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APD Update: Feb 16, 2016

Events & Activities

COGS Graduate Student Happy Hour

February 22, 2016 | 5-7 p.m.

COGS Graduate Student Happy Hour at Stub & Herb's, 227 Oak St. SE, on the East Bank! You pay for drinks, we pay for appetizers. RSVP

Virtual PhD Panel: Careers in Software Engineering for STEM Ph.D.s

February 22-26, 2016

Versatile PhD hosts a free web-based asynchronous panel discussion about careers in software engineering. All panelists are PhDs from STEM fields. To participate, join VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the STEM forum any time during the week. Look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” No special registration or sign-up for the panel discussion is required beyond simply joining the Versatile PhD community. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and the panel. You can interact with panelists throughout the week on the site, or follow the discussion via email. All questions welcome, from the most general to the very specific.

Linguistics, Statistics, and Artificial Intelligence in the Big Data Era

February 23, 2016 | 7 p.m.

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” - Hal 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Science fiction promises that someday we will have machines that talk to us. With Siri on the iPhone and Watson beating human champions at Jeopardy, is that future finally here? Not yet, because getting computers to truly understand language is hard, even though most 2-year-olds manage to do it as a matter of course. This lecture will introduce the science behind language technologies – including the central role of probability and statistics – and illustrate why understanding human language is still such a difficult problem. Presented by Cornell University's Lillian Lee as part of the IMA Public Lecture Series. More information

Graduate & Professional Student Parent Support Group

February 23 & March 8, 2016

All graduate and professional student parents with children are encourage to attend and share resources and ideas. Lunch will be provided. Meetings are held in Appleby Hall 251, with drop-in hours 12-2 p.m. every other Tuesday. The next meetings will be February 23 and March 8. Contact Lauren Mitchell or Nicole Cardarella for details.

Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education

February 26-28, 2016

Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education (TCSWEDU) brings together entrepreneurs, educators, developers, and designers to collaboratively launch startups that solve education’s most pressing problems. The goal is pitch-to-prototype in one weekend! Cost is $60; students may use promo code “TCSWEDUStudent” for 50% off. Seven full catered meals included with registration. Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016; event starts at 5:30 pm. Location: Vidku HQ, 251 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Register and read more at http://www.tcswedu.co

Ph.D. & Master's Virtual Career Fair: Full-time, Post-Doctoral, & Internship Opportunities

March 2, 2016

Graduate students, postdocs, and alumni invited to attend this virtual career fair, sponsored by the Graduate Career Consortium. Meet recruiters live online. It's easy & efficient! Full-time, post-doctoral and internship opportunities available. More information

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Teaching writing with charts, graphs, and figures: Panel and discussion

February 18, 2016 | 12-1:30 p.m.

In this panel discussion, faculty members who work with images and quantitative data describe approaches to teaching students about effective visual representations of data and construction of charts, graphs, and figures. Lunch provided. Panelists include David Fox, Department of Earth Sciences; Lucy Dunne, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel; and Will Durfee, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Register (ULearn sign-in required)

Demystifying the Dissertation Writing Process

February 19, 2016

If you are in the early stages of your Ph.D. program, you might think that it's too soon to think about your dissertation. However, understanding the composition of your dissertation and how it relates to your overall Ph.D. study will help you plan ahead and tackle it successfully. This workshop has three objectives: (1) to clarify the role of the dissertation in the context of the overall doctoral process; (2) to identify the general components of a dissertation; and (3) to provide perspectives on successfully completing the dissertation. Register

Generations in the Workplace

February 25, 2016

This event will feature a speaker and panel discussion on why generational differences in the workplace matter, the benefits to understanding and accommodating each one, and how new a understanding of generational differences can contribute to productivity and effectiveness in your workplace.

Through our alumni panelists and speaker, attendees will be introduced to three generations in today’s workplace: Boomers - born 1946-1964; Generation-X - born 1965-1981; and Millennials - born 1982-2000. For each generation, we will discuss some formative events, communication styles, learning styles, and attitudes toward work and the workplace. Register

Searching for Interdisciplinary Research and Grant OpportunitiesInterdisciplinary Opportunity

February 26, 2016

In this hands-on session we will focus on best practices for effective searching for interdisciplinary topics in both the research literature and in databases that cover upcoming grant opportunities. Searching for interdisciplinary subjects often means using a wider variety of indexes as well as carefully selecting and combining terms. In the grants databases the strategies for choosing terms can a bit different, and their organization also varies from the traditional article index. The focus will be on efficient use of these resources and there will be time for investigation into topics of interest to attendees. Register

Re-imagining the Resume

March 2, 2016

Your resume is a key tool in helping you market yourself to a potential employer.  But that employer will likely spend just seconds looking at your resume before deciding if you’re a viable candidate or not. You can increase the likelihood that your resume will get the attention you’d like by thinking about such things as your audience and the content that’s most relevant for them.  What should you include? How do you tailor your resume depending on the specific organization or position?   Register

Win Your Next Job Interview

March 3, 2016

Your CV/resume and cover letter may be fantastic, but effective interviewing skills are as – if not more – important. Interviews can be scary—especially when they include questions like the dreaded, “Tell me about yourself.” Grad students and postdocs at all stages of their programs are invited to this two-hour workshop, where we’ll address general interview preparation for non-academic job searches, and questions such as:

  • How to approach the job interview generally?
  • What questions are expected in non-academic job interviews?
  • How do I answer tough interview questions – including illegal questions?
  • What questions should I ask the interviewers?
  • How and when should I follow up with the interviewers?


The Monster Called Networking

March 4, 2016

Does the word “networking” make you nervous? What can you do to increase your confidence and your ability to make the connections you want? How can you prepare in advance to make the best use of the limited time you’ll have with the employers at a networking event and make sure you stand out? How do you talk about your academic training and skills to employers outside of academia? If you plan to attend the Career Networking Event or just need guidance on improving your networking and job search skills, this event is for you! Register

Research Statements: Developing Effective Written & Spoken Statements
Interdisciplinary Opportunity

March 10, 2016

As scholars we need to be able to write and talk about our research in clear and compelling ways so that audiences – hiring committees, colleagues and students – understand our work. In this workshop session, participants will focus on the development of short spoken and longer written research statements, and on tailoring the statements to particular audiences. Presenter: Ilene D. Alexander, Education Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation
Location: 402 Walter Library Register

Discouraging plagiarism and encouraging effective citation: An interactive workshop

March 10, 2016 | 1-3 p.m.

Attendees will work on designing assignment processes that discourage plagiarism, creating classroom activities and exercises that promote effective citation, and offering feedback to promote the effective use of evidence and documentation. Register (ULearn sign-in required)

Resume Marathon: Individual CV/Resumè Consultations

March 21, 2016

Just in time for the 2016 Career Networking Event on April 1! Sign up for an individual consultation and critique of your CV/resumè. U of  MN consultants will be available to meet with you for a 20-minute consultation to help you refine these important job search tools to make you more competitive in the job market. These sessions are FREE, but you must register in advance. Space is limited. 

The role of “lecture” in courses with writing: A discussion with readings

April 1, 2016 | 9-10:15 p.m.
Instructors are reconsidering the role and value of traditional lecture as a classroom activity, suggesting that it disadvantages students from underrepresented populations and that content can be delivered more effectively by flipping the classroom. What does this mean for the teaching of writing in disciplines and for practices of direct instruction in writing? Readings: Are college lectures unfair? and A defense of the lecture. Register (ULearn sign-in required)

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