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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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Lunch & Learn: Opera and Organics

Come feed your stomach and your brain at our next Lunch & Learn event!

Lunch & Learn is a new series co-sponsored by the Graduate Division and the Graduate Students Association that provides graduate students two important things: (1) free lunch and (2) a chance to socialize with and learn from graduate students across the campus. Each Lunch & Learn features 15-minute talks by two graduate students – one from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline and one from a SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts) discipline. However, unlike traditional seminars and lectures, the Lunch & Learn series encourages speakers to communicate their topic in whatever way they feel most comfortable, welcoming anything from PowerPoint slides to fireside chats to hands-on demonstrations.

See below for more details about our upcoming Lunch & Learn event.

Lunch & Learn
This Edition: Opera and Organics

Friday, February 12
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room
Pizza and salad lunch will be provided
*As space is limited, RSVPs are required.*


"Libretistky: Female Librettists in 19th Century Czech Opera"
Emma Parker
Graduate Student, UCSB Department of Music

For most of music history, men have been primarily responsible for writing opera texts (called "libretti"). In the late 19th century, however, Czech opera saw a spate of works with female librettists. Emma's research examines the cultural circumstances that allowed this phenomenon to occur and the collaborations between male composers and female librettists that resulted.

"Adding Organic Matter to Soils: Rates, Decisions, and Climate Change Implications"
Michelle Oyewole
Graduate Student, UCSB Department of Geography

Michelle is interested in climate change, food systems, and policy. She has studied how soil management in organic agriculture influences greenhouse gas emissions, specifically observing how organic amendments (e.g. compost), their application rates, and their interactions affect soil carbon and nitrogen cycling. She conducted a field study at a local organic farm and a survey of organic growers who use compost in the region.

The event will be moderated by Robert Hamm, Director of Graduate Student Professional Development.

Questions about the series or interested in presenting at an upcoming Lunch & Learn? Please email Robert Hamm.


Grant Writing: Learn the Basics of Writing Proposals

Writing womanCredit: openclipart.comWriting a grant proposal is a fundamental part of research life.

In this workshop led by Writing Peer Kyle Crocco, you will analyze a successful grant proposal and then learn how to write your own proposal, including the mechanics, organization, and what content to include or exclude.

This workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but enrollment is limited to 15, so please RSVP to help us determine how many goodies to bring.

Writing A Grant Proposal

Time: Wednesday, Feb. 10, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Food: Snacks and beverages for all tastes.

RSVP: Kyle Crocco at


Loans & Loan Management Workshop Feb. 10

Concerned about financing next year’s tuition? Unsure about loan repayment plans and options after you’ve graduated? Loans may be intimidating, but they don’t have to be. For many people, they’re a necessary component of higher education. Sign up now for the Loans & Loan Management Workshop, where we’ll navigate different types of public (federal) loans, private loans, and which repayment options work best for certain situations. In addition to free knowledge, you’ll also enjoy free snacks!
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Loans & Loan Management Workshop

When: Feb. 10, 1-2 p.m.

Where: SRB 2154

RSVP to Funding Peer Steph Griffin.


Free Talk by Adam Grant: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam GrantAdam GrantUCSB Arts & Lectures presents Adam Grant, influential thinker on business and management, discussing his new book, "Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World."

Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Campbell Hall


Grant is an influential educator and top-rated professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. As a writer and speaker on business and management issues, he has captured the attention of groundbreaking thought leaders such as Malcolm Gladwell and Sheryl Sandberg. His previous book, "Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success," was celebrated by top business leaders such as Oprah and Arianna Huffington.


Group Exhibition at UCSB Art Department: Always A Body

Left to Right: Anabel Juarez, Hiejin Yoo, Reuben MerringerAlways A Body explores the understanding it takes to be inside your own body and investigates the internal and external awareness necessary for living by examining how artists deal with being alive. Our bodies are inescapable; they are portals to knowledge and carriers of histories, both individual and systemic. The physical bodies we inhabit are the ultimate form within which we improvise: our bodies are our interface.

Whatever you think, you’re always a body.

Exhibition: Jan. 25 – Feb. 5

Glass Box Gallery, ARTS 1328 , UCSB Art Department

Reception: Friday, Feb. 5, 6 - 9 p.m.

The group exhibition features the work of nine Southern California artists: Alex Anderson, Geneva Costa, Geir Foshaug, Anabel Juarez, Theresa Knop, Reuben Merringer, Delbar Shahbaz, Sichong Xie, and Hiejin Yoo, who are all currently working towards their MA or MFA. 

For more information, contact either Vanesa Gingold or Emily Baker.


Research Poster Basics: Information Session on Feb. 4

Research postersLonely posters at a conference. Credit: WikipediaAre you creating a conference poster for the first time and confused about what to do? Or is this the second or third time you're making a poster and you just want some tips to make it stand out? Then check out the Information Session on Research Poster Basics.

Research Poster Basics

Time: Thursday, Feb. 4, 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Place: Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Food: Snackage for all.

RSVP: Kyle Crocco at

Led by Writing Peer Kyle Crocco, you will learn about what content to include, what to leave out, methods of organization, and tips for making your design stand out, while looking at samples of some good and not-so-good posters.

This workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but enrollment is limited to 15, so please RSVP. If you already have a poster design ready, feel free to bring it to the session for feedback.


Library Exhibition Opening Event on Jan. 28: Modes of Codex

Check out the opening event for the UCSB Library exhibition, Modes of Codex: The Art of the Book from Medieval Fragments to Movable Type and Fine Press Printing. The exhibition is curated by Danelle Moon, Head of Special Research Collections, and focuses on the history of the written word and book production.

Modes of Codex

Thursday, Jan. 28,  4:30-7 p.m.

Special Research Collections, 3rd Floor, Mountain Side

Free Admission

Opening Schedule

Codex cover4:30 p.m. View the exhibition starting 

5 p.m. Have a conversation with the book artists from UCSB College of Creative Studies: Harry and Sandra Reese, Linda Ekstrom, Carolee Campbell, and Mary Heebner

6 p.m. Reception 

The exhibition will be on display from Jan. 28-Apr. 29 and features rare books, manuscripts, artist books, illuminations, and other treasured texts from the Library’s Special Research Collections. 


Register Now for the 12th Annual EEMB Graduate Student Symposium

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology announces its 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium. Grad students from EEMB will present their research in an interdisciplinary, supportive environment. Lunch and coffee will be provided during the day, with a reception and banquet to follow. The banquet is optional, and tickets are $10. All departments are invited to attend.EEMB GSAC

When: Feb. 6 (time TBD)

Where: Marine Science Building Auditorium

Cost: Attending the research symposium and lunch are free; the optional dinner banquet is $10.

RSVP: Feb. 1 online 


Careers in Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: A Discussion  

Prof. Catherine OertelCatherine OertelLearn about careers in PUIs, primarily undergraduate institutions!

Graduate Students for Diversity in Science (GSDS) will be hosting Prof. Catherine Oertel from Oberlin College, a primarily undergraduate institution. She will tell us about her experience teaching and leading research at a PUI, which includes the advantages and difficulties in working with exclusively undergraduate researchers.

Friday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.

Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) 2053

Snacks, coffee, and opportunities for discussion will be provided.


Race Matters: 'Brown Skins, White Avatars,' Racebending and Straightwashing in Digital Games Jan. 26th 

Edmond Chang

Come to the Multicultural Center for the first Race Matters event, "Brown Skins, White Avatars: Racebending and Straightwashing in Digital Games," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the MCC Lounge. 

In this free lecture, Edmond Chang will speak to the ways digital games perpetuate stereotypical and normative ideas about race, gender, and sexuality. 

Edmond Chang is a visiting assistant professor in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and his dissertation is titled "Technoqueer: Re/con.figuring Posthuman Narratives."

Event Details

When: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m.

Where: MCC Lounge 

Tickets: Free