GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: February 23, 2017

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Alumni Career Conversation with Ray Iwanowski

Thursday, February 23, Noon, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

Join UChicagoGRAD for an Alumni Career Conversation over lunch with Ray Iwanowski. Ray’s career took him from UChicago all across the financial sector from Salomon Brothers to Goldman Sachs to his current role at SECOR Asset Management. Lunch will be served. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops).


Grad Winter Mardi Gras Social hosted by Graduate Council

Friday, February 24, 8-11 pm, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Meet and socialize with grad students from across UChicago at our annual Mardi Gras bash with amazing fare and dancing!  Open to all graduate students. Guests are welcome. Tickets: $10 (includes dinner, dessert, craft beer). Co-sponsored by UChicagoGRAD.


Purchase tickets here:

RSVP here:


Chapin Hall Policy & Research Career Panel Luncheon Information Session

Monday February 27th, 11:30am-1:00pm, Chapin Hall-Richman Room

On Monday, February 27th Chapin Hall will host a Policy & Research Career Panel and Luncheon for UChicago graduate students. Chapin Hall senior leadership, researchers and policy analysts will answer questions about their work and career trajectories. The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. Find out more information via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Interested students should email Ajooni Sethi at to attend.


D.C. Public Schools Info Session – Sponsored UCIEP Ed Pros

Wednesday, March 1st at 11 a.m. | Ida Noyes Hall West Lounge

DC Public Schools is on a mission to be the first large, urban school district to close the opportunity gap, and has made unprecedented gains towards this goal. By focusing on increasing student achievement, building a culture of innovation and an emphasis on treating teachers like professionals, we have become the fastest, improving urban public school district in the nation. Join us in learning more about our district and application process for the 2017-18 school year.  RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. To view and RSVP for the Information Session, Click Events>Click Information Session>Select and RSVP.


Broadening Your Network: Citywide Faculty of Color Panel
Wednesday, March 1, 7:00-9:00pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

Connect with faculty of color from the Chicagoland area as they share stories, experiences, and advice on how to successfully navigate academia as graduate/professional students and postdocs of color.  Our panel includes Christina Rivers (DePaul), David Stovall (UIC), Bibiana Aadmes (UIC), and Twyla Blackmond Larnell (Loyola).  Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP using this link or the button below:

 Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), UChicagoGRAD, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC)


Galileo Learning is Hiring!

Galileo Learning now in its 15th year, is an educational teaching organization that runs three summer programs at 40+ locations throughout the Bay Area and Southern California and Chicago. Our mission is to develop teachers and innovators who envision and want to create a better world, and we reach this mission through employment of our unique pedagogy, the Galileo Innovation Approach. We are hiring for hundreds of “Camp Director” roles in the Chicagoland area, and many other positions in our local headquarter offices!  Learn more and apply here!


Graduate Career Consortium- Virtual Career Fair Event

March 2nd
The University of Chicago, along with more than 40 other universities, will be participating in a Virtual Career Fair on March 2nd hosted by the Graduate Career Consortium. The Virtual Career Fair (VCF) is an online career fair for PhD and Masters students, postdocs & alumni. You can interact in real time via live chat sessions, and meet top-notch employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees.  Learn more & Register to attend here!


Student Parent Social

Saturday, March 4, 4-6pm, Family Resource Center (950 E. 61st St.)

Come mix and mingle with fellow graduate student and postdoc parents and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. RSVP is required. Free parking available behind the WSSC and children are welcome. RSVP here:


Invitation to Graduate Students: Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Summit

Williams College, April 21-23, 2017

Application deadline: March 8, 2017

Are you interested in learning more about teaching at liberal arts colleges and enhancing diversity in academe? Through our partnership in the Creating Connections Consortium (C3), UChicagoGRAD is excited to invite current doctoral students to apply to participate in the 2017 C3 Summit at Williams College, in Williamstown, MA. The theme this year is: The Transformative Power of Race in the Academy: Measuring Change, Charting Futures. Please consult the 2017 C3 Summit website for more information. All expenses paid (for humanities and social sciences students). Must be in good academic standing. To be considered for selection to participate and perhaps even present at the summit, please submit an application here by Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.


IIC Brazil Summer Policy Lab
Deadline: Rolling – apply by March 13 for priority consideration
Eligibility: No citizenship requirements, all currently enrolled graduate students at UChicago who will graduate after summer 2017 are eligible to apply
Fields of Study: Any, but ideal applicants will have skills or experience in data analytics, GIS, Portuguese or Spanish language, biological sciences, physical and natural sciences, geography, and/or public policy

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) at Chicago Harris is partnering with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), USAID, Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM) to launch a summer opportunity to address pressing issues in Brazil's biodiversity conservation efforts. Three UChicago graduate students will spend ten weeks in Brazil bridging the gap between cutting-edge scientific findings and Brazilian biodiversity conservation efforts. Working in Brazil with biodiversity and ecosystem experts, policy experts, students and government officials, UChicago students will learn how research can be used to drive broad-scale change across one of the world’s most important and vulnerable ecosystems. Students will receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover maintenance and expenses. Lodging and international flight to/from Brazil covered. The program will take place between mid-June and late August 2017. More information here:


GRADUCon 2017 tickets are now on sale!

Friday, April 7, 10am-6pm, International House

GRADUCon is the University of Chicago's annual career conference just for graduate students and postdocs. Now in its eighth year, GRADUCon is a fantastic opportunity to explore careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. It includes panels, workshops, discussions, and the chance to talk one-on-one with employers and alumni about diverse career trajectories. Coffee, lunch, and a reception are all included in the day. $7 registration fee applies. REGISTER HERE.


Call for nominations for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

The University of Chicago annually recognizes and honors tenure-track and tenured faculty in the Biological Sciences, Divinity School, Humanities, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences for sustained exemplary graduate student teaching and mentoring. Graduate students in these divisions wishing to nominate a faculty member should work with their department/committee/program to compile a nomination packet by March 30, 2017. For more information, click here.


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 purchased 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                Library Book Sale
Thursday - Friday, February 23-24, and Monday, February 27, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Regenstein Library, Room A10
The Library is holding a sale of more than 10,000 duplicate and discarded volumes in Regenstein Library, Room A10, accessible via the staircase in the entryway of Regenstein beginning Monday, February 20th. These include hardbacks, trade and scholarly paperbacks, multi-volume sets, maps and miscellaneous material. Prices start at $20/Hardbacks, $10/paperbacks/CDs, and $5/miscellaneous materials. Prices will be reduced each successive day with all remaining items free on the final day, Monday, February 27. For accessible access, please contact Renee Darosky, 773.702.8736 (


Making Data Meaningful

Thursday, February 23, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange, Washington Park Classroom

This session will show you approaches to harness data to its full potential and make it a productive and powerful tool to drive effective decisions and actions. Register


Connecting Authentically – Graduate Student Interpersonal Group

Thursday, February 23, 3:00-4:30pm – Student Counseling Service, 5555 S Woodlawn Ave

This interpersonal process group for graduate students will allow you to work with others to address your concerns while receiving feedback, support, and challenge.  The group will help you identify patterns that are getting in the way of your relationships and personal growth, and will foster interpersonal change and personal problem solving.  Contact: Nick Calingaert, PsyD at for more information.


Pedagogy of the Final Paper

February 23rd, 3:00pm - 4:30 pm, Wieboldt 310 D/E

What's the point of a final paper? Is it a worthwhile assignment? How can papers be used to facilitate learning and skill development? How can students receive effective feedback during and after writing? Participants in this workshop will examine the writing assignment as a teaching tool, gain insight on techniques and methods, and practice developing writing assignments and assessment plans that serve learning goals. RSVP REQUIRED. To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “Pedagogy of the Final Paper" and RSVP.


Intelligence Squared Debate: Has the Political Establishment Failed America?

Thursday, February 23, Mandel Hall, Debate: 7:00-8:30pm, Student Reception with Panelists: 8:30-9:30pm

Has the political establishment failed America? Whether they voted for Trump or Sanders or none of the above, millions of Americans say the answer is yes – and that the system benefits the elites at the expense of everyone else. Others say that despite its flaws, the political establishment has been a force for unparalleled stability, prosperity and equality — and that it is now the only thing standing between America and the abyss. Is it time for the old guard to come to the rescue or to make way for a new political reality? Come listen to a lively debate featuring leading thinkers from UChicago and beyond – and decide for yourself. Join fellow students and panelists to continue the discussion at a reception following the debate. RSVP HERE:  

·       For the motion that the political establishment has failed America:

o   Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University

o   William Howell of UChicago

·       Against the motion that the political establishment has failed America:

o   Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post

o   Eric Oliver of UChicago


Young, Black, and Running for Office with Mayor Tubbs of Stockton, CA

Friday, February 24, 12-1pm at Ida Noyes, Hall Third Floor Theater

Join Minorities in Public Policy Studies and Harris Public Policy as we invite Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, CA, to discuss his experiences deliberating on the promises and potential of Stockton, and the challenges he faced during his election. RSVP here to be counted for lunch.


Snack & Chat

Friday, February 24th, 12:00-1:00pm, Reynolds Club- Suite 016

Join the Center for Leadership and Involvement for Snack & Chat! This lunchtime program serves as an opportunity to network with other RSO leaders and connect with the CLI Team. Stop by to chat with our advisors, grab lunch, and listen to some great music! For questions, please contact Tempris Daniels at


An Evening of Speed Dating: Presented by Pritzker Medical School REMEDY

Friday February 24th, 7pm – 9pm, BSLC Lobby

Pritzker’s REMEDY student group invites you to an evening of speed dating: open to all UChicago graduate students. 100% of proceeds go towards a medical mission trip to improve women’s health in rural Peru. Food and drinks will be provided (please bring ID). Register:

Questions, comments, or to request accommodations:


Annual Brazilian Carnaval 2017

Saturday, February 25th, Event: 2-5PM. Assembly Hall, International House 1414 E. 59th St.

The Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago invites the community for its Annual Family Carnaval. We bring to you a fun-filled afternoon with a variety of activities including dance performances, mask making, face-painting, live music, Brazilian food and drinks, and much more. Event is free with registration. Register here.


Oscars at UChicago

Sunday, February 26, 7:00-10:30 pm, International House Main Lounge

Join us for the biggest Oscars Screening on campus!! Walk the red carpet, have your photograph taken, enjoy some appetizers, feast on plenty of desserts and have a drink! Participate in the Oscar Ballot challenge and see if you can predict all the winners! Entrance will be only $5 per person for a whole night of snacks and drinks, payments will be cash at the door. (ATM is available at iHouse)* Red carpet and photographs will start at 6:30PM

Screening of the 89th Academy Awards will start at 7:00PM *Must be a UChicago Student and 21 years or older (Government ID for alcohol and UChicago ID for entrance necessary) RSVP here:


A Changing Climate: International Action in the Post-Paris Era

February 27, 2017, 12:00 PM, Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 146

In 2015, 195 countries pledged to reduce emissions under the Paris Agreement. The historic pact ushered in a new era of international collaboration on climate change. But for real progress on climate change to occur, countries must translate their promises into actions.  Join EPIC, the Institute of Politics, and the University of Chicago Law School as we host a special off the record conversation with the former Special Envoy for Climate Change, Todd Stern. Registration link:


Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

Monday, February 27, 6PM, Ida Noyes Hall, 3rd Floor Theater, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

 Join Roberto Gonzales, assistant professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, for a discussion on his new book. This vivid ethnography explores why highly educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with their less-educated peers, despite the fact that higher education is touted as the path to integration and success in America. Mining the results of an extraordinary twelve-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, Lives in Limbo exposes the failures of a system that integrates children into K-12 schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor. Limited quantity of free books available to UChicago students who sign up at


The Economist - Innovation Summit 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., The Westin - Chicago

Editors from The Economist and more than 200 Fortune 500 CEOs, policymakers and disruptive entrepreneurs will share their insights and strategies for successful digital transformation. Register with code POLSKY15 and save 15% on tickets. Register:


Research Spotlight by Steve Kaplan: “Who Becomes a CEO, and Which CEOs Succeed”

Wednesday, March 1,10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Harper Center C-25

Steve Kaplan, Neubauer Family distinguished service professor of entrepreneurship and finance at Chicago Booth and faculty director of the Polsky Center, will present his research on effective CEOs. The research, conducted together Morten Sorensen at Copenhagen Business School, examines the characteristics and abilities of CEO candidates for companies involved in buyout and venture capital transactions and relates them to hiring decisions, investment decisions, and company performance. Register:


Building Smarter Cities with Sidewalk Labs’ Dan Doctoroff

Wednesday, March 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Harper Center, Room C-07

Can innovative technology and data solve the biggest problems facing our cities today? For a conversation on the topic, join SEI, the Institute of Politics and Dan Doctoroff, JD ’84, former NYC Deputy Mayor, former Bloomberg LLP CEO, and current Sidewalks Labs Chairman & CEO. RSVP here.


Sex and the Constitution: The Road to Roe ft. Professor Geoffrey R. Stone

Wednesday, March 1, 5:15-6pm, Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Room 621

Roe vs. Wade has come to be seen as one of the most controversial and divisive Supreme Court decisions in American history. Professor Stone will explore how this decision came to be and how abortion was understood in the United States in the two hundred years before Roe. RSVP by Friday, February 24. Presented by the Franke Institute for the Humanities.


Fiction and Forms Series: Reading by Anthony Marra

Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 pm, Logan Center of the Arts, Room 801

Anthony Marra is the New York Times-bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, long-listed for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, and the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. Presented by the Creative Writing Committee 


Lunch and Lecture featuring Seth Darling: Invisible Water and a Path to a Sustainable Water Future

March 2, Noon-1:30pm, Saieh Hall Graduate Student Lounge

We are witnessing the end of the golden age of water. Over the next 35 years, the world’s demand for water will rise by 55 percent, and it’s no wonder that water technology and management figure to shape the 21st century much like oil conflicts influenced the 20th century. So how can we reshape a better future for water? In his talk, Dr. Seth Darling will discuss how we got to this point, what lies ahead, and what can be done now to respond and adapt. Seth is an award winning scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Fellow at UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering. He has presented his ideas on TEDx, Chicago Tonight, and numerous radio outlets and written the book, How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate.


This event is sponsored by the UChicago Campus as a Lab (CaaL) Initiative and Program on the Global Environment.  Lunch is provided! RSVP here:


Taxes 101 for Startups & Small Business

Thursday, March 2, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange, Jackson Park Boardroom

This session will focus on Federal taxes for your startup or new small business. We'll discuss what structure to select for your business and the filing requirements for these business structures including Schedule C, S Corporation, C Corporation and Partnerships. Register:


Fiction and Forms Series: Q&A with Anthony Marra

Thursday, March 2, 1:00 pm , Logan Center of the Arts, Room 801

Anthony Marra is the New York Times-bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, long-listed for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, and the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. Presented by the Creative Writing Committee 


Getting Started with Illustrator: 2D Design for Fun and Prototyping

Thursday, March 2, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Kimbark Ave Classroom

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful, flexible program for making 2D vector graphics. Learn the basics to create designs you can cut with the Fab Lab's vinyl cutter, laser cutter, and computer numerically controlled routers. Illustrator is great for designing logos, too. Register:


Finals Competition: Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge

Thursday, March 2, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Gleacher Center, Room 200 

Come watch the top teams from Chicago Booth and Oxford go head to head in the Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge finals! Each team will present its case to a panel of private equity judges and participate in a lively Q&A session. Register:


Annual Chicago Booth Retail and Luxury Conference

March 2nd, 5p-9p, London House

Join the Chicago Booth Retail and Luxury Club at our annual conference. The theme of this year's event is Retail Revamped: How the retail industry is reshaping itself and responding to an increasingly digital world. Our program explores the juxtaposition of digital disruptors, startups and legacy retailers through panel discussions devoted to how each is navigating the influx of new technology and customer data. Participating companies include Wayfair, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Crate & Barrel, Boomerang Commerce, Luxury Garage Sale, and Internet Retailer. Learn more and register here:


16th Annual Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company Private Equity Conference

Friday, March 3, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

The Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company Private Equity Conference brings together financiers, students, and entrepreneurs to network and share insights into the dynamics of investing in a constantly changing economy. The conference aims to provide high value to private equity practitioners by combining knowledge from both the industry and academia that would be hard to find in any other setting. Register:


Workshop on Course Design

March 3rd, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Wieboldt 310D/E

After getting started in the Seminar, this Workshop provides a venue for graduate students and postdocs to get feedback on a course under development. Participants create a draft syllabus and complete a “course alignment sheet” (distributed to those who register), and then come to the session ready to give and receive constructive feedback in cooperation with their peers, guided by CCT staff. RSVP and, and previous attendance at the Seminar, are required. To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “Workshop on Course Design Winter 2017" and RSVP.


"The Transparent Syllabus: How to Design and Communicate Better Classroom Policies"

March 3rd, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Wieboldt 310 D/E

In this workshop, participants will explore the value of classroom policies as an aid to student learning, and develop approaches to heighten their effectiveness as a pedagogical tool. Participants will consider how to design policies that are appreciated by students and instructors alike, as well as how to communicate them clearly and enforce them fairly on the syllabus and in the classroom. Participants are invited to bring in sample syllabus policies of their own to workshop. RSVP REQUIRED. To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “The Transparent Syllabus: How to Design and Communicate Better Classroom Policies" and RSVP


The Research Computing Center invites you to celebrate Open Data Day 2017 on Saturday, March 4
Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world, an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. We will collect, visualize, and analyze data using different software tools (IPython, R, Tableau, and others). The focus of this year will be on open research data, tracking public money flows, open data for environment, and open data for human rights. All outputs are open for everyone to use and re-use. No matter your background or interests, we need you to make open data community grow.

This hackathon is open to the public, but please register before March 1, 2017. Space is limited. You can learn more and register at


Modus Vivendi Society Retreat

Applications due by March 5

The Modus Vivendi Society is a three-part series of programs designed to help students build leadership competencies, engage in meaningful conversations with other UChicago students, and become advocates for positive change. Any UChicago student, regardless of program or year can apply for The Modus Vivendi Society. The next overnight program is the RETREAT scheduled for Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, March 26. Consider ending your spring break with an invigorating experience building connections with other UChicago students. All Modus Vivendi programs are offered at no cost to attendees and include transportation off campus to our overnight location, accommodations, and meals. More information about the Modus Vivendi Society, how the program benefits student participants, and a link to apply by March 5, visit our website. **Please note, on campus residents will not have access to rooms until Sunday, March 26. DO NOT plan to be in your residence hall the night prior to the Retreat without making prior arrangements.


Public Speaking, GradProv, Presentation Skills Classes and More at The Revival!

8 Week Session begins April 1st.  1160 E. 55th St.

Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival.  We offer a number of 8-week classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students including: Public Speaking & Presentation Skills; GradProv; Storytelling and more!  Prices start at just $150!  For complete details, visit


The 47th St. Gallen Symposium

The 47th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 3–5 May 2017 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, under the topic “The dilemma of disruption”. The St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is the world’s most prestigious essay competition of its kind giving you the extraordinary opportunity to share your voice and opinion with some of the world’s most influential leaders and decision makers. Have a look at the competition question and requirements at, register now to receive the latest news and tips, and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2017. To get more insights check out our YouTube Video on:


5th Annual Communication Science: ComSciCon 2017
To all graduate students in STEM and related fields

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2017, the 5th annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 8-10th 2017. Graduate students at U.S. institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st. Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants. Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. In additional to panel discussions (on topics such as Media and Journalism, Science Advocacy, and Diversity in Science Communication), ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.  You can follow the link below to submit an application or learn more about our workshop programs and participants. You can also follow us on Twitter (@comscicon) and use #comscicon17! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Learn more and apply here:


Summer Housing Program for UChicago Graduate Students

Summer, International House

At International House, a truly global community can live and learn together in a setting that instills leadership, respect, and friendship. International House provides Summer Quarter housing to UChicago graduate students, trainees and interns, visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers. Hailing from every region of the world, summer residents of International House will find an instant circle of friends that transcends political, religious, geographic, and ethnic boundaries. For more information-


Ongoing Campus Programming


2017 Summer Housing Program at International House

June 19th - August 27th, 2017, International House

International House provides Summer Quarter housing to UChicago graduate students, trainees and interns, visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers. Hailing from every region of the world, summer residents of International House will find an instant circle of friends that transcends political, religious, geographic, and ethnic boundaries. For more information-


Public Speaking, GradProv, Presentation Skills Classes and More at The Revival!

8 Week Session begins April 1st.  1160 E. 55th St.

Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival.  We offer a number of 8-week classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students including: Public Speaking & Presentation Skills; GradProv; Storytelling and more!  Prices start at just $150!  For complete details, visit


Weekly Language and Culture Table

Times vary, I-House Dining Hall (1414 E 59th St.)

Practice your language skills in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish! All levels welcome. Times vary for each language, and please contact each table leader directly for inquiries. More information:


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. 

Sponsored by Spiritual Life



Every Monday, 6:30 pm at I-House Coulter Lounge (1414 E 59th St.)

Please do not miss the great opportunity to come to International House and meet our different international communities every week while enjoying ethnic cuisines. A great opportunity to get connected to other graduate students on campus. Please sign up, bring your friends, and come have fun with us! Contact:


i-House Writing Session

Every Tuesday, 5 – 7 pm, I-House Library (1414 E 59th St.)

Are you looking for a safe, quiet space to do some work? We are here! Join a team of students to study together at the beautiful I-house library. Contact:


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. 

Winter Quarter Theme: What Do You Seek To Balance?

To volunteer as a speaker or performer contact:

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


Mindfulness Practice: Returning to Center

Wednesdays | 1:30 pm–2:30 pm | Rockefeller Chapel

Be part of a group cultivating mindful living and exploring the relationship of mindfulness to spirituality. Each session includes mindfulness meditation practice, brief instruction on practices rooted in the psychology research on resilience, and opportunity for questions and discussion. Participants should expect to arrive in silence. Open to all. Register here or at

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


My Body & Soul

Wednesdays | 4 pm–5 pm | Spiritual Life (Ida Noyes 034)

My Body & Soul is a discussion group for women and women-identifying individuals of all faiths and traditions to come together and meet, discuss, and listen to other women share their thoughts and stories. The discussions will center on the relationship between religion/faith/spirituality and women's bodies, but the specific topics are very open to what the group would like to discuss.

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


Breathing Room

Thursdays | 3 pm–5 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!



Every Thursday, 9 pm at locations based on space availability

Come out and play soccer with us! There will be pick-up soccer games and also a great opportunity to meet other soccer fans. Contact:


Salsa and Dialogue

Every Thursday, 6 pm at I-House Coulter Lounge (1414 E 59th St.)

Join us every Thursday for a weekly dancing session. You think we will never dance and feel too embarrassed to even try? This is the right place for you. Already a master? Come and share the wisdom.

We will also have an engaging dialogue on the philosophy and psychology behind dance and music. Contact: