Current edition: Thursday, October 15, 2020

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A Word from the Gargoyle

2020 Flu Shot Events

UChicago Student Wellness and UChicago Human Resources are offering free flu shots to individuals with a University ID. To reduce lines and encourage social distancing, individuals will be required to have an appointment to receive a flu shot. The online scheduling tool allows you to quickly and easily schedule, change, or cancel your appointment. We encourage you to make your appointment online as soon as possible. 

For more information, please visit the UChicago Student Wellness 2020 Flu Shot Events website:, as there have been important changes to ensure a smooth and safe process in scheduling.  For more information, click here.


Registration for GRADFair 2020 is still open! You may register up until the start of the event at 3:30 p.m. Central Time today. GRADFair is a career fair specifically designed to connect UChicago graduate students and postdocs with employers who seek advanced-degree talent. The fair will be held virtually this year. For more information, including preparation tips, please visit last week’s blog post on GRADFair.


Careers in Literary Translation

Thursday, October 16, 12:00-1:00 PM CT, Zoom
Please join CMES and UChicagoGRAD a CMES Career Talk on ‘Careers in Literary Translation’ – featuring Annie Janusch (Creative Writing Program, University of Chicago) and Kevin Blankinship (Arabic Program, Brigham Young University; NELC ‘18). Annie and Kevin will discuss their work in literary translation and how to build a career around this vocation, followed by a Q&A with graduate students. RSVP here.


Career Conversation: Christina Nielsen, Huntington Library

Monday, October 19, 3:00 4:00 PM CT, Zoom

Join UChicagoGRAD for a virtual conversation with Christina Nielsen, the Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Museum at the Huntington Library, a place where art, botanical, and library collections prompt artists, scholars, and students of all ages to think differently about the past, the present, and the future. Christina will discuss her current role, her career journey, and her advice for other graduate students who are looking to enter the diverse field of curatorial work. RSVP here.


Academic Job Market AMA (Ask Me Anything)

Wednesday, October 21, 12:30 – 1:30 PM 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 here.


How to Master Your Technical Interview: Tips & Tricks From Engineering Managers

Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CT, Zoom

Join CultureFit Technology Staffing for an afternoon with some of Chicago’s top engineering leaders as they provide insight into the best way to prepare and master the various types of technical interviews, including technical phone interviews, onsite interviews with whiteboarding, paired programming, take home assessments, and online coding challenges. RSVP here.


Navigating Your UChicago Graduate Student Experience in the Context of US/China Relations

Friday, October 23, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CT, Zoom

UChicagoGRAD is hosting a session to share helpful resources for international graduate students who find themselves navigating student life amid changing US/China relations. RSVP here.

Guest speakers include:

  • 12:00 – 12:15: Faculty Professor Dali Yang – A high level perspective on US/China relations and how it affects the UChicago community
  • 12:15 – 12:30: Office of International Affairs – Overview of what’s happening with the visa and policy front
  • 12:30 – 12:45: UChicagoGRAD – Overview of support services with GRADHelp, Diversity & Inclusion, Career resources
  • 12:45 – 1:00: Student Health & Counseling – Overview of mental health resources and counseling support services


Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students

Thursday, October 15, 1-2pm, 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 here:


Navigating Fellowships as A Graduate Student: Ask Me Anything

Friday, October 16, 1:00-2:00pm, Zoom

Interesting in finding fellowships as a graduate student? Is it better to start early or later in the year? How do I know what I’m qualified for in my program?  Join Beth Powers, Director of GRAD Fellowships, to answer general questions on fellowships for graduate students.


Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC IDRF) Workshop I

Thursday, October 22, 10am-12pm, Zoom

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies. Your RSVP signals your promise to fully participate in this workshop and your understanding that all circulated work is the intellectual property of its author(s). Register here:


Life of a PDT Quantitative Researcher: From Academia to Industry (PhD Only)

Friday, October 16, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm Central Time, Zoom

Curious about what it means to be a Quantitative Researcher at PDT Partners? Join our moderated discussion with PDT researchers to learn about their journey to quantitative finance from academia. They will discuss their career path, the interesting work that challenges them and their decision to come to the quantitative finance industry. Learn how a team of scientists, mathematicians and engineers with PhDs in Physics, Computer Science, Statistics and Electrical Engineering develop trading strategies using uniquely scientifically rigorous approaches in an open and collaborative culture. We will discuss how PDT and quantitative research compares to other industries, our academic research culture and how researchers use the skills from their graduate program to tackle interesting and challenging problems. This will be an interactive discussion and you will hear directly from PDTers! Please register at:


City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Summer Fellowship Info Session

Monday, October 19, 2020, 12:30-1:30 pm Central Time, Zoom

The Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program is the premier opportunity for bright, motivated, and civic-minded graduate students from all disciplines to apply their coursework to the greatest municipal laboratory in the world: the City of Chicago. Fellows serve the people of Chicago by supporting policy, legislative, data, communications, and public engagement initiatives within city government. By working hand-in-hand with senior staff in the Office of the Mayor and leaders from various departments and sister agencies throughout the city, Fellows deliver recommendations and implement programs that improve the lives of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents. For a Zoom link and to RSVP, please visit the event listing in GRAD Gargoyle.


CVS Health Data Analytics Info Session

Monday, October 19, 3:00-4:00 pm Central Time, Zoom

Join us to learn that as a critical member of our Enterprise Analytics team, you will work with a variety of business partners across CVS Health to innovate business solutions to manage the data the right way. You will also be at the center of helping to automate the common tasks to get insights quickly. Working cross functionally with our data science teams, data engineering teams, and our core business partners, you will apply cutting edge algorithms to solve the more complicated problems to optimize and change decision-making using more advanced data analytics for our Corporate Operations, Retail, PBM, Minute Clinic, or other core business units. For a full event description, please visit the event in listing in GRAD Gargoyle. Please register at:


Featured Jobs:

Operations Research Analyst, U.S. Department of Defense Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle

Analytics Consultant, CNA Insurance| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle 

Teaching Consultants, UChicago Center for Teaching| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle 

Software Engineer, Dermacare| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle

Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelly Research Fellowship, Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle

Diversity and Inclusion Intern, UChicago Division of the Biological Sciences| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle


UChiGRAD Vision 20/20 Challenge

“With the election around the corner, Graduate Council is hoping to get all grad programs to 100% voter registration. Help your program get to the 100% mark and join the UChiGrad Vision 20/20 Challenge by registering to vote:

Here’s what to do:

  1. Register to vote (or check voter registration
  2. Pledge to vote

*Students must complete both actions to be counted for their academic unit. So register and pledge, and help your program win! Winners will be announced on November 3rd via @UChiVotes and @UChiPolitics social media.”


Grad Council Fall Event Series!

Grad Council will host a series of events this Fall to bring graduate students together. Be on the lookout for weekly community events and monthly school-wide social events. The Fall Event Series kicks-off with a Trivia Night on October 30th. RSVP links to follow.


 Graduate Council is seeking enthusiastic students who are interested in being members of Graduate Council Committees for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Open Committees: 

  1. Operations: Marketing & Communications Committee
  2. Student Life: Social Programming & Events Committee
  3. Student Life: Community Initiatives Committee
  4. Student Life: Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  5. Student Life: Health & Wellness Committee
  6. Finance: Academic & Professional Fund
  7. Finance: Community, Social, and Wellness Fund
  8. Finance: Research & Personal Development Fund (formerly known as Travel Fund)

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the form here. Committee description and commitment hours are included within the application form. For more information about a specific committee, please directly contact the Grad Council VP in charge of that committee.

We will be receiving applications through Friday, October 23 at noon. 


Apply for the Library Student Advisory Group

The University of Chicago Library is looking for graduate students to serve on the Library Student Advisory Group. The group serves as a formal channel of communication between students and the Library administration, discussing matters related to all six campus libraries, including collections, spaces, and services, along with issues relating to the present and future needs of the student community. Learn more and apply.


Korean Romanization Workshop: More of Korean Romanization: Its Complexities and Problems
October 15, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Central Time). Webinar

There are rules we should follow, but always there are exceptions. In this session, you are introduced to exceptions clauses as well as complicated and tricky examples. Certain problematic cases will also be covered. This is the second part of a three-week series on Korean romanization from Yale University, The University of Chicago, and Princeton University. Register for this program and subsequent workshops in the series.


FLI Champions Program

Deadline to Apply: October 16, 2020

The FLI Champions program matches First-Generation and/or Lower-Income and/or Immigrant (FLI) undergraduate or graduate/professional students with FLI faculty or staff members for a self-directed, coaching-style commitment. Grad/professional students can also be coaches. If you are interested in receiving coaching or serving as a Champion please apply no later than Friday, October 16.

More information and the application is available here.


Support Space for International Students
Friday 10/16 at 11 am – 12 pm CT via Zoom
This support space is for international students to stay connected during these uncertain times. Through theme-based discussion, participants will have opportunities to reflect together on their needs and goals and learn to approach challenges with a growth mindset. Please email Dr. Yu-Yun Liu at to sign up or ask questions.

English Virtual Board Game Group

Oct 16 (Fri), 4:00-6:00p Chicago Time, Zoom

Come and join the ELI’s Virtual 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 and to RSVP:


ESL/EAL Virtual Writing Tutor — TWO SHIFTS

Oct 18 (Sun), 8:00-10:00p and Oct 19 (Mon), 6:00-10:00p Chicago Time, Zoom

Receive feedback on your writing by a graduate student who has been trained by the Writing Program and the English Language Institute. Priority is given to College Core students, but grad students can ‘Sign in Using CNetID’ to drop in (pending availability). For more information including the drop-in link and live queue status:


International Cooking Club:

Sunday, October 18, 5:00-7:00pm

The International Cooking Club continues biweekly throughout Autumn Quarter. International House will cover the cost of ingredients for those who register in advance here, however, students will need to be able to collect their groceries from a local Hyde Park store. Participants may choose to cook along or simply enjoy the demonstration and recreate the meal in their own time. Additional unregistered participants may also join the meeting using the Zoom details below. Full recipe details announced shortly. Join in to cook together, even when we have to be apart!

Meeting ID: 955-5538-2176

Password: IHouse

Click here to join.


English Virtual Reading Group

Oct 19 (Mon), 9:00-10:00a Chicago Time, Zoom

Challenge your reading skills by reading popular works of writing in English and then discussing those works with others. For Autumn quarter, we will be reading the One Book, One Chicago selection for 2020, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. For more information and to RSVP:


English Virtual Conversation Hour

Oct 20 (Tue), 10:00-11:00a Chicago Time, Zoom

Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? Join the weekly ELI Virtual 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 and to RSVP:


From D.C. to Damascus: The Architecture of Modern-Day Authoritarianism

Tuesday, October 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Zoom

Why does authoritarianism persist? How does it become rooted in the social, political, and legal fabrics of a state as well as in the imagination, emotions, and memories of civil society—and how can we disrupt it and turn the tide? This deeply relevant conversation will center on the work of scholars Lisa Wedeen (Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria) and Tom Ginsburg (How to Save a Constitutional Democracy), whose writings and research seek to understand the challenges posed by authoritarian regimes around the world. Learn more and register.


Navigating ArcGIS

Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. – Noon p.m. (Central Time) Webinar 

This workshop will introduce you to digital mapping in ArcGIS, a commercial geographic information system (GIS) software. The session will cover software navigation, spatial data manipulation, and creating your first map. Registration is required.


Introduction to Zotero

Tuesday, October 20, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Central Time). Webinar

Learn how to use Zotero, a free citation manager that allows you to save and organize citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create bibliographies in popular citation styles (MLA, Chicago and APA). Registration is required.


International House: Book Club

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00-7:00pm

Our Book Club for graduate students will continue biweekly throughout the Autumn Quarter. Please join us for another wonderful discussion, this time focused on one minute stories by Hungarian writer István György Örkény who was a survivor of the Holocaust and recipient of the Kossuth Prize in 1973. You can receive your free copy of the book by registering in advance here. Books are provided on the condition that you join the discussion, but additional unregistered students may also join in using the Zoom details below!

Meeting ID: 923-8393-7567
Password: IHouse 

Click here to join.


Latex Basics With Overleaf: Documents and Bibliographies

Thursday, October 22, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Central Time) Webinar

This workshop is an introduction to the LaTeX typesetting language through Overleaf, an online collaborative LaTeX editor. We will cover basic document structure and commonly used syntax in LaTeX. We will also incorporating in-text citations and build a bibliography. Registration is required.


Korean Romanization Workshop: K-Romanizer, an automation tool for Korean romanization
October 22, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Central Time). Webinar

K-Romanizer is a romanization conversion tool developed by Hyoungbae Lee, the Korean Studies librarian at Princeton University. In this session you learn how to use this tool and utilize it in the best way. Hands-on practice. This is the final part of a three-week series on Korean romanization from Yale University, The University of Chicago, and Princeton University. Register for this program and subsequent workshops in the series.


The True Costs of Misinformation: Producing Moral and Technical Order in a Time of Pandemonium

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 5:00—6:30 PM, Zoom

Joan Donovan is Director of the TaSC Research Project at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. Dr. Donovan leads the field in examining internet and technology studies, online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns. Dr. Donovan’s research and teaching interests are focused on media manipulation, effects of disinformation campaigns, and adversarial media movements. Register here:


Election 2020 Teach-in: Electoral Politics and Representative Governance

Friday, October 23, 2020, 12:00—1:30 PM, Zoom

This is the second in a series of three virtual teach-ins that consider questions of democratic representation and participation as we approach—and then reflect on—the US elections in November 2020. These events present local, national, and global perspectives in an effort to foster conversations that go beyond punditry in critiquing and responding to the current moment. Register here:


Living Intentionally to Flourish Everyday (LIFE)
Mondays, November 2, 9, 16 and 23, 3:00pm-4:30pm CDT, Zoom

Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 4:30pm-6:00pm CDT, Zoom

Interested in connecting with other graduate and professional students to identify and enhance meaning in your daily life? Would you like to learn about how positive psychology principles can increase your wellbeing and happiness? Two sessions will be offered during Weeks 6-9 of Autumn Quarter: Mondays from 3:00pm-4:30pm CDT or Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm CDT. Register here to participate in LIFE.



Mindfulness Meditation 4-week course (Basic and Advanced)

Registration closes November 2, 2020 (or whenever the courses fill to capacity)

Interested in learning a strategy that can help decrease anxiety and stress, improve concentration and attention, help regulate emotions, develop connections and more? Join UChicago Student Wellness’ 4-week Mindfulness Meditation course! There will be three Basic and one Advanced Mindfulness Meditation courses offered per quarter and you may register here. Please note: participation in the Advanced course is limited to people with previous experience or those who have completed the Basic course. To learn more, visit our website. If you have any questions, contact Emily Schulze at


Weekly Mindfulness Meditation

Registration for the October 15 session closes October 14 and registration for the October 22 session closes October 21

UChicago Student Wellness is offering 30-minute, drop-in mindfulness sessions on a weekly basis open to the entire campus community. Find the dates, along with the practice topics here. To register for any and all weekly sessions, please complete this form in its entirety. Please note: these sessions will be facilitated via Zoom and the link will be sent within 24 hours of each session to those registered. If you have any questions, contact Emily Schulze at


UChicago Alumni & Friends Virtual 5k
Register by October 31

November 1-30, anytime, any location

The Alumni Club of Chicago is hosting a virtual 5K with a portion of registration going to support the Odyssey Scholarship Fund! I invite you and your prospects from around the globe to register for the race (at $35), which includes include exclusive UChicago branded face mask, buff/gaiter, bib, sticker, certification and race medal, access to participate in two virtual Zoom events with world ultramarathon runner and serial entrepreneur, Greg Nance, AB’11, and a donation to support the Odyssey Scholarship Fund. Participants can run (or walk) anytime between November 1-November 30 and submit their times online for a little healthy competition between Maroons!


20 Minutes Still Meditation
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays | 8–8:20 am (CDT)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Still the mind and body, open the heart, join us live online. Ground yourself by relaxing the body and mind, nourish your spirit with mindfulness, gentleness and compassion. Guided meditation will include open awareness and lovingkindness practices. No experience necessary, open to those of all spiritual backgrounds.


Gentle Yoga
Tuesdays | 5:30–6:30 pm (CDT)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

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


Morning Yoga
Wednesdays | 9:00–9:25 am (CDT)

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Wake up and start the day with this short yoga practice for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mat recommended. Facilitated by Rachel Carbonara.


Yoga Flow

Thursdays 3:00–4:00 pm (CDT)

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A class designed to bring movement to the entire body, incorporating strength, flexibility, and balance. This class moves at a relatively fast pace, balanced with moments of rest. People of all levels of experience with yoga are welcome. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. A yoga mat is recommended for this class. Grab your mat and join us live onlineFacilitated by Rachel Carbonara.


Community Meditation
Thursdays | 6:00–6:30 pm (CDT)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Take the time to nourish your spirit with mindfulness and compassion practice, cultivate friendliness and loving-kindness to oneself and all beings. Facilitated by Nicole Yan.