2022 Grad Slam competition now open

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The 2022 Grad Slam competition is now open! This year, Grad Slam is combining the most successful elements from previous competitions, featuring virtual video submissions in the Qualifying Round and a live in-person Final Round. We're giving away over $16,000 in cash prizes, and all currently enrolled graduate students are eligible to compete. The deadline for Qualifying Round video submissions is Tuesday, February 1, so be sure to read on for more info on the competition rules and timeline!

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Check out our Winter 2022 programming lineup!

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Check out the Winter 2022 events and workshops offered by the Graduate Student Resource Center! Don't miss your chance to get plugged in to our ongoing professional development programming – from navigating taxes, to building your network, to writing fellowship applications, and much more. ​Mark your calendars and visit our Shoreline page for updated information as events get closer.

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Reminder: January 5 deadline to apply for Diversity & Outreach Peer Advisor position

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The UCSB Graduate Division is currently seeking applications for its Diversity and Outreach Peer Advisor position to begin employment in January 2022. The Diversity and Outreach Peer Advisor assists in the development and implementation of outreach and recruitment events which are designed to cultivate a highly qualified and diverse pool of graduate school applicants. This position also assists in fostering and maintaining an environment at UCSB that values and supports inclusivity and diversity. Applications are due by January 5, 2022.

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UC Santa Barbara recognized twice by the US Department of State

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UC Santa Barbara has recently been recognized by the U.S. Department of State for its contributions to two different scholarship programs: The Fulbright Program and the Gilman International Scholar Program. Both distinctions have a focus on diversity and inclusion. Read on to learn more about these scholarships and UCSB's role in helping students receive them!

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Winter Quarter 2022 Instruction

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Read on for an update from the Academic Senate about plans for Winter Quarter 2022 instruction. The update includes information on medical accommodations, workplace adjustments, hybrid courses, attendance policies, and contingency planning,

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Check out our Fall 2021 programming lineup!

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Check out the Fall 2021 events and workshops offered by the Graduate Student Resource Center! Don't miss your chance to get plugged into our ongoing professional development programming – from navigating imposter syndrome, to finding funding, to crafting your resume, and much more. ​Mark your calendars and visit our Events page for updated information as events get closer.

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2021 Incoming Grad Series: Abraham Hawley Suarez

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Our final featured student, Abraham Hawley Suarez, comes to UCSB's Religious Studies department from Mexico City. Learn about why he is fascinated by the impact of religion on modern societies, his love of guitar, and listen to part of his newly released album!

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2021 Incoming Grad Series: Xinyu Liu

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Next in our 2021 Incoming Grad Series is Xinyu Liu. Xinyu is coming to UCSB from Beijing, China to pursue a Master's degree in Computer Science. She tells us about her research in computational neuroscience, her love of martial arts, and her role in distributing news articles about J.R.R. Tolkien to Chinese audiences!

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2021 Incoming Grad Series: Daniela Sarmiento Hernandez

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Next in our 2021 Incoming Grad Series is Daniela Sarmiento Hernandez, an incoming Ph.D. student in Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology from Ecuador. She tells us about her research interests in risk and resilience for vulnerable populations, how growing up in Ecuador sparked an interest in mental health, and why her friends consider her a "celebrity magnet!"

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2021 Incoming Grad Series: Joseph Farah

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Next in our 2021 Incoming Grad Series is Joseph Farah, who is coming to UCSB from Massachusetts to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics with a focus on Astrophysics. Learn about his research on black holes, view some examples of his digital artwork, and read about his hobbies--including competitive drag racing!

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2021 Incoming Grad Series: Dee Dee Hong

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Next in our 2021 Incoming Grad Series is Dee Dee Hong, who will be completing a PhD in Education. Learn about her research on pathways to education for minoritized students, her skills on the ukelele, and how she spent two years in East Java, Indonesia as a Peace Corps volunteer!

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2021 Incoming Grad Series: Preston Willard Rukewe Dozie Itie

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Next up in our 2021 Incoming Grad Series is Preston Willard Rukewe Dozie Itie, who is entering the Master's program in the Earth Science Department. Learn more about his experience with paleontology and his research on rare prehistoric animals, including giant otters and bear-dogs!

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2021 Incoming Grad Series: Sogol Aliabadi

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Next in our 2021 Incoming Grad Series is Sogol Aliabadi, who is coming to UCSB from Santa Monica to complete the Master's in Music program in Viola Performance. You'll read about her research on the evolving role of the viola, hear how a recording of her laugh ended up on an episode of the Big Bang Theory, and learn about her video game orchestra!

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2021 Incoming Grad Series: Jessica West

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First up in our 2021 Incoming Grad Series is Jessica West, who is entering the Master's in Environmental Science and Management program at the Bren School. Learn more about her love of bears, experience as a zookeeper, and her hobbies--including falconry!

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Call for proposals: alumni-related career events and scholarly collaborations

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The Graduate Division is pleased to circulate a dedicated call for proposals to connect UCSB graduate-program alumni with current students about the job market, skills needed to advance successful careers, and the alumna/us experience in chosen career pathways. There is no set deadline, but requests should be made well in advance of the scheduled event. The maximum allocation is $400 for virtual events or $800 for in-person events. Funding for annual career events is capped at $200 and includes the expectation of cost-share from departments or divisions.

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