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APD Update: August 30, 2016

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Want to use your research to change the world?
September 2016 - April 2017

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

The Graduate School Seminar Series on collaborative leadership and grand challenges research is intended to help prepare you to get involved in tackling some of the world's most vexing problems, whatever your discipline or career path.

Sessions are offered from 4 - 6 p.m., one or two Tuesdays each month, September 2016 through April 2017. They are free and not for credit. Students are encouraged - but not required - to take part in all of the seminars in the series. More information | Registration 

Student Veterans Career Skills Workshop with General Mills
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | 520 Bruininks Hall

Join us for a resume, interviewing, job search and career fair prep workshop just for U of M student veterans. A variety of representatives from General Mills (several are veterans themselves) will be available to assist student veterans with translating skills and experiences into meaningful language. Attend the workshop and set yourself up for success with future career and internship applications, and upcoming career fairs!

RSVPs required by noon Sept. 9th at  z.umn.edu/gmvets. Bring a few copies of your resume! Refreshments will be provided. There is the potential for longer-term mentoring with General Mills reps. Student veterans from ALL undergraduate majors and graduate programs are welcome!

Brought to you by a partnership between General Mills, University Veterans Services, and U of M Career Services. Questions? Please contact Liz Hruska at hrus0010@umn.edu

Writing the Cover Letter for the Academic Job Search
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

The cover letter is one of the most important documents in an academic job searcher’s dossier.  This interactive workshop introduces participants to the nuts and bolts of effective cover letters. During the workshop, participants will review and critique sample letters, considering how what they’ve learned can apply to their own cover letter.  They will also consider the ways in which institutional type, specific job characteristics, and their own goals and values impact the organization and content of the cover letter. Presenter: Dr. Bill Rozaitis, Center for Educational Innovation. Register

Academic Job Search Strategies and CV Writing
Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 3 - 4:30
p.m. | 402 Walter Library 

Beginning an academic job search and moving into the stage of interacting with search committees, both of these processes involve many moving pieces; therefore, each comes with its own moments of confusion. The purpose of this workshop, then, is to help you become acquainted with these processes and related practices. This short workshop will open with an overview of the job search process across different types of academic institutions, move into a presentation regarding revising CVs for various types of academic positions, and – most of all – respond to audience questions regarding academic job search processes within the US context. Presenter: Dr. Ilene Alexander, Center for Educational Innovation. Register

21st Century Academic Careers: Creating Opportunities and Planning for Luck
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 |
3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

Academic jobs are not what they used to be! We have all heard how difficult it is to secure an academic position, and how few graduate students are pursuing an academic career path. But there are ways to work to create opportunities. This workshop will explore the context of 21st Century academic jobs and what you can do to increase your chance of getting one. Presenter: Dr. Ilene Alexander, Center for Educational Innovation. Register

Effective Interviewing for Academic Jobs
Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. |
402 Walter Library

This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs who will be interviewing for faculty positions. The presentation will cover pre-interview preparation, making a great first impression, effective responses to typical interview questions, questions to ask of the interviewer, and memorable closure. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills.
This workshop will focus on the early round interviews (e.g., phone, skype, or conference interviews); those interested in learning about final round interviews (e.g., the campus visit) should attend the workshop on 10/13. While some of the same content will be covered in both workshops, participants are free to sign up for one or both workshops. Presenter: Dr. Paul Ching, Center for Educational Innovation. Register

"Where is the Human in the Data?" Workshop on Critical Data Science
Friday, September 30, 2016 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Crosby Seminar Room 240, Northrop

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) will host a workshop on critical data science. The workshop will include lightning talks by graduate students, table discussions, and developing questions for critical data studies that will guide further activities of this project. More information

Events, Activities

Annual Postdoc Research Symposium
Week of September 19, 2016

National Postdoc Appreciation Week starts on September 19, and the U of MN Postdoc Association (PDA) has been hard at work to put together an exciting program for career development and advocacy. This is a great chance to get involved with the PDA, make contacts in the private sector, or just get to know other postdocs at the U. More information / register for the week's events | pda@umn.edu

Versatile PhD panel discussion on PhD careers in language translation
September 19-23, 2016

Humanities and Social Science Ph.D.s with strong fluency in two languages can find satisfying work as translators. Either employed by an organization or as freelancers, Ph.D.s translate a wide variety of documents. If you are fluent in any two languages, you can probably be a translator.  Versatile PhD will host a free AMA-style panel discussion on PhD Careers in Language Translation, September 19-23, 2016. All panelists are PhDs or ABD in humanities or social science disciplines and are currently working as translators in a variety of settings.

To participate, log in with your X500 here: https://apps.grad.umn.edu/secure/Versatile_PhD/. Once you reach the VPhD login page, create a member account if it's your first visit. If you already have an account, sign in as usual. Click on "Forums" and select the Humanities Forum.

Remember, as a U of MN graduate student or postdoc, you have access for free to the premium content on VPhD!  You must log in from the link above, though, to have your account associated with the U of MN. 

Community Involvement Fair
September 21, 2016 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students with a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities for individuals and groups. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Learn about volunteer and internship positions in fields such as: youth education and mentoring, ELL/ESL tutoring, the environment, animal rights, healthcare / public health, law / criminal justice, housing / homelessness, political organizing, public policy, family services / family violence, the arts, GLBT communities, and women and gender issues. Coordinated by the Center for Community-Engaged Learning. More information

St. Paul Career Fair
September 28, 2016 | 1 - 5 p.m. | North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center

The St. Paul Career Fair will feature opportunities for internships and jobs. The fair is targeted to both undergraduate and graduate students, and is a great opportunity to practice your elevator speech and networking skills whether or not you are currently seeking an internship or job opportunity. Registration is encouraged. More information

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships

Learning Abroad Center hiring for two student positions

The Learning Abroad Center (LAC) has two student positions for which they are currently hiring. Both positions are critical to supporting instructor-led study abroad programs and would be great opportunities for students looking to get into international higher education after completing their degrees.

  • Instructor-led Program Assistant position (Job Opening ID 312003), will assist in supporting the LAC Instructor-led program team in promotion, recruitment, statistics, research, and additional duties.
  • Global Campus Partner (GCP) Program Assistant (Job Opening ID 312004), will assist in supporting the GCP program team in program organization, statistics, research, and additional duties.

To apply, go to: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and choose “University Students.” Once on the search page, you can search for one (or both!) of the job opening ID numbers above.

Graduate and Professional Student Consulting Opportunities
Application deadline: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The University of Minnesota’s Office for Business & Community Economic Development is now accepting applications for Fall 2016 Community Health Initiative Student Consulting Projects. 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 projects identified by local nonprofit organizations or businesses involved in addressing public health issues impacting underserved communities.

One or more students are assigned to a project, depending on the scope and type of project requested, with each student contributing 60-80 hours each. Projects run October through December 2016. Students are each paid a stipend of $1,050 (minus taxes) after project completion. More information

Management & Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) for Nonprofits Student Consulting Opportunities
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Office for Business & Community Economic Development partners with the University of Minnesota graduate and professional programs in business, human resources, law, computer science, social work, economic development and nonprofit management to offer this unique program. This program gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with diverse nonprofits while the clients receive services that  directly influence their success.

Student Projects include Market Research & Analysis, Finance & Accounting, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Business Plan Development, Operations Management, Human Resources, Program and Fund Development, Demography and Feasibility Studies, Nonprofit Management and IT/Technology Development. More information


Graduate-level Grand Challenges Courses
Fall 2016

Interdisciplinary Opportunity Three of the four Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) courses being offered this fall are at the 5xxx level and are open to graduate students:

The Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) addresses important global issues through a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning. GCC courses are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors who bring unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. Learn more at z.umn.edu/grandchallenges.

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