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5 Ways To Use Thanksgiving Break For Career Development
Whether you are traveling to visit friends and family, or taking a break in Chicago, these strategies can help you reach your career goals. Read more here
Student Payment Feedback Sessions
Thursday, November 21, 5:00 – 6:00 PM, UChicagoGRAD HQ
To provide a thorough review of the various financial systems and processes that impact graduate student payments following the Committee on Graduate Education report, Provost Diermeier asked the University’s internal auditors to conduct a comprehensive audit and develop recommendations. If you would like to share your experience receiving payments, please plan to attend one of two opportunities to provide feedback. Both events are open to all current graduate students. Please contact email@example.com with any questions and/or if you need accommodations to participate.
Career Development Resources and Discussionfor LGBTQ+ Graduate Students
Thursday, November 21st, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, UChicagoGRAD HQ
Please join LGBTQ Student Life, UChicagoGRAD Diversity & Inclusion and Career Development for a conversation about graduate student career planning and resources from the perspective of and for LGBTQ+ graduate students. Please RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle
Cover Letter Best Practices for Industry, Nonprofits, and Government
Thursday November 21, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 (3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building)
This workshop provides attendees with best practices for drafting effective cover letters for positions in industry, nonprofits, and government. It is appropriate for graduate students and postdocs from any program/discipline. Please RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events
International Student & Postdoc Series – Networking Skills
Tuesday November 26, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 (3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building)
This workshop on networking for international students and postdocs is designed to help you better understand what is expected in an American networking context. It will provide you with concrete tips on how to make a great impression in networking situations, both online and offline. We will also incorporate some group activities and exercises to give you a chance to practice some of your networking skills. Please RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events
- Research Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 66491
- Virtual Lab Manager, HappiLabs| Applyvia GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 66474
- French Heritage Society Summer Internships in France, Various InstitutionsApply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search “French Heritage Society” and “FHS”
- University Student Program Lead, Argonne National Laboratory| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 66446
Connecting with alumni made easy with Wisr!
UChicagoGRAD has officially launched, Wisr,a new platform that makes it easy for graduate students to reach out to UChicago alumni to expand your network and ask career advice. We currently have thousands of UChicago alumni across all divisions, industries and geographies interested in being a resource for you. Wisr lets you search for mentors by location, company, industry and discipline and manages the scheduling for phone calls or text-based chat. If you’ve signed up before, now is a great time to check back in for new updates and features including:
- Communities: Students and alumni who share a meaningful affinity or interest can start discussions, schedule events, share files, and connect even more easily.
- How-to-Help: Alumni are now asked to choose how exactly they are willing to help students (e.g., conducting mock interview, advising on industries, internships, resume review) making it easier for you to get the help you are looking for.
Sign up herewith a valid LinkedIn account or email and start connecting today!
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UChicagoGRAD Sounding Board
Don’t let your stress and worries overwhelm you. Take advantage of UChicagoGRAD sounding board to unload your concerns both academic and non. Schedule an appointment today.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity The University has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The membership provides faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with access to hundreds of resources designed to support their success in their academic careers. Anyone with a university email address is eligible for membership. To register, simply visit the website at the following link and choose “Institutional Sub-Account” as your membership type: https://www.facultydiversity.org/
- Monday Motivators, a weekly e-newsletter that gives positive energy and advice, and provides support on all things related to the grad student, postdoc, and faculty academic and professional experience.
- Webinars that are 60-90 minute professional development sessions facilitated by trained professionals and guest experts.
- Multi-Week Courses that are a series of classes that tackle the Academy’s most pressing challenges.
- Discussion Forum, which is a safe-space where all NCFDD members can connect, share, mentor, problem-solve, and celebrate successes.
- Library that provides scripts, transcripts, and videos of previous webinars.
- Career Center that allows members to search job openings, find potential candidates, and subscribe to new posting notifications that are field specific.
- Resources & Referrals section that has a list of go-to people for services such as coaching, editing, writing, and productivity apps.
Graduate students and postdocs can become NCFDD members by claiming institutional membership online with the University of Chicago via the following link: https://www.facultydiversity.org/.
Campus-wide events and announcements
Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurship Series – Session 4: Startup to Scale
Thursday, November 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Harper Center, Room C-10
Join the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation for Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurship, a new series that highlights University of Chicago faculty and social sector leaders, their research, and thinking about how to apply certain research methods when tackling issues in the social sector. On November 21, hear from Chicago Booth professor Anuj Shah, who uses psychology and behavioral science to examine social issues such as poverty, crime, and violence. Participation in this series is encouraged for anyone interested in applying for the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) startup competition. RSVP to attend or live stream on November 21 »
ESL/EAL Writing Tutor
Nov 21 (Thu), 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., Harper Memorial Library, Cathey North Reading Room, Cubicle #20
Receive feedback on your writing by a graduate student who has been trained by the Writing Program and the English Language Institute. Grad students can drop in for an appointment (pending availability). The live queue status can be seen here: [link] For more information: https://voices.uchicago.edu/uchicagoeli/one-on-one/
Resources on Chinese Studies in the UChicago Library
Friday, November 22, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Regenstein Library, Room 523
Learn about resources for Chinese Studies in the East Asian Collection on the 5th floor of Regenstein Library. Chinese Studies Librarian Jiaxun Benjamin Wu will provide an introduction to locating sources. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Body Positive PHAs Present: Self-Care and Self-Soothing
Monday, November 25, 2019 from 6-7:30pm in Stuart 101
The Body Positive, a Peer Health Advocate group, will be presenting a workshop on understanding the differences between self-care and self-soothing and how each can be beneficial. Workshop leaders will also facilitate small group discussions among the attendees to further encourage people to think about the topics presented. Dinner from Chipotle will be provided!
Tea & Pipes
Tuesday, November 26 | 4 pm–4:30 pm | Rockefeller
Join us for half hour of music on the magnificent pipes! University organist Thomas Weisflog plays the E.M. Skinner Organ. Tea Served at 3:45, music begins at 4.
Yoga at Rockefeller
Tuesday, November 26 | 5:30 pm–6:30 pm | Rockefeller
An hour-long gentle yoga session led by Rachel Carbonara. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and wear loose comfortable clothing.
Public Speaking & Presentation Skills Classes
Winter session starts January 13th
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,” “Storytelling”, “GradProv” and more! For complete details and registration, visit www.the-revival.com/adult-classes
Ongoing Campus Programming
Weekly Language and Culture Tables
International House Dining Room (1414 E. 59th Street)
Language and Culture Tables have been part of International House’s long tradition to promote a multicultural environment. These weekly, one-hour events are informal gatherings in which UChicago students and scholars can meet to speak in a foreign language to develop language skills and to promote cultural enrichment through conversation. All levels are welcome! Find the full list of languages and schedule here:https://ihouse.uchicago.edu/living/grad_life_at_international_house/language_and_culture_table_program/
Need a quiet space to pray or meditate?
Prayer rooms can be found in Ida Noyes 032 (basement level), Regenstein Library B Level.A dedicated meditation room can be found in Ida Noyes 033.Email Spiritual Life at email@example.com with your full name and Chicago ID number for access to these spaces.
20 Minutes Still
Weekdays 8-8:20 a.m. in Bond Chapel
20 minutes of silent meditation. All are welcome.
7am-6pm, Weekdays, DCAM Room 2E
Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood. You can donate blood today at the UChicago Medicine Blood Center! Donating blood is quick and simple, usually taking half an hour. After donating, help yourself to free snacks and discounts at stores such as Te’amo, Nella, and Starbucks. Like us on facebook to know about any events, blood drives, or news from the blood center! https://www.facebook.com/UChicagoBloodDonorAmbassadors/
Student Grief Support Group
Mondays | 6pm | Spiritual Life Office
Actively Moving Forward (AMF) is a national organization that supports young adults who are grieving the death or illness of a loved one.
Art Therapy Open Studio
Tuesdays, starting October 15, 1pm-4pm, WellNest (950 E. 61st Street, room 363)
Art therapy allows participants to non-verbally explore emotions, cope with anxiety and stress, develop self-awareness, boost self-esteem, and build social skills. Join Health Promotion and Wellness and Student Counseling Service in art therapy open studio sessions, every Tuesday beginning October 15. All supplies will be provided.