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Dear Graduate Program Administrators and Deans of Students, Welcome back from break! Please find below this week’s Grad Guide. Thanks for your help in forwarding the events and announcements to students in your area. Please also take a minute to check out the new Graduate and Professional Student News. We hope you’ll enjoy the new format, but drop us a line with any feedback. Best wishes, Meghan Meghan Hammond Assistant Director Office of Graduate Affairs 773-702-6093 Grad Guide Weekly January 7, 2010 Upcoming Events 1. [UCSC] Heart of Chicago Writing Contest Reception: TODAY! Thursday, January 7 2. [CAPS] Winter Career Fair: Friday, January 8 3. [CTL] Workshop on Course Design: Friday, January 8 4. [CAPS] Non-Profit Career Exploration: Monday, January 11 5. [Library] Are Citation Management Tools for You? Using EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero for Your Research: Tuesday, January 12 6. [CAPS/CTL] The Job Talk and Teaching Demonstration: Tuesday, January 12 7. [Sustainability] Indoor Winter Gardening & Sprouting Workshop: Tuesday, January 12 8. [SCRS] Mindfulness: A Tool for Managing Stress: Wednesday, January 13 9. [CAPS] Grad Student Super Walk-ins Day: Wednesday, January 13 10. [OGA] Dissertation Proposal Workshop: Thursday, January 14 11. 2010 MLK Celebration Memorial Service: Friday, January 15 12. [UCSC] MLK Day of Service: Saturday, January 16 13. [I-House] Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Concert Series: Music of Turkey: Sunday, January 17 14. [CAPS/OIA] Networking for International Students: Thursday, January 21 15. [OGA/CAPS/OMSA/CTL] GradUCon: Graduate Student Development Conference: Friday, January 22 16. [Grad Council] Graduate Student Winter Social: Friday, January 22 17. [SCRS] Dissertation Support Group 18. [Rockefeller] Tea and Pipes: Tuesdays 19. [SCRS] Breath, Move, and Meditate: Tuesdays 20. [SCRS] Eating Concerns Group: Tuesdays 21. [SCRS] Ongoing Mindfulness Meditation: Wednesdays Announcements 1. Winter Quarter Graduate and Professional Student News is online! 2. [UCSC] Summer Links Applications due Thursday, January 14 3. [OGA/CAPS/CTL/OMSA] GradUCon: Graduate Student Development Conference: Registration Deadline – *Friday, January 8* 4. Student Health Insurance: Your Feedback is Necessary 5. [OUSH] Resident Head Applications Available Now 6. [CAPS] New CAPS Resources & Services 7. [OGA] Graduate Student Affairs on Facebook 8. [Dissertation] Draft Reviews from the Dissertation Office 9. [Pritzker] Tickets on sale – Pritzker Formal Charity Ball: January 30, 2010 10. [Library] Special Collections and Quarterly Check-Out Due Dates 11. [ORCSA] Upcoming Events are on our Calendar Welcome back from break— don’t forget to check out these upcoming Fellowship Deadlines! Visit the Gateway - graduate and professional students' link to University resources. N.B.: An events calendar and archived versions of this weekly bulletin are posted on the Gateway. Upcoming Events 1. [UCSC] Heart of Chicago Writing Contest Reception TODAY! Thursday, January 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art (5500 S Greenwood Ave) Join us as we honor the winners of the Heart of Chicago Undergraduate Writing Contest. 2. [CAPS] Winter Career Fair Friday, January 8, 12 – 4 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall 3. [CTL] Workshop on Course Design Friday, January 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Due to popular demand, our first program of 2010 will be the Workshop on Course Design this Friday. This program is offered ONLY to those students who have already completed the Seminar on Course Design. Spots are limited and tend to go quickly so don’t hesitate to sign up if you are interested! You may register at our website here: http://teaching.uchicago.edu/. 4. [CAPS] Non-Profit Career Exploration Monday, January 11, 6 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall 5. [Library] Are Citation Management Tools for You? Using EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero for Your Research Tuesday, January 12, 1 – 2 p.m., Regenstein Library, Room 523 Registration is required. 6. [CAPS/CTL] The Job Talk and Teaching Demonstration Tuesday, January 12, 4 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall 7. [Sustainability] Indoor Winter Gardening & Sprouting Workshop Tuesday, January 12, 12 – 1 p.m., Swift Hall Room 106 Julia Govis (Master Gardener/International Organic Farm Inspector) will demonstrate and explain ways in which you can grow your own organic meals indoors this winter, during this brown bag lunch. After the demonstration, there will be an opportunity for Q & A and materials available to take home and try your own hand at growing and sprouting. Click here to view the event and add it to your calendar. This workshop is part of an ongoing series of workshops and discussions brought to you by the Sustainability Council’s Food & Gardening committee. Contact Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the committee or if you’d like to attend a meeting. 8. [SCRS] Mindfulness: A Tool for Managing Stress Wednesdays, starting January 13, 2 – 3 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel Mindfulness is moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention. Mindfulness arises naturally out of living and can be strengthened through practice. Sometimes this practice is called meditation. Learn more about this powerful way of managing stress in part by getting in touch with what is bountiful in your life. Each workshop section meets for 3 consecutive weeks and includes instruction and practice of mindfulness meditation techniques. To register, click here. 9. [CAPS] Grad Student Super Walk-ins Day Wednesday, January 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall 10. [OGA] Dissertation Proposal Workshop Thursday, January 14, 12 – 1 p.m., Reynolds Club, South Lounge Bring your lunch and watch a video-taped presentation of Professor Andrew Abbott (Sociology) discussing and offering tips on the Dissertation Proposal process followed by a Q & A session. 11. 2010 MLK Celebration Memorial Service Friday, January 15, 3:30 p.m., Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy as the start of the University of Chicago’s Black Heritage Celebration. Keynote address: Dr. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University. For details on MLK and Black Heritage Celebration events, go to: http://mlk.uchicago.edu/. 12. [UCSC] MLK Day of Service Saturday, January 16 Join students, staff, and faculty for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Check UCSC’s website for details or email email@example.com. 13. [I-House] Global Voices Performing Art Series presents the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Concert Series: Music of Turkey Sunday, January 17, 6 p.m., International House Assembly Hall Under the direction of Issa Boulos, the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble (MEME) at the University of Chicago promotes the exchange of musical ideas and Middle Eastern cultures through a variety of programs and events based in Chicago. The focus of this concert will be music traditions from Turkey. For more information, please visit http://meme.uchicago.edu/nconcert.htm. This event is free and open to the public. 14. [CAPS/OIA] Networking for International Students Thursday, January 21, 5:30 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, West Lounge Effective networking is key to job hunting to the U.S. and in this current economy has become even more important than ever. How does networking here differ from networking in other countries? How can you best present yourself as an international student? This event will feature a conversation with Booth alumna Shubha Chakravarthy, as well as a networking exercise, designed to answer these and other questions about networking in the U.S. RSVP to Lesley Lundeen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-702-7810. 15. [OGA/CAPS/OMSA/CTL] GradUCon: Graduate Student Development Conference Friday, January 22-- **Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, January 8** GradUCon is a conference designed for current graduate students in the arts and sciences, and recent alumni of graduate programs at the University of Chicago. This afternoon of expert panels will cover topics listed below, providing resources for your academic, personal, and professional development. Registration is required by Friday, January 8. 16. [Grad Council] Graduate Student Winter Social Friday, January 22, 4 – 6 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club (1212 E. 59th Street) Meet graduate students from across divisions and professional schools over some food, fun & music! Immediately following the first ever Graduate Student Conference, GRADUCON!! Are you a graduate student and part of a band? Perform at the social and Get Paid! For more information or if you are interested, please contact Jigna Shah at Jigna@uchicago.edu. 17. [SCRS] Dissertation Support Group A new dissertation support group is now being formed to run once weekly through the academic year. This is a resource for mutual support and strategy-sharing that has been helpful for many students who are coping with dissertation-related stress. For further information about this group, please contact: Tammy Claman, Psy.D., at email@example.com. 18. [Rockefeller] Tea and Pipes Tuesdays, 4 p.m. A half hour of heavenly organ music, with tea and biscuits. You are invited to bring your cup of tea into the Chapel, and to listen to the organ from various places in the building – a glorious respite in the midst of a busy week. Free. 19. [SCRS] Breathe, Move, and Meditate Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 4 – 5 p.m., Reynolds Club South Lounge Stress is normal and, in fact, we need it to survive! There are times however that stress can sneak up on us and leave us feeling overwhelmed and worthless. It happens to everyone! Learn ways to chill out before stress gets the best of you. Find out how breathing intentionally and moving your body can help you feel more in control of life. Come prepared to practice relaxation techniques in class. Wear loose clothing(no skirts)and bring a yoga mat or towel if you'd like. These 1 hour workshops meet for 3 consecutive weeks. Sign up for a section here. 20. [SCRS] Eating Concerns Group Tuesdays, starting January 26, 4 – 5:30 p.m. This 6-week group is designed to provide useful strategies, education, and a supportive environment in which to help students with concerns about their eating, exercise habits, or body image. Participants should be at a stable, healthy weight and have had some prior therapy experience. Admission to this group will be ongoing until maximum capacity is reached. For questions, more information, or to schedule a brief screening appointment (required prior to beginning group), contact Dr. Peter Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org 21. [SCRS] Ongoing Mindfulness Meditation Wednesdays (January 13 – March 10), 3:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel For students who want to practice formal mindfulness meditation with a group each week. Q & A time at end to enhance practice. Drop-in format. No registration needed Announcements 1. Winter Quarter Graduate and Professional Student News is online! Check out the latest GPSN on the Graduate and Professional Student Gateway. There you’ll find a letter from Kimberly Goff-Crews, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students in the University, campuswide news and major events, an “Off the Quad” feature from a student who attended the Copenhagen climate summit, and loads of fellowships with deadlines in winter quarter. We’ve revamped the format and content this quarter, so please feel free to send your feedback our way! Please note, you can always find the GPSN (and these weekly emails) archived on the Grad Gateway. 2. [UCSC] Summer Links Applications due Thursday, January 14 Summer Links, a program of the University Community Service Center, offers intensive 10-week internships to 30 returning College and graduate students committed to public service, community building, and social change. Interns receive a $4000 stipend and the option of subsidized on-campus housing, and participate in weekly day-long and evening trainings about Chicago and social justice issues. Returning College, graduate, and professional school students are welcome to apply. Details and applications are available online at ucsc.uchicago.edu. Please feel free to contact Student Intern Hallie Trauger at email@example.com or Program Director Trudi Langendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 834-2699 with any questions or for more information. 3. Save the Date – GradUCon: Graduate Student Development Conference January 22, 2010 will be the inaugural Graduate Student Development Conference. Registration is now open, and you can find the registration form and more details on the Graduate & Professional Student Gateway, at http://grad.uchicago.edu/campus/gradUCon.shtml. GradUCon is co-sponsored by Graduate Student Affairs, Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS), the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and Alumni Relations & Development. This event will be followed by a graduate student social, hosted by Grad Council, from 4 to 7 p.m., to which all graduate and professional students are invited. 4. Student Health Insurance – Your Feedback is Necessary: Please respond by Friday, January 15 The Student Health Insurance Review Committee is currently reviewing U-SHIP (student health insurance) in order to make recommendations for the plan coverage and pricing for next year. Student feedback is a vital part of this review process. Would you please take several minutes to complete the short survey at the link, below? Even if you are not currently enrolled in U-SHIP, your feedback is important as we gain greater understanding of the needs and cost constraints of our students. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QW35QQH 5. [OUSH] Resident Head Applications Available Now Applications the position of Resident Head in the University House System for the (2010-2011) academic year are available. Positions are open to advanced graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. or a professional degree, University faculty, and administrative staff. Application materials are available on the Office of Undergraduate Student Housing website at http://housing.uchicago.edu. The deadline for the submission of applications is Monday, January 25, 2010. Information sessions regarding the position and the selection process will be held in early January. Attendance at one of these sessions is required for all applicants. For further details regarding the time and location of the information sessions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Housing 773-702-7366. 6. New CAPS Resources & Services Follow us on Twitter: UChiCAPSGrads Grad LiveChat: Members of the CAPS Grad Services Team are now available for quick questions and advice online every Monday through Friday from 4-5pm. Sign on through Chicago Career Connections in the lower right hand corner. Online Appointment Scheduling: Schedule an appointment with a CAPS grad career counselor up to 24 hours in advance on Chicago Career Connection. Just log in with your CNetID and password to get started. https://caps.uchicago.edu 7. [OGA] Graduate Student Affairs is on Facebook – Become our Fan! Follow us on Facebook to keep updated with upcoming events and other announcements. We’d love to have you as our fan. Search for “UChicago Graduate Student Affairs” or go to: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/UChicago-Graduate-Student- Affairs/197899206192?ref=ts. 8. [Dissertation] Draft Reviews from the Dissertation Office Dissertation Office staff can review a draft of your dissertation if you submit it by Wednesday, February 3 at 4:30 p.m. A copy of the current formatting requirements is available on the Dissertation Office web site: http://phd.lib.uchicago.edu. We do not proofread, but we will check the formatting in your document (margins, page numbers, etc.) and provide feedback. To submit a draft for review, please follow these steps: First, upload your work as a PDF on the ETD Administrator site if you want one of us to look at your draft. Then use the “Ask the Dissertation Office” form to let us know your draft is ready to be reviewed. Note: you should not click on Submit (under Submission and Payment on the ETD site) unless you have uploaded the final version of your dissertation and are ready to complete the submission process. 9. Tickets on sale – Pritzker Formal Charity Ball Saturday, January 30, 7 – 11 p.m., Sofitel – Water Tower (20 E Chestnut) Save the date for the Pritzker School of Medicine's annual formal charity ball, benefiting the Gary Comer Youth Center and New Millenium High School. Tickets are $65 each and available from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (924 E. 57th St) January 5 - 7, and 12 - 14. This event is made possible through the generous support of AMSA, ORCSA, The Pritzker School of Medicine, Pritzker Dean's Council, Graduate Council, and SNMA. 10. [Library] Special Collections and Due Dates Special Collections Research Center has reopened, and its collections of rare books, archives, and manuscripts are again available for research and teaching. To make arrangements for your class to visit, stop by the Special Collections Research Center or send a request. Please note that some collections are temporarily inaccessible. As a reminder, quarter loans charged or renewed before Dec. 28 are due Jan. 8. Don’t forget to return, recharge, or renew your Library books. 11. [ORCSA] Upcoming Events are on our Calendar ORCSA has many great events planned for the quarter, be sure to check https://studentactivities.uchicago.edu for the most up-to-date information. Fellowship Deadlines 1. American Councils Overseas Language Flagship Programs: Friday, January 15, 2010 The Overseas Flagship Programs were developed for students who already have advanced skills in a critical language not widely taught in the U.S., and who, through immersion-based intensive language study, want to achieve a superior or professional level of language proficiency. 4 programs offered: Arabic, Persian, Russian, and Central Asian Turkic Languages. http://flagship.americancouncils.org/splash.php 2. Social Science Research Council Fellowships and Grants – upcoming deadlines Islam & Muslims in World Contexts (short term grants): Monday, January 18, 2010 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship: Friday, January 29, 2010 3. Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships: Tuesday, January 19 FLAS Fellowship Applications are now available for Summer 2010 and Academic Year 2010-11. A FLAS Fellowship workshop will be offered on Thursday, January 7 at 12:00 p.m. in the Reynolds Club, South Lounge and the application deadline is Tuesday, January 19 for in-residence students. For more information and to download applications visit http://grad- affairs.uchicago.edu/programs/flas.shtml. 4. American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate Predoctoral Fellowships: Thursday, January 28, 2010 These fellowships are designed to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training. Research should be broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. To learn more, go to: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3059895. 5. National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Graduate Fellowships: Thursday, January 28, 2010 Boren Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. For more information, see: http://borenawards.org/. 6. Pathways to Science: online searchable databases for graduate students PathwaysToScience.org is a portal website supporting pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on connecting traditionally underrepresented groups with STEM programs and resources, including funding and mentoring opportunities. Use this website to search for programs in STEM, including graduate fellowships and post-doctoral positions for STEM and Social Science fields. For more fellowship opportunities, see the final page of the quarterly Graduate and Professional Student News.
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