Current edition: Thursday, May 13, 2021

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A Word from the Gargoyle


Do you wish you had an answer at the ready when someone says, “So, tell me about your research”?



Apply by May 17th to participate in UChicagoGRAD’s Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) and Research Showcase. This year’s 3MT will take place virtually on Thursday, June 10, 3:00-5:00pm CT.

In a 3MT competition, participants prepare a three-minute presentation about their research using only one static slide. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your work to a broader audience and practice your public speaking skills. Participants compete in a Master’s or PhD category and a judging panel will award $150 to the overall winner and $100 each to the next highest score in the Master’s and PhD category. To participate please fill out the application form by May 17. Click here to find more details and how to sign up.



Getting Strong Recommendation & Affiliation Letters

Thursday, May 13, 10-10:30AM 

Join us for this short (30-minute) roundtable discussion on obtaining strong recommendation and affiliation letters for fellowship applications such as Fulbright.



PATHS Career Conversation: Tackling Career Changes with Randy Schwimmer, Churchill Asset Management LLC

This event will be rescheduled. An announcement will be sent once a new date has been set.



NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Personal Statement Guidance Session with Fred Stafford, PhD


May 19, 2021 12:00-1:00pm, Zoom CT

Fred Stafford (former NSF Program Director) will share his wealth of knowledge and experience about crafting strong NSF essays. This first talk will cover the fundamentals necessary for strong personal and research statements: the components and functions of research; the research imperative; motivation for a career in research based on career goals informed by personal values, interests, and internal rewards; and basics of project planning. A second talk will discuss outlines and content for each of the two statements. Students are encouraged to sign up for small writing groups with Fred as soon as they are ready to do so. If possible, try to form groups of two or three to work with him. One learns much from the peer-peer interactions. RSVP here.


Exploring Fulbright for Master’s Students

May 20, 2021 10:00-10:30am CT

This 30-minute overview of the Fulbright program is intended for Master’s students of all disciplines.  Topics to be discussed will include kinds of Fulbright awards, application components, application timeline, and strategies for producing strong written statements.  20-minute presentation with 10-minute Q & A.  . RSVP here.



NSF GRFP: Pre-writing Workshop: Writing About Research Experiences

May 21, 2021 12:00-1:00pm, CT

Join us for the first of three workshops on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship personal statement. In this workshop we will discuss ways of writing about your research experience and will engage in writing exercises that will help to provide material for the personal statement.

  • Discuss ways to understand your audience
  • Begin to examine connections between your research experiences
  • Learn from workshop leaders and peers about effective ways to bring your research experiences to life for readers

RSVP here.




PATHS Career Conversation: Publishing for Young Readers with Zohra Ashpari of Scholastic

Friday May 21, 3-4pm CT, Zoom

Join UChicagoGRAD for a virtual conversation with Zohra Ashpari, an alumna of the MAPH program and current editorial assistant at Scholastic. She will discuss her current role, career journey, and give advice for graduate students who are interested in working for children’s book publishers like Scholastic. RSVP here.




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This Week from UChicago Grad Council:


UC Juneteenth 2021

May 27th – June 19th


This inaugural initiative marks the UC community coming together to commemorate Juneteenth, engage in active allyship and build community. Events open to all UC students, staff, faculty (unless noted otherwise). All graduate attendees will be eligible for a $30 food reimbursement at each session (capped at the first 100 registrants; not applicable to 2021 graduates for events after June 10). To register for events starting May 27th, visit our website or subscribe to our UC Juneteenth calendar!


UChicago’s Gra(n)d Talent Showcase!

May 20th @ 7pm


Grad Council is excited to announce UChicago’s Gra(n)d Talent Showcase! Join us for a night of entertainment that is sure to be a Spring Quarter highlight. Support your fellow grad students as they dance, sign, create live art, impress us with mental calculations, and more! All graduate attendees will be eligible for a $30 food reimbursement.

If interested in showcasing your talent, please sign-up here by May 14th at 11:59pm CT. Please reach out to Shivani Shukla and Olivia Venegas if you have any questions.


May All Grad Hangout

Thursday, May 27th @ 6pm CT


Grad Council hosts All Grad Hangout as a monthly virtual meetup for grad students to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and have some fun! Join students across graduate divisions for a night of games, laughs, and community as we celebrate the approaching end of the academic year. There will be a $30 food reimbursement for attendees!


May Meditation and Yoga Sessions


With the help of our fellow graduate students, we’re hosting mixed fitness, yoga & meditation sessions during Week 7. There’s no experience required and no pressure to have your camera on. Learn more about our student facilitators and check out the schedule for next week. 

Friday, May 14th @ 7:00pm

Yoga with Winnie

Winnie will lead a yoga-style meditation. She’ll begin by leading students through a basic yoga flow, and then conclude with some stretches and meditative visualization exercises.







Graduate Course Feedback 

We will be launching a University-wide graduate course feedback system this quarter as part of our commitment to increasing opportunities to hear from graduate students and as a method of improving graduate instruction. The standardized anonymous graduate student course feedback form was developed by a committee whose members included faculty and staff from across the University and a graduate student representative from the elected student government, Graduate Council. Although the questions are different in several ways, the process is similar to and will use the same platform as the College course feedback forms.



Campus and Student Life Staff Awards and Marlene F. Richman Award Nomination Process Underway

Students are invited to submit nominations for the Campus and Student Life (CSL) Staff Awards or the Marlene F. Richman Award through Friday, May 28. The CSL Staff Awards recognize staff members in CSL who have made valuable contributions to UChicago, whether through their interactions with students, faculty, staff, and others, or through the development of new systems, policies, and programs. The Marlene F. Richman Award honors a University staff member for their excellence and dedication to students.


EPIC Career Series: Andrew Bray, MXV Ventures

Thursday, May 13th ,  12:00 – 1:00 CT PM

Interested in energy, the environment and climate change but not sure how to make a career out of it? There are a wide array of exciting career pathways to choose from across these topics for young people with various skill sets and passions. To provide UChicago students of all levels and schools with insight into the range of opportunities and what’s it’s like to work in these positions, EPIC is hosting a virtual career series with young UChicago alumni—starting with EPIC’s own former Bartlett and DRW Fellows. Alumni will share insights into their day-to-day lives, how they got to where they are, and what they wish they knew when they were UChicago students. Join us as we welcome Harris Public Policy ’19 graduate Andrew Bray, Founding Principal at MXV Ventures. Click here for more information.


Dipesh Chakrabarty, Kim Lane Scheppele, and Zeynep Gambetti: Democratic Erosion and Academic Freedom: Hungary, India, Turkey, and Beyond

Thursday, May 13, 12 p.m., Zoom & Facebook Live

Widespread democratic backsliding is raising alarm bells about the future of academic freedom in democratic and autocratic regimes. What pressures do academics face, and what awaits university campuses? Drawing from the comparative threads of authoritarian strategy seen across the cases of Turkey, Hungary, and India, this panel brings together scholars to discuss the state of academic freedom and democratic erosion followed by an open discussion with the panelists.


English Virtual Board Game Group

May 14 (Fri), 8:00-10:00p Chicago Time, Zoom

Come and join the ELI’s Virtual Board Game Group, where you will meet new friends, learn how to talk about board games and the culture/hobby of board games along with playing intriguing games, and build confidence in using your spontaneous speaking and critical thinking skills. For more information and to RSVP:


Making Gender Equality a Reality: Women’s Rights and Constitutional Reform in the Americas

Friday, May 14, 9:15 a.m.–5 p.m. (CDT), Zoom

Join us for a virtual conference that will bring together leaders on women’s equality in the Americas to discuss the impact of constitutional reform on women’s rights and insights for the future of gender equality. Simultaneous translation in English and Spanish provided. Learn more and register.



ESL/EAL Virtual Writing Tutor (Two Times)

May 16 (Sun), 8:00-10:00p Chicago Time, Zoom

May 17 (Mon), 8:00-10:00p 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 Drop in Using CNetID (get on the waitlist) 30 min before tutoring starts that day. For more information:


English Virtual Reading Group (Two Times)

May 17 (Mon), 8:00-9:00a Chicago Time, Zoom — The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

May 17 (Mon), 3:00-4:00p Chicago Time, Zoom — To Kill a Mockingbird

We will be trying something a little different this quarter!  Challenge your reading skills by reading a work of contemporary non-fiction, a classic American novel, or both.  We will read these books along with shorter related pieces and share our thoughts about the themes and topics they address during our weekly open discussions. For more information and to RSVP:


Application Deadline: Small Business Growth Program – Client

Monday, May 17, 12:00 p.m.

The Polsky Small Business Growth Program supports small business owners to help them grow and scale their businesses through consulting work completed by top student talent. Small teams of University of Chicago students provide hands-on consulting experience to these companies, helping them address key business challenges and determine new strategies for business growth. With funding from JPMorgan Chase, and in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement, this program is part of the nationwide Ascend program, which partners with top universities and institutions to provide business assistance and opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses.


Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2): Developing a No-Code Product

Tuesday, May 18, 12:00 p.m., Virtual Event

Are you looking to develop your product idea without coding? Join Kathleen Wilson in this workshop to learn Product Management basics and options for tools, an overview of no-code platform Bubble, high level capabilities, single page application vs. multi-page application, workflows, plug-ins and APIs.


Deal Talk with Sumit Singh, ’14 and Raymond Svider, ’89

Tuesday, May 18, 12:00 p.m., Virtual Event

Alumni Relations invites you to join us on Tuesday, May 18, from noon – 1 p.m. CT for a Deal Talk with special guests Chewy CEO, Sumit Singh, ’14 and BC Partners partner Raymond Svider, ’89. The event will be moderated by professor Steven Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series: A Fireside Chat with Airbnb Cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk

Tuesday, May 18, 5:00 p.m., Virtual Event

Join the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago for a Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series event featuring Airbnb cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk. Nate Blecharczyk is the cofounder of Airbnb, chief strategy officer, and chairman of Airbnb China. Nate plays a leading role in driving key strategic initiatives across the global business, particularly those which require a combined understanding of the business, product, and data.



English Virtual Conversation Hour

May 18 (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:


A Cross-Border Journey to Advance Breast Cancer Research

MAY 18 2021, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM CDT, ONLINE


Join UChicago Global and the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago for the first webinar in a series featuring conversations between leading scholars from the University of Chicago and Brazil on the impact of international collaboration on advances in science. A Cross-Border Journey to Advance Breast Cancer Research features Dr. Funmi Olopade along with Dr. Rodrigo Guindalini, a former fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and visiting scholar at the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics. Dr. Guindalini will discuss the impact his time as a fellow had on his career, while he and Dr. Funmi will also discuss their joint research. RSVP here


Jonathan Levy: Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States

Tuesday, May 18, 12pm, Zoom

Please join us to celebrate 3CT fellow Jonathan Levy’s new book, Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States (Random House, 2021). In his book, Jonathan Levy proves that, contrary to political dogma, capitalism in the United States has never been just one thing. Instead, it has morphed throughout the country’s history—and it’s likely changing again right now.


1989: Tiananmen, the Chinese Democracy Movement, the Massacre, and Its Impact

Tuesday, May 18, 7:40–9 p.m. (CDT), Zoom

Join Associate Professor Johanna Ransmeier and Pozen Visiting Professor Teng Biao as they convene a panel discussion on the events and impact of 1989: the Tiananmen Square protests, the Chinese Democracy Movement, and the Massacre. Learn more and register.


Human Rights Book Salon: Yogita Goyal – “Runaway Genres”

Wednesday, May 19, 4–5:30 p.m. (CDT), Zoom

Join us as Yogita Goyal (African American Studies and English, UCLA) discusses her latest book, Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery, in conversation with UChicago faculty Adom Getachew (Political Science) and Sarah Jessica Johnson (English). Sonali Thakkar (English) will moderate the conversation and Q&A session to follow. Learn more and register.

Jennifer Doyle and Nick Mitchell: Critical University Studies: Academic Labor in Crisis Times

Thursday, May 20, 5pm

Nick Mitchell and Jennifer Doyle will discuss universities’ entanglement with various scenes of security: from campus police and sexual harassment to forms of life that haven’t yet entered the jurisprudential imaginary. Their previous abolitionist work on the securitization and exploitation of higher education is well known to many. Here, they will reflect on the work it takes to keep the effects of institutional betrayal from preventing us from taking on the work of effecting change.



Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2): Talent Strategy for Founders and Entrepreneurs

Thursday, May 20, 12:00 p.m., Virtual Event

One of the most difficult challenges founders and entrepreneurs face when building a business is deciding how and when to grow their team. Whether it’s adding another co-founder, early employee, advisor, or interns, this dilemma is made even more arduous when you find yourself short on both cash and time.

This workshop will provide tools and frameworks to answer the following questions most founders and entrepreneurs eventually face: How do I know what role to hire when my needs constantly shift? How do I ensure I am hiring the right person? How do I think about compensating a new hire when I can barely pay myself?



Application Deadline: ThinkChicago Advanced Degree Exchange 2021

Friday, May 21, 11:59 p.m.

We’re excited to announce our first-ever flagship event exclusive for grad students and PhD talent to explore Chicago’s tech & innovation ecosystem. If selected, ThinkChicago Exchange participants will take part in a three-day immersion program where you’ll meet with startup CEOs & industry leaders, explore career opportunities with innovative companies who are hiring, and network with entrepreneurs and innovators from Chicago and across the Midwest region.



20 Minutes Still Meditation

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays | 8–8:20 am (CST)

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Still the mind and body, open the heart, join us online in our Virtual Living Room. No experience necessary, open to those of all spiritual backgrounds.


Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays 5:30 –6:30 pm (CST)

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Grab your mat and join Rachel Carbonara online for live yoga sessions from the comfort of your living room. 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.


Morning Yoga

Wednesdays 9:00–9:25 pm (CST)

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Wake up and start the day with this short yoga practice for all levels. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. A yoga mat is recommended for this class.


Chai/Coffee Chats with Jigna Shah, Director of Spiritual Life

Wednesdays 1:30–2:00 pm (CST)

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Stop by to introduce yourself, say hello, or to learn more about Spiritual Life and how we can support you at UChicago. I look forward to meeting you virtually!


Yoga Flow

Thursdays 5:30–6:30 pm (CST)

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A class designed to bring movement to the entire body, incorporating strength, flexibility, and balance. 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.


Community Meditation

Thursdays 7:00–7:30 pm (CST)

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Nourish your spirit with mindfulness and compassion practice, cultivate friendliness and loving kindness to oneself and all beings.


Living Intentionally to Flourish Everyday (LIFE)
Mondays, (May 3, 10, 17, 24), 11:30am-1:00pm CST, 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? Join one of our 4-week sessions offered during Spring Quarter. The deadline to register is Friday, April 31. You may register through this link and more details about LIFE may be found here.


Weekly Mindfulness Meditation

Registration for the May 19 and 20, 2021 sessions closes on May 18, 2021

UChicago Student Wellness is offering live mindfulness sessions on Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 pm and Thursdays from 8:30-9:00 am. Please note, the same meditation will be repeated on Wednesday and Thursday of each week. These sessions are 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.  These sessions will be facilitated via Zoom and the link will be sent to those registered on the Tuesday before the sessions. If you have any questions, contact Emily Schulze at