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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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Professional Development Events on Tuesday, March 1

CSEP BannerThere are several professional development events taking place on Tuesday, March 1. The first is for all students and the other two are for those interested in the photonics industry.

Promoting Collaboration and Discovery through Extraordinary Leadership     

Tuesday, March 1, 1:30-3 p.m.

Elings 1601

Light Refreshments provided



Led by Miles Ashlock, Assistant Dean, Director of the Office of Student Life, and Katya Armistead, Dean of Student Life, UC Santa Barbara, this interactive workshop will explore the research-based Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and prepare you to leverage the essential skills of vision and collaboration to maximize productivity and innovation in your current and future scientific pursuits. 


Photonics Industry-Specific Events 

Internship Opportunities in Industry: Breakout Sessions                                             

Tuesday, March 1, 11-noon 

Elings Hall 1601

Meet with photonics industry and government lab leaders and learn about opportunities and strategies to find internships and jobs. 

Speed Networking with Industry & Faculty       

Tuesday, March 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m. 

Elings Hall Lobby

Informal networking opportunity with faculty and industry representatives. Using the speed-dating model over lunch, this event will give you a chance to explore career options and ask career-related questions. 

Register for these events 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.


Workshop April 22: Using a Narrative Structure to Engage Readers

Science WritingCredit: Professional Development Series

Workshop: The Opening: Using a Narrative Structure to Engage Readers” by Craig Cotich (Writing Program)

Time: Tuesday, April 22, 1-2:30 p.m

Place: Elings Hall 1601

Description: This session will focus on the openings of science articles from a range of sources. Attendees will learn strategies for engaging your reader in the first paragraph, crafting themes that will be developed throughout the article, and thinking of ways to come full circle in the conclusion. To get the most out of this session, attendees should consider bringing in a "working" first paragraph of your own article. There will be time at the end to peer review others' work.


This is part of Writing about Science for the Public series of workshops, which introduces students to the methods used to engage a lay audience while guiding them step-by-step through the process of writing an article for publication.


Free Grant Writing Workshop on Feb. 27: Persuasive Project Descriptions

Learn how to turn your dull grant writing project description into a fund-worthy grant on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Grant Writing E workshop: Concise and Persuasive Project Descriptions.

Karen Lunsford from the Writing Program will lead this fun and interactive workshop, where you will analyze examples of successful proposals by USCB faculty while learning rhetorical strategies that will make your dull and wordy proposal both concise and persuasive.

A free pizza lunch will be provided.

RSVP to feed your mind and body:

Grant Writing E: Concise and Persuasive Project Descriptions

When: Thursday, Feb. 27, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Elings 1601

Who: Led by Karen Lunsford (Writing Program)

Food: Free pizza

All Grant Writing workshops in the annual series are sponsored by the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP).

Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships


Free Resume Workshop on Feb. 26: Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Industry Jobs

For those of you planning on working outside of academia, attend the free workshop "Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Industry" on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

A panel of industry professionals will share tips on how to prepare effective resumes, CVs, and cover letters for the industry job search.

Don't forget to bring your resume for professional evaluation in the second half of the workshop.

To attend, RSVP

Workshop topics include:

  • What do hiring professionals look for in your materials?
  • How do you make sure your materials highlights your skills?
  • What should you include/leave out in a resume versus a CV?
  • Does the cover letter matter?
  • How do you decide what format to use?
  • How should you contact a company you are interested in?


Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Industry

When: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Elings 1601

Who: Panel by Dako, Raytheon, and Wyatt.

Food: Refreshments provided.

This workshop was organized by SciiX and sponsored by the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP).

Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships



Interview Skills Workshop for Graduate Students Working Outside Academia

If you are a graduate student planning to work or thinking of working outside of academia, then the Interview Skills workshop at the Career Services Center is for you.

Learn what to expect in interviews conducted for the business industry, social service, and/or government positions.

Acquire strategies for answering typical questions and prepare with behavioral interview scenarios.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: Career Services, Building 599

What: Interview Skills (Grad Students)

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Jan272014 Workshop Gives the Scoop on Media Creation

Learn how the website can help you with your media creation and business organization this Thursday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. at the Associated Students Media Center is a web resource with media and business courses that are free for all faculty, staff, and student employees.

Fast Facts:

When: Thursday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m.

Where: The A.S. Annex, Building 434, Rm. 141H.

What: online courses

Who: Presented by Andy Doerr.

See the flier below for more details about this and other workshops.

Workshop Flyer


Need Funding? Sign Up for the February Finding Funding Workshop

Learn how to find funding at the Finding Funding workshop in February. Space is limited so sign up now.

The Finding Funding workshop covers all the graduate funding basics:

  • UCSB resources (fellowships, TAships, etc.)
  • External resources (scholarships, grants, etc.)
  • Funding databases (Pivot, Grapes, etc.)

MoneyCredit: Microsoft Clip ArtFast Facts

Who: Presenter and Funding Peer Kyle Crocco

When: Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Student Resource Building in Room 2154 

What: Bring your laptop to search funding databases.

How: RSVP at



Prepare for the Winter Career Fair with Resume+

resumeHave your résumé critiqued at the Career Services center Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. in preparation for the Winter Career Fair.  the Winter Career Fair will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, from noon to 4 p.m.

At Resume+, your résumé will be critiqued by a real world employer.  These are normally the same human resources representatives who will be interviewing you for employment.

Benefits of Resume+ include:

  • Your résumé critiqued by a Human Resources professional.
  • Opportunity to build your professional network.
  • First look at employers attending the Career Fair and their job opportunities.
  • Early admission into the Career Fair from noon to 1 p.m. (Note: For early admission you also need to research employers, arrive at the Career Fair dressed professionally, and have an early admission pass given to you at resume+).

If you can't attend Resume+ there is drop-in time at Career Services, Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Winter Quarter Academic and Professional Development Workshops

Workshop logoInterested in learning how to align your publishing goals with course papers? Want to learn how to build a strong digital reputation and design a personal website that catches the attention of prospective employers?

Check out the Winter Quarter Academic and Professional Development workshops hosted by the Graduate Division Academic Peer and Writing Peer.

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please RSVP here (or fill out the form below):

Building a Digital Reputation

Friday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Student Resource Building Multipurpose Room

Recent studies have shown that more than 90% of employers conduct an Internet search of prospective employees. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how you can improve your Internet search results and build a strong digital reputation that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Turning Your Course Papers into Publishable Articles
Thursday, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Student Resource Building Multipurpose Room

Publishing papers in scholarly journals is an essential part of graduate school. This workshop will feature tips and strategies for turning your course papers into articles that you can submit to scholarly journals.

Crafting a Literature Review
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to noon
Student Resource Building 2nd Floor Conference Room

Writing a literature review can be a daunting task. In this workshop, Writing Peer Ryan Dippre will walk you step-by-step through the process of writing a literature review. 

Creating a Personal Website/ePortfolio
Friday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SS&MS 1303

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of designing a personal website (e.g., selecting a platform, editing website pages, uploading documents and images). You will spend the majority of the workshop designing your own personal website/ePortfolio. The workshop presenter will provide one-on-one support and answer your questions throughout the website design process.