Graduate Enrichment and Advancement Resources and Services (GEARS) is the Graduate Division's multi-track professional development series designed to prepare graduate students for success while at UC Merced and beyond.
In addition to these opportunities, be sure to check out our virtual Graduate Resource Center, which contains a wealth of information that is helpful for students at all stages of their graduate careers.
Our GEARS tracks are as follows (click on each track to see a sampling of past programming):
- GradSLAM! programming includes public-speaking workshops during the weeks leading up to the start of the multi-round competition. Ten finalists will be chosen from the Qualifying Rounds, and a campus Champion and two runners-up will be selected in the Final Round. The UC Merced campus Champion will go on to compete against other campus Champions in the UC systemwide competition. Cash prizes and bragging rights are at stake — be sure to sign up early for your chance to win!
Adjusting to Graduate School
The transition from an undergraduate education to graduate school is academically challenging. Expectations are different, as is working with a graduate advisor, and the students have more independence in doing their research. Also, graduate school presents new challenges in time management and juggling competing priorities between classwork, research, being a teaching assistant, and attending various meetings and presentations. This seminar will review and address these challenges and ways to overcome them, and the deans will answer questions and identify resources available to students to help transition into academic work at the graduate level.
Opportunities for Current Graduate Students
Versatile Ph.D. - This website has a number of resources for Ph.D. students interested in non-academic career paths, including industry and government areas of employment, job listings, social networking, and meeting announcements. Students can become Versatile Ph.D. members for free, and UC Merced has an institutional membership that provides access to premium content.
Humanists@Work - The UC Humanities Research Institute invites UC humanities and humanistic social science graduate students to attend their next graduate career workshop November 8-9 in Sacramento. UCHRI will provide travel grants (covering roundtrip travel and one night of lodging) to three students from each UC campus. Deadline to apply for a travel grant is October 9th.
Ted Fellows Program - Similar to our GradSLAM! competition, but on a much broader scale, TED Fellows learn how to talk about their great ideas in a way that is appealing to a variety of audiences. Applications have recently closed, but you can learn more about the program with plenty of time to prepare for the next cycle here.
Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities
University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The application due date is generally around November 1 of each year.
California Alliance Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - The California Alliance Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. The California Alliance invites prospective applicants to apply with ONE application for postdoctoral positions at any of the four partner universities: Berkeley, Caltech, Stanford and UCLA. The California Alliance is a National Science Foundation-supported initiative to increase diversity among STEM graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. There is no formal application deadline, but applicants are encouraged to apply by January 4, 2016, because the Alliance will begin reviewing applications and make award decisions at that time.
Have an idea for a professional development series, workshop, or activity that you'd like to see from UC Merced Graduate Division? Be sure to email us!