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A Word from the Gargoyle
Virtual Career Advising
UChicagoGRAD career advisors are available for virtual Zoom meetings during Spring Quarter. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has added complications and uncertainty to your career planning. We are still here for you!Learn how a virtual advising appointment might be helpful for:
- Your Job Search
- Public Speaking, Interviewing, and Networking Preparation
- Your Written Application Materials
- Your Career Exploration
UChicagoGRAD Statement on Coronavirus
In light of recent communication from the University about COVID-19, UChicagoGRAD is moving to virtual services. We are committed to supporting graduate students and postdocs during this challenging time, and we encourage you to continue to take advantage of UChicagoGRAD resources that will be provided remotely. Effective immediately, advising appointments are available only through Skype/Zoom or by phone. Most workshops and events will be similarly moved to virtual platforms; please pay attention to details in event descriptions for further information. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request an accommodation, please contact Deborah Blumenthal at email@example.com. Please visit the University’s Coronavirus Updates page to stay informed about the public health situation related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The IRS and State of Illinois have extended the deadline to file your 2019 tax return and make any payments through July 15, 2020. This means 91 extra days to assemble your documents, review your income, prepare and submit your tax documents. It’s also more time to binge watch the workshops we hosted earlier in the year for help filing your return as a F1/J1 student or a US Citizen/Permanent Resident or check out the workshop slides. When questions come up, be in touch to firstname.lastname@example.org for general guidance and help connecting with the right resources.
Abbreviated Online Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG), Spring 2020
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 26th, 11:59 pm CST
(Program dates: May 1st-May 29th)
We have decided to offer a Session II for the Spring SWAG that would allow students that still want to participate in the program to join us at the mid-quarter point. This is contingent upon the number of students that express interest.SWAG is designed to provide you with an encouraging community of writers to help you develop an awareness of your writing process and make measurable progress toward your writing goals. This program is open to all graduate and professional school students and postdocs who are working on a major writing project (e.g. dissertation chapter or proposal, journal article, thesis, etc.; however, completing short-term assignments is not ideal for this program). Please be aware that the objectives and activities are tailored to the students of color, first-generation, low-income, and/or immigrant students. Each Friday online co-working session lasts for 4 hours and will consist of goal-setting, focused writing time, and communal debrief. By the end of the sessions, you’ll have developed an awareness of your writing process and made measurable progress toward your writing goals—all within an encouraging community of writers. There will be two instructive workshops throughout the quarter, focusing on strategies to improve your writing process and techniques to maintain your commitment to writing practice. Please note that this program is intended to support your writing process and productivity, not the content and mechanics of writing.To participate, it is preferable that you can attend *all* sessions. We understand that this online format may present a challenge for some students because of the resources needed to participate. There are questions in the application to address these potential needs and you may feel free to email Dana Bozemanto discuss any potential support or accommodations that you may need. Please indicate any extenuating circumstances in the application.These programs are co-sponsored by UChicagoGRAD, Student Support Services, and the Writing Program.To apply for this session, please click this LINK.
Fulbright 101 Small Group Advising
Various dates available
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant (ETA) fellowships in over 155 countries. Learn more about Fulbright at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/. This Fulbright 101 Small Group Advising session is the first step for graduate students. This meeting will help applicants compare the different types of grants, understand the application components, learn about strategies for developing competitive applications, and receive resources for further exploration.
- Fulbright 101: Small Group Advising, Thursday, April 9, 10:30-11:30am
- Fulbright 101: Small Group Advising, Tuesday, April 14, 1:30-2:30pm
- Fulbright 101: Small Group Advising, Thursday, April 16, 11-12pm
Sign-up for one-on-one advising, Fulbright sessions, and all other fellowship-related events via GRAD Gargoyle. Details of the Zoom meeting will follow online registration.
Webinar: International Student & Postdoc Career Series – Introduction to the U.S Job Search
Thursday, April 9th, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
This presentation on Introduction to the U.S Job Search will help you to get an understanding of the various steps in the American job search process and the tools and resources you can use to help you at different stages. It also includes an overview of the types of US Work Authorizations you are eligible for and when to get started on applying for them. A Zoom Webinar link will be shared with registrants in advance of the workshop. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events.
Webinar: Networking Effectively Online (GRADTalk)
Tuesday, April 14, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
With the recent shift to online communication, knowing how to network effectively in an online setting is more important than ever. In this workshop, we’ll talk about some strategies for making the most of online networking, whether you’re exploring career options, building connections for your job search, or expanding your professional network. We’ll discuss topics including how to utilize online networking platforms like LinkedIn, how to make the most of informational interviews on the phone or online, and how to prepare an effective self-introduction for online conversations. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Informational Webinar
Tuesday, April 14, 6:00 pm, Online (recurs on additional dates)
The Department’s compelling mission draws candidates seeking to join a team that makes a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens. The threats and challenges facing the Department and the Nation are complex and constantly evolving. Now more than ever, DHS must recruit, develop, and retain a talented and diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, DHS is seeking hundreds of qualified individuals to fill critical positions in cybersecurity, information technology, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, immigration, travel security, prevention and response, and emergency management. We will also be filling other critical positions to include business operations, mission support, and more. Additional dates of this hiring webinar are: April 27, May 12, May 28, June 15, June 23, July 1, July 9, July 23. To register, visithttps://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/hiring-event
Graduate Writing Consultations
Available All Spring Quarter
UChicagoGRAD is offering one-on-one online Graduate Writing Consultations for graduate students interested in working on their academic writing. Consultants work with writers on academic papers, journal articles, dissertation chapters, proposals, and other academic documents. Appointments can be made via GRAD Gargoyle.
Spotlight Your Research in a New GRADTalk Podcast
GRADTalk will be launching a new podcast this spring quarter, focusing on conversations with graduate students and postdocs about their research and its broader impact. Each episode will be recorded remotely and bring together a few guests whose work connects to a broader interdisciplinary theme. If you are interested in being a guest on the podcast, please fill out this interest form to let us know more about yourself and your research. If you have any questions please contact Michael O’Toole (email@example.com) or Linsin Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Connecting with alumni made easy with Wisr!
Wisr is a 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
Graduate Student Pandemic Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in how you can help during the COVID pandemic. Pritzker students have been working with the medical center and other students across the city on various volunteer efforts and have complied a list of efforts that any graduate students can get involved in. Below is also a link to a website run by Pritzker students that will remain up to date with ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Graduate student COVID volunteer opportunities: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1imSRB3dwQ4idRGYq9N3vSnaJewTneSfJkKvWw27gWZo/edit
Updated Website: https://sites.google.com/view/pritzkercovidvolunteers/
UChicago Medicine needs you! The COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous strain on the U.S. blood supply. While there is no evidence that coronavirus is transmissible by blood transfusion, the current pandemic is impacting the blood supply by reduced donor presentation, cancelled blood drives, and reduced donor eligibility across the United States. Some UCM blood suppliers have stopped shipping us blood products. The American Red Cross (the primary supplier to UCM) has recommended reducing hospital blood product utilization by 25%. Given this threat to our blood supply, we MUST increase our blood collection on campus. Our UCM patients and the UCM Blood Donation Center need your HELP! Please consider donating blood or platelets now. UCM Blood Donation Center is located in DCAM 2E (just before the skybridge to CCD). Please call (773) 702-6247 now to schedule your appointment. Scheduling your appointment will help us be compliant with “social distancing”. We are cleaning and disinfecting after each donation and will be ready for your arrival! We cannot have physical queues of donors and can have only two donors in the waiting room at once. To have a successful experience, please remember to eat a full meal and drink plenty of water prior to donation. We offer double incentives for platelet donation. Thank you for your donation of life!
Wellness Coaching takes a strengths-based approach to holistic well-being and mental health promotion. It provides support for navigating transitions and overcoming challenges that come your way. Sessions will be offered now through Spring quarter via Zoom. If you are interested in exploring how Wellness Coaching can help you, click here to learn more or you may register for a session here.
Crash Course in Chicago History Virtual Talk present by Alumni Club of Chicago: Connect with the city’s past from your own home
Thursday, April 9 6:45-8 pm, Online
Experience the story of Chicago, from frontier trading post to global metropolis, in this colorful and concise 60-minute presentation. Chicago Detours Executive Director Amanda Scotese, AM’13, will guide the talk via historic and modern day images. You’ll learn about the major moments of the Second City’s history, like the 1893 World’s Fair and the creation of Route 66, that make it into our beloved city today.
Creating and Maintaining an Inclusive Remote Classroom Environment
Thursday April 9, 10:00-11:30 AM, Zoom
This pedagogical session focuses on elements of inclusion that are relevant to remote teaching and learning during this unprecedented time. Open to Faculty, Graduate Students, Lecturers and Instructors, and Non-Medical Staff. The course includes a synchronous Zoom discussion and an asynchronous Canvas component. For more information and to register visit: https://teachingremotely.uchicago.edu/register-for-training/Please register at least 24 hours in advance. Zoom session information will be sent an hour before the scheduled start time. Registrants will be enrolled in a Canvas site, providing access to brief pre-workshop activities and other resources.
It’s Virtually Pet Love.
Occurring every Friday during Spring quarter
Pet Love had gone virtual! Health Promotion and Wellness will be hosting a virtual Pet Love event every Friday during Spring quarter on our Facebook page. Stay connected with your peers during this time of social distancing by sharing the joy your pets bring you. Join our event on Facebook and follow us on Instagram (@uchicagowellness) so that you can see all our furry friends when they start their #influencer careers with us.Join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/254410692270189/
English Virtual Board Game Group
Apr 10 (Fri), 4:00-6:00p, Remote (Online)
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: https://esl.uchicago.edu/bgg/
ESL/EAL Virtual Writing Tutor
Apr 12 (Sun), 6:00-8:00p, Remote (Online)
Receive feedback on your writing by a graduate student who has been trained by the Writing Program and the English Language Institute. Grad students with ESL/EAL needs can drop in for an online appointment (pending availability). For more information including the drop-in link and live queue status: https://voices.uchicago.edu/uchicagoeli/one-on-one/
English Virtual Conversation Hour
Apr 14 (Tue), 3:30-4:30p, Remote (Online)
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: https://esl.uchicago.edu/convo-hr/
CCT Fellows Program Application – DEADLINE EXTENDED
The deadline to apply for the CCT Fellows program has been extended to Wednesday, April 15th by 5PM
CCT Fellows are graduate students with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and interest in how people learn. Selected from across all divisions, disciplines, and schools via a competitive application process, Fellows develop programs and resources to address the needs and concerns of graduate student teachers. Other responsibilities include helping to facilitate the annual Teaching@Chicago orientation, developing and facilitating the Fundamentals of Teaching Series, and leading discussions on pedagogical topics of interest at Fellows meetings. The CCT Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity to reflect on teaching with a community of peers and valuable experience in higher education administration, workshop facilitation, program development, and collaboration with colleagues from different disciplines and programs across campus. Learn more about the 2020-2021 application here: https://teaching.uchicago.edu/programs/get-involved/cct–fellows-program/instructions-for-applying/
Crash Couse in Chicago Architecture Virtual Talk present by Alumni Club of Chicago: Connect with the city’s past from your own home
Thursday, April 16 6:45-8 pm, Online
In this fun and informative 60-minute presentation, professional tour guide and UChicago alum Alex Bean, AM’11 will dive into the world-famous architectural history of Chicago. From balloon-frame buildings to the world’s first skyscrapers and the bold contemporary towers of today, this survey puts design, engineering, and technology of our buildings into their historic context.
Thaler-Tversky Independent Research Grant
The deadline for this round of submissions is April 24, 2020 11 PM CT. The next round will be in Fall 2020
The Center for Decision Research is accepting submissions for the spring round of our Independent Research Grant program for emerging scholars. This program is supported by the generosity of CDR Governing Board Member Richard Thaler in honor of Amos Tversky, and provides a limited number of small grants to support new behavioral science research led by University of Chicago PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. The primary motivation for these grants is to support our emerging scholars in conducting independent behavioral science research. Proposals for research jointly pursued with a faculty member are not eligible for these awards, although we do hope that faculty will encourage our emerging scholars to pursue eligible research. Applicants are permitted to have graduate student or post-doc collaborators. Ideal applications will demonstrate conscientious, independent thought, and avenues to expand CDR research efforts beyond the domains being explored in our faculty members’ labs. Awardees will receive up to $3,000. APPLICATION PROCESS: If you would like to apply for a grant, please submit a 1-2 page proposal to CDR Executive Director, Amy Boonstra (Amy.Boonstra@chicagobooth.edu) with your name, email address, home address, telephone number, year and division, and your CV. Your proposal should cover the following:
- A research question, in the context of existing literature
- Hypothesis being tested
- Proposed method
- Budget outline
Each proposal will be reviewed by at least two members of the CDR’s Governing Board (Richard Thaler, Nicholas Epley, Ayelet Fishbach, Bernd Wittenbrink, Devin Pope). Award decisions, which will be sent via email, will be made in time to make funds available early in the following quarter. The funds need to be used within 18 months following the award date.Please note that there is a limit of one grant per recipient, per year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact to CDR Executive Director, Amy Boonstra (Amy.Boonstra@chicagobooth.edu).
Opportunities with the Writing Program for 2020-21
Applications due Monday, May 4th, at 5pm
The Writing Program is accepting applications for opportunities in 2020-21! Graduate students from all departments and divisions are encouraged to apply for renewable teaching positions. Once hired, Writing Program staff receive practical training in writing pedagogy, along with continued support as they work with student writers. Some departments may count WP teaching toward PhD pedagogical training requirements. For more information or to download an application, please visit: https://writing-program.uchicago.edu/jobs/grad-student-jobs/
Women in STEM Symposium
Saturday, May 9, Online
The second annual Women in STEM Symposium hosted by GRIT, WIBS, GWiCS and AWM will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020, and will be taking place virtually via Zoom. This year our theme is “Playing the Game || Changing the System”. Registration for the symposium is free and open now! You can register now via Eventbrite and get more information about the conference from our website. We are also looking for people to present 5 minute lightning talks on their research or area of expertise. Lightning talks typically have 2-5 slides and work at various stages is welcome. You can indicate your interest in this presentation opportunity on your registration form. If you have any questions, please reach out to the steering committee at email@example.com. Hope to see you all there!
REAL ID Update
Beginning October 1, every air traveler, age 18 or older, will no longer be able to fly within the United States or to access “Secure Federal Facilities” with a standard driver’s license. A REAL ID or one of the other forms of identification listed here, will be required. This impacts anyone at the University flying on commercial airlines within the U.S. or entering secure federal buildings. For UChicago, the buildings impacted include Fermilab and Argonne National Labs. Please note that documentation requirements for the “REAL ID” are more extensive than regular license renewals and must be applied for in person in the home state of individuals. For more information on the “REAL ID” visit dhs.gov/real-id or tsa.gov/real-id, call 1-866-289-9673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions related to the University can be directed to Shared Services. Please call 773-702-5800, weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. As always, information and resources regarding University travel can be found here.
Ongoing Campus Programming
In-person programming has been suspended until further notice. Please check individual office’s websites for virtual offerings.