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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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An Evening with Carli Lloyd, 2015 Women's World Cup Champion

American soccer star Carli Lloyd captured the world’s attention when she executed one of the greatest individual performances ever in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final. She scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the game – the first woman to score a hat trick in a World Cup final and the second person in history to accomplish this exceptional feat. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, UCSB Arts & Lectures will welcome the two-time Olympic Gold medalist and winner of the 2015 Golden Ball (MVP) at the Arlington Theatre. Lloyd will share her best moments and biggest influences in an inspirational conversation plus can’t-miss Q&A. Carli Lloyd after 2015 Women's World Cup victory. Credit: nbc.comCarli Lloyd after the 2015 Women's World Cup victory. Credit:

What: An Evening with Carli Lloyd

When: Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street


  • $16 - $128: General Public
  • $6 - $78: UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
  • $6 - $78: Student/Youth (18 & under; Student ID required for high school age)

Meet Carli in person! A limited number of meet-and-greet tickets are available at $128/$78 for all students and youth (18 & under). Be sure to buy your tickets soon! For more information, visit the Arts & Lectures Events website


Managing Your Digital Reputation Workshop Offered on January 19

Credit: MKH Marketing

Love it or hate, social media touches almost every aspect of our modern lives - including the job market. A CareerBuilder survey of over 2,000 hiring managers found that 65 percent of individuals surveyed have used social media to investigate how candidates present themselves online, while 51 percent of the respondents reported that they use social media to determine if the candidate will be a good fit in the company (

Having a strong digital reputation will help you stand out from the crowd when you apply for jobs, and it's important to be proactive in cultivating your digital reputation to work for you instead of against you in your job search. Professional Development Program Coordinator Shawn Warner-Garcia is offering a fun, interactive workshop on how to establish and clean up your online identity.


Credit: Chris Lott  Managing Your Digital Reputation 


Tuesday, January 19, 12:30-2 p.m.

SRB Room 2154

As space is limited, please RSVP here

Come learn how to:

*Polish your digital footprint*
*Use social media tools to create a brand for yourself*
*Establish your expertise*
*Network more effectively*





Learn from Other Grad Students and Enjoy Free Lunch at New Series

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. They also say that knowledge is the food of the soul. What if you could have both?

The Graduate Division, in collaboration with the Graduate Students Association and the UCSB Library, is pleased to offer a new program called Lunch & Learn. The series provides graduate students two important things: (1) free lunch and (2) a chance to socialize with and learn from graduate students from across the campus. Each Lunch & Learn will feature 15-minute talks by two graduate students – one from a STEM discipline and one from an HFA/SS 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 inaugural Lunch & Learn event.

Lunch & Learn
This Edition: Spirits and Sediments

Friday, January 15
Noon-1:30 p.m.
UCSB Library, Sunrise Room
Pizza and salad lunch will be provided
*As space is limited, RSVPs are required.*


"Ghosts of History: Spiritualism, Secrets, and Special Collections"
Philip Deslippe
Graduate Student, UCSB Department of Religious Studies

Philip will talk about his own ongoing research as well as recent collaborative work with scholars in Japan, and how overlooked materials held in archives and special collections have uncovered a surprising history of Spiritualism and purported communication with the dead where they would not be expected.

Title TBA
Laura Reynolds
Graduate Student, UCSB Department of Earth Science

Laura studies how coastlines change over time. She'll be talking about how geologists use sediments (mud and sand) in salt marshes to tell what sea levels were like in the past and what we can expect from the future.

The event will be moderated by Don Lubach, Associate Dean of Graduate Student Initiatives.

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


Jan. 13 Workshop: Writing an Effective Cover Letter for an Academic Position

Death and writingWriting a cover letter shouldn't be this hard. Credit: WikimediaThe Graduate Student Resource Center is hosting a workshop on writing an effective cover letter for an academic position on Jan. 13. The workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but enrollment is limited to 15 per workshop, so please RSVP.

If you wish to have feedback on your cover letter, please bring at least two copies for individual and peer feedback, or have a copy on your computer to read.

Writing an Effective Cover Letter

Time: Wednesday, Jan. 13, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Food: Snack materials will be provided.

RSVP: Writing Peer Kyle Crocco at


Kickstart Your Career Planning With These Winter Workshops

Concerned about what you want to do after grad school? Come to these workshops to gain more insight, support, and resources to help you get the career you want!

I am excited to share with you three new workshops happening this quarter that will address a lot of the primary concerns graduate students have. This series of workshops will cover where to look for non-academic jobs, how to talk effectively talk about your skills to a non-academic audience, and how to have an effective interview. These workshops have been designed to help graduate students who want more information about the career landscape in the non-academic job market, and they can also offer important information for students who are headed towards the academic job market as well.

Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia
Wednesday, January 13
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Student Resource Building, Room 2154

There are many rewarding career options for Ph.D.s beyond the tenure track. However, it can sometimes be daunting or difficult to find helpful, relevant information to assist you in making a career transition. This workshop will teach you how to put your research and writing skills to use in finding the job you want. Come learn about informational interviews, useful online resources, and how to prepare non-academic job search documents.

Translating Ph.D. Skills for Non-Academic Employers
Wednesday, February 3
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Student Resource Building, Room 2154

There are two big lies in graduate school: that a Ph.D. prepares you only for an academic career, and that a Ph.D. prepares you for any career. This workshop will help you identify and talk about the valuable transferable skills that you develop in graduate school and how you can apply those skills in a career beyond academia. You’ll learn how skills are different than jobs, how to craft a compelling career narrative, and how to communicate your skills to a potential employer.

Acing the Non-Academic Job Interview
Tuesday, March 1
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Student Resource Building, Room 2154
*As space is limited, please RSVP here*

Once you’ve identified and applied for a job you want, the next hurdle is the interview. Not only will you have to clearly communicate your qualifications to an employer, you may also need to answer questions about why you’re not pursuing an academic career, how your graduate training translates to a particular industry, and whether you are a good fit for the company culture. This workshop will cover techniques for preparing, practicing, and presenting yourself in a non-academic job interview.


Check Out What's In Store for Winter 2016

The Graduate Division has a lot planned for graduate students this quarter! Take a look at our programming overview below and mark your calendars. And be sure to subscribe to the GradPost for regular updates on events of interest to graduate students! If you have any questions about upcoming events or other related topics, contact Robert Hamm, Director of Graduate Student Career and Professional Development.


UCSB Reads Giving Away Free Copies of 'Just Mercy' on Tuesday, Jan. 12

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, between 2 and 3 p.m., go grab your free copy of the book "Just Mercy" in the new Library Paseo.

"Just Mercy" is a combination of memoir and reporting, praised by critics as “compelling,” “searing,” and “inspiring.” The book chronicles Bryan Stevenson’s own life as well as the stories of defendants he has helped, most notably Walter McMillian, a prisoner on death row whom he helped exonerate.

In 1989, Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to defending death row prisoners, juvenile offenders, people who have been wrongly convicted, and those who have suffered racial bias in the criminal justice system.

UCSB Reads, now in its 10th year, brings the campus and Santa Barbara community together for dialogue about important topical issues. The book is selected by a panel of faculty, students, staff, and community representatives.


OMG! Library Grand Opening on Wednesday, Jan. 13

Come join the festive celebration of the grand opening of the reinvented UCSB Library. Chancellor Henry T. Yang and University Librarian Denise Stephens cordially invite all to intend.

UC Santa Barbara Library Grand Opening

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

RSVP by Jan. 6 at 805-893-2117 or Please advise of special needs.


3:30 p.m. - Remarks and ribbon-cutting (Library Paseo main entrance)

4:30 p.m. - Library open house, with performances by UCSB students from the Departments of Music, Theater, and Dance

In the event of rain, the remarks and ribbon-cutting will be moved indoors.




GSA Town Hall Meeting on Campus Solidarity

The GSA will host a special Town Hall meeting for grad students to discuss racial violence, address concerns about a white student union, and ratify a statement of solidarity with the Black Student Union. This meeting is intended for all grad students and will not be open to the public (no admin, undergrads, faculty, etc., will be present). Your GSA Executive Committee wants to stress the importance of as many graduate student participating in this discussion as possible. For your consideration, attached is a link to the 'GSA Formal Statement of Solidarity for Racial Equity at UCSB', drafted by your Executive Committee. The statement will be discussed and then hopefully a collective recommendation will be forwarded to the GSA Assembly. UCSB GSA

When: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m. Free dinner will be served at 5:30.

Where: GSA Lounge (MCC, 2nd floor)



Special Extended Graduate Writers' Room During Finals Week

During finals week this week, the Graduate Writers' Room will be available during its normal hours but in a different location. Co-hosted by the Graduate Division and Health and Wellness, the Writers' Room will take place in Building 434, Room 147 (located between the Career Services/CAPS building and South Hall). As usual, the room will feature a quiet place to study and write with healthy snacks, coffee, and tea. See the attached flyer for more information on days and times.

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