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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Spring 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer, Shawn Warner-Garcia
Monday: 10 a.m. to noon
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to noon
Friday: 10 a.m. to noon

Funding Peer, Kyle Crocco
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing Peer, Ryan Dippre
Monday: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Communications Peer, Melissa Rapp
Monday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 2 to 4 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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Dissertation Grants for Research on Latino Populations in the U.S.

CSI LogoThe Chicano Studies Institute is offering grants of support for dissertation research activities. All graduate students, regardless of academic field, who are engaged in research that addresses topics related to the Latino population in the U.S. are welcome to apply.

Dissertation Research Funding

Deadline: Wednesday, May 13, by 4 p.m.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Eligibility: All graduate students research topics related to the Latino population in the U.S.

More Info: Read the call for proposals
Questions: Contact Raphaëlla Nau at

Call for proposal flier 


Finding Funding Workshop on April 21

Find FundingCredit: Funding PeerNeed funding? Want to learn where to find it and what's available on campus? Then RSVP now for the Finding Funding Workshop on Tuesday, April 21.

When: Tuesday, April 21, from noon-1 p.m.

Where: Student Resource Building in Room 2154

Who: Presented by Funding Peer, Kyle Crocco

The Finding Funding workshop covers all the graduate funding basics:

  • UCSB resources (fellowships, TAships, and more)
  • External resources (government, foundations, and more)
  • Funding databases (Pivot, Grapes, and more)

Attendees should bring their laptop computers to practice navigating funding databases.

RSVP: Kyle Crocco at


Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy

Capps Center LogoThe Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy supports one or more fellowship stipends each year for outstanding graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UCSB (Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sci­ences, Science) whose research or programs of study advance the goals of broad-based cultural literacy and high ethical standards in our participative democracy.

All research topics must relate to some aspect of contemporary values and ethics in the “public sphere,” such as the importance of civility and tolerance, appreciation for pluralism and human rights, understanding better how public issues are framed, ways in which social conflict is resolved, improving and extending democratic practice, and the role of public humanities generally in society.

Support may be provided for dissertation fellowships, supplemental fellowships, summer stipends, or for special research projects.

The Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy was established in 2006 by a generous gift from Steven and Barbara Mendell and is promoted by the The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life.

The Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy

Deadline: Friday, May 1

Stipend: $2,500-$5,000 (Does not include tuition or health insurance).

Eligibility: Graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UCSB

More Details: Read the call for applications.

Questions: Please contact Dr. Leonard Wallock Associate Director or the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at (805) 893-2317 or


The Belltown Spine & Wellness Scholarship

Write an essay, win a scholarship. It's just that easy.

One talented student who writes the best essay on the topic "In what ways can a holistic perspective improve healthcare in the U.S.?" will find themselves $1,000 richer. You do not need to be a student in the healthcare field to enter.

The Belltown Spine & Wellness Scholarship

Deadline: Saturday, Aug. 1

Amount: $1,000

Fine Print: Read the terms and conditions.


Mututal Fund Investing: Advantages and Disadvantages

Financial FreedomInvest your way to financial freedom. Credit: http://www.investmentjuan01.comIf you haven't invested before, mutual funds are a great way to start. Before investing your graduate fellowship in mutual funds, however, consider some of the advantages and disadvantages to see if mutual funds fit with your investing goals.


Avoiding bad brokers (churning). Avoid paying commissions on stock sales with brokers who just want to make money off you (and not for you).

Diversification: Mutual funds are an inexpensive way to diversify your holdings into stocks, bonds, and different areas of the market (e.g., technology, emerging markets, energy, etc.)

Flexibility. Choices galore! There are literally thousands of funds that allow you to diversify and choose the level of risk you are comfortable with.

Liquidity. Get your money now! You can quickly sell shares to access your money when you need it.

Minimal Transaction Costs. Save money. Unlike stocks, the transaction fees are far less.

Professional Management. Let the professionals do the research while you reap the rewards. You don’t have to know anything to make money.

Service. It's easy and convenient. Mutual fund operators provide great services such as checking accounts, automatic investing, and buying or selling online or by phone.


Costs. Some funds have high “load” or sales fees to buy in. Research before you buy. Look for "no-load" mutual funds.

Lower-than-market performance. You won't get rich in mutual funds. Often, they earn less than the overall market.

Risks. Your money isn't always safe. Depending on what the operator invests in, funds can lose money.

Systematic Risk (stock market crash!). Mutual funds do not protect against market crashes.

Taxes (not deferred). You have to pay taxes on your capital gains every year and cannot defer them, as you can with stocks.

For more details and ideas, see

Keown, A. J. (2007). Personal finance: Turning money into wealth. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.


Where to Find Money to Invest

Treasure MapCreate your own treasure map to investment riches. Credit: openclipart.comAre you ready to start investing but need to find money to do it?

Here are a couple ways to find some extra dollars to put toward your future.

Automatic Investing. Set up automatic investing. Take advantage of dollar cost averaging by having money directly debited from your bank account each month to purchase shares in a mutual fund.

Budget. Create a budget and determine how much you can safely invest each month.

Investment Months. Not enough cash to invest every month? Then pick two months a year to cut back on your expenses and make those your investment months.

Matching Program. Does your employer have a matching funds program? Then use it. It's free money, people! Also take advantage of any IRA type programs.

Paycheck Deduction. Have trouble setting money aside to invest? Then have money automatically deducted from your paycheck and placed into a mutual fund.

Tax Refund or Windfall. Got a sudden pile of cash? Great! Spend some for fun, but then invest the rest. Use your tax deduction to start your new investment program.

For more details and ideas, see

Keown, A. J. (2007). Personal finance: Turning money into wealth. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.


Dissertation Grant offered by Black studies

Black StudiesPhoto courtesy of UCSB Black StudiesThe UCSB Center for Black Studies(CBSR) is offering a Graduate Student Grant to enrich the quality of dissertation research in Black studies, Afro-diasporic studies, and/or racial comparative scholarship.

Graduate Student Grant Program

Deadline: Wednesday, April 30

Eligibility: Graduate students who have advanced to candidacy and doing research in Black studies, Afro-diasporic studies, and/or racial comparative scholarship

Funding: Up to $1,500

For more details: Read the call for proposals.

Questions: Contact Professor Diane Fujino, CBSR Director, at fujino@asamst.ucsb.eduor Mahsheed Ayoub at or 805-893-3914.


Be Fashionable at a Fair Price

Robert HammRobert Hamm being fashionable at a fair price. Credit: Patricia MarroquinAre you a fashionista or do you just appreciate quality clothing at a fair price? Fashion and affordability don’t have to be antonyms anymore.

Here are two sites you should check out for deals on name brands and vintage clothing. Personal Shopper
For name brand daily deals and sales. eBay roundup (toward the bottom of the page)
For vintage and stylish clothing at a price you can afford.

Or, you can follow the advice of our Professional (Fashion) Development Director Robert Hamm (pictured to the right): find brands you like and wait for the sales!


What Kind of Investor Are You?

NasdaqWhat kind of investor are you? Photo courtesy of WikipediaAre you thinking of investing your money? You should first determine what kind of investor you are to help determine your strategy.

There are two basic types of investors: defensive and aggressive.

Defensive Investor

The defensive (or beginning) investor is looking to conserve capital. The investing style is more passive, allowing others to do the research, and follows two main principles: diversification and dollar cost averaging.

If you have never invested before, you should try defensive investing.

  • Diversification is to purchase a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds in leading investment funds, rather than individual stocks. This protects against fluctuations in the market and provides a consistent return.
  • Dollar cost averaging is purchasing stocks or bonds consistently (weekly, monthly, etc.), while not taking note of the swings of the market, so you end up with an average price for your investments over time.

Aggressive Investor

The aggressive (or more advanced) investor will spend more time personally researching investments and then purchase individual stocks. This type of investor takes on more risk and spends more time researching, but potentially ends up with more reward.

You should try aggressive investing if you have the time to do the research and/or have a strong tolerance for uncertainty.

The three main principles of an aggressive investor are

  1. Buying stocks when overall market prices are low and then selling when overall market prices are high (i.e., buying when everyone says buy and selling when everyone says buy). A good example is buying when the market fell in 2007, and selling now that the market is high in 2015.
  2. Choosing companies that will prosper and grow over the long term more than the market will grow. Example, choosing Apple or Tesla at the start. They have consistently outperformed the overall market.
  3. Finding “bargain” stocks. There are stocks that have been overlooked by other investors and are selling below their value. This is what Warren Buffett does. It takes a lot of research.

For more information on the principles of investing, read

Graham, B. (1959). The intelligent investor: A book of practical counsel. New York: Harper.

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Funding Deadlines for May

You Have FundingHello, my funding fellows. The financial pickings get slim at the end of the academic year. Here are the few that remain below. But you're best bet is to start looking toward the fall offerings in your field.

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

Open To All (no citizenship or residency requirements):

May 01: Pace Fellowship Program (Postdoc: for research in atmospheric sciences)

May 01: Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Post-Ph.D. Research Grants (Postdoc: for research in all branches of anthropology)

May 01: Wenner-Gren Foundation, Richard Carley Hunt Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowships (Postdoc: for anthropology postdoctoral scholars to work on research for publication)

May 15: The Alan Lomax Fellowship In Folklife Studies at the Library of Congress (Postdoc: for research on cultural traditions)

May 31: NOSAMS Graduate Student Internship Program, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Internship for research at the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry)

U.S. Citizens and Residents Only:

May 01: American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship (For underrepresented PhD candidates doing dissertation research in the microbiological sciences)

May 07: Postdoctoral Research Awards, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) (Postdoc: For research in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)

May 15: National Bar Institute, African-American Law Student Fellowship Program (For African-American law students support to complete a professional law degree)