Current edition: June 7, 2018
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GRAD Guide Weekly Summer Schedule
During Summer Quarter, the GGW will be sent out on a monthly basis. Publication dates include: June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6. Please follow UChicagoGRAD on Twitter and Facebook to receive regular updates on upcoming events, announcements, job opportunities, and more.
Please Fill out the Survey from the students on the Committee on Graduate Education
The Committee on Graduate Education launched a comprehensive survey this week to assess the issues facing graduate students. As students on the committee, we are eager to incorporate the broad range of experiences and perspectives of the UChicago graduate community, so please take time to follow the link in the email sent out Tuesday and fill out your survey! It’s important for graduate student voices to be heard, and this is an excellent way to voice your comments, compliments, and concerns. The Survey Lab is collecting the survey data on behalf of the Committee, and your responses will remain confidential. We will not associate your answers with you individually, and all of our reporting will be done in the aggregate. Reviewing the data this way will help us understand where there are things that are working well and where we have work to improve. The student members on the committee will be meeting throughout the summer, so please feel free to contact us with any ideas or questions concerning graduate email@example.com
Consulting Summer Camp
June 11-15, 9:00 am -12:00 pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
Join UChicagoGRAD for the 5th annual Careers in Consulting “Summer Camp.” This five-day event gives graduate students and postdocs an introduction to the consulting industry; provides introductions to best practices in job documents and interviews; and serves as an opportunity to meet and talk with consultants from firms. Learn more and register online via GRAD Gargoyle
NSF GRFP: “Decoding the Program Solicitation” Information Session
Wednesday, June 20th, 12pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (970 East 58th Street | Third Floor)
Applying for the NSF GRFP? Learn more about the application and program solicitation a this information session. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM, the Social Sciences, or STEM education. Please RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
Academic Job Market Summer Camp
Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00/1:30 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd floor of the UChicago bookstore)
Are you planning to apply for academic jobs this fall? Put your best foot forward by attending UChicagoGRAD’s Academic Job Market Summer Camp. You’ll receive advice from UChicagoGRAD and CCT advisors as well as faculty from UChicago and other area institutions. You’ll also have opportunities to hone your documents and interview skills. RSVP for each day separately in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events, search “academic”)
- Monday, July 9: Introduction, Hiring Committee Panel, CV Best Practices
- Tuesday, July 10: Cover Letters, Research Statements (STEM and HUM/SS)
- Wednesday, July 11: Interview Best Practices, Campus Visits, Getting a Postdoc
- Thursday, July 12: Teaching Statements and Portfolios, Diversity Statements, Creating a Scholarly Website
- Friday, July 13: Job Document Working Groups, Lunch Discussion on Managing Time and Expectations
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: https://www.facultydiversity.org/
- 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: https://www.facultydiversity.org/.
Campus-wide events and announcements
Excellence in Course Design Award
Deadline for Submission: 5:00pm on Saturday, June 9, 2018
The CCT is now accepting applications for the annual Excellence in Course Design Award which acknowledges the achievements of graduate students in the area of course design. All graduate students who have taught a course of their own design at University of Chicago or elsewhere, are eligible to apply. Awardees are recognized on our website and invited to participate in panels and poster sessions on course design for their peers. Candidates for the Award nominate themselves by submitting a dossier of course documents via an online portal. For additional information about these documents and further instructions, please see the Excellence in Course Design Award page on the CCT website. This year’s deadline is 5 pm on June 9, 2018
Summer Mixer at the Courtyard
Tuesday, June 11, 6:00 pm, International House Courtyard
Join us for a snazzy evening of fun and lively conversation as we mix and mingle over dinner, drinks, and music with Grad Students from all over campus.
The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
Monday, June 18, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Writer, marketer, and entrepreneur Danny Schuman interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs for his new book, The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur. In this interactive session, he will present and workshop three simple steps from the book that achieve entrepreneurial success. Register online >>
You are invited to participate in the Seventh Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education
Proposals due: June 20
Colloquium dates: October 24-26, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. Pre-Colloquium events take place October 22- 23
The Colloquium provides a forum for top researchers, high-impact practitioners, policy makers, funders, and students throughout the world to share their knowledge and perspectives, as well as to learn from global research strategies that inform education policies and programs. Attendees will be exposed to a broad analysis of problems and share international perspectives that inform local realities for Black males in education. The central purpose of the Colloquium is to provide a forum where individuals can come together and analyze the experiences of Black males throughout the educational pipeline from a global perspective. Researchers, policymakers, practitioners, gender experts, community workers, counsellors, psychologists, students, and other advocates of Black males are invited to submit proposals for manuscripts, roundtables, or posters (students only) that shed light on how education, at all levels of the pipeline, can address current demands of global education, employment, and economic markets for Black males. Proposals are encouraged to pinpoint issues from a myriad of perspectives that can inform local solutions. Learn more and apply here: http://globalcolloquium.org/files/2018%20Colloquium%20Invitation%20to%20Participate-Final.pdf
Presentation Choreography: How to Gracefully Engage Your Audience
Monday, June 25, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
This lunch workshop will teach participants how to engage audiences when giving a presentation to investors, customers, their team, and more. The discussion will include the importance of visual and vocal cues, how to get comfortable with meaningful movement, and how to best engage with slides and other visuals. Register online >>
This Summer, try Improv at The Revival! Classes for UChicago Graduate Students Start June 25th. Register Now!
Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival (1160 E. 55th St.). We offer classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students! 8-week classes start at just $175. Register now for a 10% discount! For complete details, visit www.the-revival.com/classes
Seminar on Teaching Portfolios
Monday, June 25, 1:00-3:00 pm
Wieboldt 310 D/E
Assembling a teaching portfolio helps us to think, talk, and write about our teaching with precision and sophistication. In developing a teaching portfolio, we sharpen our ability to critically reflect on our teaching successes and practice, presenting ourselves as knowledgeable, confident, and reflective teachers. This seminar describes potential components of the teaching portfolio and explores what makes for an effective statement of teaching philosophy—a central element of the portfolio. Armed with this knowledge, participants will then write a draft statement of teaching philosophy and assemble a draft portfolio to submit for peer feedback during the follow up Workshop on Teaching Portfolios. Registration through GRAD Gargoyle required.
Seminar on Course Design
Thursday, June 28, 1:00-3:00pm
Wieboldt 310 D/E
Get ready for teaching in the coming academic year by thinking through principles of student-centered course design! When designing a course for the first time, the temptation is often to start with a list of topics to cover. While determining course content is no doubt important, how can we situate that content within a framework that promotes student learning? Upon completion of the seminar, participants will have begun to draft a set of aligned learning objectives, teaching methods, and assessments aimed at facilitating active learning among their students. Armed with this framework, participants will then draft a syllabus to submit for peer feedback during the follow up Workshop on Course Design. Registration through GRAD Gargoyle required.
Ongoing Campus Programming
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.
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.
Jolly Pumpkin Tuesday Trivia Night
Every Tuesday 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
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!
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.