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May 2019 Issue
Bennet Omalu, clinical professor and associate physician of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis Health as well as the president and medical director of Bennet Omalu Pathology, will be the the keynote speaker for the 2019 Graduate Studies Commencement at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Pavilion. Visit the Graduate Studies website to find more information on the Graduate Studies Commencement.
In the News

UC Davis Names New Dean for School of Nursing
UC Davis Strategic Communications | May 6 | Read More

Team Graduate School: Project Helps Prospective Students See Themselves in a Ph.D. Program
UC Davis Equity and Inclusion Staff | May 6 | Read More

UC Davis Ph.D. Student Rebecca Hogue Wins Mellon/ACLS Fellowship
UC Davis Department of English | May 6 | Read More

Graduate Student Profile: Slande Erole, Political Science
UC Davis College of Letters and Science | May 5 | Read More

How Psychedelics Could Help Treat Depression with Neuroscience Ph.D. Student Lindsay Cameron
UC Davis College of Biological Sciences | May 2 | Read More

Weedy Rice - Not as Simple as it Sounds
California AG Today | April 30 | Read More

Allison Brashear Named UC Davis School of Medicine Dean
UC Davis Strategic Communications | April 30 | Read More

Plant Biochemistry to Feed the World via the “Corn Queen” Katherine Murphy
UC Davis College of Biological Sciences | Apr 30 | Read More

Graduate Student Profile: Griselda Jarquin, History
UC Davis College of Letters and Science | Apr 22 | Read More


Support UC Davis Finalist
Katie Murphy in the
UC Grad Slam Final Round

Friday, May 10, 2019 | 10:30 am

The University of California Grad Slam Final Round is just days away, and we're inviting the entire Aggie community to join us in supporting our UC Davis champion, UC Davis College of Biological Sciences Plant Biology Ph.D. candidate Katie Murphy. Tune in on Friday and be sure to vote for Katie in the Grad Slam people's choice competition. Learn more about Katie's research on corn on the Graduate Studies website.


Spring 2019 Graduate Studies Travel Award Announcement
The recipients of the Spring 2019 Graduate Studies Travel Award will be announced week of May 20, 2019. The award allows provides funds for graduate students who applied earlier this quarter to use on meetings and presentations between January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. For more information, visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies website

2019-2020 Summer GSR Award Announcement
The recipients of the Summer GSR Award will be announced week of June 3, 2019. This award provides funding for continuing graduate students pursuing research in engineering, or continuing students from other disciplines, who are developing new computer-related applications and methods, such as materials science and nanotechnology, computational science, bioinformatics, and information technology. Visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies website for more information.

2019-20 Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship Competition
The Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at UC Santa Cruz has invited UC Davis to nominate one candidate for the 2019-20 Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship.  Graduates of an Indian or Pakistani university within a designated area are invited to apply for this limited submission opportunity.  Applicants must be committed to returning to their country of origin after receiving their degree. For more information, visit the Graduate Studies website.

Reminder: Commencement Registration is Open
Register by May 10th for the 2019 Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony.  Students must have Advanced to Candidacy before they can register. Visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies Commencement page for further information and to register.

UC Laboratory Fees Research Program - 2020 Funding Opportunities
The UC Laboratory Fees Research Program sponsors innovative research, fosters new collaborations between UC faculty and national laboratory scientists, and provides unique training opportunities for UC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Funded by a portion of the University receives for the management of the and the Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) and Los Alamos (LANL) National Laboratories, research sponsored by this program targets areas of strategic importance to UC, an essential foundation for extramural support. In this competition cycle, the UC Laboratory Fees Research Program is offering two funding opportunities, outlined below. Interested applicants should review the complete RFP for all requirements and details. Visit the University of California page for more information

Call for Nominations: 2019 Graduate Studies Awards
UC Davis Graduate Studies offers several awards recognizing exceptional achievements in our graduate education community. Graduate Studies is now accepting nominations for several awards, including dissertation prizes and teaching recognitions. For more information, visit the Graduate Studies website.

First Year Aggie Connections Proposal
First-Year Aggie Connections (FYAC) groups first-year students (freshmen and transfers, including international students) into 25-person “Connections” based on a shared identity, interest, or theme. Connections meet regularly for one academic quarter and are led by staff or faculty facilitators who engage students in discussions surrounding crucial topics related to transitioning to life at UC Davis. Submit to lead a First-Year Aggie Connection for fall 2019 by visiting the proposal form.

Funding Opportunities for Climate Mitigation Projects
In support of UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the University is soliciting ideas from members of the UC community for off-campus projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or sequester carbon. Under UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the UC system has committed to reducing its net GHGs from its operations to zero by 2025. Excellent progress has been made to make our buildings more efficient and switch to renewable and clean energy supplies. Visit the Carbon Neutrality Initiative page for more information.

Register for International Graduation Celebration
Registration for the International Graduation Celebration closes May 31st, 2019. This event is hosted by Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS), within Global Affairs and supported by the Cross Cultural Center. The event celebrates international student achievements and the many contributions of the UC Davis international community. Refreshments will be provided. 

AAUW Presents Work Smart Online
The American Association of University Women has launched AAUW Work Smart Online, a free online salary negotiation course. Sign up to learn essential negotiating skills to ask for the salary you deserve. With Work Smart Online you will learn how to: Identity and articulate your personal value; develop persuasive negotiation strategies; and research and identify your target salary. The course will also help you understand the gender wage gap—and its direct and long-term consequences on your career. Learn to negotiate your salary for free and earn what you’re worth.

Call for Participation: Survey for Mental Health and Well-being of Graduate Students at UC Davis and chance to win a prize.
This anonymous and voluntary survey aims to hear from graduate students about their perception on student mental-health and university efforts to aid the graduate student community. The results of the survey will be directed to increase awareness of graduate students' mental health and to enhance mental health support services on campus. After submitting the survey you will have an option to enter a raffle to win 1 of 5 gift cards from Amazon ($50). The survey can be found here.

Library Survey Open Until May 15
All grad students and post-docs should have received a personalized email invitation to participate in the UC Davis Library Survey. Please consider taking the survey: it’s your chance to tell the library how it can better meet your research, teaching and publishing needs! Can’t find the email? Request the link by contacting

Graduate Student Fiber Study
Join a study at UC Davis Health to investigate fiber powder and the function of the gut microbiota and good cholesterol and to help determine if dietary fiber increases overall gut health, Visit StudyPages for more information and to sign up before the July 15, 2019 deadline. 

Welcome to Wallace Woods and Brad Wolf, the newest members of the Admissions & Academic Services unit. They join Rachel De Los Reyes, Deanna Ljohki and Elizabeth Sturdy as the Senior Academic Advisors, working with graduate programs and advising graduate students on degree milestones, Graduate Council and campus policies, graduation requirements, mentorship issues, and admission requirements for all of our graduate programs. Learn more about our Senior Academic Advisors on the Graduate Studies website.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session
May 14 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | International Center, Room 3130
Learn More

FUTURE Science Communication Workshop
May 20 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Memorial Union
Learn More

International Graduation Celebration
June 12 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Learn More

Commencement Ceremony
Thursday June 13 | 2:00 pm |  ARC Pavillion
Learn More

FUTURE Science Communication Workshop
June 17 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Memorial Union
Learn More

Data Science Office Hours
Fridays | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | 1102 Blaisdell Medical Library
Learn More

2019 LSA Linguistic Institute: Linguistics in the Digital Era
June 24 - July 19 | UC Davis
Learn More

Explore our professional development events, academic deadlines,
and more on the Graduate Studies event calendar.
May 9 – DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Funding for graduate students to complete dissertation research at DOE laboratories. Research projects may range from three to twelve months. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.

May 20 - 2019 Grad Innovator Fellowship – $70K Food/Ag/Tech Startup Experience
Learn directly from venture capital groups how to move research ideas into the marketplace. The Innovation Institute for Food & Health (IIFH) partners with mission-aligned venture capital groups to offer UC Davis postdoctoral fellows, or PhD students in their last 1-2 years of study, unique opportunities for learning about the process of landscaping and vetting startups in food, agriculture and health. Up to $70K in funding available. Applications are due May 30, 2019, or until filled. Visit the IIFH website for more information.

May 24 – NASA Fellowship Activity 2019 (Phase I due date)
The training grant provides three years of support. Applicants propose a research hypothesis or engineering design project concept in response to one of the graduate research opportunities listed in the funding opportunity announcement. A NASA technical advisor must be identified before application. Webinar on April 4 and 18. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.

May 28 – Livermore Graduate Scholar Program
The program is intended to recruit new scientific and engineering talent to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Top Ph.D. students are granted appointments of up to four years to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.  

May 30 – UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowship (LOI due date; Full proposal due Sept. 5)
The UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowships provide up to three years of support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct in-residence thesis research at Los Alamos or Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. LOIs are submitted through proposalCENTRAL. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.

June 1 – National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) Graduate Scholarship
The scholarship is for graduate and professional students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer or who are an active ally of the LGBTQ community. The $5,000 scholarship offers support for one year. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.  

June 14STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award
UC Center Sacramento is pleased to announce the STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award. This award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students. The winner(s) will receive a $250 research stipend and – should their bill advance through the legislative process – will travel to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff (expenses covered by UCCS). Submissions will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on June 14, 2019. Further information is available at UCCS STEM Solutions or on the UCCS website.
June 17 – NSF Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Proposals recommended for funding must demonstrate how the proposed research will contribute to the advancement of basic political-science scientific theory and knowledge. The most competitive proposals will also demonstrate how already significant research will be improved with additional funding. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.  
July 1 – NASA Postdoctoral Program
The program offers research opportunities to highly talented US and non-US scientists. Projects in the areas of areas of astrophysics, earth science, aeronautics, biology and astrobiology, cosmo-chemistry, heliophysics, planetary science, and technology development are available. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information. The next deadline is Nov. 1.
July 15 – Leakey Foundation Research Grants
The Leakey Foundation funds research related to human origins. Priority is given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation. ABD doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to apply. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.  
Aug. 1 – AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36)
Funding for dissertation projects which focus on health care delivery in the US and are encouraged to address health services research issues critical to AHRQ priority populations. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.  
Aug. 14 – American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
The grants support all basic, clinical, behavioral, translational and population research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related problems for up to two years. Grants fund a stipend and research allowance. International students may apply. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information. AHA membership is required to apply. 
Aug. 15 – American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
The grants support the training of postdoctoral scholars who are not yet independent.  The applicant must be embedded in a research group and receive the mentorship, support, and scientific guidance of a research sponsor. Grants fund a stipend and research allowance for up to two years. AHA membership is required to apply. International scholars may apply. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information. 
Aug. 22 – USDA NIFA AFRI Education and Workforce Development Fellowships
Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences. Projects must be aligned with one of the six focus areas: plant health, production, and products; animal health, production, and products; food safety, nutrition and health; bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agricultural economics and rural communities. Funding for up to two years. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.  

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