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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Graduate Students Invited to 'Art of Science' Awards Reception

Graduate students are warmly invited to a reception and awards ceremony for the third Art of Science competition.

Thursday, March 3
Elings Hall First Floor Lobby
3-4 p.m.
*Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception*

Winners will be announced and honored, and contest images will be displayed at the reception. Winning images will be awarded various prizes (1st place = $250 Amazon gift card) and become part of exhibits at the UCSB Library (Spring quarter), NanoDays (April 2-3), and the AD&D Museum throughout 2016.

About the Competition

The Art of Science is an event to capture the imagination and share the beauty and meaning of scientific discovery. UCSB students and postdocs were invited to tell the story of their research through the aesthetic. These works of art go on to share the creative nature and joy of scientific discovery with our community through multiple exhibits and outreach events throughout 2016. See the website for more details.


Two Upcoming Workshops on the Fundamentals of Slide Design: March 9 & 11

Poorly designed slides (too much text, inelegant graphics, inconsistent style, etc.) are a primary contributor to "Death by PowerPoint," potentially ruining an otherwise compelling presentation.

By contrast, well-designed slides help convey content, engage the audience, and support the speaker. This workshop focuses on the design of effective presentation slides. It covers basic principles of graphic design; guidelines and resources for the use of text, images, and color; and tips for using PowerPoint templates and other features.

The workshop leader, Madeleine Sorapure, is the Director of UCSB’s Writing Program and teaches courses in new media and digital composing. She is also co-director of the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor.

This workshop will be offered twice:

Wednesday, March 9, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Social Science & Media Studies Building 1007


Friday, March 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Social Science & Media Studies Building 1005

*To RSVP for either event, click here*

This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab, and participants are welcome to bring their own slides to design and redesign or start from scratch on a future presentation. Both events are open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but space is limited. To RSVP for either workshop, please follow this link.


March 2016 Lunch & Learn: Engineering Light and English Learners

Come feed your stomach and your brain at our next Lunch & Learn event!

Lunch & Learn is a monthly event co-sponsored by the Graduate Division and the Graduate Students Association that provides graduate students two important things: (1) free lunch and (2) a chance to socialize with and learn from graduate students across the campus. Each Lunch & Learn features 15-minute talks by two graduate students – one from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline and one from a SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts) discipline. However, unlike traditional seminars and lectures, the Lunch & Learn series encourages speakers to communicate their topic in whatever way they feel most comfortable, welcoming anything from PowerPoint slides to fireside chats to hands-on demonstrations.

See below for more details about our upcoming Lunch & Learn event.

Lunch & Learn
This Edition: Engineering Light and English Learners

Friday, March 4
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Engineering Science Building, Room 2001
Pizza and salad lunch will be provided
*As space is limited, please RSVP here*


"Manipulating Light at the Nanoscale"
Tanya Das, Graduate Student in Electrical & Chemical Engineering

By appropriately designing nanoscale objects and exposing them to light, scientists can manipulate light in very interesting ways. Until now, research in the field of metamaterials has focused almost exclusively on engineering objects to modify this interaction. By contrast, Tanya's research investigates the effects of engineering light (rather than the objects), thereby introducing a new degree of freedom and the potential for innovation in metamaterial design.

"Teacher Preparation for English Learners: Where Theory Meets Practice"
Lois Harmon, Graduate Student in Education

Lois is interested in teacher preparation for English Learners. Her research examines how student-teachers acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide instruction for English Learners. She will discuss her ongoing research on how student-teachers are being prepared to support the academic language development of English Learners.

The event will be moderated by Robert Hamm, Director of Graduate Student Professional Development.

Questions about the series or interested in presenting at an upcoming Lunch & Learn? Please email Robert Hamm.


Arts & Lectures Offering Grad Students FREE Tickets to Two Events

UCSB Arts and Lectures is offering graduate students a pair of FREE tickets to each event: the March 1 performance by The Danish String Quartet and the March 8 performance by Taylor MacA 24-Decade History of Popular Music, both at UCSB Campbell Hall. 

To redeem, UCSB graduate students can visit the Arts and Lectures Ticket Office (located in Bldg. 402) with a valid UCSB student ID on Friday, Feb. 26 and Monday, Feb. 29, between 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. [Offer not retroactive; not available by phone; limit one pair to each performance per ID; available while supplies last.] 

The Danish String Quartet

Danish String QuartetDanish String QuartetTue, Mar. 1 at 8 p.m. 

UCSB Campbell Hall

One of the hottest string quartets right now, the Danish returns for a consecutive season, following its thrilling 2014 Santa Barbara debut. Garnering seemingly every possible plaudit, from being appointed BBC New Generation Artists to endlessly quotable reviews, “these shaggy-haired Danes” (The New Yorker) are in demand worldwide for their integrated sound, flawless intonation and judicious balance. Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed called the quartet “mystical,” remarking, “They allowed time to stand still, and they could assume the pose of excitingly aggressive rockers. They did it all.”


Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6

Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 (“The Kreutzer Sonata”)

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 13

Program subject to change. View program notes.

Taylor Mac

Taylor MacTaylor MacTue, Mar. 8 at 8 p.m.

UCSB Campbell Hall

Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter and performance artist who has been called “a critical darling of the New York scene” (New York Magazine) and “one of the most exciting theater artists of our time” (Time Out New York). Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a decade-by-decade revue exploring the evolution of American attitudes and ideas through pop music. A sharp social critic and glittering, elaborately costumed showman, Mac is so much more than a cabaret artist, describing himself as “the Elizabethan fool… phantasmagorical enough to say what everyone knows is true.” In Santa Barbara we are delighted to present Mac as he performs two decades of his ambitious project, 1906-1926, backed by a live band - drums, piano, guitar, bass and more.

View program notes



Professional Development Events on Tuesday, March 1

CSEP BannerThere are several professional development events taking place on Tuesday, March 1. The first is for all students and the other two are for those interested in the photonics industry.

Promoting Collaboration and Discovery through Extraordinary Leadership     

Tuesday, March 1, 1:30-3 p.m.

Elings 1601

Light Refreshments provided



Led by Miles Ashlock, Assistant Dean, Director of the Office of Student Life, and Katya Armistead, Dean of Student Life, UC Santa Barbara, this interactive workshop will explore the research-based Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and prepare you to leverage the essential skills of vision and collaboration to maximize productivity and innovation in your current and future scientific pursuits. 


Photonics Industry-Specific Events 

Internship Opportunities in Industry: Breakout Sessions                                             

Tuesday, March 1, 11-noon 

Elings Hall 1601

Meet with photonics industry and government lab leaders and learn about opportunities and strategies to find internships and jobs. 

Speed Networking with Industry & Faculty       

Tuesday, March 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m. 

Elings Hall Lobby

Informal networking opportunity with faculty and industry representatives. Using the speed-dating model over lunch, this event will give you a chance to explore career options and ask career-related questions. 

Register for these events at 


Workshop on March 8: How to Write an Effective Introduction or Problem Statement

Writing womanCredit: openclipart.comWant to capture the reader's attention and encapsulate your research concisely? Fortunately, there's an easy pattern you can learn about at the Introduction and Problem Statement workshop.

Led by Writing Peer Kyle Crocco, you will analyze the introductions of successful grant and fellowship applications to understand the rhetorical steps involved in writing your own awesome introduction.

This workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but enrollment is limited to 15, so please RSVP to help us determine how many snacks to bring.

How to Write an Effective Introduction or Problem Statement

Time: Tuesday, March 8, noon-1 p.m.

Place: Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Food: Lots o' snacks.

RSVP: Kyle Crocco at


Writing a Research Statement Workshop on March 1

Professor DudeCredit: openclipart.comThe Graduate Student Resource Center will be hosting a workshop on writing a research statement for an academic position. This workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but enrollment is limited to 15 per workshop, so please RSVP.

This workshop is for both STEM and SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts) students and will cover methods of organizing experience, types of content to include, and the tone you should set in your statement. 

If you wish to have feedback on your research statement, please bring either your computer with a digital copy or at least two print copies for individual and peer feedback.

Writing a Research Statement

Time: Tuesday, March 1, noon - 1 p.m.

Place: Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Food: Snacks for all.

RSVP: Writing Peer Kyle Crocco at


Third Annual Sal Castro Memorial Conference on the Emerging Historiography of the Chicano Movement Feb. 26 & 27 

Credit: Chicana/o Studies Department

Join us in honoring Sal Castro, an educator and activist who played a pivotal role in the 1968 Los Angeles student walkouts also known as the "Blowouts." He empowered students to protest and demand that the unequal conditions of their schools be changed. 

The Third Annual Sal Castro Memorial Conference highlights the historical importance of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The keynote address, "On the Past and Present of the Chicano Movement: Some Reflections and Questions," will be delivered by David Montejano, an ethnic studies professor from UC Berkeley. 

When: Friday, Feb. 26, & Saturday, Feb. 27

Time: 8:30 am - 6 pm

Where:UCSB McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Science Building  

Price: Free and open to the public



Tax Workshop for Grad Students

Tax time is upon us! The Funding Peer will be hosting another Financial Literacy workshop for tax resources for grad students. This workshop will cover public and UCSB resources, student tax credits and deductions, and other basic tax information. Please RSVP soon, as space will be limited. Snacks will be provided! Tax Day- April 15Credit:

When: Mar. 1 at 1 p.m.

Where: SRB 2154

RSVP to Steph Griffin to reserve your spot.


Jeffrey Hanson To Offer Second Workshop on How to Captivate an Audience with Your Research Story

Credit: ImagineCupYou love your research. Can you make others love it (and understand it), too?

Jeffrey Hanson will be leading a workshop that focuses on a story-based approach to presenting that works with virtually any research topic or discipline. While this approach is adaptable for nearly any audience, purpose, and time frame, we will focus most of our attention on shorter presentations for non-specialist audiences (such as The Grad Slam). Join us for a hands-on experience and step-by-step perspective to crafting your presentation. 

Jeffrey Hanson has been teaching various forms of written and oral communication to grads and undergrads at UCSB and universities abroad for the past 25 years. He has also given hundreds of presentations in 8 countries during that time and struggled mightily early on. Now, after many hours of presentation research, observation, and practice, he recommends a relatively simple approach that draws upon key elements of effective communication going back thousands of years. His mentors include contemporary pathfinders like Nancy Duarte (Resonate) and Garr Reynolds (Presentation Zen) and Jean-luc Doumont (Trees, Map, and Theorems).

Captivating an Audience with Your Research Story

Monday, March 7

2-3:30 p.m.

SRB Multipurpose Room

*RSVP here*

This event is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs. To RSVP for the workshop, please follow the link above.

Participants should bring a presentation topic (real or potential) to the workshop and be prepared for pen-on-paper effort in an interactive environment. Writing materials will be provided, and follow-up resources will be available via a workshop-dedicated website. Light refreshments will also be provided.

This workshop is a great resource for those interested in participating in The Grad Slam. Don't forget to register today!