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PAID OPPORTUNITY: Orientation GRAD Guides
Limited positions – Apply now
Graduate Student Orientation is just around the corner and UChicagoGRAD is looking to hire graduate students for the Tuesday, September 25th event. GRAD Guides will be responsible assisting with Orientation preparation tasks, guiding incoming students to all Orientation-related activities, answering questions, providing directions, and helping with other event-related logistics. This commitment requires your attendance at:
- One of the training sessions on Monday, September 17 or Tuesday, September 18from 2:30-4:00pm
- Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 25 from 10:30am – 5:30pm
*** YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND BOTH EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE TIME – NO EXCEPTIONS *** This position pays $100 for 8.5 hours of work + breakfast/lunch + t-shirt. If you are available and interested, please sign-up for a training slot here.Additional Eligibility: To apply, you must be a current student, enrolled in Fall Quarter 2018, and returning as a second-year or above. First year students are not eligible.
Open Student Worker Positions at UChicagoGRAD
UChicagoGRAD is seeking Graduate Admissions Assistants for the upcoming academic year. GAAs provide campus tours to prospective students and serve as a project assistant to the Enrollment Initiatives team. Responsibilities include welcoming visitors, answering phones and email, speaking with prospective graduate students, data entry, and assisting with research projects, as well as conducting campus tours. Assistants are expected to work at least two 3 hour shifts per week (preferably more), with most shifts including a campus tour. Applicants must be enrolled students for the upcoming academic year; we have a preference for students who have completed at least a year of study at UChicago but are open to incoming students with relevant experience. Interested students should submit an application here and email their resume/CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearing One Another Workshops
Offered on the following Fridays from 2-4pm at UChicagoGRAD HQ
September 7, September 14, September 28, October 5
Register for one of those dates via GRAD Gargoyle(Events > GRAD Events > Search Hearing One Another)
Hearing One Another is a Second Science Project workshop. Through innovative and interactive learning, it provides an opportunity for participants to better appreciate the richness of one another’s identities and to start developing conversation habits that can promote more meaningful interactions and a stronger sense of belonging. Hearing One Another highlights how understanding can be practiced as a skill, with many benefits for the climate in our community. Second Science Project workshops, formulated by Booth researchers and Second City improvisers, help participants access their ability to improvise and translate insights from behavioral science into action. Grounded in over a century of behavioral science and The Second City’s renowned “Yes, And” philosophy, each workshop uses enriched improvisational exercises to help participants identify, analyze, and better adapt their individual approaches to the interpersonal demands of their work.
Pfizer Information Session
Tuesday, September 11, 11:00 am, UChicagoGRAD HQ
Each year a select number of accomplished researchers with graduate degrees are recruited from top universities for Pfizer Essential Health’s Professional Development Program (PDP). The PDP is an intensive, two-year rotational program that provides recent graduates with the opportunity to experience each stage of the product development life cycle. The program is designed to accelerate participants’ personal and professional growth through hands-on experience as part of cross-functional teams, dedicated mentorship from senior leaders, and challenging assignments critical to deliver essential medicines for global health. This experience prepares PDP scientists for diverse career options at the end of the program, as the next generation of leaders for Pfizer.
This event is intended for students pursuing graduate degrees in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, biomedical/chemical engineering, or an equivalent discipline. Please register via GRAD Gargoyle
ACADEMIC JOB MARKET FALL WORKSHOP SERIES
Wednesdays, September-November, 12:30 to 1:30/2:30 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd floor, UChicago Bookstore)
Are you applying for academic jobs this fall? Put your best foot forward by attending UChicagoGRAD’s Academic Job Market Fall Workshop Series. You’ll learn best practices for each stage of the application process, including document preparation, interviewing, and negotiation. RSVP for each session in GRAD Gargoyle(gradgargoyle.uchicago.edu).
- 9/5, 12:30-1:30:CV Best Practices
- 9/12, 12:30-1:30:Cover Letter Best Practices
- 9/19, 12:30-1:30:Research Statement Best Practices (Humanities and Social Sciences)
- 9/19, 12:30-1:30:Research Statement Best Practices (STEM)
- 9/26, 12:30-1:30:Getting a Postdoc in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- 10/3, 12:30-1:30:Best Practices for Teaching Statements and Portfolios
- 10/10, 12:30-1:30:Best Practices for Writing Diversity Statements
- 10/17, 12:30-1:30:Best Practices for First-Round Skype, Conference, or Phone Interviews
- 10/24, 12:30-1:30:First-Round Interview Practice Session
- 10/31, 12:30-1:30:Crafting an Effective Job Talk + Campus Visit Best Practices
- 11/7, 12:30-2:30:Best Practices for Teaching Demonstrations
- 11/14, 12:30-1:30:Negotiating Your Academic Job Offer
Fulbright US Student Program Application Writing Workshop
Thursday, September 13, 12:30 pm in UChicagoGRAD, Fellowships Suite (970 E 58th Street, 3rd floor)
This peer-review writing workshop is open to students applying for the Fulbright US Student Program for 2019-20. This writing workshop provides Fulbright applicants with the opportunity to receive feedback on their application materials in a group setting. Participants must submit a draft of either the Personal Statement and/or Grant Purpose Statement by Monday, 9/10 at noon to participate. Please RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
NSF GRFP Research Statement Writing Workshop
Thursday, September 13th, 1PM in UChicagoGRAD, Fellowships Suite (970 E 58th Street, 3rd floor)
This peer-review writing workshop is open to students applying for the NSF GRFP in 2018; all participants will be required to submit a draft of their research statement by 9:00 AM on Monday, September 10, 2018. The NSF GRFP Research Statement is two pages, and it should discuss and include separate subject headings for both aspects of NSF merit review criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts. Please RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
myCHOICE BSD Alumni Career Forum
Saturday September 15th, 9am-3:40pm, GCIS 3rd floor Atrium and 301/303
mBAF is an excellent opportunity for PhD students and postdocs in STEM to interact and network with UChicago BSD alumni working in careers related to industry science, biotech analysis, medical science liaison, scientific communications, medical writing, and more. Here is the schedule of events:
- 9:00– 9:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
- 9:50AM– 12:20 PM: Panel Discussions–Making career transitions and What employers seek
- 12:30 – 1:45 PM: Luncheon–Networking your way into a career
- 2:00– 3:40 PM: 1-on-1 informational interviews*
*Sign Ups for 1-1 informational interviews with our alumni guests will open Tuesday September 4th and close Sunday September 9th. Informational interviews can be scheduled through an invitation link, which will be sent to all current MBAF registrants. To receive this link, you must register for MBAF first. To register for mBAF and learn more about our alumni participants, please click here.
Save the Date: National Postdoc Appreciation Week
National Postdoc Appreciation week occurs on September 17-21st this year! Events and activities for UChicago postdocs are still being planned, but will include coffee and donuts, postdoc-specific workshops, and an on-campus picnic. Please keep an eye out for upcoming announcements regarding this week! Also, did you know that UChicago is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association? That means that all postdocs are entitled to a FREE affiliate NPA membership! Click here to join.
Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Information Session
Tuesday, September 18, 12:00 pm in UChicagoGRAD Headquarters (970 E 58th Street, 3rd floor)
Join UChicagoGRAD for an information session on the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This program supports the last year of PhD dissertation research and writing for graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences. Applicants for the 2019-20 fellowship must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the fellow period. Please RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Information Session
Wednesday, September 19th, 3pm in UChicagoGRAD, (970 E 58th Street, 3rd floor)
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (http://www.stpf-aaas.org/) are a unique public service and professional development opportunity for doctoral level scientists and engineers* interested in exploring the intersection of science and policy. Join UChicagoGRAD for a panel discussion featuring AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship alums. Please RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship Information Session
Thursday, September 27th, 4pm in UChicagoGRAD Headquarters (970 E 58th Street, 3rd floor)
The SSRC IDRF offers an academic year of financial support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are conducting dissertation research on non-US topics in one or more countries abroad. The Info Session will provide an overview of the fellowship and feature a panel discussion with former SSRC IDRF fellows. Please RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
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!
Purchase UChicagoGRAD merchandise online
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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
South Side I Do Hyde Park Wedding Stroll
Sunday, September 9, 12-4 p.m., 53rd Street
Meet 35+ South Side wedding venues and vendors with everything you need to plan your big event. Check in at Harper Court for your complimentary tote bag, and visit all stops (Vanille Patisserie, Connect Gallery, Hyatt Place, The Silver Room, and Jojayden) before ending at The Promontory for live band, cash bar, light bites, and raffle. All ticket proceeds benefit Wish Upon A Wedding.
Sunday, September 9, 3:00pm
Logan Center, Performance Hall
The National Arab Orchestra (NAO) will perform and debut an original score written by NAO founder/director Michael Ibrahim. This specially commissioned performance by the NAO will be paired live with screenings of rarely-seen silent films from the 1920s and 1930s by pioneering Egyptian director Mohamed Bayoumi. This FREE event will include a discussion by Egyptian history and film scholar Mohannad Ghawanmeh.Free Admission
Chain Reaction Innovations Demo Day 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 5-8:30 p.m., Gleacher Center, 6th Floor (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.)
Four teams from Chain Reaction Innovations Cohort will be showcasing their technologies and emerging companies to potential investors and the energy community. CRI is the Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory. Register online >>
The Kreisman Graduate Fellows Program
The Kreisman Graduate Fellows Program will create a cohort of University of Chicago graduate students from across fields of study who are committed to pursuing careers in housing research or practice. The program runs for one academic year and is open to graduate and PhD students in law, policy, social services, social sciences, and business at the University of Chicago.
During the academic year, Kreisman Fellows will take part in a range of professional development activities, including intimate lunch-and-learn meetings, site visits, and a two-day trek to a major metropolitan area to meet with housing experts (site TBD). Fellows will also receive a summer internship stipend ($4000), as well as hands-on assistance with internship placement. The Fellowship is open to graduate and PhD students in any University of Chicago graduate program. Finalists will be interviewed in late September.
Innovation Fund Application Deadline
Thursday, September 13, 11:00 a.m., online submission
The University of Chicago Innovation Fund provides proof-of-concept funding to UChicago-affiliated ventures and technologies that have the greatest promise to drive societal impact. Applicants from across the University of Chicago, Argonne National Lab, Fermilab, and the Marine Biology Laboratory will compete for up to $250,000 in proof-of-concept capital. Previous finalists have built exciting technologies across a wide range of industries representative of the core strengths of the University and our partners. Apply online >>
Founder’s Story: Ray Sturm
Friday, September 14, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom (1452 E. 53rd St., 2ndFloor)
Ray Sturm is an entrepreneur and investment professional with experience at Bear Stearns, Lazard Freres, and CCMP Capital prior to founding his first company. He will discuss the state of fintech today, how fundraising has changed with the entrance of groups like Steve Cohen’s Point72 Ventures (an investor in his second company, AlphaFlow), and where fintech might go next. He’ll also answer any questions you might have on his experiences and his journey from traditional wall street finance to the startup world. Register online >>
Saturday, September 15, 11:00am-6:00pm
Various South Side locations
This all-day festival of art, music, film, and food kicks off a series of Art Design Chicago exhibitions and projects happening on the South Side, including the Smart Museum’s special exhibition The Time Is Now! It ends with a special concert with Maggie Brown and the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble at the Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History.Free Admission
Opening reception and artist talk: Shadi Habib Allah
Saturday, September 15, 5-8pm, the Renaissance Society, Cobb Hall, 4th floor
Please join us to celebrate the launch of our 2018-19 season and the opening of a solo exhibition by artist Shadi Habib Allah. This New York and Miami-based Palestinian artist works across film, sculpture, and installation, often drawing on a process of deep research and on-the-ground engagement in specific locales.
September 14–October 28, 2018
September 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm Opening Reception and Artist Tour
Logan Center Gallery
The artist’s first solo exhibition in Chicago, A Hard White Body, a Porous Slip brings together material artifacts and organic matter with processes of deterioration and contamination in order to speak to the role of human and non-human agents in racialized, gendered, and classist narratives.Also on view is a newly commissioned installation that references the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition through a wall-sized illustration of the fairgrounds, scorched by a fire a year after its closing, placed alongside an image of a desiccated sugar cane field, a diagram of the sugar refining process, and the vaporized scent of burnt sugar and plastic.Free Admission
Application Deadline: Entrepreneurship for Science and Medicine
Tuesday, September 18, 12:00 p.m., online submission
This is an introductory course in entrepreneurship for science and medicine offered to graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty who are working in scientific research or study at the University of Chicago. This non-credit course will provide an introduction to the field of entrepreneurship, not only familiarizing participants with common topics and frameworks, but also introducing them to real-life entrepreneurs and investors. apply online >>
Autumn registration for English Language Institute courses
Begins Mon, Sep 24, 9am
This Autumn, the English Language Institute will be offering:
- English Communication Strategies for International Teaching Assistants
- Written Communication: Crafting Varied and Impactful Sentences
- Written Communication: Standards and Conventions in North America
- Spoken Communication: Fluency Building
- Spoken Communication: Pronunciation
- Spoken Communication: Conversation in Context
- Spoken Communication: Partners and Spouses
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 Universe of Languagesat the University of Chicago
Tuesday, September 25, 11:30-1:00, Hutch Courtyard
Welcome to the Universe of Languages! We teach 60 languages every year–join us for refreshments and meet language instructors from departments across campus. Thinking about possibly starting a new language? Continuing a language you already know? Making choices can seem daunting, but at this event, you can travel the University’s language universe and hear expert advice about language study, language placement, and language requirements. Representatives will also be available with information on Chicago programs, summer language study grants, and other fellowships.
2018 Forum on Teaching in the Core
Tuesday, September 25th 1:00–4:30 PM Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 021
Join the Masters of the Humanities and Social Sciences Collegiate Divisions, experienced Core teachers, and staff from the Chicago Center for Teaching as we discuss the goals and distinctive pedagogical issues that characterize Humanities, Civilization Studies, Arts, and Social Science Core courses. Representatives from College Advising, Academic Technology Solutions, and the Writing Program will also be on hand to provide information about campus resources to support and supplement teaching and learning in the Core. This event is open to anyone and is aimed at those teaching in the Core in 2018-2019 (particularly those who are new to the Core), including faculty, Harper-Schmidt Fellows, Teaching Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, lecturers, and graduate student instructors.Register at https://2018coreforumregistration.eventbrite.com.
Collaboratorium Networking and Pitch Event
Tuesday, September 25, 5-6:30 p.m., Harper Center, Room 104 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave.)
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. Click the registration link to review the event schedule, which will include networking and pitches by researchers. Register online >>
Teaching@ Chicago Conference 2018
Wednesday, September 26th9:00 AM–4:00 PM Kent Hall, Room 107
The Teaching@Chicago Conference hosted by the Chicago Center for Teaching is designed to orient new teaching assistants to the culture, structure, elements, and practices of teaching at the University of Chicago and will include a range of presentations and group sessions addressing inclusive and student-centered teaching, information about student resources, discipline-specific pedagogy, and the undergraduate experience. All new graduate student instructors are invited to attend, as is anyone else seeking an orientation to teaching in the College. Overall, our goal is to introduce new teachers in the College to the people, resources, and key practices and concepts in teaching and learning, that will make your first UChicago teaching experience more successful! Lunch as well as light breakfast, coffee, and tea provided.Register at https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com
Classes at The Revival for UChicago Graduate Students Start October 8th. 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
Teaching Opportunities Available — Call for Summer Session Course Proposals
Deadline October 22
You may feel that summer is only just ending, but we are already planning for Summer 2019! UChicago Summer Session is seeking proposals for both summer quarter undergraduate courses in The College and special courses for our Pre-College programs (in which academically advanced high school students engage in intensive study at the undergraduate level). We are especially interested in proposals for new Pre-College courses in all subject areas. This is a great opportunity for those interested in developing or deepening their teaching experience to create and teach their own course to potential College students from around the world. Course Proposals are due on October 22, 2018; the online form is available athttps://tinyurl.com/UCSummerCourseProposal. Join us for an information session co-hosted by UChicago Grad on Monday, October 8 at 4pm to learn more about the types of teaching opportunities available in summer 2019. To RSVP, visit https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/, go to Events>Info Sessions, and search for “Summer Session.” If you have questions about the course proposal process at any point, contact Sarah Lopez at email@example.com. For more information about Summer Session programs, visit https://summer.uchicago.edu/
Ongoing Campus Programming
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.
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.
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!
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!
My Body and Soul
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30, 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.