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5 Ways to Keep your Writing and Research Momentum going over Winter Break
Worried that vacation, travel, and shifts in your routine might hinder your productivity? Check out tips to keep your progress going while also accounting for your need to relax, rest, and reconnect with friends and family! Learn more
Expand the Impact of Your Research: GRADTalk’s Public Speaking Series
Are you interested in honing your skills as a public speaker and communicating your research to audiences beyond the UChicago community? GRADTalk is seeking graduate students and postdocs who would like to participate in the new “Expand Your Impact” public speaking series. The goal of this series is to connect graduate students and postdocs with venues around Chicago, such as the Homewood Science Center, where you can have the opportunity to share your research with new audiences. Participants in the series will receive public speaking advising in both individual sessions and group workshops leading up to your presentation, with a special focus on communicating your research to non-specialist audiences. If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the application form here. For questions please contact Michael O’Toole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover Letter Best Practices Workshop: For Jobs in Industry, Nonprofits, and Government
Thursday, December 13, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)
This workshop provides attendees with best practices for drafting effective cover letters for positions in industry, nonprofits, and government. It is appropriate for graduate students and postdocs from any program/discipline. Please RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle(Events > GRAD Events).
Mini Dissertation Write-Ins
December 17-18, 9am-1pm, GRAD Writing Room
December 19-21, 9am-1pm, GRAD Writing Room
Write-Ins are intensive workshops designed to help graduate students break through roadblocks and make timely progress on writing. In these sessions, participants will commit to writing at least four hours a day for either two or days. Coffee and snacks provided.
- Two-Day Write-In | Monday, December 17 – Tuesday, December 18 | REGISTER HERE
- Three-Day Write-In | Wednesday, December 19 – Friday, December 21 | REGISTER HERE
Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG)
Application deadline: January 3, 5pm CST
Apply now to participate in the Winter Session of SWAG (January 11-March 15). SWAG will 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. SWAG 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 experiences of people from racial/ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds historically excluded in higher education. Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/T5SxusP2Kus8KBHv2
UChicagoGRAD and Mentor Matching Engine (MME) Information Session
Thursday, January 24, 4pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
Are you interested in virtually mentoring Chicago-area high school students conducting research in your field of study? The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) needs your help! Through their Mentor Matching Engine (MME) – a project-based, online collaboration tool – high school students are able to connect directly with university mentors anytime, anywhere, under the guidance and supervision of their teachers. MME is a great way to give back to younger students, and is a low commitment that can have a meaningful impact. It is also a beneficial experience for your own career development, an opportunity to build your CV, get students interested in your university, and interact with your community.Please RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle(Events > GRAD Events). If you’re unable to attend this info session, but interested in learning more, please sign up here to receive more information directly: https://istc1.typeform.com/to/dfb1Ts
- Senior Manager Enterprise Data Scientist, Astellas Pharma|Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition no. 64627
- Manager of Industrial Relations, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation |Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition no. 64624
- Qualitative Research Assistant, The University of Chicago Urban Labs| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition no. 64623
- Project Manager, Epic | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition no. 64617
- Quantitative Researcher, Five Rings Capital| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition no. 64611
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 herewith a valid LinkedIn account or email and start connecting today!
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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 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.
- Webinarsthat are 60-90 minute professional development sessions facilitated by trained professionals and guest experts.
- Multi-Week Coursesthat 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.
- Librarythat provides scripts, transcripts, and videos of previous webinars.
- Career Centerthat allows members to search job openings, find potential candidates, and subscribe to new posting notifications that are field specific.
- Resources & Referralssection 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
Winter Clothing Drive
Drop-off box available at UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor) through January 10th
The Student Civic Engagement Center and CSRSO Homeless Food Run are holding a WinterClothing Drivethrough January 10th. We are accepting new and gently used winter clothing for women, men, and children. Items can be donated at Edelstone Center (6030 S. Ellis Ave) or anywhere you see a collection box on campus.
