GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: March 15, 2018

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Higher Education Administration Series: Careers in Student Life and Services

Friday, March 16, 12:30pm—1:30pm, GRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)
This session of the Higher Education Administration series explores careers in student life, the branch of university administration that serves students' need for food, housing, community, and engagement while on campus. Dean of Students Michele Rasmussen and Dining Director Richard Mason will discuss their career paths, day-to-day responsibilities, and advice for students and postdocs hoping to launch careers in this field. This workshop is open to all graduate students and postdocs from any discipline. Register via GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events


Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

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 wishing to nominate a faculty member should work with their department/committee/program to compile a nomination packet and submit it as a pdf attachment via email to Beth Niestat by March 16th. Full details here:


Spring Break Dissertation Write-Ins

March 19-20, 9am-1pm, GRAD Writing Room

March 21-23, 9am-1pm, GRAD Writing Room

Write-Ins are intensive workshops designed to help graduate students break through roadblocks and make timely progress on writing. In these sessions, participants will commit to writing at least four hours a day for either two or days. Coffee and snacks provided.

  • Two-Day Write-In Monday, March 19 - Tuesday, March 20, 9am-1pm each day | REGISTER HERE
  • Three-Day Write-In | Wednesday, March 21 - Friday, March 23, 9am-1pm each day | REGISTER HERE

Professional Skills Series

Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 23, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

The series will be a mixture of lectures, case studies, and active discussions. Graduate students and postdocs from any discipline are welcome to attend. Join us for as many of these sessions as you would like; please RSVP for each individually through GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events

  • Part One: Intro to US Office Culture and Professional Communication
    Monday, March 19, 10:00am-Noon, UChicagoGRAD HQ
  • Part Two: Time and People Management
    Tuesday, March 20, 10:00am-Noon, UChicagoGRAD HQ
  • Part Three: Leadership and Teamwork
    Wednesday, March 21, 10:00am-Noon, UChicagoGRAD HQ
  • Part Four: Conflict Resolution
    Thursday, March 22, 10:00am-Noon, UChicagoGRAD HQ
  • Part Five: Project Management
    Friday, March 23, 10:00am-Noon, UChicagoGRAD HQ


Job Search Spring Break Day Camp

Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 23, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

Are you planning to apply for jobs or internships in the coming months? This workshop series is intended to help you think about some of the different elements that go into a successful transition from graduate school. Exploring career options and personal preferences, followed by building a professional network, refining the written and oral components of the recruitment process, and managing the job offer negotiation process are all steps that will be covered in this series by UChicagoGRAD’s career development experts. Join us for as many of these sessions as you would like; please RSVP for each individually through GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events

  • Part One: Self-Assessment & Career Exploration
    Monday, March 19, 1:00-2:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
  • Part Two: Resumes and Cover Letters
    Tuesday, March 20, 2:30-4:00pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
  • Part Three: Networking and Informational Interviews
    Wednesday, March 21, 1:00-2:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
  • Part Four: Interview Best Practices
    Thursday, March 22, 1:00-2:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
  • Part Five: Job Offer Negotiation
    Friday, March 23, 1:00-2:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ


How Teamwork Can Help Humanities Professionals: A PATHS Workshop with Dr. Jennifer Magnabosco

Wednesday, March 21, 1:30 pm, UChicagoGRAD Fellowships Suite

Most research projects in the humanities are solo ventures, with scholars spending months if not years reading and writing in isolation.  Yet the vast majority of professional positions—including tenure-track faculty positions—require skills in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence.  Join PATHS and guest lecturer Dr. Jennifer Magnabosco (A.B. and A.M. '85 UChicago, Ph.D. Columbia) for a workshop designed to help you identify and improve your teamwork skills.  Dr. Magnabosco is an organizational consultant, leadership coach, researcher, and adjunct faculty member in the Virtual Academic Center at University of Southern California's School of Social Work.  Attendees will leave with improved abilities to use teamwork skills and emotional intelligence to work effectively with others.  GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events



Featured GRAD Opportunities

Lecturer and Language Assistant Roles, University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literatures | Deadline: April 9| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63369 and 63370

Galapagos Sustainable Development and Architectural Studio 2018, The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation | Deadline: March 21 |Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63353

Marketing Intern, Nexplant | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63346

Model Risk Review Specialist, Huntington Bank | Apply viaGRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63351

Entry-Level Consultant | Deadline: April 1 |Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63351


 Clinton Global Initiative University Info Session
Tuesday, March 27, Noon-1pm, UChicagoGRAD (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting—hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton—will convene undergraduate and graduate students from 145 countries and all 50 states at the University of Chicago to discuss and develop ideas  and proposals to address some of the most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the next generation. After two days of working sessions and special events, the meeting concludes with a Day of Action, when student participants support an ongoing project in the local community. Students interested in attending CGI U can submit their applications until April 23. As part of the application process, students must develop and propose Commitments to Action, new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address societal issues near their campuses, in their local communities, or around the world. LEARN MORE HERE:  Please RSVP for an information session and/or express interest in volunteering for CGI U here


