About CAS Workshops

The workshops represent dozens of vibrant micro-communities of scholars where the participants engage in lively conversation and receive valuable insight and encouragement. The workshop setting provides an informal forum for students to develop close and supportive ties with their fellow students and faculty mentors, not to mention guest faculty. More advanced graduate students often become mentors and role models to other students as they experience together the different stages of their transition from consumers to creators of knowledge.

Workshop Structure and Activities

The basic workshop structure can be defined by regularly scheduled seminar-style meetings where a student, faculty, or guest speaker presents his or her work-in-progress. Workshop groups can also facilitate activities such as social gatherings, exhibition visits, concert or film screenings, and hands-on learning of field-work techniques. They can also work collaboratively on relevant events and conferences with UChicago centers and institutes as well as colleagues at other universities. Since the founding of the workshop program, interdisciplinarity has often been a key feature of UChicago workshops.

Workshop Planning

To ensure that the Workshop Program continues to be at the forefront of innovative graduate education, the Council on Advanced Studies has introduced new planning models for individual workshops to consider. In addition to applications for the traditional one-year renewable workshops, applications will be accepted for two other types of workshops:

  • Two-year renewable workshops that are intended to encourage students and faculty to think strategically about the intellectual arc of their workshop and to give them the flexibility and freedom of a two-year budget.
  • Three-year project-based non-renewable workshops that are meant to encourage experimentation within the workshop framework. It is possible that certain workshops should be designed to have a natural life cycle and that their scholarship and community would not be best served by indefinite timelines.

Although the Workshop Program was designed originally to support advanced graduate students, workshops anticipating active participation of master’s degree students may wish to consider applying for supplemental money (on top of their base workshop budget) to support efforts dedicated to providing opportunities specifically for master’s degree students.

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