What does Diversity Look Like in Your Country? A project by UChicago Global
Join us in the celebration of the global fabric that defines our University of Chicago community. Pictures will be included in a large collective digital mosaic and available for download. Share a picture of a person, group, venue, monument, event, celebration, object or anything material or immaterial illustrating in your own eyes and mind an expression of diversity. Send your photos to @UChicagoGlobal on Instagram Direct Message. Sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
Winter registration for English Language Institute courses
Open now – Jan 11
This Winter, the English Language Institute will be offering:
- Spoken Communication: (i) Fluency Building; (ii) General American Pronunciation; (iii) Conversation in Context; (iv) Partners and Spouses
- Written Communication: (i) Crafting Varied and Impactful Sentences; (ii) Standards and Conventions in North America
Please visit the ELI website for more information on course descriptions, schedules, fees, and registration procedures: https://esl.uchicago.edu/page/academic-year-courses
“The Excited State” – Science Improv Comedy Show
Thursday December 13, 8pm, at The Revival, Hyde Park
Science has never been so fun… or scientists so funny! “The Excited State” is an original improv comedy show from The Revival theater in Hyde Park. Accompanied on each occasion by a special guest scientist, The Revival’s very own troupe of scientists and science enthusiasts will take the audience on a hilarious—and utterly improvised—journey of discovery through scientific history, breakthroughs, and common misconceptions. The troupe is comprised of Chicago’s most outgoing scientists drawn from UChicago, UIC, Fermi Lab, Argonne and elsewhere. Each performance features a “Special Guest” from the scientific community. This month, “The Excited State” welcomes Prof. Young-Kee Kim, Chair of the Department of Physics, University of Chicago.Get tickets at http://www.the-revival.com/shows and https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6290ca9164f062305a5244f977ffba78&t=tix Facebookevent: https://www.facebook.com/events/355821335183157/?ti=icl
Grocery Run with Health Promotion and Wellness
Friday, December 14, 2018, 12 – 1PM, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Student Support Services and Health Promotion and Wellness are hosting a grocery run and mindfulness workshop for students experiencing food insecurity. All participants will receive complementary pre-selected grocery items at the end of the workshop. REGISTER HERE
Dissertation Procedures for Students
Wednesday, December 19, 1-2 pm, Techbar Studio, Regenstein Library Room 160
Review of dissertation formatting requirements and submission procedures for students planning to graduate in Winter 2019. This session is scheduled to accommodate students intending to submit by the end of week one of the winter quarter. Register here: https://rooms.lib.uchicago.edu/event/4856736
Call for Applications: Graduate Student Gallery Talks at the Smart Museum
Applications due December 28
The Smart Museum of Art seeks six UChicago graduate students to deliver short gallery talks about works of art during programs on January 28 and February 11. Talks will introduce works of art in the special exhibitions Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection and Smart to the Core: Embodying the Self to an audience of well-informed non-specialists from the University and broader community. UChicago MA or PhD candidates from any discipline are eligible to apply and speakers will be paid $300. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and please submit no later than 5pm on December 28, 2018. For more information and instructions on applying please visit https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/about/employment/graduate-student-opportunities/.
CCTE 50100: Language Pedagogy for the Contemporary Classroom
Winter quarter, 2019, Fridays, 1:30-4:30pm
Designed for current graduate students who:
• will be teaching language as part of their graduate program
- are preparing for careers involving language instruction
- would like to be considered as strong candidates for Summer teaching opportunities
- would like to add language pedagogy to their skill set as they enter the job market
NEW THIS QUARTER: CCTE 50100 will be team taught by Catherine Baumann, director of the Chicago Language Center, and Colin Shelton, Language Program Coordinator in Classics. Graduate students working in all languages, modern and ancient, are encouraged to participate!
Dissertation Procedures for Students
Thursday, January 3, 1-2 pm, Techbar Studio, Regenstein Library Room 160
Review of dissertation formatting requirements and submission procedures for students planning to graduate in Winter 2019. This session is scheduled to accommodate students intending to submit by the end of week one of the winter quarter. Register here: https://rooms.lib.uchicago.edu/event/4856732
Classes at The Revival for UChicago Graduate Students Start January 14th. Register Now and receive a 10% discount!
Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival (1160 E. 55th St.). We offer many classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students including: “Public Speaking & Presentation Skills,” “GradProv” and “ISL-Improv as a Second Language.” Register now for a 10% discount! For complete details, visit www.the-revival.com/classes
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The Refresh Sleep program aims to provide students with the skills and strategies to achieve more restful nights and wakeful days. When you join the Refresh Sleep program, you will receive a weekly email for seven weeks that has an attached PDF with important information and tips that have been proven to help improve sleep. Register before January 18th for our Winter program!
The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights is pleased to announce two graduate student competitions:
- 2019-20 Graduate Lectureships in Human Rights
The Pozen Center awards up to three lectureships to advanced doctoral students to teach one undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. Applications are available now and due February 15, with award decisions announced in late-March. More info and application.
- 2019-20 Pozen Dissertation Completion Fellowship
The Pozen Center awards this fellowship to a doctoral student in the humanities or social sciences whose work makes an important contribution to human rights scholarship. The fellowship provides a stipend, tuition, and University student health insurance. Applications are available now and due April 1, with award decisions announced in mid-May. More info and application.
Ongoing Campus Programming
Weekly Language & Culture Tables
International House Dining Room (1414 E 59th Street)
Want to learn a new language in a casual setting? Looking for others to speak to in your own native language? Language and culture tables have been part of the International House’s long tradition to promote multicultural environment. These are informal weekly one-hour gatherings focused around more than eight different languages. All levels are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Jingwei Li, GRAD Global Impact Intern (email@example.com), or for the full weekly schedule of languages please visit – http://ihouse.uchicago.edu/living/graduate_commons_programs/language_and_culture_table_program/
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.
Coming Out & Beyond
Mondays, Fall quarter, 3:30-5 at Student Counseling Center
Calling all LGBTQ students! And this includes Q for questioning! Whether you are out or not, graduate or college student, domestic or international student, feel free to join this group as a space where you can find support and inclusivity of your whole self. And why “Beyond”? Because coming out is not a one-time occurrence, and sometimes you need support after coming out as well.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up!
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.
English Conversation Hour
Tuesdays, Weeks 2-10 (except Nov 20) | 3:30-4:30pm | Cobb 218
Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? Join the weekly ELI Conversation Hour! Build English proficiency and communication skills; learn about North American cultures; discuss different topics each week; network and meet new people. For more information: https://esl.uchicago.edu/page/eli-conversation-hour
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!
ACT with Meaning (ACT for Anxiety) for college students
Wednesdays, 1–2:30 p.m., Fall quarter, at Student Counseling Center
You might be a graduate student, but if you KNOW some anxious college students, consider referring them to this eight-week structured group that helps collegestudents address anxiety using the evidence-based approach behind Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The goal is to help members learn essential skills to effectively overcome problems related to anxiety. Members will also learn how to identify personal sources of motivation and change their behaviors to improve mood and make their lives more meaningful.
Contact email@example.com for more information and to sign up!
My Body and Soul
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm, 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.
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!
Reimaginations Discussion Group
Every Thursday, 6pm-8pm, Tiffin Boardroom, International House (1414 E 59th Street)
International House’s Reimaginations dialogue series is back! Reimaginations is a space where thinkers from different countries and disciplines come together in order to ‘reimagine’ crucial concepts of the human experience. The series returns tonight with ‘Stories’ as the first topic, led by Post-Doctoral Fellow Daniele Macuglia. Refreshments provided. Questions? Please contact Sakina Lavingia, GRAD Global Impact Intern – firstname.lastname@example.org
Emotional Wisdom Group at SCS
Fridays, Fall quarter, 1:15-2:30 at Student Counseling Center
This skills-based group will help College students and graduate students develop coping techniques to manage intense emotions that interfere with academics or relationships. Group objectives are to identify emotional responses without judgment, learn coping skills to manage intense emotional responses, and develop communication skills to improve relationships. Group members support one another each week in learning and practicing new coping skills.
Contact Tracie Pape at email@example.com for more information and to sign up.
English Board Game Group
Fridays, Weeks 2-10 (except Nov 2 and 23) | 4:00-6:00p | Cobb 201A-B
Come and join the ELI’s Board Game Group, where you will meet new friends, play intriguing board games, and build confidence in using your spontaneous speaking and critical thinking skills. For more information: https://esl.uchicago.edu/page/eli-board-game-group