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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Summer 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer
Shawn Warner-Garcia

Mon-Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Writing Peer & Funding Peer
Kyle Crocco

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

Communications Peer
Melissa Rapp

Mon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Charles Williams

By appointment

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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Learn the Credit Essentials: Myths, Reports, and Scores

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Credit is an essential in this country if you don't happen to have piles of cash on hand. If you ever want to buy something expensive like a car or house, you'll need to have some credit. Many students don't understand how credit works and what it can do for you. To clear the confusion and increase your credit savvy, here are some insights into credit myths, reports, and scores.

Five Credit Myths: What you think you know about credit might be wrong.

Credit Reports: Do you know what's on your credit report and how to get a free copy?

Credit Scores: Learn what your score means and how to get a free credit score.

For more information on credit scores, check out


Super Tuesday Funding Workshops this September

Finding Funding cartoonCredit: Funding PeerKnow how to search for funding? If not, join one of our Super Tuesday Finding Funding workshops held on Sept. 8 and Sept. 22.

Finding Funding workshops cover all graduate student 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.

When: Sept. 8, noon-1 p.m. and Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-noon

Where: Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Food: Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Kyle Crocco at


Money Management and Scam Avoidance

Money Management BasicsWhen managing your money in life and graduate school, there are things you need to do and things you need to stop doing, like, yesterday. Here are a few tips to make your financial and grad life easier.

Money Management Basics: Learn to establish priorities and bank smarter.

Five Common Grad Funding Mistakes to Avoid: Don't miss out on getting money because you don't know when to apply or what to apply for.

Don't Make These Five Money Mistakes: Make ends meet by finding cheaper housing and transportation.

Avoid These Scams: Avoid mystery shopper jobs, scholarship scams, and more.


Food Assistance for Graduate Students

Did you know graduate students can qualify to receive food assistance through CalFresh? Additionally, UC Santa Barbara's Associated Students Food Bank can assist you with the process.

Upcoming CalFresh Informational Meetings:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 26, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

Where: UCSB Associated Students Food Bank Lounge, located on the third floor of the University Center.

What is CalFresh? The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your budget to go toward healthy food. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets. The amount of the benefit is based on the size of your household, your income, and your bills. CalFresh benefits come on a plastic card, called the Golden State Advantage Card, which you can use just like a bank card at most food stores.

UCSB Food Bank contact: Amy Lopez, 805-967-5741, ext. 115

Lopez can help you complete a CalFresh application in person on the first or last Wednesdays at the Associated Students Food Bank Lounge. If you are unable to go in on Wednesdays, fill out a contact form directly on the Santa Barbara Food Bank’s site. For the UCSB Food Bank's regular hours, visit its website here.


Application Webinar for US Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security

Food SecurityThe U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country and in collaboration with a mentor from the International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit.

A webinar for the application process will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. (Eastern)

Register here.

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Fellowship Information

Deadline: Monday, Nov. 9

Amount: Six-month grant is $15,000; 12-month grant is $20,000; 24-month grant is $40,000

Eligibility: Graduate students who are U.S. citizens

Apply: Follow application instructions

  • Application Form
  • Project Narrative
  • Budget, Budget Justification, and Project Timeline Form
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Institutional letters of support from the submitting university and participating IARC/NARS
  • Letter of approval from submitting university’s sponsored programs office
  • Two letters of recommendation

For more information: Read the request for applications.


New Fall Quarter Teaching Assistant Opportunity

Chicano Studies LogoThe Chicana/o Studies department is looking for a few good Teaching Assistants.

If you have applied before, simply reapply by submitting an updated employment form and CV.

For all new applicants, submit the following items:

  1. Application for employment form
  2. CV
  3. One letter of recommendation
  4. Teaching evaluations (from three most recent quarters)

Deadline: Monday, Aug. 31, by 5 p.m.

Eligibility: All graduate students

Funding: 50% appointment

Questions: Call Shariq Hashmi at 805-893-5269 or email

To apply: Submit all items as a hard copy to Shariq Hashmi, South Hall 1722, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., or by email to

Course information:

CHST 1A: 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 A. history, B. gender, and C. culture.

Professor Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval

Lecture: Monday and Wednesday, 2-3:15 p.m.

See Gold for section times.

CHST 187: Language, Power, and Learning

Critical examination of institutional power related to education and linguistic and cultural diversity. Focus on Latino communities; formal and informal learning; family practices; bilingual education; heritage languages; language and labor; language and racism; immigrant languages; racialized varieties of English.

Professor Inés Casillas

Lecture:  Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Section 1:  54304    W     4-4:50 p.m.

Section 2:  54312    W     4-4:50 p.m.

Section 3:  54320    W     5-5:50 p.m.

Section 4:  54338    W     5-5:50 p.m.

Section 5:  54346    W     6-6:50 p.m.


What You Need to Know to Start Investing

Financial Freedom signInvest your way to financial freedom. Credit: http://www.investmentjuan01.comAre you thinking about investing but don't know where to start? Investing is a great way to save money and increase your wealth, while doing relatively little.

Don't wait to start investing until you're safe and secure in a new job. Invest now. Even with just a little cash, you can reap huge rewards down the road.

The articles below will explain how to start, where to find money, and more.

Before You Invest: Learn the three things you should do before investing.

Set Investment Goals: How to invest for short, intermediate, and long-term goals.

Find Money to Invest: Simple ways to find cash to begin investing now.

Three Types of Investments: What's the difference between stocks, bonds, and mutual funds?

Investing or Speculating?: What's a worthy investment and what's just risking your money for no return?

What Kind of Investor Are You?: Are you a defensive or aggressive investor?

Mutual Funds: Advantages and Disadvantages: Learn the good, bad, and ugly of investing in mutual funds.

Simple and Compound Interest: Compound interest is the miracle ingredient to money growth.


Nifty Ways to Be Thrifty

Kyle Crocco explains how you can save this much by following these thrifty tips. Credit: Patricia MarroquinAs a graduate student, money is limited and budgets have to be stretched. Scamming a few free bagels from the campus bagel hour will only get you so far. Here are a few tips for saving on fashion, choosing deal sites, buying things used, and saving in all facets of your life.

10 Things to Buy Used: Why pay for new, when used is just as good or cheaper? Textbooks, toys, tools, and more.

25 Ways to Save: Save in every facet of your life from rent to transportation.

Best Daily Deal Websites: For savings, check out these daily deal sites. But also be aware of the Good, Bad, and Ugly of Daily Deal Sites.

Fashion at a Fair Price: You don't have to mortgage your future to look good. 


Oman Research Fellowship Program

SQQC logoThe Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center's (SQCC) Oman Research Fellowship Program supports and encourages advanced research on Oman. Launched in 2010, this program funds scholars across academic disciplines to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. 

Oman Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: Friday, Sept. 18

Eligibility: Open to Ph.D. candidates and university academics

Awards: Up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows

More Info: Read about the SQCC here.


Take Advantage of Special Amazon Program Options for Students

If you haven't tried it yet, it may be time for you to join Amazon Prime. As a student, you will be given a six-month trial for free. After that period, Amazon Student members pay $49 a year (regular members pay $99 a year).

Amazon Student benefits:
  • Free two-day shipping (get that book faster than you can find it in the library stacks).
  • Amazon Instant Video (includes many free movies and TV shows, which may allow you to cancel your Netflix or Hulu subscription).
  • Prime Photos (Cloud Drive offers secure online storage, automatic photo backup, and universal photo access). 
  • Amazon Music, and more.
Other saving tactics:
  • You can save some money by earning a $10 credit for each friend who joins Amazon Student.
  • If you are a student and a mom, you can upgrade to the Amazon Mom membership ($99 a year). Amazon Moms get the additional perk of 20 percent off diaper subscriptions.
Amazon Prime Pantry benefits:

Perhaps even more exciting for busy grad students will be the realization that they can save time by using Amazon Prime Pantry. This relatively new service can cut down on your grocery runs. For a flat rate of $5.99 for shipping, you can load up a huge box with laundry detergent, garbage bags, toilet paper, and other essentials. And it should arrive directly to your doorstep within a couple of days!