BSOE Graduate Student Newsletter
UCSC Career Success - Winter Quarter
RCA Winter Quarter Initiatives to Support Graduate Students
*PLEASE NOTE THE UPCOMING UNIVERSITY DEADLINES*
Resources for Remote/Online Teaching - For Graduate Students
TA Application for Spring 2021 - Opens January 11
2021 CCC Registry Virtual Career Event
Tutors wanted in various CSE topics ($30-40/hour)
Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Student Scholarships
eBay's Machine Learning Competition for Students
Silicon Valley Startup Anello Photonics Looking for Navigation and Localization Algorithm Engineer
High Tech Photonics Start Up - Internship Spring 2021
Recruiting Tech Fellows for Congress Through 2/5 (Stipend + Benefits)
December 2020 Google Technical Student Newsletter
Open Faculty Positions at the University of Toronto
SDSC HPC User Training Series 2021
Whether you're writing your dissertation or working on a homework assignment, there are a number of writing support resources available to you as a UCSC graduate student. For a full list of these resources, please check out the Graduate Division's website.
For students who need help with job applications, we are offering written resume and cover letter feedback. Click here for more information: https://careers.ucsc.edu/
We will continue to send our weekly undergraduate, graduate and jobs newsletters throughout the quarter. If you are hosting a program related to career development and would like it to be featured in the newsletter, please submit the information here.
Link to infographic: ay-infographic_47932088_1.pdf
- Talking Mental Health in the Academy, in a Pandemic
- What Grad Students Need To Hear
- For Grad Students Only: Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job
- Women and the Academic Career: What Works, What Doesn’t
Please note the following upcoming university deadlines, and ALWAYS check the Academic and Administrative Calendar for important dates and deadlines. Bookmark this year's Academic and Administrative Calendar and refer to it regularly.
Monday, January 25th Deadline to Add/Drop/Swap Courses
This is your last day to add, drop and swap courses. Please remember there is a 48 business hour turnaround for any enrollment codes once received. You will not be able to drop or withdraw from courses after this deadline has passed. More information on how to add, drop, and swap classes is available on the registrar website.
Monday, January 25th Grade Option
This is your last day to change your grading option for any courses you are enrolled in.
IMPORTANT: The system defaults to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading. Instructions for how to change your grading option to letter grades (ABC) can be found here.
Tuesday, February 16th Late Add with Fee Deadline
Friday, March 19th Leave of Absence Winter Deadline
Deadline to petition for leave of absence (LOA) beginning the next quarter. LOA forms must be approved/signed by your faculty advisor and submitted to the BSOE Graduate Advising office by the posted deadline. LOA application forms are available on the Graduate Division's website.
- Sign up for the newsletter here: Navigate to the bottom of the webpage to see the sign-up information.
- Teaching with Zoom
- Getting Started in Canvas
- Introductions to YuJa, Gradescope, and Hypothesis
- Supporting Student Resilience & Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies
- Supporting Student Learning in Remote Environments
- Facilitating Timely Conversations about Race & Racism (hosted by the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and CITL)
- Remote Assessments & Academic Integrity
- ...and more
- Online Education Slack: Join this digital space to ask questions and get answers about remote/online teaching.
- Online Education Drop-in Hours: For questions related to remote/online instruction, especially questions related to navigating Zoom, Canvas, YuJa, and more, drop in to Online Ed's open virtual office hours at 2:00-3:00 on weekdays. (Zoom link here)
- CITL Consultations: We're available by appointment to discuss your questions related to teaching practices and course/assessment design. Email CITL at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a virtual meeting.
- Canvas Readiness Checks: If you're an instructor of record and would like someone to check your course in Canvas to make sure everything is working correctly, request a course readiness check with an email to email@example.com.
For the TA Application/Preference form and detailed information regarding TAships please see:
You can select up to 7 preferences and they can be from any of the BSOE departments. However, please note - departments will give priority to students in their own department so select wisely.
Please review this link for an unofficial course listing for Spring 2021 (dates/times may change). Before listing a course as a preference to TA, please check with course listing to make sure there will be no time conflict between your courses and the course you would like to TA. Please access the document using your @UCSC email address.
New Grads please note the following: If you were guaranteed a TAship as part of your admission offer, please complete the application/preference form found on the websites listed above. Only include courses from the department you were admitted to as courses in other departments are not guaranteed.
If you do not hear from our office by February 19, 2021, you can assume that you were not selected and we encourage you to apply again for Fall 2021.
We are only accepting applications
1. Full-time graduate student enrollment (10+ units).
2. Unfunded, has not been offered or accepted another TA, GSI (TF or Assoc-In), or GSR position already for the same quarter.
3. Does not have other employment that would require exception for >50% employment.
4. For international students - meet at least one of the following minimum requirements used to measure English fluency to determine eligibility for TAships:
- 89 overall and 26+ on the speaking portion of the internet-based TOEFL, or 8+ overall for IELTS;
- 71+ on the Versant exam;
- Successful completion of LAAD 210 or the Grad Prep Program, if required; or
- Waiver on file for exemption from language exam (this does not include TOEFL waiver for admission purposes).
- Unfortunately, if you do not meet any of the minimum requirements, we are unable to consider you for the current openings.
2021 CCC Registry Virtual Career Event for graduate students and any others who are interested in jobs with the California Community College system. The virtual event will run for four weeks and includes all jobs at the CCC’s, not just faculty. We will also have several informative workshops available.
An important opportunity has arisen to contribute to efforts to diversify the
graduate student population in Computer Science & Engineering while getting paid!
Some of you may be aware
of the Cal-Bridge program ( https://www.cpp.edu/calbridge/ ), which knits together
Physics and Astronomy and now Computer Science departments
in the California Community Colleges, and the Cal State and UC systems, to
identify promising students from diverse backgrounds and bring them into strong
mentoring and professional development settings, and then help them get into
Ph.D. programs. A number of these "Cal-Bridge Scholars" find themselves facing
challenges in specific courses, creating a need for tutoring. The Cal-Bridge
program is looking for graduate students that would be interested in joining
a pool of paid tutors that could be called upon when need arises. Tutoring pays $30-40 per hour depending on tutor qualifications.
We hope you will consider this opportunity to engage and contribute to
this promising program. More than ever, drawing the full community together
in support of diversity and inclusion in our field is of paramount importance,
and contributions to these efforts are increasingly recognized as central to the
health of our field.
If you would be interested in joining the Cal-Bridge volunteer tutor pool,
please fill out the fields of this Google form ( https://forms.gle/
Thanks for considering this, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Let me know if you have any questions.
UC Co-Director, Cal-Bridge
Are you a Phi Beta Kappa member? If so, you are eligible to apply for a fellowship from the Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa. Awards are $7,500 each and will be distributed in May. Every year at least one – and often two or three – UCSC graduate students receives one of these fellowships to support their dissertation studies and research, so this is a terrific opportunity!
To be eligible, a student must belong to PBK at the national level. This means that you must have paid your dues to the national organization and you must include your PBK number (available from national) on the application.
Applications must be submitted to the UCSC Upsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for preliminary screening. We will then forward applications to the Northern California Association.
Application forms and instructions are available for downloading at the website for the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association site:
Please keep to the specified word limits – especially for the writing sample! Do not send entire chapters or articles.
Submission Deadline: The campus deadline is Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 5 pm. Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your referees should send their letters directly to email@example.com by the deadline.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the UCSC PBK office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the second year, eBay is running a ML Challenge. The prize of the competition is an internship at eBay for the winning student or team.
The announcement attached describes the competition in more detail, but in a nutshell:
The question we invite you to address is how to identify two or more listings as being for the same product by putting them into the same group. We call this Purchase Level Equivalency (PLE). That is, if a buyer purchased two items from two different listings in a single group, they would assess that they had obtained two instances of the same product.
The competition started August 24. It is being hosted on EvalAI.
Please feel free to ask any questions. We have set up a mailbox dedicated to this competition at MLChallenge@ebay.com.
UC Center Sacramento is pleased to announce the call for the Presidential Graduate Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Fellowship! This fellowship will offer a doctoral-level graduate student in any academic discipline an opportunity to spend a quarter, semester, or summer term in resident or virtually in Sacramento for the purpose of conducting public policy research. Applications will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on Monday, February 1, 2021.
- Develop tightly coupled localization and POSE estimation algorithms using a high-performance IMU ( Inertial Measurement Unit ) as backbone for sensor fusion.
- Integration priorities include traditional IMU + GNSS/RTK solutions, as well as IMU + Camera and IMU + LIDAR localization solutions.
- Develop simulations that analyze various accuracy tradeoffs.
- Generate Stanford diagrams for integrity and protection limits of the combined solution
- Implement real-time algorithms on top of embedded CPU that runs PXROS real-time operating system
- Orchestrate extensive test campaign to validate performance under a wide variety of test conditions
- Regularly publish academic papers and blogs on the results of work.
- MS/PhD in Computer Science or BS and 3-5 years experience with extensive research experience in localization algorithms
- Must demonstrate up to date knowledge in sensor fusion for localization
- Proven abilities in advanced theoretical mathematics
- Proven track record for publishing easy-to-read but informative papers
- Expert programming skills in C and Python
- Experience with real world hardware and testing
Interested candidates can contact below
CSO Anello Photonics
Use time to get experience and make some $$ working at high tech photonics start up.
Silicon valley start up in Integrated Photonics called Anello Photonics looking for interns for spring 2021.
With all classes on line and limited access to campus and labs why not use this time to get some great startup work experience with a startup working alongside some high tech professionals and also make some $$ along the way.
We are located in Santa Clara CA. We are looking for interns for the Spring of 2021 (i.e. starting in January) to work in our lab doing optical and system level testing of our photonics devices.
Qualifications: Looking for graduate level MS/ PhD students in physics, EE, Optics. Experience and or research working in a optical lab and with hands on optical testing experience, experience with lasers, fibers photo-detectors and other fiber optical solutions and fiber optics.
Interested students please send email to below.
Mario Paniccia PhD
We're recruiting for our 2021 Congressional Innovation Scholars Program, placing technologists to serve as tech policy advisors to top Members of Congress (offices like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and the House Judiciary Committee).
The program pays a $60,000-annual equivalent stipend and other benefits and fellows have done incredible work like:
- Working on the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee report on Big Tech
- Passing the OPEN Government Data Act into law
- Securing changes to defense procurement policy to allow startups to better compete with big government contractors
We’re recruiting through 2/5/21 and there's more information here: https://www.techcongress.io/
We have two upcoming calls about the program for more information: https://bit.ly/
We’d like to invite you to join us for our upcoming virtual event series this January! Tune in to any of the sessions below to hear from Googlers, some sessions will feature live Q&A! Click the links below to register for the event(s) and add them to your calendar.
Tuesday, January 12th @ 4:00PM PT / 6:00PM CT / 7:00PM ET
We recently sat down with 3 former PhD interns at Google to learn more about the technical PhD intern application process and their internship experiences in Software Engineering, Research, and Data Science. Register to hear that conversation and learn more about Google’s recruitment process for these PhD internships.
Google recruiters will also be available to answer your questions live via chat!
Jan 25th - 29th @ 4:00PM PT / 6:00PM CT / 7:00PM ET
Here at Google, in building a workforce that is more representative of our users and a workplace that creates a sense of belonging for everyone, we are building a better Google - together. Employee Resource Groups are a key piece to building our culture. Currently, we have 16 Employee Resource Groups (ERG's) with over 35,000 members globally! We're excited to highlight 5 of these groups - The Black Googler Network (BGN), The Hispanic/ LatinX Googler Network (HOLA), The Women Googler Network (Women@), The Google American Indian Network (GAIN), and The Disability Alliance Network (DA).
Starting on Jan 25th we’ll be posting a video each day throughout the week where we’ll hear from members of these Employee Resource Groups as they share how they work together to make an impact within their communities and on Google's overall culture.
For additional events and resources please visit CareersonAir.withGoogle.com.
We are hiring in computer systems this year. Areas of interest include, in the broadest
-Systems, including Data Systems (https://academicjobsonline.or
-Distributed Systems (https://academicjobsonline.or
Review of applications will begin on January 12, 2021, however the
positions will remain open until January 28, 2021.
January 22 – March 12, 2021 & April 9 – May 7, 2021
Friday’s from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
This High-Performance Computing (HPC) User Training series is open to all who are interested in advancing their knowledge and experience on HPC systems and concepts. The program was originally developed in 2019 to support UCSD undergraduates interested in furthering their knowledge of HPC concepts and hands-on training, as well as, building a team interested in competing in the annual Student Cluster Competition held at the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC). This program continues to focus efforts on building a team to complete in the annual SC Student Cluster Competition but also extends to any who are interested in attending.