CALL FOR GSR APPLICATIONS

The Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is accepting applications for the 2018 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator. This Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) position offers a rare opportunity to plan and facilitate an internationally recognized graduate student research conference.

Thinking Gender is an annual public conference that draws scholars from across disciplines – humanities, social sciences, life sciences, arts, law, education, public health, and public policy – to share research on women, sexuality, and gender. Thinking Gender 2018 will be the 28th year of the Conference and will be held on March 1-2, 2018. To find information on past Thinking Gender conferences, please visit our website at https://csw.ucla.edu/event/thinking-gender.   


ELIGIBILITY AND COMPENSATION
This position provides a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment at 25% during Summer and Fall 2017 and a 50% appointment during Winter 2018. During the academic year, fee remissions will be included. There is a possibility for an additional GSR appointment during Spring 2018, depending on remaining work and needs of the Center.

 GSRs must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units during the academic year and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the duration of the appointment.

The start date of the GSR appointment is dependent on selected GSR’s availability.


RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of the CSW Director and Management Services Officer and in collaboration with the CSW Program Coordinator, the Conference Coordinator will:

Plan and oversee an international, interdisciplinary conference

  • Develop conference themes

  • Develop and implement plans that will aid the conference goal of serving graduate students

Head the conference selection and program committee

  • Curate conference panels and presentations

  • Review and critique submissions

  • Lead and prepare agendas for conference planning meetings

  • Write and prepare conference documents, including but not limited to calls for submissions, publicity materials, manuals, etc.

Build and engage with a network of prominent scholars and administrators to create an interdisciplinary program

  • Develop cross-campus fundraising strategies and hone academic development skills

  • Interact with high-level university administrators

  • Spearhead outreach initiatives


QUALIFICATIONS

Registered UCLA graduate student in 2017-2018 academic year

Experience organizing or participating in research conferences

Demonstrated ability to lead networking, fundraising, and outreach initiatives

Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to lead meetings and discussions

Strong organizational skills, including:

  • Demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines and priorities
  • Ability to organize and present information effectively and concisely
  • Ability to set and maintain a reliable work schedule

While the applicant’s personal academic interests should be compatible with CSW’s core research on women, sexuality, and gender, we encourage students in any discipline to apply. 


APPLICATION MATERIALS
The following materials are required when submitting your application through the online application system:

  • Cover Letter that outlines how you would adapt the traditional conference format to best serve the needs of graduate students (1 page maximum)
  • CV
  • Unofficial UCLA Transcript
  • List of References: Provide at least two references, one of whom must be a UCLA faculty member. We advise that references be able to comment on your organizational skills and your capacity to oversee the production of a conference.

If selected for an interview, please be prepared to suggest and discuss possible topics/themes and formats for the conference.


DEADLINE
: MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

Application materials MUST be received by 11:59pm PST on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Join us for the Chemical Entanglements Symposium on May 4-5, 2017!

This symposium will convene a group of scholars, scientists and community based researchers, artists, documentarians, and policy makers to assess the gendered impacts of (primarily endocrine-disrupting) chemicals on human populations. By marshaling a variety of perspectives—laboratory, ethnographic, epidemiological, and narrative, this transdisciplinary collaboration will seek to explore how gender has made a difference in the public’s knowledge with regard to the cumulative effects of environmental toxins.

For more details on the Chemical Entanglements research initiative and other Center for the Study of Women programs, please visit our website at www.csw.ucla.edu.


FOR THE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE, PLEASE VISIT https://csw.ucla.edu/CE-schedule.

Attendees may register on the day of the conference at the Registration Table.

All CSW Events are Fragrance-Free! CSW is dedicated to creating a safe and accessible space for everyone who participates in our events and programs. For more information on our fragrance-free initiative and if you need special accommodations, please visit our Events Accessibility page.

Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, CSW will be running Chemical Entanglements, a research initiative culminating in a symposium on May 4-5, 2017. This interdisciplinary initiative will convene feminist scholars, scientists and community based researchers, artists, documentarians, and policy makers to assess the gendered impacts of environmental toxins on human populations and reproductive justice. Background on the project is available here.

As part of this initiative, CSW is launching a Chemical Entanglements blog. We invite contributions from UCLA students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. We are open to a wide range of formats and topics, including but not limited to:

  • interviews with scholars, activists, and clinicians
  • reports on new research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences that considers connections between gender and chemical exposure
  • reviews or summaries of relevant resources (books, films, etc.)
  • opinion pieces and essays
  • autobiographical accounts on topics related to feminism, health, science, the environment, etc.
  • reports on historical or contemporary incidents of gendered exposure

If you are interested in contributing to the Chemical Entanglements blog, please complete this form by the deadlines below to indicate your interest:

For publication during Fall 2016:  September 19, 2016

For publication during Winter 2017: December 19, 2016

For publication during Spring 2017: February 27, 2016


CSW is unable to offer compensation for blog posts. Authors/writers who contribute Blog Posts to the Chemical Entanglements Blog agree to provide their work voluntarily.


This application form is for NEW APPLICANTS to the CSW Research Affiliate Program. If you are a current Research Affiliate, or have been a member of the program within the last 2 years, please complete the Research Affiliate Renewal Application.

The Research Affiliate program replaced the CSW Research Scholar program in 2015. The Research Affiliate category provides a CSW affiliation and title for established scholars working in CSW’s mission areas. The program supports selected independent scholars, local to the Los Angeles area, who are conducting research on women, sexuality, or gender and have limited institutional access to a research community. Research Affiliates must have an active research project in progress. CSW encourages affiliation from a diverse group of scholars from across the academic disciplines. In 2017, we are particularly interested in applications from scholars whose projects are related to our current research initiatives, Chemical Entanglements and Food | Water | Shelter. Research Affiliates appointed in 2017 will be expected to participate in working groups or events related to those initiatives.
The Research Affiliate program replaced the CSW Research Scholar program in 2015. The Research Affiliate category provides a CSW affiliation and title for established scholars working in CSW’s mission areas. The program supports selected independent scholars, local to the Los Angeles area, who are conducting research on women, sexuality, or gender and have limited institutional access to a research community. Research Affiliates must have an active research project in progress. CSW encourages affiliation from a diverse group of scholars from across the academic disciplines. In 2017, we are particularly interested in applications from scholars whose projects are related to our current research initiatives, Chemical Entanglements and Food | Water | Shelter. Research Affiliates appointed in 2017 will be expected to participate in working groups or events related to those initiatives.

Research Affiliate Program Goals and Benefits*

The goal of this program is to build an intimate community of independent researchers whose work may enrich and be enriched by congress with UCLA campus faculty working on gender, sexuality, and women. Support includes the following opportunities:

  • Participation in CSW programs, including working groups, publications, conferences, colloquia and research brown bags, and a pilot program of organized faculty-research affiliated exchanges;
  • Use of computer resources in the CSW office (with advance notice);
  • Special UCLA Library Book Borrowing Privileges, which allows CSW Research Affiliates to borrow up to 50 books at a time, renewable remotely with no limit on renewals;
  • Up to 4 parking passes per year provided by CSW when visiting UCLA for CSW business;
  • Eligibility  to apply for a Tillie Olsen Grant, which may be used to fund participation in scholarly conferences, travel to research sites, the purchase of specialized research materials, and/or technical services.
*Due to campus policy, the Research Affiliate title does not provide UCLA Library privileges, VPN access, or a UCLA email address. In lieu of these benefits and as stated above, Research Affiliates may use computer resources in the CSW office. No office space or stipends are available.

Research Affiliate Expectations

Research Affiliates will be expected to participate in CSW’s activities by actively attending and presenting at Research Affiliate Brown Bags, attending CSW events, participating in or leading working groups, contributing to the CSW blog, moderating panels at the annual Thinking Gender graduate student research conference, etc. Research Affiliates are expected to make timely progress on their research projects and we ask that they acknowledge CSW in any finished work (publications, films, installations, and so forth) which results from their affiliation with CSW.

One goal of the Research Affiliate program is the publication of research; of course, this kind of work takes time. As such, progress on a research project includes publication of an article or book, presentations at scholarly or professional conferences, advanced drafts, manuscripts or other research products under consideration by reputable entities, a substantive contribution to a university or a field of research, or similar criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

Acceptance to this competitive program is based on the quality of the proposed research, the potential for the proposed project to interface with CSW’s current research initiatives, the capacity to garner faculty sponsorship of the proposed research project, and/or the active mentoring of others in the program. In order to meet the needs of the Research Affiliates and to comply with University directives, the Research Affiliates program is capped at five admitted participants per academic year. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required for new applicants. Affiliation begins July 1. Affiliates are appointed for one to three years at the discretion of the selection committee with a possibility for renewal.  

Renewal of Research Affiliate status is contingent upon evidence of progress on the research project. Lack of progress in a particular year will result in provisional status. After two years with no demonstrable progress on the research project, the renewal application will be declined automatically. Over a two-year period, evidence of progress includes publication of an article or book, presentations at scholarly or professional conferences, advanced drafts, manuscripts or other research products under consideration by reputable entities, a substantive contribution to a university or a field of research, or similar criteria.

Application Materials

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Sample Publication (not more than 20 pages -- either a file upload or a link to an article are acceptable)

3. Prospectus: a description of your current research project pertaining to women, sexuality, or gender, including an abstract, methodology, work plan, summary of required library collections or other resources, and research/project goals for the year of application. The Prospectus should be two to three pages in length and include all elements listed below in order

a. Abstract: a succinct summary of your current research project

b. Methodology: a brief description of how you will pursue your research and determine your findings

c. Work plan: the overall plan for completion of your research project and the long-range goals for academic presentation and publication of the research findings

d. Research project goals for the year of application: a realistic summary of what you will achieve during the academic year in terms of your research project. A well-researched and written article can take a year or more to complete. Keep this in mind, as your summary will be an important part of the committee review if/when you seek to renew.

e. Summary of how you envision your involvement with CSW. Please describe how you might contribute to CSW’s current projects and/or programs.

f. Names of three UCLA faculty with whom you plan to dialogue during the current academic year

4. Projects Status Report: a one-page narrative of progress on the project during the prior academic year. As appropriate, the Progress Report should include descriptions of the elements listed below in order:

a. Completed drafts of articles or books

b. Recent and upcoming presentations at an academic or other professional conference or event

c. Recent and upcoming publications in an academic or other professional publication

d. Research-related service activities

e. Other research-related achievements

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Questions? Contact the Center for the Study of Women at csw@csw.ucla.edu

This application form is for RENEWING an existing CSW Research Affiliate appointment. If you are a new applicant, or have been out of the program for 2+ years, please submit the Research Affiliate Application Form for New Applicants.

The Research Affiliate program replaced the CSW Research Scholar program in 2015. The Research Affiliate category provides a CSW affiliation and title for established scholars working in CSW’s mission areas. The program supports selected independent scholars, local to the Los Angeles area, who are conducting research on women, sexuality, or gender and have limited institutional access to a research community. Research Affiliates must have an active research project in progress. CSW encourages affiliation from a diverse group of scholars from across the academic disciplines. In 2017, we are particularly interested in applications from scholars whose projects are related to our current research initiatives, Chemical Entanglements and Food | Water | Shelter. Research Affiliates appointed in 2017 will be expected to participate in working groups or events related to those initiatives.

Research Affiliate Program Goals and Benefits*

The goal of this program is to build an intimate community of independent researchers whose work may enrich and be enriched by congress with UCLA campus faculty working on gender, sexuality, and women. Support includes the following opportunities:

  • Participation in CSW programs, including working groups, publications, conferences, colloquia and research brown bags, and a pilot program of organized faculty-research affiliated exchanges;
  • Use of computer resources in the CSW office (with advance notice);
  • Special UCLA Library Book Borrowing Privileges, which allows CSW Research Affiliates to borrow up to 50 books at a time, renewable remotely with no limit on renewals;
  • Up to 4 parking passes per year provided by CSW when visiting UCLA for CSW business;
  • Eligibility  to apply for a Tillie Olsen Grant, which may be used to fund participation in scholarly conferences, travel to research sites, the purchase of specialized research materials, and/or technical services.
*Due to campus policy, the Research Affiliate title does not provide UCLA Library privileges, VPN access, or a UCLA email address. In lieu of these benefits and as stated above, Research Affiliates may use computer resources in the CSW office. No office space or stipends are available.

Research Affiliate Expectations

Research Affiliates will be expected to participate in CSW’s activities by actively attending and presenting at Research Affiliate Brown Bags, attending CSW events, participating in or leading working groups, contributing to the CSW blog, moderating panels at the annual Thinking Gender graduate student research conference, etc. Research Affiliates are expected to make timely progress on their research projects and we ask that they acknowledge CSW in any finished work (publications, films, installations, and so forth) which results from their affiliation with CSW.

One goal of the Research Affiliate program is the publication of research; of course, this kind of work takes time. As such, progress on a research project includes publication of an article or book, presentations at scholarly or professional conferences, advanced drafts, manuscripts or other research products under consideration by reputable entities, a substantive contribution to a university or a field of research, or similar criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

Renewal of Research Affiliate Status is contingent upon evidence of progress on the research project. Over a two-year period, evidence of progress includes publication of an article or book, presentations at scholarly or professional conferences, advanced drafts, manuscripts or other research products under consideration by reputable entities, a substantive contribution to a university or a field of research, or similar criteria.

In addition, the selection committee will consider the quality of the proposed future research, the potential for the proposed project to interface with CSW’s current research initiatives, the capacity to garner faculty sponsorship of the proposed research project, and/or the active mentoring of others in the program.

Application Materials

1. Curriculum Vitae: please be sure to highlight work completed, published, or presented in the last two years.

2. Sample Publication (not more than 20 pages): Please either upload a file or provide a link to a recent publication (published in the past 2 years). Publications that are still in press are also acceptable.

3. Project Progress Report: a two-page narrative of progress on your project(s) that has taken place in the last two years. As appropriate, the Progress Report should include descriptions of the elements listed below in order:

a. Completed drafts of articles or books

b. Recent and upcoming presentations at an academic or other professional conference or event

c. Recent and upcoming publications in an academic or other professional publication

d. Research-related service activities

e. Other research-related achievements

f. Contributions to CSW programs (ie: event participation, blog posts, working group participation, etc.)

4. Prospectus and Work Plan: a two-page description of your current research project pertaining to women, sexuality, or gender, including an abstract, work plan, and research/project goals for the year of application. The Prospectus and Work Plan should include all elements listed below in order

a. Abstract: a succinct summary of your current research project

b. Work plan: the overall plan for completion of your research project and the long-range goals for academic presentation and publication of the research findings. Please indicate any resources specific to UCLA (library collections, etc.) that you intend to use.

c. Research project goals for the year of application: a realistic summary of what you will achieve during the academic year in terms of your research project. A well-researched and written article can take a year or more to complete. Keep this in mind, as your summary will be an important part of the committee review if/when you seek to renew.

d. Summary of how you envision your involvement with CSW. Please describe how you might contribute to CSW’s current projects and/or programs.

e. Names of three UCLA faculty with whom you plan to dialogue during the current academic year


Deadline: June 1, 2017

Questions? Contact the Center for the Study of Women at csw@csw.ucla.edu




Thank you for participating in Thinking Gender, Imagining Reparations. The Center for the Study of Women greatly appreciates your support!

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to reflect on your experience at Thinking Gender, we would greatly appreciate it if you could share any additional thoughts and feedback that you may have. We are always working to make the conference better, and we take your feedback very seriously.

The Center for the Study of Women offers grants to all faculty for research development, new project development that may lead to external funding opportunities through CSW, and project completion that could be considered for CSW publications (policy briefs, research reports).

Preference will be given to junior faculty and projects that link to CSW’s current research projects (e.g., Feminism and the Senses, Food Water Shelter, Chemical Entanglements). For more information regarding CSW’s current research projects, visit here.

Amount

Ranges from $1500-$3000

Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017

Criteria

  • UCLA faculty can apply for support of research projects on gender, sexuality, and/or women's issues.
  • Faculty are not eligible to receive a Faculty Research Grant (formerly known as Faculty Development Grant) within three years of their receipt of an earlier one.
  • Recipients must agree to the following
    • Submit a final report describing the project outcomes
    • Acknowledge CSW in all public informational materials and publications resulting from the grant
    • Collaborate with CSW’s Publications Unit to prepare an article or blog post for a CSW publication
    • Provide a service to CSW from the following options: 1) Serve on an awards committee; 2) Moderate a panel at the Thinking Gender Conference; or 3) Present research findings in a public forum sponsored by CSW (if needed)

To Apply

The application requires the following documents:

  1. Research Proposal (maximum 3 single-spaced description that includes the title and an explanation of the proposed research)
  2. Bibliography
  3. Itemized Budget (1 page describing how funds will be used)
  4. Supporting Documents (quotes/invoices) of Budget Items (e.g., if airfare, provide copy of airfare prices if ticket is not yet purchased)
  5. Curriculum Vitae

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Funded by Dr. Pat Zukow, the Center for the Study of Women awards a set of grants that are available only to CSW Research Affiliates. Honoring the memory of a writer who documented the silences imposed on women by family and work responsibilities and financial need, the Tillie Olsen Grants provide funding to support exceptional research and projects by CSW Research Affiliates.

Amount: Up to three $750 grants per year

Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017

Criteria:
  • Only CSW Research Affiliates may apply
  • Grants may be used to support participation in scholarly conferences, travel to research sites, purchase specialized research materials, or procurement of technical services
  • Expenses must be incurred from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the project and/or financial need
  • Research Affiliates may apply in successive or multiple years.
  • Recipients are required to 1) write a blog post about their research activities for the CSW website and 2) acknowledge CSW in all publications resulting from this project.
To Apply:

The application requires the documents listed below. 
  1. Research Project Abstract (maximum 2 single-spaced pages)
  2. Itemized Budget (1 page describing how funds will be used)
  3. Supporting Documents (quotes/invoices) of Budget Items (e.g., if airfare, provide copy of airfare prices if ticket is not yet purchased)
  4. Curriculum Vitae
Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, May 8, 2017.

The Center for the Study of Women is offering travel grants to non-UCLA graduate students and independent scholars to attend the Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure Symposium on May 4-5, 2017, at UCLA. 

The purpose of the travel grants is to provide financial assistance to graduate students and independent scholars outside of UCLA who otherwise could not attend the event due to financial constraints.

Amount: Awards will range from $100-250

Deadline: May 3, 2017

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, beginning on April 10, 2017.

Criteria:

  • Awardees will be selected on the basis of financial need, related research interests, and number of qualified applicants.
  • Awardees must be a registered graduate student at a university other than UCLA or an independent scholar not associated officially with a university.

  • Funds will be disbursed after the event upon submission of original and itemized receipts showing method of payment and only for travel directly related to the Chemical Entanglements Symposium. Eligible expenses include airfare, lodging, mileage, parking, and ground/public transportation.

  • Awardee is not eligible for a travel grant if they receive funding from another source for the same expenses submitted for this application.

To Apply:

The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Statement of Need and Interest (1-page maximum): Describe your research interests related to Chemical Entanglements and how attending the Chemical Entanglements Symposium will benefit your academic/professional work.
  2. CV
  3. Budget: Provide a detailed breakdown of expenses and amounts. Specify if you will receive travel support from any other source.
    -If requesting funds for mileage, provide the departure address. UCLA Travel Policy reimburses $0.54/mile.