Opportunities for Students:

  • National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
    • NSF offers financial support to engage underrepresented undergrads in research that involves data analytics. “Research Experiences for Undergrads” (REUs) can be standalone projects, or supplemental to existing NSF. It provides the students with a $8,000 stipend, something that is extremely helpful in today’s high cost of living environment. Good targets would be upper division students with computer and statistical training. (More info found here!)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) 
    • Hey grad students: did you know that if you can’t quite find the position you want, you can go out and make one of your own? How? By writing an F32 postdoctoral fellowship training grant! With an advisors’ help, you can create a research program with a mentor at another university – Brown University’s PSTC indicated they would accept such collaborations. The award’s purpose is to “support research training of highly promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applications are expected to incorporate exceptional mentorship.” (More info here!)
  • UCGHI Student Ambassadors Program (Due November 20, 2019)
    • The University of California Global Health Institute is seeking applicants across all 10 UC campuses for its Student Ambassador Program. This leadership opportunity is for all UC students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, medical, nursing, law, etc.) who are dedicated to personal and professional growth by serving and representing their respective UC campuses. UCGHI Student Ambassadors will develop, organize, and promote WHGE or PH activities on their own campuses and across the UC campuses and mobilize student, faculty and staff involvement to catalyze critical change. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to engage with key faculty, researchers, and leaders in either PH or WHGE while also strengthening your professional networks. Student Ambassadors will also support promotion of UC Global Health Day 2020 at UC Santa Cruz and have an opportunity to participate in the campus-wide conference on May 2, 2020. (More info here!)
    • This program offers two tracks a part of UCGHI’s two Centers of Expertise:
      • Planetary Health (PH)
      • Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment (WHGE)

Additional upcoming funding opportunities and their deadlines can be found here!

Our Most Recent Event:

Mexico and California: Building Environmental Resilience Together

Graduate Student Feedback

Positive Feedback:

“The most important outcome—to me—was the conference’s networking opportunity. I got to meet Latinx peers in the UC system as well as researchers and policy makers in the US and Mexico.”

“One of the important positive outcomes from participating in this conference was meeting motivated and inspiring Latinx graduate students from other UC campuses. It reinforced my passion to combat climate change by inspiring me with their research and motivations. What added to this experience was the incredible event we had the pleasure to be a part of. It was the first time I witnessed leading Mexican scientists and politicians working together with researchers and policy makers from the United States. As a Mexican-American it was uplifting to see the two countries I identify with work in solidarity to address such an important issue.”

Room for Improvement:

“For students to have their profiles and endeavours be part of the portfolios that are passed out to the guests.”

Information we have gathered from feedback for future events:

  • All graduate student attendees would be interested in a graduate student research conference where they could present their research to UC system faculty members and each other
  • More incorporation of local communities and women in panels (maybe panels more specific to these groups)
  • Incorporate DACA and TPS folx and their role in the environmental field as well as how to support them
  • All students indicated they would appreciate workshops in a future conference
    • Most students indicated a workshop around life after graduation sounds the most appealing



Graduate Students Attending