• California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education a Huge Success at UCSB

    by Patricia Marroquin | Nov 16, 2015

    Recruiters and Students at Diversity ForumOn Saturday, November 7, thousands descended upon the UC Santa Barbara campus as the university hosted the biannual California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. About 220 private and public universities from throughout the nation joined more than 1,000 undergraduate and master's students in an all-day event designed to recruit students from underrepresented backgrounds (low-income, first-generation college students; and African-American, American Indian, Latino, Filipino, Pacific Islander, and Asian American students in non-professional degree programs) to doctoral-level study. The majority of the student participants in the Forum, now in its 25th year, were members of the University of California and California State University system.

    After a welcome by UCSB Graduate Division Dean Carol Genetti, UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang kicked off the plenary session, held on the Sciences Lawn, with his own welcome and a personal testimony of the importance of diversity in graduate education. Following Chancellor Yang was keynote speaker Dr. Victor Rios. Dr. Rios provided a riveting account of his rise from a marginalized graduate student at UC Berkeley to his current position of full professor and educational ambassador to the White House.

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  • Get to Know Your New Graduate Student Career Counselor

    by Shawn Warner-Garcia | Oct 14, 2015

    Lana Smith-HaleThere is a new face at the Graduate Student Resource Center these days. Lana Smith-Hale joins us as Career Services’ new Graduate Career Consultant. She will be dedicated to helping graduate students prepare for non-academic careers. From her office in the GSRC (located in the Student Resource Building Room 1215), Lana offers drop-in and appointment counseling exclusively for graduate students. She also helps develop targeted career programming and serves as a point-person and liaison for graduate career needs.

    Lana has nine years of counseling experience and has spent the last year as Director of Compassionate Counseling at UCSB’s Hosford Clinic. Lana received her master's degree from the University of Southern California and her bachelor's degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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  • NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez, 1986 Grad Alum, Named UCSB Distinguished Alum

    by Patricia Marroquin | Oct 14, 2015

    UCSB Master's Alum Jose HernandezCalifornia-born José Hernandez didn’t learn to speak English until he was 12 years old. Young José would travel throughout the state for nine months out of the year to farms, where he would work in the fields alongside his siblings and immigrant parents to pick strawberries, cherries, cucumbers, grapes, and tomatoes. In December 1972, a fascinated 10-year-old José sat in front of his family’s old black-and-white console TV to watch Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan make the last walk on the moon. It was at that moment that José decided: “I want to be an astronaut.” Despite his determination and the excellent graduate engineering education he later received at UC Santa Barbara, NASA rejected him for the astronaut program 11 times. But Hernandez didn’t give up, and the 12th time was a charm. In his 40s, he was finally accepted into the program, and he reached his dream to fly in space as an astronaut.

    The Stockton boy who overcame many challenges grew into an adult with numerous achievements to his name. Among them: At Lawrence Livermore Lab, Hernandez co-developed the first full-field digital mammography imaging system to aid in early detection of breast cancer. He founded his own engineering consulting firm, Tierra Luna Engineering. He created a nonprofit foundation that aims to ensure opportunities for children to pursue their educational and professional goals regardless of perceived obstacles. A San Jose middle school was named after him. He has received six honorary doctorate degrees. He was UCSB School of Engineering’s Commencement speaker in June 2014. And he has written a biography (no ghostwriter, he says; “I wrote every single word”) called “Reaching for the Stars,” which will be made into a movie next year directed by Alfonso Arau (“Like Water for Chocolate,” “A Walk in the Clouds”).

    ‚ÄčIt is because of these achievements and others that the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association has named Hernandez (M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1986) UCSB’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus. Hernandez, 53, will be honored on Saturday, Oct. 24, at an awards luncheon in Corwin Pavilion.

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  • Reimagining My Resume

    by Shawn Warner-Garcia | Oct 14, 2015

    Resume imageEver since starting graduate school, I’ve always worked in non-academic positions. I’ve been a nanny, a job skills trainer, a program coordinator, and an executive assistant. As I began to consider career options after graduate school, I realized that I had been pretty diligent about keeping a current curriculum vitae (CV) detailing my academic accomplishments but that my resume, while functional, definitely needed some TLC.

    A CV is a pretty straightforward document, made even more straightforward by the fact that it is intended to be comprehensive – even exhaustive. However, I found that keeping my CV up-to-date was kind of like writing in a journal – just add stuff as it happens and occasionally go back to reflect on and refine previous experiences.

    A resume, however, is a whole different beast. It has to be lean, mean, and eye-catching. I had been coasting along with what I thought was a halfway-decent resume, but as I began to consider non-academic career options, I realized I needed a document that not only accounted for my relevant experience but also showcased the type of employee that I hoped to be: competent, efficient, with fresh energy and new ideas.

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  • UCSB Number 8 on Top 50 List of Best Value Graduate Engineering Programs

    by Patricia Marroquin | Oct 14, 2015

    Value Colleges Top Graduate Engineering Programs UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering’s graduate programs have that perfect formula for the success of its students: access to labs, libraries, and other key resources; opportunities to take part in professional research projects with faculty members; a top-tier worldwide reputation; affordable tuition; and multiple career connections to industries in the region and beyond. It is this winning formula that has prompted Value Colleges to rank UC Santa Barbara No. 8 on its list of Top 50 Best Value Graduate Engineering Programs of 2016.

    As in other rankings this year, such as U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly, UC campuses were high on the list. Four of the top 10 graduate engineering programs on Value Colleges' list are University of California institutions. The three other campuses are UC Berkeley, No. 2; UC San Diego, No. 5; and UCLA, No. 6.

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  • UCSB Linguistics Ph.D. Student Daniel Hieber Wins 2nd in UC Grad Slam

    by Patricia Marroquin | May 19, 2015
    Daniel Hieber with UC President Janet Napolitano

    When UCSB Linguistics Ph.D. student Daniel Hieber heard his name called as the second-place finisher in the inaugural UC Grad Slam in Oakland, he was ecstatic. But “at the same time,” he said, “it felt a bit like icing on the cake" as he stepped onto the stage to accept a $3,000 check and shake the hand of UC President Janet Napolitano. “I was already so happy to have represented my department, my school, and my field of study in the competition and done as well as I had,” Danny told the GradPost. “So it was all just fun and celebration from there!”

    Danny was among the 10 champions, one from each of the University of California campuses, to present in the UC Grad Slam, a competition for the best three-minute research talk for a general audience by a graduate student from the UC system. In UCSB's competition, Danny had triumphed through a preliminary round, a semifinal round, and the Finals to become UC Santa Barbara's Champion. The UC-wide event was held in Oakland, and live-streamed at this website, which features a video recording.

    Danny’s talk, “Renaissance on the Bayou: Reviving the Chitimacha Language,” focused on his work in helping to revive a language in the Louisiana bayou, Chitimacha, whose last native speakers died in the 1930s. He has reconstructed the language, even creating a Rosetta Stone audiotape that tribal members now listen to in their cars. Danny was the only competitor in the UC Grad Slam not in a science, technology, or engineering field.

    We spoke with Danny about the experience of preparing and competing in the historic UC Grad Slam.

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