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APD Update: April 12, 2016



The Graduate School Fellows Summer Institute - Deadline Extended
Deadline: Monday, April 18, 2016 

The application deadline for the Graduate School Fellows Summer Institute has been extended through Monday, April 18, 2016, to ensure an applicant pool that represents the wide diversity of Ph.D. disciplines at the University of Minnesota. Want to learn key concepts and develop critical skills related to team dynamics, collaborative leadership, and solving large, real-world problems? Offered this coming August 15–19, the Graduate School Fellows Summer Institute will help students develop skills, ways of thinking, and approaches to research design necessary to successfully to engage their research and scholarly interests beyond graduate school, whatever their discipline or chosen career. In a lively, interactive learning environment, participants will have an opportunity to develop and practice their collaborative and interdisciplinary skills—skills that are essential in today’s academic and non-academic marketplaces. The Summer Institute is free and includes a self-assessment that students will take prior to the first day of the session (an $80 value). Application form and instructions. For more information; Summer Institute

National Survey on Grad Student and Postdoc Physical and Mental Health

A national study is being conducted of grad student and postdoc physical and mental health, and you can be a part of it. The survey includes a question about the availability of professional development resources, because the researchers want to know (among other things) whether there is a relationship between the availability of those resources and student/postdoc health. All grad students (including Master's level) and postdocs are invited to take this online survey now.

Council of Graduate Schools: GradSense

April is financial literacy month. Be sure to explore the great resources available on the GradSense website. Information and tools for creating budgets, estimating cost of living and loan repayments, and navigating the job market are just a click away.

Events & Activities

City Year Information Session
April 15, 2016 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 41 Appleby Hall

At City Year, we believe education has the power to help every child reach their potential. However, in high-poverty communities there are external factors and obstacles students are faced with every day that can interfere with their ability to both get to school and be ready and able to learn.
Join us to learn how City Year is working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide.

#UMNCareerChat: Ugh, Networking?! Think of It As Relationship Building
April 27, 2016 | 12-1 p.m.

Do you have a fear of networking? You’re not alone! Join us for an interactive Twitter chat about networking, its benefits, and strategies to overcome those common fears that often hold us back from building career-focused relationships.   
Where: Twitter (using #UMNcareerchat)
Who: Open to students, alumni, staff, faculty and any interested participants on Twitter!  
Alumni Lead Tweeters: Beth Bowman, @BethBowmanUMN and @studioloraine (CDES) | Shawn Haag, @shawnhaag27 (CFANS alumnus) | Roshini Rajkumar, @RoshiniR (LAW) | Gabriella Broady, @gabriellabroady (CLA, CEHD alumna) | Leslie Mulder, @leslieamulder (CEHD alumna) | Jamie Millard, @jjmillard (CLA alumna)

#UMNCareerChat: Leveraging Social Media for Your Job Search

The use of LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media platforms for job searches is a trend that continues to grow. The live event took place on March 23.  However, you can view the entire chat via Storify. Whether you are a student preparing for your career launch or an alumnus brushing up on your personal branding skills, you may benefit from the insights shared.

Open Space Forum on Graduate Student Career Development
April 29, 2016 | 12:30-3 p.m. | 101 Walter Library

Are you a graduate student who cares about career exploration and development?  Would you like to gather with other students to help define what students need related to career development? Please plan to participate in a student-driven conversation on Friday, April 29 on this topic.  Come at 12:30 for a light lunch, followed by discussion from 1-3 pm.  We will use a meeting format known as Open Space Technology to help us gather ideas so we can move forward with an action agenda for graduate student career exploration. Register. If you have any questions, please email cvoight@umn.edu.

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Innovating Innovation - Best Practices for Improving Your Return on Innovation
April 20, 2016 | 5:30-7:30 | McNamara Alumni Center 

Moderated by TLI Gemini Chair, Kirk Froggatt, three accomplished Twin Cities business leaders will introduce a best practice they deploy to enhance their own return on innovation. The speakers will address the topics below, to be followed by small group discussions and Q&A. Attendees will have the opportunity to network from 7-7:30 p.m.

Best Practice #1: Architecting
Best Practice #2: Design Thinking
Best Practice #3: Lean Startup

More information / registration

Provost's Innovations in Teaching Showcase
April 21, 2016 | 1-3:30 p.m. | Northrop

Join us for the Provost's Innovations in Teaching Showcase! This two-part event begins at 1:00 with a showcase and poster session featuring projects from two grant-funded initiatives: Experiments in Learning Innovation and Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology. Following the showcase, join us at 2:40 for a lively and inspirational plenary conversation among three faculty innovators: Professor Jodi Sandfort(UMTC - Humphrey School of Public Affairs), Professor  Catherine Squires, (UMTC - College of Liberal Arts), and Dean Josh Hamilton (UMD, Swenson College of Science and Engineering). Registration required for the plenary as seating is limited. Register

Communication Breakdown: How to Effectively Connect Across Different Communication Styles
April 21, 2016 | 12-1 p.m. | Webinar

Have you had communication-related issues individually or on your research or school project team? Kelsey Meyer Schalkle is an experienced consultant and coach with over eight years working for Fortune 100 companies including Target, Mondelēz and Ernst & Young in various roles ranging from recruitment to leadership development. Join us for a webinar that looks at how communication can affect:

  • Failing projects
  • Consistent misunderstanding
  • Challenging relationships
  • Trouble delegating
  • Long decision-making times
  • Expectation setting
  • Repeatedly making mistakes
  • Low engagement and morale
  • Gossip and rumor spreading
  • Ineffective resource sharing

More information/registration

Scholarships, Fellowships, Jobs, and Internships

University Of Michigan Postdoc Recruiting Event
Deadline: April 12, 2016

The University of Michigan is holding the first of its twice-yearly postdoc recruiting events on June 23-24, 2016 in Ann Arbor. This event will introduce upper-level graduate students in the biomedical sciences to the extensive research and training opportunities at Michigan. During a fully-funded visit, recruits will interview with prospective mentors and network with current postdocs. Applicants must expect to complete their thesis research in 2016 and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or be currently enrolled in a U.S. graduate institution. The application is open until April 12, 2016. More information

Federal Hiring Panel
April 21, 2016 | 4-5 p.m. | 223 Appleby Hall

Are you interested in federal employment, but are confused about the process or even the types of opportunities available to you? Come and enjoy free food while the panel discusses the following topics in a Q&A format:

  • Benefits of working for the US Government
  • Internships & Jobs within Federal Government
  • Navigation of federal hiring process

Panelists represent the following federal agencies:

  • US Customs & Border Protection
  • National Park Service
  • US District Court of MN
  • USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture
  • US Department of Homeland Security - US Citizenship & Immigration Services

The event is free! For event details, log into GoldPass and used the advanced search feature under the Career Fairs/Events tab to find event #2955

The 2016-17 Center on Aging Internship
Deadline: April 29, 2016

The fully-funded student internship program, now in its 4th year, matches U of M graduate students interested in aging and/or disability services with a United Way funded agency. The dual aims of this program are to provide project support for United Way partners and experiential learning experience for students. The Center on Aging is currently accepting student applications for internships beginning fall semester, 2016. We anticipate awarding five internships. The internships last one or two semesters; students working on one semester projects can expect work approximately 20 hours per week, and 10 hours per week on two-semester projects. More information

IIE/USAID Research Grants in Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Deadline: May 3, 2016

IIE, on behalf of USAID's Center of Excellence in Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center), invites applications from research institutions to support USAID in answering a research question that is integral to how USAID designs programs in the DRG sector. Applications are due May 3, 2016.
Applicants will form working groups of 3-6 PhD students and 1-2 supervising faculty; students must have passed their qualifying exams and be from diverse social science disciplines. Over a period of six months, each working group, in close collaboration with USAID, will produce a multi-disciplinary analytical literature review that provides an overview, assessment, and synthesis of the empirical research relevant to its selected research question. The questions, which are further elaborated in the RFA, are in the following areas:

  • The role of local advocates in advancing human rights
  • The process of regaining civil liberties that have been restricted or denied
  • The relevance of good governance to sustainable development across sectors
  • The process of increasing women's civic and political participation
  • The role of civil servants in reducing corruption
  • The process by which citizen efforts to improve service delivery can diffuse across sectors

Members of each working group will apply for a single grant of $30,000- $60,000, with grant value dependent on working group size; each working group member will receive a $4000 stipend.
Please direct any questions to dem.grants@iie.org. The deadline for questions is April 15, 2016.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Scholar Program accepting applications
Deadline: May 20, 2016

The OLLI Scholar Program provides exceptional students who are experts in their field of study an opportunity to teach for OLLI during one of our three sessions—fall, winter, and spring. Approved graduate student course leaders (OLLI Scholars) will receive a $1,000 stipend to prepare and present one course and must obtain the endorsement of his/her adviser. More information

About OLLI: OLLI is a lifelong learning program for persons 55+. OLLI members are highly educated and intellectually curious. Many are retired professors or professionals who are pursuing lifelong passions and interests through OLLI's non credit course offerings. OLLI courses tend to be on the "scholarly" side, offering academic challenge but without the tests and grades.

ISSS Grad Internship

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has several graduate-level internships for the Summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. The immigration check-in internship is summer only and is paid. The F-1 Student Advising internship and the career services internship are from September 2016 - May 2017, and are unpaid. More information For questions, please contact Eric Kroetsch.

Job postings on Versatile PhD

Several terrific jobs have been posted recently on VPhD. Each of these jobs constitute excellent opportunities for grad students or new PhDs seeking to make the leap into an interesting non-academic career. To view these and other recently posted jobs, log into Versatile PhD using your UofM internet ID.

  • Data Analyst at Disney Corporation (Burbank, CA)
  • Consultant at The Education Advisory Board (Washington, DC)
  • Technical Publications Lead at National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (DC or MD)
  • Graduate Internship (12 months, paid!) at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic estate (Charlottesville, Virginia)


Especially for International Students & Postdocs

English Pronunciation for Academics: Does Tone Really Matter?
April 18, 2016 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Walter Library, Rm 101

Words are only part of the message; your tone of voice communicates volumes in U.S. academic settings. Learn how intonation (voice variation) may influence audience perceptions about your expertise, approachability, and intentions, such as asking a question or making a statement. Register here.  Facilitators:  Elena Stetsenko & Colleen Meyers

Developing Effective Presentations
April 19, 2016 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Mondale Hall, Rm 30

Designing and delivering a presentation in your second language can be an intimidating and challenging task. This workshop is designed to help international graduate students and postdocs improve presentation skills for professional and academic contexts. Through examples and interactive activities, participants will learn tips for planning clear and organized content, strategies for enhancing nonverbal communication and engaging the audience, and techniques for designing effective visual aids. (This is a complimentary workshop for the general one on Using Delivery, Design and Story Telling to Create Dynamic Presentations to address the unique challenges faced by English as second language learners) Register

International Student and Alumni Virtual Networking Hour
April 20, 2016 | 8-9 a.m.

University of Minnesota Career Services and U of MN Alumni Association are offering current international students a unique, free opportunity to connect with international alumni abroad to learn strategies for navigating the career search and to help build the networks to support those searches.  

Students will be able to sign in from their computers, phones, or tablets to have a series of career-related text chats with international alumni organized by virtual industry "booths."  You will end the session with a variety of new contacts and some great advice to guide your internship and job exploration and search. Register. For event details, log into GoldPass and used the advanced search feature under the Career Fairs/Events tab to find event #2952.

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

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