, 2021

We live in an at a glance society. We see proof everywhere we look: social media, advertising, books, television, email, in signs, software and websites. Evaluators and decision makers no longer expect information to be succinct and clear—they REQUIRE it. If we fail to embrace at a glance communication, we will lose more. This innovative, high-energy webinar shows you the latest trends and how to turn words and data into winning bid and proposal graphics.

DATE: Friday, February 26
TIME: Noon - 1:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE

THE SPEAKER@Mike_Parkinson is a geek. He is 1 of 36 Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the world, a CPP APMP Fellow, an internationally recognized communication and presentation expert, best-selling author, and professional trainer. Mike’s keynotes, training, books (“Billion Dollar Graphics” and “A Trainer's Guide to PowerPoint: Best Practices for Master Presenters.”), and tools (www.Build-a-Graphic.com) help companies succeed while saving money and time. He a partner at 24 Hour Company, a premier creative services firm, and owns Billion Dollar Graphics.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

February 9, 2021 (updated weekly)

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Week Six  

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WINTER QUARTER WEEKLY DROP-IN WORKSHOPS ON SLEEP HYGIENE

February 9, 2021

Sleep hygiene is the practice in which sleeping habits can be improved. Join Dr. Benjamin Metta Penhas, Psy.D. on Tuesdays from 11:00am - Noon (except 3/9/21). Check out the flyer for more information as well as the Zoom link. 


GRAD SLAM DEADLINE APPROACHING FEBRUARY 16

February 9, 2021

Grad SLAM is an annual Univesity of California public speaking competition showcasing the potential impact of graduate students' research. It will be virtual this year and did we mention there are cash prizes? Visit the Grad Slam page to learn more, and complete this interest form to get on the Grad SLAM mailing list.

Guidelines on how to record and submit your video are available online here.

CSI is offering drop-in coaching for participants to work on their presentations, receive and give feedback on research talks, and build confidence as they prepare:
Tuesday, February 9th, 2 to 3 p.m. | Register Here
Friday, February 12th, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Register Here
Tuesday, February 16th, 1 to 2 p.m. | Register Here

Writing preparation workshops and additional resources are available on the Grad SLAM website

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT RECORDED TALKS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

February 9, 2021 (updated weekly)

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Week Five  

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CONVERSATION: HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST

February 8, 2021

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is an American author, professor, anti-racist activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy in America. As of July 2020, he is the director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University and was also included in Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2020.’

DATE: Wednesday, March 3
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE

You're invited to participate by submitting questions that you would like to hear discussed via this form or when you register. Attendees will also learn how to receive his book: How to be an Antiracist.


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

Feburary 5, 2021

Check out the Instructional Support of TAs and IAs offered by the Teaching + Learning Commons such as: 

Reflective Mentorship- Wed, February 24, 10:30am-12:00pm - Register
---And Workshops specific to Course Design/Development---
Developing Course Learning Outcomes & Course Calendar- Thursday, February 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm- Registration coming soon
Designing a Student-Centered Syllabus- Thursday, February 25, 2:00pm-4:00pm- Registration coming soon
Teaching for Equity: Course Policies and Communication During a Global Pandemic- Wed, March 3, 10:00am-12:00pm- Register
Allocating Class Time & Planning for Day 1- Thursday, March 4, 2:00pm-4:00pm- Registration coming soon

Watch past seminars and find more resources at keepteaching.ucsd.edu and email engagedteaching(at)ucsd.edu for more info.


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

February 4, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, February 9, at 12pm featuring:

Karina Barbosa Guerra, Graduate Student, SBP, Deshpande Lab
itle: “Identifying Novel Epigenetic Regulators of The HOX/MEIS Gene Cluster in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Jonatan Matalonga-Borrel, Postdoctoral Scholar, SBP, Dong Lab
Title: “Identification of a Notch agonist: towards treating Alagille Syndrome"

See details like who to contact to get the Zoom link and passcode on their website.


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

February 2, 2021

Some limited-term exceptions to regulations during Winter '21 and Spring '21 quarters were recently approved to support students as they continue to navigate their academic careers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Deadline to change grading option (letter or pass/not pass) extended to the end of the 10th week of instruction for undergraduate students
  • Deadline to change grading option (letter or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) extended to the end of the 10th week of instruction for graduate students
  • Deadline to drop a class or withdraw with a “W” grade extended to the end of the 7th week of instruction for undergraduate students
  • Exclude P/NP grades from the 25% limit on the number of units that may be completed on a P/NP basis, and allow students not in good academic standing to enroll in courses for P/NP credit
  • Allow students to repeat courses with the P/NP or S/U grade option if they previously completed the course for a letter grade and received a D or F. 

See details in the January 22 campus notice.


UC SAN DIEGO'S 19TH ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 2, 2021

This year's theme is The Black Family: "Representation, Identity, and Diversity". The Black family has been a topic of study in many academic disciplines such as history, literature, visual arts, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Celebration of the family offers a rich tapestry for exploring the African American past and present.

We so appreciate the work of the Black History Month Planning Committee, who are again this year putting together terrific educational and celebratory campus activities such as the...  

UCSD Black History Month Celebration and Scholarship Awards Ceremony

This free, virtual celebration will feature two dynamic and engaging keynote speakers:

Helen V. Griffith, Ed.D., UC San Diego alumna, and inaugural executive director of The Preuss School UC San Diego.  

Starla Lewis, a global teacher of self-love and Professor Emeritus, whose work focuses on Life Mastery, Women’s Empowerment, Black Studies, and Diversity. Starla is the founder of C.E.L.L. consulting, Co-Creator of "Woman’s Worth: Reclaiming Our Divinity & Our Destiny" and Co-Author of “I Am: My Own Self-Validation”. 

Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Kandu Moore, “Southern California’s funnest DJ”! Making memories one song at a time.

DATE: Friday, February 26
TIME: 4:00-6:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE

But please visit the website to see the FULL LINE UP OF EVENTS!

The Graduate Division is proud to be a donor to the scholarship fund to assist continued efforts to support African American students at UC San Diego.


MENTORING MATTERS

January 29, 2021

Dear UC San Diego Graduate and Professional Students,

As you may know, January is recognized as National Mentoring Month. In fact today, January 29th, is “Thank Your Mentor” Day so I encourage you to take a moment today to reach out and tell your mentors what their support has meant to you. For those of you who serve as mentors to our undergraduate students or others in the community--thank you for your service. Want to share your UC San Diego mentoring story? Please complete this quick form and we’ll follow-up about featuring your story on our website and social media channels in the future.

Research has shown high-quality mentorship is key to the academic success and overall well-being of graduate and professional students; as Dean of The Graduate Division, I am committed to ensuring all students can access high-quality mentorship at UC San Diego. Over the next year, The Graduate Division will work to collect information from stakeholders on available mentoring programs, mentor training opportunities, best practices in mentoring, and ideas for improving mentorship at UC San Diego. We look forward to engaging you, our graduate and professional students, in these efforts to understand the current mentoring landscape on-campus and how we might enhance, improve, and innovate together. We will be in touch periodically about this work and also welcome you to reach out with ideas about mentorship at any time by emailing graduatedean@ucsd.edu. 

Sincerely,

James Antony
Dean, The Graduate Division

#ucsdmentors
#thankyourmentor
#mentoringmonth
#mentoringamplifies


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

January 29, 2021 (updated weekly)

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Week Four  

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CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT PETERS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

January 29, 2021

While the UCSD community will receive notification of the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine via official campus notices and UC San Diego Health updates like this one, we wanted to mention that *Representative Scott Peters is hosting a series of virtual town halls during which information will be presented to San Diegans. They'll discuss the state of the vaccine rollout in San Diego as well as provide updates on the continued efforts to fight the virus in the San Diego area.

The next town hall will feature Dr. Shane Crotty from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, and Dr. Corinne McDaniels-Davidson, Director of the Institute for Public Health (IPH) at San Diego State University.

DATE: Wednesday, February 3
TIME: 5:00 - 6:15pm PT
LOCATION: Virtual via Cisco Webex and Rep. Scott's Facebook page

*Scott Peters serves as the representative for the 52nd Congressional District, in which the main campus of UC San Diego is located.

REMINDER: Visit the Return to Learn website frequently for the lastest on UC San Diego campus operations, safety precautions, screening, testing, and more.


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

January 29, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, January 26, at 12pm featuring:

Dr. D’Juan Farmer – Choi Postdoctoral Fellow, Crump Lab, USC
Title: “Molecular and cellular control of skeletal progenitors in the vertebrate skull”

See details like who to contact to get the Zoom link and passcode in their website.


WOMEN IN STEM VIRTUAL SEMINAR

January 28, 2021

The San Diego Multi-Campus Transformation and Equity Network (MCTEN) is an NSF-funded partnership between UCSD and SDSU working to promote gender equity in STEM.  They are holding a Women in STEM Virtual Seminar on February 15-16. See more details in the event flyer here, and/or register for the events here.


WINTER QUARTER 2021 GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOURS

January 28, 2021

Drop in some time between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Fridays: February 5 and March 5 for Open Office Hours with Dean Antony and Associate Deans Kim and Roxworthy to ask questions or share ideas. All graduate and professional students are welcome!

DATE: Friday, February 5
TIME:
11:00am - 1:00pm
REGISTER HERE: 
bit.ly/GradDivOfcHrs2521


DATA SCIENCE SUMMER INSTITUTE - INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR UC GRAD STUDENTS

January 26, 2021

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is offering data science graduate students and advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to join the Data Science Summer Institute (DSSI) — interns who get to work on real problems that really matter to our country. 

The two Summer 2021 sessions will be held from May – Aug and June – Sept. (Exact dates TBD.) See more details such as when, where, and how to apply on the DSSI website.


STUDENTS WITH DEPENDENTS ASSISTANCE FORM

January 25, 2021

UCSD Student Affairs Case Management Services is happy to share that an assistance form has been established for Students with Dependents (SwD). If you are a EC San Diego student with dependents who is experiencing increased hardship surrounding financial security or in need of general resources, you are encouraged to complete this form.

Check out resources available to SwD here.


WEEKLY LGBTQ COMMUNITY FORUM FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

January 25, 2021

Convened weekly on Thursday's from 4:00-5:00pm weeks 3-10, this group is offered as a way to connect to your community, develop a sense of belonging, and have a general safe space to discuss relevant topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Romantic, personal, digital, & professional relationships
  • Queer topics in the academy & media
  • Intersectionality & minority stress
  • A sense of belonging during these strange times
  • Coping with issues like imposter syndrome, career development, & finding meaning

The forum is for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ or an ally and is a graduate/professional student. To protect the integrity and commitment to community, this group will have a brief screening process. See details in the flyer here.


CORNELL WEBINAR: SAFER SCIENCE

January 22, 2021

Just in case it is of interest, Cornell University is offering a a webinar, "Safer Science: Strategies to protect at-risk researchers when conducting fieldwork" on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 10:30am-Noon PT.

Description: As a result of identity prejudice, certain individuals are more vulnerable to conflict and violence when they are performing scientific work in the field. To help create change and best practices, everyone within the scientific community will benefit from learning more about the risks some colleagues face performing fieldwork. Register here and join the conversation on Twitter: #SaferScience


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

January 22, 2021

Check out the Instructional Support of TAs and IAs offered by the Teaching + Learning Commons such as: 

Responding to Microaggressions in the Classroom- Mon, February  1, 10:00am-11:00am- Register
Reflective Mentorship- Wed, February 24, 10:30am-12:00pm - Register
---And Workshops specific to Course Design/Development---
Reimagining Teaching- Thurs, February 4, 11:00am-12:30pm- Register
Developing Course Learning Outcomes & Course Calendar- Thursday, February 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm- Registration coming soon
Designing a Student-Centered Syllabus- Thursday, February 25, 2:00pm-4:00pm- Registration coming soon
Teaching for Equity: Course Policies and Communication During a Global Pandemic- Wed, March 3, 10:00am-12:00pm- Register
Allocating Class Time & Planning for Day 1- Thursday, March 4, 2:00pm-4:00pm- Registration coming soon

Watch past seminars and find more resources at keepteaching.ucsd.edu and email engagedteaching(at)ucsd.edu for more info.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

January 22, 2021 (updated weekly)

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Week Three  

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2021 TRITON LEADERS CONFERENCE: ADVANCING EQUITY

January 22, 2021

Each year, the Triton Leaders Conference brings together volunteers from across UC San Diego and around the world. Alumni, students, staff, faculty and community leaders alike have the opportunity to gather as Tritons, connect with fellow attendees, explore campus priorities, learn, share and grow.

The 2021 Triton Leaders Conference will center around Advancing Equity, an important and necessary focal point during this period of deep civil unrest and movement for change. UC San Diego, through research, teaching, learning and service, is committed to dismantling the structural and behavioral norms that perpetuate injustice and systemic inequality.

Check out the speaker bios and the agenda.

WHEN: Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6, 2021
WHERE: Virtual
COST: Free
REGISTER HERE


CAPS OFFERS LET'S TALK WINTER 2021

January 21, 2021

The UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is pleased to offer “Let’s Talk”, a program designed to offer virtual drop-in confidential consultation services to graduate and professional students seeking informal support and assistance with common issues such as anxiety, stress, relationships, sleep, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes… etc. Especially useful during this period of social distancing, graduate and professional students can gain practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues. Learn more on the flyer or by visiting the website.


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

January 21, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, January 26, at 12pm featuring two speakers:

Angela Nicholson-Shaw – Graduate Student, Pasquinelli Lab
Title: “Live, Love, Let Go: Poly(A) Binding Proteins and Career Transitions”

Shanna Newton Lavalle, Graduate Student, Mellon Lab
Title: “Kiss1 is differentially regulated in male and female mice by the homeodomain transcription factor VAX1"
 

See Zoom details like who to contact to get the passcode in the flyer.


EALTH ALERT: LIMITING NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

January 20, 2021

Please take a moment to read this brief Health Alert from VC Satterlund, Interim Executive Director Scioscia and Executive Director Jhaveri.


LEARN MORE ABOUT GRAD SLAM

January 19, 2021

Grad Slam is an annual Univesity of California public speaking competition showcasing the potential impact of graduate students' research. It will be virtual this year and did we mention there are cash prizes? Visit the Grad Slam page to learn more, and complete this interest form to get on the Grad SLAM mailing list.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUCCESS TIPS & RESOURCES

January 19, 2021

The International Students & Program Office (ISPO) is offering a course to support the academic success of international students as well as facilitate access to campus resources. Students can review short modules and videos at their own pace or reference multiple times throughout the year.  Learn more here.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

January 19, 2021 (updated weekly)

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Week Two  

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2021 VIRTUAL CHANGEMAKER WEEK

January 19, 2021

UC San Diego is kicking off the third annual Changemaker Week—January 16-23—students, staff, faculty and alumni can participate in an array of free workshops and online activities centered on public and community service, social innovation, research, social justice and more. See details on the Changemaker Institute website here.


"CREATE YOUR OWN GEISEL" 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONTEST 

January 15, 2021

Show your creative interpretations of Geisel Library and enter to win a UC San Diego Bookstore e-gift card! Submit an original expression of the building using the medium of your choice now through January 22. Visit the Library's website to see details.


MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN: RESOURCES AVAILABLE (updated )

January 15, 2021

As we all struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy during these tumultuous times, I wanted to ensure that you are aware of resources available to you. For the record, I’m in absolute agreement with the Chancellor’s statement on the violence at the US Capital last week. All this said, I wanted to inform you about an webinar recorded on this topic:

January 14, 2021 WEBINAR: Election 2020 - What Now? What Next? 

Description
The circumstances surrounding the 2020 Presidential Election have extended into 2021. With the violence on the Nation’s Capitol on January 6th, 2021 and the Inauguration in the near future, many continue to grapple with questions and emotions related to this election cycle.

Panelists
Dr. Dan Butler - Professor of Political Sciences
Dr. LaGina Gause - Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Thad Kousser - Department Chair/Professor of Political Science
Dr. Barbara Walter - Professor of Political Science

Our faculty are leading experts on the issues, and some have also written reactions to the Jan 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Should you feel moved to take action, please know that UC San Diego encourages free, civil discourse that is respectful and reasoned. Learn more about Free Expression here. You might find this guide to talking with those on different sides of the political spectrum helpful. However, please keep in mind that we are still under a Stay Home Order and must adhere to the campus safety requirements that are in place.

Finally, if you need support, please don’t hesitate to look into the events and resources offered by the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

January 15, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, January 19, at 12pm featuring two speakers:

Daniella N. McDonald – Graduate Student, Mali Lab
Title: “Novel Model for Multi-lineage Human Development + Developing Human Connection via Novel Differences”

Mallika Iyer (she/her) – Graduate Student, SBP Godzik Lab
Title: “Studying the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 through the lens of protein structure” 

See Zoom details like who to contact to get the passcode in the flyer.


PRESIDENTIAL GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (GOLD) FELLOWSHIP

January 14, 2021

The UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) is excited to announce that we will be continuing the Presidential GOLD Fellowship program for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021! This program offers doctoral-level graduate students in any academic discipline an opportunity to spend a quarter, semester or summer term in residence or virtually in Sacramento for the purpose of conducting public policy research on issues germane to California, engaging with state policymakers, and supporting undergraduate education at UCCS. Check out the website for application requirements and submissions are due by February 1, 2021.


UCSD RECREATION: VIRTUAL FINANCIAL EDUCATION CENTER

January 13, 2021

UCSD Recreation has partnered with California Coast Credit Union to offer a new virtual no-cost Financial Education Center for students, faculty, and staff. The Center is a one-stop shop for financial information and one-on-one education on topics ranging from budgeting and credit scores to financing a car or even saving for retirement, and much more. You can chat for free with an expert every Tues/Wed from 2-4:30pm. Learn more here.

Check out other offerings from UCSD REC here.


UPDATE: DISSERTATION/THESIS SUBMISSION & FORMATTING WEBINAR

January 13, 2021

Each quarter the Graduate Division hosts online Dissertation/Thesis Submission & Formatting Workshop Webinars. During the webinar, Graduate Division Academic Advisers will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting. This webinar is most appropriate for students who plan to file for graduation in Winter or Spring 2021.

DATE: Wednesday, January 20
TIME: 10:30-11:30am PT
REGISTER HERE

Please review the Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Manual prior to the workshop!

And preliminary and final appointments may be scheduled through the Graduate Division Online Calendar here. General information can be found at: http://grad.ucsd.edu/academics/preparing-to-graduate/ 


HDH DONATION PROGRAM

January 11, 2021

Take a look at the HDH Donation Program if you or another student you know either have or need any of the following items:

  • desks
  • tables
  • lamps
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 Queer Science Society graphicNEW UCSD QUEER SCIENCE SOCIETY

January 11, 2021

QSS is the queer postdoc-led group you’ve been waiting for! All queer and allied scholars (whether grad student, postdoc, or research scientist) in the San Diego area are invited to attend.

Regular meetings will be held on Zoom at 7 PM the second Monday of the month beginning TONIGHT and this one will explore advance Postdoc@UCSD survey results that uncover surprising disparities between LGBT and non-LGBT postdocs! 

Want to join the group? FILL OUT THIS FORM.

Virtual meetings will consist of discussing literature or video that illuminate opportunities and challenges for LGBT individuals. We hope IRL meetings will happen eventually, too. Contact Evan Boyle with questions: eboyle(at)ucsd.edu.


NEW WEBSITES LAUNCHED FOR STUDENT HEALTH & WELLBEING

January 8, 2021

Check out the new and improved websites that just launched.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

January 8, 2021 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters for COVID-19-specific tips.

Week One  

View the archives here.


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

January 8, 2021

Check out the WINTER 2021 SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS offered by the Teaching + Learning Commons such as: 

Foundations of Teaching: How People Learn - Monday, January 11, 11:00am-12:00pm PT Register here
Supporting Students While Preserving Yourself: Strategies for One-on-One Interactions - Friday, January 15, 9:00-10:00am PT Register here
Interactive Remote Teaching - Friday, January 15, 2:30-3:30pm PT- Register here (Q&A and Zoom Demos 3:30-4:00pm)


AND THEY OFFER INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT:

Remote Teaching Consultations 
Wondering how to teach on Zoom or create community remotely? Request a teaching consultation to talk through questions or ideas with an experienced instructor in the Engaged Teaching Hub. Request a teaching consultation here.

 

Check out the Welcome Packet for IAs

 

Prepare with an online toolkit of information for your IA role
Join the Keep Calm and Teach On canvas site: https://tinyurl.com/IA-TeachOn in order to access essential strategies and templates for:


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

January 8, 2021

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, January 12, at 12pm featuring two speakers:

Rhea-Comfort Addo – Graduate Student, Yelon Lab
Title: “Signaling Pathways Driving Cardiac Pacemaker Cell Development in Zebrafish”

Swetha Godavarthi, PhD – Project Scientist, Spitzer Lab
Title: “Postsynaptic neurotransmitter receptors regulate presynaptic neurotransmitter identity”

 

See Zoom details like who to contact to get the passcode in the flyer.


WINTER QUARTER 2021 UPDATES FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

January 5, 2021

Please take a moment to review the Winter Quarter 2021 updates for Graduate and Professional Students.


UC SAN DIEGO RECREATION PRESENTS THE WINTER PLAYGROUND

January 4, 2021

The Winter Playground is now open! Recreation winter virtual Playground classes run from Jan 4 - March 13 with a wide variety of offerings for adults and kids including yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, meditation, guitar, and more! Registration and passwords are required for all Playground offerings. SEE DETAILS HERE.


WINTER QUARTER 2021 GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOURS

January 4, 2021

Drop in some time between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Fridays: January 15, February 5, and March 5 for Open Office Hours with Dean Antony and Associate Deans Kim and Roxworthy to ask questions or share ideas. All graduate and professional students are welcome!

DATE: Friday, January 15
TIME:
11:00am - 1:00pm
REGISTER HERE


HEALTH ALERT: RETURNING AMIDST A SURGING PANDEMIC

January 4, 2021

GENTLE REMINDER: Please review the Health Alert sent out on December 30, 2020 for critical info about operations during Winter Quarter. One of the highlights was the news that...

Starting January 2, 2021, undergraduate and graduate students—including those living in Graduate & Family Housing and off-campus students—may now participate in self-administered no-cost asymptomatic COVID-19 testing by visiting a vending machine at one of the 10 sites listed below. You may pick up and drop off a test kit between the hours of 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., seven days a week.
Muir College: Roots Restaurant
Thurgood Marshall College (Lower): TMC Residence Life Lobby
Warren College: Across from the Residence Life Office
Eleanor Roosevelt College: Next to the Laundry Room
Village at Pepper Canyon: Lodge
Seventh College: Next to the Parcel Center
South Mesa: 9126 Laundry Room
One Miramar: Next to the Parcel Center
Nuevo East (Porton) Outdoor Gym Area
Price Center: 1st Floor across from Burger King
Self-administered testing allows you to test at a time and location of your choosing. Kits include instructions and the supplies needed for testing. Kits should be returned within 72 hours of pick-up at the drop-off bins located at the pick-up locations.

FALL 2020 UPDATES

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 Dear Graduate and Professional Students,

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As we embark on this much-needed break, I just wanted to applaud you for all your efforts. These are extraordinary times, and we see that you are making extraordinary efforts. We have all had to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, and while it has taken its toll, my hope is that in the future, we might find value in some of the skills we are acquiring/refining now in order to benefit our families, communities, and beyond... even more than we would have in “ordinary” times. Graduate and Professional students and graduates shape the modern world. Thank you for your determination to be such an exceptional contributor to our society. Your achievements give our work, here at the Graduate Division, meaning and for that we are truly grateful.
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I wish you all the best for this Winter Break… to rest, to have some fun, and reconnect with your loved ones. We look forward to continuing to support you in 2021.
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Take care.
Jim

WINTER 2021 CAMPUS OPERATIONS PLAN

December 22, 2020

By now you will have seen the comprehensive update from the Chancellor's office on winter quarter instruction plans, weekly testing protocols, and campus housing.

REMINDERS: 


RESOURCES DURING THE WINTER BREAK

December 22, 2020

During Winter Break, the UC San Diego campus will officially close between Dec 24 - Jan 1.  Here are some things that might be of interest over the campus closure.

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CONTINUATION OF EXTENDED TIME-LIMIT FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS

December 22, 2020

While you would have received it last week, we wanted to offer a gentle reminder to please take a moment to read through the email from Dean Antony regarding the continuation of extended time-limit for doctoral students.


EXCEPTION EXTENDED FOR ASEs & GSRs - CHILDCARE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

December 21, 2020

Please be advised that the UC system as extended the modification to the childcare reimbursement program for ASEs. It will be implemented for GSRs as well. See more details in the recent letter from Associate Director - Labor Relations Nadine Baron Fishel.


GRADUATE DIVISION WEBSITE RENOVATIONS

December 17, 2020

As part of a larger website renovation project, the Grad Life website and the Graduate Division websites have now been combined. The project, of which this is just the first, visible step, will go on for several months. 

Most content from the Grad Life website, including the Dean's Updates, has now been nested in the Student Life Section on the Grad website and the old links should redirect you to the new content. If you're having any problems viewing pages, please hit "Shift+F5" a few times to refresh your browser. Thanks for your patience as we continue to try to make website navigation more seamless for students and campus partners alike.


Q&As WITH RETURN TO LEARN EXPERTS

December 17, 2020

Check out the weekly series of Return to Learn Q&As.

 


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

December 15, 2020

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The last session of 2020 is TODAY Tuesday, December 15, at 12pm featuring Beto Vasquez, the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for CREATE UCSD and the Associate Director of several STEM equity and inclusion offices on campus will discuss his work in a talk titled, "Equity in STEM: The Impact of Institutional Agents."

See Zoom details in the flyer.


UPDATE: SELF-ADMINISTERED COVID-19 TESTING PROGRAM

December 11, 2020

The following sites are now open for students to pick-up and drop-off free self-administered asymptomatic COVID-19 testing kits between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm seven days a week. Appointments are not needed at any of the sites.

NOTE: ALL students must register for MyStudentChart in order to receive all COVID-19 testing instructions and result notifications. 

See the original announcement about the launch of self-administered testing here.


STUDENT AFFAIRS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED NEWSLETTERS

December 11, 2020 (updated weekly)

Check out the Student Affairs What We've Learned Newsletters for COVID-19-specific tips.


VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: HOW TO SET (AND MEET) YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALSWorkshop graphic

December 8, 2020

December Graduate Student Lunch & Learn: In this workshop for grad students and postdocs, you will learn how to effectively set goals to achieve your most important professional priorities and to translate those goals into concrete, actionable steps while staying motivated and accountable along the way. Don’t miss your chance to develop the fundamental goal-setting skills that will help you successfully chart and navigate your career journey now and into the future.

DATE: Thursday, December 10
TIME: 11:30am - 12:30pm PT
REGISTER ON HANDSHAKE

 

  


UPDATES ON GSGEI / NRST COVERAGE

December 8, 2020

Please take a moment to read the announcement from Dean Antony sent out yesterday regarding UCSD now excluding four COVID-affected quarters (SP20, FA20, WI21, and SP21) from the calculation of 3-year eligibility for pre-candidacy GSGEI or from the calculation of 3-year eligibility for post-candidacy waiver of Non-Resident Student Tuition (NRST).


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

December 7, 2020

Remaining offerings from the Teaching + Learning Commons include: 

  • Interactive Remote Teaching - Wed, December 9, 12:30pm-1:30pm (Q&A and Zoom Demos 1:30-2:00pm) Register here
  • Discussion Section on Discussion Sections: Effective Strategies and Common Concerns - Thu, December 10, 1:00pm-2:00pm Register here
  • Equitable Grading Practices - Fri, December 11, 10:00am-12:30pm- Register here (facilitated by Writing Hub)

And additional opportunities:

  • Communicating Your Research Online Workshop
    This intensive multi-day workshop will enhance participants’ abilities to vividly articulate their research and inspire audiences. Participants will incorporate storytelling, metaphor and gestures while practicing innovative communication of their research. All current UC San Diego graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome, but spots are limited so register as soon as possible.
    Note- If you are an incoming graduate student in Fall 2020, please note that we plan to host a separate online workshop better suited to those just embarking on their research journeys. We'll send separate communication about this to incoming students later this summer.
    Workshop fee is fully subsidized by grAdvantage.
    Dates: December 15-17, 2020, 10 am – 1 pm Pacific Time
    Register here by Monday, December 7th
  • Introduction to College Teaching – Winter 2021 Register now!
    Will teaching be an important part of your career? Ready to consider the art and science of teaching? Develop expertise in evidence-based and equitable teaching practices, and create instructional material to use in your discipline. Free course from the Teaching + Learning Commons (1.5 hours class time/week for 10 weeks) open to UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs preparing to teach as part of their careers. More information can be found on the course syllabus.
    Date and Time: One class per week for Winter quarter (10 weeks, starting week of Jan 4); select from Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm, Wednesdays 12:00-1:30pm, or Thursdays 8:30pm-10:00pm
    Register here, open until December 18th or until sections are full. 
  • Course Design Series
    Preparing to teach your own course? Join us for a comprehensive Course Design Series to design, redesign, or update an existing course! This will be offered in a hybrid format, with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous elements.
    To learn more and to register for the December session (running Dec 7 - 18), click here: https://bit.ly/33rA4Vv.
    **Note to those nominated for SGTS and/or teaching in summer session: This will be offered again at the end of Winter quarter, which is ideal timing for prepare summer session courses—stay tuned for that!
  • Writing Consultations
    From brainstorming ideas, to developing a draft, to finalizing a submission, a Writing Consultant can work with you at any stage of the process. Writing Consultants prioritize giving supportive, actionable feedback to keep you moving forward. Book a consultation at ucsd.mywconline.com.
  • (Virtual) Writing Room
    The (Virtual) Writing Room is a daily, supportive, and focused time and space for you to make progress on your writing projects. The Writing Room is facilitated by a Grad Writing Consultant, who helps you set a goal for the writing time and provides gently accountability to help keep you focused. No RSVP or commitment required, just come and work. Learn more about the Writing Room and find the meeting links at: https://writinghub.ucsd.edu/for-grad-students/room.html. 
  • Remote Teaching Quick Consults 
    Take 20 min to talk through questions or ideas with an experienced IA in the Engaged Teaching Hub. Whether you’d like ideas for helping students prepare for finals or want to get some quick pointers for teaching on Zoom in winter quarter, Remote Teaching Quick Consults are designed as short time slots available for you when you need it. Connect with us for some just-in-time support for you as an Instructional Assistant (IA= TA/reader/tutor) or Associate-In.
    Reserve your spot: Select a Quick Consult spot on this calendar and a zoom link will be shared prior to the meeting; if you prefer a different time or a longer consultation, request a teaching consultation here. 

GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

December 7, 2020

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, December 8, at 12pm featuring: 

Nuttida Rungratsameetaweemana, PhD - Postdoctoral Scholar, Sejnowski Lab
Title: “Probabilistic information processing in humans and recurrent neural networks"

Stephen Sakuma - Graduate Student, D'Angelo Lab
Title: "Inhibition of Nuclear Pore Complex Formation Selectively Induces Cancer Cell Death"

See Zoom details in the flyer.


TRITON HEALTH ALERT

December 1, 2020

Please take a moment to look through the recent Triton Health Alert from VC Satterlund and Dr. Scioscia, which includes things like required testing if you left campus or participated in unmasked activities, self-administered testing, and locations for testing.


GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOURS

November 30, 2020

Drop in some time between 3:00 and 5:00pm on Friday for Open Office Hours with Dean Antony and Associate Deans Kim and Roxworthy to ask questions or share ideas. All graduate and professional students are welcome!

DATE: Friday, December 4
TIME:
3:00 - 5:00pm
REGISTER HERE


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

November 30, 2020

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, December 1, at 12pm featuring 

Anila K.V. Madiraju, PhD - Research Associate, Shadel Lab
Title: “Where's the Fat? CRTC1 Maintains Metabolic Homeostasis & Supports White Adipose Tissue Remodeling in Response to Diet by Curbing Hyperinflammation"

Olivia Molinar-Inglis, PhD (she/her) - Postdoctoral Scholar, Trejo Lab
Title: "APC-PAR1 confers anti-apoptotic protection through the β-arrestin-2-Sphk1-S1PR1-Akt axis in the endothelium"

See Zoom details in the flyer.


WEBINAR: UC'S 2020 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS ON CHANGING THE WORLD THROUGH SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY

November 19, 2020

UC President Dr. Michael V. Drake, and UC Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez, cordially invite you to: “In Conversation: UC’s 2020 Nobel Prize Winners on Changing the World Through Scientific Discovery”

Join us as we recognize the University of California’s newest Nobel laureates and hear them reflect on the value of scientific discovery, and its momentous impact on society at large. The virtual discussion will highlight the role of research in understanding our world, improving our quality of life, and informing critical public policy decisions. UC is recognized around the world for pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation in chemistry, physics, physiology and medicine. Learn how UC cultivates a culture of opportunity and discovery, supports women in science, fosters the next generation of innovators and continues to redefine the role of public research institutions to serve the public good.

Honoring UC’s four 2020 Nobel Prize winners:

UC Berkeley Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
JENNIFER DOUDNA

UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus
Acting Director, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
REINHARD GENZEL

UCLA Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
ANDREA GHEZ

UC Davis alumnus and Professor of Virology, The Rockefeller University
CHARLES RICE

DATE: Thursday, December 3
TIME: 1:00-2:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE


CAMPUS NOTICE FROM THE CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE: FALL BREAK & COVID-19 CAMPUS OPS UPDATE

November 18, 2020

Please take a moment to read through the notice that came out yesterday from the Chancellor's office. It has important info about the new State of California guidelines and how they affect UC San Diego on topics such as:

  • Masking requirements for students living in campus-operated housing
  • Sequestration requirements
  • The recommendation for students traveling away from campus for Fall Break to wait to return until Winter Quarter
  • Weekly Testing starting on Monday, November 30, 2020

GSA REBRANDS AS GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION

November 18, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM GPSA PRESIDENT, QUYNH NGUYEN:

On October 12, 2020, the Council of the UCSD Graduate Student Association unanimously voted to change its name to the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). Professional students have been long-standing participants in and constituents of our student government, and several professional students have served in elected positions within our organization. The change is an explicit recognition and a renewed commitment that the GPSA has always represented the interests and concerns of all graduate and professional students. 

Thank you for your continued support of GPSA and our work. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Take care,
Quynh

Quynh P. Nguyen (she/her)
Graduate & Professional Student Association, UC San Diego


ELECTION 2020 WEBINAR: WHAT NOW? WHAT NEXT?

November 18, 2020

Even two weeks out, there are many questions related to the outcome of the 2020 Election. This webinar aims to provide expert perspective and nonpartisan information to help reduce election-related anxiety by setting the record straight on misinformation that may be circulating, and help encourage everyone to trust the process of vote-counting continues. We aim to help participates feel prepared with facts as many head into difficult conversations with family and friends during the upcoming season. This webinar is intended for all campus: faculty, staff, and students. 

Panelists: 
Dr. Pamela Ban- Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Seth Hill- Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Thad Kousser- Department Chair/Professor of Political Science
Dr. Tom Wong- Associate Professor of Political Science

DATE: Thursday, November 19
TIME: 4:00 - 5:00pm PT
REGISTERbit.ly/whatnownextnov


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

November 18, 2020

Remaining Fall 2020 Workshops include: 

  • Documenting Teaching Effectiveness - Tuesday, November 24, 10:30am-12:00pm- Register
  • Giving Effective Feedback on Student Writing - Fri, December 4, 10:00am-12:30pm- Register (facilitated by Writing Hub)
  • Equitable Grading Practices - Fri, December 11, 10:00am-12:30pm- Register (facilitated by Writing Hub)

And registration now open:

  • Introduction to College Teaching – Winter 2021 Registration now open!
    Will teaching be an important part of your career? Ready to consider the art and science of teaching? Develop expertise in evidence-based and equitable teaching practices, and create instructional material to use in your discipline. Free course from the Teaching + Learning Commons (1.5 hours class time/week for 10 weeks) open to UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs preparing to teach as part of their careers. More information can be found on the course syllabus.
    Date and Time: One class per week for Winter quarter (10 weeks, starting week of Jan 4); select from Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm, Wednesdays 12:00-1:30pm, or Thursdays 8:30pm-10:00pm
    Register here, open until December 18th or until sections are full. 

And additional opportunities:

  • Writing Consultations
    From brainstorming ideas, to developing a draft, to finalizing a submission, a Writing Consultant can work with you at any stage of the process. Writing Consultants prioritize giving supportive, actionable feedback to keep you moving forward. Book a consultation at ucsd.mywconline.com.
  •  Grad Writing Workshops (all workshops are 10am-12:30pm on Fridays)

    Week 9: For TAs: Giving Effective Feedback on Student Writing
    Week 10: For TAs: Equitable Grading Practices

Sign Up Here: https://writinghub.ucsd.edu/what-we-do/calendar.html#Graduate-Writing-Workshops

  • (Virtual) Writing Room
    The (Virtual) Writing Room is a daily, supportive, and focused time and space for you to make progress on your writing projects. The Writing Room is facilitated by a Grad Writing Consultant, who helps you set a goal for the writing time and provides gently accountability to help keep you focused. No RSVP or commitment required, just come and work. Learn more about the Writing Room and find the meeting links at: https://writinghub.ucsd.edu/for-grad-students/room.html.  

SELF-ADMINISTERED COVID-19 TESTING PILOT PROGRAM

November 16, 2020

Starting November 17, 2020, the Return to Learn Program will pilot self-administered asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. This pilot program is available to all students, including those living in HDH Graduate & Family Housing and off-campus students. Students will be able to pick-up and drop-off a testing kit between the hours of 9:00 a.m.and 4:00 p.m., seven days a week at the following locations. 

*ALL students must register for MyStudentChart in order to receive all COVID-19 testing instructions and result notifications. 

Read the full announcement here.


INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK

November 16, 2020

International Education Week (IEW) began as a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. Inaugurated by President Bill Clinton in 2000, IEW celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world. Today, IEW is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide!

IEW is an entire week dedicated to celebrating and promoting awareness and understanding of our world’s diverse cultures both abroad, in our local community, as well as within our own UC San Diego. Each year the Division of Global Education partners with departments, colleges, and offices across campus to provide our community with a wide range of intercultural, international, and globally themed events during IEW. This is an excellent opportunity to broaden your cultural perspective by sharing with and learning from and with others.

View the IEW calendar of events and join the celebration with a wealth of fun and interesting opportunities to experience the many cultures that are part of UC San Diego and our fellow Tritons. This year will feature engaging conversations, food, film, webinars, Study Abroad opportunities, panel discussions, social events, Global Trivia and a Chilean Film Festival on Friday!

DATE: Nov. 16 – 20 (Monday - Friday)
TIMES: Varies with event listed
COST: Free!
SEE MORE DETAILS AND REGISTER HERE


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

November 16, 2020

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, November 17th, at 12pm featuring:

Tiani Louis (she/her) - Graduate Student, Chang Lab
Title: “My journey as a Parent-Scientist and the role of DDX5 in effector and memory CD8+ T cell differentiation and heterogeneity"

Alicia Romero - Graduate Student, Ayres Lab
Title: "A renewed perspective on Iron, Infection, and Identity"

See Zoom details in the flyer.


FYI REGARDING COVID-19 TESTING

November 10, 2020

We had heard that some students were having difficulty getting testing appointments at the Athena Circle location [near graduate housing] within two weeks of their last test. Health Services is trying to increase capacity at that location, but if you are unable to get a timely appointment there, then try another location like Price Center. Visit the Return to Learn website for testing and screening details.

Campus COVID-19 testing site hours will change during the upcoming holidays. See the adjusted hours and closures here.


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS OFFERINGS

November 9, 2020

  • Reflective Mentorship
    As a Graduate Student or Postdoc, you are in a role of both being a mentor (both now and in the future) and having mentors. In this workshop we will provide strategies for enhancing your mentoring & advocating for the mentorship you want to receive! We will reflect on our experiences with mentors, develop a list of our mentorship needs, & plan the mentorship you want to provide the students you mentor through teaching & research.
    Date and Time: Wed, November 18, 12:30pm-2:00pm PST
    Register here

 

  • Additional Fall 2020 Workshops include: 
    Documenting Teaching Effectiveness - Tuesday, November 24, 10:30am-12:00pm- Register
    Giving Effective Feedback on Student Writing - Fri, December 4, 10:00am-12:30pm- Register (facilitated by Writing Hub)
    Equitable Grading Practices - Fri, December 11, 10:00am-12:30pm- Register (facilitated by Writing Hub)

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DEPENDENTS

November 9, 2020

Check out the Students with Dependents webpage for resources you might find helpful, and see the latest newsletter here.


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

November 9, 2020

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, November 10th, at 12pm featuring 

Rashmi Mishra, PhD - Postdoctoral Scholar, Dong Lab
Title: “Autophagy drives in vivo transdifferentiation" 

Luca Caputo, PhD (he/him) - Postdoctoral Scholar, Puri Lab
Title: "Pathological alterations of the 3D genome: the dark side of Muscular dystrophies."

See Zoom details in the flyer.


RESUME WEBINAR FOR GRAD STUDENTSresume webinar graphic

November 6, 2020

The Career Center is offering a webinar for graduate and professional students on writing a resume. Come learn the basics as well as how to adapt your resume to the changing landscape of hiring during COVID-19.

DATE: Thursday, November 12
TIME: 3:00 - 4:00pm PT
REGISTER ON HANDSHAKE

 

 

 

  


RESIDENTS OF GRADUATE & FAMILY HOUSING HELP FIGHT COVID

November 4, 2020

We're asking that student residents of Graduate and Family Housing stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. Please see this message offering details about the screening and testing requirements, etc, and a copy was sent via email as well. Thank you for all your efforts to keep our community healthy and safe! 


ELECTION 2020: WHAT NOW? WHAT NEXT?webinar graphic

November 3, 2020

The outcome of the 2020 Election is highly anticipated and wrought with unknowns. Will this election go the course of 2000, 2008, or 2016? Or in a direction we have not experienced in recent history? This webinar aims to provide expert perspective and nonpartisan information to help reduce election-related anxieties in the UC San Diego community, set the record straight on misinformation that may be circulating, and help encourage everyone to trust the process of vote-counting that may be ongoing in the immediate days following November 3, 2020.

Panelists: 

Dr. Marisa Abrajano, Professor of Political Science
Dr. Thad Kousser, Department Chair/ Professor of Political Science
Dr. David Lake, Distinguished Professor of Political Science/ Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Endowed Chair in Social Sciences
Dr. Tom Wong, Associate Professor of Political Science 


The webinar will feature expert information and analysis from the Panelists, as well as audience Q & A. All campus faculty, staff, and students are welcome.

DATE: Thursday, November 5
TIME:  4:00 - 5:00pm PT
REGISTER HERE: bit.ly/whatnownext


GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOURS

November 2, 2020

Drop in some time between 10am and 1pm on Friday for Open Office Hours with Dean Antony and Associate Deans Kim and Roxworthy to ask questions or share ideas. All graduate and professional students are welcome!

DATE: Friday, November 6
TIME:
10:00am - 1:00pm
REGISTER HERE


COPING WITH ELECTION STRESS

November 2, 2020

These are unprecedented times. Check out this list of forums and resources available from CAPS that might help process thoughts and feelings about the election, other socio-political stressors, or any issues that are impacting you at this time.


STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING NEWSLETTER

November 2, 2020

Check out the latest Student Health and Well-being Newsletter here for useful resources.


UCSD ELECTION ACTIVITIES CALENDAR

October 30, 2020

UC San Diego is home to politically active and engaged Tritons who are eager to make a difference. Check out dozens of pre and post-election Triton Community Events in this Election 2020 Activities Calendar. And for more information and resources about free expression at UC San Diego, visit freespeech.ucsd.edu.


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

October 29, 2020

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a new platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The next session is Tuesday, November 3rd, at 12pm featuring Jazz Dickinson, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology of the Department of Biology at the University of California - San Diego. She will discuss her journey through science and the research her lab focuses on in a talk titled "Exploring the Chemistry of Development: Uncovering Bioactive Small Molecules in the Root." See Zoom details in the flyer.


FOLLOW-UP GUIDANCE FOR FALL BREAK

October 29, 2020

All students received a campus notice from the Chancellor’s Office on Friday, October 23rd.
We wanted to amplify the Holiday Travel Guidelines shared in the message as well as offer
additional guidance about Fall Break specifically for graduate and professional students living in
UC San Diego housing. 

We wanted to amplify the Holiday Travel Guidelines shared in the message as well as offer
additional guidance about Fall Break specifically for graduate and professional students living in
UC San Diego housing.

As noted in Friday's message, all students are welcome to stay on campus over the Fall Break on
Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. There will be activities and health services to
support you during the break.

Those living in UC San Diego housing with roommates [not in your immediate family] who plan
to leave campus and gather with others during Fall Break should be aware of the following
requirements upon returning to campus: You will need to wear a face covering at all times (even
in your apartment, except when asleep or in the shower). You also will need to be tested within
24 hours of returning, again within five days, and once more within 10 days after your return to
campus. More information about student testing can be found on the Return to Learn website.

As a reminder, all students living in UC San Diego housing must get tested for COVID-19 every
two weeks with each test completed at least every 12 days with no more than 16 days between
tests. A decision tree graphic is included below for reference. Schedule an asymptomatic test
now: http://tinyurl.com/covid-test-student 


HALLOWEEKEND ACTIVITIES

October 29, 2020

UC San Diego Recreation has awesome activities to get you in the spirit this Halloweekend that will include the following.

Trick or Treat at UC San Diego: Saturday, 10/31 from 4-6pm. No registration required. Children are welcome if in the presence of a student. Costumes optional, mask required! Locations include:

  • Revelle - By the anchor
  • Muir - Muir Quad in front of Middle of Muir
  • Marshall - Ridge Walk on top of Goodys
  • Warren - Warren lawn next to CV
  • Roosevelt - Outside Cafe V.
  • Sixth - Outside 64 Degrees
  • Seventh - South edge of Seventh College closest to game room
  • Village - Outside the Residence Life Office - Pepper Canyon East Building 1000
  • Rita Atkinson - Rita Atkinson Main Entrance
  • Mesa Residential Apartments – Playground by 9256
  • Coast - Great Lawn Area
  • Mesa Nueva – Near the Pool
  • OMS/Nuevo West – By The Lounge
  • Nuevo East – At the BBQs

Moonlight Hikes in the Eucalyptus Grove will go through the eucalyptus grove and have beautiful moonlit views of Geisel. Bring a friend and a flashlight, and remember to wear your mask! Costumes optional. Register here now.

Pumpkin Patch at Town Square: Decorate and take home your very own pumpkin. There will also be a few chances to win prizes and contests at our Halloween installation. All students will receive a free goodie bag that will be placed at their tables after checking in. Reservations are an hour long. Remember, “Three’s Company”! We will be seating only three students at each table at a time with a max of 39 people per reservation hour to ensure physical distancing. Reservations can be made between 10am-5:30pm, Friday 10/30 and 12-5pm, Saturday 10/31. Register here now.


UC FIRST-GEN VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM

October 26, 2020

UC San Diego is proud to be recognized as a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution and will celebrate National First-Gen Day all week long November 8-13. Visit our Tritons Firsts website to learn more about how you can get involved and build our first-gen community.

Join your peers from UC and other higher-ed institutions across the nation on November 13 for the UC First-GEn Virtual Symposium. The events will explore four major themes, including Asian American and Pacific Islander first-generation students, first-gen populations in graduate schools, supporting first-gen student career readiness, and a critical look at the evolution of higher education during times of unpredictable change and opportunity. Register for specific sessions here


CAPS NEW PROGRAM: LET'S TALK

October 26, 2020

The UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has developed a new program called, "Let's Talk", a virtual program designed to offer drop-in confidential consultation services to graduate and professional students seeking informal support and assistnce with common issues such as anxiety, stress, relationshops, sleep, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes, etc. Especially useful during this period of physical distancing, graduate students can gain practical strategies, info, and support regarding general wellness-related issues. While "Let's Talk" does not constitute professional counseling or mental health treatment, Dr. Christina Lambert and Dr. Tyler Hatchel, will be available to help studnents access care a CAPS as needed. Please look for an email from your graduate coordinator with more details, including the sign-up and Zoom links.


RESOURCES FOR STUDENT-PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

October 26, 2020

GENTLE REMINDER: UC San Diego offers resources to student-parents and caregivers. We encourage you to visit TritonLink Resources for Students with Dependents or Graduate Division Support for Student Parents to connect to available services and programs. 


grADVANTAGE CAREER NIGHT

October 26, 2020

Join grAdvantage for a panel and networking event with PhD alumni whose collective experiences will highlight the broad array of career opportunities before you and help guide you through the next stage of your profesional development. Presented by grAdvantage, the GSA, the Career Center, and Alumni. Register on Handshake to receive Zoom Link.

Panelists: 
Lisa Adamiak, PhD (Roswell Biotechnologies)
Eugene Sato, PhD (Tricorder Development Program)
Micaela Smith, PhD (Foundation for the Children of Californias)
Min Zhang, PhD (Facebook)

DATE: Thursday, October 29
TIME: 5:00 - 6:30pm PT
REGISTER IN HANDSHAKE


NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION KICKOFF

October 26, 2020

The Intertribal Resource Center and the Native American campus community cordially invite you to celebrate the 14th Annual Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) kickoff event.  Please join us as we recognize our Native American students, staff and faculty for their academic achievements to support equity, diversity, and inclusion at UC San Diego.

DATE: Friday, November 6, 2020
TIME: Noon – 1:15pm PT
REGISTER HERE


STUDY HALL IN BIOMEDICAL LIBRARY

October 26, 2020

Last week, The Library opened a small reservation-based study hall in the Biomedical Library. That location features individual and limited family study seating, a small number of computers, and printing / scanning services.

They will also be launching reservation based access to Special Collections later in October and our curbside pickup service is going strong through the campus wide pickup service at the Osler parking deck.

These on-site services complement our full suite of digital resources and services including access to over 13 million digital books, a 24x7 research help center, online instruction and a range of other services.


LGBTQIA+ GRADUATE COMMUNITY HOURS

October 26, 2020

The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center is inviting grads to build community in weekly community hours Thursdays at 2pm here and feel free to share the flyer with others that might be interested. Sign up for the LGBT-Grads listserv here to be kept up-to-date on latest happenings as well.


SIGNAL BOOST: MSG FOR NEW NON-RESIDENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

October 23, 2020

NEW GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS, you will have received this message directly earlier in the week, but just in case it's helpful, here's the message from the Lead Residence Deputy, Arturo Rangel, regarding the new temporary amendments to the UC Residency Regulations.


FALL RESTORATIVE PRACTICE DISCUSSIONS

October 22, 2020

UCSD's Restorative Justice Committee is convening virtual discussion circles to discuss anxieties around the elections, community, and our collective well being. Questions can be addressed to restore(at) ucsd.edu. Space is limited so register early!

Pre Election Circles
Oct 22: 4:30pm PT
Oct 30: 4:30pm PT

Post Election Circles
Nov 4: 4:30pm PT
Nov 5: 4:30pm PT

REGISTER HERE


REVIVAL OF SACNAS CHAPTER

October 20, 2020

Congratulations to all those involved in reviving the UC San Diego chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native American's in Science (SACNAS)!  With seed money from the Physical Sciences' Student Success Center, a planning committee composed of the Center's director, Franklin Garrett, and members across campus [Edgar Beas and Sinai Cota from the Graduate Division; Olivia Molinar-Inglis for Pharmacology and Beto Vasquez from CREATE] helped find and advise student leaders to re-establish the chapter. Read more about it in the recent thisweek@sandiego article about it


REMINDER: TESTING REQUIRED

October 19, 2020

Are you a UC San Diego graduate or professional student with questions about which COVID-19 testing requirements pertain to you? UCSD GSA developed this decision-tree graphic to help us all navigate these evolving requirements. Please note the graphic is current as of 10/16/20. Schedule a free asymptomatic test now: tinyurl.com/covidtest-student

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And periodically, check the Return to Learn website where the latest information on testing and screening is regularly updated. 


STEM SOLUTIONS IN PUBLIC POLICY AWARD

October 19, 2020

You might have already seen this on our social media streams, but UC Center Sacramento's STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students. The winner(s) will receive $1,000 for research support and -- should their bill advance through the legislative process –travel expenses covering a trip to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff.

Submissions will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on October 23rd, 2020 and applicants will be notified of their status in March 2021. Further information is available at UCCS STEM Solutions or on the UCCS website.


INTEGRITY AWARENESS WEEK

October 19, 2020

The Academic Integrity (AI) Office promotes and supports a culture of academic integrity in order to reinforce quality teaching and learning at UC San Diego. For instance, they provide faculty and TA training on reducing cheating and enhancing integrity in the classroom. Check out what they are offering during Integrity Awareness Week (October 19-23, 2020).


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October 19, 2020

The Writing Hub’s Grad Student Essentials workshop series explores six foundational writing topics for early-stage graduate students, particularly students at the doctoral level. Built in collaboration with Writing Hub Grad Writing Consultants, this workshop series seeks to answer the question: “What do we wish someone would have told us sooner about academic writing?" Though the workshops are designed for new graduate students in particular, any graduate student is welcome to attend. 

The Grad Student Essentials series will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-5:00pm, Weeks 3-5 in Fall Quarter 2020. To learn more and sign up, visit our Events + Sign-Ups page on the Writing Hub website and select the workshop(s) you want.


INAUGURAL DASL DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM

October 16, 2020

The Diversity and Science Lecture initiative aims to dismantle the discriminatory structures built into academia by highlighting science done by diverse scientists, normalizing conversations about diverse journeys into science, and championing young scientists everywhere.

This trainee-organized symposium October 27-29, features 

  • 20 speakers doing cutting edge research in everything from microbiology to chemical ecology to developmental patterning to science education
  • 4 illuminating panel sessions on dismantling racist, misogynist, ableist, and homophobic structures in STEM fields
  • 2 interactive networking events so you can meet other scientists striving for equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM and culminates with 
  • an exciting keynote presentation by members of the Henrietta Lacks family with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

You can find the list of speakers here with their websites and research interests and the full schedule here! 

Register here (for free! Invite your friends!). Once you register you will have access to the full event webpage with agenda builder, community discussion boards, and interactive features.


FALL GRAD DISSERTATION/THESIS SUBMISSION & FORMATTING WEBINAR

October 15, 2020

Graduate Division Academic Advisors  will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting. The webinar is mostly aimed at students who are planning on submitting their thesis or dissertation in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021. 

REVIEW DETAILS ON THE WEBINAR FLYER 
DATE: Wednesday, October 21
TIME: 10:30 am PT
REGISTERbit.ly/ThesisWorkshopFall20


REMINDER: TESTING REQUIRED

October 14, 2020

Students living on campus or coming to campus for educational, research, co-curricular, recreational, or social activities must participate in an asymptomatic test every two weeks, which they schedule themselves. Unless granted a special exemption approved by Student Health Services, students 16 days out of compliance with the testing policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Office for the progressive discipline process.

Please visit the Return to Learn website where the latest information on testing and screening is regularly updated. 


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS WORKSHOPS FOR GRAD STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS

October 12, 2020

Check out the remaining workshops that The Teaching + Learning Commons is offering in October.

Preparing to Teach Tough Topics in DEI
Mon, October 12, 2:00pm-3:00pm- Register

Navigating Office Hour Scenarios
Mon, October 19, 3:30pm-4:30pm- Register

Guiding Students in Learning: Asking the Right Questions
Wed, October 14, 12:30pm-2:00pm- Register

Grading Fairly and Efficiently
Tues, October 20, 2:00pm-3:30pm- Register

Teaching What You Don’t Know
Fri, October 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm- Register

Feel free to spread the word by sharing the flyer.


EARLY ACCESS TO REGISTRATION: KIDS AFTER SCHOOL CAMPS

October 12, 2020

Recreation is excited to offer a afterschool opportunity for children 5-14 years old.  Please visit this page for details and the camp application.  With only 24 spots available each week, they are sending this out to Graduate and Undergraduate parents first.  Your application period will last until 5pm Wednesday, October 14.  At that time if space still exists, they will be opening it up to the campus community. 


WEBINAR: ELECTING THE PRESIDENT: ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE

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Global Education and the San Diego Chapter of the Fulbright Association are hosting a free webinar on the Constitutional framers and how they arrived at the method of electing the President.  

DATE: Wednesday, October 14
TIME: 6:00 - 7:00 pm PT
SEE DETAILS AND REGISTER HERE


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2021-2022 PRESIDENT'S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

October 9, 2020

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.

Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at approximately $53,460 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.

Applicants must receive a Ph.D. or terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally
authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: The Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients are also selected from this pool of applicants.

Learn more and apply at ppfp.ucop.edu, and the deadline is November 1, 2020.


STANFORD WEBINAR: THE PERSISTENCE OF RACIAL INEQUITY

October 8, 2020

Join Social Science Research Council president Alondra Nelson, Joshua Cohen, Francis Fukuyama, and Glenn C. Loury in conversation with Margaret Levi, on October 14 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, as they consider these issues and discuss social policy remedies to promote racial equality and the flourishing of Black Americans. Viewers are strongly encouraged to read Glenn Loury’s essay, "Why does Racial Inequality Persist?"

This event is hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in partnership with the Social Science Research Council's Inequality Initiative and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, as part of CASBS's Social Science for a World in Crisis series.

DATE: Wednesday, October 14
TIME: Noon PT
REGISTER HERE


EVENT FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

October 8, 2020

Please feel free to spread the word to any prospective students! 

First Annual Virtual DESTINATION UC San Diego Graduate Open House taking place on October 30, 2020! Join us for this event designed to inform individuals about the different types of masters and doctoral programs offered at UC San Diego. Campus recruiters, faculty, and current graduate students will share information and materials on their respective graduate programs.

This Virtual Graduate Open House offers attendees interested in graduate school the opportunity to...

  • Engage with current graduate students and faculty
  • Learn about the graduate programs at UC San Diego
  • Get information about fellowships, awards and other forms of financial support, to fund your graduate education
  • Receive helpful tips about the graduate school application process

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS REGISTER HERE


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

October 7, 2020

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a new platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. Their goal is to empower trainees to become leaders in their fields and prove that the best environment for cutting edge research is an equitable and inclusive one.

The next session features Professor David Linden of John Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Neuroscience on the subject of, "The Scientific Case Against Racism" on Tuesday, October 13, Noon - 1:00 pm. See the flyer for info and Zoom details.

And join DASL's mailing list by filling out this Google form.


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS WRITING HUB

October 6, 2020

REMINDER: The Writing Hub at The Teaching + Learning Commons is a great [free] resource for Graduate Students. For instance, they offer the following.

See more details about each here.


WORKSHOP: NSF DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH IMPROVEMENT GRANTS (DDRI)

October 5, 2020

UC Irvine has graciously shared an invitation to their virtual workshop on NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRI) with Dr. Holly Hapke, Director of Research Development, UC Irvine School of Social Sciences. It introduces participants to the NSF DDRI funding opportunity, with special focus on programs in the Social, Behavioral, and Economics Sciences. It explains NSF's mission, organizational structure, and merit review process and provides guidance on how to prepare a competitive proposal. Appropriate for both graduate students and their advisors.

DATE: Friday, October 9
TIME:
Noon - 1:30 PM PT
REGISTER HERE (UPDATE: Please use your @ucsd.edu email when registering.)


GRADUATE DIVERSITY AND SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

October 5, 2020

The Graduate Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) is a new platform built by UC San Diego life science trainees to recognize the outstanding work by scientists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. Their goal is to empower trainees to become leaders in their fields and prove that the best environment for cutting edge research is an equitable and inclusive one.

DASL shines a light on the amazing work being done by underrepresented student and post-doctoral life science researchers at UCSD. Attend a session to hear about their cutting edge work and how their life experiences have shaped their careers and approach to science. The next session is Tuesday, October 6, Noon - 1:00 PM. See the flyer for info about the speakers and Zoom details.


 

TRITONS VOTE 2020!

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September 25, 2020

The Tritons Vote 2020 Initiative is underway in anticipation of the Presidential Election on Nov 3. The Associated Students (AS) has formed a Civic Engagement Office (CEO) and they are working to engage student voters as well. They've formed the Tritons Vote coalition among student organizations here on campus and are promoting the TurboVote website, a non -partisan website dedicated to making the voting process as easy as possible. See more in this article. UCSD Triton Athletes' Council efforts were recently highlighted in the news. Students voting in California might consider signing up for Where's My Ballot, which helps voters track their ballots.


NEW STUDENT CONVOCATION VIDEO POSTED

September 30, 2020

If you happened to miss the stream of the Convocation on Sept 29, no worries! You can watch the video on the convocation website here.

Convocation marks the formal entrance of students into UC San Diego's scholarly community. As a bookend to Commencement, Convocation provides an opportunity for our newest Tritons to hear from campus leaders and engage with faculty at the start of their collegiate journey. This year was particularly exciting in that it was the first year that there was a ceremony specifically for graduate and professional students!


WEBINARS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

September 30, 2020

Did you know that the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) offers webinars on various topics of international students' lives at UC San Diego? Check them out here!


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS WORKSHOPS FOR GRAD STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS

September 25, 2020

Check out these workshops that The Teaching + Learning Commons is offering in October.

Preparing to Teach Tough Topics in DEI
Mon, October 5, 4:00pm-5:00pm- Register
Mon, October 12, 2:00pm-3:00pm- Register

Interactive Remote Teaching
Wed, October 7, 12:30pm-1:30pm- Register

A Discussion Section on Discussion Sections
Wed, October 7, 3:30pm-4:30pm- Register

Grading Strategies: Practice & Scenarios
Thurs, October 8, 1:00pm-2:00pm- Register

Navigating Office Hour Scenarios
Fri, October 9, 1:00pm-2:00pm- Register
Mon, October 19, 3:30pm-4:30pm- Register

Guiding Students in Learning: Asking the Right Questions
Wed, October 14, 12:30pm-2:00pm- Register

Grading Fairly and Efficiently
Tues, October 20, 2:00pm-3:30pm- Register

Teaching What You Don’t Know
Fri, October 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm- Register

Feel free to spread the word by sharing the flyer.


VIRTUAL UCSD-KPBS MAYORAL ISSUES FORUM

September 24, 2020

Dive deep into San Diego politics with the UC San Diego-KPBS Mayoral Issues Forum. This event is co-sponsored by UC San Diego's Department of Political Science and Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research. See the flyer here for more details.

DATE: Thursday, October 8
TIME: 6:00 - 7:00 PM PT
REGISTER AT kpbs.org/ucsdmayoralforum

 

 


BEWARE OF TELEPHONE AND TUITION SCAMS

September 24, 2020

Please take a moment to read the recent Community Alert Bulletin if you have not already done so and spread the word for students to beware of scams demanding money.

Last month I was so disheartened to read this story in the LA Times. While there’s no way to foretell the innumerable ways scammers may present themselves, please be aware that they are out there willing to leverage your pursuit of an education in order to take your money (and peace of mind). The International Students and Program Office (ISPO) is a great resource and has a page regarding Safety & Legal Resources that you might find helpful.


NEW STUDENT WELCOME CONVOCATION: TUE, SEP 29 @ 4PM PT

September 23, 2020

Convocation marks the formal entrance of all incoming graduate and undergraduate students into UC San Diego's scholarly community. As a bookend to Commencement, Convocation provides an opportunity for our newest Tritons to hear from campus leaders and engage with faculty at the start of their collegiate journey. The Convocation program will be be presented on Tuesday, September 29 at 4:00 PM PT, but was recorded in advance to allow for closed captioning and other accessibility functions.  Visit the Convocation website for more info and to register.


SCREENING/TESTING FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

September 18, 2020

As we approach the beginning of a new school year, please visit the website where the latest information on the Fall 2020 Plan is outlined and take the time to read through it carefully. 

And please take a moment to read through this email from Dean Antony reiterating the screening and testing for Graduate and Professional Students.


REGISTER FOR THE NEXT STUDENT TOWN HALL

September 17, 2020

Another Return to Learn Student Town Hall will be held in October.

DATE: Thursday, October 8, 2020
TIME: 5:00 PM PT
REGISTER HERE

Note: The last Student Town Hall on September 10, is also up on our website here.


CAREER EXPLORATION WORKSHOP

September 16, 2020

Back by popular demand! 

*Career Exploration Workshop for PhDs hosted by the UCSD Career Center. Whether you're early in your PhD program and wondering about your career options, or a recent grad shifting gears from an academic job search, this interactive workshop will provide strategies you can employ in your career exploration. You will learn about online resources, how to leverage contacts to research and narrow your career options, adn how to start trasnlating your interestes into actionable career goals. 

*This workshop is aimed at those in PhD programs, but all graduate students and postdocs are welcome to attend.

DATE: Wednesday, September 23
TIME: Noon - 1:30 PM
REGISTER: In Handshake HERE


VIRTUAL EVENT FOR BLACK DOCTORAL WOMEN IN STEM

September 15, 2020

UC Irvine's Niela Project is hosting a half-day event on Saturday, September 26 to promote health, wellness, and provide a virtual community for Black doctoral women in STEM. The Virtual SPA DAY [Self-care, Perseverance, Awareness: Delibertately Affirming Yourself] brings together researchers and therapists. Learn more here and register by Friday, September 18th (or until spots are filled.)


VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: FRONTIERS IN MACHINE LEARNING FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCES

September 14, 2020

UC Irvine is hosting a virtual workshop on Monday, October 26 as part of the UC Southern Hub series, and we've been asked to share this with faculty, students, and researchers. 

Title: “Frontiers in Machine Learning for the Physical Sciences"

Website and registration: https://sites.research.uci.edu/frontiers-machine-learning/

Information: A revolution is beginning, melding computationally enhanced science with machine learning in ways that respect and amplify both domains. This virtual workshop will sample a few of the many recent developments in machine learning for the physical sciences. With seven speakers and a mid-day poster session for students and other researchers, it promises to be a fruitful event.

This virtual workshop is the second of three such workshops as part of the pilot initiative to create a Southern California Hub to connect the southern campuses in the UC system to the UC-managed national labs. The pilot has been supported by the University of California National Labs Office and is led by a collaboration between UCI, UCLA, UCSD, LANL and LLNL. The workshop is open to all UC campuses and LANL, LBNL, and LLNL.

Note: Potential poster presenters are asked to please register early, as there will need to be a selection process due to timing constraints.


TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS RESOURCES

September 14, 2020

GENTLE REMINDER: the Teaching + Learning Commons remains a valuable resource. For instance, check out their Graduate Students & Postdoc programs for those that are teaching. This fall they'll be offering a free course titled "Introduction to College Teachingopen to UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs, and is aimed at instructors with a strong interest in preparing to be course instructors. Lastly, you might want to subscribe to their listserv regarding teaching development here.

It was recently announced that the Instructional Assistant Teaching Symposium will be offered remotely Sept 25-30. Register here and/or feel free to email engagedteaching(at)ucsd.edu with questions.

And they are also launching Unpacking Anti-Blackness and Dismantling Systemic Racism in Educational Practices, an action-oriented learning community for UC San Diego Educators. In order to build a shared community and allow for deep engagement, dialogue, and community-building, the inaugural fall quarter cohort of this learning community will be limited to 40 participants. Participant selection will depend on common availability, representation of campus departments, and commitment to attending all meetings and completing all readings and reflection exercises. You can access the sign-up form for the learning community by clicking here


RETURN TO LEARN FALL PLAN UPDATE

September 2, 2020

Please see the Chancellor’s notice about Return to Learn and Campus Operations for Fall Quarter 2020. You’ll also find updated details about living and learning on campus, new safety requirements, testing and screening and incremental repopulation of employees on the Return to Learn website.


TEMPORARY FALL EXCEPTION for ASEs & GSRs - CHILDCARE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

September 2, 2020

UC system has provided updates to the childcare reimbursement program. Please see details in the letters from Vice Provost Susan Carlson and Associate Director Nadine Fishel

SUMMER 2020 UPDATES

CHANCELLOR'S 21-DAY ANTI-RACISM CHALLENGE

August 21, 2020

The Chancellor's 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge  is exploring anti-racism as a means to help begin to identify and confront the structural and behavioral norms that perpetuate civil injustice and systemic racial inequality.  Its goal is to assist everyone in furthering their awareness, compassion, understanding, and engagement towards anti-racism, with a focus on anti-Blackness and the experience of Black people in America. Learn more and register for webinars here.


 INTERESTED IN BECOMING A STUDENT MENTOR?

August 13, 2020

The Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) are currently recruiting PhD students in all programs and departments to serve as graduate student mentors for the new Graduate Application Mentorship Porgram (GradAMP) to help make graduate education more accessible by helping undergraduate students with the application process. See how to register on the flyer here.


BEWARE OF SCAMS TARGETING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

August 13, 2020

I was so disheartened to read this story in the LA Times this morning. While there’s no way to foretell the innumerable ways scammers may present themselves, please be aware that they are out there willing to leverage your pursuit of an education in order to take your money (and peace of mind). The International Students and Program Office (ISPO) is a great resource and has a page regarding Safety & Legal Resources that you might find helpful.


NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

August 11, 2020

Last week newly-admitted students who plan to begin their program in the Fall 2020 Quarter (remotely or in-person) recieved a notice of the Fall 2020 New International Student Orientation. Learn more about it here.

GENTLE REMINDER: Don't forget to also do the new Graduate Student Online Orientation as well.


NEW FLU VACCINATION REQUIREMENT FOR UC STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF

August 10, 2020

Please note the campus notice that came out on Friday from the Office of the President of the University of California about the requirement for all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before November 1, 2020.


IMPORTANT UPDATES TO RETURN TO LEARN & HDH WEBSITES

August 7, 2020

Earlier today, important updates addressing COVID-19 testing and screening for all students was posted on the main Return to Learn website here.

 Also, Housing, Dining and Hospitality (HDH) has just updated its Frequently Asked Questions resource, which now contains more detailed info about moving in, COVID testing, and other important issues pertaining to graduate and professional students who are living on campus.


AN UPDATE ON LIBRARY SERVICES

August 7, 2020

Last week the Library launched Curbside Pickup for physical materials @ Geisel Library as well as expanded support for digital access through article/chapter scans. They are also piloting new services such as our Course Materials Access Consulting Service (CMACS), a program which seeks to address challenges in shifting to digital-preferred course materials through a campus-wide partnership. They continue to prioritize acquisition and access for digital content to support faculty and student needs.

A full list of their current services including support for orientation/instruction, virtual tours, electronic reserves, special collections access and access to over 13 million digital books through HathiTrust is available at https://library.ucsd.edu/ask-us/services-during-covid-19.html

They continue to plan for the Fall quarter and will share more info on adjustments/expansion as their plans develop. If you have any questions about Library services please contact them through their service portal.


PAST TOWN HALL & WEBINARS

August 7, 2020

Be sure to check out our Webinars + Open Office Hours page where you can see the recording of the August 6, 2020 Return to Learn Town Hall for Graduate & Professional Students.


 


UCLA CAREER SESSION WITH LANL SENIOR DIRECTOR NAN SAUER

July 30, 2020

UCLA's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities is hosting a student career session [Zoom webinar] with Senior Director Nan Sauer of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  Nan will present various programs and opportunities available to students followed by a Q&A. The event, originally for UCLA undergraduates, postdocs, graduate students, has been opened up to others as well, such as UC San Diego graduate students.

DATE: Thursday, August 20, 2020
TIME: 11:00 am – 11:30 am PDT
REGISTER: https://bit.ly/LANL_StudentSession


GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENT TOWN HALL

July 29, 2020

Please join us for the Graduate & Professional Student Town Hall next week hosted by The Graduate Division and Graduate Student Association (GSA).

DATE: Thursday, August 6, 2020
TIME:
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. PDT
SEE DETAILS & REGISTRATION LINK HERE


GRADUATE STUDENT SERVICE COMMITMENT - INTEGRITY REVIEW BOARD

July 29, 2020

The Academic Integrity Office is looking for Graduate Students to be appointed by GSA/Grad Division to the Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB).

The AIRB hears contested cases of Policy on Integrity of Scholarship violations, that is, when a student is alleged to have violated the Policy but they deny the allegation. The AIRB makes the determination as to whether the student violated the Policy as alleged. AIRB members can also serve as advisors to instructors and students who are going to an AI Review.

Visit the AIO website for more info and the application. Questions can be directed to aio(at)ucsd.edu. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by July 31st, 2020.


 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: CHANCELLOR'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW)

July 23, 2020

The UC San Diego Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) is actively seeking new members. As faculty and undergraduate student vacancies were filled in the 2019 call for applicants, the vacancies this year are in the following categories: staff, faculty, academic appointees, postdoctoral scholars, undergraduate and graduate students.


LET'S TALK PROGRAM AVAILABLE SUMMER 2020

July 22, 2020

The UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has developed “Let’s Talk”, a program designed to offer drop-in confidential consultation services to graduate and professional students seeking informal support and assistance with common issues such as anxiety, stress, relationships, sleep, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes… etc. Especially useful during this period of social distancing, graduate students can gain practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues. 

While “Let’s Talk” does not constitute professional counseling or mental health treatment, CAPS counselors Dr. Christina Lambert and Dr. Fengqin Lian will be available to help students access care at CAPS as needed. Please look for an email from yoru graduate coordinator with more details including sign-up and Zoom links.


CHANCELLOR'S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR MENTORING AND OUTSTANDING POSDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

July 22, 2020

Nominations are being accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3 for awards given in recognition of the exceptional postdoctoral scholars and mentors who contribute to making UC San Diego one of the best research institutions in the nation. UC San Diego Postdoctoral Scholars are individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree and, under the oversight of a faculty mentor, continue research training in preparation for a career in academe, industry, government, or the nonprofit sector. See more details here.


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN GRADUATE AND FAMILY HOUSING?

July 21, 2020

We just wanted to signal boost a newsletter from HDH Graduate and Family Housing in case it's of interest.


COVID-19 VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS

July 21, 2020

During times of crisis and uncertainty, it can be difficult and overwhelming to sort fact from fiction. In response, physicians at UC San Diego Health have launched the COVID-19 Grand Rounds Series, a limited, six-part live video symposium that will focus on topics related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Subscribe to UC San Diego Health's YouTube channel to get notified when they go live. 


UPDATED: RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

July 15, 2020

SEVP/ICE have agreed to rescind the July 6 Guidance for Fall 2020. If this an issue of concern, please keep checking the International Students & Programs Office website for updates. We see from it that they don't currently have details regarding how this will affect Fall 2020 enrollment requirements etc, but they will update it as soon as possible. They have also cancelled the webinars for graduate students originally planned for July 14 and 17. 

In the meantime, please see the JULY 14TH: ISPO UPDATE: REGARDING FALL 2020.


RETURN TO LEARN TOWN HALL (FEATURING DEAN ANTONY)

July 13, 2020

This student-centered town hall will feature a panel of experts that will provide updates on campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and answer your questions about the impact on the student experience. Submit a question when you register or during the event itself.  While it's likely that not all questions will be addressed during the event, they will make every effort to do so through an FAQ on the Return to Learn website. See more details in the campus notice here.

JAMES ANTONY, Ph.D., Professor of Education Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division
JOANNA BOVAL, Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities
DULCE DORADO, Director of the International Students and Programs Office
MARUTH FIGUEROA, Ed.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Retention and Success
VONDA GARCIA, Director of Financial Aid
KIMBERLY GIANGTRAN, President of Associated Students
PATRICIA MAHAFFEY, Ed.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life
JOHN MOORE, Ph.D., Professor of Linguistics and Dean of Undergraduate Education
QUYNH NGUYEN, President of the Graduate Student Association
ANGELA SCIOSCIA, M.D., Interim Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness
JANA SEVERSON, Director of Housing Services, Housing, Dining and Hospitality

DATE: Thursday, July 16
TIME: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
REGISTER: HERE


IMPLEMENTATION OF EXTENSION OF ACADEMIC STUDENT EMPLOYE (ASE) APPOINTMENT LIMITS

July 13, 2020

The University of California Office of the President has approved the Chancellors’ authority to grant a temporary extension of up to three quarters for matriculated Academic Student Employees (ASEs) during the quarters/semesters in which instruction is substantially impacted by COVID-19. (See the announcement from UC Provost Brown here.)

We will soon reach out to any affected students and their programs in order to discuss use of the extension. Note: fewer than 30 students have reached the limit. (Please see details of my announcement regarding implementation of this exception here.)


A CAREER EXPLORATION WORKSHOP FOR PHDS

July 13, 2020

Check out this Career Exploration Workshop for PhDs hosted by the UCSD Career Center. Whether you're early in your PhD program and wondering about your career options, or a recent grad shifting gears from an academic job search, this interactive workshop will provide strategies you can employ in your career exploration. You will learn about online resources, how to leverage contacts to research and narrow your career options, adn how to start trasnlating your interestes into actionable career goals. 

DATE: Wednesday, July 15
TIME: Noon - 1:00 PM
REGISTER: In Handshake HERE


ENCOURAGING EARNEST DISCUSSIONS OF UTILITY OF GRE

July 9, 2020

As I indicated in my June 5, 2020 message to campus, The Graduate Division is committed to examining and addressing the systemic biases that are too often weaved into the fabric of graduate education. Ample evidence has emerged over the last few years suggesting that reliance on standardized test scores in the graduate admissions process may impede our ability to recruit the most talented and diverse cohorts of graduate students. I'm now encouraging Campus Partners to engage in an open discussion within their programs about the continued utility of the GRE. My hope is that they might use these discussions to determine whether temporarily waiving, or permanently eliminating, this requirement makes sense. See my entire message to Campus Partners here. 


FALL 2020 LAUNCH OF COLLEGIATE RECOVERY PROGRAM

July 9, 2020

Starting this fall the Health Promotion Services office is launching a Collegiate Recovery Program that will be for students who are looking for a support program to help them through their recovery journey. The Collegiate Recovery Program will provide a dedicated meeting space in the Student Health and Well-Being Lounge known as the Zone. There will be 12 Step Meetings, Smart Recovery Meetings and NA Meetings on or near campus. Our Recovery Program will be led by their Health Educator for Alcohol and other Drugs and various members within our Student Health and Well-Being Cluster (Health Promotions, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Services) to provide a continuum of care for our students. For more information now, email HPS(AT)HEALTH.UCSD.EDU.


WELCOME, NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS - ONLINE ORIENTATION

July 6, 2020

New Graduate Students, we're so happy to welcome you. Please keep an eye out for an invitation that you'll receive in your @ucsd.edu email from Canvas (our campus learning management system) with a link to our online student orientation. Are you an incoming student who didn't receive an invite? Email gradlife@ucsd.edu


 DEAN'S FELLOWSHIP AWARD FOR HUMANISTIC STUDIES

July 3, 2020

Congratulations to Monika Sengul-Jones, who has been selected as this year's recipient of the Dean's Fellowship Award for Humanitic Studies. Dr. Sengul-Jones is a Spring, 2020 Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Communication.


SUMMER WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

July 2, 2020

The  Teaching + Learning Commons' Writing Hub is still remotely-accessible. Support includes:

And if you have questions, check out their FAQs.


DISSERTATION/THESIS SUBMISSION AND FORMATTING WEBINAR

July 1, 2020

Register for the upcoming Dissertation/Thesis Submission and Formatting Webinar! During the webinar, Graduate Division Academic Advisers will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting. This webinar is most appropriate for students planning to file for graduation in Summer or Fall 2020. See more details in this flyer.

DATE: Wednesday, July 8
TIME: 11:00am
REGISTERhttps://bit.ly/ThesisWorkshopSummer20


JULY RESEARCH TOWN HALLS

July 1, 2020

Register for the July Research Town Halls!

DATES: Tuesday, July 7 --and-- Thursday, July 23
TIME: 12:30 - 2:00pm PDT

You can register for both of these town halls in advance through their SharePoint site at https://ucsdcloud.sharepoint.com/sites/vcrth. Please use your Active Directory sign-on to register (i.e. use your @ucsd.edu login, NOT @health.ucsd.edu or @eng.ucsd.edu).

See more details in the announcement here.


 

EXTENSION OF ACADEMIC STUDENT EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT LIMITS

June 30, 2020

In recognition of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on academic student employees who perform work as a Reader on an annual stipend, Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow, and/or Associate, the University of California Office of the President has approved a temporary extension of up to three quarters to the total length of service a student may serve in these roles.

Once my team has had a chance to clarify the specific implications of this UCOP policy change, I will communicate again with more details. In the meantime, I wanted to give you a “heads-up” and share with you the text of the UCOP memo. Please find it here.

 

CORONAVIRUS-RELATED POLICIES: INFO FOR NEWLY-ADMITTED INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - June 30, 2020

Welcome to UC San Diego! We wanted to share the International Students & Programs webpage on Coronavirus-Related Policies as a resource in case it is useful. 

 

CONGRATULATIONS 2020 GRADUATES - June 13, 2020

Visit the 2020 Commencement webpage to find the virtual commencement ceremonies videos.

 

RESEARCH TOWN HALL - June 16, 2020

Register now for the next Town Hall webinar session.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18th

12:30 – 2:00 pm 

To register, please visit our SharePoint site at: https://ucsdcloud.sharepoint.com/sites/vcrth

 

NEW PEER HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS - June 10, 2020

The UC San Diego Health Promotion Services is starting a Graduate/Professional Students Certified Peer Health Education Program that will be fully live by Fall 2020. Certified Peer Health Educators receive in-depth training and work closely with HPS staff as they grow their competencies and skills in health promotion and prevention work. If you are interested in volunteering to become a Certified Peer Health Educator in this new program, visit their website to learn more about the training involved and to find the link to the application. Applications are due July 1, 2020.  

 

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP AWARDS - JUNE 9, 2020

The Graduate Fellowship and Award Review Committee has identified the following students for the 2020-2021 Dissertation Year Fellowship awards.

Fletcher Jones Fellowship
Samantha Streuli                    Anthropology

President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship
Elizabeth Clausing                  Anthropology
Sam Mitchell                           Theatre and Dance
Tashiana Osborne                  Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Belinda Ramirez                     Anthropology 

Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship
Qiaowan Chang                      Nano-engineering 

See more details in the announcement email.

 

DEAN ANTONY'S STATEMENT ADDRESSING RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY - June 5, 2020

Please take a moment to read Dean Antony's statement, "Addressing Racism and White Supremacy."

 

RESEARCH TOWN HALL - June 4, 2020

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research announced that there will be a Research Town Hall next week and explained about the "Orange Phase".

DATE: Monday, June 8, 2020

TIME: 3:00 - 4:30pm

REGISTER: use your Active Directory sign-on at https://ucsdcloud.sharepoint.com/sites/vcrth. Please use your @ucsd.edu login.

 

PANTRY PODCASTS - June 2, 2020

The mission of the Triton Food Pantry is to provide a discreet service to UCSD students in need of food. Please learn more about their services by checking out their new podcast. Their second episode features stories from real pantry users on how the pantry has helped them.

 

UC PATH GOES LIVE - June 1, 2020

UCPath, the new UC Payroll and Human Resources system, deploys at UC San Diego on June 1. It's very important you enroll in or review your direct deposit. For more details see: ucpath.ucsd.edu/students/after-go-live.html 

SPRING 2020 UPDATES

CONGRATULATIONS - CHANCELLOR'S DISSERTATION MEDAL - May 28, 2020

Congratulations to this year’s awardees of the Chancellor's Dissertation Medal:

  • Arts and Humanities: Sky Johnston, History
  • Biological Sciences: Jennifer Dumdie, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
  • Jacobs School of Engineering: Sunmi Shin, Materials Science
  • Physical Sciences: James Wampler, Physics
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Travis Courtney, Geosciences Research Division
  • Social Sciences: Lauren Olsen, Sociology

EMERGENCY TEMPORARY ACCESS TO DIGITAL CONTENT - May 28, 2020

In 2008, the UC Libraries co-founded HathiTrust, and started contributing scanned copies of books and journals to the new organization. HathiTrust is a large-scale repository of digital content collaboratively created by academic and research institutions. Recently they initiated an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) to give UC researchers critical access to more than 13 million digital volumes. --just highlighting this resource in case it is of use.

 

GSGEI / NRST WAIVER UPDATE FOR TIME-LIMIT EXTENSIONS - May 22, 2020

In response to questions we have received regarding the April 17 announcement of automatic extension of any looming time-limits for all graduate students, The Graduate Division would like to offer some clarification to Campus Partners in this announcement.

 

RETURN TO LEARN PROGRAM - NOW OPEN TO GRAD STUDENTS - May 22, 2020

The first part of the Return to Learn Program, (a voluntary, self-administered, COVID-19 screening program) will involve participation by on-campus residential students. Please see more detail in the announcement here.

 

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING ZOOM WEBINAR - May 21, 2020

Off-Campus Housing Options, Student Legal Services, and On-Campus Housing options will be the focus of this webinar presented by Off Campus Housing Services. Note: it will be recorded and made available afterward.

ZOOM RECORDING: https://youtu.be/uT3Bz7tTix4?t=28 

 

RETURN TO LEARN UPDATE - May 18, 2020

Last week, you learned how UC San Diego’s Return to Learn Program aims to broadly test students, faculty, and staff on-campus on a recurring basis for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This evidence-based program, which includes plans for contact tracing and isolation housing for on-campus resident students who test positive for the virus, is intended to better position UC San Diego to resume in-person activities when fall classes begin in September 2020.

The first part of this voluntary, self-administered, COVID-19 screening program involves participation by on-campus residential students. The Return to Learn program will provide valuable information which will inform our on-going planning efforts for the fall quarter. Graduate students who reside in on-campus housing, are able to participate in the Return to Learn Program starting on Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 29 (Please note: locations will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25). To learn more about the program, including screening times and locations, please visit: returntolearn.ucsd.edu (Single Sign-On required).

 

 

TEDxUCSD ON MAY 23 & 24 - May 20, 2020

This year's TEDxUCSD theme is “Rebooted.” It's a reminder to break from simply going through the motions and breathe. We often don't know where we're going until we've reflected on where we've been, and sometimes the shapes of our stories only emerge after we allow ourselves to step back and refresh. A reboot, therefore, is a chance for us to disconnect from the noise of mindless movement to rediscover what truly matters to us. 

The Graduate Division is a sponsor, and the event is free.

Pre-register by May 22nd here: https://www.tedxucsd.com/2020-rebooted

 

SHORT-TERM TRANSITION HOUSING (SUMMER 2020) - May 19, 2020

Check out HDH’s page about short-term transition housing on campus for 2020 to learn details about how students who meet the eligibility criteria have the option to apply for short-term transition housing on campus for Summer 2020. This includes recent alumni who graduated at the end of Spring 2020. Housing availability runs from June 15 through Sept. 5, 2020.

 

CARES ACT FUNDING - May 14, 2020

As many of you have heard, UC San Diego will receive Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, $1.74 million of which is designated for graduate and professional students.

Please review this message to learn more about the details such as how to apply.

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE QUARTER EXTENSION TIME LIMITS FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS - May 14, 2020

Graduate Coordinators were notified that, "Per Graduate Council approval, the Graduate Division has implemented the one-quarter extension of time limits for all current doctoral students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The campus student information system (ISIS) and the Graduate Division student database have been updated to reflect this change." See more in this announcement. 

 

 A MESSAGE TO FIRSTGEN GRADUATES - May 13, 2020

Please see the letter to first-generation graduates here regarding an initiative that aims to spotlight your accomplishments, give you space to share your experience as a first-generation student, and provide a unique opportunity to express gratitude to those who supported you along the way. See the First-Gen Tritons, Class of 2020 website here.

To participate in this initiative, please visit bit.ly/firstgengrads2020 and share your story. For questions, email firstgentritons(at)ucsd.edu.

 

EXTENDING: Grad Council Telepresence Exception for Master's and Doctoral Examinations - May 13, 2020

Graduate Coordinators were notified that students may be telepresent (meaning participation by live video teleconference) for a thesis defense, qualifying examination and final oral examination (the dissertation defense) effective until the end of Fall Quarter 2020. See more in this announcement.

 

DOCUSIGN INFORMATION - May 12, 2020

Graduate Coordinators were asked to notify faculty that they should expect to receive email notifications of forms to sign through DocuSign. See more detail in this announcement.

 

NEW RESOURCES FROM TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS - May 12, 2020

“Keep Calm and Teach On” Canvas Site— This is a home base for Instructional Assistants to share strategies, ask questions, and offer support to each other. Created by Graduate Teaching Consultants, for fellow graduate student instructors. Graduate students (and Undergrad IAs) can join using this self-enroll link: https://canvas.ucsd.edu/enroll/MAGMF4 

Support for Summer Session Course Instructors— a set of workshops specifically aimed to support instructors preparing to teach their own course this summer. All educators are welcome- graduate students, postdocs, lecturers, and faculty. Check out the flyer online here.

 

REMINDER: VOTE IN AS ELECTION - May 12, 2020

Remember to vote in the upcoming Associated Students Election via Tritonlink May 18 - 22. 

In addition to the candidates for AS and College Councils, the ballot includes an important referendum question for undergraduate and graduate students: the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) & Student Mental Health Fee Referendum. This is a proposed annual fee for graduate and undergraduate students to expand and increase the availability of CAPS and mental health services for all students, and increase funding to improve student mental health support and education.

Visit the AS Elections page for details.

 

SOUTH CAMPUS / MESA NUEVA & SIO ROUTES TRANSITION TO ON-DEMAND SERVICE - May 11, 2020

Transportation Services announced that “due to low ridership, the South Campus / Mesa Nueva and SIO shuttle routes will transition to on-demand service, effective 5/11/2020. This change will allow a transition to smaller electric and light-duty vehicles along with reducing emissions and maintenance expense. 

Rides are available between 5:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, by calling 858.534.7422.”

 

GRADUATE DIVISION OPEN OFFICE HOUR - May 11, 2020

Register now for the upcoming Open Office Hour. Dean Antony and Associate Dean Kim will share updates and answer questions. All graduate and professional students are welcome. Please note that the session will be recorded and made available afterwards.

DATE: Friday, May 29, 2020
TIME: Noon - 1:00pm 
REGISTER: HERE

 

RESEARCH TOWN HALL Q&A Webinar - May 8, 2020

Register now for the next Town Hall webinar session, as the situation and information available to all of us will likely shift during the month of May.

