COVID-19 resources


We are continuing to keep this article updated with the latest developments and resources on COVID-19. Don't hesitate to reach out to the GSRC if you have any questions!

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Graduate writers' room open through March 19

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Attention grad students! The graduate writers' room will stay open through March 19. However, due to staff working remotely, coffee and snacks will not be available. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at

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Register today for the 2020 Beyond Academia conference!


Kick-start your career on February 28-29! 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. Registration is closing on February 20, so sign up today!

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Registration deadline extended for 2020 Grad Slam competition

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Don't miss the opportunity to win fame and fortune! We're giving away over $15,000 in cash and prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000. Grad Slam is also a great chance to hone your presentation skills, publicize your research, and meet other cool graduate students doing interesting work. So come join the fun! The final deadline to register has been extended to this Friday, February 7.

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Introducing Shira Minerd: Work-Life Resource Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara

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Shira Minerd was recently hired as the Work-Life Resource Coordinator for all campus employees. She is available to assist with connecting graduate student employees to key services needed to pursue work-life integration and harmony. Read on to find out more about Shira and the types of work-life services she supports for graduate student employees.

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Check out our Winter 2020 programming lineup!

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Check out the Winter 2020 events and workshops offered by the Graduate Student Resource Center. Don't miss out on your chance to gain resources for tax season, craft your resume for non-academic jobs, and learn about the Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) Grant Program​.

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Introducing Eugene Riordan: Graduate Student Assistant for RCSGD

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Eugene Riordan is the Graduate Student Assistant at the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD). Eugene'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 partner with other campus groups to help queer and trans graduate students develop socially and professionally. Read on to find out more about Eugene and the RCSGD!

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#GradStories presents: Kio Griffith

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Check out ​our second installment of #GradStories, featuring MFA student Kio Griffith. #GradStories is a new video series launched by the Graduate Division to highlight the research and experience of UCSB graduate students​.

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#GradStories presents: Rebecca Baker

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The Graduate Division is excited to launch #GradStories, a new video series highlighting the research and experience of UCSB graduate students​. Check out our first video featuring Rebecca Baker, a PhD student in the English Department.

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Introducing Mental Health Peer Veronica Franco

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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) recently welcomed their new Graduate Mental Health Peer Veronica Franco. She will be working with the Mental Health Peer Program to assist graduate students on issues related to mental health and wellness. Read on to find out more about Veronica and the Mental Health Peer Program at UCSB.

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National Science Foundation director visits UC Santa Barbara

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UC Santa Barbara welcomes National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova to campus. Dr. Córdova toured our university’s research facilities and met with graduate students who received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award. Read on to find out more about the impact of Dr. Córdova's work and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

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Graduate Division welcomes new Diversity Peer Advisor

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The Graduate Division is excited to welcome our new ​​Diversity Peer Advisor, ​​Sam del Castillo. ​They will be working with staff and students all across campus to make UCSB's graduate student body even more diverse, representative, and ​supportive. Read on to find out more about ​​Sam!

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Check out our Fall 2019 programming lineup!

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​Be sure to check out upcoming workshops from the Graduate Student Resource Center. From financial literacy, to improv skills for interviewing, to plenty of opportunities to build connections across campus – we hope you'll join us for ​our lineup of ​​Fall 2019 programming. ​Mark your calendars and visit the Events page for updated information as events get closer.

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2019 Incoming Grad Series: Aizhan Adilkhan


Our final featured student, Aizhan Adilkhan, is moving to Santa Barbara from Kazakhstan with her two children. Read on to learn more about ​her research and some of her plans for when she arrives at UCSB!

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2019 Incoming Grad Series: Aisha Anwar


Aisha Anwar is an incoming Ph.D. student in English from North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC, where she studied English Literature and Global Studies. Read on to learn more about ​​Aisha's journey in North Carolina and her business she created from a hobby!

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