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1 CAREERS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPECIAL EVENT: $TART $MART: SALARY NEGOTIATION TRAINING CO-SPONSORED WITH AAUW & WAGE PROJECT Wednesday, November 18 from 3:00 6:00 PM $tart $mart is an interactive workshop designed to give you the confidence and skills needed to earn fair compensation. This workshop provides benchmarks for salary and benefits, offers salary negotiation skill-building exercises, and teaches participants how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs. NETWORKING STEP 1 INTRODUCING YOURSELF CO-SPONSORED WITH THE CAREER CENTER Thursday, October 22 from 12 1:00 PM Networking for your career begins now! Learn and practice techniques for introducing yourself and your research. You will develop your introduction skills in order to further your academic and professional connections. COMMUNICATING WITH CONFIDENCE Wednesday, October 28 from 3:30 5:00 PM This interactive session presents skills and strategies required to be an effective speaker and presenter, including non-verbal and vocal skills, designing powerful visual aids, answering audience questions, and managing anxiety. PREPARING FOR SCIENTIFIC CAREERS OUTSIDE OF ACADEMIA Wednesday, November 4 from 3:30 5:00 PM The complete picture of employment prospects for new Ph.D. scientists is often not realized until after the dissertation is written, which could jeopardize prospects for a new career. This seminar will provide students with steps to better prepare for the pursuit of a science-based career outside of academia. WORKING IN THE U.S. DURING AND AFTER GRADUATE SCHOOL PART OF THE GRADUATE INTERCONNECT PROGRAM TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 FROM 2:00 3:00 PM THIS WORKSHOP PRESENTS STRATEGIES AND BEST PRACTICES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ENTERING THE U.S. JOB MARKET. PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN HOW TO HIGHLIGHT THEIR INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCE AND TIPS FOR NAVIGATING THE U.S. WORKPLACE. REGISTER: QUESTIONS? or call LOCATION: Graduate Resource Center (GRC) 3100 Gateway Study Center

2 COMMUNICATION EXCELLENCE PROGRAM Graduate Division helps graduate students and postdoctoral scholars speak clearly, succinctly, and comfortably to a variety of audiences inside and outside of the academy. COURSES Graduate students must apply to enroll in the course. Academic courses are open to all disciplines. Science Communication Skills (Phy Sci Winter; BioSci Spring) Science communication skills enable UCI grad students to lead the next century of discovery, impact world policy, architect a better planet, win multi-million dollar grants for their prize-winning research or simply continue to have the resources to pursue their scientific interests, wherever they might lead. PUBLIC SPEAKING: ACTIVATE TO CAPTIVATE Communication Certificate Series In this 8-week communication certificate program participants will learn and practice strategies to craft a dynamic and compelling presentation including: - Overcoming anxiety - Commanding a room - Effectively communicating with an audience of any size This certificate program is offered quarterly during the academic year and is open to postdocs and graduate students. INTERVIEW SKILLS BOOT CAMP This three-day boot camp provides the tools for participants to enter any interview situation with confidence including how to: - Adapt to changing circumstances and handle surprises with confidence - Practice effective small talk - Learn to interview in any setting, including interviewing with an individual, a panel, during a meal and on Skype. The Interview Skills Boot Camp is offered in the winter quarter and is open to postdocs and graduate students. PUBLIC SPEAKING BOOT CAMP - SUMMER This interactive four-day series teaches basic communication and public speaking techniques in order to transform a participant s ability to present persuasively to audiences large and small. The Public Speaking Boot Camp is offered in the summer and is open to postdocs and graduate students. COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT TRAINING CERTIFICATION - WINTER This certification program teaches participants how to conduct workshops and offer individual coaching/outreach to their peers at the GRC. Communication Consultant Certification training is offered during the winter quarter and is open to postdocs and graduate students. WORKSHOPS Every quarter the GRC offers workshops on public speaking, effective listening, interview basics and more. For more information, visit: or call

3 COMMUNICATIONS & CULTURAL FLUENCY PUBLIC SPEAKING: ACTIVATE TO CAPTIVATE Mondays from 3:00 5:00 PM from October 5 November 30 This new 8-week communication certificate program will teach postdocs and grad students strategies to craft dynamic and compelling presentations. Attendance is mandatory at all eight sessions. Register via CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT: UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN SLANG AND IDIOMS Part of the Graduate InterConnect Program Thursday, October 1 from 3:00 4:00 PM Developed for international students, this workshop takes participants beyond formal language instruction. Gain perspective on American English and practice holding informal conversations using common slang and idioms with native English speakers. UNDERSTANDING THE U.S. CLASSROOM AS A STUDENT AND TEACHING ASSISTANT Thursday, October 22 from 11:00 AM 12:30 PM Discover methods for communicating science to non-scientific audiences. The workshop will cover public speaking skills including presence, dealing with anxiety, engaging the audience, and answering questions. WRITING YOUR WAY TO A FOCUSED RESEARCH QUESTION Thursday, October 29 from 1:30 2:30 PM The first step to writing an academic paper is creating a statement that identifies a phenomenon to be studied, also known as a research question. Explore different strategies for focusing your research question. LITERATURE REVIEW: TELLING THE STORY OF YOUR RESEARCH Tuesday, November 3 from 2:00 3:00 PM Build an effective literature review and sharpen your writing. The literature review defines prominent terminology, theories, and methods in a topic. This is important for academic writing as well as grant applications. This workshop reviews the specific problems graduate writers face in conducting a literature review and offers strategies for addressing them. INCORPORATING SOURCES AND AVOIDING PLAGIARISM Thursday, November 12 from 1:30 2:30 PM This interactive workshop shares strategies for correctly paraphrasing, summarizing and citing sources. This strengthens your writing and maintains academic integrity. STYLE, FLOW, & VOICE: EDITING AND REVISING Thursday, November 19 from 1:30 2:30 PM Learn revision strategies designed to clarify and organize your argument, create effective and concise paragraphs and sentences, and develop efficient editing skills. You also will learn tips for cutting wordiness, as well as making your writing appropriate for an academic audience. LOCATION: Graduate Resource Center (GRC) at 3100 Gateway Study Center REGISTER: QUESTIONS? or call

4 INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS? The Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) offer prestigious fellowships to students pursuing their research-based Ph.D. or Master s degree. Participate in this workshop series to learn more about these fellowships and the services available to UCI students. Our presenters will cover a wide range of topics including application requirements and eligibility criteria. FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION ADVISING HOURS: Make an appointment with Dr. Sandra Loughlin to discuss your fellowship application questions and receive feedback on your fellowship applications. Visit the GRC website to schedule an appointment at NSF GRFP INFORMATION SESSION Monday, September 28 from 12:00 1:30 PM Overview of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program for prospective applicants. WRITING FOR FELLOWSHIPS: THE PERSONAL STATEMENT Tuesday, September 29 from 12:00 1:00 PM Tips and advice for writing personal statements that address fellowship review criteria, with a focus on the NSF GRFP. WRITING FOR FELLOWSHIPS: RESEARCH ESSAYS Wednesday, September 30 from 12:00 1:00 PM Tips and advice for writing research essays that address fellowship review criteria, with a focus on the NSF GRFP. NSF GRFP REVIEWER PANEL Thursday, October 1 from 12:00 1:00 PM Past NSF GRFP reviewers will share their insights into which components distinguish successful from unsuccessful fellowship applications. THE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION EXPERIENCE PANEL Tuesday, October 6 from 12:00 1:00 PM Successful applicants will go over do s and don ts for preparing NSG GRFP and Ford Foundation fellowship applications. INTRODUCTION TO THE FORD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP Thursday, October 8 from 12:00 1:30 PM Professor Rosas, a Ford Foundation Fellowship recipient and past application reviewer, will discuss the Ford Foundation Fellowship and the application review process. BROADER IMPACTS FAIR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 FROM 12:00 2:00 PM Students preparing NSF GRFP applications will have an opportunity to learn more about on-and off-campus organizations they can participate in to better address Broader Impacts in their fellowship application. LOCATION: Graduate Resource Center (GRC) at 3100 Gateway Study Center REGISTER: QUESTIONS? or call

5 DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP NOVEMBER Participate in our next Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC), an intensive 3-day writing opportunity for graduate students in the writing stage of their dissertation. The DBC helps writers overcome blocks, make significant progress in a short period of time, and develop skills for future academic writing. Dissertation Boot Camp provides: Three days of structured writing time in a quiet, distraction free setting Short, daily lessons on dissertation writing and goal setting Individualized consultation opportunities to address specific writing needs Opportunities for continued, peer-driven dissertation writing sessions Free refreshments including breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks REQUIREMENTS TO ATTEND THE DBC: Must register via Must attend all three days (9am-5pm on the first two days and 9am-1pm on the last day) First time attendees will have priority and returning attendees will be placed on a waitlist The DBC answered many questions I had in writing my dissertation. It should be a requirement class for every PhD student. Previously I struggled with time management and motivation. The Dissertation Boot Camp helped me enormously with both. LOCATION: Graduate Resource Center (GRC) 3100 Gateway Study Center Interested? Register for the Dissertation Boot Camp via: For questions and information, call

6 THE KNOW-HOW SESSIONS The Know-How Sessions is a five-seminar series presented by a diverse group of graduate students, faculty, and staff to prepare UCI undergraduate students to apply to graduate school. Want individual guidance? Make an appointment with a Graduate Division representative. Weekly office hours: Wednesdays, 9:30 AM 11:30 AM. To schedule an appointment call (949) Why Grad School? Tuesday Oct. 6 (Week 2) 1:00PM-2:30PM Thinking about graduate school? What s grad school like? Hear directly from current UCI grad students working towards a master s degree or Ph.D. Nuts and Bolts: Graduate Application 101 Tuesday Oct. 13 (Week 3) 12:30PM-2:00PM Learn how to prepare your grad school application, what programs look for, and other tips from faculty who review those applications. Writing a Statement of Purpose Tuesday Oct. 20 (Week 4) 12:30PM-2:00PM Learn how to write a winning statement of purpose. What I Wish I Knew Then? Navigating Grad School Tuesday Oct. 27 (Week 5) 12:30PM-2:00PM Current grad students and staff share strategies and tips on how to select an advisor, choose a program and thrive in grad school. Funding Your Graduate Education Tuesday Nov. 3 (Week 6) 12:30PM-2:00PM Discover funding sources for grad school. Faculty and staff who review funding applications will provide tips on how to apply for diversity, recruitment and national prestigious fellowships or grants. Information will also be available for AB540 and DACA eligible students. LOCATION: Graduate Resource Center (GRC) 3100 Gateway Study Center Light refreshments will be served. Register to attend these workshops: Questions? or call

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