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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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Workshop: Crafting a Compelling CV for Academic Positions

Credit: The Italian VoiceAs part of its ongoing professional development programming, the Graduate Division will host a workshop on crafting a compelling CV for academic positions:

Thursday, January 28

1-2:30 p.m.

Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Professional Development Program Coordinator Shawn Warner-Garcia will give an overview of the basic mechanics and content in a CV for academic and research-focused industry positions, including samples and common scenarios. There will also be time for CV swapping and feedback, so if you are interested in this, please bring at least two copies of your most recent CV (even if it's just in draft form).

This workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but space is limited. To RSVP for the event, please complete this form. If you have any questions, please email Shawn Warner-Garcia.


Workshop: Writing Introductions and Problem Statements on Jan. 27

Writing womanCredit: openclipart.comWant to capture the reader's attention and encapsulate your research concisely? Fortunately, there's an easy pattern you can learn about at the Introduction and Problem Statement workshop.

Led by Writing Peer Kyle Crocco, you will analyze the introductions of successful grant and fellowship applications to understand the rhetorical steps involved in writing your own awesome introduction.

This workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but enrollment is limited to 15, so please RSVP.

Writing Introductions and Problem Statements

Time: Wednesday, Jan. 27, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Food: Snackage for all.

RSVP: Kyle Crocco at


Register for January’s Finding Funding Workshop

Another Finding Funding workshop will be presented by Funding Peer Steph Griffin. Learn about campus and UC resources, external funds, and extramural databases. Snacks will be provided! Space is limited so sign up now. Bring your laptop to search funding databases. grants scholarships loansCredit:

Finding Funding Workshop

When: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2-3 p.m.

Where: SRB 2154 (second floor conference room)

RSVP to Steph Griffin at


Workshop: Writing a Research Statement on Jan. 21

Crazy ProfessorCredit: openclipart.comThe Graduate Student Resource Center will be hosting a workshop on writing a research statement for an academic position. This workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but enrollment is limited to 15 per workshop, so please RSVP.

This workshop is for both STEM and SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts) students and will cover methods of organizing experience, types of content to include, and the tone you should set in your statement. 

If you wish to have feedback on your research statement, please bring either your computer with a digital copy or at least two print copies for individual and peer feedback.

Writing a Research Statement

Time: Thursday, Jan. 21, noon - 1 p.m.

Place: Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Food: There will be snackage.

RSVP: Writing Peer Kyle Crocco at


UCSB Arts & Lectures: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera Feb. 1  

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents An Evening with the 2015-16 United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, on Mon., Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall.

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant farmworkers from Mexico, is the first Latino to be appointed U.S. Poet Laureate. While attending UCLA, Juan Felipe Herrera was involved in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and among the first to receive an Educational Opportunity Program Scholarship. His work as an activist led to works that gave voice to the Latino and indigenous experience. He was the California Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.

Herrera's work has received numerous awards, such as the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, a PEN West Poetry Award, and two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, among others. His most recent works are Notes on the Assemblage (2015) and Half of the World in Light (2008).   

Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.  

Event Details

When: Monday, Feb. 1st, 7:30 p.m. 

Where: UCSB Campbell Hall 

Tickets: Free Event 

Juan Felipe Herrera is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures with support from the UCSB Department of Chicana/o Studies Department.


Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Fundamentals: Workshop on January 22

Do you love your research but cringe at the thought of speaking to large audiences? Do you get nervous thinking about upcoming presentations and conference talks? You are not alone, and the Graduate Division is here to help. Join us on Friday, January 22, for "Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Fundamentals," the first workshop in our winter quarter series on communication and presentation skills.

Led by Bri McWhorter, Founder and CEO of Activate to Captivate, this workshop uses acting tools to teach participants how to craft and present a dynamic and compelling presentation. Topics covered include:

  • Vocal, articulation, and breath-support tools
  • Overcoming anxiety
  • Commanding a room
  • Effective communication with an audience of any size  Bri McWhorter

Bri will offer two sessions of "Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Fundamentals":

Friday, January 22

Session 1: 10 a.m. to noon

Session 2: 2 to 4 p.m.

SRB Multipurpose Room

Both sessions are open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but space is limited. To RSVP for one of the sessions, click here.

For more information on this workshop or other professional development programming, please email Robert Hamm


Health & Wellness Program Hosts Winter Events for Grad Students

The Health & Wellness Program on campus is offering new programming aimed at helping grad students thrive at UCSB.

You can find fun social events, field trips, wellness workshops, and even weekend study space, with the goal of helping you thrive personally, professionally, and academically. 

See the list below for the first round of Winter term programs and events. For social events, please RSVP to Camille Jarmie if you are interested in attending.


UCSB Arts & Lectures: Culture Clash on Jan. 27

Culture ClashCredit: UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the prolific theater and sketch-comedy group Culture Clash performing its poignant and humorous exploration of life in America, Muse & Morros: True Stories - Real People, on Wed., Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. 

Founded in 1984 by Ric Salinas, Herbet Siguenza, and Richard Montoya, Culture Clash is a celebrated Chicano/Latino performance troupe that fuses history, geography, and storytelling. Committed to social justice, their satiric sketch comedies gives voice and expression to the marginalized. In addition to receiving numerous awards, Culture Clash has been featured at The Smithsonian, Sundance Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival, among others. 

Culture Clash

When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.

Where: UCSB Campbell Hall

Tickets: $15 for UCSB students (current UCSB student ID required); $25-$38 for the general public. For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lecture at (805) 893-3535 or purchase online.


Health & Wellness Talk on Jan. 13: Why We Sleep and Dream

Rafael PelayoUCSB's Health & Wellness is hosting the following presentation:

"Why We Sleep and Dream"

Dr. Rafael Pelayo

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Corwin Pavilion 

Dr. Pelayo is a physician at the Stanford Sleep Disorder Clinic and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the co-author of “Dement’s Sleep & Dreams.” 

Take the opportunity to learn about sleep, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders as well as the benefits of sleep for academic success and quality of life.

Please note: If you are a professor and would like to offer extra credit to students attending this event, Health & Wellness representatives will be available to sign an acknowledgement of their attendance.


Third Annual Art of Science Competition is Now Open

The Third Annual Art of Science competition is now open. The Art of Science initiative invites UCSB students and postdocs to tell the story of their research through the aesthetic; whether it be striking spectroscopic images of a new material, data from a series of simulations, interesting photos of a device or instrument, or some other aspect of research captured visually.

The last two competitions received over 75 submissions, with winning pieces exhibited at the UCSB Library and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This year's winners will once again begin their exhibition cycle at the UCSB Library in Spring Quarter. 

The competition is hosted by The Schuller Lab and the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at the California Nanosystems Institute.

Deadline: Submit by Friday, Jan. 29.

Details: See the website for competition guidelines.

Questions: Contact Arica Lubin, Wendy Ibsen, or Jon Schuller.

Prizes: First place will receive a $250 Amazon gift card. Prizes of smaller amounts will also be awarded to second place, third place, and community vote winners.

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