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APD Update: Jan 19, 2016

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Integrative Strategies for Improving English Skills

January 26, 2016

To be successful, international graduate students and postdocs need to possess a high level of English proficiency to complete a variety of complex academic tasks.   However, the pressures of living in a new country and trying to meet coursework or research demands with constant deadlines can make it difficult to find time to devote to English practice.  Recognizing these complexities, this workshop will provide an overview of resources that can help international graduate students and postdocs improve their English skills for academic purposes, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Participants will also learn strategies for creating a self-directed English improvement plan. Register>

Launching A New Faculty Career

February 5, 2016

If you're a typical graduate student, you might think that being a new faculty member will be a extension of what you currently do, only with higher stakes: you'll continue to conduct research and teach but now you'll be solely responsible for writing the grants, publishing the articles and teaching the classes. However, such thinking can be short-sighted because as a new faculty member, you'll also have to deal with a whole new set of issues like understanding the new school's culture, navigating departmental politics and surviving that mysterious time suck known as committee work.  

At this workshop, panelists from a variety of different institutions (both in Minnesota and in other states) will talk about their experience as new faculty members and how to survive those early years. Register>

Grant Proposal Writing to Fund Your Interdisciplinary Research

February 12, 2016

Interdisciplinary OpportunityGraduate students are invited to come early for informal networking prior to the workshop.  Networking begins at 9:15 a.m.; the workshop will begin at 10 a.m.

Presenter: Scott Lanyon, Head and Professor; Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
The purpose of this workshop is to encourage graduate students to be active in writing grant proposals throughout their graduate career, to talk about the various reasons why grant proposals aren’t funded, and to discuss a variety of strategies for writing competitive proposals.  This discussion will be general and is relevant whether you are applying for a fellowship or research grant, for hundreds of dollars or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Register>

Demystifying the Dissertation Writing Process

February 19, 2016

If you are at the early stage of your PhD program, you might think that it is too soon to think of your dissertation. However, understanding the composition of your dissertation and how it relates to your overall PhD 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>

Searching for Interdisciplinary Research and Grant Opportunities

February 26, 2016

Interdisciplinary OpportunityIn 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>

Breaking into Non-Academic Careers: What Alumni and Recruiters Can Share

February 29, 2016

Career pathways for graduate students and postdocs interested in non-academic positions are not always clear.  It can be difficult to know what types of opportunities are available to you if you’re interested in a career outside of academia.  What steps should you take to prepare for a non-academic career?  What skills do you need to have when you leave the U of MN in order to be competitive on the job market and succeed in a non-academic career?  If you’re interested in pursuing a career outside of academia, you’ll also need to understand differences in workplace culture in non-academic settings.  Panelists from industry, government, and the non-profit sector will share their insights into their workplace cultures and the skills you need to succeed in an industry, government, or non-profit career.   They will also share their personal journeys.  How did they decide to pursue their current positions?  What have been their career trajectories? Register>

Power Up Your Job Search: Strategies and Tools for Finding a Non-Academic Job

March 1, 2016

As a graduate or professional student, you have specialized skills and knowledge that makes you valuable to a range of employers.  At the same time, this can also make the job search more challenging. Conventional online job search tools or career fairs may not work for you.  This workshop will cover the non-academic job search process from start to offer. It will address conducting a self-assessment, planning, and knowing your options. We will also cover the critical skills related to networking and relationship-building. 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

March 10, 2016

Interdisciplinary OpportunityAs 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. Register>

Presenter: Ilene D. Alexander, Education Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation
Location: 402 Walter Library

Resume Marathon: Individual CV/Resumè and Cover Letter 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 and cover letter.  Consultants from the Writing Center, Career Services, and the Center for Educational Innovation will join representatives from industry, government, and non-profits will be available to meet with you for a 20-minute consultations 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 for a slot in advance.  In order to keep your slot, you must also submit the written materials you would like review in no later than Monday, March 14 to apd@umn.edu.  Space is limited. Registration information coming soon!

Elevator Speech Practice and Critique

March 25, 2016

Just in time for the 2016 Career Networking Event on April 1! Sign up for an opportunity to practice your networking/elevator speech with consultants from Career Services, the Center for Educational Innovation, and the Graduate School, as well as representatives from industry, government, and non-profits.  Receive feedback and advice from on how to improve your presentation and effectively communicate with your audience(s). These sessions are FREE, but you must register for a presentation slot in advance.   Come prepared to give a 2-3 minute presentation.  Space is limited. Registration information coming soon! 

Fellowships & Internships

James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowships

Summer 2016

A nine week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for students from underrepresented populations and those interested in addressing health disparities related to infectious diseases. Students must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program. Deadline: January 31, 2016 More Info>

Project Imhotep

Summer 2016

Project Imhotep is an eleven-week summer internship designed to increase the knowledge and skills of student trainees in bio-statistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health. The program begins with two weeks of intense educational training. During the following eight weeks, interns conduct public health research with experts at community based organizations, state, and federal public health agencies. Current juniors, seniors, or recent graduates (within one year) of an undergraduate institution can apply. Deadline: January 31, 2016 More Info>

Summer Program in Environmental Health

Summer 2016

A 10-week internship for college or university rising juniors, seniors, or graduate students majoring in environmental health in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Deadline: February 3, 2016  More Info>

CDC Summer Graduate Environmental Health Internship (GEH)

Summer 2016

The Graduate Environmental Health program (GEH) is a paid ten week summer internship available for graduate students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental health missions at NCEH/ATSDR. Deadline: February 10, 2016  More Info>

Events & Activities

Environmental Internship & Career Fair

February 3, 2016

Attend this career fair intended to help students and organizations connect regarding full-time jobs and internships in the environmental and natural resources fields. Open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni from all University of Minnesota campuses, and community college students with an interest in environmental careers.  More Info>


Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award

Purpose of Award: Through a generous $100,000 matching grant from the Ford Foundation, the Re:Gender organization established the Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award to honor and extend Mariam’s vision. The Award enables Re:Gender to continue Mariam’s work promoting mentorship as well as high-level scholarship. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award creates an opportunity for a first-generation college graduate, including immigrant students, to continue working on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over an academic year.
Prize: $10,000 will be awarded annually: $8,500 to a graduate student (preference is to award a student who identifies as a woman); and $1,500 to the student's dissertation advisor for travel expenses related to the Award (i.e., travel to the Award’s announcement at the beginning of the Award period and the student's presentation of excerpts from the dissertation at the Award's conclusion; both will take place at Re:Gender's Annual Summits). More Info>

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

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