Current edition: Thursday, July 1, 2021

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A Word from the Gargoyle


Seoul? Nairobi? Paris? Where do you want to go on your Fulbright?

 The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities to study at an overseas university, conduct independent research, or work as an English teaching assistant in over 140 countries around the world.  Whether you would like to examine ancient religious scrolls in Kyoto or intern at an international business in Mexico City, Fulbright awards are open to master’s students of all disciplines.  To learn more about the Fulbright and how to apply, join us for “Exploring Fulbright for Master’s Students” on Thursday, July 8, 10-10:30am.  In this last session of its kind this year, you will learn important information about the types of Fulbright awards available to you, their application components, and the application timeline with campus deadlines.  We will also discuss useful strategies for producing strong written statements and provide access to the helpful resources that UChicagoGRAD offers Fulbright applicants to help them produce strong applications.  After the presentation, there will be time for Q & A to get your questions about Fulbright answered.  Master’s students from all fields are welcome. U.S. citizenship is required to apply.  For more details, and to register for the event, click here.


BOE Group Display and Technology Open Day

Friday, July 9th, 9:30-15:30 Beijing time, BOE Technology Innovation Center


This in-person session in Beijing, China, will allow attendees to learn about both internship and full-time opportunities in China. It will include a tour of the BOE Technology and Innovation Center, talks led by technology experts, and conversations with overseas returnees working at BOE. Travel expenses within China will be covered by BOE. For more information and to register, please visit:



NSF GRFP: Writing a Compelling, Connected, and Concise Research Statement

Friday, July 9, 12-1 PM, Zoom


Intended for STEM students planning to apply for the NSF GRFP. Join us to learn about deconstructing the solicitation, writing for your audience, and incorporating broader impacts and intellectual merit. RSVP here.



Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students

Monday, July 12, 2-3 PM, Zoom


This session will provide an overview of different types of fellowships, resources to search for and identify fellowship opportunities, and timing and strategies for approaching fellowship applications. The session will also highlight key fellowships that are available for master’s students, and the resources available through UChicagoGRAD to support fellowship applicants. RSVP here.



Academic Job Market Summer Camp

Monday-Friday, July 12-16, 2021, 9am-1pm CT, Zoom

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 a wide range of institutions. View camp topics and RSVP for each session below:


Fulbright Writing Workshop Series for Master’s Students DAY ONE

Tuesday, July 20, 2-3:30 PM, Zoom

Join us for this series of three writing workshops to help you produce a strong personal statement and statement of grant purpose.  This series will provide guiding questions for generating the content of the statements, time for writing, and peer review.  Intended for master’s student applicants in the early stages of the Fulbright application process, all Fulbright applicants are welcome.  To attend, students must register for all three workshops in the series (July 20, 21, and 22).  RSVP here.


Fulbright Writing Workshop Series for Master’s Students DAY TWO

Wednesday, July 21, 2-3:30 PM, Zoom

Second of three writing workshops.  In this session, we will continue to develop the statement of grant purpose.  Intended for master’s students in the early stages of the Fulbright application process, all are welcome.  To attend, students must register for all three workshops in the series (July 20, 21, and 22). RSVP here.


Fulbright Writing Workshop Series for Master’s Students DAY THREE

Thursday, July 22, 2-3:30 PM, Zoom

Today’s workshop will focus on the Personal Statement.  Guiding questions will help you produce content with time for writing.  RSVP here.


How to Get Strong Reference Letters for STEM Fellowships

Wednesday, July 28, 12-1 PM, Zoom

This presentation will discuss how to select reference letter writers as well as how to prepare them to provide you with a reference that addresses what fellowship funders are seeking. Join us for advice and discussion of best practices for getting strong letters of reference.  RSVP here.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: Preparing a Strong Application

Thursday, July 29, 4-5 PM, Zoom

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. Join us to learn about the essential components of a strong application.  RSVP here.


Writing Proposals for Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Thursday, August 5, 10-10:30 AM, Zoom

PhD students applying for dissertation completion fellowships will learn how to write–or how to improve–a proposal for a dissertation completion fellowship. In this 30-minute meeting, we will discuss strategies for writing a proposal’s background section, methodology, project timeline, and scholarly contribution and significance. 20-minute presentation followed by 10-minute Q & A.  RSVP here.


NSF GRFP: Pre-Writing Workshop: Writing About Research Experiences

August 5, 12-1 PM, Zoom

The first of three workshops on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship personal statement. In this workshop we will discuss ways of writing about your research experiences and engage in writing exercises that will help to provide material for the personal statement.  RSVP here.



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This Week from UChicago Grad Council:



Graduate Writing Consultations Available for Summer 2021

July 1st – August 15th over Zoom

UChicagoGRAD and the Writing Program are offering remote writing support this summer for any graduate students who want help finishing up writing projects this year, resuming work that may have been interrupted, or just polishing work that they’d like to present or publish in the upcoming year. Graduate Writing Consultations are collaborative, non-directive sessions with experienced Writing Program staff who advise writers in general best practices to support their own goals and prioritize for their work. Students may request an appointment through UChicagoGRAD up to three weeks in advance, but may only request one appointment at a time. However, we encourage students to check frequently for newly released appointments, or to make follow-up appointments when needed! For more information, please check out the Writing Program website or email us at


Library Director Search Forum and Information Sessions

 Friday, July 9, 11am-12pm CDT, Zoom; Wednesday July 14, 4-5pm CDT, Zoom

The search process is underway for the next Library Director, and you can provide input. The search is being guided by a committee representing a variety of disciplines and perspectives across campus. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are invited to participate in one of the following information sessions listed below to learn more and to share their thoughts on the Library and the Director search. All sessions will be held over Zoom.


  • Session 1: July 9, 11am-12pm CDT
  • Session 2: July 14, 4-5 p.m. CDT


To attend, please RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting details. You may also nominate individuals or provide feedback and insights to inform the search by emailing


Public Speaking Classes

Sundays 7/11-8/25, via Zoom

Most people dread speaking in public. Sooner or later, we all have to do it! Curriculum papers, conferences, or leading a group discussion. Sometimes our anxiety gets in the way. This course is designed to take the fear out of public speaking and insert the fun. Using the underlying skills of improvisation, we will help you become a more effective public speaker. Weekly exercises enable participants to: maintain focus and concentration; use the body & voice to express clear, detailed choices; respond imaginatively and expressively to various circumstances; and, connect to audiences of various sizes.

Detail & registration at


Basic Mindfulness Meditation Course

Registration deadline is July 12, 2021

Interested in learning a strategy that can help decrease anxiety and stress, improve concentration and attention, help regulate emotions, develop connections and more? Join UChicago Student Wellness’ 4-week Mindfulness Meditation course! There will be one Basic Mindfulness Meditation course offered in Summer Quarter and you may register here. To learn more, visit our website. If you have any questions, contact Emily Schulze at


Advanced Mindfulness Meditation Course
Registration deadline is August 9, 2021


Take time to strengthen and deepen your mindfulness meditation practice this summer with UChicago Student Wellness’ 4-week Mindfulness Meditation course! There will be one Advanced Mindfulness Meditation course offered in Summer Quarter and you may register here.To learn more, visit our website. If you have any questions, contact Emily Schulze at


 Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP)

Aug 27 to Sep 17, 2021

The AEPP is a three-week, academic intensive program run by the English Language Institute, which builds your linguistic and cultural competency and gives you the confidence to excel in your studies and thrive at UChicago. Cost: $500 for PhD students; $700 for Masters students. For more information, visit:


Weekly Mindfulness Meditation

Rolling registration throughout Summer Quarter

UChicago Student Wellness is offering live mindfulness sessions on Thursdays from 9:00-9:30 am. These sessions are open to the entire campus community. Find the dates, along with the practice topics here. To register for any and all weekly sessions, please complete this form in its entirety.  These sessions will be facilitated via Zoom and the link will be sent to those registered the day before the sessions. If you have any questions, contact Emily Schulze at



YouChicago Photo Contest
UChicago is a vibrant community comprised of students, staff and faculty representing diverse areas around the world. Our success is built on collaborative relationships and connections with one another. Although we may be physically separated, we wanted to provide an opportunity to connect by sharing photos, goals and ideas virtually. YouChicago is a photo contest that is open to ALL students, staff and faculty within the UChicago campus community. Learn more about the contest and submit your photos here.


20 Minutes Still Meditation

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays | 8–8:20 am (CST)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Still the mind and body, open the heart, join us online in our Virtual Living Room. No experience necessary, open to those of all spiritual backgrounds.


Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays 5:30 –6:30 pm (CST)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Grab your mat and join Rachel Carbonara online for live yoga sessions from the comfort of your living room. A slow, meditative yoga class for all, whether you have experience with yoga or want to try it out for the first time. This class is designed for unwinding at the end of the day, with special attention to moving the body in ways that combat the negative effects of long periods of sitting and computer use. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. If you don’t have a yoga mat at home, use a folded blanket or practice on a rug. If possible, have two pillows and a blanket available to use as props.


Morning Yoga

Wednesdays 9:00–9:25 pm (CST)

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Wake up and start the day with this short yoga practice for all levels. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. A yoga mat is recommended for this class.


Chai/Coffee Chats with Jigna Shah, Director of Spiritual Life

Wednesdays 1:30–2:00 pm (CST)

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Stop by to introduce yourself, say hello, or to learn more about Spiritual Life and how we can support you at UChicago. I look forward to meeting you virtually!


Yoga Flow

Thursdays 5:30–6:30 pm (CST)

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A class designed to bring movement to the entire body, incorporating strength, flexibility, and balance. All levels of experience with yoga are welcome. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. A yoga mat is recommended for this class.


Community Meditation

Thursdays 7:00–7:30 pm (CST)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Nourish your spirit with mindfulness and compassion practice, cultivate friendliness and loving kindness to oneself and all beings.


Mental Health First Aid
An 8-hour certification designed to give participants the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The virtual training includes a 2-hour self-paced course followed by an interactive, 6-hour training led via Zoom. Staff and faculty may register through this link and students may register here.


Yoga Club’s online yoga class

Thursdays 5:30-7 PM, Every other Saturday 10-11:30 AMvirtual

The Yoga Club offers free, online yoga classes in the Iyengar tradition (Iyengar yoga focuses on body alignment and personal attention to practitioners), taught by certified Iyengar instructors. All levels are welcome, including beginners, and there is no need for special props. Zoom links to classes are sent on a weekly basis through our mailing-list. To join the list, visit our website: