Current edition: Thursday, September 3, 2020

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A Word from the Gargoyle

Autumn Quarter is around the corner. Don’t forget to:

Autumn Quarter 2020 feels different. You can find up-to-date information on the plans to resume programs and campus operations at UChicago Forward. As a reminder, UChicagoGRAD (along with offices campus-wide) have transitioned to remote services. We are here to meet with you one-on-one through Zoom and share our programs online, synchronously and on-demand. We’re looking forward to working with you in the coming quarter and the coming year.

 

Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students

Thursday, September 3, 12-1pm, Zoom

This session is targeted for Masters students interested in exploring fellowship opportunities. The 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. Register https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/

 

Diversity Advisory Board Applications

Application Deadline: Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 5:00 PM

 

Are you interested in improving the quality of diversity and inclusion programming for historically underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students at the University of Chicago? Then the UChicagoGRAD Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) may be for you! DAB is composed of URM graduate students from across multiple divisions and schools who serve as liaisons between their peers and the UChicago Administration on diversity and equity issues. DAB also engages with other campus offices on targeted programming aimed at improving the experience of URM graduate students. DAB is looking to increase representation across divisions and schools and we invite you to apply.

 

Our goal is to advise divisional units in strengthening existing efforts and developing new initiatives that will support the URM graduate community. DAB will also serve as a liaison to UChicagoGRAD, the Graduate Council, and other affinity groups on campus. Responsibilities for serving on the board include 2-3 meetings per quarter, with 1-2 hours per meeting. Please note, if chosen to serve you will be paid a stipend for your time on the board. 

If you are interested, please apply HERE. The deadline for application submission is Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 5:00 PM. If there are any questions or concerns, please email grad-dab@uchicago.edu.

 

 

 

Online Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG), Fall 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Sunday, September 20th  11:59 pm CST

(October 2nd-December 4th)

SWAG is designed to provide you with an encouraging community of writers to help you develop an awareness of your writing process and make measurable progress toward your writing goals. This program is open to all graduate and professional school students and postdocs who are working on a major writing project (e.g. dissertation chapter or proposal, journal article, thesis, etc.; however, completing short-term assignments is not ideal for this program). Please be aware that the objectives and activities are tailored to the students of color, first-generation, low-income, and/or immigrant students

 

We understand that this online format may present a challenge for some students because of the resources needed to participate. There are questions in the application to address these potential needs and you may feel free to email me (Dana Bozeman) to discuss any potential support or accommodations that you may need.

SWAG

(October 2nd-December 4th):  Each Friday online co-working session lasts for 3 hours and will consist of goal-setting, focused writing time, and communal debrief. By the end of the sessions, you’ll have developed an awareness of your writing process and made measurable progress toward your writing goals—all within an encouraging community of writers. There will be two (30 minute) instructive workshops throughout the quarter, focusing on strategies to improve your writing process and techniques to maintain your commitment to writing practice. Please note that this program is intended to support your writing process and productivity, not the content and mechanics of writing.

To participate, it is preferable that you can attend *all* sessions. Please indicate any extenuating circumstances in the application.

These programs are co-sponsored by UChicagoGRAD, Student Support Services, and the Writing Program.

To register for this session, please click this LINK.

 

Academic Job Market AMA (Ask Me Anything)

Wednesday, September 9th, 12:30-1:30pm CT, Zoom

Are you encountering issues or questions as you apply for academic positions? UChicagoGRAD invites you to this AMA to get answers from career advisors with expertise in academic applications. You can ask us ANYTHING, including questions that you don’t want to ask your PI or dissertation advisor. We especially welcome questions about job documents, interviewing, negotiation, managing letter writers, prioritizing your time, and navigating the academic job search during the pandemic and hiring crisis. PhD students and postdocs from all disciplines are welcome. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events.

 

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship – Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 16th, 4-5pm CT, Zoom

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships are a unique public service and professional development opportunity for doctoral level scientists and engineers interested in exploring the intersection of science and policy. Fellows bring a common interest in learning about science policy and willingness to apply their training in new arenas. Fellows serve in yearlong assignments in all three branches of the federal government in Washington, D.C. Join UChicagoGRAD for a panel discussion featuring AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship alums. Panelists will discuss their experiences with science policy initiatives on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies, the career impact these fellowships can have, and the application process. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events.


Postdoc Workshop: Polishing Your Presentation

Wednesday, September 23rd, 3:30-4:30pm CT, Zoom

This event is for postdocs only, and is part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Are you doing more and more online presentations these days? Do you have a talk coming up for a virtual conference? Join this workshop to learn about polishing your presentation. We’ll discuss flow of a presentation from a high level, touch on some best practices for text and graphics, and go through practical considerations for presenting virtually. This workshop is open to all postdocs across all disciplines at UChicago. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events.

 

NSF GRFP Friday Drop In Sessions

Fridays, September 4, 11, 18 & 25, 12-1pm Zoom

This is a check-in session for anyone interested in discussing the NSF GRFP https://www.nsfgrfp.org/ . Stop in for a few minutes or for the hour. Get your questions answered and share what you know. Questions? Contact Beth Powers at bpowers@uchicago.edu Join Zoom Meeting https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/91711360729?pwd=TmI5OHNEcEdONS8waXdCelpNSEVLZz09 Password: 261610

 

DAAD Fellowship for Research & Study in Germany Information Session

Thursday, September 10, 12-1pm, Zoom

Please join us at noon on September 10 when we will hear from Myoung Shin Kim, the Senior Program Officer in the DAAD’s New York office to learn more about the graduate-level fellowship opportunities offered for study or research in Germany through the DAAD. For more information about eligibility and program details, please attend the session and visit: https://www.daad.org/en/study-research-in-germany/  Register https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/

 

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Information Session

Thursday, September 15, 12-1pm, Zoom

The Fellowship encourages original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. For more information about eligibility and application details, please attend the session and visit the website: https://woodrow.org/fellowships/newcombe/ Register https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/

 

Midea Group North American Info Session

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Online

Midea Group is a technology driven global company operating in consumer appliances, HVAC systems, robotics and automation systems, and smart logistics. Midea focuses on continuous innovation to improve products and service to make life more comfortable and pleasant. Midea has now established a global platform of more than 200 subsidiaries, over 150,000 employees, 60 overseas branches, and 12 strategic business units globally. Midea was ranked #307 in the global fortune 500 in 2020. Midea offers 2000+ positions across seven departments which include Artificial Intelligence; R & D Technology; Computer Science; Manufacturing Technology; Domestic marketing; Overseas Marketing; Supply Chain and Logistics; Financial Finance and General Management. At the info session, the Global Head of HR will discuss Midea’s talent development, global development opportunities and interview tips.To get a detailed job description and apply jobs, please click here: http://zhaopin.midea.com.cn/mideaweb/hrZhaopin/index.htm This event is intended for students who plan to graduate between August 2020 and December 2021 Please register for this event here: https://www.wjx.cn/m/89615881.aspx.

 

 UChiVotes X UChicagoGRAD Ask Me Anything

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10am

Please join us for this partnered Ask Me Anything about voting as a UChicago student! Join us for this hour long session to ask about how to register to vote, voting while on campus and in Chicago, and becoming apart of the voting process! Please sign up via this link:  https://iop.z2systems.com/np/clients/iop/survey.jsp?surveyId=62& (Links to an external site.)

For any students interested in participating as UChiVotes Graduate Voter Ambassadors, please use this sign-up link: https://iop.z2systems.com/survey.jsp?surveyId=63&

Simon-Kucher & Partners Info Session

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM, Zoom

Join Simon-Kucher for a session discussing their company, and open positions in life science consulting! Please RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle under Events à Info Sessions.

I’d also like to include an announcement Career Advancement’s upcoming career fair. They allow graduate students to attend, but this year it’s being held virtually on Handshake. Grad students don’t have access to Handshake, so the Career Advancement staff has to load the students who want to attend in and grant them temporary access. Because of this, they need students to RSVP quite early. The fair isn’t until October 1, but since the registration deadline is next week, I’m hoping we can include it in the upcoming GGW:

 

Career Advancement Fall Job and Internship Fair

Thursday, October 1, 2020, Handshake

Career Advancement is UChicago’s undergraduate career services office, however its Fall Job and Internship fair is open to graduate students who wish to attend. To attend, graduate students will need to be granted temporary access to Handshake and must RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle under Events à Career Fairs by 11:50 PM on September 9, 2020. Late registration will not be possible. A list of currently registered employers who have indicated that they are interested in recruiting graduate-level candidates can be found in GRAD Gargoyle. This list will be updated periodically. If you have questions about this event, please contact Deborah Blumenthal at deborahb@uchicago.edu.

 

Cyber Risk Solutions Marketing Associate | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 67458

Applied Data Fellow | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 66064

Computational Scientist, Text Analysis, UChicago Research Computing Center and Harris School of Public Policy| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 67447

Senior Scientist – Analytics, Abbott Laboratories | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 67459

Chemical Engineering Intern, Nature’s Fynd | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 67446

 

Reminder: Avoiding Telephone Scams

Please be vigilant about scams in which scammers impersonate representatives from government agencies and attempt to threaten you into giving personal information. These scammers may claim to work for agencies including the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please remember that these government agencies will never actually call you or request payment information by phone.

If you receive a call that you believe is part of a scam, please hang up immediately. If you become the victim of a scam, please be sure to report the scam to your local authorities and the Federal Trade Commission and, if you are an international student, reach out to your OIA advisor.

 

Call for Student Submissions for Jenny Holzer Project

Due by Friday, Sept 11

UChicago students have a chance to submit their own get-out-the-vote writing to be considered by artist and alumna Jenny Holzer for her LED trucks as part of a University commissioned art work launching this Fall.   Her web-based augmented reality experience will virtually project texts sourced from the College Core curriculum moving over the facades of University buildings or within the user’s surroundings. To coincide with the launch, LED trucks will feature Core text citations across campus and city streets.  Jenny Holzer Studio invites UChicago students to submit non-partisan get-out-the-vote content for some of the LED truck activations. Truck activations with student content will occur in late October, and will take a similar form to Holzer’s previous Vote Your Future series in Los Angeles.

Submissions and guidelines can be found via THIS FORM.  Deadline September 11, 2020.

 

Library Services for Remote and Hybrid Teaching

September 3, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Register

September 11, 11:00 a.m. – Noon Register

September 15, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Register

There are many ways the Library can help support your teaching online. In this webinar, you will learn about the Library’s e-reserve service, student access to the Library’s online books and journals for assigned readings, help guides and modules to integrate research support into your Canvas courses and much more.

 

Polsky Center Accelerator Demo Day 4: E-Commerce and Retail

Thursday, September 3, 12:00 PM CDT, Online

This summer, the Polsky Center Accelerator Program accepted a record twenty teams to its 10-week program. Over the course of four days, each team will present their businesses and showcase the progress they have made during the summer. Each session will begin with an industry-focused panel of experts and investors to provide insights into their industry about what’s to come for the remainder of 2020. Participants will have the opportunity to network with the Accelerator teams after the presentations.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polsky-center-accelerator-demo-day-4-e-commerce-retail-tickets-115106564834?ref=estw

 

Creating Inclusive and Accessible Remote Environments

September 8th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Online

This pedagogical session focuses on elements of inclusion and accessibility that are relevant to remote teaching and learning. It includes a synchronous Zoom discussion which follows a pre-viewed video.

The aims of this workshop are to reflect on the elements of inclusion relevant to remote learning, a global pandemic, and social shocks; to introduce principles and strategies for inclusion and accessibility relevant to remote teaching; and to provide a space for educators to ask questions, share strategies and consider different ways to meet this distinctive pedagogical challenge.

Please register at least 24 hours in advance. Registrants will be enrolled in a Canvas site, providing access to brief pre-workshop activities and other resources. Note that this is not a technical training.  https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1944

 

Designing Research Assignments Using Library Resources

September 8, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Register

September 16, 11:00 a.m. – Noon Register

Learn to design research assignments students can successfully complete in an online environment in this webinar. UChicago librarians will share ways to create assignments or projects that make effective use of the Library’s online resources, including ebooks and ejournals, audio/visual resources, and primary source collections—even rare books and archives from our Special Collections Research Center. We’ll also highlight ways librarians can teach your student effective research skills via live or asynchronous programs.

 

Engaging Students in Remote and Hybrid Teaching

September 9th, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, Online

The aims of this workshop are: To think through the pedagogy of student engagement and its implications for remote and hybrid teaching, with a focus on social interaction, building community, and fostering attention; to explore a number of strategies for actively engaging students in remote and hybrid learning environments, including models for discussion and peer-to-peer interaction using Zoom and other technologies in both online and face-to-face (while socially distanced) class meetings.

This is a live online workshop conducted over Zoom. Please register with your UChicago email address at least 24 hours in advance. https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1945

 

Chicago Bound

September 14 – 25, various times

Chicago Bound is a virtual pre-orientation experience, sponsored by the University Community Service Center in partnership with the Institute of Politics, aimed at giving you a solid foundation to become a well-informed, active member of the city. Join us for a variety of experiences, panels, and discussions open to incoming graduate students by emailing Syedah Cabell, symc@uchicago.edu, and visit https://ucsc.uchicago.edu/for-students/chicago-bound to learn more.

 

Chicago Bound: Reimagining Safety: The Prison and Police Abolition Movement

September 16, 2-3:30pm

Chicago Bound, sponsored by the University Community Service Center in partnership with the Institute of Politics, will be hosting this panel featuring Alycia Kamil of GoodKids MadCity, Malik Alim of the Chicago Community Bond Fund, and Timmy Rose of the Black Abolitionist Network (BAN), Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), Alternatives to Calling the Police (ACP), and Dissenters. Registration for this panel can be found here.

 

Chicago Bound: Immigration Rights Across Identities

September 16, 2-3:30pm

Chicago Bound, sponsored by the University Community Service Center in partnership with the Institute of Politics, will be hosting this panel featuring Fasika Alem of the United African Organization, Anna Mayer of Taller de José, and Stephanie Ortega of Catholic Charities. Registration for this panel can be found here!

 

Creating Your Business as Your Best Self

Tuesday, September 15, 5:00 PM CDT, Online

As humans, we are often driven by fear, self-defense, and emotions. From there, we act in automatic ways that keep us in a comfort zone, negatively impacting our experiences, relationships, and possibilities for business growth. In this interactive workshop for entrepreneurs, we will explore how to step out of that cycle, live and work as our best selves, and thereby create new possibilities beyond our comfort zone. This workshop features speaker Matt Maxwell, founder of Hearthstone Coaching & Consulting, author of How to Hold a Cockroach, and host of the Cultivating Courage podcast.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-your-business-as-your-best-self-tickets-116651799673?ref=estw

 

 

Autumn registration for English Language Institute courses (to be held remotely)

Registration starts Sep 21 (Mon), 7:00a 

This Autumn, the English Language Institute will be offering (remotely):

  • Spoken Communication: (i) Fluency Building; (ii) General American Pronunciation; (iii) Professional English; (iv) Conversation in Context; (v) Academic Presentations
  • Written Communication: (i) Standards and Conventions in North America

Visit the ELI website for more information on course descriptions, schedules, fees, number of seats left, and registration procedures: https://esl.uchicago.edu/course-registration/

 

Collaboratorium Networking and Pitch Event (Fall 2020)

Tuesday, September 22, 5:00 PM CDT, Online

The Collaboratorium unites UChicago students with researchers, technologists, and faculty who want to explore the commercialization opportunities and business applications for their work. Attend this event if you have skills you can contribute to a team, if you’re interested in joining a team, if you want to learn about cutting-edge research, or if you have an idea that you would like to share with others. If you would like to apply to pitch at the Collaboratorium, please complete the Interest Form.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaboratorium-networking-and-pitch-event-fall-2020-tickets-112863886924?ref=estw

 

Alumni New Venture Challenge Finals

Thursday, September 24, 8:00 AM CDT, Zoom

Tune into the finals of the second annual Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC), the only track of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge that serves entrepreneurial UChicago alumni from around the globe. Top teams from the six participating regions (Europe, Asia, Latin America, East Coast, West Coast, Midwest) will be pitching for investment. The NVC is a top-ranked U.S. accelerator program and this year marks the 24th anniversary of the program.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alumni-new-venture-challenge-finals-tickets-66605818797?ref=estw

 

Pedagogical Considerations for Remote and Hybrid Teaching

September 15th, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, Online

The aims of this workshop are to introduce general pedagogical principles and considerations for remote and hybrid teaching, model several asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning strategies, and to provide a space for instructors to think together about how to meet this distinctive pedagogical challenge.

This is a live Zoom workshop with an asynchronous Canvas component. Please register with your UChicago email address at least 24 hours in advance. Registrants will be enrolled in a Canvas site with some brief pre-workshop materials and other resources. https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1932.  Note that this is not a technical training, but rather a workshop for thinking through the pedagogical issues of remote and hybrid teaching.

 

Forum on Teaching in the Core 

September 16th, 9:45 AM – 2:30 PM, Online

The Core is a defining feature of undergraduate education in the College and can be one of the more rewarding teaching experiences at UChicago.  This sixth annual Forum on Teaching in the Core comes at a time when reflection on the aims and methods of teaching in the Core takes on a renewed urgency as we think through how to engage students with the ideas and the intellectual community of the Core in the context of the pandemic.  Reflecting these circumstances, the 2020 Core Forum, presented in partnership with the College aims to provide a venue for discussing Core pedagogy, guidance on workshops and trainings on remote and hybrid teaching, and information on relevant campus resources.

This event is open to everyone and is aimed at those teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences Collegiate Divisions in 2020-2021 (particularly those who are new to the Core).  Link to the Core Forum site for detailed information and to register.  

For accommodation requests, contact cct@uchicago.edu.

 

Beyond Essays and Exams: Assessment and Assignment Options

September 17th, 12:30 PM –  2:00 PM, Online

Offered in partnership with the Office of Academic Technology Solutions, this hands-on workshop is aimed at instructors who are developing an assessment plan and assignments for remote and hybrid teaching. Participants will first discuss principles for effective assessment in remote and hybrid teaching. Then we will explore assignments and activities that can be used in both synchronous and asynchronous contexts and consider how to make pedagogically sound use of digital tools such as collaborative documents and multimedia. We will also look at a few successful examples. Participants should be ready to engage in collaborative activities such as contributing to a Google Doc and discussing with fellow instructors.

This workshop is conducted online via Zoom. Please register with your UChicago email address at least 24 hours in advance. You will receive an email with the Zoom link at the latest an hour before the workshop begins. https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1938

 

Creating Inclusive and Accessible Remote Environments

September 21st, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Online

This pedagogical session focuses on elements of inclusion and accessibility that are relevant to remote teaching and learning. It includes a synchronous Zoom discussion which follows a pre-viewed video.

The aims of this workshop are to reflect on the elements of inclusion relevant to remote learning, a global pandemic, and social shocks; to introduce principles and strategies for inclusion and accessibility relevant to remote teaching; and to provide a space for educators to ask questions, share strategies and consider different ways to meet this distinctive pedagogical challenge.

Please register at least 24 hours in advance. Registrants will be enrolled in a Canvas site, providing access to brief pre-workshop activities and other resources. Note that this is not a technical training.  https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1944

 

Engaging Students in Remote and Hybrid Teaching

September 22nd, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Online

The aims of this workshop are: To think through the pedagogy of student engagement and its implications for remote and hybrid teaching, with a focus on social interaction, building community, and fostering attention; to explore a number of strategies for actively engaging students in remote and hybrid learning environments, including models for discussion and peer-to-peer interaction using Zoom and other technologies in both online and face-to-face (while socially distanced) class meetings.

This is a live online workshop conducted over Zoom. Please register with your UChicago email address at least 24 hours in advance. https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1945

 

Teaching@ Chicago Conference 2020An Orientation for New Teaching Assistants

September 23rd 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Online

Teaching@ Chicago is an orientation for Teaching Assistants, designed to introduce the culture, structure, and teaching resources at the University of Chicago. This half-day webinar will include presentations on the role and responsibilities of teaching assistants, the role of the CCT, pedagogical strategies, graduate and undergraduate plenary sessions that focus on teaching and learning in the time of COVID 19, and other relevant UChicago resources.  All new graduate student instructors, particularly TAs, CAs, Core Interns, and Writing Interns are invited.  Register for 2020 Teaching@This year’s event is online so you must register at least 48 hours in advance. 

Please note that this is a general TA orientation.  We encourage you to visit Teaching Remotely for a complete list of workshops on remote pedagogy/specific digital tools most used and supported at UChicago.

For accommodation requests, contact cct@uchicago.edu.

 

 

Refresh Sleep Program

Registration closes October 4, 2020 at midnight

Hoping to get your sleep on track this academic year? Looking for some new relaxation techniques? Interested in learning about the human body and sleep? Join UChicago Student Wellness for the 7 week-long Refresh Sleep program for all of the above and more! When you join the Refresh Sleep program, you will be enrolled in a seven week-long Canvas course with important information and tips that have been proven to help improve sleep. Learn more here and register for the program by completing this form.