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Faculty Newsletter
Winter 2021

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to nominate a student or postdoc for the Dean's Mentoring Awards was incorrect in the newsletter you received earlier. The correct deadline is March 19. Apologies for the error!
Interim Graduate Dean and Interim VC Confirmed
Elizabeth Silva, PhD

Liz Silva, associate dean for graduate programs, will serve as interim dean of the Graduate Division.

Liz has been in her current role since April 2016. Previously, she was director of the MIND career development program at UCSF; and she is a UCSF postdoc alumna! Liz has also worked as an editor for the Public Library of Science. Her PhD, in developmental biology, is from University College London.

Bill Lindstaedt, MS

Bill Lindstaedt will be filling Dean Watkins' second role as interim vice chancellor of Student Academic Affairs.

Bill has worked at UCSF for nearly 20 years and has served as assistant vice chancellor of the Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services (CAIPS) group at UCSF since 2013. Bill has a master's degree in counseling and higher education from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Funding Opportunities to Support DEI
student in the program
The deadline to apply for the UC-HBCU funding is March 15.

(UC-HBCU program photo from UCOP)
UC Office of the President Requests Proposals for UC-HBCU Initiative
The goal of the UC-HBCU Initiative is to increase the number of scholars from historically Black colleges and universities in UC doctoral programs. Faculty grants are available to support HBCU students conducting summer research with UC faculty, to support departmental efforts to facilitate greater faculty collaboration between UC and HBCU institutions, and to support the recruitment of HBCU graduates to UC's PhD programs.

This year, the Initiative has launched a new, small research grants program. These awards – of up to $50K – may be used for research projects designed to improve inclusion and the experience of UC-HBCU students.

Please see the RFP for more information and be encouraged to apply. Your efforts will bolster our own to create a more inclusive and supportive campus for BIPOC students.
Recognize a Student or Postdoc Mentor
The deadline to nominate individuals for a Mentoring Award is MARCH 19.

(in photo: last year's award winners)
Dean's Awards for Excellence in Mentoring
Nominations for the third annual Dean's Awards for Excellence in Mentoring for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars will open on March 1.

As ever, the Awards are offered to recognize graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who consistently serve as excellent mentors for their colleagues, who may include fellow graduate students and postdocs, staff, and/or undergraduate and high school students visiting from other institutions. The Mentoring Awards are part of the Graduate Division's ongoing efforts to foster a culture of mentoring at UCSF, and to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of the graduate programs. 

January 27, 4 to 5 p.m.
Third DEI-Anti-Racism Town Hall
Please join the Graduate Division for our third quarterly Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Anti-Racism Town Hall.

The discussion will be led by Dean/VC Watkins and Assistant Dean D'Anne Duncan.

May 27, 2 p.m.
2021 Commencement
Save the date for the Graduate Division's PhD and master's programs commencement ceremony, to be held – virtually – on the afternoon of May 27. Dr. Kathy Giacomini (photo at left) will give this year's Commencement Address!

Students who were eligible to graduate in 2020 may also be included in this year's ceremony if they would like to participate, since last year's event was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.