GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: April 27, 2017


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The UChicagoGRAD Graduate Enrollment Initiatives Office is seeking Graduate Admissions Assistants for spring 2017 and beyond

The UChicagoGRAD Graduate Enrollment Initiatives Office is seeking Graduate Admissions Assistants for spring 2017 and beyond. The GAA’s main role will be as a project assistant to the Program Coordinator and campus tour guide for prospective students. Responsibilities will include welcoming visitors, answering phones and email, speaking with prospective graduate students, data entry, and assisting with research projects, as well as conducting campus tours for prospective and admitted graduate students. Assistants will be expected to work at least one 3 hour shift per week which includes a campus tour, ideally more. GAAs must be registered as students for the upcoming year, and we strongly prefer applicants that can commit to working this summer and the upcoming academic year. Interested students should email a resume/CV and completed application to

Introduction to Digital Texts, Data Sources, and Analytics (Digital Literacy for Humanists Series)

Thursday, April 27, 12:30-1:45 p.m., GRAD HQ (3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore)

The explosion of digital resources has provided new methods for researching enduring scholarly questions. This PATHS workshop, led by the RCC’s Dr. Jeffrey Tharsen, shows you how to identify and harness digital data sources that you can use to answer questions in your field. The workshop will also provide a general overview of current models for analyzing digital information, from social media streams to textual corpora to images and video. You will leave with a better understanding of the range of data types, data formats, and analytical models available for humanistic research. Digital novices are welcome; no pre-existing technical knowledge is required. Please bring a laptop to the session. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops).


Citadel Information Session

April 27th, 4:30p,-6:00pm, Location: UChicagoGRAD HQ

Citadel utilizes a diverse business platform to provide global asset management & multi-strategy hedge funds to individuals and institutions. In this presentation, several Citadel representatives will present on the cultural work environment Citadel provides, as well as discuss their upcoming "Citadel Datathon" event. Correlation One has partnered with Citadel and the university to host a Datathon at the University of Chicago on Friday, May 12th. This is an exciting opportunity for graduate, Ph.D., and Post-doc students who excel in quantitative or technical fields to show off their skills and gain tremendous exposure. Students from Math, Statistics, Computer Science, and Physics especially are encouraged and welcomed to form teams and apply for the competition as a team! Details on the Datathon will be discussed during the information session. RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Events > Information Sessions > Select and RSVP.


BCG & Gargoyle Consulting Club: Case Competition Information Session

April 28th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm,  Location: Harris School, Room 142

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Gargoyle Consulting Club are partnering together to host a case competition! Open to all undergraduates, graduates and postdocs from all divisions and programs! Please join us on April 28th for an information session and networking reception. RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Events > Information Sessions > Select and RSVP.


Tsinghua University Recruitment Fair

May 6th, 9:30 am- 11:20 am, Ida Noyes Hall

Tsinghua University will hold Recruitment Fairs for overseas talents during May 3rd-8th, 2017 across the United States. We sincerely invite you to join! We are looking for Full Professors, Young Talents, Doctors, Post-doctors, Associate Professors or Senior Researchers from Leading Universities and Institutes like UChicago. Please come along to our Recruitment Fair for more details! If you would like to attend one of the Recruitment Fairs, please let us know you would like to attend "Session Number 3 at the University of Chicago", and whether you would like a separate face-to-face meeting. Please submit your resume via email to  before April 30th. RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Events > Information Sessions > Select and RSVP.


Research Symposium Call for Papers

Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era

May 19, 2017, 9am-5pm, School for Social Work Administration

UChicagoGRAD and the School of Social Service Administration invites you to participate in an inaugural interdisciplinary research symposium for underrepresented minority graduate students to be held on Friday, May 19, 2017. This conference is designed to highlight the work of underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars including all intersectional identities within the URM community at the University of Chicago. The theme of the symposium “Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era” encourages scholars to reflect on our current political and social climate and how that might affect our research and scholarship in the present as well as the years to come. We welcome scholarly proposals from all disciplines, time periods, regions, and locales. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars of color at the intersections of all identities from all divisions are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal here:


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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


Campus and Student Life and the Office of the Provost are seeking student applications for a number of important committees and boards for the 2017-18 academic year, as well as the position of Associate Student Ombudsperson. 

These positions provide students with the opportunity to work directly with faculty and staff, better understand University governance, and provide student input on important matters affecting the University. 

The deadline to apply for each of these positions is Friday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m.


·      Faculty Board for Campus and Student Life – Student Representative The Faculty Board for Campus and Student Life is a statutory board that advises and makes recommendations to Campus and Student Life and the Provost’s Office on matters affecting campus and student life at the University.  The Board is seeking two students (representing the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools) to serve a term of one academic year.  

·      Independent Review Committee for the University of Chicago Police Department The Independent Review Committee (IRC) reviews complaints against the UCPD, police reports and related policy, and procedural and communication issues. The Committee is seeking three students (representing the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools) to serve a term of one academic year.  

·      University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee The University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee is a standing committee appointed by the Office of the Provost and includes faculty, students, and staff specifically educated to resolve formal complaints under the Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct. The Committee is seeking students (representing the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools) to serve a term of one academic year.

·      The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board is a group of students that meets twice a quarter in order to serve as a liaison between the Office of the Provost and undergraduate, graduate, and professional students regarding sexual misconduct. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide student perspectives and input on policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to sexual misconduct. The advisory board will be chaired by Shea Wolfe, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and Associate Dean of Students in the University.  

·      Associate Student Ombudsperson The Associate Student Ombudsperson is a part-time, paid position with an average work schedule of 10 hours per week. The position is paid on an hourly basis at a competitive rate. The Associate Student Ombudsperson works closely with the Student Ombudsperson to investigate student grievances when the existing channels of communication or dispute resolution have proven unsatisfactory. 

Further details about these positions and the application process for each can be found at the links above.  For questions about any of these positions, students may contact Campus and Student Life at


The Writing Program is Hiring for 2017-18: Tutors, Writing Interns, and Lectors 

Applications are due May 8, 2017 at 1pm

The Writing Program is hiring for 2017-2018! We offer a variety of renewable teaching positions that are 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 on-going support as they begin working with student writers. Graduate students from all departments and divisions are encouraged to apply. For more information about the application process and available positions, please visit


Spirit Week 2017

You are invited! Spirit Week is an annual celebration of spiritual, religious, and philosophical diversity at UChicago—this year from April 20th–30th! Come and experience something familiar and something new! We hope you’ll join us! 


  • Dialogue: Exploring Religion through Poetry
  • Faith Animating Social Action on the South Side
  • Muslim Friday Prayers
  • Spirit Week Study Break
  • Homeless Food Run
  • Earth Day Sunday
  • Ask an Atheist Day
  • We Invited Pope Francis…
  • Lunch with an Imam and a Rabbi (RSVP required
  • Yoga at Rockefeller
  • Ask Lucy
  • Lox ’n Bagels with a Rabbi
  • My Body & Soul
  • Taking Religious Students Seriously in Academia
  • Love the Stranger, Love Your Neighbor: Traditions of Loving Kindness in Jewish & Christian Texts
  • Dialogue: Religion and Nationalism
  • Body and Soul: Community Organizing
  • Spiritual Springtime: Celebrating the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan
  • Shabbat
  • Holi: Unleash the Colors
  • Sunday Morning with Imani Winds
  • A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: Tend and Befriend
  • And our ongoing meditation opportunities through Spiritual Life and student organizations…

We hope to see you throughout the programs over spirit week! More info at


Stress Relief Day

Thursday, April 27, 11:30-1:30pm, McCormick Lounge, Reynolds Club

Take a study break and enjoy snacks, beverages, a FREE 5 minute massage and other stress relief activities!


Citizen Science Workshop
Thursday, April 27, Noon – 2:00 p.m. Crerar Library, Computer Classroom

This hands-on workshop provides students at The University of Chicago the opportunity to learn more about the growing role of citizen science in collecting and deciphering research data. The workshop is not limited to any one discipline, as it will provide a general overview of the topic and its impact. Free pizza and snacks provided! Learn more and register.


Teaching the Introductory Course: Writing in the Social Sciences

Thursday, April 27th, 12:15 – 1:30pm, Gates-Blake 133

How do you teach writing in the introductory social science classroom? Join us for a unique chance to ask experienced liberal arts faculty how they teach introductory courses in their social science fields, and in particular, how they develop students’ writing skills. In this Q/A panel, you’ll have the opportunity to explore assignment structure, feedback methods, and more!  This event is hosted through a collaboration of the Chicago Center for Teaching and the Midwest Faculty Seminar. Lunch, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, will be provided. To register for 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 > Workshops > Select “Teaching the Introductory Course: Writing in the Social Sciences” and RSVP.


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

Thursday, April 27, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange North - Kimbark Ave. Meeting Room
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. Participants will need to bring a laptop with Illustrator to this hands-on class. You can download a free trial from Adobe hereRegister: Eventbrite:


UChicago Night at the Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, April 27, 5-8 pm, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Free Admission for Students, Staff and Faculty. Free Transportation with UCID, buses leave the Reynolds Club at 4:30pm and 5pm

Enjoy an evening at the Art Institute of Chicago, admission and hassle-free. See To Organize Delirium, the solo exhibition by Hélio Oiticica, arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period. At 6pm, panelists George Aye, Nicole Marroquin, and Rebecca Stevens will examine how their own practices disrupt institutional spaces, expanding beyond museum walls into urban landscapes. In this quarterly outing, complimentary shuttles from the Reynolds Club deliver anyone with a UCID straight to the city’s cornucopia of abstract painting, art-historical investigation, and pan-cultural collecting.  Featuring Artist Peter Fischli and Art Institute Deputy Director and Chair and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Ann Goldstein discuss the installation of work by Fischli/Weiss on the Bluhm Family Terrace. Following the conversation, you are invited to join the artist for an exhibition preview and champagne reception on the Bluhm Family Terrace.


Application Development Primer

Thursday, April 27, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange, Washington Park Classroom
Learn how developers begin software projects, and even get started on a prototype of your own idea. This workshop replicates the first day of class in Chicago Booth's Application Development course. Participants will go through a series of hands-on exercises that will teach them how to look at an application from an information-storage perspective. Register:


Solving the Unsolvable: A Partnership to End IPF
Thursday, April 27, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., MATTER
MATTER, along with Three Lakes Partners, IDEO, and Common Pool, are forging a new vision for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, one that gathers the best minds in and outside the field to develop new solutions to solve this horrible disease. An announcement about a massive innovation challenge will be made as well. Register:


Smart Lecture: Irene Small

Friday, April 28, 4:30, Cocharane-Woods Art Center 157

How can one picture the immanence of politics in art? This lecture considers such a question in light of a group of photographs by the Brazilian artist Carlos Vergara of the Rio de Janeiro-based carnival association Cacique de Ramos. Taken at the height of the country’s military dictatorship between 1972 and 1974, the photographs diagram how subjects choose to enter, or not, within horizontal, nonhierarchical identification with the group. Drawing from an unpublished text by the anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro written at Vergara’s request circa 1975, the lecture considers how Cacique de Ramos’s “passion for the same” offers a model of ecstatic, anarchic deinidividuation defined not by distinction, but by the absorption of figure into ground. In so doing, the photographs anticipate and implicitly critique the contemporary notion of “the multitude,” an emergent and mobile collective of singularities influentially theorized by the political philosophers Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri beginning in 2000.


2017 BCG-Gargoyle Case Competition Info Session

Friday, April 28, 5 PM, Harris 142

Whether you're a grad student, undergrad, or postdoc, if you're planning a career in consulting or are even just curious, come to the info session on 4/28 for the 2017 BCG-Gargoyle Case Competition. You'll work in teams over 3 weeks to recommend strategy for a major challenge to the city of Chicago.  You’ll not only test your problem solving skills and explore the real work of consulting, you’ll impact an initiative for which our client is currently formulating strategy. The winning team’s ideas will be incorporated into our client’s discussion and may even be applied! This competition is organized by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the Gargoyle Consulting Club, which supports grad students and postdocs in all divisions transitioning from academia to consulting. We strongly urge graduate students to take part; whether you're in the Humanities or the Physical Sciences Division, you'll have plenty to contribute and we'll provide training to support your success.  You just might discover new abilities and passions. (Note: This competition is not open to MBA students) Come to our info session at 5 PM on Friday, 4/28 to learn more about the competition structure and the case prompt. The clients for this case will be there to field questions about their organization and the topic. There will be a reception so that individuals can network to form teams. It's at the Harris School of Public Policy, Room 142, just south of the Midway at 60th St. and Woodlawn. See the map on the flyer for directions. For those of you who can't wait, here's a taste of what the competition will entail:
4/28 We reveal the case and competition rules at the info session. Reception follows.
4/28-5/5 Registration is open for teams of 3-5 and individuals. If you don't have a team, register as an individual and we'll match you to one!

5/5-5/17- We'll host workshops to help you organize your approach and prepare a polished presentation. Office hours will be available for individual consultations.
5/18-19 For the first round, you'll give a 15 min. presentation to a panel of judges.
5/25 If you advance to the final round, you'll give an updated version of your presentation to a panel of judges from BCG and the client.

Please write to with any questions! Subscribe to our email list ( for updates on the competition and other events. All information will be available at and our Facebook page. 


Booth’s Emerging Markets Summit

Friday, April 29, 8am-6pm, Harper Center

Interested in hearing from experienced entrepreneurs shaping the fintech landscape in Africa? Want to listen to professionals debunk the mysteries around operating a start-up in Russia?  Then save the date for the Emerging Markets Summit on April 29th from 8 AM to 6 PM at the Harper Center!  This is the largest conference hosted by Chicago Booth and will feature some of the most renowned executives, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs.  These leaders will be sharing their thoughts on the future of Latin America, Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific/China, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe!

Speakers include: Raghuram Rajan - Former Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of India and Chief Economist of IMF; Viktor Kats - Co-Head, the IFC Global infrastructure Fund, Part of the World Bank Group. Save $10 with Early Bird Tickets before 4/15 + get a discount on tickets to the China Forum. Please visit the Emerging Markets Summit website to get your ticket before they run out!


Student Leadership Recognition and Access Program (SLRA) Awards

Are you a leader on campus? The Student Leadership Recognition and Access Program (SLRA) seeks to recognize dedicated undergraduate and graduate leaders on campus and encourage them to continue and grow the amount of impactful work they do on campus. This year the selected graduate students will receive up to $350. Application (Deadline is April 30th)


Library Book Sale

Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 5 and Monday, May 8, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 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 May 1 from 9:30-3:30. 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 May 8. For accessible access, please contact Renee Darosky, 773.702.8736 (


Art & Science Exposition

Submissions due date: May 1st: Please fill out this form for submission instructions:

Event date: Friday, May 12; 5-8 pm, GCIS 3rd Floor Atrium, Food, drinks, and prizes for best in show!

We spend all day in our respective labs, offices, fields, basements, etc. in the pursuit of science, but along the way many of us create some amazing works of art! This is your chance to show off the art of your science! Works can be pictures/figures/videos etc. of science in progress or a finished product. We also accept 3D prints, models, and anything else you can think of! The art in question does not have to be confined to a 2D surface. You do not have to be a graduate student to submit, merely affiliated with UC in some way. 


Market Technicians Association Chicago Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, May 2, 1:30pm-3:00pm, Harper Memorial Library Room 140

The Chicago Chapter of the MTA and the University of Chicago School of Financial Mathematics invites you to our next meeting. We are pleased to have JC Parets, CMT, founder of, as our guest speaker for this meeting. We encourage anyone interested in technical analysis to attend this presentation. RSVP here.


PF3 Information Session (WebEx)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.,  WebEx - Join WebEx meeting Meeting number (access code): 926 098 306 (Join by phone  +1 866 282 7366 US Toll Free) 
The Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3) is a resource available to graduating University of Chicago students who are committed to growing a company. The goal of the program is to provide entrepreneurs with a resource package to allow them to help sustain momentum on their ventures as they transition out of the University. The information session will describe the PF3 resource, how to apply, and key deadlines. Register:


Graduate Council Info Session and Mixer

Wednesday, May 3, 4:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

Graduate Council is hosting a session to talk about our work this year and the upcoming year and recruit for next year's leadership. Come join us for some drinks and information about how to get involved. RSVP here:


Spring 2017 Graduate Student & Postdoc Innovation Mixer

Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange, Promontory Point Room
The UChicago Graduate Student and Postdoc Innovation Mixer is an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs cross the University of Chicago to experience the Polsky Exchange, meet one-another, and spark inter-disciplinary collaborations. Meet other like-minded individuals and even find new teammates for any research project or business idea you're working on. Register:


Immigrants Raising Citizens: book talk with Author Hiro Yoshikawa, PhD

Wednesday, May 3, 6PM-8PM, Center for Identity + Inclusion, 5710 S. Woodlawn Avenue

Immigrants Raising Citizens offers a compelling description of the everyday experiences of these parents, their very young children, and the consequences these experiences have on their children’s development. First 40 UChicago students to sign up will get a free copy of Immigrants Raising Citizens! RSVP here:


First Thursday

Thursday, May 4, 5-8pm, Various locations

The 2017 Hyde Park “First Thursday” event season kicks off on Thursday, May 4, from 5-8 p.m., with 40+ Hyde Park businesses on 53rd, 55th, and 57th Streets offering discounts raffles, refreshments, special menu items, and more. This special shopping and dining night runs the first Thursday of every month from May through November. To view the full list of participating local businesses and their offers, go to


Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Session with special guest, Rob Garris, Director of Global Admissions
Thursday, May 4, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Saieh Hall Room 021

Learn more about the internationally competitive Schwarzman Scholars Program to China from special guest Rob Garris, Global Director of Admissions for the Schwarzman Scholars Program. The Schwarzman Scholars program provides full funding for a one-year master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Rob will provide detailed information about the Scholars Program and share insights into the application and selection process. Staff from the College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA) will also provide information on how UChicago supports its Schwarzman candidates through their application processes. All current undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni are welcome to attend.

Read more about UChicago’s 2016-2017 Schwarzman Scholars here. For more information about the Schwarzman Scholars, click here: For guidance on how to apply as a current UChicago student or alum, visit:  RSVP HERE


Seeking Student Applications for the Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) 

Applications Due: May 5, 2017

Student Health and Counseling Services’ Leadership Team is seeking student applications for the 2017-2018 Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB). Information about the application process can be found here. Selection of new SHAB members will be announced prior to the end of the Spring Quarter.  For questions, students may contact Julie Edwards at or 773-702-8247.


GRAD Fellowship and Internship Opportunities

Friday, May 5, International House

The second deadline is approaching on Friday, May 5 to apply for fellowship and internship opportunities. Non-Residential GRAD Fellowships allow graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to be fully engaged in the multi-faceted life of the House through a wide array of activities for UChicago grads. GRAD Global Impact Interns will arrange activities which promote interpersonal and intercultural understanding and friendship among all UChicago grads.


Engineering Hackathon: Build a Race Car!

Friday, May 5, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange,Promontory Point Room
Using common supplies, simple tools, and some personal ingenuity, create a functional race car in just a few short hours. Prizes will be awarded based on your car's performance in various challenges. We'll begin with lunch and a brief introduction to mechanical cars and construction methods, so no prior experience is required. Register:


Graduate Student Unionization Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00pm, Kent Hall 107, Pizza will be served

Have questions about graduate student unionization?  Interested in hearing more or getting a different perspective?  Join Graduate Council for a town hall to hear from a spectrum of informed voices about graduate student unionization at the University of Chicago.  The event is free and we encourage all graduate students who are interested to attend! We encourage you to submit your questions in advance to the town hall here.  Questions will also be taken live from the floor.  REGISTRATION: Due to limits on food and space, we require that students register for the event:


Town Hall Panel (Confirmed Speakers):

·      Clifford Ando, PhD, Professor of Classics, History and Law at the University of Chicago

·      John Mark Hansen, PhD, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago

·      Jake Rubinstein, Esq., Executive Director of Employee/Labor Relations at the University of Chicago

·      Moderator: Max Freedman, SG Parliamentarian & Chairman of Elections & Rules Committee at the University of Chicago 

·      Graduate Students United were invited, but they have decided to decline the opportunity to participate.  If you have questions about that decision, please contact GSU directly.


Graduate Council’s Stance on Unionization: Graduate Council passed a resolution of neutrality on the topic of graduate student unionization in the Fall; the full text can be read here in exhibit 3.  In summary, we believe that student government’s role should be that of neutral educators.  The biggest service we believe we can provide to students is to give them access to informed perspectives from both sides of the argument.  This town hall is organized in that spirit, and encourages students to arrive at their own conclusions through critical thinking and discourse.


 The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board

The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board is a group of students that meets twice a quarter in order to serve as a liaison between the Office of the Provost and undergraduate, graduate, and professional students regarding sexual misconduct. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide student perspectives and input on policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to sexual misconduct. The advisory board will be chaired by Shea Wolfe, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and Associate Dean of Students in the University.  The deadline to apply for each this position is Friday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m.


Dissertation Funding Awards in Energy

Applications due May 12

Description The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), with support from the Fuel Freedom Foundation, requests applications for awards to support PhD dissertations at the University of Chicago.  Eligible dissertations will be focused on energy policy. Special preference will be given to proposals that focus on the impact of oil consumption on economic activity and welfare and the evolution of transportation technologies and fuels. Multiple grants of $25,000 each will be awarded. Grants are renewable for one year, subject to the same application process. Eligibility Applicants eligible for the grant award program must: 1) Have passed their qualifying examinations 2) Be a current student pursuing a PhD in the fields of economics, business, public policy, political science or another field with direct policy. Deadline for Application 11:59 pm, May 12, 2017 Application Requirement Applications must be focused on relevant energy policy topic, such as the relationship between oil consumption and economic activity and welfare, oil price dynamics, regulation in transportation, or the evolution of transportation fuels, and must include: Complete contact information for the applicant, A current curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum), Brief background about the applicant’s previous study (1 page maximum), Abstract of the proposed project (no more than 3 pages), 2 letters of recommendation from University of Chicago professors, Disclosure of dissertation support from other sources. Process and Timeline for Selection Application materials must be submitted to Bethel Haile at Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the faculty members. Winners will be announced May 26, 2017. A four-person academic committee will choose recipients based on multiple criteria, including: 1) The importance of the issue in the energy sector 2) How much is already known about the issue (and does the proposal break new ground) 3) Relevance of the issue to energy policy, the impact of oil consumption on economic activity and welfare, and the evolution of transportation fuels Funding Disbursement Linked to progress (50% upon approval of proposal, 50% upon approval of progress report) Award Requirements The grant award must be used within one year and can be used for expenses related to tuition, institutional fees, living expenses, equipment, etc. Awardees must disclose support from other sources at the time of application. At the completion of the grant period, the recipient must submit a copy of their dissertation to the academic review committee.


Ongoing Campus Programming


2017 Summer Housing Program

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-


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

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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.

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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: