Archive for March, 2007

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NIH Kirschstein F31 procedures

March 29, 2007

I’ve been getting a ton of calls about procedures for the NIH F31/Kirschstein awards. Kim E. Barrett, the Dean of Graduate Studies, is the signing official on all predoctoral fellowships. (Postdocs should see Jennifer Oh in Research.) Her contact information can be found here. For UCSD’s DUNS and EIN, OCGA has a Vital Information webpage here. I arrange for Kim Barrett’s signature, so you can bring your documentation to me on the 2nd floor of 518 University Center until this Wednesday, April 4, at which point OGS will be closed until the 9th for relocation to the Student Services Center.

In order for the dean to sign off, all of your other signatures need to be in place first. Additionally, if you do not already have a eRA commons login, you need to contact Sara Kaup in OCGA to obtain one. To spare Sara the spam, I’m not going to post her email address here, but please look it up in the directory. I can’t approve your application unless you have one.

School of Medicine students should see Kerry Nare about their signatures. I can only have the dean sign off on applications for students enrolled at UCSD’s General Campus.

Hope this clears up some of the FAQs. Please contact me if you’re still having trouble.

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Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowship

March 23, 2007

The Program in Japanese Studies is pleased to encourage graduate students in Japanese Studies to apply for a Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowship. These mini-grants are intended for summer and academic research for 2007-2008. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support research and study on Japan.

Please submit:
CV, grant proposal, budget, two letters of recommendation, and other sources of funding (pending or committed) by Monday, May 7.

Mail proposals to:
UCSD, Program in Japanese Studies
9500 Gilman Drive #0104
La Jolla, CA 92093-0104

Contact:
Jeannette Ibarra
(858) 534-3598
jibarra@ucsd.edu

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For Master’s students (finally)!

March 22, 2007

Rae K. Hepps Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship will be awarded to 2-4 outstanding Master’s students in any field of study who have financial need, who are residents of the United States and who plan to commence or to continue graduate study at UCSD in Fall 2007.

The one-year award of $2,500 – $5,000 each for the selected student(s), is given to assist with living and educational expenses.

Each academic department may nominate two students for this award.

To nominate students, please submit the following documents:

1. Letter from the department chair or graduate adviser addressing the following:

a. The nominee’s academic performance to date and other significant achievements in their field of study.
b. How the nominee meets the specific eligibility requirements of the award.
c. The nominee’s financial need.

2. If an incoming student, a copy of the nominee’s application for admission, including statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcript, and GRE scores.

3. If a continuing student, nominee’s UCSD transcript.

All of the above materials should be submitted to Kathryn Murphy by Friday, April 27, 2007. The awards will be announced in May.

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Closed for business (but not permanently)

March 20, 2007

The Office of Graduate Studies is moving to the new Student Services Center on April 6, 2007. We’ll be closed for business Thursday, April 5 through Tuesday, April 10, and without access to email or phones for most of that time.

Once we’re open, come visit us on the 4th floor, north wing. Mail codes remain the same: 0003 for the general office, and 0086 for admissions. We’ll also be keeping all of our old phone numbers.

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Calling all statisticians and social scientists

March 19, 2007

This isn’t a fellowship…but it’s the next best thing: a job.

OGS is hiring an institutional research officer to replace the indomitable Andrew Stringfellow, former Cog. Sci. graduate student and principal investigator of the graduate student survey. The job involves statistical analysis of quantitative data, designing surveys, and presenting on your findings. It’s a great opportunity for a recent graduate, so be sure to look at the job description if it sounds interesting:

http://joblink.ucsd.edu/bulletin/job.html?job_id=41810

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UCSD Internal Fellowships

March 14, 2007

UCSD offers a number of internal fellowships for which your department needs to nominate you.

Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship – 2007-08

Awarded to students who have had a significant hiatus in their studies. Significant can be as little as two or three years for students in science and engineering or who have served in the military, but should be at least five years for everyone else. The fellowship should also make a critical difference in your financial ability to attend UCSD. Ph.D. students will be preferred, but master’s and professional students are also eligible. School of Medicine academic and professional programs are not eligible.

Oceanids Memorial Fellowship

This fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student who has exhibited academic excellence and financial need at the General Campus of UCSD or the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. This fellowship of $2,000.00 will be awarded to the best qualified individual who is also a resident of the United States.

For both of these, the nomination process on the part of your department is the same:

Please submit the following documents:

1. Letter from the department chair or graduate adviser covering the following:

  • The nominee’s academic performance to date and potential for making significant contributions to research, teaching, and/or artistic activity.
  • How the nominee meets the specific eligibility requirements of the award.
  • The nominee’s financial need.

2. If an incoming student, a copy of the nominee’s application for admission, including statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcript, and GRE scores.

3. If a continuing student, nominee’s UCSD transcript.

All of the above materials must be received by Kathryn Murphy no later than Friday, April 27, 2007. The awardees will be announced in May.

OGS’s mail code is 0003.

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Friends of the International Center : Call for Nominations

March 12, 2007

The Friends of the International Center has made a number of small study abroad scholarships available to graduate and medical students. Departments are allowed to nominate three candidates, so talk to your departments today. Here’s the full information:

Scholarships will be given to graduate students planning to study abroad and to foreign graduate students in residence at UCSD during 2007-08. The awards will vary from $1,000 to a maximum of $2,000 – depending upon the number of nominees selected. The selection of students for the scholarships will be made by the Friends Scholarship Committee.

You may nominate a maximum of three (3) outstanding graduate or medical students from your department/program for the graduate study abroad award and/or the foreign student award.

Eligibility is restricted to students who:

1. have a distinguished academic record;
2. are willing to contribute in some way to furthering friendship, understanding, and cooperation among peoples of diverse countries through programs at the International Center;
3. have completed one year of full-time graduate study for the Ph.D., M.F.A., M.P.I.A., M.D. or D.M.A. at UCSD;
4. will be registered for a full-time program of study and research in 2007-08 or, in the case of foreign student nominees, will be on campus at UCSD in 2007-08.

To make nominations, please submit the following information for each student:

1. Letter from the department chair or graduate advisor containing:

  • An evaluation of the nominee’s graduate performance to date and potential for future contributions to research in the student’s discipline or artistic activity.
  • Other support the student is receiving and the student’s financial need, if any.
  • Contribution the student has made, if any, to furthering friendship, understanding, and cooperation among peoples of diverse countries.
  • Departmental ranking, if more than one student is nominated for either award.

2. Statement from the nominee which describes his or her qualifications for the award, graduate study and career plans, financial need, and contributions to international friendship and understanding. The student statement should be no more than two (2) pages.
3. Student’s vitae.
4. Student’s current transcript.
5. Student’s current e-mail and mailing address.

Please submit nominations to Kathryn Murphy no later than Friday, April 20, 2007.