GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: March 23, 2017

The GRAD Guide Weekly is an indispensable resource for graduate students to find information about campus-wide programs and events. Sign up here! Published every Thursday during the Academic Year and monthly during Summer Quarter, the GGW provides details about social events, campus speakers, workshops, professional development opportunities, careers, announcements, fellowships, and more.

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Spring Break Job Camp

9am-Noon each day, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

·      Thursday, March 23: Interview Prep

o   GRADTalk's Oral Communications specialists will present interview best practices and facilitate an interactive workshop on effectively answering interview questions. RSVP

·      Friday, March 24: Job Offer Negotiation

o   Learn about the most successful ways to negotiate your next job offer. There are many things to consider and this session will break them down. Participants will also have a chance to practice the recommended techniques in a workshop setting. RSVP

·      Friday, March 24: Diversity and the Job Search - Navigating the Cultural Fit Quagmire

o   Workshop presenter will share information about how issues related to diverse identities and experience might arise during the job search process, through application, interview, and job offer. Tips will be offered on how to assess organizational culture, particularly as relates to engaging diversity and fostering an inclusive climate. RSVP


Verisk Analytics Data Science Excellence Program Information Session

March 28th, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, UChicagoGRAD Suite

UChicagoGRAD welcomes Verisk Analytics to campus for an employer information session! Verisk Analytics, Inc. is an American data analytics and risk assessment firm based in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, serving customers worldwide in insurance, natural resources, financial services, government, and risk management. We’re looking for top talent with quantitative and analytics backgrounds nationwide. Join us to discuss the “Data Science Excellence Program” (#61152) with Verisk Analytics and more! We encourage all attendees to apply before attending the event. RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. To view and RSVP for the Information Session, Click Events > Click Information Session > Select and RSVP.


Great Hearts Academies: On Campus Interviews & Information Session

March 30th, 1pm-6pm, Ida Noyes Hall

Great Hearts Academies will be coming out to visit the end of March to talk to UChicago students and hopefully interview those interested in working at our K-12 classical and liberal arts schools in Arizona & Texas. Melanie Narish, Talent Officer, will be on campus between 1pm-6pm on March 30th, conducting interviews all day, followed by an evening information session. Great Hearts Academies has both traditional teaching positions as well as teaching apprenticeships (also full-time with benefits) for those looking to learn the art of teaching.  Teaching certificates are not required, and our teachers have a wide variety of educational backgrounds. RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. To view and RSVP for the Information Session, Click Events > Click Information Session > Select and RSVP.


Deloitte’s Next Gen Challenge Information Session

March 31st, 5pm-6pm, Harris School - Lecture Hall 142

Interested in Innovation? Want to test your skills or learn more about consulting? Sign-up to learn more about Deloitte’s first ever Next Gen Challenge! The Next Gen competition will challenge you and your team to think about the future of a company or organization and how innovation will impact their future. You’ll be competing for prizes, and along the way have the opportunity to learn more about consulting and the innovative and entrepreneurial work happening at Deloitte. The competition kick-off will be held Friday, March 31st from 5:00PM-6:00PM (Harris School - Lecture Hall 142). Click this link to register!:


Bain & Company’s “Curious About Consulting” event
Friday, March 31, 5:00 – 7:00pm, Bain Chicago office (190 S. LaSalle St. Suite 3400)

Bain & Company welcomes you to attend their "Curious About Consulting" (CAC) event on March 31. CAC will be an informative and interactive session that will give Advanced Degree candidates an overview of Bain & Company, the Consultant role and the upcoming recruiting calendar. The session will also give participants the opportunity to explore a Bain office and meet several Consultants on our team. This event is being held exclusively for current AD students in conjunction with the Gargoyle Consulting Club at UChicago & the ADCA at Northwestern. A completed registration is required to participate in CAC. Due to limited capacity, participation for this event will only be available to current AD candidates that are seeking full-time opportunities beginning in 2018. The deadline to register is Friday, March 24th. TO RSVP:


Hire Big 10 Plus Virtual Career Fair - 2017

Deadline to register March 31st

Students & Alumni Meet Employers Live online in a Virtual Event on April 12, 2017. Recruit Jobseekers from 17 Hire Big 10 Plus Universities. It's an easy and efficient way to find Full-time Jobs, Internships, and Co-ops. Note: This Recruiting Event is Free for Students & Alumni across All Majors & Degrees. Click this link to register! :


UChicagoGRAD is HIRING! GRADTalk Consultant

GRADTalk consultants coach graduate students and postdocs to improve their public speaking and interviewing skills. Consultants provide guidance and expert advice through a) 50 minute one-on-one consultations with students, b) customized workshops on a range of topics related to oral communication, and c) development of resources to complement in-person services. As part of UChicagoGRAD’s Career Development team, GRADTalk consultants augment a suite of professional development resources with a particular focus on improving oral communication skills. Interested? Apply via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Search Jobs and Internships > requisition number #61373.


UChicagoGRAD is HIRING! PATHS Intern

The PATHS (Professional Advancement for Training Humanities Scholars) Intern is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the University of Chicago’s PATHS program, which seeks to broaden career development opportunities for humanities doctoral students.  Interested? Apply via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Search Jobs and Internships > requisition number #61492.


Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO): Faculty Careers at Liberal Arts Colleges

Thursday, April 6th, 8:30am – 6:00pm, UChicagoGRAD, University Bookstore Building, 3rd Floor

Have you considered a faculty career at a liberal arts college? Do you have special interests in promoting best practices and innovative strategies in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education? Want to learn more? Join faculty and administrators from the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) and the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) consortium for one and a half days of networking, panel discussions, and one-on-one meetings (at GRADUCon on April 7th) as you consider, explore, or prepare for your career on the tenure track. Even if you are not planning to apply in the next application cycle, in fall 2017, come and meet C3 and LADO faculty and administrators to learn more now. Register online: Click on Events >> Click on Workshops >> Search LADO and complete RSVP


GRADUCon 2017 – Sign-ups for one-on-one coffee chats now available

Friday, April 7, 10am-6pm, International House

GRADUCon is the University of Chicago's annual career conference just for graduate students and postdocs. Now in its eighth year, GRADUCon is a fantastic opportunity to explore careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. It includes panels, workshops, discussions, and the chance to talk one-on-one with employers and alumni about diverse career trajectories. Coffee, lunch, and a reception are all included in the day. $7 registration fee applies. REGISTER HERE.

Signups for one-on-one coffee chats with panelists will open on Thursday 3/16 at 5pm on a FIRST COME BASIS. After you register for GRADUCon, you will receive a link to sign up for these conversations. Registrants will be restricted to one slot each until Monday 3/20 when you can sign up for additional slots.


Call for nominations for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

The University of Chicago annually recognizes and honors tenure-track and tenured faculty in the Biological Sciences, Divinity School, Humanities, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences for sustained exemplary graduate student teaching and mentoring. Graduate students in these divisions wishing to nominate a faculty member should work with their department/committee/program to compile a nomination packet by March 30, 2017. For more information, click here.


Research Symposium Call for Papers

Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era

May 19, 2017, 9am-5pm, School for Social Work Administration

UChicagoGRAD and the School of Social Service Administration invites you to participate in an inaugural interdisciplinary research symposium for underrepresented minority graduate students to be held on Friday, May 19, 2017. This conference is designed to highlight the work of underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars including all intersectional identities within the URM community at the University of Chicago. The theme of the symposium “Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era” encourages scholars to reflect on our current political and social climate and how that might affect our research and scholarship in the present as well as the years to come. We welcome scholarly proposals from all disciplines, time periods, regions, and locales. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars of color at the intersections of all identities from all divisions are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal here:


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

The Economic Argument for Immigration

Tuesday, March 28, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Harper Center, Room C-10

Booth Professor Tarek Hassan’s research examines 130 years of data, finding that a country receiving immigrants was more likely to experience positive economic impact. Join SEI and Hassan, associate professor of finance and economics, to discuss his research and hear how you can get engaged in the issue locally.

RSVP to attend »


Fireside Chat with Dan’l Lewin

Tuesday, March 28, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange

Durig his career which has spanned over 30 years in Silicon Valley, Dan’l Lewin helped launch the Macintosh into the higher education market at Apple Computer, co-founded NeXT with Steve Jobs, and joined Microsoft in 2001. He will discuss his career path through a changing Silicon Valley, his thoughts on the technology industry’s strengths and weaknesses, and the relationship between the Civic Tech movement and today’s political climate. Register:


The Energy Outlook in an Era of Change
March 29, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Saieh Hall, room 146
The energy sector is undergoing revolutionary changes with the introduction of abundant, lower-cost energy sources like shale oil and gas and solar and wind—a trend owed largely to tremendous technological improvements in recent years. With resources and prices in a state of flux, and increasing policy uncertainty under the Trump administration, accurately forecasting the future of the industry has never been more important, or challenging. Join EPIC for a conversation with Adam Sieminski, former administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration. More info:


Design for 3D Printing with Onshape

Wednesday, March 29, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange South - Ellis Ave. Meeting Room

About: This workshop will get you started in OnShape, a free, cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) software that can be used to model parts and create assembles. We'll learn the basic functions of all similar modeling softwares on the market: sketch, dimension, trim, extrude, revolve, fillet, hole, and mate. Register: Eventbrite:


How Fermilab Changed the Course of Cosmology

March 29, 3:30 p.m., Fermilab – Wilson Hall, Ramsey Auditorium

University of Chicago’s Physical Sciences Dean and cosmologist Edward Kolb and cosmologist Michael Turner will give a colloquium about the cosmic frontier and how Fermilab changed the course of cosmology. The event is free and open to the public.


Spatial Data Literacy

Tuesday, March 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Crerar Library, Computer Classroom

This introductory workshop will cover what makes something spatial data, spatial data files that are compatible with geographic information systems (GIS), and best practices for keeping GIS projects organized. Register now.


Polsky Incubator Demo Day

Thursday, March 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange, Promontory Point Room 

The Polsky Incubator provides guidance, mentorship, and support to early-stage startups, helping them achieve critical milestones and grow into sustainable businesses. Current participants include recent UChicago graduates, entrepreneurs from across South Side, faculty, and staff. We hope you can join us to celebrate the hard work of the past six months and see demonstrations of the companies' products and services! Register:


Positioning Your Startup: Foundation for Sales and Marketing

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Gleacher Center, Room 408 (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago)

Join NVC coach, Susan Silver (CEO and founder of Argentum Strategy), for this workshop which will focus on the five key things everyone should know when they talk about their business; it will give you and your team the tools you need to do to develop a compelling positioning statement. Register:


Public Speaking, GradProv, Presentation Skills Classes and More at The Revival!

8 Week Session begins April 1st.  1160 E. 55th St.

Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival.  We offer a number of 8-week classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students including: Public Speaking & Presentation Skills; GradProv; Storytelling and more!  Prices start at just $150!  For complete details, visit


Unfollow Your Inner Critic

Psychotherapy Group for Graduate Students

Beginning the week of April 3rd at Student Counseling Service (Time TBD)

This 8-week group for graduate students is aimed at helping participants gain a different perspective on life’s challenges, change the way they relate to painful experiences, and actively engage in a life that is meaningful and rewarding. To learn more information and schedule a pre-screening please email Dr. Adia Gooden (


On Board Conference on Nonprofit Board Service

Friday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Sheraton Grand Chicago / Gleacher Center

Looking to evolve your nonprofit board or to serve on one? Attend the On Board Chicago conference and gain insight into how Chicago Booth MBA expertise can benefit nonprofit ventures. As a Booth student, your ticket is just $60. 

Register for On Board »


COSAS Fellowships Announcement

Due April 20, 2017

The Committee on Southern Asian Studies announces its annual fellowship competition for summer 2017 and AY 2017-2018. Funding is available to University of Chicago graduate students of any citizenship whose research deals with Southern Asia. Fellowships may be used for summer language study, pre-dissertation travel, or write-up support. Applications are available here. Audience: Graduate Students


2017 Microbiome Center Research Symposium

Tuesday, April 25, Ida Noyes Hall

The Microbiome Center is hosting their first annual research symposium to be held at the University of Chicago on April 25, 2017. The Symposium is excited to bring together the expertise and capabilities across disciplines and three world-class institutions to the vast frontier that is the world of tiny microbes. With a focus on early career scientists, all postdocs, graduate students, residents and undergraduates are encouraged to attend and submit an abstract for a poster or a talk. The Symposium will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Jo Handelsman and other experts within the field. All with an interest in understanding microbial communities are invited to attend! LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE:


"The Warped Universe: the one hundred year quest to discover Einstein's gravitational waves” by Nergis Mavalval
Tuesday April 25, 2017@ 6:00 PM | School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 112 South Michigan Ave., MacLean Ballroom
In 2016, scientists announced the first ever detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, launching a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics. Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein a hundred years earlier. I will describe the scientific and human story behind these discoveries that provide a window into some of the most violent and warped events in the Universe. Admission is free and open to the public. No pre-registration, space limited. Doors open 5:30 PM. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This event is made possible by a generous gift from the Brinson Foundation to the University of Chicago.


Summer Housing Program for UChicago Graduate Students

Summer, International House

At International House, a truly global community can live and learn together in a setting that instills leadership, respect, and friendship. International House provides Summer Quarter housing to UChicago graduate students, trainees and interns, visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers. Hailing from every region of the world, summer residents of International House will find an instant circle of friends that transcends political, religious, geographic, and ethnic boundaries. For more information-


Ongoing Campus Programming


2017 Summer Housing Program at International House

June 19th - August 27th, 2017, International House

International House provides Summer Quarter housing to UChicago graduate students, trainees and interns, visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers. Hailing from every region of the world, summer residents of International House will find an instant circle of friends that transcends political, religious, geographic, and ethnic boundaries. For more information-


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: