2007 Pilot Program Proposals

Proposal #1: “Science and Technology at the Movies”

Budget Request: $675


To build community and advance learning among graduate students enrolled in or affiliated with the interdisciplinary Science Studies Program, we propose to hold an informal quarterly film series. On one evening each quarter, we will convene to watch a film that significantly engages with issues of science and technology or that portrays popular cultural attitudes about science and technology. Each screening will be followed by discussion. Expenses include film rentals, food, and refreshments.


Matthew Crawford
Ph.D. Candidate, History (Science Studies)

April Huff
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology (Science Studies)

Matthew Shindell
Ph.D. Candidate, History (Science Studies)

Carol Larkin
Coordinator, Science Studies Program

Steven Epstein
Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Science Studies Program

Plan and Rationale

The Science Studies Program is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that brings together graduate students and faculty members in four departments: Communication, History, Philosophy, and Sociology. At present we have 38 graduate students, and we have a new cohort of 10 students entering this fall. We have established a successful intellectual program consisting of coursework and a colloquium series. However, it is always challenging to nurture and maintain solidarity, community, and esprit de corps among students who are located in four different academic “home” departments. Our proposed program, “Science and Technology at the Movies” will promote community by bringing together interested students and faculty once each quarter for a relaxing and engaging on-campus social/intellectual event.

While the primary purpose of the film series is to build solidarity, we take seriously the intellectual goal of studying popular movies as a window to understanding the place of science and technology in contemporary culture. Whether through science fiction (2001; Gattaca; Robocop; War of the Worlds), drama (Frankenstein; Outbreak; The Right Stuff; A Beautiful Mind, comedy (Dr. Strangelove; Ghostbusters), or other genres, movies have played an important role in transmitting to various audiences (local, national, and global) crucial ideas about what science and technology can accomplish, what threats they embody, and what political and ethical visions they encode. Our discussions at the conclusion of each film will help us to think about the cultural politics by which science and technology come to be represented in movies in diverse ways and in different historical and cultural contexts.

A student committee led by the three student collaborators on this proposal will select the films for screening. These students also will be responsible for introducing the movies and leading the informal discussion at the conclusion of each film. Carol Larkin, the program coordinator for Science Studies, will handle logistics. Steven Epstein, who directs the Science Studies Program, will encourage attendance by graduate students and faculty in all four of our participating departments.

We anticipate attendance of about 20 people at each of three screenings.


Film rentals, pizza, popcorn, and refreshments: $225 x 3 events = $675.

Proposal #2: Building the Community through Environmental Education

Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s global, environmental and humanitarian program for young people. The organization aims to give students a voice, with the philosophy that, “Every individual makes a difference.” Student members plan and implement service projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment and the human community. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network branches out across the globe, connecting youth of all ages who share a common desire to help make our world a better place. This powerful, youth-driven network fosters a fun, flexible and supportive environment where young people and adults alike come together to share ideas and inspiration, implement successful community service projects and participate in special events and global campaigns.

Roots & Shoots was founded in Tanzania in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall, a primatologist, environmentalist, and humanitarian. When local students approached Dr. Goodall about improving their educational environment, she gathered resources—human and monetary—to empower young people to identify problems in their communities and work together to find solutions. Our founder says, “Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak but, to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots and shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls.” Through Roots & Shoots, students can learn to design, lead and implement projects and solutions to problems, both local and global.
The vision of the newly formed Roots & Shoots @ UCSD is to make a positive difference in the world starting with already-established connections between UCSD and the greater San Diego community. Environment and community serve as frameworks for projects that enforce fundamental skills in reading, writing, math, science and the humanities. The program’s flexible model allows UCSD students – as volunteers and mentors – students to customize projects to meet individual and group needs.  

Roots & Shoots of UCSD has established three partnerships to help implement projects to build community relationships and address challenges of underperforming youth in our community. One partnership is between UCSD undergraduate and graduate students. Another is between Roots & Shoots and the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). The third is, is between Roots & Shoots and Gompers Charter Middle School. Gompers is a UCSD partner school created in 2005 to establish a college preparatory urban school that prepares children both academically and socially in the UC / CSU college system and the professional world. Located in the Chollas View neighborhood in Southeastern San Diego, Gompers is a school of over 1000 with about 97% minority students. Almost 80% of the student population participates in free or reduced price lunch and roughly 45% of students are English language learners. The student to staff ratio of the school is 66:1. Only 70% of the teacher population is credentialed and the majority of teachers have only 3 years of teaching experience. At Gompers, only an average of 17% of the student population score at or above state and national proficiency level. Gompers sees itself as a neighborhood school using limited resources to foster academic excellence and community involvement. UCSD Roots & Shoots is working to support the Gompers vision. Jane Goodall firmly believes that “young people, when informed and empowered, when they realize that what they do truly makes a difference, can indeed change the world.” We believe that this philosophy is strongly held by Gompers as well. Together Roots & Shoots and Gompers can improve the social and educational lives of both UCSD and Gompers students.

The members of Roots & Shoots @ UCSD would like to host a quarterly networking and service project development convening for UCSD students and community stakeholders. The goal of this “Environmental Awareness through Community Outreach” series will be to bring together students from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and the Rady Business School, along with students in education, sciences and humanities departments. Community environmental leaders, the business community, and local educators and students will also be invited to participate and guide these sessions. These multi-stakeholder engagement sessions and workshops will work toward achievable, broad-based goals in community outreach, educational enrichment, and environmental awareness. More specifically, the quarterly meeting will serve as an opportunity for students to brainstorm project and curriculum ideas for implementation at Gompers as part of the Roots & Shoots after school program.

The series is not geared towards only Roots & Shoots members, but is meant to bring together environmentally- and socially-conscious students from across UCSD to share experiences in general and to provide consultant-like input to Roots & Shoots. We acknowledge that UCSD consists of a growing number of students from a variety of disciplines who are devoted to environmental awareness and educational outreach, but who cannot fully participate in mentoring Gompers students. We believe their input is still valuable. Our series offers UCSD students the chance to work together for the sake of the greater community. It also offers a unique way to be positive environmentalists. With $750 a quarter, Roots & Shoots can host the series. The funding will provide for advertising, refreshments, project materials, and guest speakers. The series will be an opportunity to learn about pressing environmental issues and the goals of improving education at Gompers—and eventually beyond. During the meetings, students will have an opportunity to network with their peers and community leaders. Undergraduates can find graduate student mentors. Graduates and undergraduates interested in the fields of education, community outreach and nonprofit organizations, and the environment will have an opportunity to gain first hand experience in developing projects for middle school students.
With the help of the Graduate Student Service Pilot Project Grant, Roots & Shoots @ UCSD can capitalize on the wealth of talent, creativity, and knowledge of the UCSD community in order to make a positive impact on the San Diego community and the environment.

Proposal #3: SIO and ESP

+++Program Description
The SIO Graduate Department is requesting funds again this year for the Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) group to provide a seminar series in conjunction with IRPS and the Rady School of Management. An emphasis on science applications outside of academia will be featured. In addition, the seminar series will be open to all graduate students, the UCSD community and the general public.

The ESP group at Scripps was established by a group of graduate students in the department in 2003. Its goal has been to enable students to explore a broad context of scientific applications outside of their academic programs. By allowing participants to see how science has been implemented in non-academic projects or how scientists have communicated their knowledge to policymakers and the media, the group hopes to foster a sense of community service in the next generation of scientists.

The main focus of the ESP group has been to organize a seminar or speaker series that can be participated in by students, faculty and staff. The seminar series brings in experts to share their experience in an informal setting and has featured scientists, policymakers, journalists, architects, financial consultants, diplomats, and non-profit personnel. The group has put on several other activities, including film screenings, roundtable discussions, and a “Sustainability Week” which was designed to raise awareness of sustainable practice on the SIO campus with a group discussion, workshop, movie, party and raffle. The film screenings and roundtable discussions were co-hosted by ESP with GSA, IRPS, the UCSD Advisory Committee on Sustainability (ACS), California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC), CalIT2, Environment and Sustainability Initiative (ESI), and the Green Campus Program. Topics that the group has covered focus on environmental science, particularly topics of public interest, including biodiversity conservation, climate change, and renewable energy. The activities of ESP have sparked interest from students, faculty and staff of SIO, students from IRPS, Political Science, Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics, and members of the local La Jolla Community.

The ESP group is currently seeking funding continue the success of the past year by working jointly with other departments, such as IRPS and the Rady School of Management, to increase participation from the broader UCSD community. The new Advisory Committee on Sustainability (ACS) and the Environment and Sustainability Initiative (ESI) provide opportunities to expand the exposure of ESP activities by allowing the group to post notices on the ESI website and send notices to larger email lists. The group plans to invite students from IRPS and Rady to serve on their steering committee and utilize the larger seating capacity of the facilities of these departments to hold seminars at UCSD.

The group would like to put on about ten seminars in the coming year. We anticipate a cost of roughly $125 per seminar, which will fund snacks, dinner and a follow-up discussion with the speaker, as well as occasional travel costs. In addition, we are requesting funding to cover the logistics of additional events (such as workshops, film screenings, alternative career fairs, or panel discussions). Total expenses for the year are projected to be $1500. It is the hope of the group to take the ESP events to the next level of collaboration with the broader UCSD community through support from OGS.

Thank you for your consideration.

Proposal #4: Leadership Lab

 Thank you for you phone call earlier today.  I am submitting a request for Leadership Lab, a student organization focused on the application and practice of leadership skills and frameworks.  We organized several programs last year at Rady School of Management and are planning to organize a "Leadership Skills Series" for the 2007-2008 academic year.


Eight sessions facilitated by MBA students providing an overview of a leadership skill or framework, followed by two to three rounds of practice sessions.  Students are asked to fill out a self-evaluation at the beginning of the lab and a feedback form at the end of the lab.  There will be one session per month from October through May, held during the lunch break or in the evenings when at least two hours are available. 
Topics from 2006-2007 to be repeated: 
Introductions (for yourself or a guest speaker)
Preparing a Great PowerPoint Presentation
Giving a Great PowerPoint Presentation
Additional topics for 2007-2008: 
Effectively Running a Meeting
Assessing Group Dynamics
Executive Emailing: Getting to the Point
Handling Upset Team Members and Conflict Within a Team


$100  Cups, Paper Plates, Napkins for all 8 sessions
$480 Pizza, snacks, fruit and sodas for each session (8 times $60, to feed approximately 20 to 70 students—the first year MBAs may be required to attend as part of their Leadership Class.  I have a meeting coming up with Prof. Alexander Zak to work out the details.)
$20  cardstock for Advertising Flyers posted in graduate programs around campus
$100  Placard to set up at Otterson Hall so non-Rady students can find us (I would like to buy a erase-board sandwich board since the building is brand new and I am not sure what space we will have reserved for the sessions)
$80  Supplies ($10 per session, used for colored paper, extra pens, timers as needed by the session topic)
Total:  $780
Professor Zak is the advisor for Leadership Lab; his email is ude.dscu|kaza#ude.dscu|kaza
Thank you for sponsoring the enrichment program.  Identifying funding was the biggest challenge for Leadership Lab last year.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the proposal.

Richard P. Vogt | MBA 2008 | Rady School of Management | UC San Diego
Phone: (619) 990-9727 | http://rady.ucsd.edu/ <https://ucsd-exchange.ad.ucsd.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://rady.ucsd.edu/

After learning that the proposal would be considered for Pilot funding instead of general Grad Enrichment funding, Rick sent this email (to describe how the project is in line with the goals of the Pilot program):

Hi Maureen

Thank you for the update.  During my conversation with Tim Johnston, he had mentioned the Pilot Program and its objectives. 
In addition to the activities outlined in my Leadership Lab proposal, Leadership Lab is planning to do a Networking event in conjunction with IRPS.  Swanie Schmidt, director of the IRPS Career Center, facilitated a similar event at Rady this past spring.  The event was a success, and we plan to repeat it as a way for IRPS and Rady students to interface.  I know the Pilot Program encourages interdepartmental collaboration, so I wanted to mention this activity to you.  We are thinking of creating a Career series in addition to the Leadership series outlined in the proposal submitted to you.
Let me know if you think I should revise the original proposal to be more inclusive of our interdepartmental objectives.  Thanks, and looking forward to hearing from the Pilot committee later in the summer!

Proposal #5: Communication /Comm' Wild

OGS Graduate Enrichment Program Funding Proposal: Comm’Wild
Submitted to the UCSD Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Enrichment Program on behalf of the Department of Communication graduate student community.
June 28, 2007.

Comm’Wild Coordinators:

Kate Levitt

Carl McKinney

Department of Communication Graduate Coordinator:
Gayle Aruta

What is Comm’Wild?

Studying communication is one thing; living it is another. As communication scholars, we are aware of the many forms of communication that escape the academic gaze – that cannot be parsed into individual research projects, articulated in journal articles, or discussed in seminars. We are always communicating beyond the bounds of the work we do, in our everyday expressions and also in more specific – but not necessarily academic – practices. Conversations. Gestures. Games. Body language. Music. Film. Photography. Poetry. Painting. Performances. This is “communication in the wild.”

Comm’Wild has a rich history at the UCSD Department of Communication, where it has provided an alternative space for the exploration, experimentation, and articulation of emergent modes of communication that push at the limits of academic expression. With an emphasis on collective, collaborative practices, creativity, performance, supra-textual communication, and interactivity – in short, on the lived experience of communication – Comm’Wild has staged a number of events that have drawn together a local community of communicationists around emerging questions and ideas that challenge our accepted and normalized theories, and thus propel us in new intellectual directions.

Comm’Wild at Large. Communication is an inherently interdisciplinary discipline, drawing from and contributing to – both theoretically and methodologically – a wide array of social science and humanities fields. But just as important as the academic work we share is the commonality of lived experiences and practices of communication. We are all communicationists in a broad sense, but are not always explicitly and critically engaged with the forms of communication we practice.

Comm’Wild wants to stage three events this year that will encourage participation from other disciplines at UCSD, with the aim of generating productive conversations around our lived experiences of communication, and in the process, helping to build a broader graduate community. Two of these events – one in the fall and one in the winter – will be smaller and more casual affairs meant to expand the range of participation to even the most reticent by keeping structures, expectations, and overall production to a minimum. These will be ‘coffeehouse’ type events – improvisational hybrids of poetry slams, art openings, and academic conferences. The final event, to be held in the spring, will still embody the Comm’Wild ethos of openness, emergence, and experimentation, but will be a more publicly staged affair. Participants of the fall and winter ‘coffeehouses’ will be encouraged to collectively ‘workshop’ their communicative practices throughout the year to find common threads that can be woven together into a seamless showcase that functions not only as a presentation, but also as a tutorial and an inquiry into how we “communicate in the wild.”


Comm’Wild has always operated on a tight budget, making use of available university resources and the invaluable help of dedicated volunteers. In the past, event expenses have come largely from the pockets of communication graduate students. Because we feel that Comm’Wild has the potential to help build graduate community around shared communicative practices, we are seeking funding to promote and stage three Comm’Wild events during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Item Fall Coffeehouse Winter Coffeehouse Spring Showcase Total
Promotion: Fliers, Posters, Email, Web Presence 25.00 25.00 50.00 100.00
Food: Bread, Crackers, Cheeses, Fruit, Cookies 75.00 75.00 150.00 300.00
Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Water, Sodas, Juices 50.00 50.00 100.00 200.00
Total 150.00 150.00 300.00 600.00

Proposal # 6: "Wa” Overhaul

Graduate Enrichment Proposal, 2007-2008

Cognitive Science Department
Student Coordinator: Jenny Collins, ude.dscu.icsgoc|snillocj#ude.dscu.icsgoc|snillocj


Cognitive science is naturally an interdisciplinary department. While the students interact with their classmates during the three core courses in the first year, our interdisciplinary department lacks connectedness on academic issues once students begin to be involved in their own research. Cognitive science as a whole demonstrates that there are many levels to study how people think and interact with the world. Ideally we should converge on theoretical commonalities across methods of studies. However, the graduate students in the cognitive science department feel there are large divides between fields of study within the department, they do not know how others investigate these questions, and are looking for ways to foster community and collaboration.

In past years we have developed the “Wa” (the Japanese word for spirit) as an academic means to promote spirit and community across research disciplines and throughout the department. The weekly seminar was an open forum for anyone who wanted to present but the talks were formal and attendance tended to be only those directly interested in the topic of study. While worthwhile, this pattern did not assess our need for interaction and community between all facets of the department. In recent years this event has been very poorly attended and even lacked a graduate student coordinator from Winter, 2006 through Fall, 2007.


This proposal suggests a format change to the Wa to encourage students from all areas of the department to participate. OGS support would be used to facilitate interactions with the appropriate student services offices as well as for monetary support for refreshments. The Was for the 2007-2008 year will:
1)Occur less frequently – 6 times per quarter so each event will be valued more
2)Provide refreshments – encouraging attendance during lunch
3)Include student services – academic information applicable to all cognitive science students regardless of individual research interests
4)Be brief presentations – research content that is presented will be short and digestible for those not familiar with the particular field

This format will allow the cognitive science Wa to host events that can be appreciated by many students regardless of their diverse research interests. They will be motivated to attend and will find an environment for easier communication. Seminars on research will continue intermittently but will involve several students to lessen their individual pressures as well as providing a wider variety of content for discussion.

Occasionally we will host extra-departmental student enrichment relevant to all cognitive science grads, including:

Alternatives to Academia – What kinds of jobs can cognitive science students get after graduating with a Ph.D.?
This workshop could be facilitated by an expert to help cognitive science students learn what jobs they might look for and how to begin that search. Based on feedback from the cognitive science grads, this seminar would surely be well-attended.

Teaching Techniques – How do you get students to participate in class discussions? What are different strategies for active participation in coursework? How can you teach someone to do computer programming? What are the costs and benefits of groupwork?
Cognitive science grad students have to teach once every year throughout their time in the program and teach a variety of courses. Discussing these techniques would be useful for all grads and could be a good opportunity for sharing between grads with various levels of teaching experience.

Software Tool Sharing – What software tools have been most useful to you in the field that you work in? What do you use for presenting material to experimental subjects? How do you run statistics? How to do you categorize your references? What do you need to obtain and run these different programs?
These questions are questions that all cognitive science students have to address but they do so in different ways depending on the sub-discipline they are in.

Proposed Budget

$30 for refreshments 5 times/quarter = $150
$80 for lunch for ~30 grads 1 time/quarter = $80
Total = $230/quarter; $690 for the year

Proposal #7: “Students of Color Coalition Building: Cultural Experiences”


The “Cultural Experiences” that the title above refers to will be in the form of two social events that will be geared towards enhancing the cross-disciplinary interaction between students of color from all graduate disciplines and schools (such as the School of Medicine). These “experiences” will enhance coalition building and networking opportunities for graduate students of color by providing a venue for them to meet and interact. These events are also geared towards the formation of a longer enduring graduate student organization tentatively titled “UCSD Graduates Students of Color Coalition”. Thus, these events are meant to spark interest in the group and identify key leaders for the administration of this organization.

Collaborators include:
Cross-Cultural Center
Graduate Community Intern
OGS Intern
Raza Grads
And other groups that are specifically geared toward the mission of recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities
all departments that include graduate students of color.

Definition of Students of Color:
"Students of Color" is a term typically used to refer to non-Caucasian students, which is understood to include many cultures (such as those of the African Diaspora, Latinos/as, Native Americans, Asians, etc.). Thus, the term “students of color" is indeed "multicultural" in nature. 

The Need for collaboration and coalition of this particular community:

Students of color and those of certain cultural groups have unique challenges (e.g., economic, educational, and social), particularly with regard to matriculating through an advanced degree program here at UCSD.  The proposed “cultural experiences” will hopefully provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information that is of interest to such individuals.  The issues and concerns of these students are varied including those that specifically affect underrepresented minorities (typically defined by federal agencies to include African-Americans, Latinos/as, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders) as well issues affecting the culturally disenfranchised. 

These issues include but are not limited to:
Adjusting to the racial/ethnic culture of campus
Dealing with racism
Difficulty communicating with people of different cultures (e.g.‚ roommates‚ professors)
Being the target of a hate crimes
Fears/anxiety related to race

There is a large group of students who feel the need to build a greater sense of community amongst all graduate students of color from every program and department in the UCSD community. They encourage a forum where students can express and address the unique concerns and ideas of people of color. Among these students is La Raza Grads here at UCSD. Currently they are facing a decline in membership. Furthermore, Black Grads listserv is only a listserv and not an organization, thus the goal to create a Graduate Students of Color Coalition would make a forum for all “colored” students to participate in.
The mission of UCSD Graduate Students of Color is to meet the needs of graduate students by providing a network of resources, a place for empowerment in which members can become involved within the organization as well as in UCSD to develop personally and professionally. As such, the UCSD GSOC will seek to provide enriching and fulfilling opportunities for graduate students to enhance and further their career goals, empower each other, become activists for their beliefs and socialize with others.
We request $1500 to facilitate the “Cultural Experiences” affiliated with the beginning of the coalition building. Our events will be akin to the Fall Free for All and Snow Goddess, thus providing food and beverages. It is also our desire to showcase the individual artistic talents of our Graduate Students of Color. So we will also provide a space for the showcasing of art, theatrical performances as well as musical performances. The location for these events will be the Price Center.


The budget breakdown is as follows:

Fall Quarter:
600 for food and drinks (for 50-150 people)
150 for entertainment (this could be a DJ and any props needed to showcase art)

Spring Quarter:
500 for food and drinks (for 50-100 people)
100 for guest speaker (an influential person of color in the SD community)
150 for entertainment

***If the above projection for food is not commensurate with the catering costs, additional funds may be sought from GSA.
Contact: Iris Ruiz: ude.dscu|ziurdi#ude.dscu|ziurdi

Proposal # 8: GAVEL: Graduate students Actively Venturing into the Exploration of Law

Student Legal Services, Career Services and UCSD Alumni Association – Career Access Network (CAN)
GAVEL: Graduate students Actively Venturing into the Exploration of Law


The objective of this project is to provide support to graduate students who may be interested in pursuing law as a career, seeking a law degree to compliment other fields of study or who are interested in using their graduate degree to work in a law-related field.


The GAVEL program will be composed of a series of quarterly events that support graduate students who may be considering careers in law or related fields (public policy, lobbying, criminal justice, forensic science/criminalistics, etc.) and that provide the opportunity to learn more about the legal field, meet legal professionals, acquire information about law school and consider ways that a legal education may provide non-academic career options. Additionally, the events will facilitate interaction between students from different departments and offer a forum in which graduate students interested in law can support each other.

Evidence of Need

The UCSD Graduate and Professional Student Experience Survey 2005 reflects a need for graduate students to have increased access to support related to exploration of career opportunities:
Only 31% of graduate students and professional students agreed that exploration of a range of careers is encouraged.
Nearly 75% of graduate and professional students are considering non-academic careers.
59% of graduate and professional students experience stress related to their futures or careers “frequently” or “sometimes.”

Top-ranking California law schools report notable percentages of students in their fall 2006 entering classes have advanced degrees:
Stanford University reports 23% (fall 2005)
UC Berkeley Boalt Hall reports 16%
UCLA reports 9.4%
USC reports 5.5%

Project Description

Students would not be required to attend every workshop. The GAVEL program would consist of the following three workshops:

Fall 2007 – Law School: Getting In, Getting Out, Getting to Work
This workshop will provide a general overview of the law school admission process, the steps to becoming an attorney and will highlight areas of law in which an attorney might benefit from having an advanced degree. Student Legal Services and Career Services will discuss the law school admissions process, resources for pre-law support and service-learning opportunities.

Winter 2008 – Grad Degree + Law Degree = Opportunity
This workshop will focus more specifically on career paths in which a student would benefit from having both a law degree and another advanced degree. For example, an attorney with both an advanced degree in science and a law degree may find many opportunities as a patent attorney. Student Legal Services will moderate the discussion. CAN will assist in locating alumni who are willing to speak.

Spring 2008 – “Law”ts of Options
This workshop will highlight career options related to law in which a graduate degree is useful but a law degree is not necessary. Examples might include public policy careers, becoming a patent agent, becoming a lobbyist, etc. Student Legal Services will moderate the discussion. CAN will assist in locating alumni who are willing to speak.


Student Legal Services requests $800 to fund the three workshops. The money will be used to cover the expenses related to advertising materials, use of AV equipment in the Price Center and refreshments.

Project Contact

The contact person for this project is Jessica St. Clair, Legal Education Coordinator, ude.dscu|rialctsj#ude.dscu|rialctsj, (858) 534-4374 from Student Legal Services.

Additional Contacts
Emily Burke, Graduate Careers Coordinator is the contact person from Career Services. She may be reached at ude.dscu|ekrube#ude.dscu|ekrube. Vanessa Mapula, Coordinator – Alumni Volunteers is the contact person from Career Access Network. She may be reached at ude.dscu|alupamv#ude.dscu|alupamv.

Proposal #9: ECE Graduate Student Service Pilot Project Proposal for the 2007-08 Academic Year

For the academic year 2007-08, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) intends to focus on improving graduate students’ extracurricular experience. This initiative is in response to the results of the “UCSD 2005 Graduate and Professional Student Experience Survey”, to feedback from our graduate students during a departmental “Town Hall Meeting”, as well as to input from our recent graduate program review. The intention of the project is to create more social opportunities for student engagement with the department and other students. By giving students more chances to socialize with other students, faculty, staff and administration, we aim to foster a sense of belonging among students within ECE, improve our students’ overall satisfaction with their social experience at UCSD and improve the rate at which our students complete their programs.

We plan to provide an adequate number of social events for graduate students in the next academic year. We plan to include a wide variety of activities to suit our large and diverse student population. These activities will include, but are not restricted to:

Holiday-themed events, for example, Christmas lunch
Movie nights
Trivia day
International food tasting
Sporting events (intramural sports)
Invited speaker from the Career Services Center to offer in-house workshop/course on future career options, especially for doctoral students


We plan to organize two events for each quarter of the academic year. Therefore, we request the following funding for social activities:

$ 190 (per event) to cover food, beverages and other items that may be required to run each event
x 6 (2 events per quarter)
Total = $1,140

In addition, our students have indicated an interest in participating in intramural sports on campus, such as soccer, basketball and softball. Therefore, we are also seeking funding for the entry fee for three sports teams each quarter:

$ 40 (per team)
x 9 (3 sports teams per quarter)

We are confident that providing more opportunities for students to interact with each other, faculty and staff will help cultivate a supportive environment and enhance the quality of student life at ECE. Whatever the activity, we are certain that both students and the department will benefit from these social opportunities.

Sincerely Yours,

Gennie Miranda
Lead Advisor, Graduate Student Affairs

Professor George Papen
Vice-Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Proposal #10: LGBT Professionalization/TA group

This is a submission in proposal for a queer graduate student enrichment program, one focused on providing professionalization, skill-building and career-development workshops. Currently, there is no graduate student organization or ongoing program specifically catered to the unique and specific needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning graduate population on campus. Occasionally, the LGBTRC will create ad hoc events for grads but all are academic or purely social
in nature (symposiums, social groups, lectures etc.). None are directly tied to pedagogical, teaching and professional training issues.

The lack of such institutional support is indicative of a need for one, given the wide-ranging circumstances queer and non-queer graduate students face concerning queer, gender and sexual orientation-related issues on this campus. The sexualized politics and challenges of young female scholars face within the gendered-biases environment of academia is also a major issue needing address.
During Spring Quarter 2007, Lauren Smith devised a one-time and well-attended program called “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Your TA,” where graduate students discussed difficult problems related to the TA experience such as those related to sexual harassment; “coming out” within departments and professions; homophobia in classroom instruction. Many found the event very enlightening, useful and supportive to their overall goals and pursuits, curious as to why there are not many programs like this offered on a rotating basis as graduate student teaching is often done individually with little oversight and treated as a generalized practice. There is a critical urgency of having a program for graduate students (of all genders and sexual orientations) to share, discuss and disseminate information about their concerns as they advance in their respective career tracks. If created, some of the possible events the program might offer will involve events with instructional film showings, publication/scholarship tips, teaching technique workshops, and other related activities in conjunction with the Graduate Student Association, the LGBTRC, and the Women’s Center, the Center for Teaching Development and the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy.

Given the difficulty of getting graduate students, who are already burdened by teaching, research and class loads, to attend voluntary events outside their busy schedules, we propose events for this program be conducted twice a quarter basis, an optimal time for consistency and student availability. It is our hope that this program will make UCSD a more hospitable, respectful and welcome place for current and future graduate students in their arduous educational journey. This program will be hosted at the LGBTRC and the Women’s Center in collaboration with the Center for Teaching Development with two coordinators: Long Bui in Ethnic Studies and Lauren Smith in the Literature Department, both currently second years in PhD/Doctoral programs. Lauren Smith is an activist and scholar whose work touches on many important issues related to various aspects of queer identity, gender and sexuality. Long Bui has long-time experience in the leadership within LGBT student activism, especially in his role as president of a political queer group at UC Irvine.

Proposed Budget Estimates

Food/Snacks (UCSD Catering Service) $120 x 6 meetings=$720
Community Outreach Event (guest speaker honorarium) $80
Posters/Publicity (Imprints) $65
Total $860


Long T. Bui
Ethnic Studies

Lauren Smith

Proposal #11: Express to Success


In January of 1999, the UCSD Student Affairs Interpersonal and Speaking Skills Development committee, appointed by Vice Chancellor Watson to prepare recommendations on how Student Affairs might address the need for improved communication and public speaking skills of UCSD students, reported its finding and recommendations. The committee prepared a report documenting the importance of interpersonal and oral communication skills as critically important factors to attaining personal and professional success in our students. The report cited numerous graduate surveys, dating back to 1982, and pointing to a significant lack of preparation in this regard among our graduates. Graduates of UCSD reported their preparedness uniquely low, lower in fact than graduates from any other UC campus. In response to these findings, the Express to Success Program was implemented in 1999 at Revelle College.

Recent surveys of the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) continually point to the high priority employers of college graduates place on verbal and written communication skills. The results highlight the workplace reality that the “perfect candidate” is a good communicator. The following list represents the 20 candidate qualities NACE employer respondents considered most important. The list appears in rank order with the most important skills at the top. Skill areas that the UCSD Express to Success Programs addresses through its current offerings are bolded.

Communication skills (verbal and written) 4.8
Honesty/integrity 4.7
Interpersonal skills 4.5
Motivation/initiative 4.4
Strong work ethic 4.5
Teamwork skills 4.5
Analytical skills 4.4
Flexibility/adaptability 4.3
Computer skills 4.1
Detail-oriented 4.0
Leadership skills 4.0
Organizational skills 4.0
Self-confidence 4.0
Friendly-outgoing personality 3.8
Tactfulness 3.8
Well-mannered/polite 3.8
Creativity 3.6
GPA (3.0 or better) 3.6
Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker 3.2
Sense of humor 3.2

(5-point scale, where 5=extremely important and 1=not important)

The UCSD Express to Success Programs was designed to help UCSD students develop public speaking and interpersonal communication skills in their personal, academic, and professional lives. Currently, the program includes quarterly sessions in these subject areas, two yearlong leadership programs (for both beginner and advanced students), and in the past two years included two stamp-based programs for intermediate level students and also for graduate students.

The 2005-2006 GRADTRACK Program was successful, serving a total of 67 students throughout the academic year. This past year in 2006-2007, ETS had a very successful year in terms of its undergraduate programs with participation nearly doubling, but only saw 17 students consistently in the GRADTRACK Program. Because of the sudden increase in the demand for ETS programs and limited staffing and resources, major focus was committed to determining the best course of action for expanding the programs services to accommodate the demand. Because of this unexpected challenge, limited attention was paid to marketing the GRADTRACK program as actively as it should have been promoted. In order to simplify the administrative functions associated with running the program and streamline the stamp-based offerings by the unit, the Intermediate Communication Skills Track and GRADTRACK will be combined into one track entitled Communicate UCSD! which will include general communication workshops for undergraduates and graduate students as well as specific workshops for graduate students on presentation skills related to presenting research, communicating confidently with faculty, and so on. Additionally, discussions have ensued between Christopher Murphy and Sara Henry to determine the best course of action for marketing programs to graduate students at UCSD, including presence at the New Graduate Student Orientation, Grad Coordinator Orientation, CTD Training for new TAs, and consistent communication with grad coordinators in each of the academic departments. Consistent and on-going communication with OGS/Christopher Murphy will ensure constant outreach and recruitment to graduate students. Also, 8 ETS Peer Educators will be joining ETS in the fall to assist with marketing and recruitment efforts.

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research allotted $1000.00 for implementation of GRADTRACK in 2006-07. The following is an approximate outline of expenses covered by OGS funding:

August 2006 Brochures/Flyers $300.00
January 2007 Additional Brochures/Flyers $150.00
May 2007 Support for the ETS Leadership Banquet $200.00
Annual Support for Copies/Handouts for $350.00
Graduate Student Workshops

TOTAL $1000.00

Through collaboration and consistent communication with Christopher Murphy (OGS) and members of the Graduate Programming Council, I am confident that Communicate UCSD! will continue to grow and thrive at UCSD as a premier student service for both undergraduate and graduate students in all departments. In the next year, I plan to increase student involvement in Communicate UCSD! in the following ways:

(1)Dissemination of program marketing materials to all faculty and academic departments at the start of Fall Quarter
(2)Increased marketing and outreach at Graduate Student Orientation (including tabling at the Graduate Student Orientation and the International Center Orientation for International Graduate Students, attending the Grad Student Mixer at Porters Pub, speaking at the new Grad Coordinator Orientation about ETS programs and services, and providing handouts at the CTD Training for new TAs in September)
(3)New webpage for graduate student programs on the new Tritonlink ETS website in September 2007
(4)Increased collaboration with Graduate Coordinators in each academic department to disseminate program information to students and faculty
(5)Increased outreach through GradNotes, the Grad to Grad Newsletter, and other online resources for graduate students
(6)Quarterly meetings with Christopher Murphy at OGS and involvement in the Graduate Programming Council to stay abreast of new means for collaboration and programming
(7)Consistent interaction with the International Center and OGS on providing trainings to the undergraduate and graduate international student population
(8)Utilization of the new ETS Peer Educators to promote ETS and disseminate materials to faculty members and academic departments


The 2007-2008 Schedule of Workshops for Communicate UCSD! will include 30-35 workshops on communication and public speaking including the following:

Effective PowerPoint Presentations
Preparing a Poster Session
Presentation Skills for the Graduate Student Part I (offered Fall, Winter and Spring)
Presentation Skills for the Graduate Student Part II (offered Fall, Winter and Spring)
Effective Communication for the Work Environment
Public Speaking: Perfecting Your Stage Presence
Public Speaking: Knowing Your Audience
Hate Speaking: Sketch Comedy with a Lesson
Preparing Presentations: How Can UCSD Libraries Help?
Understanding Group Dynamics and Personality Styles
Essential Interpersonal Communication Skills
Small Talk and the Art of Initiating Relationships
Networking Skills for the Graduate Student
Networking and Communication Skills for International Students
Understanding Cross-Cultural Communication
Intergroup Dialogue (with Student Office of Human Relations)
On-Camera Interview Practice for Ph.D. Students (with Career Services Center)
On Camera Interview Practice for Grad Students (with Career Services Center)

Each seminar will provide an inclusive and supportive environment for students to interact with other graduate students and practice specific skill sets in the company of their peers and program presenters. Of the 30-35 seminars offered, students must attend 10 seminars to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the year. Attendance will be tracked at each session. Seminar offerings will be FREE and open to all UCSD graduate students. Course credit will not be awarded to program participants. Though training in interpersonal communication and public speaking skills enhances students’ abilities to perform in the classroom, seminars will not be directly related to course work or degree requirements. Rather, seminars will focus on a critical skill set necessary for personal and professional development.

I hope to work collaboratively with the Office of Graduate Studies, various Student Affairs units (Student Life, SOHR, CSC, and the International Center), and UCSD faculty in continuing to strengthen this unique program for UCSD graduate students by:
Meeting with the Office of Graduate Studies to determine additional essential topic areas for program seminars;
Incorporate UCSD staff and faculty as program presenters;
Utilize funding from OGS to increase marketing to UCSD graduate students and assist with supplies and expenses necessary for implementation of the program (including supplementation of an awards ceremony at the end of the year).


The UCSD Express to Success Programs is funded by the UCSD Registration Fee Committee. For the upcoming academic year, the ETS program will receive $1,500.00 in permanent Supplies and Expenses for the operation of 8 quarter-long programs, two yearlong leadership programs, Communicate UCSD!, and programs and services for international students. Additionally, ETS was awarded temporary funds to assist with the relocation of the unit into the Student Life cluster and eventual move into the new Price Center in January 2008. In order to effectively enhance and promote the Communicate UCSD! Program, I am requesting funding from OGS in the amount of $1,500.00 to cover marketing specific to Communicate UCSD!, recognition of graduate students who complete the track at the year-end recognition ceremony, audio visual needs, and general supplies and expenses for program operation (e.g., copies).

Marketing (flyers, framed posters for academic departments, brochures, web outreach) $750

Assistance for Year-end Recognition Ceremony $300

Audio Visual Needs and Rentals (projectors, video) $200

General Supplies and Expenses (copies, educational materials) $500

TOTAL $1,750


As Director of the UCSD Express to Success Programs, I currently collaborate with a variety of departments at UCSD on programming efforts for undergraduates and graduate students, including the Student Office of Human Relations (SOHR), Student Organizations and Leadership Opportunities (SOLO), Career Services Center (CSC), the UCSD Libraries, the International Center, Student Life, the Associated Students, and the six colleges. Having established these relationships across campus, I plan to further collaborate with these units (and OGS) to implement programming efforts for graduate students at UCSD.


The Communicate UCSD! Program and other ETS programs open to graduate students will be marketed to all graduate students through use of email, graduate newsletters, presentations to new graduate students at orientation and welcome events, tabling sessions, and distribution of marketing materials to all campus departments, OGS, and individual academic departments. I am open to incorporating other methods of outreach to the extent I can given the unit’s budget constraints.

Culture and Diversity

An emphasis on culture and diversity will be included in several program workshops/seminars. Of the 30-35 available workshops, I plan to incorporate a number of seminars that focus specifically on cross-cultural communication, specifically “Communication and Public Speaking Skills for the International Student” (in collaboration with the Living in America Series at the International Center) and “Understanding Cross Cultural Communication” (in collaboration with the Cross Cultural Center). Additionally, graduate students will be encouraged to attend the Social Action Theatre Performances hosted by the Student Office of Human Relations (SOHR) and the ETS Yearlong Leadership Program, and will receive track credit for attending. These performances aim to educate the UCSD student population on issues of hate and prejudice on campus and in our communities, and encourage attendees to consider how communication and sensitivity to others affects our relationships and environments.

The UCSD Express to Success Programs is aiming to become the clearinghouse at UCSD for communication and public speaking skill development. The support of the Office of Graduate Studies is greatly appreciated as it helps the unit serve students campus-wide.

If you have any questions regarding this request, do not hesitate to contact me directly at (858) 822-0181 or ude.dscu|aras#ude.dscu|aras.

Proposal #12: “Dialogues in Sexuality Studies”

Budget Request: $800


A continuation of a highly successful quarterly series of forums, together with the launching of a listserv, to bring together graduate students and faculty members interested in the interdisciplinary field of Sexuality Studies. Building on last year’s program, the quarterly events will expand the LGBT Resource Center’s services to graduate students while providing students an opportunity to present and discuss their work alongside established scholars in a relaxed and friendly environment. In addition, the events will foster a campus climate supportive of research in this developing academic field.


Kyla Schuller
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Literature
Mail Code 0410
(619) 865-3998

Steven Epstein
Professor, Department of Sociology
Mail Code 0533
(858) 534-0489

Jan Estrellado
Assistant Director of Education, LGBT Resource Center
Mail Code 0023
(858) 822-3493

Dialogues in Sexuality Studies
Project Proposal


Sexuality Studies is a growing intellectual field that is strikingly interdisciplinary. Until recently, UCSD lacked any mechanism to build professional and social links connecting graduate students interested in this area. With funding last year from OGS and the GSA, “Dialogues in Sexuality Studies” achieved an unanticipated degree of success in bringing together graduate students and faculty members across the main campus who are interested in studies of sexuality. This year we propose to continue this highly popular program which allows graduate students and faculty to share current research in a supportive, collaborative, and informal environment.

The events, held once per quarter at the LGBT Resource Center, will provide graduate students the opportunity for an in-depth presentation of their work alongside an established scholar. At the same time, the events will be an opportunity for networking, exchange of information, and socializing with students and faculty from other departments who have similar intellectual interests.

In addition, we will establish a Sexuality Studies listserv that will facilitate the spread of information about relevant colloquia and other events on campus as well as maintain contact among participants in this series between the scheduled forums. (Last year we had hoped to establish such a listserv, but we found that creating a new program consumed more time than we had anticipated. This year, with an established program in place, we will have time to focus on the listserv as well.)

In the absence of an institutional body at UCSD that coordinates and supports research in sexuality, we seek to further nurture the LGBT Resource Center’s outreach efforts to graduate students doing work in this area. With the Resource Center’s support, this project will continue introducing the UCSD community to the breadth of work undertaken in the field by UCSD scholars and contribute to a supportive campus climate that will facilitate scholarship in this important area of inquiry.

Proposal Details

The “Dialogues” series, organized by Kyla Schuller (graduate student, Literature), Steve Epstein (faculty member, Sociology), and Jan Estrellado (staff, LGBT Resource Center), consists of a roundtable discussion held once each quarter in the conference room at the LGBT Resource Center. Through experimentation last year, we arrived at a successful format, which we will employ next year. Each event will feature presentations (25 minutes each) by one faculty member and one graduate student from different UCSD departments whose work bears productive similarities. A second faculty member will serve as moderator. At the conclusion of these presentations, we will take a thirty-minute break for informal discussion and networking over dinner. Then, we will resume again for discussion. The moderator will briefly address the points of commonality between each presentation and then serve as facilitator for the subsequent question-and-answer session. The entire event lasts about two hours.

The meal in the middle of the event (for which we request funding) has proved to be pivotal in fostering a friendly, collaborative atmosphere that encourages students to meet their colleagues in other departments and disciplines. Based on attendance this past year, we expect an average of 35 people per event (about 30 graduate students and 5 faculty members), and we have budgeted accordingly. Last year, when we fell short of funding due to higher attendance than anticipated, we solicited additional funds from the GSA. This year we intend once again to request some of our funding from that source.

This year we also will launch a Sexuality Studies listserv, to be developed by Kyla Schuller, Steve Epstein, and others and hosted by the Resource Center. The listserv will continue the cross-disciplinary discussions fostered by the events. As it stands currently, many graduate students and faculty members do not learn of events related to their work hosted by other departments. The e-mail listserv will serve as a platform for the UCSD community to post and read announcements of lectures, seminars, job talks, and conferences related to Sexuality Studies from a variety of campus departments in order to encourage the longevity of the interdisciplinary dialogues the series promotes. More generally, the listserv will provide additional institutional space for studies of sexuality at UCSD.

Projected Outcomes

As the campus service unit whose mission is to provide a diverse, open, and public space to explore issues around sexual and gender identities, the LGBT Resource Center is the ideal location for these roundtable discussions, open to all who are interested in the insights afforded by the interdisciplinary field of Sexuality Studies. We expect that graduate students across the main campus, particularly from the social sciences, arts, and humanities, will be the primary audience for the events, with additional attendance by faculty members. The series affords the unique opportunity for graduate students to present their work in an in-depth format. It will bring together students with common intellectual interests across UCSD departments.

Eventually, these events may lay the foundations for developing more formal academic programming in the area of Sexuality Studies at UCSD. In the meantime, the roundtable events will highlight the strength and diversity of scholarship in the field currently undertaken on our campus. Presenting scholars will likely come from the departments of Communication, Ethnic Studies, History, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, and Visual Arts. Drawing on the existing strengths of UCSD in such areas as science studies, visual culture, and transnational cultural studies, the events will promote cross-disciplinary dialogues that further develop the campus’ work in these fields.


Buffet dinner: pasta and pizza $800 requested from OGS
(35 people at $10/person x 3 events) $250 to be solicited from GSA
Total budget for “Dialogues” $1,050


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