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Winter Quarter is coming! Be financially prepared.
UChicagoGRAD Art Display
Are you interested in loaning your artwork to be on display? UChicagoGRAD, a central office that serves graduate students and postdocs, would like to feature student/alumni art to be enjoyed by the 100+ weekly visitors to our office on the 3rd floor of the University Bookstore. After installation, join us in hosting a reception to showcase your work and allow our campus community to meet and mingle with the artists. Current or former students who wish to be considered should submit following information by January 4:
- First and last name
- Email address
- Photo of work (pdf)
- Title of work
- Dimensions of work
- Artist Statement
Artists will be responsible for the installation of their own work. UChicagoGRAD will provide tools and hardware. Questions? Contact Ruth Gutierrez (email@example.com)
How to Build and Leverage Your Personal Brand
Thursday, December 5, 12:30-1:45 pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 (3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building)
Having a clear personal narrative or “brand” can be an asset when searching for jobs. But how do you build this brand, and how do you sell it to employers once you’ve build it? Join Durant “Randy” D. Schwimmer (M.A. UChicago), Senior Managing Director and Head of Origination & Capital Markets for Churchill Asset Management, for a conversation on personal branding. Mr. Schwimmer has over 30 years of experience in middle market finance is widely credited with developing loan syndications for middle market companies. He frequently lectures and mentors on career development topics, including personal branding. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
English Career Conversation Hour: Elevator Pitch
Friday, December 6, 3-4pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ Suite 340 (3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building)
What’s an elevator pitch, and how can it help your career? An elevator pitch (which is also called an elevator speech) is a quick synopsis of your background and experience. The reason it’s called an elevator pitch is that you should be able to present it during a brief elevator ride. Done right, this short speech helps you introduce yourself to career and business connections in a compelling way. In this session, you will: find out more about the concept of elevator pitches, understand better how it works and why people do them, and discuss ways to build and practice an elevator pitch. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
Programming the Good Life: A Career Conversation with Zack Loveless (PhD Philosophy ’18)
Monday, December 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd Floor, UChicago Bookstore)
JoinPATHSfor a career conversation with Zack Loveless (PhD Philosophy ‘18). After completing his PhD at UChicago, Zack began working as the Director of Programming and Operations at the Hyde Park Institute. HPI focuses on supporting research in moral philosophy, centering on the question of how to live well. Zack will discuss what working at such an institute actually involves, and answer questions about his experience of transitioning to a new workplace after graduating. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle(Events > GRAD Events).
Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG), Winter 2020
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, January 5th, 11:59 pm CST
Program dates: January 17th-March 7th
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 (January 17th-March 7th) co-working session lasts for 4 hours and will consist of goal-setting, focused writing time, and communal lunch. 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. Please indicate any extenuating circumstances in the application. These programs are co-sponsored by UChicagoGRAD, Student Support Services, and the Writing Program.Link to Winter 2020 application: CLICK HERE
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
George Shultz Innovation Fund Finals – Fall 2019
Thursday, December 5, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E. 53rd St., Chicago)
At the finals of the George Shultz Innovation Fund 2019 investment cycle, companies from across the University of Chicago, Argonne National Lab, Fermilab, and the Marine Biological 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. Register to attend. >>
English Board Game Group
Dec 6 (Fri), 4:00-6:00p, Weston Game Lab (1st floor of John Crerar)
Come and join the ELI’s 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: https://esl.uchicago.edu/casual-offerings/
Inter-Policy School Summit
Applications due Dec 8th
Summit date: 28th February- 1st March, Harris School of Public Policy
The Inter-Policy School Summit is a great platform that brings together students from top-policy schools all over the world to design solutions and make meaningful contributions for a carefully chosen global challenge, with IPSS 2020’s topic being ” City Resiliency and Climate Change.” In addition, this event will also be a great opportunity to develop professional networks within the next generation of policymakers, all while putting into practice the diverse skills emphasized in each policy school through these projects.To know more about the Summit please visit our website https://www.harrispublicpolicy-summit.com.The first round of applications are due December 8th, 2019, at 11:59 pm, CT. Please check our website to learn more about it and to access the application.
Autumn Writing Retreat 2019
Monday, December 9, 9.00 AM- 5.00 PM, Regenstein A-11
This write-in hopes to help graduate students finish term papers, research articles, or dissertation projects. We do this by creating a conducive environment of silence, free food, and free-flowing coffee to encourage participants to write at their most productive. Limited to the first 30 participants to RSVP at bit.ly/awr2019
Using Images in Your Dissertation
Monday December 9, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm, TECHBAR Regenstein Library, Room 160
Bridget Madden (Visual Resources Center), Colleen Mullarkey (Dissertation Office) and Nancy Spiegel (Bibliographer for Art, Cinema, and History) will show sources for public domain images you can use in your dissertation and discuss issues related to the use of copyrighted images. Bring questions to this workshop! Registration link: https://rooms.lib.uchicago.edu/event/5815820
ESL/EAL Writing Tutor
Dec 9 (Mon), 6:00 – 8:00 p.m, and Dec 10 (Tue), 2:00 – 4:00 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. ESL/EAL 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/
Winter Quarter Mindfulness Meditation
Registration is open now through to December 20
Mindfulness Meditation courses are open to all UChicago community members and include instruction and practice of mindfulness meditation and other mind/body techniques to help reduce stress. This is an introduction to mindfulness meditation that consists of a weekly, 75-minute class taught over four weeks. Each session is limited to twelve students and attendance at all four weeks is required. Register here.
The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights is pleased to share three graduate student opportunities:
- Graduate Lectureships in Human Rights:The Pozen Center awards up to three lectureships to advanced doctoral students to teach one undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. Application due February 16, 2020. Learn more and apply.
- Pozen PhD Research Grants:The Pozen Center grants awards of up to $5,000 to University of Chicago doctoral students in any year of their program. Students may apply for pre-dissertation research support that will be critical when writing applications for external dissertation research fellowships, as well as for dissertation research when external or other internal funds are not sufficient. Application due March 30, 2020. Learn more and apply.
- Pozen Dissertation Completion Fellowship:Every year the Pozen Center awards this fellowship to a doctoral student in the humanities or social sciences whose work makes an important contribution to human rights scholarship. The fellowship provides a stipend, tuition, University student health insurance and Student Life Fee. Application due March 30, 2020. Learn more and apply.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.