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UPDATES FROM THE DEAN

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


"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
  • bedframes
  • home appliances

 


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.

 


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.
 

 

  • 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:

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.


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.

 

 

WINTER 2021 UPDATES (cont)

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

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

grad testing graphic

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

October 9, 2020Webinar-The Vote graphic

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!

Where's My Ballot graphic

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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