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Wednesday
Jun042014

GSA Recognizes Dixon-Levy Service and Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Torrey Trust, Dixon-Levy Service Award winner, and Justine Meyr, Excellence in Teaching Award winner, strike a pose. Credit: Kyle Crocco

On Tuesday, June 3, the Graduate Students Association (GSA) recognized the winners of the Dixon-Levy Service Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dixon-Levy Service Award winners

The Dixon-Levy Service Award is given to outstanding members of the university community who have unselfishly devoted themselves to the improvement of graduate student life. The winners are:

Dr. Jeanne Stanford, CAPS

Dr. Jeanne Stanford receives her Dixon-Levy Service award. Credit: Kyle CroccoDr. Jeanne Stanford is the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at UCSB. She has been involved in multiple projects that contribute to improving graduate student life, such as the SaySomething Campaign to prevent suicides on campus and the efforts to have physiological services available in student housing. She has also worked to improve the CAPS office to better serve diverse student populations, and as her nominator wrote, Dr. Stanford “has been vocal in addressing diversity issues at both the campus and UC levels in regards to psychological health, including those specifically related to experiences of oppression (e.g., racial/gender issues in predominantly white/male departments; issues of misused power in advisor relationships) as they operate within student lives.” Dr. Stanford has also been a strong advocate for the Mental Health Peers program on campus.

 Sharalyn Sanders, Comparative Literature

Sharilyn Sanders receives her Dixon-Levy Service award. Credit: Kyle CroccoSharalyn (or Shari) Sanders is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature. During her time at UCSB, she has been active within the graduate community, helping to organize many conferences and bring major speakers to our campus, co-founding the Humanimality Research Focus Group, and offering training on teaching sensitive issues as a co-lead TA in her department. Shari’s nominator commended her for her unselfish commitment to improving graduate student life, writing, “She doesn't do it for praise. She does it because she cares. It's for these reasons, and many more, that I believe Shari deserves to be recognized for the Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award.”

 

Torrey Trust, Graduate Division Academic Peer

Torrey Trust shows off her Dixon-Levy Service award. Credit: Kyle Crocco

Torrey Trust recently completed her Ph.D. in Education at UCSB. While at UCSB, Torrey served the graduate student community in many ways, such as being the Academic Peer Advisor in the Graduate Student Resource Center, regularly writing articles for the GradPost, serving on multiple committees within the Graduate Division and her academic department, creating GradSpace, and working to help expand the Graduate Student Showcase, just to name a few. Those who nominated Torrey for this award praised her work, with one of her nominators stating, “Torrey demonstrates a commitment to students, UC Santa Barbara, and the importance of higher education. She is highly dedicated to improving the life of graduate students.”

  

Excellence in Teaching Award winners

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes the contributions of graduate students who have shown excellence in their role as a Teaching Assistant (or Teaching Associate) in the teaching mission of UC Santa Barbara. The winners are:

Humanities and Fine Arts

Brian Griffith (Winner)

Brian GriffithBrian Griffith (right). Credit: Gary Haddow

Silvia Ferreira (Honorable Mention)

Silvia FerreiraSilvia Ferreira (left). Credit: Gary Haddow

Social Sciences

Justine Meyr (Winner)

Justine MeyrJustine Meyr (right) receives the Excellence in Teaching award. Credit: Gary Haddow 

Summer Gray (Honorable Mention)

Summer GraySummer Gray (left). Credit: Gary Haddow 

 STEM

Molly Metz (Winner)

Molly Metz (right). Credit: Gary Haddow 

Michael Nava (Honorable Mention; not pictured)

Teaching Associate

Angela Holtzmeister (Winner)

Angela Holtzmeister (right). Credit: Gary Haddow

Derek Smith (Honorable Mention)


 

Wednesday
Apr162014

Toastmasters @ UCSB Designates Materials Grad Student Christopher Proctor a Competent Communicator

Chris ProctorPresident Ian Lessing congratulates grad student Christopher Proctor for earning his Competent Communicator designation. Credit: Toastmasters @ UCSB

Toastmasters @ UCSB recently recognized Materials grad student and Grad Slam competitor Christopher Proctor as a Competent Communicator. He is the first among UCSB chapter members to achieve this.

To earn this designation, Christopher had to complete 10 speech projects in the approved Toastmasters Communication Manual. After achieving this level, he may now begin working with advanced manuals to earn more advanced designations in the Toastmasters program.

Mission

The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

Meetings

Meetings are open to all UCSB students, faculty, and staff, and are held from noon to 1 p.m. on the first, second, and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Chumash Room or Goleta Valley Room at the UCen.

You can also visit them on their Facebook Page.

Materials grad student Christopher Proctor competed this month in the 2014 UCSB Grad Slam, presenting his three-minute talk. Credit: Patricia Marroquin

Wednesday
Mar142012

Lancaster Dissertation Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Social Science

Two graduate students will be honored with a Lancaster Dissertation Award this year at commencement. Applications are due April 6 and all students must be nominated by a faculty member.

The Graduate Division coordinates the annual Lancaster Dissertation Awards competition. This competition recognizes individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an important contribution to the discipline during the period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012. The recipients receive a monetary award and recognition at the commencement ceremony.

Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas that alternate each year. The 2012 fields of competition, which are specified by the National Council of Graduate Schools, include:

  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering: Nominees must be doctoral degree recipients or candidates in the fields of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Mathematics, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Media Arts and Technology, Physics, and Statistics
  • Social Sciences: Nominees must be doctoral degree recipients or candidates in the fields of Anthropology, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Communications, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, Economics, Education, Environmental Science and Management, Feminist Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology

Winners of the Lancaster Dissertation Awards will be UC Santa Barbara’s nominees for the prestigious Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. A number of UC Santa Barbara students have won this national honor in previous years.

Monday
Mar122012

GSA Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations

The Graduate Students Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes the contributions of graduate students who have shown excellence in their role as a Teaching Assistant in the teaching mission of UC Santa Barbara.

Eligibility

  • The TA must have taught at least one quarter, during Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, or Winter 2012.
  • Former winners of the award and current GSA officers are not eligible.

Important Dates

  • Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5 p.m.
  • Nominees notified: Monday, March 26, 2012
  • Request for ESCI report due: Friday, April 6, 2012
  • Supporting materials deadline: Friday, April 27, 2012 (only electronic submissions will be accepted)
  • Award recipients will be announced: June 5th, 2012 (during the GSA Assembly Meeting)

To nominate please submit by March 23, 2012 at 5 p.m.: ucsbgsa.org/awards

For questions please contact Lily Anne Yumi Welty, GSA Vice President, Academic Affairs.

Monday
Apr252011

Humboldt Research Awarded to UCSB Faculty

Anthony Zee, professor of physics with the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara receives the Humboldt Research Award. The Humboldt Research Award honors scholars whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their discipline, and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. For more details please click on the UCSB Public Affairs link below:

Humboldt Research Award

 

Tuesday
Mar292011

Service to Students Awards - Nominate Now!

Hopefully we all know someone that goes above and beyond to help students here at UCSB. A few of my favorite places to find outstanding helpers are the Student Resource Building, Cheadle Hall, Instructional Development, Davidson Library, the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships, and the Graduate Student Association lounge. In each of these places, along with several others on campus, you will find dedicated faculty, staff, and fellow graduate students dedicating time to help students. Now is your time to recognize them with a nomination for the Margaret T. Getman and William J. Villa Service to Students Awards!

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Monday
Mar142011

Lancaster Dissertation Award in the Humanities/Fine Arts and in Biological/Life Sciences

Two graduate students will be honored with a Lancaster dissertation award this year at commencement. Applications are due April 1st and all students must be nominated by a faculty member. Below, are the details we gathered, along with links for more information:

The Graduate Division coordinates the annual Lancaster Dissertation Awards competition. This competition recognizes individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an important contribution to the discipline during the period of July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011. The recipients receive a monetary award and recognition at the commencement ceremony.
Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas that alternate each year. The 2011 fields of competition, which are specified by the National Council of Graduate Schools, include:
* Biological and Life Sciences
Nominees must be doctoral degree recipients or candidates in the fields of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, Marine Science, or Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.
* Humanities and Fine Arts
Nominees must be doctoral degree recipients or candidates in the fields of Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, English, Film and Media Studies, French, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Media Arts and Technology, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Theater and Dance.

Winners of the Lancaster Dissertation Awards will be UC Santa Barbara’s nominees for the prestigious Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International competition. A number of UC Santa Barbara students have won this national honor in previous years.

Monday
Mar142011

Get Those TA Teaching Award Nominations In!

By Indy Hurt - GradDiv Academic Peer

If you haven't already nominated a teaching assistant for a GSA Excellence in Teaching Award or shared this information with your students, listen to this message from Dr. Kim McShane-DeBacco over at Instructional Development:

The deadline to nominate UCSB teaching assistants falls on April 1st.  For all of the details, visit:

http://gradpost.ucsb.edu/life/2011/2/17/gsa-excellence-in-teaching-awards.html

Sunday
Dec192010

Physics Doctoral Student On Team Earning "Breakthrough of the Year" for 2010

PhD student Aaron O'Connell and Professor John Martinis and Professor Andrew Cleland from the Physics Dept.Photo by George Foulsham

By Don Lubach - Student Affairs Correspondent

Doctoral student Aaron O'Connell along with professors John Martinis and Andrew Cleland, all from Physics, have landed the journal Science's "Breakthrough of the Year" designation for 2010.

Read the full press release here.

Congratulations to Mr. O'Connell from the labs of the Graduate Post.