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APD Update: Aug 31, 2015

Building Your Skills


Fall Workshops from U Libraries

September, October, November 2015

Register today for free workshops on topics such as Grant Funding, Formatting your Dissertations in Word, Citation and PDF Tools, Data Sharing, and more. Register: www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration


Preparing a Successful National Science Foundation Fellowship Application

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 101 Walter Library

Are you a graduate student in a research-based master’s or doctoral program in a STEM or STEM education field?Are you seeking support for your second year of graduate study and beyond?  If so, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) may be an option for you.This workshop is intended to help students understand the NSF GRFP application and how to prepare a successful application.The application is extensive; students who are interested in applying should start the application prior to the workshop and come with questions.Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents. Sponsored by the Graduate School. Presented by Scott Lanyon, Head and Professor; Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Space is limited to 60 participants - register today!


Commenting and Grading on Student Writing: New TA Workshop

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 12:30-4:30 pm | Bruininks Hall 114

Are you new to grading student writing? Wondering how to respond effectively, efficiently, and fairly? This half-day orientation is intended for new or returning Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors who will be responding to and grading student writing for the first time in Fall 2015. Over the course of the afternoon, we’ll discuss general approaches to responding to, commenting on, and grading student writing. You’ll have the opportunity to practice with writing samples from actual students in various disciplines, and to work with writing specialists to develop specific grading and commenting strategies for your course. You’ll also learn about the resources available through the Center for Writing, and you’ll have the chance to talk with a panel of veteran TAs about their experiences working with student writing. Registration is available through ULearn.


Building Your Career


Community Health Initiative: Student Consulting Projects

Application deadline: September 18, 2015

CHI Student Consulting Projects are experiential learning opportunities available to all University of Minnesota graduate and professional students from all schools and departments. Students work on specific projects that have been identified by local nonprofit organizations or businesses that work with public health issues. These projects attempt to solve a business need of the organization or address a health disparity in the community. Projects run September through December 2015 with each student contributing 60-80 hours to the project. Students are paid a stipend after project completion. Online applications can be found at https://diversity.umn.edu/bced/chi.


Start-up Week Job Market

September 11, 2015 | 1-3 p.m. | Carlson School of Management Atrium

Connect with startup and early-stage companies seeking talent to grow their businesses. Informal gathering of Twin Cities startup companies and students from across the University and other local colleges. Make connections, get career advice and learn about the needs, opportunities and recruiting practices of leading Minnesota startups. Sponsored by the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. Register.


The Versatile PhD

Online resource for non-academic professional development

The Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM. University of Minnesota graduate and professional students have free access to this resource through an institutional subscription. Login using your U of M x500 username and password: https://versatilephd.com/


Journey through Science Day

December 14, 2015 | New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo will host a special Journey through Science Day at the Academy's headquarters in New York City. Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists (MS, PhD, postdoc) will be selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo's R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers, and gain an understanding of what it is like to work in a global team environment. Additionally, each participant will be asked to present a poster on their research to highlight and share their own activities and interests with PepsiCo. Individuals with experience in the life sciences, engineering, food sciences, and materials sciences are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about the agenda or for application information, please visit www.nyas.org/PepsiCO2015.


Especially for International Students


Mandatory Step for International Students: Complete the Global Gopher Online Orientation and Register for Immigration Check-In

All new international students on F and J Visas are required to complete the Global Gopher Online Orientation. You cannot register for classes until you have completed the Global Gopher Online Orientation and Immigration Check-In. You will be asked to return to a later Immigration Check-in, if you have not completed the Global Gopher Online Orientation. Visit www.isss.umn.edu/new for more information. If you have additional questions, please contact us at isssnew@umn.edu.


Register for Global Gopher Week

August 24 - September 4, 2015

Join ISSS for Global Gopher Week, an optional collection of workshops and events to help you meet other international students and learn to succeed at the University of Minnesota. The optional activities during Global Gopher Week will allow you to prepare for your classes and learn about the resources available on campus to gain leadership skills and reach your academic and personal goals. We will also be visiting some of the exciting locations on campus and throughout the Twin Cities, including the Rec Center and the Mall of America. See the full Global Gopher Week schedule (including several days that are only for graduate and professional degree students) at www.isss.umn.edu/programs/ggwumn.