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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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Monday
Feb292016

Graduate Students Invited to 'Art of Science' Awards Reception

Graduate students are warmly invited to a reception and awards ceremony for the third Art of Science competition.

Thursday, March 3
Elings Hall First Floor Lobby
3-4 p.m.
*Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception*

Winners will be announced and honored, and contest images will be displayed at the reception. Winning images will be awarded various prizes (1st place = $250 Amazon gift card) and become part of exhibits at the UCSB Library (Spring quarter), NanoDays (April 2-3), and the AD&D Museum throughout 2016.

About the Competition

The Art of Science is an event to capture the imagination and share the beauty and meaning of scientific discovery. UCSB students and postdocs were invited to tell the story of their research through the aesthetic. These works of art go on to share the creative nature and joy of scientific discovery with our community through multiple exhibits and outreach events throughout 2016. See the website for more details.

Friday
Feb262016

Two Upcoming Workshops on the Fundamentals of Slide Design: March 9 & 11

Poorly designed slides (too much text, inelegant graphics, inconsistent style, etc.) are a primary contributor to "Death by PowerPoint," potentially ruining an otherwise compelling presentation.

By contrast, well-designed slides help convey content, engage the audience, and support the speaker. This workshop focuses on the design of effective presentation slides. It covers basic principles of graphic design; guidelines and resources for the use of text, images, and color; and tips for using PowerPoint templates and other features.

The workshop leader, Madeleine Sorapure, is the Director of UCSB’s Writing Program and teaches courses in new media and digital composing. She is also co-director of the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor.

This workshop will be offered twice:

Wednesday, March 9, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Social Science & Media Studies Building 1007

AND

Friday, March 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Social Science & Media Studies Building 1005

*To RSVP for either event, click here*

This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab, and participants are welcome to bring their own slides to design and redesign or start from scratch on a future presentation. Both events are open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but space is limited. To RSVP for either workshop, please follow this link.

Friday
Feb262016

March 2016 Lunch & Learn: Engineering Light and English Learners

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

Lunch & Learn is a monthly event 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: Engineering Light and English Learners

Friday, March 4
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Engineering Science Building, Room 2001
Pizza and salad lunch will be provided
*As space is limited, please RSVP here*

 

"Manipulating Light at the Nanoscale"
Tanya Das, Graduate Student in Electrical & Chemical Engineering

By appropriately designing nanoscale objects and exposing them to light, scientists can manipulate light in very interesting ways. Until now, research in the field of metamaterials has focused almost exclusively on engineering objects to modify this interaction. By contrast, Tanya's research investigates the effects of engineering light (rather than the objects), thereby introducing a new degree of freedom and the potential for innovation in metamaterial design.

"Teacher Preparation for English Learners: Where Theory Meets Practice"
Lois Harmon, Graduate Student in Education

Lois is interested in teacher preparation for English Learners. Her research examines how student-teachers acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide instruction for English Learners. She will discuss her ongoing research on how student-teachers are being prepared to support the academic language development of English Learners.

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.

Tuesday
Feb232016

Jeffrey Hanson To Offer Second Workshop on How to Captivate an Audience with Your Research Story

Credit: ImagineCupYou love your research. Can you make others love it (and understand it), too?

Jeffrey Hanson will be leading a workshop that focuses on a story-based approach to presenting that works with virtually any research topic or discipline. While this approach is adaptable for nearly any audience, purpose, and time frame, we will focus most of our attention on shorter presentations for non-specialist audiences (such as The Grad Slam). Join us for a hands-on experience and step-by-step perspective to crafting your presentation. 

Jeffrey Hanson has been teaching various forms of written and oral communication to grads and undergrads at UCSB and universities abroad for the past 25 years. He has also given hundreds of presentations in 8 countries during that time and struggled mightily early on. Now, after many hours of presentation research, observation, and practice, he recommends a relatively simple approach that draws upon key elements of effective communication going back thousands of years. His mentors include contemporary pathfinders like Nancy Duarte (Resonate) and Garr Reynolds (Presentation Zen) and Jean-luc Doumont (Trees, Map, and Theorems).

Captivating an Audience with Your Research Story

Monday, March 7

2-3:30 p.m.

SRB Multipurpose Room

*RSVP here*

This event is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs. To RSVP for the workshop, please follow the link above.

Participants should bring a presentation topic (real or potential) to the workshop and be prepared for pen-on-paper effort in an interactive environment. Writing materials will be provided, and follow-up resources will be available via a workshop-dedicated website. Light refreshments will also be provided.

This workshop is a great resource for those interested in participating in The Grad Slam. Don't forget to register today!

Tuesday
Feb162016

Sign Up for Feb. 25 Dissertation and Thesis Filing Workshop

Whether you are just beginning to write your dissertation/thesis and wondering about formatting, or you are close to filing and need to know about policies such as copyrighting and embargoing, the Graduate Division has you covered. Rickie Smith, Graduate Division's Director of Academic Services, will offer an expanded and redesigned workshop on formatting and filing your dissertation/thesis on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 9-11 a.m. in the Student Resource Building Multipurpose Room.

The workshop will consist of three parts:

  1. Formatting Pre-Checks (9-9:30 a.m.). Graduate Division Academic Advisors will be available to do pre-checks and to answer your filing questions one-on-one. To take advantage of this portion of the workshop, bring a printed copy of your dissertation/thesis preliminary pages (e.g., title page, signature page, abstract) as well as a few pages of the body.
  2. The Filing Process (9:30-10 a.m.). This portion of the workshop will cover the ins and outs of the electronic filing process including deadlines, leaves of absence, embargos, copyrights, and document distribution. Rickie will also familiarize participants with additional online resources and tutorials.
  3. Formatting Information and Q&A (10-11 a.m.). This part of the workshop will explain the formatting requirements for filing your dissertation/thesis and how to use the online templates. Rickie will also answer questions and troubleshoot formatting issues that participants are experiencing.

If you plan to attend one or several parts of the workshop, please RSVP by filling out this form.

Did you know? The Graduate Division also offers information and advising on dissertation/thesis filing both online and on a walk-in basis at their office in Cheadle Hall.

Check out these online resources:

You may also contact Rickie Smith to set up an advising appointment.

Thursday
Feb112016

Grad Students' Guide to a Successful Resume

 

The scope and content of a resume may be something that is unfamiliar to most grad students, and CVs and resumes often focus on vastly different types of information. In a workshop next Tuesday, Graduate Career Consultant Lana Smith-Hale will cover the ins and outs of how to create an effective resume that properly accounts for students' academic training and that highlights transferable skills and relevant experience. Come learn more about the mechanics and content of a great resume and how to avoid common pitfalls that often plague graduate students seeking non-academic jobs.

Grad Students' Guide to a Successful Resume

Tuesday, February 16

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

SRB 2154

*As space is limited, please RSVP here*

Wednesday
Feb102016

Anthropology Department to Host 1st Annual Grad Slam Event on Feb. 19

The UCSB Department of Anthropology will host its inaugural Grad Slam competition next Friday, February 19, from 4-5 p.m. in HSSB 2001A. The event will feature 10 Anthropology graduate students competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. If you are curious about what makes for a great Grad Slam talk, or if you just want to hear about some interesting anthropological research, be sure to mark your calendar for this event!

Wednesday
Feb102016

Captivate an Audience with Your Research Story: Presentation Workshop on February 17

Is it possible to explain your research in a way that even a general audience can understand and appreciate—and in just a few minutes if necessary? You may already realize the related challenges if you have watched others make the attempt or done so yourself. It isn’t easy.

This workshop will focus on a story-based approach to presenting that works with virtually any research topic or discipline. While this approach is adaptable for nearly any audience, purpose, and time frame, we will focus most of our attention on shorter presentations for general (non-specialist) audiences (e.g, Grad Slam, job interview, etc.). Join us for a hands-on experience and step-by-step perspective to crafting your presentation. 

The workshop leader, Jeffrey Hanson, has been teaching various forms of written and oral communication to grads and undergrads at UCSB and universities abroad for the past 25 years. He has also given hundreds of presentations in 8 countries during that time and struggled mightily early on. Now, after many hours of presentation research, observation, and practice, he recommends a relatively simple approach that draws upon key elements of effective communication going back thousands of years. His mentors include contemporary pathfinders like Nancy Duarte (Resonate) and Garr Reynolds (Presentation Zen) and Jean-luc Doumont (Trees, Map, and Theorems).

Jeffrey Hanson

Captivating an Audience with Your Research Story

Wednesday, February 17

1-2:30 p.m.

Elings 1605

*RSVP here*

This event open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but space is limited. To RSVP for the workshop, please follow the link above. Participants should bring a presentation topic (real or potential) to the workshop and be prepared for pen-on-paper effort in an interactive environment. Writing materials will be provided, and follow-up resources will be available via a workshop-dedicated website. Light refreshments will be provided.

Interested but can't make it to this workshop? Jeff Hanson will reprise the workshop on Monday, March 7. Stay tuned to The GradPost for more details on that event.

Friday
Feb052016

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.

Tuesday
Jan192016

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.