GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: December 7, 2017

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Humanizing the Business World: A Lunch Conversation with Brendon Reay, Ph.D.

Friday, December 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m., GRAD HQ (3rd Floor, UChicago Bookstore)

What does it mean to work as a humanist in a profit-driven institution?  Brendon Reay, who holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Stanford University, made the unexpected leap from being an assistant professor at Wellesley College to being an investment consultant, first at Cambridge Associates and later at Locust Wood Capital.  His transition out of the academy was featured in a New York Times Modern Love column, “Is the Husband Going to be a Problem?” Brendon will host a lunch conversation to discuss his journey and the ways that he put his humanist skillset and values to work in finance.  Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events)


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Application Writing Workshop

Thursday, December 14th, 12:30-2pm, Fellowships Suite, UChicagoGRAD  - 970 East 58th Street | Third Floor

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award fellowships in April 2018. This peer review writing workshop will allow you to share your material and get feedback from other applicants. *All participants must submit drafts of their work to by Monday, December 11th, at 12pm. RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events)


2-Day Dissertation Write-In

Monday, December 18 – Tuesday, December 19, 9am-1pm each day

Write-Ins are intensive workshops designed to help graduate students break through roadblocks and make timely progress on writing. In this session, participants will commit to writing at least four hours a day for two days. Coffee and snacks provided. RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events)


3-Day Dissertation Write-In

Thursday, December 20 – Friday, December 22, 9am-1pm each day

Write-Ins are intensive workshops designed to help graduate students break through roadblocks and make timely progress on writing. In this session, participants will commit to writing at least four hours a day for three days. Coffee and snacks provided. RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2018-19

Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5pm CT

Apply online now!


Upcoming Information Sessions:

·      Friday, January 5 from 4-5pm, in UChicagoGRAD HQ

·      Tuesday, January 9 from 12:30pm-1:30pm, in UChicagoGRAD HQ

·      Register for the sessions via GRAD Gargoyle (click on Events>Workshops)


Resources for Student Parents

The Family Resource Center (FRC) is open and free to all graduate students and postdocs. The FRC is a welcoming space where families can meet, play inside and out, access information, and attend story time and classes. The FRC is located at 950 E 61st St and is open M-F 9a-5pm and Saturdays 10a-4pm. Connect with fellow graduate student and postdoc parents today!


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.


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

Yael Shy, "What Now? Meditation For Your Twenties and Beyond"
Thursday, December 7, 6pm, Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Yael Shy discusses her new book "What Now? Meditation For Your Twenties and Beyond." About the author: Yael Shy is the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU (the largest campus-wide meditation initiative in the country) and the Senior Director of the Center for Global Spiritual Life at New York University. She leads meditation workshops, classes, and retreats around the country and the world and teaches weekly at MindfulNYU and at the meditation studio MNDFL in NYC. About the book: "What Now? Meditation For Your Twenties and Beyond" shares mindfulness practices to help twenty-somethings learn to identify and accept powerful feelings and respond - not react - to stimuli without pushing them away or getting lost in them. Yael Shy offers expert guidance on beginning a meditation practice and explores how to bring that practice to love, sex, social media, justice, and the ups and downs of everyday life.

Outing to the 59th Street Blues and Jazz Club!

Saturday, December 9th, 8:30pm, Blue Chicago (536 N. Clark Street)

The Tenry Johns Blues Band will be performing with Claudette Miller this Saturday. We will meet directly at Blue Chicago between 8:00 - 8:30pm, and enjoy some food and drinks before the show starts. Admission fee: $12


Pipes for the Season
Sunday, December 10, 5 pm, Rockefeller Chapel
Thomas Weisflog and third year in the College Bryan McGuiggin play an hourlong program including Samuel Barber Silent Night, J.S. Bach Wachet Auf, and Marcel Dupré Variations on Adeste Fideles, in this cherished December special: organ music by candlelight, with hot cider served. Free.


Nutcracker Ballet

Thursday, December 14, 2017 5:00 pm

Join I-House on a trip downtown to see the Nutcracker Ballet. There are $15 rush tickets with UChicago Student ID. Meet at IHouse at 5:00pm to head downtown together for the ballet at 7:00pm.


numo Fintech Challenge Office Hours

Wednesday, December 13, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange North

The numo Fintech Challenge is a new University of Chicago-based competition designed to generate innovative ideas in financial services. The Challenge is organized by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in partnership with numo, a Pittsburg-based Fintech incubator run by PNC. Sign-up to meet with the Polsky Center staff to have your questions answered about the numo Fintech Challenge. Register here Questions? Email Annie Le at

Society of Fellows in Humanities

Submission deadline is 23:00 on January 7, 2018 (Hong Kong Time)

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities is the first initiative of its kind in East Asia and aims to attract exceptional, early-career post-doctoral scholars from around the world. Located in one of the world's most dynamic cities and on Mainland China's doorstep, the Society provides a new space for research and scholarly exchange free from formal requirements and disciplinary constraints. The Society welcomed its first five Fellows in September 2017. They come from globally renowned institutions and are among the best young scholars working in the arts & humanities today. Together they are contributing to a vibrant research community and interacting with acclaimed scholars from across all humanities disciplines. We are now accepting applications for the 2018 intake. Up to six Post-Doctoral Fellowships will commence on August 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of three years. Further information is available from the following website:


GradProv - the improv class for UChicago Graduate Students starts January 14th.  Register Now!

Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival (1160 E. 55th St.).  We offer a number of classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students including: Public Speaking & Presentation Skills; GradProv; Improv; Storytelling and more!  Prices start at just $150 for the entire 8 week session!  For complete details, visit


Ongoing Campus Programming


Weekly Language & Culture Tables

International House Dining Room
Want to learn a new language in a casual setting? Looking for others to speak to in your own native language? Language and culture tables have been part of the International House's long tradition to promote multicultural environment. These are informal weekly one-hour gatherings focused around more than 10 different languages. All levels are welcome! For a the full weekly schedule please visit -


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. 


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.


Yoga at Rockefeller

Tuesdays, Weeks 2-9 | 6–7 pm | Rockefeller Chapel

Join us for a gentle yoga session in the embrace of Rockefeller's great stones, led by Rachel Carbonara. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.


Breathing Room

Thursdays | 3 pm–4:30 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!