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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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Tuesday
Feb162016

Registration Now Open for 2016 Grad Slam Competition

UCSB's Grad Slam competition is back, and it's better than ever! Here's what you need to know and how you can sign up to participate in this year's competition, scheduled for April 4-15.

What is the Grad Slam?

Launched in 2013, Grad Slam is an award-winning campus-wide competition for the best three-minute talk by a graduate student. Participants are judged on the basis of having a clear and effective presentation that is geared for a general university audience and has demonstrable intellectual significance.

Why should I compete?

For fortune and fame, of course! This year, we're giving away more than $15,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $5,000. Plus, the winner will get to compete in a UC-wide Grad Slam competition for the chance to win even more money!

I'm intrigued, but I need a snazzy video to entice me more.

Here you go!

I'm sold. Where do I sign up?

Glad you asked! Click here to fill out the registration form. The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 11. (Note: this is an extension of the original deadline of March 4.)

OK, I signed up. Now what?

We will be launching the 2016 Grad Slam page soon, but in the meantime you can check out previous years' competitions for more information. And be sure to stay tuned to The GradPost for more information on workshops, resources, and more to help you craft and refine your presentation. If you have questions, you can email Robert Hamm.

Monday
Aug102015

Graduate Division Seeks Funding Peer for 2015-16

The UCSB Graduate Division is currently accepting applications for its Funding Peer Advisor position to begin employment in Fall 2015 and run through Spring quarter 2016.

The Funding Peer educates and advises UCSB’s graduate students about on- and off-campus funding opportunities as well as personal finance topics such as budgeting, savings and debt repayment, and more. The successful applicant will lead workshops on finding funding and the basics of personal finance, work individually with students to identify and apply for research grants and fellowships, and design tailored presentations for specific departments. This position offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in academic administration while helping fellow graduate students and developing valuable financial skills. The Funding Peer position may be extended beyond Spring 2016.

PAYMENT: $16.00 per hour, plus fee payment equivalent to TA-ship for 25% time work

HOURS: 14-20 hours weekly (35%-50% appointment) during the academic year

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Priority consideration given to applications received by Friday, August 28, 2015.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement workshops on topics such as fellowships and research funding opportunities; the basics of personal finance; budgeting; and resources, credits, and tax deductions for graduate students;
  • Conduct one-on-one advising on funding searches;
  • Lead department-specific presentations on funding;
  • Contribute articles and announcements to the UCSB GradPost;
  • Attend academic and professional workshops and panel discussions and write articles about them for the GradPost;
  • Assist with campus-wide events and programming, including New Student Orientation and the Grad Slam;
  • Work collaboratively with other peer advisors on events and workshops sponsored through the Graduate Student Resource Center (1215 Student Resource Building).

The Funding Peer also holds drop-in office hours, responds to student requests (by email, phone, or in person) for information or assistance, provides confidential advice, and makes referrals as needed.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Has completed one year of graduate study in residence at UCSB, is in good academic standing, is within university time-to-degree standards, and meets all other standard student employment eligibility requirements;
  • Is energetic and knowledgeable about the UCSB campus, demonstrates organizational abilities, and possesses good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Can represent graduate student interests and concerns, and is attentive to the goals of excellence and diversity in UCSB’s graduate education;
  • Experience with or demonstrated ability to learn new software and technology (e.g. Squarespace, Sitefinity, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, image editing software, etc.)
  • Writing, interviewing, and presentation skills.

Previous experience in advising, teaching, and workshop or conference planning is desirable, although training will be provided.

Additional Benefits: With the appropriate eligibility and approval, the position may be combined with a GSR or TA position, as long as the combined hours do not exceed 75% appointment. Graduate Division will pay partial fees and graduate student health insurance (Gaucho Health Insurance) equivalent to those provided for TAs if other student academic appointments or awards do not provide these fees.

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter indicating interests and highlighting related experiences, along with a formal resume to Robert Hamm in the Graduate Division, 3117 Cheadle Hall, mail code 2070 or by e-mail to robert.hamm@graddiv.ucsb.edu.

Monday
Jul132015

Peer Advisors' Office Hours for Summer 2015

The Graduate Division's Peer Advisors are here to help you. Each peer keeps office hours in the Graduate Student Resource Center, which is located in the Student Resource Building, Room 1215.


Professional Development Peer, Shawn Warner-Garcia

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon

Writing Peer & Funding Peer, Kyle Crocco
Monday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Communications Peer, Melissa Rapp
Monday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Diversity Peer, Charles Williams
By appointment

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To ensure that you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email to make an appointment.

Tuesday
Apr282015

Beyond Academia Career Exploration Conference at UCSB on May 15

The Beyond Academia conference at UC Santa Barbara is a one-day event aimed at preparing graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in all stages and disciplines to pursue a wide range of career options after graduate school. Inspired by the Beyond Academia conference started at UC Berkeley in 2013, the UCSB event will feature speakers and panels that expose attendees to a variety of skills relevant to pursuing a career outside of or alongside academia. Whether you are on the job market or just starting to explore career options, come learn about potential careers in a variety of sectors and specialties.

Beyond Academia UCSB

Friday, May 15, 2015

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Loma Pelona, UCSB Campus

Registration is FREE, but space is limited. Click here to sign up.
Registration closes on Friday, May 8.

In addition to a keynote speaker address, the event will feature workshops and panels that have been planned specifically with both HFA-SS and STEM Ph.D. students in mind. Workshops in the morning are skills-based and have broad applicability to students in all fields. Panels in the afternoon explore specific industries and interests and are split up into HFA-SS and STEM tracks so that students can hear about more specific career options. Click here to see the full schedule.

 

Friday
Apr102015

Peer Advisors' Office Hours for Spring 2015

The Graduate Division's Peer Advisors are here to help you! Each peer keeps office hours in the Graduate Student Resource Center, which is located in the Student Resource Building, Room 1215.

 


Professional Development Peer, Shawn Warner-Garcia

Monday: 10 a.m. to noon
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to noon
Friday: 10 a.m. to noon

Funding Peer, Kyle Crocco
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing Peer, Ryan Dippre
Monday: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Communications Peer, Melissa Rapp
Monday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 2 to 4 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To ensure that you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email to make an appointment.

Monday
Mar092015

Nominations Now Open for 2015-2016 GSA Officers!

GSA LogoYou can nominate yourself or another graduate student to serve as a GSA officer for the 2015-2016 academic year. All you have to do is complete the nominations Google form.

ALL positions are up for election, so nominate any grad student or yourself:

  • GSA President ($2000 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Internal Affairs ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP External Affairs ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Student Affairs  ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Budget and Finance ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Academic Affairs ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Communications and Records ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Committees and Planning ($1500 quarterly stipend)  

Here are the position descriptions.

If you are interested in emailing any current executive officer to learn about the position or to ask any questions, here is the contact information.

DEADLINE FOR ALL NOMINATIONS IS TUESDAY, APRIL 7, at 5 p.m.

Serving and participating in GSA is extremely rewarding and provides you with a great opportunity to represent and advocate on behalf of your fellow graduate students.

If you have any questions, please email elections@ucsbgsa.org

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2015-2016 GSA OFFICER ELECTIONS

The 2015-2016 GSA Officer Elections shall be held, beginning Monday, April 20 and ending Thursday, April 23. You will be able to vote both online (link to be provided when available in April) and in person at the GSA Lounge in the Multi-Cultural Center during normal business hours.

Elections are conducted in conjunction with the campus's election commission. More details will be forthcoming as they are made availabile.

Wednesday
Feb252015

Reminder: Final Call for Design Submissions in the 2015 Grad Slam Logo Competition

The deadline to submit designs for the 2015 Grad Slam logo competition is this Friday, February 27.

Prize: The winning designer will receive $250.

Designs should be submitted as a PDF by email to Robert Hamm.

See the original call for submissions for more details.

Wednesday
Feb112015

Registration Now Open for the 2015 Grad Slam Competition

UCSB's Grad Slam competition is back, and it's better than ever! Here's what you need to know and how you can sign up to participate in this year's competition, scheduled for April 6 to 17.

What is the Grad Slam?

Launched in 2013, Grad Slam is an award-winning campus-wide competition for the best three-minute research talk by a graduate student. Participants are judged on the basis of having a clear and effective presentation that is geared for a general university audience and has demonstrable intellectual significance.

Why should I compete?

For fortune and fame, of course! This year, we're giving away more than $13,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $5,000. Plus, the winner will get to compete in an inaugural UC-wide Grad Slam competition for the chance to win even more money!

I'm intrigued, but I need a snazzy video to entice me more.

Here you go!

I'm sold. Where do I sign up?

Glad you asked! Click here to fill out the registration form. The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 13. (Note: deadline extended from original date of March 6.)

OK, I signed up. Now what?

Check out the 2015 Grad Slam page here, and stay tuned to The GradPost for more information on workshops, resources, and more to help you craft and refine your presentation.

Friday
Feb062015

GSA Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations Now Open

It's February at UCSB, which means that UCSB's Graduate Student Association wants to honor the "Titans of Teaching" in our community. Toward that end, they are now accepting nominations for the GSA's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Anyone on campus can nominate a teaching assistant or teaching associate for this award. Last year, over one hundred eligible nominees were submitted. To be eligible, a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Associate must have taught at least one quarter during Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, or Winter 2014. Former award winners are ineligible.

Nominations will be accepted in four categories: 

Lecturers and Teaching Associates (all disciplines);

Teaching Assistants (Humanities and Fine Arts);

Teaching Assistants (Social Sciences);

Teaching Assistants (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Nominations are due by Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. To nominate someone, fill out the nomination form. For any questions, please visit the GSA's ETA webpage, or contact Alex Pucher, the VP of Academic Affairs, at vpacademic@ucsbgsa.org.

Sunday
Jan112015

Reminder: Special Election for Vice President of Student Affairs Happening This Tuesday, Jan. 13

The UCSB Graduate Students Association (GSA) will be holding a special election for the GSA Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) at its next assembly meeting on Tuesday, January 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the GSA Lounge. The VPSA is primarily responsible for serving as GSA's chief representative to the Gaucho Student Health Insurance committee to advocate on behalf of the needs of graduate students. Additionally, the VPSA advocates for graduate students in the realm of student affairs and also leads GSA's committee to select the Dixon-Levy Service Award. For the complete job description, please click here.
 
If you are interested in running for the position, you will need to attend the assembly meeting, where nominations will be taken from the floor. Each nominee will then make a presentation discussing why he or she is running for office, his or her qualifications for office, and goals if elected. Graduate students present at the meeting will then have the opportunity to ask questions.
 
If you are interested in running, or have any questions, please contact GSA President Zach Rentz.