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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Fall 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon, Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fri: 9-11 a.m.

Diversity Peer
Charles Williams

Tue, Thu: 11 a.m.-1 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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Funded Arabic Language Summer Program: SALAM 2016

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center logoThe Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s (SQCC) Summer Arabic Language and Media Program (SALAM) is now accepting applications for its fully-funded intensive Arabic language course in Manah, Oman. SQCC aims to foster respect and understanding between the US and Oman through a greater knowledge of the two cultures. SQCC will cover travel to and from Washington, DC, and Muscat, Oman, language program fees, room and board, and SALAM-sponsored trips on weekends. Students are expected to cover costs of travel to and from their hometowns and Washington, DC, and international health and medical evacuation insurance.

Requirements: US citizens with at least 4 semesters of college-level Arabic coursework (or equivalent)

Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2016

Program Dates: July 7 – Aug. 12, 2016

Classes: 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sunday-Thursday

For more information and the online application, please visit the SALAM 2016 website.


Collaborate GauchoSpace Wants to Hire You

Collaborate LogoCollaborate GauchoSpace is hiring for two positions to start Winter 2016: one 50% Graduate Student position (20 hours/week with fee remission) and one 25% Graduate Student (10 hours/week). Both positions pay $20 per hour. Hiring preference given to students who can work for at least a year, preferably longer.

Interested applicants should supply their resume and a brief statement describing their experience with GauchoSpace, teaching others technical skills, and/or creating documentation.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 4. All applications should be sent to with the subject line "Collaborate Graduate Student Application."


Teaching Fellowships Available from the School for Scientific Thought

SST LogoThe School for Scientific Thought (SST) is offering partial fellowships of up to $2,000 for science and engineering graduate students to teach a course this winter for an audience of local and regional high school students.

Doctoral students will gain teaching experience by creating a five-session course on a topic related to their research. The SST program is a unique professional development experience that builds communication, teaching and mentoring skills, while focusing on design goals, formative assessment, instructional techniques, and oral communication.  

Course Dates: Five consecutive Saturdays in Winter 2016: 1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, and 3/5

Eligibility: Science and engineering graduate students 

Deadline: Nov. 30

Interviews: Dec. 4 and 7  

Funds: $2,000 partial fellowships will be awarded.

Apply: Use the online application.

For more information on SST: See the School for Scientific Thought page.

Questions? If you have questions or would like to talk about SST further, email


Webinar Wrap-up: How to Fund Your Graduate STEM Education

If you missed out on tuning into the free webinar from Pathways to Science on funding a graduate STEM education on Nov. 9, have no fear. Here are the major takeaways from the hosts:

  • It’s best to start early with applications. Several fellowship programs have Fall deadlines, so aim to start brainstorming ideas for your essays and personal statements no later than September.
  • If you have a diverse or sporadic academic and career history, try turning it into a more cohesive, linear story. Your applications will certainly stand out for being “interdisciplinary” or “well-rounded,” and it won’t sound like you’re unsure of what you want to do.
  • First-year students shouldn’t worry about being compared to other students who are further along in their degree program! Selection committees will be aware of your current status, and they will not penalize you for not having completed any research yet.
  • Be aggressive with networking and following up with applications. Don’t be afraid to ask your professors, advisors, peers, and undergraduate networks for help with referrals or nominations.
  • Be sure to look for professional development funds to support a variety of professional activities, including conference travel and networking or social events. For instance, the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate specifically supports professional development and mentoring for its members.

A project of the Institute for Broadening Participation, Pathways to Science supports STEM education and research. Check out their website for more opportunities related to funding, fellowships, postdoc positions, and mentoring.



Paid Research Participation Opportunity

The UCSB Cognition and Development Labis seeking persons who (1) self-identify as Christian, (2) regularly attend church, and (3) are fluent English speakers, to participate in a psychological study on beliefs. The study will take place on the UCSB campus and will consist of one session lasting 45-60 minutes. Parking at the campus will be provided, if needed. All participants will get a $20 reward, and the deep appreciation of the researchers.

For more information and/or to schedule a testing session, please email Spencer Mermelstein or call the Cognition and Development Lab at 805-893-8018. This is an ongoing research project being conducted until the end of the fall quarter.


Winter 2016 TAs Needed: Chicana/o Studies Department

image: Chicana/o Studies logoThe Chicana/o Studies Department is looking to hire TAs for Winter Quarter. Course vacancies are listed below. To apply, submit the following items to the Chicana/o Studies Graduate Affairs Office (South Hall 1722), or email them to Mayra Villaneuva at, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. Please also address any questions or concerns to Mayra.

Application materials:

  1. Application for employment form
  2. CV
  3. One letter of recommendation
  4. Any teaching evaluations from the most recent 3 quarters

TAs are needed for:

  1. CHST 1B: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies. Introduction to the historical and contemporary development of the Chicano/a community. Course is interdisciplinary in nature. Focuses by quarter on history, gender, and culture. Professor Miroslava Chavez-Garcia. Lecture: T R 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. See GOLD for section times. 50% time TA appointment.
  2. CHST 167: Chicana Feminisms. Different feminisms have contributed significantly to contemporary political thought. In this course, students survey the historical development and primary issues of Chicana Feminism, including its practices of political intervention, major writings, and comparisons to other influential feminisms. Professor Aida Hurtado. Lecture: M W 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. See GOLD for section times. 50% time TA appointment.

What: Winter Quarter TA positions with the Chicana/o Studies Department (see courses above)

Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 26, at 4:00 p.m.

Submit applications to: Chicana/o Studies Graduate Affairs Office, South Hall 1722; or to Mayra Villanueva


Call for Applications: Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Office for Fellowships and Internships has announced it has opened applications for the 2016 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP). The program allows researchers the opportunity to conduct independent study at one of the 19 Smithsonian centers, in conjunction with Smithsonian experts or centers. The program offers 10-week fellowships under the guidance of at least one Smithsonian advisor for graduate students, and 3- to 12-month programs for predoctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Citizens of any country are welcome to apply, but English fluency is required.

The fellowship award amounts range from $7,000 for 10 weeks for a Graduate Student Fellowship to $48,000 annually and a research allowance up to $4,000 for the Postdoctoral Researcher and Senior Researcher Fellowships.

Smithsonian Fellowship

What: Independent research at a Smithsonian facility under the guidance of a Smithsonian advisor

Deadline: Dec. 1

Duration: 10 weeks (Graduate Student Fellowship) or 3 to 12 months (Predoctoral Students or Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowships)

For more information, please refer to the SIFP website.


Finding Funding Workshop: November 18

Credit: gsa.umbc.eduAll graduate students are welcome to attend the next Finding Funding Workshop. We'll be going over campus resources for your graduate careers, as well as resources and databases through the UC System and elsewhere. Please bring your computers and any questions pertaining to funding your graduate education or research. Light snacks will be provided.

Finding Funding Workshop

When: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m.

Where: SRB 2154 (second-floor conference room)

Please RSVP to Steph Griffin at


Funding Opportunities: December 2015 Deadlines

While you’re getting holiday gifts for your family and friends, don’t forget to help yourself this month as well! The following scholarships and fellowships were found on the Pivot database. Be sure to check the award websites for specific application information and up-to-date deadlines. credit: pinterest.comCredit:

Social Sciences/Education

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program (from US Institute of Peace): Open to all Ph.D. students who have completed all coursework. Peace Scholar awards of $20,000 are offered to doctoral students whose dissertation topics relate to peacebuilding and conflict management. Deadline is Dec. 11. For more information, visit the U.S. Institute of Peace’s website

International Peace Scholarship (from P.E.O. International): Only open to female students who are NOT citizens of the U.S. or Canada. An award of $10,000 is offered to in-need female graduate students with at least one year of coursework remaining (thus, ABD students are not eligible). Deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, visit P.E.O. International’s website

Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship (from the National Institute for Labor Relations Research): Open to any education student. An award of $1,000 is offered to future educators. Deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, visit the NILRR website


SMART (Science, Math, and Research for Transformation) Scholarship for Service (part of National Defense Education Program/DoD); Open to U.S. citizens only. SMART scholars receive full tuition, stipend, summer internships, and employment placement after graduation. For each academic year of the fellowship, the recipient agrees to commit 12 months of civilian work with the DoD. Deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, visit the SMART website

Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship (from the National Space Club and Foundation): Open to U.S. citizens only. An award of $10,000 for the following academic year is available to students interested in space research and exploration. Deadline is Dec. 2. For more information, visit the National Space Club’s website.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship (from NOAA): Open to U.S. citizens studying oceanography, marine biology, or other science, engineering, or resource management of the ocean/coastal areas. This is award provides up to $42,000 annually in scholarship, plus reimbursement for attending a four- to six-week summer program collaboration with NOAA. Doctoral fellows are required to complete at least one program collaboration. Deadline is Dec. 10. For more information, visit the Foster Scholars’ website.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program: Open to all students. An award of $1,500 is offered to a student interested in a career in the life sciences. Deadline is Dec. 11 for the Spring 2016 scholarship. Application form and written statement topics are available on the Novus Biologicals website.  

Fine Arts/Humanities

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship (from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Open to all students in art, architecture, dance, theater, urban/regional planning, and music. The award ranges from $9,000-$20,000 (depending on field) for promising graduate students. Deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, visit the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship website

Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship (from Society of Architectural Historians): Open to all graduate students in architectural history or related fields. SAH provides a $10,000 stipend and an opportunity to work on a summer project with the Historic American Buildings Survey. Deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, visit SAH’s website.  

All Fields

Career Development Grants (from the American Association of University Women): Only open to female master’s students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Grants of $2,000-$12,000 are available to female students returning to school since receiving their bachelor’s degree on or before June 2011 (doctoral work does not qualify). Funds provide support for tuition, fees, books, local transportation, and childcare. Deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, visit AAUW’s website


Free Webinar: Funding a STEM Graduate Education

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) is hosting a free webinar on funding a STEM graduate education on Monday, Nov. 9, at noon. IBP is a nonprofit funded by the National Science Foundation and aims to connect students with STEM funding and opportunities.

Free Webinar:

When: Monday, Nov. 9, at noon PST. (Please note: although the registration site says 3 p.m., that is in Eastern Standard Time.)

Where: Online; be sure to pre-register here. You will receive a confirmation email with the event login credentials.