BSOE Graduate Student Newsletter
Supporting students with the latest Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds
Graduate Student Survey - Now Open
Magic Leap University Graduate Program Opportunities Newsletter Pending
Summer GSRs for Salton Sea Project
NASA Fellowship Activity (Fellowships 2021)
Submit your grad photos to the Baskin Engineering Commencement 2021 Photo Contest
MIT CSAIL Postdoctoral Fellowship
Summer Independent Studies
Global Grad Show - Applications Open
Bakersfield College Teaching Assistant Diversity Recruitment
Webinar: Applying New Advances in AI-based Machine Translation to Real World Use?
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.
Friday, August 27th Leave of Absence Summer 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.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), signed into law in late December, provided our campus with $28.8 million on March 17 to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic on the university and its students. Our Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will directly award $9.7 million of the CRRSAA funding to graduate and undergraduate students with exceptional need to help with expenses related to COVID-19 including tuition, housing, food, health care (including mental health care), and child care.
Financial aid grants will be directly awarded to graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional need, for example very low expected family contribution levels or student parents with dependent children. Determinations will be made based on existing financial aid information. In most cases, additional applications or requests will not be necessary. Graduate students who appear eligible based on prior financial aid information but who did not complete an application this year will receive information by email on how to file a Declaration of Exceptional Need to confirm eligibility, a new requirement due to changes in this round of higher education relief funds.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office consulted with campus leaders, and with leadership of the Student Union Assembly and the Graduate Student Association, on how best to award funds within program requirements and regulations. The minimum spring quarter award will be $1,000. Students identified for an award will receive an email in the next few days to ensure direct-deposit information is current. Money will be disbursed soon afterward. The CRRSAA awards are one-time grants that do not need to be paid back.
Though CRRSAA funds are restricted to students eligible for federal aid, UC Santa Cruz will provide equivalent awards to students who have completed the California Dream Application.
Any student experiencing a financial emergency, regardless of aid eligibility should contact the Slug Support team.
The remaining $19.1 million will be used to cover campus expenses associated with COVID-19. Following federal guidance, costs may include additional course offerings or sections to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements, shipping course materials to students taking remote instruction, continued technology costs supporting remote instruction, lost revenue, COVID-19 prevention such as campus vaccination services, testing services, etc.
Our thoughts are with all members of the UC Santa Cruz community as together we continue to face the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay safe, stay well, and stay connected.
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The 2021 UCSC Graduate Student Survey provides you with an opportunity to provide feedback on the quality of your graduate program. We rely on this feedback to evaluate and make improvements. The survey covers important aspects such as the quality of faculty teaching and mentorship, curriculum, TA and research training, climate, and funding. It also includes questions about your experiences during remote learning and working this past year. To participate in the 2021 Graduate Student Survey, please go to the survey portal:
After participating in the survey, you will have a chance to win one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards in weekly drawings or one of four $200 Amazon gift cards in grand prize drawings throughout the survey.
Magic Leap is looking for PhD and Masters students to join our team for a 3 month Summer Program for Underrepresented Students in Engineering. In partnership with STEM departments at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Women In Engineering Institutions, and broader universities we are committed to empowering and elevating diversity of thought, experience, and background in our workforce and in our pipeline of future researchers!
More Information: Magic_Leap.pdf
Here are announcements for 3 GSR positions for this summer, with a total of 5 openings. GSRs will be working with PI Brent Haddad on a project that will be reviewing proposals for the restoration of the Salton Sea.
Graduate students in Environmental Studies, Economics, Engineering, GIS, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and related fields are encouraged to apply.
Please see each of these announcements for more information about the individual positions, deadlines, etc.
This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), titled NASA Fellowship Activity 2021, is seeking student-authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals responding to a NASA Notice of Funding Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The NASA Fellowship Activity 2021 is designed to support OSTEM objectives and provide academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development. NASA Fellowship Activity 2021 is an omnibus announcement that can include various NASA science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fellowship opportunities for graduate students. Specific Program Elements will be issued periodically throughout the year as Appendices to this solicitation with individual requirements and milestones.
The following Appendix to NASA Fellowship Activity 2021 has been released:
Appendix L: Program Element Two - Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Non-MSI Fellowships 2021 - Proposals are due June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm ET
This opportunity is open to all graduate institutions. To be eligible to submit a proposal, candidates must hold a bachelor's degree earned before Aug. 31, 2021; candidates must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2021, and intend to pursue a research-based Masters or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.
For each Fellow, his or her institution receives up to a $55,000 annual award ($50,000 for Master’s student and $55,000 for Doctoral student).
A Pre-Proposal Teleconference for Program Element Two will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 1:00pm ET. Pre-registration link will be posted on the MSI & Non-MSI Fellowships 2021 page. Pre-registration to participate in the webinar will be required.
For full program details, visit NASA Fellowship Activity 2021 page on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and click on ‘List of Open Program Elements’.
To submit a question to be addressed during the webinar please contact Carolyn Knowles at NASA.email@example.com.
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact the NSPIRES Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-479-9376 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
With Commencement 2021 being held virtually, we want to see how our graduates are celebrating in place! Send us your graduation photos to be entered into a Baskin Engineering gift card giveaway. Photos submitted can take many forms. Feel free to share a photo of you and your family members and/or a beloved pet, you in your cap and gown, an image of your decorated cap, or a photo of your day-of celebrations.
We have FOUR $50 VISA gift cards to award in the following categories:
1) Most creative cap / regalia photo
2) Best family / celebration photo
3&4) Two random drawings from all eligible participants
You do not need to have official UCSC regalia to enter, but photos must be visibly commencement-related to be entered for a prize (e.g., family holding signs of congratulations, etc. Get creative!).
DEADLINE to submit a photo is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, June 15: https://forms.gle/LsfPWZWpq6acm4MU8
We'll post photos on https://graduation2021.soe.ucsc.edu in the "Pictures from Past Celebrations" section.
NEW POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY AT MIT’S COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB (CSAIL)
Applications Due June 15, 2021
As part of our continuing commitment to excellence and equity, we at MIT CSAIL are excited to announce the Mentored Opportunity in Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (METEOR) to broaden participation in computing and artificial intelligence. Postdoctoral researchers selected will be awarded a one-year funded appointment (renewable for a second year) and will conduct cutting-edge research at MIT CSAIL on computer science and artificial intelligence topics of their choice. `
MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory pioneers new research in computing that improves the way people work, play, and learn. MIT CSAIL is a driving force behind computing’s increasingly central role in our lives, attracting original thinkers who imagine and build computing technologies that better our world. None of this is possible without the talent of a diverse group of researchers united by their passion for innovation. MIT CSAIL strongly believes that talent and creativity are independent of one’s race, ethnicity, the gender they identify with, their sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability status, family situation, or any other identity. MIT CSAIL also knows that true and shared innovation in computer science and artificial intelligence needs the synergistic perspectives of diverse groups of outstanding people.
The METEOR fellowship will support exceptional researchers in conducting cutting-edge research as part of a vibrant community, and in preparing for careers in academia or industry. Each fellow will be hosted by a research group with synergistic scientific interests and receive research training, mentoring, and guidance from faculty researchers at MIT CSAIL and mentorship from researchers at a partner company.
Applications are due June 15th. For more details about this program and the application process, please visit the METEOR program website.
Please be advised that Summer petitions for independent studies are processed through Summer Session. Please do not submit DocuSign forms through the BSOE Graduate Advising site. You can find more information here.
Applications are open to the 7th edition of Global Grad Show, the annual programme for university graduates creating solutions for social, environmental and development issues.
Whether it's high-tech or low-tech, university students from all disciplines creating solutions for a better world are encouraged to submit their projects - visit our applications portal here . It takes just a few minutes to apply and the programme is 100% free.
All proposals will have the opportunity to be selected for a digital exhibition of the 100 best innovations at the forefront of social impact, promoted across 1,000+ global media channels in 60 countries.
All applicants are eligible for a selection of projects joining our multi-phased entrepreneurship programme helping to build future startups, along with funding options.
- A letter of interest specifying why the candidate is interested in teaching students at Bakersfield College. The letter should also discuss how the candidate’s educational experiences have prepared them to teach at a community college with a diverse student body, like Bakersfield College.
- An updated curriculum vitae with at least three professional references and contact information listed, one of the references needs to be from a current or former supervisor.
- College/university transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted), including all college units attempted.
- One signed letter of recommendation written within the last six months specifically for the Bakersfield College Faculty Diversification Fellowship Program from an individual who has provided post-secondary academic instruction to the applicant.
- Link to application: https://careers.
PowerPoint Presentation: Bakersfield_College_Recruitment_Presentation.pdf
Event Location: Zoom
Get an overview of F-series grants and the UCSC process for applying for graduate students and join breakout rooms hosted by current and former F-series grant fellows and a breakout room hosted by two UCSC postdoctoral scholars who are current K99/R00 grant fellows.
Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty invited.
Tuesday, June 22
10:00-11:30 a.m. PDT
Event Location: Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4683209665340201484
Join Omniscien's Chief Scientist Professor Philipp Koehn, a leading researcher in the field of AI and MT, along with Dion Wiggins, Omniscien’s CTO, for an hour of information sharing and insights on what the rest of 2021 and beyond will likely bring. We will look at trends in Neural Machine Translation, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Text Analytics, and more.
This is a 2-part, 90-minute presentation.
Part 1: Exciting Advances and Breakthroughs in AI and MT.
In the last 3 years, there have been many significant advances in language-related Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Translation (MT). MT and more broadly natural language processing have become essential parts of the global technological leadership race in AI. Research in this area has skyrocketed, and many ground-breaking achievements continue to be made. We will present a concise overview of the latest updates and advances in this rapidly advancing field.
Part 2: Putting Advances to Real World Use
This fast-evolving technology field is changing the way people work, play, and understand data. Language Studio V6.0 ships in July 2021, just weeks from now. We will look at many of the exciting new features and show how many of the technological advances discussed in Part 1 are being used in the real world. We will look at runtime translation features, with a number of great product feature reveals, and look at real-world examples of custom MT advances that take engines to as much as 25 BLEU points above Google, Microsoft, and DeepL offerings.
We're seeking an Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer to teach 7 quarter courses next year. It's a full-time job in a friendly teaching environment. We have a long tradition of helping our Lecturers grow as teachers in a supportive environment. It's quite possible that this would be the perfect next step for one of your students.
Information about the job appears at the SCU HR portal:
There is an opportunity for a paid student contract with the Remote Sensing Coastal Change project team at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. The Project is hiring two students or recent graduates to build a datasets and techniques for use in Machine Learning characterization of remotely sensed imagery and derivative products. More details about these opportunities can be found in the attached contract description.
More Information: StudentContractor.pdf