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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer:
Shawn Warner-Garcia
Mon: 10 a.m. to noon
Wed: 10 a.m. to noon
Fri: 10 a.m. to noon

Diversity & Outreach Peer:

Funding Peer:
Kyle Crocco
Tue: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing Peer:
Ryan Dippre
Mon: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Tue: 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wed: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Communications Peer:
Melissa Rapp
Mon: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thu: 1 to 3 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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UCSB VITA Can Do Your Taxes for Free

Are you a student? Make less than $53,000? Then get your taxes done for free by UCSB VITA.

Write to make an appointment. See the flyer below for details or visit the UCSB VITA website.

UCSB Vita flyer


Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

Fulbright-Hays studentThe Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program will fund doctoral students to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies, for periods of six to twelve months.

Research must focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).

Competitive preference is given to applicants who focus on any of the 78 languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) and are doing research related to economics, engineering, international development, global education, mathematics, political science, public health, science, or technology.

Fellowships range from $15,000 to $60,000.

(Note: This is separate from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program)

Interested students must contact Robert Hamm in the Graduate Division at or 805-893-2671 to discuss the application. Completed online applications are due Tuesday, April 28 at 4 p.m.


  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States;
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution;
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation; and
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

 Expenses Covered by the Award

  • Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research;
  • Maintenance and dependents allowances based on the cost of living in country(ies) of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s);
  • Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel and other incidental expenses;
  • Health and accident insurance premiums; and
  • $100 administrative fee to applicant institution.

Funding Deadlines for April

You Have FundingHello, my funding friends. It's that time of the year when funding winds down However, there are a few scholarships and grants that graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can apply for with April deadlines.

All information comes through the UCLA GRAPES database. Click on the individual links for more details.

Open To All (no citizenship or residency requirements):

April 01: American Historical Association (AHA), Fellowship In Aerospace History (All fields researching any aspect of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present)

April 01: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (STEM interested in doing research at Livermore laboratory)

April 10: UC Accord Dissertation Fellowships (Any field consistent with UC/ACCORD's goals: research for diversity)

April 20: International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER), Graduate Fellowships In Alternatives In Scientific Research (Any program of study that shows the greatest potential to replace the use of animals in science)

April 20: Smithsonian Institution, Latino Museum Studies Fellowship Program (All fields related to U.S. Latino history, art, or culture)

April 24: Yale University, Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Doctoral Fellowship (Fields studying LGBT topics)

U.S. Citizens and Residents Only:

April 01: American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships (All fields related to cancer research)

April 01: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students (Social sciences, management, finance)

April 01: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students (Accounting)

April 01: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, John L. Carey Scholarships (Accounting)

April 11: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mary Murphy Scholarship (Women pursuing graduate study towards an advanced degree)

April 17: David B. Larson Fellowship In Health and Spirituality (Any field focused on health and spirituality)

April 18: Association of University Programs In Health Administration (AUPHA), Corris Boyd Scholarship (Minority student accepted into an AUPHA Full Member master's degree program)

April 30: Henaac Scholars Program (For Hispanic STEM majors)

April 30: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Fellowships (Postdocs in the humanities)


Last Tax Season Information Session on Tuesday, March 3

1040 tax document

The Graduate Division will be hosting their final tax information session of the winter quarter on Tuesday, March 3.

This session will cover the same information as the two previous sessions: free tax resources, credits and deductions, and fellowship taxes for U.S. grad students. If you are an international student, you should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars for information about filing taxes for non-residents.

Please note, this is NOT a tax preparation workshop, nor is the Funding Peer a tax expert. This is an information session only. For detailed tax questions, you should do your own research or contact a tax expert.

When: Tuesday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Multipurpose Room in Student Resource Building

Who: Presented by Funding Peer, Kyle Crocco

Food: Light refreshments will be provided.

This information session covers education related tax basics:

  • Free tax resources
  • Education Credits and Student Loan Deductions
  • Fellowship Taxes and Qualified Education Expenses
  • Form 1098-T information
  • And more

RSVP: Kyle Crocco at


Get a Free Credit Score

Discover credit card'Discover it chrome' for students offers free FICO scores. Do you know your credit score? Knowing your score can encourage better credit habits and also prevent embarrassing incidents like being turned down for a car or home loan.

There are several ways to get a free score.

Credit Reporting Agencies

Both Experian and TransUnion are currently offering deals where you can pay $1 for a credit report and get a "free" credit score. However, to do so you must sign up for their paid credit service, which you should cancel right away to avoid monthly fees.

Credit Card Providers

Credit card providers are now allowed to share credit scores with their customers. Citibank, Capital One, Chase, and Discover, among others, provide free scores on their customers credit card statements. Find a list of banks here.

What's My Score logo

Score Estimators

The next best thing to an actual score, is an estimated one. What' will ask you questions on your credit behavior and estimate your score for free.

What does the score mean?

The most common credit score out there is the FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation) credit score. Scores range from 300-850. It's like the SATs. The higher the better. Above a 720 is considered good. Above 600 is fair. You don't want to have a score below that. See this page for a sample chart of interest rates based on your score.

How is the score determined?

Your score is based on five things:

  • Payment History (35%). Are you paying on time? Banks love this kind of behavior. 
  • Amounts Owed (30%).  Are you cards maxed out? Don't do it. Banks love it when you have credit, but don't use all of it.
  • Length of Credit History (15%). The longer, the better.
  • New Credit (10%). Are you opening up lots of accounts recently? Banks think that is risky.
  • Types of Credit Used (10%). Diversification means lots of people trust you. Banks think that's sexy.

For more information, see

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Graduate Assistant Needed for CARE office

CARE logoUCSB's Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE) office is looking for a graduate assistant.

The mission of CARE is to anticipate and respond to the needs of students impacted by stalking, dating/domestic violence and sexual assault by providing confidential advocacy and support. CARE also works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to educate the campus community about the vital role that each of us has in ending interpersonal violence at UCSB.


  • Admitted to a UCSB graduate program and enrolled in a graduate course of study
  • Preference given to graduate students with experience researching or advocating for gender equity
  • Must be an assertive communicator, willing to join a fast-paced, close-knit team of staff members


  • Experience working with students of diverse educational, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills and high initiative level
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Computer proficiency; preference given to candidates with web-site management and desktop publication experience


  • Planning/Implementation: Work with student staff on the development of several small and larger-scale interpersonal violence awareness events for students, faculty/staff and community members each quarter.
  • Collaboration: Work with other departments within Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs to provide a diverse array of events and programs for CARE constituents. Represent CARE at Divisional events and other departmental functions, such as tabling events, as needed.
  • Financial Management: Responsible for assisting with planning program budgets for CARE programs and events, as well as assisting undergraduate students in doing the same.
  • Public Speaking: Responsible for completing presentations on interpersonal violence to other Divisional departments, Community Assistants in the Residence Halls and outside groups, as needed. May be required to facilitate discussions or lead workshop sessions, as needed.
  • Program Evaluation: Responsible for creating assessment tools for CARE events, and measuring effectiveness of programming efforts. Responsible for modifying programs, based on assessment outcomes.
  • Supervision: May be responsible for supervision of some student work, as needed, to assist full-time staff.
  • Research: Research or benchmarking may be required on specific aspects of CARE programming.

Hours and Pay: 10 hours a week at $15 an hour (without tuition/fee remission)

Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 27

Contact: Briana Conway, Assistant Director CARE & Women's Center Programming,


Scholarship Database for Undocumented Students

You Have Funding Logo

Undocumented students should check out this scholarship database for funding opportunities. Students will find a list of scholarship opportunities that do not require U.S. citizenship or legal residency. You can search by keyword, amount, and deadline.

The database was created by the Act On A Dream group at Harvard College.

The group, which is part of the Harvard Public Service Network, believes that every student has a right to an education, regardless of their documentation status.

For more information, check out

  • The Act On A Dream group website.
  • This compilation (lasted updated Mar. 2014) for more fellowship opportunities.
  • This guidebook created by students at UC-Merced in 2013 about the California state law AB540 that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition.

Upcoming UC-wide Grants and Fellowships


Check out these UC Fellowships and Grants with upcoming deadlines in March and April. Click on the titles for more information about each fellowship or grant.

Andrew & Florence White Graduate Student Scholarship

Deadline: March 4.

Eligibility: UC graduate students working on a dissertation project in the Humanities and Medicine or in the Theoretical Social Sciences and Medicine.

Funds: Up to $20,000.

UC Mexus 

Small Grants

Deadline: For 2015: Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4, June 8, July 6, Aug. 3, Sep. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7

Eligibility: University of California graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctoral level program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Description: This funding supports research activities in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development in Mexico-related studies in all academic fields from the sciences to the arts, Latino Studies, and critical issues of common concern to the United States and Mexico. Proposals are encouraged for small, short-term, non-dissertation projects of one week to six months. Awards of up to $1,500 will be provided for a six month period.


Save Money: Use the Filing Leave of Absence

Piggy BankThis pig saves money and so can you. Credit: openclipart.comDid you know for a modest fee, you can avoid paying your final quarter tuition at UCSB? Yes, it's true. It's called the Filing Leave of Absence (LOA).

If you're a terminal master’s degree or a doctoral degree student and meet certain conditions (see below), you can save thousands of dollars.

Certain Conditions:

  • Completed your research associated with the final degree milestone and your thesis/dissertation/supporting document is substantially drafted.
  • You have registered for the preceding academic quarter.
  • You have not been approved for Filing Leave in the past.

Cost: $20 petition fee, plus one-half of the Student Services Fee.

Deadline: Pay at the completion of your exam or project, or when you file your thesis or dissertation.

For more information: See Filing Leave of Absence.


Grad Assistant Needed for Center for Information Technology & Society

CITS logoThe Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) is seeking a technology-savvy graduate student who can administer the center's website and provide tech support for the lecture series and other events. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in HTML and CSS and a working knowledge of content management systems, particularly Drupal. Experience with A/V equipment, graphic design, and light video editing is a plus.

Tasks include:

  • Maintaining and updating the center's website.
  • Initiating a social media campaign for the center.
  • Designing and circulating fliers and announcements.
  • Recording and editing lectures and events using digital video and photography.
  • Providing tech support support to lecturers and visiting scholars.
  • Planning center events with the center's director and other graduate student staff members.

Grad Assistant Position

Deadline: Sunday, March 1.

Hours: 10-15 week at an hourly rate.

Apply: Send a short email message and resume to CITS Director Lisa Parks at  Indicate "CITS position" in the subject heading.