THURSDAY, MAY 28th

12:30 – 2:00 pm 

To register, please visit our SharePoint site at: https://ucsdcloud.sharepoint.com/sites/vcrth

 

VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT - May 8, 2020

Campus leaders are partnering with faculty, staff, and students to create a virtual commencement ceremony on June 13, 2020. Please see more in the Chancellor’s Apr 30th announcement and all students wishing to participate and be recognized in the virtual commencement must register. Find the link to register on the Commencement 2020 webpage. Note: there’s no fee and any fees previously collected will be automatically refunded.

 

RETURN TO LEARN - May 5, 2020

UC San Diego’s Return to Learn Program aims to broadly test students, faculty and staff on campus on a recurring basis for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This evidence-based program, which includes plans for exposure notification and isolation housing for on-campus resident students who test positive for the virus, is intended to better position UC San Diego to resume in-person activities when fall classes begin in September 2020. Learn more here: https://coronavirus.ucsd.edu/return-to-learn/index.html

 

ONLINE INITIATIVE: DOCUSIGN IMPLEMENTATION -  May 1, 2020

In response to the mandate to work remotely, The Graduate Division quickly pivoted to a temporary fillable PDF process for the collection of faculty signatures on our various academic forms. This temporary process worked well enough as an emergency response, but it was always our intention to design and test a better approach: using the campus DocuSign system:
We are happy to announce that beginning on May 12th we will enable the collection of all
required faculty and student signatures on our various academic forms through DocuSign; the
forms will be digitally routed to all required signers, including to The Graduate Division and
the Registrar for final processing.

AUTOMATIC EXTENSION OF ANY LOOMING TIME-LIMIT FOR ALL GRAD STUDENTS - April 17, 2020

Please take a moment to read the details in the announcement that we just sent out regarding extensions on immediately-looming time limits.

 

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS - PLEASE POST INITIAL OPENINGS BY 4-30-20 - April 17, 2020

We are encouraging our Campus Partners to list an appropriate employment opportunities in two digital marketplaces:

IA System: academic student employment opportunities such as teaching assistants, readers, and tutors.

Handshake: casual/restricted hourly roles and graduate student researcher positions.

 

TEACHING + LEARNING COMMONS' WRITING HUB GRAD WRITING SERVICES ONLINE - April 14, 2020

Good news! All of the graduate writing services offered by the Teaching + Learning Commons' Writing Hub are still offered and are free of charge. Check out the message from the Writing Hub to see details and a snapshot of all the programs they offer this quarter.

 

SHARING CONCERNS WITH CAMPUS LEADERSHIP - April 14, 2020

This is an unprecedented time in our lives and we imagine the uncertainty of what’s to come can be very stressful for graduate students who are trying to plan and balance school, work, and life. Graduate students may have urgent concerns that they would like to share with campus leadership and we encourage you to do this. In order to facilitate a simple and transparent process, students should submit feedback via the Chancellor's Office anonymous email portal:   https://chancellor.ucsd.edu/contact-us

Any concerns pertaining to graduate students that are submitted via this tool will be forwarded along to leadership in The Graduate Division. By having this be the primary channel, it keeps everyone (at the highest levels) in the loop regarding concerns raised by graduate students.

 

MESSAGE TO NEWLY-ADMITTED INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS - April 13, 2020

FYI: This message went out to Newly-admitted international graduate students in light of the news that Faculty Senate had approved a one-time exception to allow incoming international graduate students in all graduate programs to participate in courses via remote instruction for the duration of Fall 2020.

Congratulations on your admission to UC San Diego!

The current global public health emergency has caused a great deal of uncertainty. We recognize it may be impossible for you to obtain a visa in time for this coming Fall 2020 quarter.

If this proves to be true for you, your program will offer you the opportunity to begin your studies and take your courses remotely during the Fall 2020 quarter. Once your program has determined its specific approach for enabling you to begin your studies remotely, you will be contacted.

We hope this announcement will ease any anxieties you might have about joining us at UC San Diego, and will help you feel confident in accepting our offer of admission.

Whether you are able to join us in person, or remotely, please be assured we are committed to supporting your educational and professional development.

Sincerely,

James Antony
Dean, The Graduate Division

Campus Partners were sent advance notice via this announcement.

 

REGISTER FOR NEXT GRAD STUDENT WEBINAR - April 13, 2020

In lieu of the next session of Open Office Hours, Dean Antony will again present a webinar that will offer updates, information, and resources for Graduate and Professional Students. There will also be time set aside for Q&A. 

REGISTER NOW: bit.ly/GradWebinarMay2020

 

INCREASE IN GRADUATE RE-ADMISSION FEE - April 13, 2020

Campus Partners, Advisors and Graduate Coordinators were notified of a scheduled $15 increase to the Graduate Admission and Re-Admission fee that will go into effect for the upcoming Fall. See details in this announcement.

 

OPEN NOW: "KEEP CALM AND TEACH ON" CANVAS SITE FOR IAs - April 10, 2020

This is a home base for Instructional Assistants (remember, IAs = TAs, instructional apprentices, tutors and readers!) to share strategies, ask questions, and offer support to each other. Created by the Teaching + Learning Commons Engaged Teaching Hub's Graduate Teaching Consultants for fellow graduate student instructors. Join now using this self-enroll link: https://canvas.ucsd.edu/enroll/MAGMF4 

 

SUMMER SESSION UPDATES - April 9, 2020

Per the Chancellor’s announcement, “In order to continue the vital social distancing that contributes to public health, UC San Diego will continue to deliver all instruction by remote means during Summer 2020.” See details here: http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/Notices/2020/2020-4-9-1.html

 

GRAD STUDENT WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW - April 7, 2020

VIEW WEBINAR HERE: https://bit.ly/GradWebinarApril2020 

Last week the Graduate Division hosted a webinar to provide graduate and professional students with the latest information from medical professionals about the current COVID-19 crisis; to offer updates about rules and resources that will aid graduate students’ work, teaching, and degree progress during spring quarter; and to share information about university resources. There also is a Q&A period at the end of the webinar. 

View the presentation shown during the webinar here.

 

GRAD DISSERTATION/THESIS SUBMISSION & FORMATTING WEBINAR - April 7, 2020

Graduate Division Academic Advisors are offering a webinar on Wed, Apr 15 at 11:00 am. They will review the Dissertation/Thesis submission process and give a brief overview of formatting. Students who are planning on submitting their thesis or dissertation in Spring or Summer 2020 are welcome to attend. 

REVIEW DETAILS ON THE WEBINAR FLYER AND RSVP HERE:  http://bit.ly/ThesisWorkshopSpring20 

 

GRAD SLAM 2020 CANCELLED - April 6, 2020

Due to the stay-at-home order and the ongoing Coronavirus situation,  the UC San Diego Grad SLAM Final Round event scheduled for Thursday, April 9th has been cancelled. In recognition of all the hard work that many graduate students already put into preparing for the competition this year, our 2020 campus finalists will be rewarded and recognized throughout spring quarter.

 

RESEARCH TOWN HALLS, FUNDING OPS, & SUPPORT - April 2, 2020

Find out more information about, and register for, Research Town Hall webinars to be held April 9th and April 15th from 12:30–2:00pm at https://blink.ucsd.edu/research/covid-19/index.html.

And see more about Funding Opportunities and Resources in the announcement that recently came out from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

 

P/NP & S/U FAQ - April 2, 2020

The Council of Deans of Academic Advising, in collaboration with several campus partners, have developed an FAQ to aid undergraduate and graduate students in deciding whether to request a P/NP or S/U grading option. See the FAQs for P/NP and S/U Grades in Spring 2020 here.

 

ZOOM BOMBING ALERT & RESOURCES - April 2, 2020

Zoom has become an invaluable tool for all of us, so please see the recent alert about Zoom Bombing, and you’ll find Zoom meeting safeguards here on Blink.

 

 

DIRECT DEPOSIT & TRITONPAY - March 31, 2020

Emails about these went out to all grad students recently, but I wanted to highlight them. 

DIRECT DEPOSIT: Sign up for direct deposit immediately for both Employment/Payroll as well as Stipend/Financial Aid. They are two different processes detailed in the recent email here.

TRITONPAY: The early release (on April 1, 2020) of TritonPay will offer a means of making rent payments online rather than having to go to the Central Cashier’s Office. Learn more about TritonPay here, and Student Financial Solutions has also partnered with Flywire, an alternative international payment option. Access Flywire via TritonLink or go to ucsd.flywire.com.

 

UPDATE ON LIBRARY SVCS - SPRING 2020 - March 31, 2020

Please see University Librarian Erik Mitchell’s announcement about how the library is evolving in order to support your Spring Quarter research needs.

 

CURRENT STRATEGY FOR ON-CAMPUS ISOLATION HOUSING - March 30, 2020

Please take a moment to review this outline of the campus’ current procedures to promote safety in regards to on-campus isolation housing.

 

CHANCELLOR'S DISSERTATION MEDAL - March 30, 2020

An announcement recently went out calling for nominations for the Chancellor's Dissertation Medal, an award that goes to outstanding graduate students who have recently completed their thesis work at UC San Diego. See more details in the announcement here.

 

GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENT WEBINAR - March 27, 2020

PLEASE JOIN US FROM 11:00AM TO NOON ON FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020.

REGISTERbit.ly/Spring2020Webinar

The purpose of this webinar is to provide graduate students with the latest information from medical professionals about the current crisis; to offer updates about rules and resources that will aid graduate students’ work, teaching, and degree progress; and to learn more about university resources available to graduate students. We will also leave time for Q&A. 

 

YOUR WELL-BEING - March 26, 2020

During this extraordinarily stressful time, I want to signal boost the following resource.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is here for students as our university community navigates the continually evolving COVID-19 situation. The CAPS Central Office at Galbraith 190 remains open for urgent care visits, while mental health counselors are offering support via tele-visits or zoom sessions. Students familiar with CAPS and those interested in reaching out for the first time can call 858-534-3755. Students can also message their counselors and schedule appointments via the mychart app. For current students now outside San Diego, CAPS can help you find a provider closer to you for easier access.”

You also might find some helpful resources in this UCSD News article “Coping with Coronavirus Stress.”

 

THESIS & DISSERTATION PAPERWORK, PROCESSES, APPOINTMENTS: AN UPDATE - March 19, 2020

Please be advised that this morning we sent Grad Coordinators updated processes for submitting paperwork, such as Final Reports of Grad Degrees etc, that will alleviate the need for graduate students to come into the Graduate Division office. Please contact your Grad Coordinator for more details, if this might apply to you.

For students who need to pay fees (advancement to candidacy, thesis submission fee, filing fee, re-admit fee), you will be charged the appropriate fees on your student financial TritonLink account at a later date. There is no need for students to go to the Cashier’s Office.

Students should continue to schedule their preliminary and final appointments with Graduate Division Academic Affairs Advisers in the way they have always done, by utilizing the online calendaring system we have in place: https://gradforms.ucsd.edu/calendar/index.php. Advisers will be conducting all student meetings remotely.

 

SCHOLARLY WORK AND RESEARCH LABS - March 19, 2020

We sent out an announcement regarding “On-Site Research and the Impact on Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars”. In short, we clarified that the guidelines sent out earlier from the Vice Chancellor for Research do not dictate a complete shut-down of all on-site research, but a requirement that every effort be made to transition the work of research staff off-site so as to restrict on-site efforts to critical activities. Our goal is to reduce the density of people in research laboratories, on campus, and in the community in general, consistent with the need for social distancing.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING - March 19, 2020

We understand that UC San Diego is your home, and want to reassure you that Housing, Dining, and Hospotality (HDH) will remain open Spring Quarter for those of you who need to stay on campus due to circumstances specified in Chancellor Khosla’s announcements earlier this week: 

Students should consider living on campus during the Spring Quarter only if they satisfy at least one of the following conditions: those who are without access to stable housing; who come from housing/food insecure households; who are unable to travel home; who are from areas highly impacted by COVID-19 or regions at risk for a COVID-19 outbreak; who are unable to relocate without high risk to their safety; and those who would be relocating to homes that lack infrastructure to accommodate virtual instruction.

 

REMOTE INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT - March 18, 2020

We mentioned in an announcement to all grad students that the The Commons is offering ongoing instructional support and resources for faculty as well as TA/IA’s as the university makes the unprecedented transition to offering instruction remotely for all courses. including resource guides, ongoing webinars, and online consultations to support you in transitioning to the remote learning environment.

Your student employment will not be reduced in Spring 2020 and we anticipate creating additional support roles to help facilitate high quality remote learning teaching and learning experiences across campus.

We also noticed that the UCSD Blink Instructional Resources page was updated on Monday. You might find useful links there.

 

COVID-19 CONCERNS - March 18, 2020

First and foremost, I’d like to express concern for you, your families, and our community in the midst of the challenges presented by the global pandemic. These are unprecedented times, and there are no easy answers to the excellent questions many of us have. My hope is that we will all maintain a spirit of flexibility, and keep our lines of communication open.

Toward these ends, we are launching this space wherein we can share information with you. Please know that my team and I are working together with campus leaders to minimize disruption to your academic progress as we adopt measures aimed at protecting all of our community members’ health and wellbeing. As always, if you have any questions you would like to ask, please feel free to email me at graduatedean(at)ucsd.edu. If you wish to share your thoughts anonymously, I invite you to do so via the Chancellor’s website. Any issues pertaining to graduate students will be shared with The Graduate Division.

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