GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: May 11, 2017

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Careers in Higher Education Administration: Student Affairs Management (Workshop 4 of 8)

Thursday, May 11, 11am-12:15pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ, University Bookstore Third Floor

This workshop covers how student affairs are managed at institutions of higher education, and is led by Michele Rasmussen, Dean of Students in the University. RSVP through GRAD Gargoyle (Click Events>Click Workshops>Select and RSVP any/all workshops).


Best Practices for Preparing Fulbright Statements

Thursday, May 11, 12:00-1:30 pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ, Fellowships Suite

In this workshop, we'll look at examples of successful Fulbright statements and discuss how applicants can put these strategies to use in their own unique research proposals and personal narratives. Recommended for students who will be working independently on their Fulbright materials over the summer. RSVP through GRAD Gargoyle (Click Events>Click Workshops>Select and RSVP)


Introduction to Digital Maps and Data Visualizations

Thursday, May 11, 12:30-1:45, GRAD HQ (3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore)

The field of digital humanities offers new tools that can help you answer enduring scholarly questions. This PATHS workshop, led by the RCC’s Dr. Jeffrey Tharsen, introduces you to tools that you can use to create digital maps and other types of data visualizations. You will leave with a better understanding of the range of available mapping and visualization tools, allowing you to identify those tools and methods that will best support your scholarship. Digital novices are welcome; no pre-existing technical knowledge is required. Please bring a laptop to the session. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops).


ESV Digital- Tech Talk Presentation

Thursday, May 11th, 4:30pm-5:30pm, UChicagoGRAD Suite

ESV Digital (previously eSearchvision) is a digital performance agency with 3 main areas of expertise: Data Analytics, Strategy Consulting and Online Marketing. Our advanced data analytics capabilities allow us to work alongside clients in areas like web analytics, media buying, brand strategy and digital strategy consulting. Please join us as presenter Edwin Dewez, COO of ESV Digital discusses "Digital Media Advertising: How do brands measure return on investment?". Snacks/beverages will be available, followed by light networking. RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Events > Information Sessions > Select and RSVP.


Career Conversation with Steven J. Bennett, COO of the Brookings Institution

Tuesday, May 16, 4:30-6:00pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ 3rd Floor Bookstore

Join UChicagoGRAD for a Career Conversation with Steven J. Bennett, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Brookings Institution. Are you interested in a career in research? What about one connected to policy making? If you want to put your graduate degree to use in an industry connected to both research and policy, come hear Mr. Bennett talk about his career path, as well as what a career at a think tank might look like for you! RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops)


Graduate and Postdoc Housing Fair

Wednesday, May 17, 11:00am-1:00pm, Main Quad (Rain location: Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club)

Are you planning to move this summer or fall? Explore options in Hyde Park and the South Loop at the university’s second annual housing fair for graduate students and postdocs. Vendors will include 3LRE/Hyde Park Places, Buckingham Apartments, Coldwell Banker Residential Leasing Division, CORT Furniture, Hyde Park Property Management/Pioneer, Infinite Apartments, Mac/City of Hyde Park, Rockwell Partners, StudentSpace, Twin Towers/HABITAT, UChicago Residential Properties, Vue53, and several UChicago offices with resources to help you think about your housing options. Please note that the university does not endorse or promote any specific company, vendor, or rental agent. All of the organizations present at the event are offered for informational purposes only.


Internship Tips and Congratulations

Wednesday, May 17, 4:00-6:00pm, UChicagoGRAD 3rd Floor Bookstore
Did you get an internship for the summer?  If so, please come join your fellow grad students for some practical tips on maximizing your experience and to celebrate your positions and the completion of another academic year. Food and beverages provided. To register, log into UChicagoGRAD GARGOYLE: (click on “events” in the left side menu, then “workshops” and scroll down to “Internship Tips and Congratulations” on May 17)


Careers in Higher Education Administration: Alumni Relations and Development (Workshop 5 of 8)

Thursday, May 18, 11am-12:15pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ, 3F Bookstore

This workshop covers how alumni relations are managed and developed at institutions of higher education, and is led by Lori Hurvitz, Executive Director

Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving. RSVP through GRAD Gargoyle (Click Events>Click Workshops>Select and RSVP any/all workshops).


Careers in Management Consulting
Thursday, May 18, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Saieh Hall 203

The University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin-Madison are partnering on a one-hour virtual career panel discussion focused on consulting careers for PhDs. Live video will be hosted through Google Hangouts and will be displayed live on both campuses. Management consulting firms routinely hire problem solvers with advanced degrees from a wide range of disciplines to solve their clients' business challenges. Individuals with proven quantitative analytical skills are especially in demand. Firms seek applicants with a drive to succeed, and will provide intense on the job business and management training for their new hires. Come listen to PhD level management consultants to see if this career is right for you. Two speakers include: 

·       Lauren Silvers, Principal Consultant at GrowthPlay (PhD UChicago Comp. Lit 2010) 

·       Youbean Oak, Senior Consultant at Simon-Kucher & Partners (PhD Harvard Molecular and Cellular Biology 2014)

Register by logging in to GRAD Gargoyle as student/alumni, then click on Events >> Workshops >> Search and Sign up.


GRAD Coffee Hour

Thursday, May 18, 3-4pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

GRAD Coffee Hour is a monthly social gathering for all graduate students and postdocs. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, learn what’s going on across the university, or just take a break! Free coffee, tea, and snacks provided. RSVP online to ensure enough food/drinks are available.


Communicating with Confidence | Bain & Co. Women’s Event

May 18th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Ida Noyes Hall, West Lounge

Join Bain & Company on Thursday, May 18, from 7-8:30 PM for an informal event on women’s leadership and success in consulting. Come for the opportunity to meet and network with women at Bain, to learn more about what it’s like to work in consulting, and to address topics like how to communicate confidently and effectively in a business environment. Second- and third-year female undergrads and masters’ students are encouraged to attend. RSVP via your student account through GRAD Gargoyle. Events > Information Sessions > Select and RSVP.


Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era

Friday, 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:


McKinsey & Company- Office Visit and Information Session

May 19th, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Location: 300 E. Randolph St, Suite 3100, Chicago, IL

Deciding what to do after you finish your advanced degree? Consider management consulting and McKinsey. This Info Session is for Advanced Professional Degree campus candidates (i.e., JDs, PhDs, Post-docs, non-MBA Master’s candidates, medical students, interns, residents, and fellows) who are interested in learning about opportunities with McKinsey & Company. This office visit is targeted for candidates who are graduating in December 2017 or later (2018, 2019) and have not previously attended a McKinsey info session. RSVP by Tuesday, May 16:


Grammar Writing Workshop with Victor Friedman and Lenore Grenoble

Friday, May 19, 2017, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Harris 319 (1155 East 60th Street)

In this participatory workshop, we discuss the elements that go into a good descriptive grammar. We will examine concrete examples of both successful and unsuccessful grammars and discuss the differences in writing a grammar for an undescribed language versus modern grammars for well-described languages, with attention to how we can make use of modern technology in writing grammars today.  Students who are currently in the process of writing grammars are encouraged to present on problem areas they are facing. Students who are not yet writing grammars are encouraged to bring data to present, even if they have not yet begun writing it.  Registration is Required.  Please register here by May 15.


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

Campus and Student Life and the Office of the Provost are seeking student applications for a number of important committees and boards for the 2017-18 academic year, as well as the position of Associate Student Ombudsperson. 

These positions provide students with the opportunity to work directly with faculty and staff, better understand University governance, and provide student input on important matters affecting the University. 

The deadline to apply for each of these positions is Friday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m.


·      Faculty Board for Campus and Student Life – Student Representative The Faculty Board for Campus and Student Life is a statutory board that advises and makes recommendations to Campus and Student Life and the Provost’s Office on matters affecting campus and student life at the University.  The Board is seeking two students (representing the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools) to serve a term of one academic year.  

·      Independent Review Committee for the University of Chicago Police Department The Independent Review Committee (IRC) reviews complaints against the UCPD, police reports and related policy, and procedural and communication issues. The Committee is seeking three students (representing the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools) to serve a term of one academic year.  

·      University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee The University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee is a standing committee appointed by the Office of the Provost and includes faculty, students, and staff specifically educated to resolve formal complaints under the Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct. The Committee is seeking students (representing the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools) to serve a term of one academic year.

·      The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board is a group of students that meets twice a quarter in order to serve as a liaison between the Office of the Provost and undergraduate, graduate, and professional students regarding sexual misconduct. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide student perspectives and input on policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to sexual misconduct. The advisory board will be chaired by Shea Wolfe, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and Associate Dean of Students in the University.  

·      Associate Student Ombudsperson The Associate Student Ombudsperson is a part-time, paid position with an average work schedule of 10 hours per week. The position is paid on an hourly basis at a competitive rate. The Associate Student Ombudsperson works closely with the Student Ombudsperson to investigate student grievances when the existing channels of communication or dispute resolution have proven unsatisfactory. 

Further details about these positions and the application process for each can be found at the links above.  For questions about any of these positions, students may contact Campus and Student Life at


DH Forum: "Imagining Humanities in the Machine Age", Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago

Friday, May 12, 12-2pm, Joseph Regenstein Library 122

Prof. Jones will present an overview of work done during the past 20 years at the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago that has refocused my interest on music, art and language and reoriented my thinking with regard to art and creativity. He will close with discussion of recent work on human-machine communication and its implications for understanding creativity and creative work. Lunch served at 12:00.  All are welcome! For all questions, or for special accommodations, please contact Carmen Caswell (


mHub University Happy Hour
Friday, May 12, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., mHub Event Space, 965 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Join the mHUB community and Chicagoland university graduates, professors, and administrators for a happy hour at mHUB! Tour our facility, mix and mingle, and get all of your potential membership questions answered. Register:


The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board

The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board is a group of students that meets twice a quarter in order to serve as a liaison between the Office of the Provost and undergraduate, graduate, and professional students regarding sexual misconduct. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide student perspectives and input on policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to sexual misconduct. The advisory board will be chaired by Shea Wolfe, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and Associate Dean of Students in the University.  The deadline to apply for each this position is Friday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m.


Dissertation Funding Awards in Energy

Applications due May 12

Description The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), with support from the Fuel Freedom Foundation, requests applications for awards to support PhD dissertations at the University of Chicago.  Eligible dissertations will be focused on energy policy. Special preference will be given to proposals that focus on the impact of oil consumption on economic activity and welfare and the evolution of transportation technologies and fuels. Multiple grants of $25,000 each will be awarded. Grants are renewable for one year, subject to the same application process. Eligibility Applicants eligible for the grant award program must: 1) Have passed their qualifying examinations 2) Be a current student pursuing a PhD in the fields of economics, business, public policy, political science or another field with direct policy. Deadline for Application 11:59 pm, May 12, 2017 Application Requirement Applications must be focused on relevant energy policy topic, such as the relationship between oil consumption and economic activity and welfare, oil price dynamics, regulation in transportation, or the evolution of transportation fuels, and must include: Complete contact information for the applicant, A current curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum), Brief background about the applicant’s previous study (1 page maximum), Abstract of the proposed project (no more than 3 pages), 2 letters of recommendation from University of Chicago professors, Disclosure of dissertation support from other sources. Process and Timeline for Selection Application materials must be submitted to Bethel Haile at Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the faculty members. Winners will be announced May 26, 2017. A four-person academic committee will choose recipients based on multiple criteria, including: 1) The importance of the issue in the energy sector 2) How much is already known about the issue (and does the proposal break new ground) 3) Relevance of the issue to energy policy, the impact of oil consumption on economic activity and welfare, and the evolution of transportation fuels Funding Disbursement Linked to progress (50% upon approval of proposal, 50% upon approval of progress report) Award Requirements The grant award must be used within one year and can be used for expenses related to tuition, institutional fees, living expenses, equipment, etc. Awardees must disclose support from other sources at the time of application. At the completion of the grant period, the recipient must submit a copy of their dissertation to the academic review committee.


131 Alliance – Cross Campus Mixer
Monday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom
The Polsky Center is excited to host students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Chicago. Students in both programs will participant in a panel discussion with former program participants, engage with one another during a networking lunch and tour the Polsky Exchange. Register:


Getting Started with Illustrator: 2D Design for Fun and Prototyping
Monday, May 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange North - Kimbark Ave. Meeting Room - 1452 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Learn the basics to create designs you can cut with the Fab Lab's vinyl cutter, laser cutter, and computer numerically controlled routers. Register: Eventbrite:


Pet Love

Tuesday, May 16. 11:30am-1:00pm. McCormick Lounge, Reynolds Club

Take a break in your busy day to pet certified therapy dogs to reduce your stress, feel comforted and enjoy companionship



Wednesday, May 17. 11:15am-1:15pm Main Quad

Wellapalooza is UChicago's student wellness fair. Stop by the main quad to access a variety of wellness giveaways, resources and services.


Fab Lab Open House
Wednesday, May 17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Polsky Center Fab Lab (1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Discover the Polsky Fab Lab. This event will begin with a brief tour of the Fab Lab's resources, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and more. Then participants will each solder their own flip light inside a custom laser-etched jar. Register:


Legal Workshops with Perkins Coie: Equity & Hiring for Startups
Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange, Washington Park Classroom
Steve Ducommun of Perkins Coie will lead this workshop on equity and hiring for startups where he’ll discuss how companies issue stock, including founder’s equity, and discuss vesting agreements and incentive stock options. Corporate governance structures and how consultants and stockholders fit into the picture will also be covered. Register:


Graduate Council Community Game Night

Thursday, May 18, 4:30pm, Harper Center Rm 104 (5807 S. Woodlawn)

As part of our community-building initiative, Grad Council is hosting a board and video game night for anyone that likes fun. Crush some other Settlers of Catan, collaborate with a euchre partner, or just Super Smash it up with some snacks. Get tickets here:


Smart Lecture featuring William Diebold: Displaying “German Greatness” in Nazi Germany: the Exhibition Deutsche Größe (1940-1942)

Thursday, May 18, 4:30, Cochrane-Woods Art Center Room 157

Although it is not well known, the cultural-historical exhibition Deutsche Größe (“German Greatness” or “Grandeur”)  was the most important museum display of the Nazi Era.  The show’s subject was the history of Germany from the early Middle Ages until the assumption of power by Adolf Hitler. Deutsche Größe was supported at the highest levels of the Nazi Party and its presentation of history was frankly ideological, but the show expressed that ideology through a series of ambitious and innovative display techniques.  This lecture presents the exhibition, describes how it came about, and how it worked to shape an understanding of history that would serve Nazi goals. 


CSRPC Annual Public Lecture | Vijay Prashad, "In the Ruins of the Present: Trump, Joblessness, and Anger” 
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:00 pm, International House Assembly Hall
The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture's Annual Public Lecture features distinguished public intellectuals whose work promotes engaged thought and scholarship around the topics of race and ethnicity within the public sphere. This year, we are pleased to present Vijay Prashad (PhD'94, University of Chicago) in conversation with Adom Getachew (Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and the College). Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. RSVP at


Hidden Figures and Leading Women in Science
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Join UChicago female scientists for a screening of the Academy Award nominated film ‘Hidden Figures’. Following the screening there will be a discussion about the film, contributions of women of color in science, and attendees own experiences. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their families to this fun and educational event. Register:


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

8 Week Session begins June 26th.  Register now! 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


Ongoing Campus Programming


2017 Summer Housing Program

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: