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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 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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Entries in summer (6)


STEM Outreach Program in México: Call for Instructors 

Clubes de Ciencia México is looking for instructors to teach Clubes de Ciencia (Science Clubs) in México this summer. They are looking for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. 

The Clubes de Ciencia México will take place in six cities: Ensenada, Guanajuato, Monterrey, Xalapa, Oaxaca, and Merida. Each Club is a week long with two dates to choose from: Week 1 (July 23-31) and Week 2 (July 30-August 7).

Not fluent in Spanish? No problem. Clubes can be taught in English and language barriers can be tackled with the help of their local instructors. 

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016 

For more information:

Check out what previous instructors say about the program: 



Increase Your Productivity at the Dissertation Writer's Room

Five out of five Peer Advisors agree: the Dissertation Writer's Room is where you go to get stuff done. Whether you are completing the final round of revisions to your dissertation, or writing your first graduate seminar paper, the Writer's Room allows you to write alongside your fellow graduate students instead of in isolation.

This summer, the Writer's Room will be open four days a week from Monday, June 22, through Thursday, September 10. The days and times are:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 1-4 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m.-noon

The Writer's Room is hosted in various locations in the Student Resource Building (though most will be in Room 1103). Check out the calendars below, or access the GradPost's Google calendar here or here, for more information. If you have any questions about this service, or suggestions for other career resources, please email Robert Hamm.


Be a Research Mentor This Summer!

The UCSB Research Mentorship Program (RMP) seeks graduate students, postdocs, and researchers for a mentorship opportunity this summer. RMP is a six-week summer program that engages qualified, high-achieving high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. Join the program as a mentor and help create an academically inspiring summer for our next generation of researchers.


Program Dates: June 22 -July 31 (Summer Session A)

Mentor Stipend:

  • $900 per project per student
  • $700 for second student in same project
  • $100 per student in supplies + poster
  • Must have a hands-on component
  • May submit up to two projects

Mentor Eligibility:

  • Faculty, Staff Researcher, Postdoc, Graduate Student*
  • Proposed project must have a hands-on component
  • Must be available during program dates
  • All disciplines considered (interdisciplinary preferred)

*Note to Graduate Students: You ARE allowed to be employed up to 100% during the summer.

Application Deadline: June 8

If you would like to apply, please visit their website. For more information, please email Lina Kim.


Easy and Rewarding Ways to Maximize Your Summer as a Young Scholar

Many scholars dedicate their summers to writing, researching, and recuperating from the school year. But summer is also prime time for graduate students and other young scholars to catch up on some professional development projects. Josh Boldt of Vitae offers eight easy and rewarding ways to maximize your summer, including:

  • Create a personal website. Read this GradPost article about more ways to manage your digital reputation.
  • Join Twitter and use it. Learn more about how to use Twitter to create a personal learning network here.
  • Write guest posts for websites (such as Vitae or the GradPost!). This is a great way to build a professional network and increase the audience for your research.

Read the full list of summer to-dos here.


Professional Development: Intensive Training Opportunity in Educational Evaluation


The University of California Educational Evaluation Center (UCEC) is offering a wonderful opportunity for UC graduate students to participate in a three-day intensive training workshop on educational evaluation.

Reasons to Apply:

  1. You will receive training in methods and theory, as well as participate in skill-based workshops in educational evaluation conducted by nationally recognized UC scholars.
  2. You will have an opportunity to share your individual research interests and receive feedback from UC professors and other participating graduate students.
  3. It is FREE to attend the Institute. Admission to the Institute includes training materials, lodging (shared hotel suite with one or two other student for two nights), and several meals (two breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner). In addition, students will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $350 for transportation to/from the training (receipts required) after the Institute. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Application Checklist:

  1. Institute Application Form
  2. CV (12-point, Times New Roman font; 1” margins; maximum two pages)
  3. One faculty letter (faculty recommenders should send their letters to with the subject line "UCEC Institute Letter of Support for [student’s last name]"

Deadline: Sunday, April 27, 11:59 p.m. PST


  1. Send your application material to UCEC at
  2. Subject heading should be: "YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST INITIAL - UCEC Institute Application”
  3. All submitted files must adhere to the following naming convention: "YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST INITIAL - DOCUMENT TYPE.pdf". The document should be identified as: "IAF" (Institute Application Form), "CV" (Curriculum Vita)

For the specific application guidelines, click here.



Fight (real) Fires for the Forest Service

By Staff
No funding for the summer? Tired of fighting fire as metaphor and interested in fighting the real dragon?
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:30 PM -0700
From: Matt Carroll <>
My name is Matthew Carroll and I am a smokejumper for the US Forest Service based out of McCall, ID and the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator for the wildland fire program for the US Forest Service.
I will be holding an information session on the UCSB campus on Tuesday, January 25th at 4:00pm in Bren Hall, room 4016.  I will be discussing the Forest Service, wildland fire management and employment opportunities.  I have attached a flyer with my contact info.
It will be a great opportunity for interested students to explore the possibility of seasonal firefighting opportunities this summer as well as long-term employment with the Forest Service in wildland firefighting and natural resource management.
Matthew Carroll
Region 4 Fire Program Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator McCall Smokejumper
605 South Mission Street
McCall, ID 83638
Office: (208) 634-0907
Cell: (208)634-6573

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:30 PM -0700From: Matt Carroll <>To: