Reminder: April 19 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 June 2021. 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 April 19, 2021.

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2021 Graduate Student Internship Fellowship is now open!

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Applications are now open for the Graduate Student Internship Fellowship, which offers up to five $2,000-$2,500 scholarships annually to help graduate students explore career opportunities and gain valuable work experience while in school. Funds are awarded to students who demonstrate​ financial need as well as how their Summer or Fall 2021 work experience will be ​beneficial for their career trajectory. Applications are open until May 2, 2021. Read on to learn how to apply!

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17 UCSB graduate students win NSF GRFP Grants

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UC Santa Barbara's Graduate Division would like to congratulate and recognize the 17 graduate students who received an NSF GRFP Grant and the 17 graduate students who received honorable mentions. Read on for the list of winners and to learn how you can put together a stellar application for next year's competition!

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Register today for the 2021 Beyond Academia Conference!

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Kick-start your career on April 5-16! The annual Beyond Academia conference aims to prepare UCSB graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in all stages and disciplines to pursue a wide range of career options. The conference is completely free this year for all current UCSB graduate students and postdocs, as well as alumni who have graduated within the past 5 years. Sign up today!

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Instructions for COVID-19 screening and testing

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All graduate students and employees working onsite or visiting a campus facility are required to complete a daily COVID-19 screening survey prior to leaving home to come onsite as a precaution to limit potential exposures to COVID-19 in the campus community. Read on to learn more!

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Check out our Spring 2021 programming lineup!

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Check out the Spring 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 learning how to secure a job in a virtual world, to finding funding, to addressing impostor syndrome, and much more. ​Mark your calendars and visit our Events page for updated information as events get closer.

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Join our virtual Graduate Writers' Room on Thursdays during Spring Quarter

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Join us on Zoom on Thursdays from 9am-12pm to help you stay accountable this spring. We will also hold our "Sunrise Squad" hours on Thursdays from 6-9am to better accommodate early risers, grads across the country, and grads around the world! You only need to sign up once to have access for the whole quarter! Read on for more info, and RSVP to receive the link.

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Introducing the 2021 Grad Slam Champion: Logan Kozal

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“Hot Dads and Super Moms? Musseling up against Marine Heatwaves” was the quirky title for this year’s winning 3-minute talk from this year’s UCSB Grad Slam Champion Logan Kozal, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology. Logan was among ten graduate student finalists who participated in the first-ever virtual Grad Slam, live-streamed on UC Santa Barbara’s YouTube channel on March 8th. Read on to learn more about Logan, the other finalists, and the event!

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The 2021 UCSB Grad Slam Final Round

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Tune in for our Final Round livestream on Monday, March 8 at 3:30pm PST to watch our finalists' presentations, participate in a live Q&A, vote in the People's Choice category, and find out our judges' picks! The event will be streamed on UCSB's YouTube channel. Read on to learn more!

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New Graduate Division website launching

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Check out the new website for UC Santa Barbara's Graduate Division! The URL for the site will remain the same (, but we hope the new design will make it easier for users to find essential information and resources. Read on to learn more!

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Save the Dates: 2021 UCSB Beyond Academia Conference

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Interested in exploring careers in non-academic settings? Want to learn more about career development and expand your network? Save the dates for the 2021 UCSB Beyond Academia Conference! This year's conference will be take place in an entirely virtual setting over a 2-week span (April 5-9 & April 12-16).

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Spring 2021 graduate writing courses

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The Graduate Division is excited to announce two graduate writing courses GRAD/WRIT 282AA (Thesis and Dissertation Structured Writing Communities) and GRAD/WRIT 283AA (Preparing for the Academic Job Market) for the Spring 2021 quarter from Dr. Robby Nadler, the Graduate Division’s Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director. Read on for more details!

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Free the PhD Partnership Program for UCSB grad students and postdocs

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UCSB graduate students and postdocs are invited to join us again for a new career development course! It is free of charge and will help you explore alternative careers to academia. This is essentially a “career class” where you will get individualized feedback, insider information on how to best sell your skills and network with the right people. This free 6-week course runs from Feb 15 - April 2 and is self-paced, asynchronous, engaging, and will help hold you accountable for you to finally make progress on your career goals. Apply by February 10!

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Introducing Solaire Denaud: Graduate Student Assistant for RCSGD

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Solaire Denaud is the Graduate Student Assistant at the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD). Solaire's role is to support queer and trans graduate students in all phases of their education, advocate for and with them within UCSB structures, and create resources/events based on students' needs. Read on to find out more about Solaire and the RCSGD!

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All-virtual competition for 2021 Grad Slam now open

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The 2021 Grad Slam competition is going virtual! This year, Grad Slam talks will be pre-recorded and judged asynchronously, with over $16,000 in cash and prizes being given away. All currently enrolled graduate students are eligible to compete, and organizers are offering training opportunities and equipment reimbursements for all competitors. The deadline for Qualifying Round video submissions is Tuesday, February 2, so be sure to read on for more info on the competition rules and timeline!

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Check out our Winter 2021 programming lineup!

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Check out the Winter 2021 events and workshops offered by the Graduate Student Resource Center! Don't miss your chance to learn budgeting and tax resources, maximize LinkedIn for your job search, and build your grad community. ​Mark your calendars and visit our Events page for updated information as events get closer.

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

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UC Santa Barbara's 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. Past funded events have included career panels, day-long programs, brown-bag discussions, lectures on careers inside and outside academia, and workshops aimed at training students for entry into a range of careers. Read on to learn more!

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