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Student Legal Advice Services
Did you know that Graduate Council provides attorney office hours to eligible, full-time grad students for advice and consultation regarding legal matters? Learn more here
Careers in Nonprofits: A CMES Career Talk with Larry Pande (Beyond Legal Aid, CMES ’13)
Friday, January 24th, noon-2pm, Pick Hall 218
CMES presents Careers in Nonprofits: A CMES Career Talk with Larry Pande (Beyond Legal Aid, CMES ’13), a graduate student professional development event moderated by UChicagoGRAD career adviser Courtney Wiersema. The conversation will focus on best practices for pursuing jobs in this industry and professional opportunities at the Council on Foreign Relations in particular. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle(Events > GRAD Events).
Resumes for Industry, Nonprofits & Government
Friday, January 24th, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd floor, UChicago Bookstore Building)
This workshop will provide attendees with best practices for writing resumes for positions in industry, nonprofits, and government. It is appropriate for graduate students and postdocs in all disciplines. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
Considering Contingency (Academic Job Market Winter Series #5)
Monday, January 27th, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd floor, UChicago Bookstore Building)
In this workshop you’ll learn about contingent academic positions, such as visiting and adjunct positions. We’ll think about their purpose and talk about how to evaluate whether they fit in with your goals. RSVP inGRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
Two Sigma Investments PhD Meet & Greet
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 4:00-5:30 pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
A quant researcher from Two Sigma’s will be visiting The University of Chicago on January 28th, and we are looking forward to getting to know you in a more intimate setting at our PhD Meet & Greet. Please join us to informally discuss your research interests, some challenges you’re facing, and to see how you can apply your research experience at Two Sigma. Our Quant Researcher will be there to discuss his transition from academia into industry. Learn about our Quant Research Internship and Early Careers programs, and what to expect during the application and interview process. You MUST be a PhD student to attend. Please RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle and here: https://careers.twosigma.com/careers/UniversityJobDetail?jobId=6436. There will be light food and refreshments.
Negotiation Best Practices for Faculty Jobs (Academic Job Market Winter Series #6)
Wednesday, January 29th, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd floor, UChicago Bookstore Building)
This workshop will provide attendees with best practices for negotiating job offers for faculty positions. This workshop is appropriate for graduate students and postdocs in all disciplines. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
GRADTalk: Acing the First-Round Screening Interview (Industry, Non-Profits, Government)
Thursday, January 30th, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd floor, UChicago Bookstore Building)
First-round screening interviews are often an important step in the hiring process for careers in industry, non-profit, and government sectors. Typically occurring over the phone with a hiring manager or recruiter, these interviews pose a unique set of challenges: how to communicate concisely and effectively when you can’t actually see the person you’re speaking to, how to highlight your strengths in a limited timeframe, and how to distinguish yourself from other candidates. In this workshop we will focus on a few key principles to keep in mind and a few key questions to prepare to help you make it past the first-round and on to the in-person interview stage. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
From Humanities Ph.D. to Careers in Graduate Student Affairs (PATHS Career Conversation)
Thursday, January 30th, 4-5pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd floor, UChicago Bookstore Building)
Are you curious about careers in higher education administration? Are you keen to work closely with graduate students in a university setting? January’s PATHS career conversation is an in-house special, featuring two UChicago Ph.D. alumni who work in graduate student affairs. We welcome Michael O’Toole (Ph.D. Ethnomusicology), Assistant Director, GRADTalk and Lindsey Weglarz (Ph.D. Egyptian Archaeology), Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Initiatives. The panelists will discuss their career trajectories from the Ph.D program to their current roles and answer questions. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle(Events > GRAD Events).
THRIVE Workshop: Self-Care to Increase Productivity and Resiliency
Wednesday, February 5th, 12 PM-1:30 PM, 5710 S. Woodlawn
Students in a highly competitive environment, such as UChicago may feel intense pressure to
succeed even at the cost of our well-being. We might sacrifice sleep, skip meals, or withdraw socially to work harder and get more done. Underrepresented minority students are especially impacted. When we stop caring for ourselves we often struggle to keep up with our work, engage with our friends and family in the way that we would like, and have a fulfilling life. Join us in this workshop to learn more about ways to care for ourselves in an active, empowering way to increase productivity and resiliency. FREE LUNCH PROVIDED. RSVP required via GRAD Gargoyle
Graduate Student Tax Workshops
Do you have questions about how to report and file your taxes? Please join an upcoming tax workshop to learn more about taxes as they pertain to stipends and financial aid for graduate students. While individual tax advice is not available, these workshops will give you the basics of how taxes apply to graduate student funding. Register for an in-person or online workshop at the GRAD Gargoyle
Workshops for US Citizens & Permanent Residents:
- Tuesday, February 11: Graduate Student Tax Workshop from 4:00 – 5:00 PM @ UChicagoGRAD
- Wednesday, February 12: Graduate Student Tax Workshop from 12:30 – 1:30 PM @ UChicagoGRAD
- Monday, February 24: Graduate Student Tax Webinar from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Workshops for Foreign Nationals:
- Friday, February 21: F1 and J1 Graduate Student Tax Workshop from 12:30 – 1:30 PM @ Kent 107
- Tuesday, February 25: F1 and J1 Graduate Student Tax Workshop from 4:00 – 5:00 PM @ Keller Center Sky Lounge
- Thursday, February 27: F1 and J1 Graduate Student Tax Webinar from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Recruitment Volunteer Training Session
Tuesday, February 11
Are you helping out with your department’s admitted student open house or recruitment events? If so, UChicagoGRAD is here to help prepare you by offering student recruiter training sessions. These are meant to be fun, interactive events reflecting on the student experience, living in Hyde Park, getting around Chicago, etc., and dinner will be provided. Sign up here.
Call for Presenters: A Valentine’s Day Symposium on Love
February 13, 4:30-6:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
Are you a grad student or postdoc whose research focuses on love, relationships, desire, attraction, affect, or anything else related to Cupid’s arrow? If so, then we’d love to feature your research at “Expand Your Perspective: A Valentine’s Day Symposium on Love,” a special GRADTalk event to celebrate the research of grad students and postdocs on the day before Valentine’s Day. We are currently seeking grad students and postdocs interested in presenting a short, engaging talk about your research in a fun, interdisciplinary setting with a reception to follow. Participants will also receive public speaking training leading up to the event. For more information and to express your interest please contact Michael O’Toole at email@example.com.
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- Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 66697
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.
- 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
LaTeX Basics with Overleaf: Documents and Bibliographies
Thursday, January 23, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Crerar Library, Computer Classroom
This workshop is an introduction to the LaTeX typesetting language through Overleaf, an online collaborative LaTeX editor. In this workshop we will cover document structure and commonly used syntax. We will also cover bibliographies and incorporating in-text citations. Register now.
Thursday, January 23rd, 1:30–3:00 PM, Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E
In this seminar, we will discuss the components of a teaching portfolio and the ways in which they may be crafted and curated. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify the elements of a teaching portfolio for which they already have content, plan for and seek out opportunities for generating content for other parts of the teaching portfolio, and begin assembling a teaching portfolio or e-portfolio. Participants may then assemble a draft portfolio to submit for peer feedback during the subsequent Workshop on Teaching Portfolios.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seminar-on-teaching-portfolios-winter-2020-registration-85599784259
Spirits at the Pub with Pastor Brad Beier of Living Hope Church
Thursday, January 23, 6-8 p.m., Ida Noyes Pub
Snacks, drinks and spiritual conversation. Food and drink tickets provided. Graduate students only.
The Fishbein Workshop in the History of Human Sciences presents Joshua Silver (Chicago)
Friday, January 24th at 12:00pm (Noon), SS 305 (Sociology Common Room)
Description: “The Emergence of ‘Peer Reviewed’ Books: University Press Editorial Practice in the Early 20th Century United States”
Abstract: This paper asks how editorial practices in university press book publishing emerged and shaped the evaluation of scholarship in academic fields from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. The processes today known as peer review and book acquisitions are evident in the archives of the University of Chicago Press, the largest university press for much of the 20th century. While the paper takes this press as an exemplary case, institutions like the Rockefeller Foundation and the Social Science Research Council play a prominent role as they were able to demand transparency and accountability from dozens of publishers in exchange for subsidizing book publication. A subsequent reliance on outside readers facilitated by professionalized acquisitions editors was a crucial innovation that drastically changed the internal organization of presses, leading to a distributed organization of authority in the social sciences. The abandonment of a book evaluation model largely reliant on personal networks in part led to the development of the peer review process in book publishing as we know it today, seemingly based on large, formalized, impersonal networks of experts. I conclude that processes of monograph discovery, evaluation, and revision, which are often taken for granted as an essential feature of the academic system, have a historically contingent trajectory and emerged unevenly over the first half of the twentieth century.
English Board Game Group
Jan 24 (Fri), 4:00-6:00p, Weston Game Lab (1st floor of John Crerar)
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/bgg/
Coping with the Quarter
Tuesday January 28th, 3:00PM – 4:00PM, 5555 S. Woodlawn Avenue (Alumni House)
Learn coping strategies and stress management skills to navigate challenges and thrive during the quarter.No sign-up necessary. Drop-ins welcome!Wellness.uchicago.edu
English Conversation Hour
Jan 28 (Tue), 3:30-4:20p, Cobb 219
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/convo-hr/
MLK Commemoration Celebration
Tuesday, January 28, 6:00pm, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.(Doors open at 5:00pm)
Please join us as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflect on our collective responsibility to work towards a more equitable society. Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, will offer keynote remarks. Moss Jr. is a theologian, pastor, and civic leader who marched with Dr. King, and Moss III is Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ. A community reception will be held in Ida Noyes Hall immediately following the program. Visit mlk.uchicago.edu or our Facebook page for details.
Seminar on Course Design
Thursday, January 30th, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM, Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E
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? In this session, we will think through the elements of student-centered course design. 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.REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seminar-on-course-design-winter-2020-registration-88676117655
Principles of Inclusive Pedagogy (for Graduate Students)
Thursday, January 30th, 2:00–3:30 PM Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E
During this session, participants will discuss and explore general principles and practices connected to inclusive pedagogy. We will consider students, the role of the instructor, and how these inform teaching approaches and course content.REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/principles-of-inclusive-pedagogy-for-graduate-students-registration-88503007879
Georeferencing in ArcGIS
Thursday, January 30, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Crerar Library, GIS Hub
Learn how to georeference images using ArcGIS. Georeferencing assigns geographic coordinates to a digital image so that it overlays a real world location. Using this method, you will place historical maps and aerial photography onto modern maps. No GIS experience required. We will begin with an introduction to GIS and the software ArcGIS. Then the workshop will explore how to georeference an image by adding latitude and longitude coordinates and then by using the landscape. Register
Data and Donuts: Introduction to Tableau Public
Friday, January 31, 10:30–11:45 a.m. John Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room
This workshop will teach you how to get started with Tableau Public, an open source data visualization program. The session will include a tour of Tableau Public and a visualization activity. This workshop is for those with no prior experience with Tableau Public. Donuts will be served! Please bring a laptop to the session; one can be borrowed at the TechBar. Register.
US-China Forum 2020: The Matter of Art
Thursday, February 6, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | 915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Convened by UChicago Global and UChicago Arts in collaboration with the Smart Museum of Art, this year’sforum explores how China and the United States intersect, interact, and overlap through the arts. The program features in-depth conversations between renowned Chinese artists and distinguished UChicago faculty members, as well as select live performances. The forum will help set the stage for the exhibition, The Allure of Matter, co-presented by the Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659. Curated by Wu Hung and Orianna Cacchione, the exhibition looks at how conscious material choice has become a symbol of expression for a number of leading Chinese contemporary artists working over the last four decades.
Application now open: Teach or Tutor in the Writing Program for 2020-21
Applications due February 10, 2019 at 5pm (online submission)
The Writing Program is hiring! We offer a variety of renewable teaching positions suitable for graduate students in all stages of their programs. Once hired, Writing Program staff receive hands-on, practical training in writing pedagogy, along with ongoing support as they begin working with student writers from all disciplines. Graduate students from ALL departments and divisions are encouraged to apply. For more information about the application process and available positions, please visit writing-program.uchicago.edu/jobs .
Whiteness in the Classroom
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 3-5pm | Wednesday, Feb. 26, 12-2pm | Wednesday, Mar. 11, 12-2pm | Wieboldt 310 D/E
This three-part workshop is intended to help participants examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy — particularly in relation to their pedagogical role(s) within higher education — using Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy Workbook. The workshops will serve as an introduction to the workbook (which is meant to be completed over the course of 28 days) and a mechanism for accountability, as well as a space for collective processing. In the second and third meetings, participants will build on their own self-reflections to think about whiteness in the classroom, its implications for students, and what they as educators can do to interrupt and challenge white supremacy in the classroom. We require that participants commit to attending all three workshops and completing the workbook independently. Please register in advance on the EventBrite page. Sponsored by UChicago Graduate Council, the Chicago Center for Teaching, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and UChicagoGRAD.
The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights is pleased to share three graduate student opportunities:
- 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. Application due February 16, 2020. Learn more and apply.
- Pozen PhD Research Grants:The Pozen Center grants awards of up to $5,000 to University of Chicago doctoral students in any year of their program. Students may apply for pre-dissertation research support that will be critical when writing applications for external dissertation research fellowships, as well as for dissertation research when external or other internal funds are not sufficient. Application due March 30, 2020. Learn more and apply.
- Pozen Dissertation Completion Fellowship:Every year 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, University student health insurance and Student Life Fee. Application due March 30, 2020. Learn more and apply.
Inter-Graduate Speed Dating event
Friday, February 21, 6:00-9:30, Ida Noyes Hall
An annual tradition, REMEDY is hosting an Inter-Graduate Speed Dating event so that grad students from across disparate programs and disciplines can meet and mingle with each other over food and drinks while raising funds for REMEDY’s service trip to Cusco, Peru, where we work with CerviCusco to prevent and treat cervical cancer in Andean women.” Sign-up here: https://forms.gle/VbBS4d3ennQV5aqeA
Ongoing Campus Programming
Need a quiet space to pray or meditate?
Prayer rooms can be found in Ida Noyes 032 (basement level), Regenstein Library B Level.A dedicated meditation room can be found in Ida Noyes 033.Email Spiritual Life at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and Chicago ID number for access to these spaces.
20 Minutes Still
Weekdays 8-8:20 a.m. in Bond Chapel
20 minutes of silent meditation. All are welcome.
7am-6pm, Weekdays, DCAM Room 2E
Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood. You can donate blood today at the UChicago Medicine Blood Center! Donating blood is quick and simple, usually taking half an hour. After donating, help yourself to free snacks and discounts at stores such as Te’amo, Nella, and Starbucks. Like us on facebook to know about any events, blood drives, or news from the blood center! https://www.facebook.com/UChicagoBloodDonorAmbassadors/
Student Grief Support Group
Mondays | 6pm | Spiritual Life Office
Actively Moving Forward (AMF) is a national organization that supports young adults who are grieving the death or illness of a loved one.