Updates from the President

From Timothy Ma, AGS President:

Mark your calendars for our academic events dates. The Graduate Career Conference will be on February 12th and the AGS Research Symposium will be on April 22nd. We’ve got a diverse group of graduate students in the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee to look over many aspects of our UC SHIP health insurance. I encourage graduate students to look into a wide array of graduate division’s workshops that range from ethics to leadership to data science. Lastly, AGS is partnering with ASUCI and Student Affairs to provide UCI Student Parents with a platform to connect and form a community while advocating for dedicated resources. As usual, check out our AGS social events and have a great quarter!

Updates from the Executive Board

From Sifat Reazi, VP External:

It’s been a exciting and productive start to the quarter. We’ve begun the year meeting with administrators motivated to assist students and work on grad issues. With UCSA we have developed this year’s grad agenda–on which we’ve already made progress. These issues are diverse and salient; from access to affordable/dignified housing to healthy faculty/advisor relationships. We have a dedicated team of student leaders from each UC campus advocating these on these issues, and so I am excited about the work to be done. You can find the complete 2015-2016 Grad Agenda here.

On campus, we’re eager to advance our conversations about the unique challenges that Masters/Professional student faces. We have made headway on this front and will keep you informed on the progress moving forward.

Considering the strides we have made in such a short time, I am enthusiastic and optimistic about the year to come.

If you have ideas (or even anecdotes) relevant to any of these topics, reach out to AGS!

Until the next update, good luck with midterms/finals, and of course #zotOn.

From Shantell Nolen, VP Social:

Hey Everyone! Welcome Week 2015 was a huge success. We hope you had as much fun at our events as we did. The Social committee is now hard at work trying to duplicate the success of Welcome Week for Fall 2015. Our plan for this year is to host events that both our single students and graduate families will enjoy. We’ve got an assortment of things planned, including an after dark laser light show at the trampoline park, ornament decorating and gingerbread houses at the holiday party, and much more. As Halloween approaches our next events are the annual Halloween party and the Fall Harvest Carnival. Check out our Facebook page for more details. Go Anteaters Go! #AGS #GradsJustWantToHaveFun

From John Alejandro, AGS International Chair:

Hi! The International Committee is in full swing having fun with anteaters from other countries how to #selfie and #zot while shining a light on resources and advocacy during the International Graduate Orientation and the International Graduate Orientation Mixer. If you want to represent your country during the International Soccer Tournament hosted by AGS on October 30 6-10pm at the ARC, sign up and find the link to the Facebook event here! Thanksgiving potluck is coming up in November so stay tuned. Thank you and Zot!

On Campus

We access the administrators; your voices get heard. We advocate for you on issues of housingparking, campus budgeting, and the various student services services on campus.

Social Events

We want to bring you out of your labs, offices, and libraries! In addition to hosting an ever-increasing variety of fabulous events, we fund graduate-student-initiated events and projects!


Currently, we draw some independent income as the primary stakeholder in UCI’s Anthill Pub & Grill, a landmark cultural institution at UCI. We are also open to your on-campus business ideas!

Off Campus

We are deeply involved with lobbying state and national legislatures. Though we advocate on other issues, we are primarily fighting the state of California’s divestment from public higher education.

AGS Symposium

The 2016 AGS Graduate Research Symposium will take place on Friday, April 22. UCI students will showcase outstanding graduate and professional research in non-technical talks and compete for cash prizes. Check out the symposium website for more information, and stay tuned for updates on applications!

Travel Grants

In 2013, AGS raised $70,000 of new funding to send graduate students to academic conferences. If you are a graduate student at UCI, you are eligible. Applications are now open. Check out the travel grant website for more details!

You can join AGS.

Want to give back to the community? Have an idea that can change UCI for the better? You don’t need to be elected, and you can contribute as much or as little time as you have. Contact our VP Administrative Ryan Lewis.

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