GRADUCon 2018

Friday, April 6, 10am-6:00pm, International House

GRADUCon is the University of Chicago's annual career conference just for graduate students and postdocs. Now in its eighth year, the event is organized by UChicagoGRAD. 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. Registration is required:

This year's event will feature panel discussions on (please note: tentative, and subject to changes):

  • Careers in Data Science
  • Careers in Think Tanks
  • Careers in Museums & Cultural Institutions
  • Careers in Science Writing
  • Careers in Intelligence
  • Working at Liberal Arts Colleges
  • U.S. Job Search for International Students
  • Careers in Foundations
  • Careers in the Quantitative Finance
  • Careers in User Experience Research
  • Industry Research Careers for Scientists
  • Alternatives for Teachers
  • Careers in Consulting
  • Writing Careers for Humanists and Social Scientists
  • First Year as Faculty (Humanities/Social Sciences)
  • First Year as Faculty (STEM)
  • Keynote: Career Decision Points


Clinton Global Initiative U – Application Writing Workshops

April 5, 2018 and April 19, 2018, 12:30-2pm, Fellowships Suite, UChicagoGRAD  - 970 East 58th Street | Third Floor

 All CGI-U writing workshop participants will be required to submit a draft of their application statements by the Monday prior to the workshop in order to participate. Please RSVP in advance via []GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).


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 here with a valid LinkedIn account or email and start connecting today! 


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 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

Special Chinese I-Monday and Salsa Dancing

Monday, March 19th, 7 - 9pm, International House Assembly Hall - 1414 E. 59th Street
Join us for a special Chinese I-Monday during Spring Break! We will cook delicious Chinese dumplings and enjoy some salsa dancing at this party. Invite all your friends who are staying in Chicago this spring break! 


Journalism & Media: An Inside Scoop
March 20 - 22, 2018

 What is the future of Journalism and Media in a digital and cynical age? How do you prepare for a career in a rapidly changing industry? What does a day in the life of a media professional look like?

  • KEYNOTE  | 3.20
  • PANEL | 3.21
  • NETWORK | 3.22
  • Online, 12 - 1pm CT

Join alumni professionals including Pulitzer Prize winners and journalists with major TV and print outlets and in this three-day Career Colloquium of panel discussions and networking as we delve into these industry questions and more. Whether you are beginning your career, looking to move into a new one, or curious about an industry that affects us all, bring your best questions and join the discussion. RSVP:


·         watch a keynote and panel discussion on the future of the journalism and media industry;

·         read exclusive insights from well-respected alumni working in the industry on [AlumniU]AlumniU; and

·         network with peers across graduation years, schools, and divisions.


Log on to [AlumniU]AlumniU to read exclusive insights from well-respected alumni working in the journalism industry or to watch the videos of the Keynote and Panel any time after the broadcasts. Need assistance? Email


International House 2018-2019 Non-Resident Graduate Fellowship Announced

First round of applications due Friday, March 23, 5:00PM
Fellows are expected to contribute their unique perspectives and interests to the International House community and become fully engaged in the multi-faceted life of the House through a wide array of new activities for UChicago graduate students offered throughout the year through the Graduate Commons Program. Factors for selection may include, but are not limited to: evidence of leadership abilities, involvement in community and university organizations, extracurricular interests in areas such as performing arts, athletics, and cultural activities, participation in community service, and contributions to increasing diversity. Applications and further instructions are available at


Spring registration for English Language Institute

Ends Fri, March 30, 5pm

This Spring, the English Language Institute will be offering (i) Academic Presentations, (ii) Teaching English as an Additional Language, (iii) General American Pronunciation, (iv) Fluency Building, and (v) North American Academic Writing. Note: (i) has a pre-requisite (Conversation in Context); (ii) is for individuals who are interested in teaching English to non-native speakers, abroad, etc. Please visit the ELI website for more information on course descriptions, schedules, and registration procedures:


The University of Chicago is pleased to host the 2018 SoFiE North American Summer School: “Machine Learning & Finance: the New Empirical Asset Pricing”

Applications due March 31st

Open to Grad Students, Academic and Professionals. An opportunity to present a paper will be offered to a selected number of applicants. Applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Space is limited. The Stevanovich Center for Financial Mathematics at the University of Chicago, the Society for Financial Econometrics and the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago are co-sponsoring the 2018 SoFiE Summer School. Fees for attending the school are $250 for students. $500 for early career academics. $1,500 for professionals. Learn more and apply here


  • March 31: Deadline to submit applications
  • April 1-15: Selection committee reviews applications
  • April 15-30: Applicants hear back from the selection committee
  • May 1-June 15:  Registration period
  • July 23: Classes begin


Public Speaking Class for UChicago Graduate Students Starts April 4th.  Register Now!
Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival (1160 E. 55th St.).  We offer a “Public Speaking & Presentation Skills" class specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students!  The 90-minute class meets Wednesdays at 5:15p in Hyde Park. The cost is $175 for the entire 8 week session.  Register now for a 10% discount!  For complete details, visit


Our Diverse Elders: An Interprofessional Panel on the Needs and Experiences of LGBTQ Older Adults
Tuesday, April 10, 4:30-5:30pm, SSA Room EI
Please join us for free dinner and an exploration of intersectional work with LGBTQ older adults. Experts from Howard Brown Health, The Care Plan, and the Center on Halsted will speak about their work. No RSVP necessary.


2018 Chicago Booth Emerging Markets Summit

April 14, 2018 8:30 am to 6 pm | Harper Center

Conference Theme: "Navigating Emerging Markets in a World of Transition"

The 2018 Booth Emerging Markets Summit will bring together over 50 speakers from Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Asia Pacific covering topics in fintech, social impact, private equity & venture capital, and government & policy.  Interested in learning about the startup ecosystem in Africa, macro trends impacting Latin America, or social entrepreneurship in the Middle East? The 2018 EMS promises a day of spirited conversation around the path of growth for emerging markets. Keynote speakers include Manuel Sanchez -  former governor of the Bank of Mexico under President Felipe Calderón, Kunal Shah - founder of FreeCharge (sold for $400M to Snapdeal), Lina Khalifeh - founder of SheFirst (the first female defense studio in the Middle East), Banks Banker - Director of Biz Dev APAC at Google, and Axel Kaiser - Executive Director of think tank Fundación Para el Progreso. Register for the summit here and follow us on Facebook for more speaker updates.  


Request for Proposals for Inclusive Pedagogy

Applications due Tuesday, April 17

As part of the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement and Diversity invites applications for curricular and pedagogical innovation. Our student body is increasingly diverse in dimensions such as race, ethnicity, ability status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and country of origin. Such diversity creates new opportunities for educators to consider both how they teach and what they teach. This new funding program supports the development and incorporation of course content and pedagogical practices to ensure that all students benefit from the rigorous and distinctive education offered at UChicago. Grants of up to $2,500 will be made to those who apply as individuals; grants of up to $5,000 will be made to those who apply as a group. More information and instructions for application can be found here. Cheryl Richardson (, Director of Inclusive Teaching in the Chicago Center for Teaching and the Office of the Provost, will work closely with those selected for funding, and is available to answer applicant questions. All applications are due Tuesday, April 17, 2018. To stay up to date, please sign up for the Diversity and Inclusion listserv.


COSAS Fellowships Announcement

Due April 19, 2018
The Committee on Southern Asian Studies announces its annual fellowship competition for summer 2018 and AY 2018-2019. 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 dissertation writing support. Applications are available here. Audience: Graduate Students

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.


Unfollow Your Inner Critic

Psychotherapy Group for Graduate Students

Spring Quarter

Tuesdays 1:30pm-3:00pm at the Student Counseling Service

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. Giovanna Rivano-Gomez (

Nurturing Each Other, Healing Ourselves: Therapy Group for Women of Color

Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm at Student Counseling Service

This group will provide a safe space for undergraduate & graduate students to connect and process experiences related to being women of color. Self-compassion and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy will be integrated to promote growth and healing. To learn more information and schedule a pre-group interview please email Dr. Adia Gooden (


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.


Jolly Pumpkin Tuesday Trivia Night

Every Tuesday starting January 30th from 8-10 p.m.

5215 S. Harper Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615

Free to play; up to 6 people per team; feel free to come on your own and be added to a team; win Jolly Pumpkin gift cards


Ask Lucy

Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, Reynolds Club Marketplace 

Lucy, or your campus religious advisors, that is! You can tell us a story or ask us anything. Truly anything. Religious Advisors are available with weekly office hours in Spiritual Life too!  


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!


My Body and Soul 

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30, Ida Noyes 034

My body and soul is a weekly interfaith gathering for women to discuss the relationship between religion and women's bodies--from body image, to modesty, to the interaction between societal and spiritual understandings of our physical selves. The group is open to female-identifying people of any/no faith, with topics open to discussion. 


ELI Conversation Hour

Fridays, Weeks 2-9 | 3:30-4:30p | Cobb 219

Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? Join the weekly ELI Conversation Hour! Build English proficiency and communication skills; learn about North American cultures; discuss different topics each week; network and meet new people. For more information:


ELI Board Game Group

Fridays, Weeks 2-9 | 4:30-6:00p | Cobb 201A-B


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: