UC-Doctoral Diversity Initiative

Are you passionate about increasing the diversity of PhD students in UCSC labs?

Would you like to reach out to CSU students and tell them about your experience as a PhD student at UCSC?

Are you interested in attending networking conferences?

GSR stipends and travel funds are available for the spring quarter to allow time for these and other career building activities.

Program summary: Four DDI fellows will receive GSR stipends and funds to a) travel to and attend SACNAS/NSBE meetings and b) to engage with California State University Students in conversations about graduate school. This program is planned for spring quarters of 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. Conferences can be attended throughout the year. Next application deadline: early 2023. If you would like to be updated on the next deadline, please email: ibsc@ucsc.edu.

Program details

a) The selected graduate students will travel to and attend the annual national SACNAS (October), NSBE (April) conferences, or a similar networking event (hopefully in person this year). To prepare for the conference and to increase ties to UCSC undergraduate students, fellows will also attend UCSC's SACNAS or NSBE chapter meetings.

b) In late spring, each DDI fellow will visit one program-affiliated* California State University (CSU) to discuss their science, as well as their graduate school path and experience with California State University (CSU) students (Spring), and to host 4 CSU students for a science day at UCSC (* Monterey Bay, San José, East Bay, San Francisco)

In spring, fellows will present a short talk about their research and about their path to graduate school. This presentation will be for an audience that does not necessarily know yet about the PhD path. DDI program leadership (Camilla Forsberg, Lindsay Hinck, Catharina Lindley) will help with the preparation and travel arrangements.

The following summer, one day will be spent at UCSC, where each fellow (and program leadership) will host a group of 4 visiting undergraduate students from each of the affiliated CSUs for a morning of science presentation by the DDI fellows, a common lunch, and a "shadowing" afternoon so that CSU students can see first hand how and where UCSC graduate students spend their days in the labs (maybe a campus tour can be included).

Application forms

Please fill in the two forms below and send to: ibsc@ucsc.edu (subject: DDI-Spring). Please also ask your PhD adviser to send an email to confirm that he/she agrees to your participation in the program.

Application form (PDF) Demographics form (PDF)

Next application deadline: early 2023

(please write to ibsc@ucsc.edu if you would like to be contacted with deadline updates)

This program is sponsored by the UC-HSI-Doctoral Diversity Program with support from UCSC (the IBSC, PBSci, SOE, and the Division of Graduate Studies)