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“A good communicator should be able to discuss their work with any audience.” – Allen Linton, GRADTalk Consultant
Understand more about GRADTalk in an interview with Allen Linton, GRADTalk Consultant and Graduate Student in Political Science…. Read more
Thursday November 15, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 – 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
Your resume is often the first piece of information that you are crafting for a potential employer’s eyes and consumption. It is an opportunity to deliberately and intentionally create your own narrative within the context of the job or internship that you’re applying for. Come to this workshop to learn more about best practices for creating your resume – how to format them, dos and don’ts, how to highlight your strongest assets, and how to differentiate yourself from other candidates. You’ll always want to keep the organization’s hiring needs in mind when writing this document! So, come prepared to think about how best to “market” yourself and learn more about resume writing. This workshop is appropriate for all graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines. RSVP by logging in as student/postdoc/alumni to GRAD Gargoyle > Click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and sign up
UChicagoGRAD and Mentor Matching Engine (MME) Information Session
Thursday,November 15, 2pm, UChicagoGRAD Headquarters
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. 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
International Student Series – Networking
Thursday November 15, 3-4pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 – 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
The International Student Series of workshops will address the specific challenges that international students face during the job search and interviewing process. This presentation on Networking for International Students is geared to provide you with input to better understand what is expected in an American networking scenario. It will provide you with concrete tips on how to make a great impression in networking situations, both online and offline. RSVP by logging in as student/postdoc/alumni to GRAD Gargoyle > Click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and sign up
Walmart eCommerce Info Session
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 pm Ida Noyes Hall East Lounge
Want to be at the forefront of changing how people shop? The Walmart eCommerce team is rapidly innovating to evolve and define the future state of shopping. As the world’s largest retailer, we are on a mission to help people save money and live better. With the help of some of the brightest minds in technology, merchandising, marketing, supply chain, talent and more, we are re-imagining the intersection of digital and physical shopping to help achieve that mission. Drive change. Make impact. Join us on our mission. Meet our family of brands: Hayneedle Jet.com, MooseJaw, Modcloth, SamsClub.com, Shoes.com, Vudu, Walmart and many more. Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle.
Cover Letter Workshop
Friday, November 16, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 – 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
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. RSVP by logging in as student/postdoc/alumni to GRAD Gargoyle > Click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and sign up
BSD Postdoc Informational Interviewing Workshop
Friday, November 16, 3:30-4:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 – 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
Informational interviewing and networking is part of the process of discovering and making use of connections between yourself and others. These connections can be informal and informational, but they can also be formal and structured around an event, like last month’s GRADFair. During this workshop, you will learn how to: approach people you may or may not know personally for an informational interview, build and maintain networking relationships, leverage your network for the job search process, and learn how your online profile can play a role in this process. This workshop is geared towards Biological Sciences Division (BSD) postdocs but is open to anyone. RSVP by logging in as student/postdoc/alumni to GRAD Gargoyle > Click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and sign up
GRADTalk: Preparing Effective Conference Presentations
Monday, November 19, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
No one likes to sit through boring or disorganized conference presentations and yet we’ve all suffered through them. In this workshop we’ll discuss some strategies for crafting conference presentations that engage your audience and communicate your message effectively. From the writing stage to the spoken delivery, you’ll learn some practical tips to help make your conference presentations more memorable. We’ll also talk about the role of PowerPoint and how to prepare for Q&A sessions with the audience. This workshop is intended for grad students and postdocs in all fields. Please RSVP via Grad Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
- Account Manager, Advanced Workflow Specialist, and Regional Sales Manager, Leica Microsystems| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition nos. 64523, 64524, 64525m respectively.
- International Admissions Counselor and Strategy Counselor, Due West Education| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition nos. 64008 and 64009, respectively.
- Language Program Director, DANK Haus German Cultural Center| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition no. 64512
- Advanced Analytics Specialist, U.S. and Europe, Bain & Company | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle> Jobs > Search requisition nos. 64519 and 64520, respectively.
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
The Fundamentals of Teaching Series
Visit Fundamentals of Teaching Series 2018 for time, date, and location information.
The Fundamentals of Teaching Series provides guidance and support for graduate students as they undertake their first teaching responsibilities as TAs and Interns. New graduate student teachers will develop a set of core teaching tools to help them reach students and have a successful first teaching experience. Each of the sessions will involve discussion of key topics in teaching, including how students learn, how to best activate students’ prior knowledge, crafting effective learning objectives, employing active learning strategies, and developing assessment techniques that facilitate your students’ learning. These discussions and workshops are placed within the framework of discipline and subject-specific content and teaching practices. To view this year’s series, please visit Fundamentals of Teaching Series 2018.Registration via GRAD Gargoyle required. Register
FLI Network Welcome + Champions Launch
Thursday, November 15, 5 – 7PM, CI+I, Community Lounge
This year the FLI Network is excited to launch a mentorship program where FLI students are matched with a FLI or ally faculty or staff member for a self-directed, coaching relationship. Full details will be available at our upcoming Welcome and Mentorship Launch on November 15. Sign-ups for mentors and mentees are open. Register Here
Library Workshop for MAPSS Anthropology Students
Thursday, November 15, 6:45–7:45 p.m. Regenstein Library, Room A-11
Hands-on workshop introducing students to Library resources in Anthropology. Please bring a laptop!
Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm, Court Theater
In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Join us for an exclusive pre-show dinner with UChicago alums, Manual Cinema founding members and winners of the UChicago Alumni 2018 Early Career Achievement Award, Drew Dir and Sarah Fornace (AB’07).Tickets: $5 with Student UCID. Limit 1 per person.
Saturday, November 17, 7pm, Logan Center, Performance Penthouse
The new sound of the early 20th century, which was to be identified as ‘jazz’, was immediately new and popular, a product of its time linked to that era’s transformations: a fortunate collision of cultures, at the time of the second industrial revolution, the development of mass transportation, the democratization of artistic and instrumental practices… But nowadays, in the era of globalization, in these postmodern and gluttonous times, what would “the new thing” sound like? That is the impossible question these four improvisers – each with their own pronounced, bold, and tempered character – will try to answer by playing.Free, followed by a roundtable discussion and reception
Saturday, November 17, 8pm, Logan Center, Performance Hall
Special guests Patrice Michaels and Jeffrey Ray join the Chamber Orchestra for arias and duets from Mozart operas. The program also includes Suite d’Orchestre: Dans le style Ancien by French composer Albéric Magnard, Franz Schubert’s Overture to Der Teufel als Hydraulicus, and Chansons de Matins et de Nuit by Edward Elgar. Free, but donations are requested at the door. $10 general/$5 student
“What is ‘suicide’ and who gets to decide?: Suicidology, (inter)disciplinarity and a scientific crisis”
Monday, November 19, 12:00-1:20 p.m., The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge
Over the 150 years of explicit research the phenomenon of ‘suicide’ has been continuously bound and refined: to include certain deaths but not others; to represent, within the realm of human experience, a kind of (politically mobilizable) problem; to necessitate specific types of research and expertise, while making others nearly impossible. Throughout these efforts, ‘suicide’ remains a slippery epistemic object, as scholars struggle to both recognize that it lies at an intersection of numerous realms of knowledge, while staying true to the practices and assumptions embedded in their respective disciplines and experiences. Sanja Miklin will share her thoughts on the development of ‘Suicidology’, an explicitly interdisciplinary field that was founded in the 1960s, that has been rapidly institutionalized, and might now be entering a (mid-life) scientific crisis. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative research, Miklin shows how ‘suicide’ has been shaped as an epistemic and a political object by factors both internal and external to suicide research, and contemplates the bigger questions of the promises, possibilities, and limitations of interdisciplinarity. https://sifk.uchicago.edu/events/
Scholarly Communication Drop-In Hours
Monday, November 19, 2:00–5:00 p.m., TechBar, Regenstein Library, Room 160
Faculty, students, and staff are invited to drop by the Tech Bar collaborative space to consult with Nora Mattern, Scholarly Communications Librarian, on issues related to copyright, data management, and open access. Come talk tools and practices to work through questions like: Do I need to get permission to use this photo in my publication? How can I make sense of (and find) my data in years to come? How can I increase the visibility and impact of my work?
Tuesday, November 20, 7:30pm, Logan Center Café
The Hyde Park Jazz Society selects local musicians to perform on the third Tuesday of every month at Café Logan. Enjoy beer, wine, a full coffee car, and food along with some of the best jazz the city has to offer. Presented by the Logan Center and the Hyde Park Jazz Society with additional support by WDCB. Free
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Friday, November 30, 7:30pm, Museum of Science and Industry
Did you enjoy Party in the Sky last spring and the Pub Crawl during Orientation? Have you been craving a fancy night out with your friends this fall? Are you new to Chicago and have been wondering what that big, beautiful building along Lake Shore Drive looks like inside? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have the event for you! UChicago Graduate Council is pleased to be hosting a night at the museum – a semi-formal affair at the Museum of Science and Industry. This is a first in recent GC history and will be our largest event of the year! Tickets are $40 each and include open bar access (wine, beer, and soft drinks) as well as food-truck bites (Italian, Asian-fusion, BBQ, and dessert). Get your tickets now before prices increase in the next few weeks! Come dance the night away at the museum and take in the sights and festive holiday decorations. It will be classy night of fun, food, and frosty beverages at one of Chicago’s most famous attractions in the heart of our very own Hyde Park. This event is open to UChicago graduate students and plus-ones: one ticket per individual. Must be 21+ and bring UChicago ID and valid state ID/passport to attend. Free coat check and parking is available. Photography is provided by Sargent Studios; by attending you agree to being photographed. RSVP and buy tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/450394628699887/
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