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Mental Health Resources for Your Students

Have you ever had students that needed extra help? Perhaps they were struggling with personal or academic situations. Or, perhaps they were disruptive in class while you were TAing or serving as a mentor. As a teaching assistant and mentor, you are in a position to serve as a critical resource for saving a student’s...
By Danielle Delany | | Wellness, Teaching

What I Learned at Academic Development Day

Academic Development Day (ADD), our first of three annual GradSuccess professional development events, took place on Friday, November 15. During ADD we learned about the academic job market, interview tips, securing post-doctoral positions, and much more! Unable to attend but still interested in the valuable information other graduate students got out of the day? Read...
By Tyler Womack | | Professionalization, Academics & Research

Thanksgiving Activities To Keep The Gratitude Going

With the Thanksgiving break in full swing, you might be feeling stressed or frustrated about your progress in your graduate studies. Around this time of year, some folks might make students feel guilty for being stressed or for needing to take a break, but you won’t find that here. On the contrary, stress and frustration...
By Songling Chen and Patrick Thomas | | Advice, Non-Academic Life

Self-Care at Graduate Chill Out

One of the most challenging aspects of being a graduate student is balancing self-care along with numerous responsibilities, such as classes, research, and teaching. Without self-care, we put ourselves at risk for prolonged stress and burnout. While self-care can look different for everyone, at its essence self-care is about incorporating routines rooted in your interests...
By Tyler Womack | | Wellness

Why You Should Apply for the 2020 University Teaching Certificate Program

When you think about teaching, what is it about teaching that you find so attractive? Is it the immersion in topics you love and the ability to share that love with your students? Might it be the knowledge that you are training the next generation of scholars to work in your field? Is it the...
By John Haberstroh | | Teaching, Professionalization

Academic Development Day 2019: What To Look Forward To

[ Image Description: Fin, from Adventure Time , puts on a pair of glasses. He then gasps as the image zooms in all the way down to the atomic level to illustrate Fin's new, greater level of understanding.] Pictured : An accurate depiction of how you absorb the information shared during Academic Development Day Join...
By Beth Kopacz | | Professionalization, Teaching

International Student Life at UCR

As a second-year international student at UCR, I can still remember how I used to feel uncomfortable living in Riverside because of both the weather and the campus environment. However, after being here for one year, I became more and more grateful for choosing to come here to study. Let me share with you what...
By Lin Cong | | Advice, Wellness

Classroom Strategies: How To Promote Student Participation

With September comes fall quarter, and with the arrival of fall quarter so too comes your new class and TA assignment. Perhaps this is your first time TAing here at UCR and the hardened sailors of high tide (by this I mean the TAs with more experience!) have already made you apprehensive about the challenges...
By Antara Chakravarty | | Teaching, Advice

Meet Tyler and Your Peer Support Office Hours Team

The Graduate Student Resource Center is excited to welcome a new Co-Coordinator! Tyler Womack is a second-year student in School Psychology in the Graduate School of Education, as well as a current peer mentor. [ Image Description: Tyler Womack seated on a bench, smiling at the camara.] Pictured : Tyler, ready to support her peers!...
By Hillary Jenks | | Professionalization, Mentoring

Now Accepting Digital Humanities Fellowship Applications

Yes, you heard the name “GradQuant” and you’ve seen the emails about workshops on causal inference or machine learning in Python. You may have even visited the GradQuant space for various workshops and meetings. However, you’ve never actually been to GradQuant on purpose…because you’re a humanist or social scientist! What does GradQuant have to do...
By Yelda Serin and Madeleine St. Marie | | Funding & Finances

A Guide to Creative Writing MFA Support

The MFA can be a difficult world to navigate for emerging writers and scholars. As with all disciplines, when you first start out it feels like your peers all know more about the important conferences to attend, journals to submit to, and funding to apply for than you do. The truth is, everyone feels this...
By Carissa Atallah | | Writing, Advice

How to Succeed in Fall Quarter Without Even Trying

Whether it’s your first year in graduate school or you’re a seasoned graduate-school veteran, fall quarter can be overwhelming! Below are five tips to help you get off to a positive start this academic year: [ Image Description : A white seal pup nestles itself into the snow, turns to the viewer, and waves its...
By Sarah Murray | | Advice, Wellness

GradQuant Programming in Fall

Are you new to graduate school and just starting a project? Are you deep into your research and analyzing data even in your dreams? Don’t feel alone or overwhelmed; GradQuant is here to help. GradQuant offers training to UCR graduate students and postdoctoral researchers on probability and statistical inference, statistical software and computing, data management,...
By Yelda Serin | | Academics & Research, Support Services

Coming up this Fall in the Graduate Writing Center

Greetings new and returning UCR graduate students! [ Image Description : Stitch, from Lilo and Stich , smiles and waves his claws as he smiles to reveal all his teeth. He says, "Hi!"] Pictured : A warm welcome from the GWC. Fall 2019 is fast approaching and the Graduate Writing Center (GWC) wants to remind...
By Lauren Hammond | | Writing, Academics & Research

Welcome Your New GradSuccess Team!

In another sign that summer is on its way out, we welcomed the new members of the 2019-20 GradSuccess team this week. We are thrilled they’ve joined us and want to let you know a little bit more about the folks who’ll be bringing you the GradSuccess programs and events you know and love in...
By Hillary Jenks | | Academics & Research

Budgeting as a Grad Student 

Graduate school can be difficult for many reasons. Aside from going to class, studying, preparing for exams, writing theses/dissertations, etc., one of the more challenging aspects of grad life is managing finances. Although saving money and avoiding debt may seem a far reach for anyone living off of minimal stipends and fellowships don't despair! It...
By Lauren Hammond | | Advice

Grad School and the Great Outdoors: Hiking 101

There are many programs on campus to help students reduce their stress and balance their personal and academic life. However, sometimes, all we need to do is to get away from school and let nature soothe and heal us. One of the advantages of living in California is its variety of activities we can take...
By Marziyeh Kameli | | Wellness

Ph.D. Spotlight: Stephen Exarhos

We had the opportunity to chat with Stephen Exarhos, recent Ph.D. graduate in Mechanical Engineering and M.Ed. graduate in Higher Education Administration and Policy about his time as a student at UCR. Stephen shared his insight, experience, and advice on grad student life. 1. What did you get your degree in, and what are you...
By Stephen Exarhos | | Advice

How Can Mentorship Benefit You?

Whether you just got to graduate school or you've been here for years, you probably wouldn't be where you are today without the mentorship of others. One of the great things about mentorship is that anyone and everyone can benefit from engaging in the act of mentoring, as long as the needs of the mentee...
By Kyla Rankin | | Mentoring