GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: August 3, 2017


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Morningstar Open House

August 7th, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, 22 W. Washington St, Chicago IL 60602

At Morningstar, we want people who are smart, hard-working, curious, and passionate about their work. We hire all majors including humanities, as we appreciate perspectives that brings to our company. We built the MDP to prepare recent graduates for successful careers at Morningstar. The Open House is an opportunity for you to learn more about the MDP, see our beautiful office, and meet current Morningstar employees. Please join us by registering HERE:


Academic Job Market Working Group

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. UChicagoGRAD Fellowships Table (UChicago Bookstore, 3rd Floor)

Are you looking for feedback and accountability as you prepare your materials for the academic job market? Join the Academic Job Market Working Group, which meets each Wednesday during the summer quarter at UChicagoGRAD.  Participants will set weekly writing goals and workshop one another's materials.  All disciplines are welcome.  RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops).  Please contact if you have any questions.


Networking for Scientists at Conferences

Wednesday, August 9, 3:30-5pm, GCIS 301/303

RSVP: Login to GradGargoyle as student/alumni >> Click on Events >> Click on Workshops >> Find Event and RSVP

Description: Are you a scientist attending a conference soon, like ACS or a Gordon conference? Do you want to gain some insight and practice your networking skills? Join this upcoming workshop! Attendees will learn the basics of networking, develop an elevator pitch, and learn how to turn "small talk" into more meaningful conversations. This workshop includes a speed networking activity where attendees practice their new networking skills in a small group environment. This workshop is specifically geared towards PhD students and postdocs in BSD, PSD, IME, and any lab-based psychologists.


Incyte Information Session & On-Campus Interviews

August 16th, 9:30 am to 10:30 am, UChicagoGRAD Suite

Please join the Incyte Co. Chemistry Recruiting team for an information session. We’ll give you a better sense of our company. You’ll learn our commitment to patients, our expertise in drug discovery and the cutting edge science that could make a difference in healthcare. Presenter: Liang Lu, Ph.D.-Principle Investigator. Interested in possibly being selected to participate in on-campus interviews following the information session? Apply for the “Research Investigator, Chemistry” role posted in GRAD Gargoyle. RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Events > Information Sessions > Select and RSVP.


NSF GRFP Writing Workshop: Personal Statements

Thursday, August 24th , 12-2pm, Fellowships Suite, UChicagoGRAD  - 970 East 58th Street | Third Floor

 This workshop is predominately focused on the NSF GRFP, but students working on personal statements for any fellowship application are welcome to attend. *All participants will be required to submit a draft of their personal statement by noon on Monday, August 21st, 2017.* The NSF GRFP Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals Statement is three pages, and it should discuss and include separate subject headings for both aspects of NSF merit review criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts. RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events à Workshops)


We’re Hiring! 2017-18 PATHS Communications and Programming Internships

Application Deadline: August 25, 2017

PATHS (Professional Advancement and Training for Humanities Scholars) is an initiative funded by the NEH to prepare UChicago doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for careers that make an impact in the world.  The PATHS team is seeking one to three interns to be part of a team that will play a key role in growing the program.  As a PATHS intern, you will launch new programs, coordinate our digital presence (including a PATHS blog), maintain an events calendar, and increase outreach to students, faculty, and the wider campus community.  To learn more or apply, search for posting #62149 in GRAD Gargoyle.  Please contact with any questions.


Conference Networking for Humanists

Monday, August 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m., GRAD HQ (3rd Floor, UChicago Bookstore, 970 E. 58th St.)

Academic conferences can help you build your professional network, but often these events provoke uncertainty and anxiety.  Should you approach the scholar whose work you admire?  What do you say to the presenter who shares your interests?  How do you introduce yourself at a reception?  Join PATHS and the organizers of the 10th International Congress of Hittitology for a workshop on academic conference networking best practices.  You’ll gain a better sense of how to engage other scholars at conferences, and you’ll have an opportunity to practice sharing your introductory personal narrative.  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP at


Finding Academic Jobs with an Area Studies Ph.D.: A Conversation with Dennis Campbell (NELC ’07)

Thursday, August 31, 12:45-1:45 p.m., GRAD HQ (3rd Floor, UChicago Bookstore, 970 E. 58th St.)

How does a Ph.D. candidate who is trained in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program land a job in a disciplinary department?  Join PATHS and the organizers of the 10th International Congress of Hittitology for a conversation with Dennis Campbell, an alumnus of NELC who now works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at San Francisco State University.  Campbell will discuss his job search and provide advice for those seeking to make a similar transition.  Lunch with be provided.  RSVP at


STEM: Academic Job Market – CVs and Cover Letters

Wednesday September 6, 3:30-5pm, GCIS 301/303

RSVP: Login to GradGargoyle as student/alumni >> Click on Events >> Click on Workshops >> Find Event and RSVP

Description: Are you on the academic job market this fall, or are thinking of applying during the next round? Join me, the dedicated STEM Career advisor in the UChicagoGRAD office, for a workshop covering CVs and cover letters. This workshop is specifically geared to STEM postdocs and PhD students. We will go over in detail the expected formatting, necessary elements, and Do’s/Don’ts for each document, as well as how to target and tailor your materials to the institute you are applying to.


Pfizer R&D Professional Development Program Information Session

September 8th, 9:30 am to 11:00 am, UChicagoGRAD Suite

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. Please attend this information session to learn more! RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Events > Information Sessions > Select and RSVP.


The UChicagoGRAD Graduate Enrollment Initiatives Office is seeking Graduate Admissions Assistants for the upcoming academic year.

The GAA’s main role will be as a project assistant to the Program Coordinator and campus tour guide for prospective students. Responsibilities will 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 for prospective and admitted graduate students. Assistants will be expected to work at least one 3 hour shift per week (preferably more) which includes a campus tour. GAAs must be registered as students for the upcoming academic year, and though we prefer students with at least one year at the University, incoming students with relevant work or volunteer experience are welcome to apply. Interested students should email a resume/CV and completed application to


Connecting with alumni made easy with Wisr!

UChicagoGRAD is excited to announce a new app that makes it easy for graduate students to reach out to UChicago alumni. Wisr is a platform you can use to find and talk to alumni working in industries that you might be considering for your career.


Through Wisr you can schedule conversations to learn more about a particular industry and seek guidance on the skills you need to succeed. The first step is to sign up here through a valid LinkedIn account. The next step is to follow a few simple onboarding steps to complete your profile and then start browsing the alumni network. When you find someone who looks interesting, request a session and Wisr will help with the scheduling. If you have any questions along the way, use the in-app chat box to get help in real time.


New Graduate Career Development Resources Collection at Regenstein Library

The Library is pleased to announce the opening of the new Graduate Career Development Resources Collection.  This new collection is a collaboration between UChicagoGRAD and the Library, and it is designed to support graduate students in all disciplines.  The collection is located on shelving adjacent to the Ask a Librarian desk on the first floor of the Regenstein Library.  Current titles can also be browsed via our catalog.  Please contact Andrea Twiss-Brooks with questions about the Graduate Career Development Resources Collection.  For more on career resources available, see our Career Research guide.


Purchase UChicagoGRAD merchandise online

Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and more are now available online! Get your GRAD gargoyle gear today! Visit the online store and receive 10% using the code: gargoyle.


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 purchased 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:

Resources include:

·      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:


Campus-wide events and announcements


Last Call to Join GC's Six Flags Trip!

Saturday, August 5, 8:30 AM - 8 PM, $35 (Includes buses, park entry and lunch voucher)

Skip the Lollapalooza madness and join your GC friends at Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor. Forecast is high 70s and sunny so enjoy it before summer storms set in. Sign up HERE. +1s welcome


Design for 3D Printing with Onshape

Tuesday, August 8, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange South, Ellis Ave. Meeting Room (1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
This workshop teaches the basic functions of modeling softwares on the market including sketch, dimension, trim, and extrude. Each attendee must bring their own laptop and charger.. Register here


I-Corps Information Session

Wednesday, August 9, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Harper Center, Room C09 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Polsky Center I-Corps program is designed for teams working on projects related to the STEM fields. Teams will receive micro-grant funding and are not required to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship. Register here 


End of the Summer Boat Cruise

Wednesday, August 9, 6:30pm-10:00pm, Navy Pier

Join the Center for Leadership and Involvement as we end our summer with a boat cruise! This off-campus event will include music, dinner, and fireworks! There will be a cash bar available with a two-drink maximum. Soft drinks and water will be available for no additional charge. Tickets: $30 in advance / $40 on or after August 2, 2017.

Email Tempris Daniels at; Link to website


Applications Deadline: South Side Pitch 

Friday August 11, 11:59 p.m., online submission
South Side Pitch is a celebration of innovation happening south of Chicago’s skyline. In 2016, nearly 170 south side business owners applied to pitch their ideas at South Side Pitch, and top winners took home thousands of dollars in prizes. Apply at


How I Learned to be an Entrepreneur at ESPN, Apple and Snapchat

Monday, August 14, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Anne Hoffer is an entrepreneur and marketing executive with experience at Nickelodeon, ESPN, Apple, and Snapchat. Hear about what she’s learned at each of these companies, and how they might apply to the world of technology and innovation today. Register here 


Polsky I-Corps Application Deadline: Autumn Cohort

Tuesday, August 15, 12 p.m., Online Submission
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Polsky Center I-Corps program is designed for teams working on projects related to the STEM fields. Teams will receive micro-grant funding and are not required to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship. Apply here


“Woke” at All Ages: Inspiring Black Women Advocates Across Generations
Tuesday, August 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 5225 South Harper Court, Room 1121 (11th Floor)
This forum seeks to explore the importance of recognizing the enormous power wielded by Black women of all ages and stages, and identify ways to spur intergenerational dialogue and collaboration to maximize advocacy efforts. Register here


CLI: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds Game

Wednesday, August 16,  7:05pm, Wrigley Field

Join the Center for Leadership and Involvement as we end our summer cheering on the Chicago Cubs! This event will take place at Wrigley Field located on the North Side of Chicago. Tickets are $25.00 each in the 200 level ($50 value) (Ticket prices increase to $35.00 starting August 2nd). Students can purchase unlimited tickets. 

Email Tempris Daniels at; Link to website


Content Marketing & Social Media for Startups

Wednesday, August 23, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange, Washington Park Classroom (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Learn how to produce and publish content on social media and company websites, and then package it for email. We'll cover the basics of search engine optimization and best practices for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. We'll also discuss how to use these platforms to promote your own personal brand. Register here 


Polsky Accelerator Demo Day - Summer 2017 Cohort

Tuesday, August 29, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., Gleacher, Room 621 (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago)
Polsky Accelerator teams will present their businesses and showcase their progress. Demo Day typically draws several hundred attendees, including Chicago-area investors and entrepreneurs, media from various local outlets, and UChicago students, faculty, and staff. Register here


Course Design and College Teaching (CCTE 50000)

Preregistration must be completed by August 18th online.

Fridays, 1:30-3:30pm, location TBA

9/29/2017 to 12/1/2017

Fall 2017 Preregistration Information - In Fall 2017, the Chicago Center for Teaching will offer Course Design and College Teaching (CCTE 50000), a pedagogy course open to all graduate students and postdocs at the University. This course fulfills the pedagogy course requirement for the College Teaching Certificate offered by the CCT. To indicate your interest in the course, please preregister by completing this survey by Friday, August 18. Note: completion of the survey does not guarantee a spot in the course, as enrollment in the course is by instructor consent. We will notify students whether a seat is available (or whether they are on the waitlist) by August 25. Questions?  Email


Workshopping Your Portfolio
August 23rd, 1:00–3:00 PM, Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E
Workshop discussion and activity revolve around portfolios submitted by participants. Each participant will submit a draft of two documents from his/her teaching portfolio two days before the workshop, and will receive feedback from the group. Registration, and previous attendance at the Seminar, are required. This session will be led by CCT Associate Director Joe Lampert and CCT Program Coordinator Rebecca Kahn-Witman. RSVP here: Getting Ready to Create Your Teaching Portfolio Part II: Workshopping Your Portfolio

Polsky Incubator Application Deadline
Friday, September 1, 5 p.m., Online
The Polsky Incubator is a program for ambitious startups that are built to scale quickly. Getting to work with and learn from other committed, full-time entrepreneurs is the most important benefit of the Incubator as well as receiving dedicated office space and legal support from the UChicago Law School Innovation Clinic. Apply here


International House 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowship & Internship Recipients Awarded

The Non-Resident Graduate Fellowship & GRAD Global Internship programs help ensure the exceptional geographic, cultural and economic diversity that is central to the mission of International House and the University of Chicago. During the 2017-2018 academic year, these programs will provide support to 43 students from 19 countries and all graduate divisions of the University. Fellows and interns will serve as ambassadors for International House within the UChicago Grad community and will implement activities that contribute to students’ positive campus experience. Congratulations to all those awarded -


Welcome Blanket

Through December 17, Smart Museum of Art
Artist, designer, and Pussyhat Project co-founder Jayna Zweiman's Welcome Blanket reimagines the length of the proposed US-Mexico border wall as a tapestry of handmade blankets. Over 3,000 crowd-sourced blankets and notes of welcome will be assembled into a gallery installation and site of convergence for conversations about immigration and artistic activism. Visit for additional information on related programs and how to participate.


The University of Chicago, in collaboration with Ruhr-University Bochum / Germany, is pleased to invite you to the Enhancing Life Capstone Conference

Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 6, Gleacher Center (450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago)

During the past two years, The Enhancing Life Project, supported with a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, has explored an essential aspiration of human beings that moves persons and communities into the future. Given the profound expansion of human power through technology as well as advances in genetics, ecology, and other fields, the vulnerability and endangerment as well as the enhancement of life are dominant themes in the global age. Enhancing Life Scholars from around the world and from various disciplines (Religion, Media, Social Sciences, Medicine, and others) have worked on research projects and engaged in interdisciplinary collaboration in order to explore this rich but widely unexamined dimension of human aspiration and social life. More info:


Ongoing Campus Programming


Weekly Language and Culture Table

Times vary, I-House Dining Hall (1414 E 59th St.)

Practice your language skills in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish! All levels welcome. Times vary for each language, and please contact each table leader directly for inquiries. More information:


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. 

Sponsored by Spiritual Life



Every Monday, 6:30 pm at I-House Coulter Lounge (1414 E 59th St.)

Please do not miss the great opportunity to come to International House and meet our different international communities every week while enjoying ethnic cuisines. A great opportunity to get connected to other graduate students on campus. Please sign up, bring your friends, and come have fun with us! Contact:


i-House Writing Session

Every Tuesday, 5 – 7 pm, I-House Library (1414 E 59th St.)

Are you looking for a safe, quiet space to do some work? We are here! Join a team of students to study together at the beautiful I-house library. Contact:


Open Space

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. 

Winter Quarter Theme: What Do You Seek To Balance?

To volunteer as a speaker or performer contact:

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


Mindfulness Practice: Returning to Center

Wednesdays | 1:30 pm–2:30 pm | Rockefeller Chapel

Be part of a group cultivating mindful living and exploring the relationship of mindfulness to spirituality. Each session includes mindfulness meditation practice, brief instruction on practices rooted in the psychology research on resilience, and opportunity for questions and discussion. Participants should expect to arrive in silence. Open to all. Register here or at

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


My Body & Soul

Wednesdays | 4 pm–5 pm | Spiritual Life (Ida Noyes 034)

My Body & Soul is a discussion group for women and women-identifying individuals of all faiths and traditions to come together and meet, discuss, and listen to other women share their thoughts and stories. The discussions will center on the relationship between religion/faith/spirituality and women's bodies, but the specific topics are very open to what the group would like to discuss.

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


Breathing Room

Thursdays | 3 pm–5 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!



Every Thursday, 9 pm at locations based on space availability

Come out and play soccer with us! There will be pick-up soccer games and also a great opportunity to meet other soccer fans. Contact:


Salsa and Dialogue

Every Thursday, 6 pm at I-House Coulter Lounge (1414 E 59th St.)

Join us every Thursday for a weekly dancing session. You think we will never dance and feel too embarrassed to even try? This is the right place for you. Already a master? Come and share the wisdom.

We will also have an engaging dialogue on the philosophy and psychology behind dance and music. Contact: