GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: April 19, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research program Information Session

Monday, April 23 at 1:30pm, location TBD

 The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission.  Information session will be led by Meridith Bruozas of Argonne National Laboratory and Dr. Ping Ge from the U.S. Department of Energy. Please RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle  (Events > GRAD Events > Search and RSVP).


Options Clearing Corporation Info Session

Tuesday, April 24, 3:30-5:00 pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ

Join Joe Kuryla, OCC’s Vice President, Engineering to learn about the critical role OCC plays as the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, how OCC is harnessing new technologies in Cloud, Data, and Machine Learning, and available opportunities at OCC. Several members of OCC’s Talent Acquisitions team will also be in attendance. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle  (Events > Info Sessions > Search and RSVP).


Resumes for Government, Industry, & Nonprofits

Wednesday April 25, 3-4pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 – 3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
This resume workshop will provide you with input to better understand what is expected in writing a resume for government, industry, and nonprofits. There will be concrete tips on how to craft your job documents and get noticed by employers during your search. Brush up on the do’s and don’ts of your job search process, from how to craft your bullet points to the highlights you should mention in your resume based on the specifics of the position you're applying to. This workshop is appropriate for any graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines. Register by logging in to GRAD Gargoyle as student/alumni, click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and RSVP 


Cover Letter Workshop

Thursday April 26, 2-3pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 – 3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
Your cover letter is often the first opportunity you have to deliberately and intentionally create your own narrative within the context of the job or internship that you're applying for. Come to this workshop to learn more about best practices for creating tailored cover letters - how to format them, dos and don'ts, how to highlight your strongest assets/abilities/skills, and how to differentiate yourself from other candidates. You'll always want to keep the organization's hiring needs in mind when writing these documents! So, come prepared to think about how best to "market" yourself and learn more about cover letter writing. This workshop is appropriate for all graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines. Register by logging in to GRAD Gargoyle  as student/alumni, click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and RSVP 


Workshop on Translating Humanities Skills and Expertise for Employers 

Thursday, April 26, 4:30-6:00 p.m., GRAD HQ (3rd Floor, UChicago Bookstore)

A graduate degree in the humanities can prepare you for a variety of positions in nonprofits, industry, and government, but hiring managers in these fields are often unfamiliar with the specialized training and distinct experience of a humanities M.A. or Ph.D.  How, then, do you translate your skills and expertise when applying for jobs?  This []PATHS workshop will provide you with practical tools and strategies for making your humanistic research and teaching legible to employers in industry, nonprofits, and government.  RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events > Search and RSVP).


 Expose Yourself! at the Art Institute

Thursday, May 3, 6-9pm, The Art Institute of Chicago (159 E. Monroe St., Modern Wing Entrance) Please meet in the Modern Wing lobby no later than 5:45PM - Tours will begin promptly at 6:00PM. UCID required. 

As part of “UChicago Night” at the Art Institute of Chicago (free admission thanks to UChicago Arts Pass), UChicagoGRAD will lead special, fun tours around the museum that will feature brief presentations from several UChicago graduate students, who will stand in front of works of art and relate them to their academic research. All attendees are invited to a reception at “Terzo Piano” after the tours! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED à Login to GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events > Search Expose Yourself! and RSVP
Featured presenters include:

  • Ashley Clark, History of Science
  • Joana Konova, Art History
  • Josie Lesperance, Art History
  • Ameera Nimjee, Music
  • Jean Salac, Computer Science
  • Maja Sunleaf, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Esther Van Dyke, Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Marisa Wakely, Psychology


Free shuttles will leave the Reynolds Club at 4:30PM and 5:00PM, compliments of UChicago Arts. Please arrive early as the service fills up quickly! UCID required.


Working at Teaching Colleges: Perspectives from Alumni

Friday, May 18, 9am-1pm, Cloister Club in Ida Noyes

This event will provide graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to explore what it means to pursue an academic career at colleges and universities that place an emphasis on teaching. In panels and small group discussions, alumni from Chicago-area institutions will provide insight into the relevant skills and experiences that University of Chicago graduate students and postdocs might cultivate to prepare for these types of careers. They will also discuss how best to demonstrate and communicate these skills and experiences to hiring committees. There will be multiple fora for questions, informal conversation, and feedback. Light breakfast and lunch will be served. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register by logging in to GRAD Gargoyle as student/alumni, click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and RSVP 


GRAD Career Opportunities

Junior Quantitative Researcher, Machine Learning, Akuna Capital |Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 62277

Research Project Manager, Lighthouse Institute| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63534

Program Assistant, American Historical Association Deadline: May 7| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63530

Data Scientist, Vistex | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63523

Management Analyst, ERPi |Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63541


Connecting with alumni made easy with Wisr!
UChicagoGRAD has officially launched, Wisr, a new platform that makes it easy for graduate students to reach out to UChicago alumni to expand your network and ask career advice. We currently have thousands of UChicago alumni across all divisions, industries and geographies interested in being a resource for you. Wisr lets you search for mentors by location, company, industry and discipline and manages the scheduling for phone calls or text-based chat. If you’ve signed up before, now is a great time to check back in for new updates and features including:

  • Communities: Students and alumni who share a meaningful affinity or interest can start discussions, schedule events, share files, and connect even more easily.
  • How-to-Help: Alumni are now asked to choose how exactly they are willing to help students (e.g., conducting mock interview, advising on industries, internships, resume review) making it easier for you to get the help you are looking for.

Sign up here with a valid LinkedIn account or email and start connecting today! 


Purchase UChicagoGRAD merchandise online

Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and more are now available online! Get your GRAD gargoyle gear today! Visit the online store and receive 10% using the code: gargoyle.


UChicagoGRAD Sounding Board

Don’t let your stress and worries overwhelm you. Take advantage of UChicagoGRAD sounding board to unload your concerns both academic and non. Schedule an appointment today.


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The University has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The membership provides faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with access to hundreds of resources designed to support their success in their academic careers. Anyone with a university email address is eligible for membership. To register, simply visit the website at the following link and choose “Institutional Sub-Account” as your membership type:

Resources include:

  • Monday Motivators, a weekly e-newsletter that gives positive energy and advice, and provides support on all things related to the grad student, postdoc, and faculty academic and professional experience.
  • Webinars that are 60-90 minute professional development sessions facilitated by trained professionals and guest experts.
  • Multi-Week Courses that are a series of classes that tackle the Academy’s most pressing challenges.
  • Discussion Forum, which is a safe-space where all NCFDD members can connect, share, mentor, problem-solve, and celebrate successes.
  • Library that provides scripts, transcripts, and videos of previous webinars.
  • Career Center that allows members to search job openings, find potential candidates, and subscribe to new posting notifications that are field specific.
  • Resources & Referrals section that has a list of go-to people for services such as coaching, editing, writing, and productivity apps.

Graduate students and postdocs can become NCFDD members by claiming institutional membership online with the University of Chicago via the following link:


Campus-wide events and announcements

Have you registered to receive your Ph.D. in June but not yet submitted your final dissertation?
If so, you will receive an invitation to enroll in the Dissertation Office Canvas site. The site provides access to formatting resources, and enrolling will enable you to receive email updates and reminders. Please accept the invitation by April 20.


Registration is open for Advanced Koru 2.0 Mindfulness Meditation

For those that have taken the 4-Week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation, or are experienced in mindfulness, this 4-week class offers new skills for students to practice in cultivating moment-to-moment judgment-free awareness of self and surroundings. View more information at or register online at *You must have completed the 4-week Introduction to Koru Mindfulness Meditation to enroll in this course. Students who need accommodations can call (773) 702-8935. SHCS provides services and resources that are inclusive of all identities.


RSVP Presents “Wrong Way Journey” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00p.m., FXK Theater Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University, 3rd Floor

Wrong Way Journey is a story about a young woman who, as a result of a college rape, is forced out of naivete into a journey toward healing, wholeness, and liberation, while grappling with spirituality and sexuality as she learns how to adjust to, accept, and reject the world's ideals and expectations.There will also be an opening poetry performance by E. Nina Jay, author of Body of Rooms.


The Body Project Workshop

Thu Apr 19th 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Stuart 102

Let's talk about our bodies!! Join the Peer Health Advocates: The Body Project to learn more about what body positivity really means, the fat acceptance movement and learn practical skills for developing body positivity and acceptance on a daily basis. Our goal is to build a supportive and inclusive environment where open conversations about body image are the norm.


Food will be provided by The Nile! Follow the PHA's on Facebook @uchicagobodyproject and @uchicagointouch Students who need accommodations can call (773) 702-8935. SHCS provides services and resources that are inclusive of all identities.


Arts & Innovation Series Presents: Economies of the Individual – Shifting Support for the Arts/Creative Sector
Thursday, April 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Room 201 (915 E. 60th St., Chicago)
The event will feature Angie Kim of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a California-based knowledge and financial services incubator for individual artists.  She will talk about CCI’s work to prioritize support for individuals and institutions as well as touch on national trends, such as the shift from full-time employment to gig economics, and how this creates tension in creative sectors. Register online >>


The Chicago Africa Business Club presents: Africa Culture Month 2018

Registration LIVE !! Purchase tickets HERE

The Chicago Africa Business Club (CABG) at the Booth School of Business presents: Africa Culture Month, a month-long celebration of African culture through the arts and cuisine. The mission of the CABG is to build a close-knit community for the growing number of graduate students who have a strong interest in issues, events, and activities related to Africa.

Take a master-class in traditional dance led by the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago or join a culinary workshop where your fellow graduate students will share recipes from their native countries – dishes will range from West to North Africa and complimented with regional beverages.

  • North African cooking class: 19th April 2018, Downtown Loop. Price: $5
  • East African Movie Screening & Discussion: 26th April 2018, Downtown Loop, $5


Special Mexican I-Monday 

Monday, April 23, 7 - 9pm, International House Assembly Hall - 1414 E. 59th Street
Join us for a special Mexican I-Monday at International House! Enjoy some delicious food and drink with your friends and fellow graduate community.

Cost: $10 cash (at the door). The event is 21+, so please bring your ID.


Systems Change Leadership: Redefining Social Entrepreneurship
Cohosted by Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Illinois Institute of Technology's Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship
Monday, April 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Gleacher Center, Room 100
Most social and environmental problems exist as part of a system of interconnected communities, actors, and incentives, but too often we set out to tackle problems before understanding that system. Join educator and entrepreneur Daniela Papi-Thornton to learn how a deeper understanding of systems can lead to better solutions, and as a result, lasting change. 
RSVP to attend or live stream »


Canvas Day

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Regenstein Library, Room 122A-B  

This half-day conference will highlight presentations by several faculty showcasing their success stories in leveraging Canvas in their teaching and learning. You will have the opportunity to network, engage in consultations, earn chances to win door prizes, and learn more about Canvas. The event will start with a light lunch and end with a reception that includes an exciting preview tour of a new digital creation capability here at UChicago. 

Visit for more information and to register. 


Authority & Teaching -- CCT Brown Bag Series -- "Authority and Race"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Gates-Blake 321

In this brown-bag series, graduate students, postdoctoral instructors, and new faculty will come together to address issues regarding authority in the classroom. This discussion group is intended as a safe space to examine issues surrounding authority and workshop potential solutions. Each meeting will highlight a different aspect of authority with relation to teaching, and provide resources and concrete strategies for navigating challenging situations. Please feel free to bring your lunch! 


2018 Gargoyle Case Competition - Sponsored by McKinsey & Company

Info Session: April 27, 5:00-6:00 PM, Kent Chemical Laboratory 107

UChicago’s Gargoyle Consulting Club is excited to announce our 2018 case competition, sponsored by McKinsey & Company. Influence a major new direction in higher education by consulting for UChicago’s Office of Global Initiatives and Strategy in a team of 3-5 (we’ll work to match individuals without teams!). Whether you’re interested in management consulting, higher ed administration, or any other type of alt-academic career, this is a great opportunity to build experience solving a problem with a team and to impact a real university strategy. All participants will be able to develop communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Finalists will be judged by the client and McKinsey consultants, and the winners will be invited to an exclusive McKinsey networking event. Come to our info session on 4/27 in Kent Chemical Laboratory for the reveal of the case prompt and a Q&A with the client. A reception will follow in which individuals without teams can network with other interested participants. All students from all divisions are welcome to register starting 4/22. Check our website for updates: Key Dates:

4/22: Registration Opens

4/27: Info Session (Prompt Reveal and Q&A with Client)

5/1: Registration Closes

5/14: First Round

5/18: Final Round (Judging by client and McKinsey consultants)



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Harris Leadership Symposium

Friday, April 27th, 1:00 – 5:30 pm, Harris School of Public Policy

Effective communications make an impact. They advance social change and are a critical tool of policy leaders. The inaugural Harris Leadership Symposium will feature experienced policy-makers, consultants, educators and experts who will present strategies for making policy solutions “stick” in a “noisy” world.


Explore Chicago: Blue Man Group
Friday, April 27th, 7:00pm Show, Briar Street Theater

Join the Center for Leadership and Involvement for a night out see the Blue Man Group. Tickets go on sale March 30th at noon for $25.00 (purchase up to 2 tickets) and can be purchased through the Logan Box Office Theatre and online. Link to purchase tickets:


Franke Forum Presents: "Empire and International Law" Jennifer Pitts, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the College
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 5:15–6:00 p.m., Gleacher Center

International law is the product of a history at once distinctively European and also, often devastatingly, global. It has long played an important role in structuring and justifying hierarchy and domination, even as it also has also supplied resources for critique and a framework for envisioning greater global justice and equity. This talk, based on Pitts’s new book, Boundaries of the International, explores the emergence of modern international law alongside European imperialism and the implications of that history for global justice today.  Sponsored by the University of Chicago's Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Franke Forum is a series of free public lectures by renowned University scholars.  All Franke Forum talks take place at the University's Gleacher Center. This event will take place in Room 621. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, April 27, 2018 by emailing



Art and Science Expo

Submission Instructions - Due by April 30, 2018

Event: Wednesday, May 9th; 5-7 pm, GCIS 3rd Floor Atrium
Food, drinks, and prizes for best in show! Sponsored by BSD Dean's Council and Graduate Council. Questions? Please email us at


  • For each piece of artwork you submit, please fill out this form: (UChicago email addresses only). This form also includes a place to upload your image files.
  • If you are submitting an image to be printed...
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU UPLOAD PDF FILES. The submission form will not accept any other file type. There is a 100 MB size limit.
  • The resolution of your image should be around 300 ppi. Your print may be pixellated/blurry if it is not sufficiently high resolution when printed. 
  • You will be able to select either glossy paper (11'' x 14'') or matte paper (12'' x 18''). Your image will be scaled to fit whichever size you choose. 
  • We use the PSD Graphic Arts center at Crerar to print, so see for more specific instructions.

Spring application round: Teach for the Writing Program in 2018-19

Applications due Monday, May 7, 2018 at 1:00pm

The UC Writing Program is now hiring Writing Interns, Lectors, and Tutors for 2018-19! Our teaching positions are renewable each quarter and suitable for graduate students in all stages of their programs. Once hired, Writing Program staff receive hands-on, practical training in writing pedagogy, along with ongoing support as they begin working with student writers. Graduate students from ALL departments and divisions are encouraged to apply. Those interested in multiple positions need only submit one application. For more information, visit


Communicating Science Regional Conference (ComSciCon - Chicago) 

August 25th-26th, 2018

British International School of Chicago (TBC). 
The application for the regional workshop is now open and will close at 11:59pm on May 16, 2018 (application link:
The ComSciCon workshop series is designed to empower graduate students to communicate the complex concepts arising in science, engineering and other technical fields to diverse audiences. We have a stellar program of events planned for the two full days of the workshop. Attendees will interact with fellow graduate student leaders in science communication, learn from expert writers and communicators including journalists, communication researchers, and scientists, and will produce original writing for publication. There will be no cost or fee to attend this conference, but only a limited number of spots are available.  Attendees will be selected through a competitive application process.

For more information, please contact ComSciCon organizing committee at

Ongoing Campus Programming

Weekly Language & Culture Tables

International House Dining Room
Want to learn a new language in a casual setting? Looking for others to speak to in your own native language? Language and culture tables have been part of the International House's long tradition to promote multicultural environment. These are informal weekly one-hour gatherings focused around more than 10 different languages. All levels are welcome! For a the full weekly schedule please visit -


Twenty Minutes Still

Weekdays | 8 am–8:20 am | Bond Chapel

Still the mind and body. Meditation for twenty minutes in the stillness of Bond. 


Coming Out & Beyond- Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Mondays 3:30-5 at SCS Calling all LGBTQ students!  And this includes Q for questioning!  Whether you are out or not, graduate or college student, international or domestic, feel free to join this group as a space where you can find support and inclusivity of your whole self. 

Email for details and to sign up!


Open Space

Tuesdays | 12 pm–12:30 pm | Bond Chapel

All are welcome to come hear from diverse members of the community, to be opened and heartened by music or a reflective silence that points us beyond ourselves, and to wrestle (sometimes ritually) with the tensions we—as people who come from many places and traditions—see in our lives and in our world.


Unfollow Your Inner Critic- Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Tuesdays 1:30-3pm at SCS

This 8 week group for graduate students is aimed at helping participants gain a different perspective on life’s challenges, change the way they relate to painful experiences, and actively engage in a life that is meaningful and rewarding.

Email for details and to sign up!


Nurturing Each Other, Healing Ourselves- Therapy Group for Women of Color -Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Tuesdays 3:30-5 at SCS

This group will provide a safe space for undergraduates & graduate students to connect and process experiences related to being women of color. Self-compassion and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy will be integrated to promote growth and healing.

Email for details and to sign up!


Honesty – a interpersonal process group for graduate students (all genders) - Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Tuesdays 11:40am-1:00pm at SCS

“Honesty” is an interpersonal process group therapy that encourages members to find authentic self. It offers a safe space and opportunities to reflect how you relate to yourself, others, and the world by receiving and providing support and feedback. The group is designed to help you have insights on your relationship pattern and how you can relate to others differently.

Email  for details and to sign up!


Yoga at Rockefeller

Tuesdays, Weeks 2-9 | 6–7 pm | Rockefeller Chapel

Join us for a gentle yoga session in the embrace of Rockefeller's great stones, led by Rachel Carbonara. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.


Jolly Pumpkin Tuesday Trivia Night

Every Tuesday starting January 30th from 8-10 p.m.

5215 S. Harper Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615

Free to play; up to 6 people per team; feel free to come on your own and be added to a team; win Jolly Pumpkin gift cards


Ask Lucy

Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, Reynolds Club Marketplace 

Lucy, or your campus religious advisors, that is! You can tell us a story or ask us anything. Truly anything. Religious Advisors are available with weekly office hours in Spiritual Life too!  


Breathing Room

Thursdays | 3 pm–4:30 pm | Ida Noyes 034

Relax, talk with a friend, draw a mandala, enjoy the quite of the meditation space, or hang out with the Spiritual Life staff—every breath is yours. Light refreshments and a happy light are provided!


My Body and Soul 

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30, Ida Noyes 034

My body and soul is a weekly interfaith gathering for women to discuss the relationship between religion and women's bodies--from body image, to modesty, to the interaction between societal and spiritual understandings of our physical selves. The group is open to female-identifying people of any/no faith, with topics open to discussion. 


Moving Through Trauma: Strategies for self-care and healthy coping - Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Thursday from 1:15 to 2:45 at SCS

This five week group will assist those who are survivors of sexual assault to better manage difficult emotion and develop healthy self-care.  The group will start 5th week of Spring quarter and will run every Thursday for five weeks. Commitment to the full five weeks is a requirement of the group.

Email  or  for more details


Graduate Women’s Counseling Group - Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Fridays from 1:30-3 at SCS

This 8-week group will help female-identified graduate students consider their experiences as women on campus, in their relationships, with themselves and with each other.  Sessions will help students consider how to manage stressors, how their communication benefits or inhibits them, how to trust in each other, and access more support.

Email for details and to sign up!


ELI Conversation Hour

Fridays, Weeks 2-9 | 3:30-4:30p | Cobb 219

Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? Join the weekly ELI Conversation Hour! Build English proficiency and communication skills; learn about North American cultures; discuss different topics each week; network and meet new people. For more information:


ELI Board Game Group

Fridays, Weeks 2-9 | 4:30-6:00p | Cobb 201A-B

Come and join the ELI's Board Game Group, where you will meet new friends, play intriguing board games, and build confidence in using your spontaneous speaking and critical thinking skills. For more information: